2022-2023 Samford University Graduate Catalog 
    
    Jun 16, 2024  
2022-2023 Samford University Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Leadership (Graduate)


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Faculty

Kristie B. Chandler, Chair, Professor
Amy L.  Benton, Professor
Mary E. Yakimowski, Professor
F. Jane Cobia, Professor
Leslie S. Ennis, Professor
Monique G. Witherspoon, Associate Professor
Kara M. Chism, Assistant Professor
Lisa L. Beckham, Instructor


Graduate Programs and Requirements

Degrees
Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) - Class A Certification
          Instructional Leadership (M.S.E.)  

Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) - Class AA Certification
          Instructional Leadership (Ed.S.)  

Certificate
Instructional Leadership (CRE) 
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The Department of Educational Leadership offers graduate education programs at two levels of certification (provided current certification requirements of the Alabama State Department of Education have been met): a master of science in education (M.S.E.) degree with Class A certification in instructional leadership and an educational specialist (Ed.S.) degree with Class AA certification in educational leadership.

Candidates currently holding a master’s degree and Class A certification may complete an 18-hour certification program in instructional leadership.


Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.);
Educational Specialist (Ed.S.);
Certificate in Instructional Leadership (CRE-INLD)

Unconditional Admission
  1. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in an undergraduate degree, if applying to a master’s program. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 in a master’s degree, if applying to the educational specialist program. Coursework completed for non-degree purposes will not be considered in admission decisions.
  2. Minimum of 295 (combined verbal and quantitative) on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or a minimum of 396 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) (if applicable; requirement waived if applicant has previously earned a graduate degree).
  3. Satisfactory completion of other admission criteria, listed below by program.

NOTE: There is no option for conditional admission to the M.S.E., certification only, or Ed.S. programs in instructional leadership. 


Admission Criteria by Program

Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) in Instructional Leadership

(eligible for State certification)

  1. Completion of application and submission of application fee
  2. Undergraduate cumlative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  3. One official copy of all transcripts from all institutions attended
  4. Interview
  5. Portfolio
  6. Disposition recommendation from supervisor
  7. Letter of recommendation
  8. Writing sample
  9. Statement of purpose
  10. Minimum score on GRE or MAT (waived if previously earned graduate degree)
  11. Experience Verification Form documenting three or more years of experience in which one or more of those years was spent as a classroom teacher
  12. Current and valid Class B teaching certificate

Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Instructional Leadership

(eligible for State certification)

  1. Completion of application and submission of application fee
  2. Graduate cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher
  3. One official copy of all transcripts from all institutions attended 
  4. Disposition recommendation from supervisor
  5. Letter of recommendation*
  6. Writing sample*
  7. Statement of purpose*
  8. Current and valid Class A in Instructional Leadership, if necessary**
  9. Experience Verification Form, if necessary**

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*Waived if a previous graduate of three years or less from Samford University’s MSE Instructional Leadership program.
**Contact Graduate Admissions Office for exceptions.

Certificate in Instructional Leadership

(certificate-only program; eligible for State certification)

  1. Completion of application and submission of application fee
  2. Graduate cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher
  3. One official copy of all transcripts from all institutions attended
  4. Interview
  5. Portfolio
  6. Disposition recommendation from supervisor
  7. Letter of recommendation
  8. Experience Verification Form documenting three or more years of experience in which one or more of those years was spent as a classroom teacher
  9. Current and valid Class A teaching certificate
Transfer Credit

In traditional graduate studies, a student may transfer up to six semester hours of graduate credit from an accredited four-year college or university which has a state-approved graduate program in the major or in teacher education. Exceptions may be granted by the dean of the School of Education. After an application is received, transfer credits will be evaluated by the department chair and certification officer for applicability to the Samford program. Transfer credits more than six years old will not be accepted. 

Tuition Scholarships

Tuition scholarships are available to all candidates who have been accepted for graduate study at the master of science or educational specialist level. See Advisement subsection for contact information.

Retention and Completion

Students on the M.S.E. level must maintain a GPA of 3.25; students on the Ed.S. level must maintain a GPA of 3.50. All students must follow a prescribed course of study specified on their program checklist as approved by the Alabama State Department of Education. They must complete all work within six years. All graduate students in an approved program must take and pass a comprehensive examination for each certification area following completion of their coursework. All graduate students receiving initial certification must also pass the Alabama Prospective Teacher Testing Program (APTTP), which includes the appropriate PRAXIS examination. At the end of any semester, a student whose cumulative GPA falls below the required minimum (3.25 for M.S.E. and 3.50 for Ed.S.) may not continue in the program. Any grade below a C- shall not be counted for credit and the course must be retaken. While final course grades may be appealed through formal institutional processes, dismissal for GPA reasons is final and cannot be appealed. An individual who completes an Alabama State-approved program must submit an application for Alabama certification within 60 calendar months (five years) of the program completion date.

Readmission

Students who discontinue or leave the M.S.E., certification only, or Ed.S. program with a 3.25 GPA (M.S.E.) or a 3.75 GPA (Ed.S.) may petition for readmission within three years of the last full semester of attendance. Readmitted students must meet current curricular expectations and program policies and procedures. Exceptions are granted only by the dean of the School of Education. Students who are dismissed for GPA reasons are not eligible for future graduate studies in Orlean Beeson School of Education.   

Advisement

Frequent meetings with the director of graduate student services and program director are required throughout the program, as these individuals will determine a student’s registration and program of study. Samford University complies with the requirements of the Alabama State Department of Education concerning the admission, retention, and completion of all requirements for students seeking Class A or Class AA certification.

Requests for information about or applications to educational leadership programs should be addressed to the Graduate Admissions Office, (205) 726-4337, Orlean Beeson School of Education, Room 210.


Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.)

The master of science in education (M.S.E.) degree is open to candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Completion of the degree requires 30 credits beyond a bachelor’s degree.

Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)

The educational specialist (Ed.S.) program is open to candidates who hold a master’s degree from an accredited institution. Completion of the degree requires 30 credits beyond a master’s degree. Upon successful completion, the candidate is eligible for the educational specialist degree and Class AA certification, provided current certification requirements of the Alabama State Department of Education have been met.


Programs

    MasterEducational Specialist

    Courses

      Education (Educational Leadership Dept)

      The courses listed below represent only a portion of the graduate-level education courses available. See the Department of Curriculum and Instruction  for additional courses that may apply to programs offered through the Department of Educational Leadership. Two such courses are EDUC 518 Action Research: Theory and Techniques  and EDUC 519 Field-Based Action Research . NOTE: Courses numbered 600 and above are open to post-master’s degree students.

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