Master of Arts in Education: Instructional Leadership – 36 Credits

Overview

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Education: Instructional Leadership is designed to enhance the competencies, knowledge and skills of educational professionals in the areas of design, implementation, practice and assessment of instructional programs. The MA is designed to equip professional educators with the skills necessary to become instructional leaders in public and private schools as well as corporate and non-profit organizations. This program is designed to be utilized by public and private school teachers, as well as by corporate and nonprofit institution educational personnel.

Program Goals

  • To develop instructional leaders
  • To enhance the instructional competencies and knowledge of members of the education profession
  • To provide educational institutions and/or organizations with instructional leaders skilled in the art of designing, implementing, delivering, and assessing instructional programs
  • To enrich and foster an understanding of individual differences and how they can be addressed
  • To foster collaboration among instructional professionals from educational institutions and corporate organizations
  • To develop an understanding of outcome and performance based assessment
  • To enable individuals to understand, interpret and extend research in the field of educational psychology, instructional leadership, staff development and curriculum development

Program Requirements

  • Students are required to take 24 credits in Instructional Leadership and 12 elective credits.
  • Graduate students must achieve a grade of “B” or higher in each course and must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in order to receive a degree. Any graduate student who receives more than one grade of “C” (to include C+, C, or C-) will be dismissed from the program. A graduate student who has received a grade of “C” must repeat the course. No grades of “D” will be given (anything lower than a C- is a F). A grade of “F” will result in dismissal from the program. Note: If a student repeats a course in which a grade of “C” has been received, both the original grade and the repeated grade will count in the GPA. The original grade of “C” will be used to determine eligibility to stay in or to be removed from the program.
  • **Recommended: GED-697 should be taken in the semester prior to taking GED-698. The thesis proposal should be approved in GED-697 and completed in GED-698.
  • It is strongly suggested that students who are working full time do not take another course while they are taking GED-698. If due to extenuating circumstances, a student feels it is necessary to take GED-698 and another course in the same semester, he/she has to obtain a signed waiver from the appropriate graduate director.

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA 3.0.
  • Teaching or Educational Services Certification - Please send a copy of your standard certificate or your Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing with your application. (If you do not have a teaching certification please contact the Transfer Admissions Office regarding the Post Baccalaureate teaching certification program).
  • No GRE/GMAT required.

Curriculum Requirements

Instructional Leadership Core Requirements-24 Credits

GED-550Sem. in Curriculal Eval.& Assesment Eval

3

GED-560Seminar in Instructional Leadership

3

GED-619Students, Teachers, Social Policy & the Law

3

GED-632Technology in the Classroom

3

GED-651Curriculum Development & Evaluation

3

GED-680Finance and Facilities

3

GED-697Educational Research

3

GED-698Research in Instructional Leadership

3

GED-550 and GED-651: These courses are required in order to obtain your NJ Supervisor Licensure with the Master degree.

Graduate Electives-12 Credits

GED-552Development & Supervision of Sp.Ed. Prog

3

GED-637Critical Thinking, Moral Education & Ethics in the Classroom

3

GED-642Case Studies in Supervision Case Studies

3

GED-643Conflict Resolution

3

GED-650Principles & Practices of Supervision

3

GED-661Managing Educational Change & Innovation

3

GED-642 and GED-650: These courses are required in order to obtain your NJ Supervisor Licensure with the Master degree.

 

Please note: The NJ Department of Education requires students applying for Supervisor Licensure have a minimum of 3 years successful, full-time teaching and/or educational services experience.

Please note that if you have already been admitted to the program please contact the Program Director, Dr. Timothy Frederiks, for clarification as to how to progress towards earning your degree.