Master of Education

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Teacher leader programs focus on preparing teachers to use student performance data to make curricular, instructional, and assessment decisions to improve curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices in their schools. The programs also prepare candidates to serve as change agents who improve student performance as well as school culture and climate. The Midway University M.Ed. program is designed for teachers desiring to continue to serve in teaching positions while utilizing leadership skills to help themselves and others become effective teachers and create positive learning environments.

Student Learning Outcomes of Program

The Master of Education programs adhere to the advanced level standards required by the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) and the Kentucky Department of Education. The Midway University program is approved by EPSB.

  • Candidates will show evidence that they can employ best practices to foster a collaborative culture, creating a community of collective responsibility supporting educator development and student learning.
  • Candidates will show evidence that they can access current research and use systematic inquiry for continuous teacher development to improve practice and student learning.
  • Candidates will show evidence that they can design and facilitate job-embedded professional development opportunities aligned with school improvement goals for continuous improvement.
  • Candidates will show evidence that they can model best practice and work collaboratively to plan, oversee, and reflectively evaluate improvements in instruction and student learning.
  • Candidates will show evidence that they have the knowledge to design formative and summative assessments and lead the collaborative analysis of data to inform school and district continuous improvement.
  • Candidates will show evidence that they can lead outreach and collaborative efforts with families and community organizations to promote a sense of partnership among these stakeholders to forward the common goal of excellent education.
  • Candidates will show evidence that they understand the landscape of education policy as well as the key decision-makers, and advocate for policies that benefit student learning and the profession.

Each candidate must also demonstrate proficiency in the appropriate Specialized Professional Associations (SPA) standard. The specialized professional associations standards used in the development of the conceptual framework and programs at Midway University are those of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the International Literacy Association (ILA).

Checkpoints

Teacher Leader Candidates are required to complete three checkpoints.

Checkpoint 1: Admission Requirements for the M.Ed.

  • Recommendation form from school principal
  • Signed Code of Ethics document
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Evidence of a current teaching credential

Checkpoint 2: Midpoint Requirements

Requirements for Checkpoint 2 will be uploaded into the eportfolio (LiveText) to be reviewed by the faculty. Checkpoint 2 occurs after the 5th course completed in the program. 
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Relevant assignments from courses or artifacts from professional experience to show evidence toward standards
  • CITI completion of human subjects training certificate
  • Fall 2021 pilot: Each candidate will hold a 30 minute Zoom conference with M.Ed. Faculty to review artifacts and discuss progress. 
  • Candidate will either be promoted, remediated, or dismissed as a conclusion to Checkpoint 2.

Checkpoint 3: Program Exit Requirements

Requirements for Checkpoint 3 will be uploaded into the eportfolio (LiveText) to be reviewed by the faculty. Checkpoint 3 occurs after the 10th course completed in the program (30 credit hours minimum). 
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • A maximum of 6 credit hours may be transferred in to the program
  • Completion of the Comprehensive Exam after the completion of the 5th course. This exam is offered 2 times per year at the end of Modules 1 and 3. Candidates must achieve a score of 80% or higher in order to pass the written exam. Unsuccessful candidates will be required to complete remediation. 
  • Teacher Research Project Chapters 1-5
  • Successful completion of action research sequence
  • Relevant assignments from courses or artifacts from professional experience to show evidence toward standards
  • Upon conclusion of the Checkpoint 3 the Candidate is informed they show mastery of the Teacher Leader Model Standards and is graduated, or if mastery is not achieves the candidate will be placed on remediation, or dismissed from the program.

 

Courses

General Education Hours - N/A

Elective Hours - 0

Total Hours to Complete - 30

Last updated: 08/09/2021