Programs leading to the M.Ed. require 33
credit hours of course work and emphasize field-based
experience, with online courses offered in the evening and
during the summer. Faculty with solid expertise in their content
areas are available for ongoing advising in a supportive
environment, committed to meeting student needs. The Education
Specialties Department has strong relationships with public
schools in Maryland and surrounding states, and there is
opportunity for international study. These cost-effective
programs meet Maryland certification requirements and are NCATE
accredited. Alumni include state Teacher of the Year recipients.
Using a “Learn Where You Work” grant, teachers who teach in one
of Maryland’s Eastern Shore counties but live in a bordering
state pay in-state tuition.
Three programs and one track lead to the
M.Ed.: Curriculum and Instruction, Reading Specialist and
Educational Leadership. The Curriculum and Instruction Program
is designed for practicing or certified teachers seeking
advanced preparation in their professions. Each graduate student
selects coursework based on the student’s own professional
goals, creating a personalized program focus. Core classes
include study in technology, learning, diversity and educational
research. The Reading Specialist and Educational Leadership
programs are designed for practicing or certified teachers who
desire additional certification in these specializations.
Reading specialists are instructional leaders and advocates for
literacy in the schools. This program is Maryland State
Department of Education (MSDE) approved, and teachers who
complete the program and meet the MSDE teaching requirement are
eligible for the MSDE Reading Specialist Certificate. The
Educational Leadership Program is designed to prepare
educational leaders and school administrators. This program is
also MSDE approved and leads to an Administrator I Certificate.
The Post Secondary Education Track is
designed for persons preparing to work in higher education,
often in student services, residence life, admissions, coaching
or related fields. Specialty courses include college student
development, higher education law and internships in
post-secondary education settings.