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Program Director: Samuel Gaikwad

The MEd is intended for education degree holders who wish to improve their professional skills and acquire leadership and administrative abilities that will qualify them for positions of leadership in schools. The MEd is not a research degree in the sense that the student is not required to carry out and defend a thesis; however, the MEd program does emphasize research-based best practices in education. This degree is presently offered only at selected Distance Learning Centers.

The MEd program includes prerequisite education subjects, and required courses in administration, as well as certification courses. The program takes into consideration the specific needs of the students enrolled in the DLC cohort, addressing felt areas of need and/or subjects for teacher certification. The electives are selected after agreement among the Education Department, the DLC coordinator, and the DLC cohort, and are not negotiated on an individual basis. The MEd degree does not require a culminating examination, written project, or thesis. In order to graduate, students must be eligible for Adventist teacher certification and/or government certification to teach in their country of origin.

Admission Requirements

1. A bachelor's degree in Education or its equivalent, with a minimum GPA of 3.00 (four-point scale). A prospective student who does not meet the entry-level GPA requirement may be admitted under probationary status and given opportunity to meet this requirement by earning a 3.00 GPA at AIIAS during the first 12 semester hours.

2. Demonstrated English proficiency.

Prerequisites

1. Teaching experience, normally a minimum of 2 years.

2. At least one religion course (undergraduate or graduate), with a minimum grade of C, from each of the following areas:

Adventist Beliefs

Adventist History or Spirit of Prophecy

Biblical Studies

The following courses are offered as graduate level online self-study modules to meet these prerequisites:

CHIS 501 Spirit of Prophecy (2)

NTST 502 Life and Teachings of Jesus (2)

THST 501 Adventist Doctrines (2)

3. Adequate undergraduate preparation in education to include a minimum of 8 semester hours of professional education, with at least one class from each of the following four areas:

Methods of Teaching

Philosophy of Adventist Education

Educational Psychology

Testing and Evaluation

The following courses are offered on campus as graduate level online self-study modules to meet these prerequisites:

EDFN 501 Methods of Learning and Instruction (2)

EDFN 518 Educational Psychology (2)

EDFN 520 Philosophy of Adventist Education (2)

EDFN 525 Instructional Evaluation (2)

Requirements

To complete the program and be awarded the degree of Master of Education in School Administration, a candidate must satisfactorily meet the following requirements:

1. Complete a minimum of 42 semester hours of coursework. More hours may be required in order to meet certification requirements.

2. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.

3. Before receiving the degree, the student must meet all the criteria for Adventist and/or governmental certification in his/her country of origin or work, and area of specialization.

4. Service learning.

Curriculum

 

Curriculum for Master of Education in School Administration (MEd)
Philosophy and Foundations 12
EDUC 526 Pedagogical Foundations (3 units)
EDUC 582 Foundations of Christian Education (2 units)
EDUC 624 Faith and Learning in Christian Education (2 units)
LEAD 510 Biblical Foundations of Leadership and Ethics (3 units)
RESM 520 Academic Writing (2 units)
Emphasis (Any five from the following) 15
EDAD 601 Supervision of Instruction (3 units)
EDAD 640 Institutional Finance (2 units)
EDAD 650 Human Resource Management (3 units)
EDAD 651 Principalship and School Improvement (3 units)
EDAD 674 School Organization and Law (3 units)
EDAD 692

Fieldwork in Administration: School Improvement Project (3 units)

Elective of any EDCI course  
Certification Courses  
EDCI 610 Classroom Management (3 units)
EDCI 625 Instructional Media (3 units)
EDCI 632 Inclusive Instruction (3 units)
EDCI 640 Process of Curriculum (3 units)
  Total semester hours          42

Note: The MEd degree presumes students should already have Adventist teacher certification, however, the program is designed to assist in the completion of Basic Certification requirements for those who have not yet achieved this step, as well as advancement to Professional and Administrator Certification.

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