MA in Leadership in Special Education - Administration

Special Education Department

Degrees offered

Master's

Campuses

Main Campus
Anne Arundel Community College
Eastern Shore Higher Education Center (ESHEC)
Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (SMHEC)

The Master of Arts in Leadership in Special Education – Administration provides an advanced Program of Study for educational professionals who aspire to become supervisors or administrators with the commitment and skills to be effective instructional leaders in inclusive school environments. Through advanced study in leadership, pedagogy and literacy, the Program requires the student to develop essential competencies in these areas as they pertain to diverse learners.

Curriculum

Required Courses

EDU-543   Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting Educational Research (3)
EDU-556   Technology for Instruction and Management (3)
EDU-557   Leadership I Seminar (3)
EDU-560   Legal Issues for Teachers and Administrators (3)
EDU-563   Curriculum Development (3)
EDU-567   Learning Theory and Practice (3)
EDU-569   Supervision: Empowering Teachers (3)
EDU 688   Practicum: School Administration and Supervision Part I (3)
EDU 690   Practicum: School Administration and Supervision Part II (3)
Elective Options (3)
SPE-518    Behavior is Language (3)
SPE-530    Attention Deficit Disorder (3)
SPE-531    Autism and Asperger’s Disorders (3)
SPE-533   Understanding Aggression (3)


Courses

EDU-543 Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting Educational Research

Provides an interactive learning environment that will enable students to acquire knowledge, skills and abilities required for the analysis, interpretation and evaluation of educational research. In addition, the course will enable students to cultivate the skills necessary for engaging in their own creative and meaningful research. [ 3 credits ]

EDU-556 Technology for Instruction and Management

Introduces learners to technology as a tool for classroom instruction and management. Students will be given opportunities in planning, designing and producing projects that meet the instructional needs of students. The projects encompass skills in word processing, video, Web pages, multimedia and other technologies. Students examine online information services and the integration of technology into the curriculum and practice. [ 3 credits ]

EDU-557 Leadership Seminar I

Analyzes various models of leadership and explores societal and personal assumptions about leadership. Students investigate key elements of effective leadership and raise questions from several cultural viewpoints. Participants will be encouraged to integrate and apply diverse leadership perspectives in order to enhance their leadership abilities and strengthen their capacity to lead as educational professionals. [ 3 credits ]

EDU-560 Legal Issues for Teachers and Administrators

Surveys the fundamental legal principles and issues which affect public and private education. They will become acquainted with the American legal process and basic legal terminology. Using the case study approach to contemporary education law, students will become familiar with the diversity of legal issues that affect educators' professional lives. [ 3 credits ]

EDU-563 Curriculum Development

Considers the forces driving quality curriculum development. This course examines how different groups, issues, ideologies and research have influenced what and how children have been taught historically. Attention will be focused on recent reform literature directed at schools and its likely impact on curriculum. Current political, economic, demographic and academic trends will be studied. The process for curriculum design will be examined and applied as students develop a sample guide using the class as a workshop group. The course concludes with an analysis of future curriculum needs and the role of educators in bringing about needed changes. [ 3 credits ]

EDU-567 Learning Theory and Practice

Evaluates theories of learning from cognitive, physiological and affective perspectives as a basis for effective instructional practice. Research into the theoretical basis for learning and higher level thinking skills is applied to educational planning, implementation, and evaluation. [ 3 credits ]

EDU-569 Supervision: Empowering Teachers

Examines the developmental supervisory approach for teachers and support staff. Key elements of effective supervision are investigated and applied to school situations through reading, exercises, and videos. Knowledge of adult learning, interpersonal skills, and alternative supervisory practices according to varying developmental levels are stressed. Empowerment can be a motivational tool and lead to increased performance. Thus, strategies for empowering teachers and support staff are included in this course as a key requirement for supervisors. [ 3 credits ]

