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Master of Education (M.Ed.)

The Master of Education Programs are 36-hour programs specifically designed for licensed or license eligible teachers*. The M.Ed. programs are offered on-line and include 12 hours of professional education coursework and 24 hours of content specialization coursework in Educational Leadership and Supervision (PreK-Adult), Reading Specialist (PreK-Adult), or Special Education (K-6 or 5-Adult). 

Additionally, teachers who already hold a master’s degree may complete certificate programs in Educational Leadership (PreK-Adult), Reading Specialist (PreK-Adult) or Special Education (K-6 or 5-Adult) (Note: certificate programs do not qualify for financial aid). 

Teachers may also choose to enroll as non-degree seeking students and take graduate courses for re-certification, to provide greater specialization within one’s field, or to assist in professional advancement. 

For more information please review the Policies and Procedures Handbook for Master of Education Program. To apply for admission to the M.Ed. program, click here.
Certificate in Educational Leadership & Supervision Program Curriculum Summary

Certificate in Educational Leadership & Supervision Certification Program (18 hrs)

Certification in Educational Leadership and Supervision (Pre K - Adult)  

  • EDEL 560 Action Research/Internship II* 3 hrs.
  • EDEL 550 Action Research/Internship I 3 hrs.
  • EDEL 500 Public School Administration 3 hrs.
  • EDEL 570 Organization and Management for Public Schools 3 hrs.
  • EDEL 580 Public School Law 3 hrs.
  • EDEL 590 School and Community Relations 3 hrs.

*Note: EDEL 560 in the certification program must be taken during the last semester.

All candidates seeking an endorsement from WVBOE in Educational Leadership are required to pass PRAXIS II: Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision subject assessment test. For more information regarding specific courses, please refer to the Academic Catalog.

Certificate in Reading Specialist Program Curriculum Summary

Certificate in Reading Specialist Program (24 hours)

Certification in Reading Specialist Program (Pre K-Adult)

  • RDNG 510 Foundations of Reading 3 hrs.
  • RDNG 520 Reading & Writing in Content Areas 3 hrs.
  • RDNG 525 Literacy Research and Instruction for Culturally Diverse Students 3 hrs.
  • RDNG 530 Reading Assessment 3 hrs.
  • RDNG 550 Reading and Language Arts Instruction for the 21st Century 3 hrs.
  • RDNG 570 Reading Practicum 6 hrs.
  • RDNG 560 Action Research in Reading Education* 3 hrs.

 

All candidates seeking an endorsement from WV BOE as a Reading Specialist are required to pass PRAXIS II: Reading Specialist subject assessment test. For more information regarding specific courses, please refer to the Academic Catalog.

Certificate in Special Education Curriculum Summary

Certificate in Special Education Curriculum and Instruction/Pedagogy (24 hrs.)

  • SPED 503: Legal and Historical Foundations of Special Education 3 hrs.
  • SPED 505: Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities 3 hrs.
  • SPED 510: Reading Methods for Individuals with Special Learning Needs 3hrs. 
  • SPED 512: Reading Strategies for the Inclusive Content Classroom (Prerequisites: SPED 510) 3 hrs.
  • SPED 518: Positive Behavior Support 3 hrs.
  • SPED 525: Strategies for the Inclusive Mathematics Classroom 3 hrs.
  • SPED 555: Advanced Methods/Strategies for Special Education (Prerequisites: SPED 503 and SPED 505) 3 hrs.
  • SPED 560: Action Research in Education 3 hrs. (Prerequisite EDUC 520)  

All candidates seeking an endorsement from the WV BOE(link is external) in Special Education (multi categorical) are required to pass the PRAXIS II: Multi-Categorical Special Education (BD excluding Autism, MI, SLD) Candidates who already hold a master’s degree from an accredited institution and teacher certification/licensure may pursue a content specialization in multi categorical education by completing the 24 hours of pedagogy. For more information about courses please review the Academic Catalog.

All candidates seeking an endorsement from the WV BOE in Special Education (multi categorical) must hold, qualify for or simultaneously complete a content specialization in biology, chemistry, early childhood, elementary education, English, general science, mathematics, physics, and/or social studies as recognized on a Professional Teaching Certificate. If an individual does not hold any of the endorsements previously identified, they must complete a restricted content endorsement offered through the WVDE in biology, chemistry, early childhood, elementary education, English, general science, mathematics, physics, and/or social studies in conjunction with the Special Education Program. See West Virginia Policy 5100 10.3.d.

Clinical Experiences

To afford graduates with authentic classroom and administrative experiences, all candidates will be required to complete field placement hours and internships/practicums associated with M.Ed. coursework in each of the content specializations. All Master of Education candidates will be required to purchase LiveText(link is external) in order to successfully complete all field placement and internship/practicum evaluations, assessments, and time-logs.

