Education

In conjunction with the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, the College of Education, Health, and Human Services of the UM-Dearborn offers a Master of Arts in Education degree. This is a degree, which is designed for educators who desire to fulfill all requirements for a University of Michigan master's degree, including residency, at UM-Dearborn. Courses are offered in the late afternoon, the early evening, the summer, as well as online, in order to accommodate working students. Classes are taught by the faculty of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services and CASL as well as by selected adjunct faculty who are specialists in their field.

The program is designed for educators, enabling them to (a) strengthen their knowledge of established research and best practices in their specific disciplines; (b) to become reflective, caring, and effective leaders within their respective disciplines at the classroom, school, and/or district level; and, (c) continue to develop their knowledge of research and best practices that lead to effective instructional strategies for all student achievement subject specialization. There are six areas of focus within the program: Education, in which students can design their own focus area of study, Mathematics Education Enhancement and Leadership, TESOL, English as a Second Language, K-8 Mathematics, and Reading Specialist. The last three can also satisfy the State Of Michigan Specialty Area Endorsements. For additional information visit the website at: umdearborn.edu/cehhs/cehhs_maed/.

Rules and Procedures

Since the Master of Arts in Education is authorized through the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, it is the responsibility of each graduate student to be thoroughly familiar with the Rackham academic policies which can be found at: www.rackham.umich.edu/policies/

Admission Requirements & Application

Eligibility for regular admission includes:

  • Completed application form
  • $60.00 application fee
  • Official transcript(s) from each college/university attended
  • Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • 3.0 (B) undergraduate/graduate grade point average or better
  • Three professional letters of recommendation using required form 
  • Statement of purpose
  • Valid state of Michigan teaching certificate required if seeking an additional endorsement

 Individuals who wish to apply for this program may initiate the application process online at: umdearborn.edu/gradapplynow/

Minimum Grade Point

A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B) is required for continuation in the program. Courses in which grades of D, E, or U are earned cannot be used to fulfill degree requirements. Students whose cumulative grade point average falls below a 3.00 (B) will be placed on probation. Continued deficiencies will result in a required withdrawal from the Rackham program.

Readmission

Students not registered for classes within one calendar year must submit a readmission form. Approval for readmission must be obtained in order to register for classes.

Residency Requirements and Time Limits

Students seeking a master's degree must fulfill the residency requirement by completing at least one-half of the degree in courses offered by the UM-Dearborn. All coursework toward the master's degree must be completed within five (5) consecutive years from the date of first enrollment in the Graduate School.

Transfer of Credits

Students may apply for transfer of credit of a maximum of fifteen semester hours from any University of Michigan campus or six semester hours from another accredited collegiate institution. Only graduate credit hours earned during the last five years that relate to the program and for which a grade of B or better was received can be considered for transfer. Transfer credit can be requested only after admission to the program and completion of eight hours of Rackham graduate-level letter graded coursework. Correspondence and extension courses as well as Continuing Education Units (CEU) are not considered for transfer of credit. All courses to be transferred must be approved by the Director of Masters Degree Programs. A "Request for Transfer of Credit" form and two official copies of the transcript must be submitted. Enrolled students must obtain prior approval of the Director of Masters Degree Programs to elect classes off campus.

Program of Study

This 30 (minimum) semester hour master's degree is divided into three parts: 1) Core Courses, 2) Professional Studies, and 3) Cognate Studies. Considerable flexibility is available in the professional and cognate areas to satisfy individual interests and needs.

Core Courses

The core sequence provides continuity and integration for all programs. Ideas of policy, change, growth and diversity are developed in the following courses.

Nine credit hours in the Core are required for all.

EDA 501Adv Social Fndations of Ed3
EDC 556Learning & Classrm Assessment3
EDK 500Intro to Research in Education3
Total Credit Hours9

Professional Studies

The professional studies courses are offered through the College of Education, Health, and Human Services. These courses are to be selected with the advisor's approval in consideration of the student's academic background and/or teaching assignments. The number of credits within this category varies.

Cognate Studies

Cognate studies are approved graduate courses offered in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, or College of Business. Courses should be selected with the advisor's approval in consideration of the student's academic background and/or teaching assignment.

Professional studies and cognate studies courses may be selected to enhance the student's current areas of specialty in elementary or secondary education or to obtain an additional area of specialization. These courses may be used to add an endorsement to the certificate. If so, students must meet all the State of Michigan and UM-Dearborn certification requirements for that major or minor. Only courses required for the major or minor, which are approved for graduate credit may be applied toward the MA program. Professional and cognate studies courses may also be used toward meeting the requirements for State teaching endorsements.

Details concerning the requirements and the appropriate coursework can be obtained from the student's assigned advisor or from the College of Education, Health, and Human Services Office of Student Success. A more definitive description of the program is available from the College of Education, Health and Human Service’s web page at: umdearborn.edu/cehhs/cehhs_maed/

Advising

Students must plan their program with their assigned advisor. Contact the College of Education, Health, and Human Services at 313-593-5090 for an advising appointment.

