Education, Multidisciplinary Studies, M.S.

Program Directors: Kristy Calo, Ph.D. calo@hood.edu; 301-696-3463 and Rebecca Grove, Ph.D. grove@hood.edu; 301-696-3172

The 36-credit Master’s degree in Education, Multidisciplinary Studies is designed primarily for certified classroom teachers and qualified support staff who want to design a personalized program that will meet their individual instructional and professional needs. This program builds on three existing Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) and National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (NCATE/CAEP) approved Master’s degree programs: Reading Specialization, Educational Leadership, and Curriculum and Instruction. In addition, an integral part of the program is the ability to choose coursework from other content areas that are self-selected by the candidate. The curriculum includes a core of four professional courses, one course from each of the three existing education graduate programs, four elective courses, and a culminating capstone action research project. This program does not lead to initial or advanced certifications.

Unit Assessment Organization

The M.S. in Education, Multidisciplinary Studies is divided into three phases and a capstone experience for the purpose of uniform data collection for Unit Assessment and continuous program development.

Application Requirements

Submit one official transcript reflecting the highest degree conferred. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview with the program director. Program expectations and requirements are explained to the applicant at this time. In addition, applicants must produce an adequate writing sample during the interview process.

For additional admission information, see Graduate Admission.

Candidates will need to complete each phase’s and the capstone experience’s requirements. Candidates will work with an academic advisor to ensure successful completion of degree requirements and will advance through the phases by demonstrating proficiency in all the requirements. The Education, Multidisciplinary Studies Advisory Council will review any conditional advancements and denials for advancement.

Program Requirements

Phase I Professional Education Core Courses (12 Credits)

EDUC 502Technology for Literacy,Leadership & Learning

3.0

EDUC 577Introduction to Educational Research

3.0

EDUC 582Educational Philosophy in a Diverse Society

3.0

EDUC 583Principles of Curriculum Development & Appraisal

3.0

Total Credit Hours:12.0

Phase II Masters Level Education Program Courses (9 credits)

Select one course from each of the following master's degree education programs.


Total Credit Hours:9.0

Curriculum and Instruction (3 credits)

EDUC 511Children's Literature

3.0

EDUC 533Effective Home-School Interaction: Research & Practice

3.0

EDUC 534Current Issues in Early Childhood & Elementary Education

3.0

EDUC 535Integrating the Elementary Curriculum through Language Arts

3.0

EDUC 540Modern Science Methods

3.0

EDUC 542Topics in Elementary & Middle School Physical Science

3.0

EDUC 544Topics in Elementary & Middle School Biological Science

3.0

EDUC 545Modern Mathematics Methods

3.0

EDUC 546The Teaching of Numbers,Operations & Algebraic Thinking in Elementary & Middle School

3.0

EDUC 547The Teaching of Geometry & Measurement in Elementary & Middle School

3.0

EDUC 551The Teaching of Geometry

3.0

EDUC 552The Teaching of Algebra

3.0

EDUC 553Foundations of Elementary STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) Education

3.0

EDUC 561Teaching Diverse Learners in an Inclusive Setting

3.0

EDUC 565Classroom Organization & Management in Special Education

3.0

EDUC 571Historical,Philosophical & Legal Foundations of Special Education

3.0

EDUC 573Assessment,Diagnosis & Prescription in Special Education

3.0

EDUC 574Curriculum & Methods in Special Education:Reading,Language Arts & Social Studies

3.0

EDUC 576Curriculum & Methods in Special Education:Mathematics and Science

3.0

EDUC 581Research-Based Teaching,Learning & Assessment

3.0

EDUC 595The Teaching of Statistics & Probability: Decision Making with Mathematics

3.0

EDUC 596The Teaching of Mathematical Modeling: Strategies for Contemporary Problems

3.0

Educational Leadership (3 credits)

EDUC 513School Law

3.0

EDUC 514Administration of Student Services

3.0

EDUC 578Educational Leadership and Group Dynamics

3.0

EDUC 584Systemic Change Processes for School Improvement

3.0

Reading Specialization (3 credits)

EDUC 517Materials for Teaching Reading: Instruction & Methods

3.0

EDUC 518Reading Instruction:Elementary

3.0

EDUC 519Reading Instruction:Secondary

3.0

EDUC 520Reading Diagnosis

3.0

EDUC 521Contemporary Issues in the Teaching of Reading

3.0

Phase III Elective Content Courses (12 credits)

Select courses to address individual needs and interests that will total 12 credit hours. These content courses can come from within the education department as well as from other content area departments. These graduate courses must be at the 500 level or higher, and the candidate must have course approval from both the advisor and program director and/or department chairperson which is offering the course.

Total Credit Hours:12.0

Capstone (3 credits)

EDUC 597MSEMSE Action Research Project

3.0

Total Credit Hours:3.0

Program Follow Up

Program completers in the Education, Multidisciplinary Studies will complete the following activities:     

  1. Program Evaluation Survey at the completion of EDUC 597MSE.

  2. Exit Survey, a self-assessment measure on the Institutional Outcomes.

Program Survey one year after program completion.