Educational Leadership & Supervision Curriculum Summary

Educational Leadership and Supervision (36 hrs)

Professional Education Core  

  • EDUC 510 Models of Curriculum and Instruction 3 hrs.
  • EDUC 520 Educational Research 3 hrs.
  • EDUC 530 Integrating Technology in the Teaching/Learning Process 3 hrs.
  • EDUC 540 Assessment & Evaluation in Education 3 hrs.
  • EDEL 560 Action Research/Internship II* 3 hrs.

Educational Leadership and Supervision (Pre K - Adult)  

  • EDUC 525 Educational Trends and Issues 3 hrs.
  • EDUC 535 Theories of Educational Leadership 3 hrs.
  • EDEL 550 Action Research/Internship I 3 hrs.
  • EDEL 500 Public School Administration 3 hrs.
  • EDEL 570 Organization and Management for Public Schools 3 hrs.
  • EDEL 580 Public School Law 3 hrs.
  • EDEL 590 School and Community Relations 3 hrs.

 *Note: EDEL 560 is required for students seeking a certification in Educational Leadership and is the equivalent to EDUC 560, which is a professional education core requirement. Students must have completed a minimum of 24-hours of coursework including EDUC 520 prior to taking EDEL 560.

All candidates seeking an endorsement from WV BOE in Educational Leadership are required to pass PRAXIS II: Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision subject assessment test. For more information regarding specific courses, please refer to the Academic Catalog

Educational Leadership & Supervision Progression Sheet

Educational Leadership & Supervision Two Year Plan

Reading Specialist Curriculum Summary

Reading Specialist (36 hours)

Professional Education Core

  • EDUC 510 Models of Curriculum and Instruction 3 hrs.
  • EDUC 520 Educational Research 3 hrs.
  • EDUC 530 Integrating Technology in the Teaching/Learning Process 3 hrs.
  • EDUC 540 Assessment & Evaluation in Education 3 hrs.
  • RDNG 560 Action Research in Reading Education* 3 hrs.

Reading Specialist (Pre K - Adult)

  • RDNG 510 Foundations of Reading 3 hrs.
  • RDNG 520 Reading & Writing in Content Areas 3 hrs.
  • RDNG 525 Literacy Research and Instruction for Culturally Diverse Students 3 hrs.
  • RDNG 530 Reading Assessment 3 hrs.
  • RDNG 550 Reading and Language Arts Instruction for the 21st Century 3 hrs.
  • RDNG 570 Reading Practicum 6 hrs.

*Note: RDNG 560 is required for students seeking certification as a Reading Specialist and is the equivalent of EDUC 560, which is a professional education core requirement. Students must have completed a minimum of 24-hours of coursework including EDUC 520 prior to taking RDNG 560.


All candidates seeking an endorsement from WV BOE as a Reading Specialist are required to pass PRAXIS II: Reading Specialist subject assessment test. For more information regarding specific courses, please refer to the Academic Catalog.

Reading Specialist Progression Sheet

Reading Specialist Two Year Plan

Special Education/Autism Endorsement Curriculum Summary

Special Education Content Specialization (36 hours)

Professional Education Core (required) (15 hrs.)

  • EDUC 510 Models of Curriculum and Instruction 3 hrs.
  • EDUC 520 Educational Research 3 hrs.
  • EDUC 530 Integrating Technology in the Teaching/Learning Process 3 hrs.
  • EDUC 540 Assessment & Evaluation in Education 3 hrs.
  • SPED 560: Action Research in Education 3 hrs. (Prerequisite EDUC 520)  

Special Education Curriculum and Instruction/Pedagogy (21 hrs.)

  • SPED 503: Legal and Historical Foundations of Special Education 3 hrs.
  • SPED 505: Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities 3 hrs.
  • SPED 510: Reading Methods for Individuals with Special Learning Needs 3hrs. 
  • SPED 512: Reading Strategies for the Inclusive Content Classroom (Prerequisites: SPED 510) 3 hrs.
  • SPED 518: Positive Behavior Support 3 hrs.
  • SPED 525: Strategies for the Inclusive Mathematics Classroom 3 hrs.
  • SPED 555: Advanced Methods/Strategies for Special Education (Prerequisites: SPED 503 and SPED 505) 3 hrs.

All candidates seeking an endorsement from the WV BOE(link is external) in Special Education (multi categorical) are required to pass the PRAXIS II: Multi-Categorical Special Education (BD excluding Autism, MI, SLD) Candidates who already hold a master’s degree from an accredited institution and teacher certification/licensure may pursue a content specialization in multi categorical education by completing the 21 hours of pedagogy.

