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Leadership in Teaching

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Program of Study
Course Descriptions

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 I and Praxis II examinations. In place of Praxis I, Maryland will accept SAT scores of at least 1100 or ACT composite score of at least 24.

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Program of Study

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: Communication Skills (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: Library Media Specialist (36 Credits)

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

Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching: Reading Specialist (36 Credits)

Required Courses (30 Credits)
EDU-542 Instruction in Reading 3* Or
EDU-543 Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting Educational Research (Research emphasis in reading) (3)
EDU-551 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas II (3)*
EDU-556 Technology for Instruction and Management (3)
EDU-557 Leadership Seminar I (3)
EDU-567 Learning Theory and Practice (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 Literacy Coaching (3)
EDU-691 Practicum: Application of Remediation in a Clinical Setting (3)

*Secondary certified teachers take EDU-542; elementary certified teachers take EDU-551.

Electives (6 Credits)

Options include but not limited to
EDU-563 Curriculum Development
EDU-560 Legal Issues for Teachers and Administrators
EDU-569 Supervision: Empowering Teachers
EDU-614 Digital Gaming
EDU-676 Educational Applications of Multimedia
EDU-544 Educational Assessment
EDU 524 Adolescent Literature

Prerequisites - Elementary:
EDU-509 Process 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-551 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas II (3)
EDU-580 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas I (3)

The following courses are to be taken in sequence:
EDU-542 or EDU-551, EDU-586, EDU-543, EDU-567, EDU-612, , EDU-618, EDU-691.

Others may be taken as student schedules allow.
Candidates meet with program coordinator at beginning of the program.

Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching: Administration and Supervision

Required Courses (36 Credits)
EDU-543 Reading, Analyzing, and Interpreting Educational Research (3)
EDU-544 Educational Assessment (3)
EDU-552 Global Perspectives in Teaching (3) Or
EDU-553 Education That Is Multicultural (3)
EDU-556 Technology for Instruction and Management (3)
EDU-557 Leadership Seminar I (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-577 Internet in Teaching and Learning (3) OR EDU-676 Educational Application of Multimedia (3)
EDU-688 Practicum: School Administration and Supervision Part I* (3)
Note: Open only to students seeking the Administration and Supervision certification
EDU-690 Practicum: School Administration and Supervision Part II (3)

*Secondary certified teachers take EDU-542; elementary certified teachers take EDU-551.

Additional Certifications

Students interested in obtaining any additional certifications should consult the dean of education. Students seeking certification in both initial and advanced programs need to pass Praxis I and Praxis II examinations. In place of Praxis I, Maryland will accept SAT scores of at least 1100 or ACT composite score of at least 24.

The following listing of courses is provided as a guide. There may be additional requirements. The dean of education will assist in assessing individual circumstances.

Certification in School Administration and Supervision

Students who have a master's degree and who desire to obtain School Administration and Supervision Certification should take the following courses:

EDU-557 Leadership Seminar I (3)
EDU-560 Legal Issues for Teachers and Administrators (3)
EDU-569 Supervision: Empowering Teachers (3)
EDU-563 Curriculum Development (3)
EDU-688 Practicum: School Administration and Supervision Part I* (3)
Note: Open only to students seeking the Administration and Supervision Certification

EDU-690 Practicum: School Administration and Supervision Part II (3)
Prerequisite: An Assessment course.

* Course needed for School Administration and Supervision Certification.

Certification in English for Speakers of Other Languages

Students interested in obtaining TESOL Certification should take the following courses:
EDU-508 Issues in TESOL (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-586 Teaching Reading and Writing to Students with Limited English Proficiency/Students of Foreign and Second Languages (3)
EDU-596 English Grammar for ESL Teachers (3) Prerequisites: Six credits in a second language. Students who desire to earn both the master's degree and ESOL Certification may need one or more classes beyond those required for the master's degree to complete the certification requirements. For an analysis of their situations, students should contact the dean of education. Call 410-532-3169 or 410-532-5349 for details.

Certification in Mathematics for Elementary School Educators
MAT-541 Number and Operations for Elementary School Educators (3)
MAT-542 Number and Relationships for Elementary School Educators (3)
MAT-543 Geometry and Measurement for Elementary School Educators (3)
MAT-544 Statistics and Probability for Elementary School Educators (3)
MAT-545 Patterns and Algebraic Thinking for Elementary School Educators (3)
MAT-546 Algebra for Elementary School Educators (3)

Certification in Science for Middle School Educators (21 Credits)
This program is designed to enable teachers certified in elementary education to meet the highly qualified criteria for teaching science in middle school.

Courses:
BIO-503 The Wetland for Educators (3)
BIO-504 The Chesapeake Bay for Educators (3)
BIO-505 Plant Life in the Wetlands for Educators (3)
BIO-506 Animals in the Wetlands for Educators (3)
BIO-507 Watershed Field Ecology for Educators (3)

Each course has a laboratory co-requisite that focuses on models and techniques for teaching the content area to middle school students.

Certification in Special Education

Students interested in obtaining Special Education Certification should take the following courses:

SPE-526 Special Education for the Classroom Teacher (3)
SPE-543 Assessment of Special Needs Populations (Secondary) (3) Or
SPE-544 Assessment of Special Needs Populations (Elementary) (3)
SPE-546 Methods of Teaching Students with Special Needs (3)
SPE-570 Individualizing the Curriculum: Strategies for Holistic Intervention (3) Or
SPE-571 Vocational Skills in Special Education Methods (3)
SPE-576 Communication Skills for the School-Based Professional (3)
SPE-601 Internship: Student Teaching in Special Education (3)

Students who desire to earn both the master's degree and special education certification may need one or more classes beyond those required for the master's degree to complete the certification requirements. For an analysis of their situation, students should contact the dean of education. Call 410-532-3169 or 410-532-5349 for details.

Available Concentrations

A concentration is optional, and it does not add to the number of credits required to earn the degree.

Technology Concentration (9 Credits)
EDU-556 Technology for Instruction and Management (3)
EDU-577 Internet in Teaching and Learning (3)
EDU-676 Educational Applications of Multimedia (3)

English Concentration (9 Credits)
This concentration is fulfilled by taking three English classes (nine credits) offered under the liberal studies program (see the liberal studies section for a list of courses).

History Concentration (9 Credits)
This concentration is fulfilled by taking three history classes (nine credits) offered under the liberal studies program (see the liberal studies section for a list of courses).

Latin Concentration (12 Credits)
LCL-544 History of Classical Scholarship (required) (3)
LLT-561 Advanced Latin Prose Composition (required) (3)
Six elective credits chosen from the graduate courses with LLT or LCL subject designations.
See the liberal studies section of the catalog for course descriptions of LLT and LCL electives.

Spanish Concentration (18 Credits)
The Spanish concentration 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.

Note: All courses are taught in Spanish.

Required Courses
LSP-530 Perspectives on Spanish as a World Language (3)
LSP-528 Hispanic Linguistics (3)
LSP-558 Contemporary Hispanic World (3)

Electives (choose four from the following)
LSP-559 Contemporary Hispanic World (3)
LSP-560 Advanced Oral Communication in Spanish (Praxis Prep) (3)
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)

Individually Arranged Concentrations
Students who are interested in a concentration in other subject areas within the liberal arts should contact the dean of education (410-532-3169). Of the nine credits in any specially arranged concentration, three will be applied to the leadership core; three to the advanced pedagogy core; and three to cultural, global, and technological dimensions.

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