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Whether you are a globetrotter who is also passionate about education or a certified teacher who wants to expand your professional repertoire, the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) graduate program at Binghamton University can help meet your needs. Read more
Whether you are a globetrotter who is also passionate about education or a certified teacher who wants to expand your professional repertoire, the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) graduate program at Binghamton University can help meet your needs. The TESOL program offers the Master of Science in Education (MSEd) and the Master of Arts (MA) degrees. The MA enables graduates to teach in English as a Second Language (ESL) programs on college campuses or in other English programs across the globe. This track is also suitable for international students who wish to be involved in English education around the world, such as ESL programs in higher education or other intensive English programs. The MSEd is designed for those who are already certified looking to teach English Language Learners (ELL) in K-12 settings.

Students will be immersed in multi-layered theoretical and practical approaches to teaching English as a second language, from language acquisition and literacy development to effective ESL pedagogies and history about ELLs. Students taking classes full-time will complete this program in just three semesters, with their studies culminating in either a capstone project or master’s thesis.

Professional Development

Students are assigned a faculty advisor who will offer guidance throughout their academic career. Our lively curriculum reflects the rapidly changing needs of the national population by including language teaching in global perspectives, technology-enhanced language teaching, and courses embedded in field experience.

In addition to regular coursework, fieldwork and student teaching are important components of the program. The program boasts strong content speciality as well as diverse student and faculty backgrounds. Faculty advisors and office staff are eager to assist students in tailoring their courses of study and field placements. Students are encouraged to take advantage of a well-established network of alumni and professional connections that will help with field visits and placements. There are urban, suburban and rural schools with student teaching opportunities in close proximity.

After You Graduate

The completion of the MA degree allows graduates to work in ESL programs on college campuses, while earning the MSEd and meeting other requirements leads to New York State certification as a TESOL teacher. Employment opportunities for teachers have improved significantly over the last few years. Alumni of our programs in education teach at numerous schools regionally and around the country. Due to strict licensure rules, a New York State teaching license is well respected across the nation. Typically, graduates of the programs easily find employment as teachers in other states.

All applicants must submit the following:

- Online graduate degree application and application fee
- Transcripts from each college/university which you have attended
- Two letters of recommendation (the GSE will accept additional letters of recommendation)
- Personal statement of 500 words on career goals (Please see the GSE Admissions website for additional information about the personal statement)
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
- Official GRE scores for pre-service applicants
- If you are a certified teacher, a copy of your initial teacher certification in Early Childhood Education (birth–grade 2), Literacy or Special Education, Childhood Education (grades 1–6) and/or Adolescence Education (grades 7–12) in one of the content areas: English, mathematics, sciences, social studies or foreign languages)
- Proof of successful completion of at least 12 semester hours or the equivalent of study of a language other than English

And, for international applicants:
- International Student Financial Statement form
- Official bank statement/proof of support
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

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The Department of Elementary and Special Education offers the Master of Education degree with a major in Special Education and concentrations in Mildly/Moderately Disabled Students, Preschool Disabled Students, and Severely/Profoundly Disabled Students. Read more
The Department of Elementary and Special Education offers the Master of Education degree with a major in Special Education and concentrations in Mildly/Moderately Disabled Students, Preschool Disabled Students, and Severely/Profoundly Disabled Students.

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The Department of Elementary and Special Education offers the Master of Education degree with a major in Special Education and concentrations in Mildly/Moderately Disabled Students, Preschool Disabled Students, and Severely/Profoundly Disabled Students.. Read more
The Department of Elementary and Special Education offers the Master of Education degree with a major in Special Education and concentrations in Mildly/Moderately Disabled Students, Preschool Disabled Students, and Severely/Profoundly Disabled Students.

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The master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling is designed to prepare rehabilitation counselors to serve persons with disabilities in a variety of work settings. Read more
The master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling is designed to prepare rehabilitation counselors to serve persons with disabilities in a variety of work settings. The rehabilitation counseling program is 48 credit hours and is fully accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE).

