Education Degrees

The College of Education offers the following undergraduate and graduate programs and endorsements:

Bachelor of Science in Education

The undergraduate curriculum includes 67 credit hours in the study of English/communication, humanities, social sciences, religion, mathematics, and natural science. In these courses, candidates begin to gain knowledge of the core content necessary to teach effectively in the elementary school. The 58 credit hours in professional education courses help our students apply the principles of teaching and learning in diverse public and private classrooms throughout Louisville and surrounding counties. This learning is enhanced by the field-based service learning hours in which candidates apply education theory and best practice strategies learned in each course.

Focus your studies on one of the following areas:

  • Elementary (P-5)
  • Middle Grades  (5-9)
    • English/Communication
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Social Studies
  • Secondary (8-12)
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Social Studies
  • Learning and Behavioral Disorders (LBD) (P-12)

Contact Pat Todd by email or (502) 873-4275

 

Master of Arts in Teaching – Traditional Program

Individuals who hold the bachelor’s degree and want to become classroom teachers can earn the Master of Arts in Teaching degree in one of the programs offering courses and field experiences for initial teacher certification leading to state licensure. The teaching academic area requirements are usually satisfied through undergraduate work. In some instances, additional teaching area academic courses (e.g., Math, English, etc.) maybe required. The traditional route allows students to focus on completing their course work generally while holding a job. Students complete the program with a semester of student teaching (14 weeks). The PRAXIS content area exam is not required for admissions into the traditional programs.

The course of study for each program includes theory and practice in the foundations of education, human development, multimedia for teaching and learning, differentiated instruction for diverse learners, assessment of student learning, classroom management, content area pedagogy, student teaching, and the education capstone experience. Each course has a clinical component requiring 20 clock hours of participation and leadership in local public and private schools, and the programs culminate with the successful completion of 15 weeks of supervised, full-time student teaching in diverse P-12 classrooms.

Focus your studies on one of the following areas:

  • Elementary (P-5) [only the traditional route is available for Elementary]
  • Middle School (5-9)
    • Social Studies
    • Math
    • Science
    • English Communication
  • Secondary (8-12)
    • English/Communication
    • Math
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
    • Social Studies
    • Earth Science
  • Learning and Behavioral Disorders (LBD) (P-12)
  • Spanish (P-12)
  • Art (P-12)
  • Business and Marketing Education (5-12)

Contact Pat Todd by email or (502) 873-4275

Master of Arts in Teaching – Alternative Certification Program

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is designed for persons who have completed an undergraduate degree in an area other than education. The teaching academic area requirements are usually satisfied through undergraduate work. In some instances, additional teaching area academic courses (e.g., Math, English, etc.) maybe required. The alternative route allows students to be employed as teachers in public, private or parochial schools while completing their degree. The candidate must pass the PRAXIS professional license exam to be admitted into the alternative programs. Students must obtain a teaching position in the field in which they will be certified and take evening/weekend and summer classes to complete their degree.

The course of study for each program includes theory and practice in the foundations of education, human development, multimedia for teaching and learning, differentiated instruction for diverse learners, assessment of student learning, classroom management, content area pedagogy, student teaching, and the education capstone experience.

Focus your studies on one of the following areas:

  • Middle School (5-9)
    • Social Studies
    • Math
    • Science
    • English/Communication
  • Secondary (8-12)
    • English/Communication
    • Math
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
    • Social Studies
    • Earth Science
  • Learning and Behavioral Disorders (LBD) (P-12)
  • Spanish (P-12)
  • Art (P-12)
  • Business and Marketing Education (5-12)

Contact Dr. Leslie Rowland by email or (502) 873-4261

Master of Arts in School Guidance Counseling

 

  • This 33 credit-hour program (5 semesters) consists of core components in school counseling which educate through knowledge, skills, and responsibility in service
  • Up to 12 credit hours may be transferred into the program from other university guidance and counseling programs
  • Courses are interwoven with field experiences and culminates with two- 50 hour supervised counseling practicum opportunities
  • Many courses offered meet twice a week for six-weeks, while others meet once a week for 12 weeks
  • University faculty and P-12 counseling practitioners provide instructional opportunities with candidates

Contact Jackie Johnson, Ed. D. by email or (502) 873-4267

Master of Education in Teacher Leadership

 

  • Application of research-based practices in curriculum and instruction
  • Provides teachers with current effective leadership skills to be a leader in the classroom, the school, and the community
  • Enables teacher leaders to develop the skills and understandings to assess student learning in order to increase student achievement
  • Core coursework is completed in six classes {three semesters}.
  • Candidates complete the program by selecting elective courses/endorsement programs of interest from many options including:  Endorsement for Reading and Writing, Endorsement for Instructional Computer Technology, Endorsement for Teaching English as a Second Language, Applied Behavior Analysis, and from the Master of Fine Arts program.

