Master of Education (MEd)
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Our Lady of the Lake University offers Master of Education (MEd) degree that prepares professional educators to understand and meet the needs of a diverse student population; function in a global society; be life-long learners; and gain the skills and vision needed to be leaders in schools faced with the challenges of today.
Master of Education - Curriculum and Instruction
In the Master of Education (MEd) Curriculum and Instruction degree program students complete required foundation courses as well as courses tailored for the concentration. The content courses, combined with curriculum and instruction foundation courses, prepare teachers to hone their craft and content expertise as well as be an instructional leader at their schools.
The MEd Curriculum and Instruction program offers the following concentrations:
This concentration builds upon the curriculum and instruction foundation to develop professionals to become proficient science educators. In addition to the core courses, students choose courses from any of the following disciplines:
Focuses on reading and writing strategies for early childhood through high school. Students in this program study bilingual language development, explore theories and research-based practices to promote literacy development and focus on the organization, implementation and evaluation of reading and literacy programs. Students participate in an Action Research Capstone in which they investigate current issues in classrooms, schools and communities in order to create change by acting on research-based evidence.
In this program, students investigate the bilingual language development stages and acquisition processes of orthography and linguistics in students’ first and second languages. In addition, students explore the foundation, implementation and maintenance of dual language programs as well as investigate the history, philosophy and theories within dual language instruction. Students will also review the recommended formal and informal assessment procedures and interventions for language minority students in the areas of giftedness, learning disabilities, developmental delays and social/emotional/behavioral disorders. Students participate in an Action Research Capstone in which they investigate current issues in classrooms, schools and communities in order to create change by acting on research-based evidence.
Master of Education (MEd) – Principal Specialization
The Master of Education (MEd) Principal specialization prepares students who wish to become school leaders.
Topics in this program include:
- Practices for school instructional leaders
- Building effective collaborative teams
- Strategic operations of public schools
- Leadership trends policy and law
- School supervision and administration
The program culminates in a semester-long principal internship. Students spend a semester at a campus in cooperation with a school district partner and complete an action research project to be developed based oi the needs of the campus at which they are completing their internship.
Students seeking the Texas School Principal certification must be a certified teacher with two years teaching experience in an accredited TEA school and pass the state TExES exam after completion of coursework.
- Completed OLLU application and nonrefundable application fee
- An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Official, sealed transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions previously attended
- A personal statement
- List of two academic or personal sources and their contact information
- Minimum GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) on undergraduate work and a 3.0 for the last 60 hours
- If cumulative GPA is below 3.0, applicants must have a satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the last five years
- An interview arranged by the department
- Any international applicants must also submit a passing score of 26 or higher on the speaking section of the TOEFL-IBT, per state guidelines for demonstration of oral communication skills prior to admission to teacher education
- Completed FERPA Consent to Release Education Records and Information Form-Written consent release of test records to certification officer and program faculty
The deadline for submitting a completed application is Nov. 1 for spring admission, May 1 for summer admission and July 1 for fall admission.