Student Learning Outcomes - The graduate with an Education Specialist degree in Professional Leadership will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:
Apply research methods to interpret, describe, and infer from existing or newly generated data.
Provide leadership to one’s own professional discipline.
Plan, conduct, and analyze scientific research in one’s discipline.
This advanced program is designed for individuals who are currently involved in or planning careers in a professional leadership position. To be accepted into this program, students must: (1) have earned a master’s degree in the area of specialization or have completed 15 semester hours of appropriate background courses as determined by the Department at either the undergraduate or graduate level; and (2) have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 in the master’s degree.
Applicants who do not meet the above criteria will be classified as a “nondegree student” until they: (1) provide evidence of having completed 15 semester hours of background courses as determined by the Department; and (2) obtain a 3.5 GPA during the first 12 hours of graduate study in courses appropriate to the degree program and consistent with UCM’s graduate policy.
At least 18 semester hours of the approved program must have been at the 5000/6000 level. If the approved program of study is more than 36 semester hours, at least fifty-percent of the semester credit hours must have been at the 5000/6000 level. Courses used to fulfill the minimum number of semester hours at the 5000/6000 level must be in courses taught only to graduate students. A minimum of six of these hours must be at the 6000 level.
Required Graduate Courses: 6-14 Semester Hours
Research Methods and Data Analysis: 3-6 Semester Hours
Students select 16-24 hours of appropriate elective coursework consistent with their career goals and University requirements. Elective courses are contingent on program advisor and graduate program coordinator approval.