Mission

Professional rehabilitation counselors encourage and support persons with disabilities and their families to fully participate in their community by providing individual and group counseling, vocational assessment, case management, advocacy, assistive technology, and consultation services to help meet their personal, social, vocational, psychological, independent living, and quality of life goals. The mission of the Rehabilitation Counselor Education (RCE) distance-based program at the University of Alabama is to prepare professional rehabilitation counselors who will provide quality rehabilitation counseling services for persons with disabilities from diverse backgrounds and their families.

Visit the website http://education.ua.edu/academics/esprmc/counseling/marehab/

In addition to objective of the Program in Counselor Education, the RCE Program has the following objectives:

Objectives

1. To introduce the philosophy and historical tenets of rehabilitation counseling through new literacies of technology and interpersonal communication.

2. To deliver a 21st century, distance-based curriculum of didactic and clinical experiences that encourages active learning and adheres to the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) standards.

3. To prepare qualified rehabilitation counselors to work in both public and private settings located in rural and urban communities to facilitate the needs of all persons with disabilities and their families.

4. To recruit, select, and matriculate rehabilitation counseling graduate students who represent minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities.

5. To provide our rehabilitation counseling graduate students with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop a philosophical orientation and approach reflective of their commitment to meeting the needs of persons with disabilities and their families, as well as employer and community needs.

6. To foster our university’s mission in advancing the intellectual and social condition of the people by communicating to our rehabilitation graduate counseling students the need for advocacy, community integration, and social responsibility.

7. To prepare our rehabilitation counseling graduate students to become ethical rehabilitation counselors by understanding and following the Code of Professional Ethics for rehabilitation counselors.

8. To promote the involvement of our rehabilitation counseling graduate students in rehabilitation counseling professional associations (e.g., National Rehabilitation Association, National Rehabilitation Counseling Association, American Rehabilitation Counseling Association, National Rehabilitation Counselors and Educators Association) to enhance awareness of professional issues and service that are important to the growth of our field.

The RCE master’s program is 48 semester hours in length. However, a 60-semester hour option is available for students who wish to pursue 60 hours of graduate coursework. The curriculum provides both didactic and experiential learning and culminates in a 600 hour internship under the supervision of a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. The RCE program is fully accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). Students completing the RCE program are eligible to become Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC). For more information about becoming a CRC, visit the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification website: http://www.crccertification.com/

The RCE program is an on-line program. Distance students must meet criteria for full or conditional admission. Distance students who can enroll for 9 hours (fall and spring) and 6 hours (summer) may complete the degree program in two calendar years. Distance students may take more or fewer hours each semseter with advisor approval. Some rehabilitation courses are offered as synchronous courses and will require weekly participation via live virtual classroom.

In most states, program graduates are eligible to begin the process of becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). The following link provides a listing of counselor licensure boards in all of the states: http://www.counseling.org/Counselors/LicensureAndCert/TP/StateRequirements/CT2.aspx

Employment Outlook

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook (2009), jobs for rehabilitation counselors are expected to grow by 19%, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Rehabilitation counselors serve persons with disabilities in a variety of work settings including, but not limited to, state-federal vocational rehabilitation agencies, non-profit community rehabilitation programs, private-for-profit rehabilitation companies, rehabilitation hospital settings, community mental health and substance abuse programs, correctional facilities, and private practice.

Find out how to apply here - http://graduate.ua.edu/prospects/application/

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All Counselor Education Master’s degree programs have a planned program of study. The plan follows the appropriate requirements for accreditation in that area. Read more
All Counselor Education Master’s degree programs have a planned program of study. The plan follows the appropriate requirements for accreditation in that area. Once an academic advisor has been assigned for your program of study, you should make an appointment to discuss your preferences and career aspirations. The program of study that you accept when you enter the program will be the one you will follow until you graduate. If there are any changes, they need to be approved by your advisor.

Visit the website http://education.ua.edu/academics/esprmc/counseling/maschool/

The master’s degree in School Counseling is designed to provide prospective school counselors with the skills necessary to establish and conduct effective developmental guidance and counseling programs in schools, pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. Students preparing for positions in School Counseling are provided experiences qualifying them for work at all levels of school counseling. The school counseling program is 48 hours and meets accreditation criteria of National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

School Counseling Program: Select Courses

While the majority of your courses will be offered through the Program in Counselor Education (designated as BCE) many required courses will be offered by affiliated programs. During your academic career, you will likely enroll for courses in Educational Psychology (designated as BEP), Educational Research (designated as BER), School Psychology (designated as BSP), and other areas. These courses afford the opportunity to take advantage of the expertise of faculty in other programs in the College of Education. Please refer to the Program Planning Record for School Counseling.

