This minimum 33–34-credit hour program offers licensed teachers the opportunity to pursue advanced coursework in teacher leadership, educational research, and inquiry processes.

The M.Ed. in instructional leadership also offers elementary and secondary teachers the opportunity to construct individual specializations which enhance their effectiveness. These options include humane education, science education, or an individualized concentration. Within this program, teachers may also add a content area in special education, TESOL, or science education.

Core Foundation Requirements (16 credits)
ED 572 Data-driven School Improvement 3 credits
ED 610 Research in Education 3 credits
ED 612 Decision Making in Curriculum and Instruction 3 credits
ED 671 Cultural Leadership in a Multicultural Society 3 credits
ED 692 Research Project 2 credits
ED 693 Capstone Project 2 credits
Education Electives (5–6 credits)
Two courses from the following options:
  • ED 580 Developing Professional Learning Communities – 3 credits
  • ED 688 Statistical Interpretation for School Program Evaluation – 3 credits
  • ED 690 Seminar in Education – 1–3 credits

Up to six credits from the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) science concentration, TESOL concentration, or special education concentration may be applied as education electives. Three credits offered in the humane education concentration may also be applied as education electives.

Specialty Concentration Options (12 credits)
In consultation with their advisors, students select a specialization with graduate courses chosen from the education department and/or other departments. The specialization must focus on a single topic (15–19 credits) relevant to the student’s professional work and goals:
  • Special education licensure
  • Humane education
  • TESOL Licensure (see course catalog for requirements)
  • Individualized concentration
  • Science education (offered through the partnership with the Museum of Science and Industry)

Note: Indiana teaching licenses require a minimum of 18 credits to add a content areas in TESOL, special education, or science education. The specialty concentration in this degree is only 12 credits of course work. Valpo’s education department allows students in these content areas to complete the final six credits as education electives, so that they can add the entire 18-credit content area to their licenses within the 33–34 credit hour requirement of this degree.

Licensed teachers may use this degree to add a content area to their licenses. This applies to course work in special education, TESOL, and Museum of Science and Industry science courses. Applicants should be sure to discuss options for adding content areas to their licenses with the adviser for the program in the education department.

Indiana teaching licenses require a minimum of 18 credits to add a content areas in TESOL, special education, or science education. The specialty concentration in this degree is only 12 credits of course work. Valpo’s education department allows students in these content areas to complete the final six credits as education electives, so that they can add the entire 18-credit content area to their licenses within the 33–34 credit hour requirement of this degree.

This program is not designed to earn the initial teaching licensure. For teaching licensure programs, please see the M.Ed. – Initial Licensure.

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