MA in Leadership in Special Education - Exceptionalities

Special Education Department

Degrees offered

Certificate

Campuses

Main Campus
Anne Arundel Community College
College of Southern Maryland (CSM)
Eastern Shore Higher Education Center (ESHEC)
Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (SMHEC)
University Center Northeastern Maryland (formerly the HEAT Center)

The Master of Arts in Leadership in Special Education - Exceptionalities provides a program of advanced study for professionals who wish to become supervisors or administrators with the commitment and skills to become 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
EDU-557 Leadership Seminar I
EDU-567 Learning Theory and Practice
EDU-569 Supervision: Empowering Teachers
EDU-560 Legal Issues for Teachers and Administrators
EDU-556 Technology for Instruction and Management
SPE-518 Behavior in Language
SPE-531 Autism and Asperger’s Disorders
SPE-545 Assessment II
EDU-563 Curriculum Development
EDU-688 Practicum: School Administration and Supervision Part I
EDU-690 Practicum: School Administration and Supervision Part II

Elective Options

SPE-530 Attention Deficit Disorder
SPE-533 Understanding Aggression

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, including successful completion of EDU-543, EDU-557. [ 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-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-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 ]

SPE-545 Assessment of Special Needs Populations II

Addresses current issues and trends in assessment, and explores formal, informal, and innovative means of assessing student needs and achievement. Issues related to testing exemptions and accommodations will also be addressed. Designed for students with experience in special education. Prerequisite: Prior experience in special needs testing. [ 3 credits ]