EDU-688 Practicum: School Administration and Supervision Part I

Begins the first phase of a year-long internship in school administration and supervision. This course blends leadership theory and practice and focuses on the ongoing professional growth and development of students by assisting them to improve leadership skills, techniques and behaviors that are related to effective school leadership. Students participate in an in-school practicum experience with their assigned administrators. Specific experiences will address various dimensions of effective school leadership (visionary leadership, instructional leadership, organizational leadership, community leadership, ethical leadership and political leadership). A seminar class complements the in-school practicum experience. Seminar readings and discussions focus on the conceptualization, planning, and management of innovation and change. Students are required to develop an analytic project in which they identify a particular problem and plan an effective strategy. Students are supervised, assessed and evaluated by a college supervisor and a school administrator. Prerequisite: 21 completed credits. [ 3 credits ]

EDU-690 Practicum in School Administration and Supervision Part II

Initiates the second phase of the year-long internship in school administration and supervision. This course is designed as a culminating experience for students preparing for Administration and Supervision Certification. The course blends leadership theory with practice and focuses on the ongoing professional growth and development of students by assisting them to improve leadership skills, techniques and behaviors which are related to effective school leadership. Students participate in an in-school practicum experience with their assigned administrators. Specific experiences are planned to enable the student to gain direct experience of the administrator's roles in the daily operation of a school. Specific experiences will address various dimensions of effective school leadership (visionary leadership, instructional leadership, organizational leadership, community leadership, ethical leadership and political leadership). This internship is taken following the successful completion of EDU-688 Practicum: School Administration and Supervision Part I. Students are supervised, assessed and evaluated by a college supervisor and a school administrator. Prerequisites: EDU-688 with a minimum grade of B. Permission of the chair of the education department. [3 credits ]

SPE-518 Behavior Is Language

Gives the learner a new perspective on student behavior and effective tools to facilitate positive student change. It provides a developmental framework to help the learner understand what students are trying to communicate through the "language" of their behavior. Topics covered include behavioral techniques and intervention strategies that remediate disruptive behaviors, reduce power struggles while increasing classroom control, reduce educator workload, and help prevent burnout. After successfully completing this course, the educator and his/her students will be better equipped to find and implement creative, effective solutions to behavioral problems. [ 3 credits ] http://www.virtualeduc.com/cnd/

SPE-530 Attention Deficit Disorder

A self-paced or online course, designed to give you an understanding of the framework of and need for creating supportive learning environments for diverse learning populations. This course will help the learner achieve a better understanding of ADD and intervention strategies to facilitate positive student change. This course covers the history of the disorder, accepted methods to assess and identify students with the disorder, and various methods, medications, and strategies that are currently used to treat it. For situations in which services beyond what can be provided in the classroom are required, the referral process for getting help for the student will be addressed. Reference materials include a list of resources for both teachers and parents who would like more help or information about ADD or ADHD. [ 3 credits ] NOTE: This course includes a final case study paper in addition to the assignments in the syllabus. [ 3 months ]

SPE-531 Autism and Asperger's Disorder

A self-paced or online course, designed to give you an understanding of the framework of and need for creating supportive learning environments for diverse learning populations. This course describes Autism and Asperger's Disorder, including characteristics of these disorders, associated learning styles, communication weaknesses, and various intervention strategies. The course helps the learner make sense out of why individuals with Autism spectrum disorders behave the way they do, and what you can do to enhance more appropriate behavior. This course also lists resources for educators, related service personnel, and parents who want more help or information on Autism and Asperger's Disorder. [ 3 credits ] NOTE: This course includes a final case study paper in addition to the assignments in the syllabus.

SPE-533 Understanding Aggression

A self-paced or online course, designed to give you an understanding of the framework or an need for creating supportive learning environments for diverse learning populations. This course includes topics on violence, aggression in the classroom, youth gangs, aggression in sports and on television, how drugs and alcohol play a role in aggression and violence, and "hot spots" that tend to breed aggression and violence. It is designed to help school personnel become more aware of the causes of aggression and ways to evaluate it and intervene before it turns to violence in the schools. The course also discusses aggression in our communities through driving, dating, sports, television, and music, and how these issues are dealt with in modern society. [ 3 credits ]