BCE 511 – Principles of Guidance. Three hours. Explores the rationale for guidance by examining human development and sociological, psychological, and philosophical bases for guidance. Provides awareness of services by surveying components of guidance programs.

BCE 512 – Counseling: Theory and Process. Three hours. Introduction to counseling, counseling theories, and the counseling relationship; and an overview of the counseling process.

BCE 513 – Career Development. Three hours. An introduction for counselors and teachers to career development concepts, labor force information, and other resources needed to help persons with career planning and decision making.

BCE 514 – Pre-practicum in Counseling. Three hours. An experiential course involving applied elements of theoretical models and customary helping skills to orient and prepare students for their initial supervised work with counseling clients.

BCE 515 – Practicum in Counseling I. Three hours. Prerequisite: BCE 514 and permission of the faculty. Laboratory training in attending, listening, and influencing skills. Supervised experience in counseling.

BCE 516 – Practicum in Counseling II. Three hours. Prerequisites: BCE 515 and permission of the faculty. Supervised practice in counseling.

BCE 521 – Group Procedures in Counseling and Guidance. Three hours. Prerequisite: Permission of the faculty. Background in group methods, including group guidance, group counseling, and group dynamics. One-half of class time is spent in a laboratory experience during which each student is provided an opportunity to function in a group.

BCE 522 – Individual and Group Appraisal. Three hours. Prerequisite: BER 540. An overview of measurement methods, practice in administration and interpretation of standardized tests, and evaluation of tests and testing programs for counseling and guidance.

BCE 523 – Program Development and Management. Three hours. An examination of the organization and implementation of the guidance functions of schools and the guidance responsibilities of counselors, teachers, and administrators.

BCE 525 – Internship in School and Community Counseling. Three to twelve hours. Prerequisite: Permission of the faculty. Supervised field experience in an appropriate job setting.

BCE 650 – Counseling Strategies for Family Relationships. Three hours. Prerequisite: BCE 512 or permission of the instructor. Examination of theoretical and applied elements of systemic intervention with troubled families.

BCE 611 Multicultural Approaches to Counseling. Three hours.

Prerequisites: Majors only or with instructor permission. This course is designed to introduce students to multicultural issues unique to counseling and other helping professions.

BER 500 – Introduction to Educational Research. Three hours. An overview of the research process, primarily for master’s students.

BER 540 – Statistical Methods in Education. Three hours. Descriptive and basic inferential statistics, including graphs, frequency distributions central tendency, dispersion , correlation, and hypothesis testing. Computer applications are included.

BEP 550 – Life span Development. Three hours. A study of principles and concepts of physical, cognitive personality, and social development from conception through death.

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The Department of Special Education and Multiple Abilities (SPMA) prepares students to serve as reflective decision makers in instructional settings for exceptional learners. Read more
The Department of Special Education and Multiple Abilities (SPMA) prepares students to serve as reflective decision makers in instructional settings for exceptional learners. The SPMA faculty believe that a teacher preparation program should emphasize roles and responsibilities that integrate the strengths of learners, parents, general education teachers, special education teachers, related service professionals, and the community. A combination of learning opportunities that include a coordinated knowledge base, diverse school-based practicums, and internship experiences are designed to facilitate the development of logical, critical, and reflective thinking skills. These skills will enable students to synthesize information and conceptualize knowledge that prepare them as future educators to effectively plan, develop, problem solve, and implement programs for diverse learners.

Visit the website http://education.ua.edu/academics/spema/

Based on the fundamental belief that success is a function of the interaction between the individual and the environment, the over-arching goal of teacher education programs offered by the Program in Special Education and Multiple Abilities at The University of Alabama is the development, validation, and use of techniques for maximizing students’ (with and without exceptionalities) attainment of their full potential.

