MA in Leadership in Teaching

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Classroom teachers play a vital role in preparing students for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. The Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching program provides advanced study for professionals who wish to become master teachers—leaders in the art and craft of teaching—with the commitment and skills to provide for the success of their students and the leadership development of their peers. Through graduate study in leadership, in pedagogy and in international education, the program develops competencies essential for contemporary educators.

Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching: Administration and Supervision
Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching: Library Media Specialist
Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching: Mathematics Instructional Leader
Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching: Reading Specialist
Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching: Spanish
Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching: STEM
Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching: ESOL (MATESOL)

Classroom teachers play a vital role in preparing students for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. The Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching program provides advanced study for professionals who wish to become master teachers—leaders in the art and craft of teaching—with the commitment and skills to provide for the success of their students and the leadership development of their peers. Through graduate study in leadership, in pedagogy and in international education, the program develops competencies essential for contemporary educators.

Through a combination of theory and practice, students develop leadership skills to assist them in team building, decision making, problem solving, communicating effectively, and planning and managing change. Courses in pedagogy introduce students to state-of-the-art practices that enable teachers to empower their students to be self-motivated, serious learners. Teachers improve their ability to become critical consumers of education research that explores teaching and learning. They become familiar with computer tools available for planning and instruction, use instruments for assessment and evaluation, and study approaches to curriculum design and course planning.

Students also devote serious study to expanding their intellectual and cultural horizons by means of coursework which focuses on social, cultural and global dimensions of learning. They enlarge their capacity to identify and analyze challenges facing educators around the world and expand their awareness of and appreciation for differing cultural perspectives. In so doing, they cultivate skills necessary to teach effectively in an increasingly multicultural environment by becoming more aware of the diverse social and cultural contexts within which today's schools function.

Distinctive features of the 36-credit program include a multidisciplinary foundation, a focus on the professional development of classroom teachers, and scheduling options which include Saturday and evening courses during the school year, as well as intensive day classes during the summer. For students who prefer summer study only, an option is available which will permit degree completion in four consecutive summers.

The entire program is offered on the Baltimore campus. In addition, the program, including the School Administration and Supervision Certification (but not the concentrations) is offered at the Northeast Maryland Higher Education Center (Aberdeen), at Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, and at Anne Arundel Community College.

Students seeking certification in both initial and advanced programs need to pass Praxis Core and Praxis II examinations. In place of Praxis Core, Maryland will accept SAT scores of at least 1100 or ACT composite score of at least 24.

Curriculum (36 Credits)

Required Courses (18 Credits)

EDU-543     Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting Educational Research (3)
EDU-552     Global Perspectives in Teaching (3)
EDU-556     Technology for Instruction and Management (3)
EDU-557     Leadership Seminar I (3)
EDU-559     Leadership Seminar II (3)
EDU-567     Learning Theory and Practice (3)

Electives (18 Credits)

Choose six electives from the following areas:
Education (including technology and online courses)
English
History
Liberal Arts

Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching: Administration and Supervision

This program helps transform classroom teachers into school administration leaders.  Teachers will develop the ability to communicate, plan for and manage change in today’s dynamic multicultural environment.  Certificate programs also available.

Curriculum (36 Credits)

Required Courses

EDU-557     Leadership I (3)
EDU-567     Learning Theory and Practice (3)
EDU-543     Reading, Analyzing, and Interpreting Educational Research (3)
EDU-544     Educational Assessment (3)
EDU-556     Technology for Instruction and Management (3)
EDU-560     Legal Issues for Teachers and Administrators (3)
EDU-563     Curriculum Development (3)
EDU-569     Supervision: Empowering Teachers (3)
EDU-688     Practicum: School Administration and Supervision I (3) 
EDU-690     Practicum: School Administration and Supervision II (3)

Select one of the following:

EDU-577     Internet in Teaching and Learning (3)
EDU-665     Digital Game Based Learning and Design (3)
EDU-676     Educational Applications of Multimedia (3)

Select one of the following:

EDU-552     Global Perspectives in Teaching (3)
EDU-553     Educational that is Multicultural (3)

Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching: Digital Technology Leadership

Designed to develop technology leaders who are equipped to meet the digital needs of their schools or school system, this program provides opportnities to build practical skills as well as theoretical perspectives on administering an effective and safe technology infrastructure, as well as planning for technology integration and guiding implementation. To meet learners' needs and to embrace innovation, the program includes a variety of choices.

