College of Education Graduate Programs

The College of Education prepares individuals to educate others in school and non-school settings. A wide variety of programs are available at the initial and advanced levels and through an interdisciplinary doctoral program.

Admission to graduate advanced degree programs (Ed.D.; M.A.T. School Guidance Counselor; M.Ed. Teacher Leader; School Principal Certification) requires the following:

Admission to graduate programs leading to initial certification requires the following:

Admission to student teaching/clinical practice requires the following:

Degree Requirements
For all graduate degree programs, a minimum of 24 hours must be taken at Spalding University.

Two grades of C, one grade of C in a course of six or more hours, or one grade of F, will result in automatic dismissal. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in all courses, including electives, must be maintained.

No grades under that of C will be accepted as transfer credit in any graduate program.

Completion of the MAT, MA, or M.Ed. Program within a five-year period is required, including removal of all incomplete grades.

Ed.D. candidates must complete the program within a period of five years. A one-year extension may be granted upon written request to the dean of the college. Extensions must be approved by the Dean and the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Continuous Assessment
Candidates in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program are assessed at various stages of their programs. Major transitions occur at each of the following: (Gate 1) admission to College of Education, (Gate 2) admission to student teaching/clinical practice, (Gate 3) exit from student teaching/clinical practice, and (Gate 4) program completion and recommendation for certification/licensure.

Candidates in advanced programs are also assessed at a variety of stages, including admission, continuation, program completion, and recommendation for certification/licensure.

Professional Dispositions and Behaviors Growth Process
The College of Education has defined the Educator as Leader as a professional who embodies six (6) specific Functional Dimensions which include: (1) Change Agent/Transformational Leader; (2) Knowledgeable Practitioner; (3) Persevering Advocate; (4) Continuous Assessor; (5) Technologically Astute Practitioner; and (6) Responsible Professional. Educator leaders are visionary, ethical, caring, reflective, creative, and knowing and demonstrate these professional dispositions when interacting with students, families, colleagues, and communities. Assessment of Initial Certification and Advanced Program candidates occurs at various points / Gates, from the initial admission to the program, to admission to student teaching, to candidacy for M.Ed., etc. As a part of the assessment at each of the Gates, satisfactory demonstration of the professional dispositions referenced above must be demonstrated. The Professional Disposition and Behavior Growth Process allows for assessment, feedback and monitoring of growth needs on the part of College of Education initial certification and advanced program candidates. This process is independent of other legal or academic processes taking place at Spalding University.

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