Find out how to apply here - http://graduate.ua.edu/prospects/application/

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You must first be accepted into The University of Alabama, and then into a degree program in the College. For graduate admissions, visit the Graduate School home page. Read more
You must first be accepted into The University of Alabama, and then into a degree program in the College. For graduate admissions, visit the Graduate School home page.

A minimum of 30 hours of course credit must be earned, as follows: curriculum and teaching, 6 hours; foundations of professional studies, 3 hours; evaluation of teaching and learning, 3 hours; teaching field, 12 hours; electives (which may be specified), 6 hours. If the special education requirement has not been fulfilled, the student may be required to complete an additional 3-hour survey course in special education. Students may not count more than 6 hours in certain seminar/workshop/problems courses toward the completion of the degree. A maximum of 12 hours of transfer credit, if approved by the student’s advisor, may be applied toward the degree. Students should see their advisers regarding which courses are appropriate for transfer credit.

Visit the website http://education.ua.edu/academics/ci/elem/ma/

The Elementary Education program

The Elementary Education program at The University of Alabama emphasizes the contextual basis for learning, particularly within the ever-expanding global community that includes many diverse kinds of learners and educators. Our initial and advanced degree programs are dedicated to developing professionals and scholars who understand and can apply theories of teaching and learning. We seek to graduate accomplished educators who reflect through their teaching and scholarship a deep understanding of pedagogy, content, and the nature of the learner.

Find out how to apply here - http://graduate.ua.edu/prospects/application/

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All Counselor Education Master’s degree programs have a planned program of study. The plan follows the appropriate requirements for accreditation in that area. Read more
All Counselor Education Master’s degree programs have a planned program of study. The plan follows the appropriate requirements for accreditation in that area. Once an academic advisor has been assigned for your program of study, you should make an appointment to discuss your preferences and career aspirations. The program of study that you accept when you enter the program will be the one you will follow until you graduate. If there are any changes, they need to be approved by your advisor.

Visit the website http://education.ua.edu/academics/esprmc/counseling/macmhc/

The master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is designed to prepare students for employment and practice in public and private mental-health settings. The curriculum offers course work and applied experiences for students’ specialty interests to include areas such couple/family counseling, addictions counseling, play therapy, and similar specialty practice with unique populations or using unique methods of counseling. The clinical mental health counseling program is 60 credit hours and meets accreditation criteria put forward by Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program: Select Courses

While the majority of your courses will be offered through the Program in Counselor Education (designated as BCE) many required courses will be offered by affiliated programs. During your academic career, you will likely enroll for courses in Educational Psychology (designated as BEP), Educational Research (designated as BER), School Psychology (designated as BSP), and other areas. These courses afford the opportunity to take advantage of the expertise of faculty in other programs in the College of Education. Please refer to the Program Planning Record for Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

BCE 512 – Counseling: Theory and Process. Three hours. Introduction to counseling, counseling theories, and the counseling relationship; and an overview of the counseling process.

BCE 513 – Career Development. Three hours. An introduction for counselors and teachers to career development concepts, labor force information, and other resources needed to help persons with career planning and decision making.

BCE 514 – Counseling Skills. Three hours. An experiential course involving applied elements of theoretical models and customary helping skills to orient and prepare students for their initial supervised work with counseling clients.

BCE 515 – Practicum in Counseling I. Three hours. Prerequisite: BCE 514 and permission of the faculty. Laboratory training in attending, listening, and influencing skills. Supervised experience in counseling.

BCE 516 – Practicum in Counseling II. Three hours. Prerequisites: BCE 515 and permission of the faculty. Supervised practice in counseling.

BCE 518 – Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Three hours. Seminar and fieldwork designed to acquaint the student with the functions and roles of the counselor in various community and agency settings.

BCE 521 – Group Procedures in Counseling and Guidance. Three hours. Prerequisite: Permission of the faculty. Background in group methods, including group guidance, group counseling, and group dynamics. One-half of class time is spent in a laboratory experience during which each student is provided an opportunity to function in a group.

BCE 522 – Individual and Group Appraisal. Three hours. Prerequisite: BER 540. An overview of measurement methods, practice in administration and interpretation of standardized tests, and evaluation of tests and testing programs for counseling and guidance.