Curriculum (36 Credits)

Leadership Core

EDU-557     Leadership Seminar I (3)
EDU-560     Legal Issues for Teachers and Administrators (3)
EDU-563     Curriculum Development (3)
EDU-569     Supervision: Empowring Teachers (3)

Technology Core

EDU-XXX     Educational Leadership and Technology: Preparing School Administrators for the Digital Age (3)
EDU-665     Digital Game-Based Learning and Design (3)
EDU-543     Reading, Analyzing, and Interpreting Educational Research (3)
EDU-XXX     Technology Systems in Schools (3)
EDU-XXX     Instructional Tools for Digital Learning (3)
EDU-XXX     Practicum in Educational Technology Integration (first and last class f2f) (3)

Electives (Select two)

EDU-XXX      Teaching the Digital Generation in the Globalized Age (3)
EDU-XXX      The Online Learning Environment: Design and Implementation (3)
EDU-577      The Internet in Teaching and Learning (3)
EDU-676      Educational Applications of Multimedia (3)

Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching: Library Media Specialist

Designed to broaden competencies in technology, decision-making, problem-solving and effective communication, this program prepares teachers to be leaders in the media field and to structure and manage today’s school library environment.  Certificate programs also available.

Curriculum (36 Credits)

EDU-557     Leadership Seminar I (3)
EDU-567     Learning Theory and Practice (3)
EDU-543     Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting Educational Research (3)
EDU-556     Technology for Instruction and Management (3)
EDU-575     Information Literacy Resources (3)
EDU-514     Organization of Information (3)
EDU-577     Internet in Teaching and Learning (3)
EDU-524     Adolescent Literature (3)
EDU-560     Legal Issues for Teachers and Administrators (3)
EDU-563     Curriculum Development (3)
EDU-512     School Library Administration I (3)
EDU-610     School Library Administration II (3)

Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching: Mathematics Instructional Leader

Notre Dame’s program, the first approved in Maryland, prepares elementary and middle school mathematics teachers to be mathematics instructional leaders.  The curriculum is based on NCATE and Common Core State Standards.  Certificate programs also available.

Curriculum (36 Credits)

Mathematics Instructional Leader, Grades PreK-6

MAT-541    Number and Operations (3)
MAT-542    Number and Relationships (3)
MAT-543    Geometry and Measurement (3)
MAT-544   Statistics and Probability (3)
MAT-545   Patterns and Algebraic Thinking (3)
MAT-546    Algebra (3)
EDU-616     Practicum: Leadership in Mathematics Education (3)
EDU-567     Learning Theory and Practice (3)
EDU-583     Special Topics in Mathematics Education (3)
EDU-557     Leadership Seminar I (3)
EDU-543     Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting Education Research (3)
EDU-665     Digital Game Based Learning and Design (3)

Mathematics  Instructional Leader, Grades 4-9

MAT-501      Number and Operations (3)
MAT-503      Fundamentals of Algebra (3)
MAT-507      Algebraic Functions (3)
MAT-521      Measurement and Geometry (3)
MAT-531      Data Analysis and Statistics (3)
MAT-532      Probability and Simulations (3)
MAT-533      Calculus (3)
EDU-557      Leadership Seminar I (3)
EDU-567      Learning Theory and Practice (3)
EDU-583      Special Topics in Mathematics Education (3)
EDU-543      Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting Education Research (3)
EDU-616      Practicum: Leadership in Mathematics Education (3) 

Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching: Reading Specialist

Designed for elementary and secondary certified teachers who want to expand their knowledge of literacy theory and practices to become literacy leaders in K-12 settings.

Certificate programs also available.

Curriculum (36 Credits)

Required Courses (30 Credits)

EDU-557     Leadership Seminar I (3)
EDU-567     Learning Theory and Practice (3)
EDU-543     Reading, Analyzing, and Interpreting Educational Research (3)
EDU-556     Technology for Instruction and Management (3)
EDU-586     Techniques of Teaching Reading and Writing to Students with Limited English Proficiency (3)
EDU-612     Remedial Reading Instruction for Classroom and Clinical Settings (3)
EDU-618     Resource Role of the Reading Specialist (3)
EDU-629     The Roles of the Literacy Coach (3)
EDU-691     Practicum: Application of Remediation in a Clinical Setting (3)
EDU-542     Instruction in Reading (required for secondary teachers) (3) OR
EDU-551     Teaching Reading and Writing in Content Area II (required for elementary teachers) (3)