Contact Dr. Kristen Harris by email or (502) 873-4269

Rank I Instructional Leadership – School Principal Program

 

  • The first redesigned program to be approved by the Education Professional Standards Board
  • Designed with practical, school-based learning activities which provide real world application of research-based best practices
  • Classes are collaboratively taught with University faculty and P-12 school leaders
  • Up to 6 credit hours may be waived based upon the applicant’s master’s program
  • For those candidates who currently have Rank I, the program is a 24 credit hour program which leads to principal certification
  • Up to 12 credit hours of program coursework may be transferred into Spalding University’s Leadership Education Doctoral Program to fulfill cognate hour requirements

Contact Dr. Jayne Morgenthal by email or (502) 873-4271

Doctor of Leadership Education

 

Program

Spalding University’s Ed.D. in Leadership is a 60-credit-hour interdisciplinary doctoral program located in the College of Education. This program attracts students with educational and professional backgrounds in business, healthcare, social services, the arts, and the humanities, as well as in education. The program accepts students into either the Executive Track, which is designed for individuals who currently lead or who have led large numbers of employees, usually in a corporate environment, or the Scholar/Practitioner Track, which is designed for people who seek greater leadership positions within their current or in other professional environments. Although participants in each track have the same program of study in the same sequence and earn the same degree, the classes, assignments, and guest speakers in each track focus on the career needs of the participants in each cohort.

Designed to be completed in two and one-half years, the program consists of ten six-credit-hour courses offered sequentially in a hybrid learning format. Participants who enter the program together constitute a cohort of students who take all their classes together for the duration of the program. Each course (except for the final course, in which this format is reversed) begins with two-and-one-half day on-campus, face-to-face class meetings that are complemented with eight weeks of online learning. Students take two classes each semester with a break of approximately one week between classes. Classes do not meet during the summer.

Each student will author or co-author an action research dissertation based on understanding and solving a real-world workplace or community-based issue that he or she or a partnering community organization identifies. Participants complete their dissertation as the focus of their final three classes.

Each track of the Ed.D. in Leadership Program accepts one new cohort a year of no more than 20 participants, and classes start in late August. Spalding University does not accept transfer credits from other institutions, and participants must take classes in sequence with their cohort members; participants cannot enter the program mid-semester or mid-year.

Ed.D. Program tuition for the 2015-2016 academic year is $775.00 per credit hour and must be paid by the semester at the time a participant registers for classes. Spalding University does not provide financial aid or scholarships for the doctoral program, but information regarding the Federal Direct Student Loan Program and related financial assistance may be obtained from Ms. Michelle Standridge, Graduate Counselor, Financial Aid, at 873-4333 or mstandridge@spalding.edu.

 

Program Requirements

Prior completion of a master’s or post-baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university is a pre-requisite for admission. Standardized test scores from graduate school entrance exams are not required for admission. However, TOEFL scores are required for those for whom English is a second language.

Program Admission

Prospective participants may apply to the Ed.D. Program year-round with the understanding that applications received after July 1 will be considered for the following academic year. The program accepts participants for only one cohort in each track annually.

Admission requirements include:

  • Completion of a Spalding University application accompanied by a check made out to Spalding University in the amount of $30.00 for the non-refundable application fee (Application forms for admission to graduate study may be obtained from the Admissions Office, Spalding University, 901 South Fourth Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40203-2188),
  • Submission of official transcripts from all previously attended institutions of higher education,
  • Submission of a current vitae or resume,
  • Three letters of recommendation,
  • TOEFL scores only for applicants for whom English is a second language and who have not studied in a school in which English is the language of instruction,
  • An in-person interview with the Director of the Doctoral Program in Leadership Education and Leadership Program faculty, and
  • A double-spaced essay of no more than five pages, but no less than three pages, that provides a personal definition of exemplary behaviors in a leader. In addition, the candidate will state the rationale and purpose for pursuing this degree and will describe his or her long-term professional goals using examples of personal leadership in his or her workplace and community.

To obtain an admissions packet and to schedule an admissions interview, contact: Dr. Linda E. Beattie, Director.

Doctoral Program in Leadership Education, Spalding University (502)873-4190 or lbeattie@spalding.edu

Endorsements

Endorsement programs are added to existing teaching certificates and may also be used as the 12 cognate hours required for a Masters of Arts in Education/Teacher Leadership.

Focus your studies on one of the following areas:

  • English as a Second Language (Grades P-12)
  • Instructional Computer Technology (Grades P-12)
  • Reading and Writing (Grades P-12)

Contact Dr. Kristen Harris by email or (502) 873-4269

Accreditation

All programs listed for initial certification/licensure (undergraduate and graduate) and for the advanced level are accredited by

  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 2010 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036 and
  • Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board.
  • The interdisciplinary doctoral program is not a part of the NCATE accreditation but is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Title II Testing Information

Candidates for initial teaching credentials must successfully complete specified tests of knowledge about academic content and about teaching and learning. Federal law requires institutions receiving Title II funds to report on an annual basis the percentage of students who successfully complete these tests.

Data for the most recent reporting period 2009-2010 Academic Year

  • Spalding Pass Rate 96% compared to Statewide Pass Rate 97%

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