BCE 525 – Internship in School and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Three to twelve hours. Prerequisite: Permission of the faculty. Supervised field experience in an appropriate job setting.

BCE 528 – Advanced Seminar in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Three hours. Prerequisite: BCE 518. Advanced study and discussion of a variety of agency-specific issues and topics.

BCE 611 – Multicultural Counseling. Three hours. This course is designed to introduce students to multicultural issues unique to counseling and other helping professions.

BCE 650 – Counseling Strategies for Family Relationships. Three hours. Prerequisite: BCE 512 or permission of the instructor. Examination of theoretical and applied elements of systemic intervention with troubled families.

BER 500 – Introduction to Educational Research. Three hours. An overview of the research process, primarily for master’s students.

BER 540 – Statistical Methods in Education. Three hours. Descriptive and basic inferential statistics, including graphs, frequency distributions central tendency, dispersion , correlation, and hypothesis testing. Computer applications are included.

BEP 550 – Life span Development. Three hours. A study of principles and concepts of physical, cognitive personality, and social development from conception through death.

BSP 660 – Psychopathology. Three hours. Thorough examination of the history, scope, and understanding of abnormal behavior through the life span, with emphasis on educational and clinical implications. The most recent classification system is used to structure topics and issues in the course.

Find out how to apply here - http://graduate.ua.edu/prospects/application/

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The major in Administration and Supervision includes a specialization in higher education, which is designed for graduate students from junior or community colleges and/or four-year institutions who are interested in pursuing study in the area of higher education. Read more
The major in Administration and Supervision includes a specialization in higher education, which is designed for graduate students from junior or community colleges and/or four-year institutions who are interested in pursuing study in the area of higher education. Faculty members in the Womack Educational Leadership Department work with students who choose to specialize in higher education to assure that they complete requirements including a foundations core, a specialized core, and elective hours in order to develop a specialized professional knowledge base and skills in the student’s chosen area. Upon enrollment in the Higher Education program, students will select either the research path or practicum path.

Career

Graduates from the Administration and Supervision program with the higher education specialization may be employed in a variety of positions at universities and community colleges. Examples include, but are not limited to:

Academic advisors
Admissions office representatives
Recruiters
Scheduling center officials
Student affairs administrators

MTSU graduates are employed in universities, community colleges, and technology centers in Tennessee and other states; examples include:

Columbia State Community College
Middle Tennessee State University
Motlow State Community College
Tennessee Technology Centers
University of Memphis
University of Mississippi
University of Southern Mississippi

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MTSU’s new Agricultural Education Leadership graduate program offers the opportunity to study agricultural leadership and its application in a variety of agricultural and environmental contexts. Read more
MTSU’s new Agricultural Education Leadership graduate program offers the opportunity to study agricultural leadership and its application in a variety of agricultural and environmental contexts. This concentration leads to a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in the Administration and Supervision major. The program helps disseminate the latest research and best practices in agribusiness and agriscience to educational leaders such as extension officers, FFA club advisors, 4-H leaders, and K-12 teachers who integrate agricultural content into their curriculum. Electives allow master’s candidates to tailor studies for individual career goals. The program draws upon the expertise of School of Agribusiness and Agriscience faculty and builds on MTSU’s strong foundation in K-12 education. Although not traditionally identified as STEM fields, agribusiness and agriscience rest on the ever-growing and ever-changing currents of science, technology, and engineering that require agricultural leaders to remain up-to-date in scientific arenas, apply that knowledge to agribusiness and agriscience, and communicate that information to a variety of audiences in a number of formats.

Career

With leadership being a mandate of employers, the Agricultural Education Leadership master’s degree positions graduates to work with communities, organizations, and agencies that are committed to agriculture and the environment. The program is geared toward agricultural extension agents, 4-H leaders, recent graduates, and teachers who seek advanced agricultural leadership skills.