All candidates seeking an endorsement from the WV BOE(link is external) in Special Education (multi categorical) must hold, qualify for or simultaneously complete a content specialization in biology, chemistry, early childhood, elementary education, English, general science, mathematics, physics, and/or social studies as recognized on a Professional Teaching Certificate. If an individual does not hold any of the endorsements previously identified, they must complete a restricted content endorsement offered through the WVDE in biology, chemistry, early childhood, elementary education, English, general science, mathematics, physics, and/or social studies in conjunction with the Special Education Program. See West Virginia Policy 5100 10.3.d.

 


Required Courses for an Endorsement in Autism (6 hrs.)

  • SPED 515: Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder 3 hrs.
  • SPED 516: Methods for Teaching Students with Autism (Prerequisite SPED 515) 3 hrs.

Clinical/practicum experiences will be aligned with West Virginia Policy 5202 and the West Virginia Professional Teaching Standards (WVPTS). Clinical/practicum experience assessments are aligned with the Specialty Program Assessments (SPA) as required by the National Council of Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE) standards. All appropriate clinical/practicum experiences must be successfully completed.

 

Special Education Multi-Categorical / Autism Progression Sheet

M. Ed. Special Education Policies and Procedures Handbook

Admission

All Master of Education candidates fill out the Graduate Application For Admission.   Admission is based on a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, the grade point average, the scores of required examinations, and other information found on the application form. 

An official copy of your undergraduate transcript showing your degree and the date on which it was granted must be mailed directly from your undergraduate college or university to the Office of Graduate Studies. Concord alumni do not need to submit a transcript; alumni transcripts are located in the registrar’s office. However, if you have attended more than one college or university, an official transcript must be sent from that institution to the Office of Graduate Studies in a sealed envelope. A hand delivered transcript is not acceptable.

Decisions on applications for admission to the M.Ed. program shall be based upon a careful consideration of the applicant’s total record including GPA, Graduate Record Examination 5 (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores, disposition assessment and letters of recommendation. For acceptance into the Master of Education Program, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.5 GPA from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Be licensed or license eligible to teach. A copy of professional licensure must be attached to the application.
  • Complete the Application for Admission (Word document), and submit it with a $30.00 fee.
  • Provide official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores*.
  • Provide official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate classes (with the exception of Concord University).
  • Provide 2 letters recommending admission into the program. One letter must be submitted by an individual who has supervised, evaluated, or observed the candidate in the classroom setting.
  • Submit a completed Grit Scale**. This is a self-assessment that has no “right” or “wrong” answers that will assess a candidates’ “promise for teaching” .  Please respond to each item as honestly as possible.

*GRE or MAT scores should reflect the 50th percentile or above.  Sub-scores will be reviewed by the Graduate Council.  Individuals who have completed a master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education are exempt from taking/submitting GRE/MAT scores.

**  "Grit Scale" Duckworth, A.L., Peterson, C., Matthews, M.D., & Kelly, D.R. (2007).  Grit:  Perseverance and passion for long-term goals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 9, 1087-1101.

Conditional Acceptance

A candidate may apply to the M.Ed. program and take nine (9) credit-hours of courses before full admission requirements to the program must be met. Permission from the Director of Graduate Studies and/or the Graduate Council must also be obtained to be conditionally enrolled in nine hours of graduate courses; additionally, at least 50% or more of content area coursework must be completed to be conditionally admitted. Application and fee, and original transcripts are necessary for conditional acceptance. However, all requirements must be met before candidates will be fully admitted to the M.Ed. program. Failure to complete all admission requirements after nine (9) hours of coursework may result in administrative withdrawal from the courses or credit may not be applied toward graduation in the degree program.

MED Program Courses
For additional information regarding available course sections, CRN numbers, times, open seats and professors, please refer to the appropriate semester in the Courses Offered (Seats Taken) catalog. Term(s) Offered are subject to change based upon student enrollment. Syllabi available are for the current semester (Spring 2018).
 

Professional Education Core

COURSE DESCRIPTION CREDIT HOURS TERM(S) OFFERED             

INSTRUCTOR & SYLLABUS 

            
EDUC 510 Models of Curriculum & Instruction 3 Fall, Spring, Summer Dr. Mullins
EDUC 520 Educational Research 3 Fall, Spring, Summer Dr. Hawks
EDUC 530 Integrating Technology in the Teaching & Learning Process 3 Fall, Spring, Summer Dr. Mullins
EDUC 540 Assessment & Evaluation 3 Fall, Spring, Summer Dr. Reynolds

