Master of Education in Educational Leadership/Master of Education in Special Education

DUAL DEGREE

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership/Master of Education in Special Education is a 60-credit hour non-thesis program that prepares students to develop strong theoretical and experiential knowledge with leadership qualifications leading to campus and district administrative positions. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a Master of Education in Special Education and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership that can lead to state principal certification.

The dual master’s program in Educational Leadership and Special Education offers two tracks that students may pursue:

  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership/Master of Education in Special Education

  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership/Master of Education in Special Education with Diagnostician Specialization

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.

REQUISITES 

Entrance requirements for both programs must be met, including having at least two years of acceptable teaching experience at an accredited public or private school by the time the candidate has completed the necessary coursework and is ready to take the appropriate certification examinations. A copy of the teacher candidate’s service record will be required to substantiate the teaching experience requirement prior to recommending the teacher candidate to register for the state certification examinations.

PROGRAM CONTINUANCE

Continuance in the MED in Educational Leadership and MED in Special Education programs 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.

MED IN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP REQUIRED CURRICULUM - 30 hours (excluding requisites)

course

Credit hours

Required Curriculum

30

EDAD 6300 - Foundations of Instructional Leadership

EDAD 6303 - Internship in Educational Administration II

EDAD 6312 - School Law

Select one of the following:
EDUC 6318 - Leading for Learning
or
SPED 6360 - Supervision of Special Education Instruction

EDAD 6314 - The Principalship
EDAD 6316 - School Personnel Administration
EDAD 6389 - Internship in Educational Administration (S-L)*
EDUC 6302 - Research in Education (S-L)*
EDUC 6306 - Curriculum Design and Evaluation

Specialized Elective Course

3

EDAD 6302 - Advancing Educational Leadership (AEL)/T-TESS

or

Select from one of the courses below:

DLED 6302 - Designing and Developing Distance Learning

DLED 6303 - Teaching and Learning in the Online Classroom

EDAD 6311 - Educational Organization and Administration

EDAD 6315 - School Finance/Business Management

EDAD 6319 - Christian School Education Administration

EDUC 6303 - Emerging Technologies

EDUC 6310 - Foundations of Christian School Education

EDUC 6311 - Christian School Curriculum

EDUC 6312 - Technology Integration in Curriculum

EDUC 6316 - Digital Citizenship

EDUC 6319 - Multimedia for Learning

EDUC 6320 - Project-Based Learning

SPED 6320 - Current Trends in Special Education

MED IN SPECIAL EDUCATION REQUIRED CURRICULUM - 30 hours (excluding requisites)

course

Credit hours

Required Curriculum

30

SPED 5310 - Introduction to Exceptional Learners
SPED 5320 - Teaching the Underachiever
SPED 5330 - Pedagogy of Special Education
SPED 5332 - Diagnosing and Correcting Reading Difficulties with Clinical Experience
SPED 5350 - Teaching Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities
SPED 6320 - Current Trends in Special Education
EDUC 5344 - Diagnosing Learning Different Children
EDUC 6304 - Improvement of Instruction
EDUC 6308 - The School and Multicultural Society
READ 5338 - Pedagogy of Language Arts

Required

EDAD 6010 - Defense of Degree

EDAD 6020 - Seminar in Educational Leadership

TOTAL HOURS

30 hours

MED in Educational Leadership Required Curriculum

30 hours

MED in Special Education Required Curriculum

60 hours

TOTAL Dual Degree (excluding requisites)

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

DIAGNOSTIC SPECIALIZATION

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership/Master of Education in Special Education with Diagnostician Specialization is a 60-credit hour non-thesis program that prepares students to develop strong theoretical and experiential knowledge with leadership qualifications leading to campus and district administrative positions. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a Master of Education in Special Education with Diagnostician Specialization and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership that can lead to state educational diagnostician and principal certifications.

MED IN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP REQUIRED CURRICULUM - 30 hours (excluding requisites)

course

Credit hours

Required Curriculum

30

EDAD 6300 - Foundations of Instructional Leadership 
EDAD 6303 - Internship in Educational Administration II
EDAD 6312 - School Law

Select one of the following:
EDUC 6318 - Leading for Learning
or
SPED 6360 - Supervision of Special Education Instruction

EDAD 6314 - The Principalship
EDAD 6316 - School Personnel Administration
EDAD 6389 - Internship in Educational Administration (S-L)*
EDUC 6302 - Research in Education (S-L)*
EDUC 6306 - Curriculum, Research, and Evaluation

Specialized Elective course

3

EDAD 6302 - Advancing Educational Leadership (AEL)/T-TESS

or

Select from one of the courses below:

DLED 6302 - Designing and Developing Distance Learning

DLED 6303 - Teaching and Learning in the Online Classroom

EDAD 6311 - Educational Organization and Administration

EDAD 6315 - School Finance/Business Management

EDAD 6319 - Christian School Education Administration

EDUC 6303 - Emerging Technologies

EDUC 6310 - Foundations of Christian School Education

EDUC 6311 - Christian School Curriculum

EDUC 6312 - Technology Integration in Curriculum

EDUC 6316 - Digital Citizenship

EDUC 6319 - Multimedia for Learning

EDUC 6320 - Project-Based Learning

SPED 6320 - Current Trends in Special Education

MED IN SPECIAL EDUCATION REQUIRED CURRICULUM - 30 hours (excluding requisites)

course

Credit hours

Required Curriculum

30

SPED 5310 - Introduction to Exceptional Learners
SPED 5320 - Teaching the Underachiever
SPED 5330 - Pedagogy of Special Education
SPED 5332 - Diagnosing and Correcting Reading Difficulties with Clinical Experience
SPED 5350 - Teaching Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities
SPED 6330 - Comprehensive Assessments
SPED 6340 - Individual Diagnostic Practicum I (80 hours) (S-L)*
SPED 6350 - Individual Diagnostic Assessment Practicum II (80 hours) (S-L)*
EDUC 6304 - Improvement of Instruction
EDUC 6308 - The School and Multicultural Society

Required
EDAD 6020 - Seminar in Educational Leadership
EDUC 6010 - Defense of Degree

TOTAL HOURS

30 hours

MED in Educational Leadership Required Curriculum

30 hours

MED in Special Education with Diagnostician Specialization 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.

SPECIAL NOTICE FOR DUAL MASTER'S DEGREE STUDENTS

College of Education graduate students who are in a dual master’s degree program where a state certification exam is required should meet with their Program Advisor prior to registering for their first exam in order to determine which exam should be taken first. Students will be authorized only to take one TExES exam at a time. The first exam taken must be passed before permission to register for a second (different) exam will be given.

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.