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The MTSU Department of Aerospace offers three Master of Science in Aviation Administration concentrations. The Aviation Management concentration is a management and operations-oriented degree program designed in cooperation with industry representatives. Read more
The MTSU Department of Aerospace offers three Master of Science in Aviation Administration concentrations. The Aviation Management concentration is a management and operations-oriented degree program designed in cooperation with industry representatives. Study focuses on airport activities and organizational structures, aviation contracts and leases, and aviation systems management. The Aviation Education concentration is designed to serve students interested in the conduct of aviation education, training, or professional development programs, or in the administration of such programs. Students in this concentration take classes in both the Aerospace Department and MTSU College of Education. The Safety and Security Management concentration is designed to provide students the knowledge and expertise necessary to develop and manage aviation safety and security programs. Studies include safety management systems (SMS), aviation security, aviation safety investigation, and human factors in aviation.

Career

The graduate curriculum at Middle Tennessee State University offers an individually tailored program to meet specific student career goals. Master’s level candidates are prepared for direct entry into the air transportation industry in a variety of specialties. Depending on the coursework chosen and the research thesis topic, graduating candidates may become involved with airport planning and design, environmental policy, safety and security, general aviation, domestic or international scheduled air transportation, or aviation training and education. Some management opportunities with this degree are:

Aerospace manufacturing manager
Air traffic control manager
Air carrier manager
Airport manager
Airport planner/designer
Airport/air carrier security director
Aviation regulations consultant
Aviation trainer/educator
Federal Aviation Administration safety inspector
Fixed Base Operations (FBO) manager
Logistics manager
Transportation Security Administration manager

Employers of MTSU alumni include:

AB Aviation
Allegiant Air
American Airlines
Corporate Flight Management
Delta Airlines
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Federal Aviation Administration
Federal Express
Lexington Blue Grass Airport
National Business Aircraft Association (NBAA)
Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority
Murfreesboro Municipal Airport
Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport Authority
Southwest Airlines
United Airlines
United Parcel Service
U.S. Armed Forces (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy)

Degrees

The MTSU Department of Aerospace offers the Master of Science (M.S.) in Aviation Administration, with concentrations in Aviation Management, Aviation Education, or Aviation Safety and Security Management. Students can now complete any of the master’s concentrations online, as well as on campus.

Aviation Management Concentration

The Aviation Management concentration is a management and operations-oriented degree program which was designed in cooperation with industry representatives (manufacturing, airlines, airport authority, fixed-base operators, and the FAA). Study focuses on airport activities and organizational structures, aviation contracts and leases, and aviation systems management. This master of science degree program requires the completion of 36 semester hours, consisting of an 18 credit hour core, 9 credit hours in the concentration, and 9 credit hours of electives. See the Requirements tab for more information.

Aviation Education Concentration

The Aviation Education concentration is designed to serve students interested in the conduct of aviation education, training, or professional development programs or in the administration of such programs. Students in this concentration take classes in both the Aerospace Department and the MTSU College of Education. This master of science degree program requires the completion of 36 semester hours, consisting of an 18 credit hour core, 12 hours of required courses in the College of Education, and 6 credit hours of electives. See the Requirements tab for more information.

Aviation Safety and Security Management

The Safety and Security Management concentration is designed to provide students the knowledge and expertise necessary to develop and manage aviation safety and security programs. Studies include safety management systems (SMS), aviation security, aviation safety investigation, and human factors in aviation. This degree program requires the completion of 36 semester hours, consisting of an 18 credit hour core, 9 credit hours in the concentration, and 9 credit hours of electives. See the Requirements tab for more information.

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The Curriculum and Instruction program, leading either to a Master of Education (M.Ed.) or a Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) degree is designed to foster the development of teaching skills that result in increased pupil performance. Read more
The Curriculum and Instruction program, leading either to a Master of Education (M.Ed.) or a Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) degree is designed to foster the development of teaching skills that result in increased pupil performance. By analyzing curriculum choices and strategies, along with best teaching practices, those who complete either of these programs will be better equipped to provide an environment in which students engage in relevant and meaningful learning activities. Upon enrollment in a Curriculum and Licensure program, students will select either the research path or the practicum path. MTSU offers a specialization in secondary education licensure. This specialization offers a path for non-licensed degree-holding individuals seeking licensure to teach in secondary public schools. The Womack Educational Leadership department also offers a non-licensure generalist Curriculum and Instruction major.