Electives (6 Credits)

Prerequisites - Elementary:
EDU-509     Processes and Acquisition of Reading (3)
EDU-510     Elementary Reading Materials (3)
EDU-511     Assessment of Reading (3)
EDU-542     Instruction of reading (3)

Prerequisites - Secondary:
EDU-580     Teaching Reading and Writing in Content Areas I (3)
EDU-551     Teaching Reading and Writing in Content Areas II (3)

Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching: Spanish

The Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching: Spanish, offers a foundation at the graduate level in Hispanic linguistics and literature while deepening the classroom teacher’s understanding of the interrelated nature of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture within today’s global society. The prerequisite for all graduate Spanish courses is an undergraduate major in Spanish or four upper level Spanish courses.

Curriculum (30 credits)

EDU-557  Leadership Seminar I (3)
EDU-567  Learning Theory and Practice (3)
EDU-543  Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting Educational Research (3)
EDU-544  Educational Assessment (3)
EDU-676  Educational Applications of Multimedia (3)
LSP-560    Advanced Oral Communication in Spanish (3)
LSP-528    Spanish Linguistics (3)
LSP-530    Perspectives on Spanish as a World Language (3)
LSP-559    Contemporary Hispanic World
LSP-501    Advanced Methods of Teaching Spanish

Elective Courses

LSP-501    Topics in Spanish: Magical Realism (3)
LSP-510    Survey of Masterpieces of Latin American Literature (3)
LSP-542    Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean: Literature and the Arts (3)
LSP-522    Survey of masterpieces in Peninsular Literature (3)
LSP-524    Survey of the Spanish Novel (3)
LSP-532    Contemporary Spain: Literature and the Arts (3)
LSP-501    Topics in Spanish: Hispanic Women’s Voices in Film and Literature (3)
LSP-526    Hispanic Women Writers (3)

Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching: STEM

Responsive to Maryland’s statewide initiatives that identify Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) as priority content areas, this program provides content and methodology for teachers of grades K-8.

Curriculum (36 Credits)

EDU-557     Leadership Seminar I (3)
EDU-567     Learning Theory and Practice (3)
PHY-560      Physics for Teachers K-8 (3)
CHM-560    Chemistry for Teachers K-8 (3)
EDST-500    Introduction to Design, Technology, and Engineering: Content and Instruction Strategies (3)
PHY-561      Space and Earth Science for Teachers K-8 (3)
BIO-560       Biology for Teachers K-8: The Cell, Inheritance and Evolution (3)
EDST-501    Exploration in Design, Technology, and Engineering: Content and Instruction Strategies (3)
ENV-560      Sustainability for Teachers K-8 (3)
EDST-502    Application of Design, Technology, and Engineering: Content and Instruction Strategies (3)
EDST-503    Practicum: STEM for Teachers K-8 (3)
EDST-504    STEM Curriculum Development (3)

Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching: ESOL (MATESOL)

Curriculum for Certified Teachers (36 Credits)

EDU-508     Issues in TESOL (3)
EDU-543     Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting Educational Research (3)
EDU-545     Principles of Linguistics (3)
EDU-546     Methods and Materials for TESOL (3)
EDU-547     Assessing Second Language Acquisition (3)
EDU-548     Language Learning (3)
EDU-556     Technology for Instruction and Management (3)
EDU-557     Leadership Seminar I (3)
EDU-559     Leadership Seminar II (3)
EDU-567     Learning Theory and Practice (3)
EDU-586     Techniques of Teaching Reading and Writing to Students with Limited English          Proficiency (3)
EDU-596     English Grammar for ESL Teachers (3)

Prerequisites: Six credits in a second language.


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-552 Global Perspectives in Teaching

Encourages an open inquiry into the nature of global education as a means to prepare students for intelligent participation in the contemporary world. Classroom materials and techniques are used to explore global issues, such as hunger, poverty, the environmental crisis, international development and world peace. Integrates content with pedagogy. [ 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-559 Leadership Seminar II

Considers the dynamics of innovation and change in organizations and institutions. Readings and discussions focus on the conceptualization, planning, and management of innovation and change. Seminar participants analyze the theoretical bases of various decision-making and problem-solving strategies and examine specific case studies relevant to change. Students are required to develop an analytical project in which they identify a particular problem and plan an effective strategy. Prerequisite: 21 completed credits, including successful completion of EDU-557. [ 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 ]