Master of Arts in Communication/Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

DUAL DEGREE

Effective communication and efficient organizational structure are essential in any educational setting. The MA in Communication and MED in Curriculum and Instruction dual degree provides a platform on which students will gain an advanced understanding of the skills necessary to lead groups in an educational setting, whether in school or business. The skills and knowledge acquired through this degree plan will provide individuals with a deep understanding of the inner workings of curriculum planning and how to coordinate and lead work teams in the support and implementation of the institution's mission and vision.

ADMISSION

In order to pursue a Dual Master’s Degree program, the applicant must apply to, meet the existing admission requirements for, and be accepted into each of the master’s degrees which comprise the dual degree program.

PROGRAM CONTINUANCE

Continuance in the program past the first 12 hours is pending submission of a satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examinations® (GRE®).

A waiver of the GRE or MAT requirement may be considered if the student meets one of the following conditions:

  • earns an “A-“ or higher in each of the first four courses (12 hours) of graduate coursework in the DBU College of Education, or

  • holds a Bachelor’s degree from the DBU College of Education earned within the past five years with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher, or

  • holds a Master’s degree from DBU.

REQUIRED SHARED CURRICULUM - 18 hours (excluding requisites)

course

Credit hours

Required Curriculum

18

COMA 6301 - Advanced Communication Theory
COMA 6309 - Social Media and Communication
COMA 6323 - Communication Consulting
EDUC 6302 - Research in Education (S-L)
EDUC 6303 - Emerging Technologies
EDUC 6315 - Internship in Curriculum and Instruction (S-L)*

MA IN COMMUNICATION REQUIRED CURRICULUM - 21 hours (excluding requisites)

course

Credit hours

Required Curriculum

21

COMA 6305 - Presentation Communication (S-L)*
COMA 6307 - Communication Leadership for Groups
COMA 6311 - Relational Communication
COMA 6320 - Organizational Communication
COMA 6321 - Strategic Communication for Organizations
COMA 6322 - Communication Campaigns
COMA 6324 - Communication for Global Organizations

MED IN CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION REQUIRED CURRICULUM - 21 hours (excluding requisites)

course

Credit hours

Required Curriculum

21

EDAD 6312 - School Law
EDUC 5310 - Introduction to Exceptional Learners
EDUC 6304 - Improvement of Instruction
EDUC 6306 - Curriculum Design and Evaluation
EDUC 6312 - Technology Integration in Curriculum
EDUC 6313 - Assessment to Improve Learning: Formative Assessments and Continuous Improvement
EDUC 6318 - Leading for Learning
EDUC 6011 - Defense of Degree

TOTAL HOURS

18 hours

Required Shared Curriculum

21 hours

MA in Communication Required Curriculum

21 hours

MED in Curriculum and Instruction Required Curriculum

60 hours

TOTAL Dual Degree (excluding requisites)

(S-L)=Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

Refer to individual course descriptions for course requisites.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Find course descriptions by category under the Graduate Course Descriptions section in the navigation panel.

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION GRADUATE DEFENSE OF DEGREE

Because of Dallas Baptist University’s quest for meaningful assessment of graduate candidates, a defense of degree is required in all College of Education Graduate Programs. The defense of degree is a capstone collection of signature assessments and artifacts with reflections that demonstrate a candidate’s personal growth, development, and acquisition of knowledge, skills, and dispositions.

A web-based format will be utilized by the candidate to enhance the presentation and to justify why the degree should be awarded to the candidate. The candidate’s formal defense will be presented to members of the Defense of Degree Committee and will take place on the main campus each semester.

Candidates must register for the Defense of Degree course as prescribed in their degree plan during the semester in which they will present their defense of degree. Practicing teachers, administrators, consultants, superintendents, guidance directors, personnel directors, and Educational Region Service Center personnel, as well as DBU professors and administrators, volunteer their time for this highly selective process.