The Department of Elementary and Special Education offers the Master of Education degree with a major in Curriculum and Instruction. The major in Curriculum and Instruction offers concentrations in Early Childhood Education, Elementary School Education, and Middle School Education. A specialization in inclusion education is available as is a specialization leading to initial licensure.

Career

Graduates from the Curriculum and Instruction programs may be employed in a variety of positions. Examples include, but are not limited to:

Central office personnel
Department chairs
Instructional leaders or supervisors
Team leaders

MTSU graduates are employed through various school districts throughout Tennessee; examples include:

Cannon County Schools
Coffee County Schools
Franklin County Schools
Franklin Special School District Schools
Murfreesboro City Schools
Rutherford County Schools
Tullahoma Schools
Van Buren County Schools
Warren County Schools
Wayne County Schools
White County Schools
Williamson County Schools

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The MA in Student Affairs in Higher Education program represents what a well-rounded academic program is all about—academic excellence, plus geographical, cultural, and ethnic diversity. Read more
The MA in Student Affairs in Higher Education program represents what a well-rounded academic program is all about—academic excellence, plus geographical, cultural, and ethnic diversity. Coursework and assistantships—held by about 90 percent of our students—blend academic achievement with real-world responsibilities so that you are fully prepared for entry-level and mid-management jobs, depending on your past experience.

STUDENTS FROM A VARIETY OF PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC BACKGROUNDS

A typical SAHE entering class includes graduates of private and public institutions, from very small to very large, from all sections of the country. Many students are returning to graduate school after having worked for a few years.

YOUR COHORT BECOMES PART OF YOUR PROFESSIONAL NETWORK

All students join a fall cohort and either begin classes in the summer or in fall. With the cohort model you surround yourself with like-minded learners who will become members of your professional network. You progress through a prescribed sequence of courses as a group, and, together, you’ll discover the history of your profession while mastering the theories and techniques that have proven effective when working with diverse campus populations.

THE MA IN STUDENT AFFAIRS IN HIGHER EDUCATION

This program introduces you to the key principles and responsibilities of this area of study. Practical experiences provided by your assistantship and practicums help transition you from the classroom to your first job in the field.

A minimum of 42 credits (36 required and 6 credits of elective or thesis), a portfolio requirement, and the equivalent of two academic years of full-time study are required to earn the Master of Arts degree.

Student Affairs is an applied science field and, as such, you will:
-Understand theories of personality and human development.
-Learn elements of research.
-Acquire specific skills and techniques for helping others learn, grow, and develop.
-Comprehend organizational management theory and practice.
-Complete a variety of practice-oriented courses.

You will also demonstrate professional competence by writing either a thesis or completing six hours of approved electives along with a final semester portfolio completed during the final semester.

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The Master of Education in Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning (M.Ed.) with a concentration in Early and Middle Childhood Literacy Reading is offered through the Regents Online Campus Collaborative (ROCC) , and is delivered following the standard protocol established for the delivery of ROCC courses and programs. Read more
The Master of Education in Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning (M.Ed.) with a concentration in Early and Middle Childhood Literacy Reading is offered through the Regents Online Campus Collaborative (ROCC) , and is delivered following the standard protocol established for the delivery of ROCC courses and programs. The mission of this program is to provide advanced professional preparation in the area of reading and language arts for practicing teachers.

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Admission to this program is a competitive process, with candidates (students) admitted in cohorts. Visit the website http://education.ua.edu/academics/elpts/edle/ma/. Read more
Admission to this program is a competitive process, with candidates (students) admitted in cohorts.

Visit the website http://education.ua.edu/academics/elpts/edle/ma/

Application Process

Visit the UA Graduate School website where you will:

- Complete the online application http://graduate.ua.edu/application.

- Submit official GRE or MAT scores.

- Submit official transcripts from all previous post-secondary institutions attended.

- Submit a statement of purpose.

- Submit 3 letters of recommendation (one from your principal or supervisor).