M. Ed. Education Leadership & Supervision (EDEL)

COURSE DESCRIPTION CREDIT HOURS TERM(S) OFFERED INSTRUCTOR &  SYLLABUS
EDEL 500 Public School Administration 3 Fall, Spring Dr. Bean
EDEL 550 Action Research/Internship I 3 Fall, Spring Dr. Bean
EDEL 560 Action Research/Internship II 3 Fall, Spring Dr. Bean
EDEL 570 Organization and Management for Public Schools 3 Spring Dr. Bean
EDEL 580 Public School Law 3 Spring Dr. Bean
EDEL 590 School and Community Relations 3 Fall  
EDUC 525 Educational Trends & Issues 3 as needed Dr. Reynolds
EDUC 535 Theories of Educational Leadership 3 as needed  

M. Ed. Reading Specialist (RDNG)

COURSE DESCRIPTION CREDIT HOURS TERM(S) OFFERED INSTRUCTOR &  SYLLABUS
RDNG 510 Foundational, Historical & Contemporary Roles of the Reading Specialist 3 Fall  
RDNG 520 Reading & Writing in Content Areas 3 as needed Dr. Hawks
RDNG 525 Literacy Research & Instruction for Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Students 3 Spring Dr. Williams
RDNG 530 Reading Assessment 3 Fall  
RDNG 550 Reading & Language Arts Instruction in the 21st Century 3 Spring Dr. Hawks
RDNG 560 Action Research in Reading Education 3 Spring Dr. Williams
RDNG 570 Reading Practicum 3 Summer  

M. Ed. Special Education (SPED)

COURSE DESCRIPTION CREDIT HOURS TERM(S) OFFERED INSTRUCTOR &  SYLLABUS (If Available)
SPED 503 Legal & Historical Foundations of Special Education 3 as needed  
SPED 505 Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities 3 as needed  
SPED 510 Teaching Reading to Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities 3 Spring Dr. Burton
SPED 512 Reading Strategies for the Inclusive Content Classroom 3 as needed  
SPED 515 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) 3 as needed  
SPED 516 Methods for Teaching Students with Autism 3 as needed Dr. Tucker
SPED 517 ASD: Inclusion Strategies for General Education 3 as needed  
SPED 518 Positive Behavior Support (PBS) 3 as needed  
SPED 525 Strategies for the Inclusive Mathematics Classroom 3 as needed  
SPED 555 Advanced Methods/Strategies for Special Education 3 as needed Dr. Burton
SPED 560 Action Research in Special Education  3 Fall, Spring Dr. Tucker
M. Ed. Program GPA Requirements
Graduate candidates must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or better throughout the program. Candidates whose GPA falls below a 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. In order to graduate from the M. Ed. Program an overall 3.0 GPA is required. Candidates who are placed on academic probation for two consecutive semesters will be removed from the graduate program due to academic deficiency. In addition, candidates must earn the minimum grade of “C” to successfully complete a course.
Graduation Requirements
Graduate candidates must apply for graduation by downloading and submitting a Graduation Application. A graduation fee of $50 must be paid to the business office, and the graduation gown is to be ordered at the Concord University bookstore. Once the business office and bookstore have signed the application for graduation, it is to be submitted to the Registrar’s Office. A graduation audit will then be completed to ensure that all requirements for graduation have been met. Graduation requirements include completion of the 36 hour program with a 3.0 GPA within five years.
MED Field Experiences & Internships

Early field-based experiences & internships are included in most MED Program courses. Early field experiences vary in the number of hours required, and assessments that must be completed.

Students must submit placement request or placement verification forms at the beginning of each semester in order to be assigned a field placement. Students must also complete all required hours and assessments by the end of each semester. Each student will be assigned a mentor which will serve as a guide throughout their early field experience. All MED candidates are required to purchase LiveText Field Experience Module in order to successfully complete all evaluations, assessments and time-logs associated with their Early Field Experience.

* Note: Observation hours for one course cannot be used to satisfy hours for another course. 

MED courses with field experiences include: 

Course Number of Hours
EDEL 500 Public School Administration 20 hours in an elementary school
EDEL 550 Action Research/Internship I 107 on-site internship
EDEL 560 Action Research/Internship II 108 on-site internship
EDEL 570 Organize and Manage Public School 20 hours in a high school
EDEL 580 School Law 20 hours in a K-12 setting
EDEL 590 School and Community 20 hours in a middle school
RDNG 570 Reading Practicum Summer Camp Internship
SPED 503 Legal & Historical Foundations of Special Education 25 in a SPED classroom
SPED 509 Advanced Strategies for the Inclusive Environment 25 in a SPED classroom
SPED 516 Methods for Teaching Students with Autism 25 in a SPED classroom
SPED 555 Advanced Strategies for Special Education 25 in a SPED classroom

NOTE: Course Descriptions, number of hours and early field experience description subject to change