Due Date for Applications

Applications for admission will be due in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy & Technology Studies by April 1 for entry into a cohort that will begin the program in the subsequent summer. All applications for entry into a cohort that will begin in the spring are due November 1, and all applications for entry into a cohort that will begin the subsequent fall will be due in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy & Technology Studies by July 1. All applicants for this program must provide a Supplemental EXP completed by their current and/or previous school system(s) verifying at least three full years of full-time, acceptable professional educational experience including at least one full year of full–time P-12 teaching experience. The original notarized form(s) should be sent to:

Dawn Bryant
Student Services & Certification
College of Education
The University of Alabama
Box 870321
Tuscaloosa, Al, 35487-0231

Portfolio

In addition to the general application materials required by the University of Alabama Graduate School and the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy & Technology Studies, applicants must construct an application portfolio, as required by Ala. Admin. Code §290-3-3-.48(1)(b). For entry into a cohort beginning in the Summer Term, the application portfolio is due in the Department by April 1. For entry into a cohort beginning in the Spring Term, the application portfolio is due in the Department by November 1. For entry into a cohort beginning in the Fall Term, the application portfolio is due in the Department by July 1.

The application portfolio must contain the following items:

- Three letters of recommendation, including one from the applicant’s principal or supervisor;

- Completed copy (all forms) of most recent performance appraisal to include the professional development component if available;

- Evidence of ability to improve student achievement;

- Evidence of leadership and management potential including evidence of most recent accomplishments in the area of educational leadership;

- Summary statement of applicant’s reasons for pursuing instructional leadership certification;

- Summary statement of what the applicant expects from the program; and,

- The applicant’s vitae.

Items should be placed in a large envelope in the order of the above list, have divider pages between items, and mailed to Vanessa Williams, The University of Alabama, Box 870302, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487-0302 or hand-delivered to 301 Graves Hall (main campus) or to the UA Gadsden Center.

Assessment Center

The purpose of the Assessment Center is to first fulfill the regulatory requirement of a face-to-face interview with each applicant. The Assessment Center will also include other activities designed to provide additional information, particularly with respect to candidate dispositions and candidate writing skills, to adequately assess candidate aptitude for instructional leadership.

Scheduled Assessment Centers appear below. Candidates electing to participate in an Assessment Center at the Gadsden Center should contact Dr. Brenda Mendiola ().

Cohort Numbers

Cohorts will be limited to twenty-five participants at two locations: Tuscaloosa (main campus) and at the UA Gadsden Center. Additional cohorts will be admitted at either location, if there are sufficient eligible candidates and available faculty members.

Program of Study

The program of study for the Master of Arts Degree in Educational Leadership, leading to initial certification in Alabama for Instructional Leadership, will be composed of thirty (30) semester hours of coursework, including the following courses:

AEL 520: Leadership for Communities and Stakeholders (3 semester hours)
AEL 521: Leadership for Continuous Improvement (3 semester hours)
AEL 522: Leadership for Teaching and Learning (3 semester hours)
AEL 523: Human Resource Development (3 semester hours)
AEL 524: Ethics and Law (3 semester hours)
AEL 525: Management of Learning Organizations (3 semester hours)
AEL 526: Data-Informed Decision-Making (3 semester hours)
AEL 527: Internship in Instructional Leadership (3 semester hours)
BER 540: Quantitative Research; Statistics (3 semester hours)
BEF graduate-level Foundations Course from approved list (3 semester hours)
Total: 30 semester hours for Masters Degree in Educational Leadership

*Note: To receive certification at the “A” level, students are also required to have taken a special education survey course (SPE 300 or SPE 500 or the equivalent). If students have taken a special education survey course as part of the requirements for an earlier certificate, it will not have to be taken again. If students have not taken a special education survey course for an earlier certificate, SPE 500 must be taken in addition to the 30 semester hours detailed above.

Field experience objectives, including progression from observation through participation to leading behaviors, will be embedded in each course and assessed by the faculty member of record for each course. Throughout this program, instructional activities are aligned with instructional objectives. The faculty member of record has the responsibility of assigning the LiveText assessment (1, 2, 3, 4) for each objective, and instructional activities will also generate documentation for the electronic portfolio aspect of LiveText, which will append to the assessment ratings.

Find out how to apply here - http://graduate.ua.edu/prospects/application/

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