Petition

All graduate policies have been formulated by the Horace H. Rackham Graduate School and by the UM-Dearborn College of Education, Health, and Human Services with the goal toward academic quality. This goal requires that policies be equitably and uniformly applied. However, there may be an infrequent extenuating circumstance that warrants individual consideration. In such a case, a petition to waive or modify a policy may be filed by the graduate student. Please see the Rackham Graduate Secretary for information and forms regarding the petition process.

Exit Survey

The purpose of the Exit Survey is to provide the College of Education, Health, and Human Services with valuable information for program evaluation and program development. The completion of the Exit Survey may provide the students with an opportunity for reflection, synthesis and evaluation of their educational experiences at UM-Dearborn.

The Exit Survey is required for program completion, but it is not graded.  It is to be completed during the term in which the student is graduating from the program. The Exit Survey Form is available online at:

https://docs.google.com/a/umich.edu/forms/d/18PbL2NwB5UNUfoM-_jUJOvHBd8dc0N3RAeWtu7l0TWs/edit

Graduation

Once students apply to graduate a Degree Works audit will be completed by the Director of Masters Degree Programs. A diploma application must be submitted at the time of registration for the final semester.

Program Options in the Master of Arts in Education

No Additional Endorsement

A minimum of 30 credit hours required.

I. Core Courses

The core sequence provides continuity and integration for all programs. Ideas of policy, change, growth and diversity are developed in the following courses.

Core Courses
Required:
EDA 501Adv Social Fndations of Ed3
EDC 556Learning & Classrm Assessment3
EDK 500Intro to Research in Education3
Total Credit Hours9

Students are strongly encouraged to elect at least one core class during the first year of work. Completion of all core classes is recommended within the first 20 credit hours. All core classes must be elected on the UM-Dearborn campus.

II. Professional Studies

Meet with an Academic Advisor to select graduate level courses from CEHHS15-18
Electives:
EDC 560Rdg:Diag/Assessment Tech K-123

III. Cognates

Meet with an Academic Advisor to select graduate level courses in a discipline other than education3-6

Mathematics Education Enhancement and Leadership Program

This program welcomes teachers who are certified at the elementary or secondary level with a mathematics endorsement (EX), who are interested in developing additional expertise in the teaching and learning of mathematics across all levels, K-12, and who may in the future seek mathematics education leadership roles in schools or school districts. The program is 30 credit hours and provides stimulating, collegial, research- and practice-based learning centered on national and state frameworks. 

I. Core Courses

The core sequence provides continuity and integration for all programs. Ideas of policy, change, growth and diversity are developed in the following courses.

Required:
EDA 501Adv Social Fndations of Ed3
EDC 556Learning & Classrm Assessment3
EDK 500Intro to Research in Education3
Total Credit Hours9

Students are strongly encouraged to elect at least one core class during the first year of work. Completion of all core classes is recommended within the first 20 credit hours. All core classes must be elected on the UM-Dearborn campus.

II. Professional Studies

Required
EDMA 511Lrng & Tchg Middle Grade Math3
EDMA 512Comm and Assmt in Math Lrng3
EDMA 521Leadership in Mathematics Educ3
EDMA 525Currm Devt & Rsch in Math Ed3
Total Credit Hours12

III. Cognates

Required
MATH 545Number & Prop'l Rsng for Tchrs3
MATH 546Discrete Math/Modeling for Tch3
MATH 549Concepts of Calc for Teachers3
Total Credit Hours9

Mathematics (EX) Endorsement 

This program welcomes teachers certified at the elementary level who seek but do not already hold an endorsement in mathematics (EX) that certifies them to teach mathematics through grade 8. The program is 30 credit hours and provides stimulating, collegial, research- and practice-based learning centered on national and state frameworks. Endorsement requires passing the MTTC Test for Elementary Mathematics. Candidates need to be knowledgeable in mathematics through precalculus.

I. Core Courses

The core sequence provides continuity and integration for all programs. Ideas of policy, change, growth and diversity are developed in the following courses.

Required:
EDA 501Adv Social Fndations of Ed3
EDC 556Learning & Classrm Assessment3
or EDC 560 Rdg:Diag/Assessment Tech K-12
EDK 500Intro to Research in Education3
Total Credit Hours9

Students are strongly encouraged to elect at least one core class during the first year of work. Completion of all core classes is recommended within the first 20 credit hours. All core classes must be elected on the UM-Dearborn campus.

II. Professional Studies

Required:
EDMA 511
EDMA 512
Lrng & Tchg Middle Grade Math
and Comm and Assmt in Math Lrng
6
Electives:
Select one:3
Leadership in Mathematics Educ
Currm Devt & Rsch in Math Ed
Topics in Math Education
Teaching with Technology
Total Credit Hours9

III. Cognates

Required:
MATH 542Geometry for Teachers3
MATH 543Algebra for Teachers3
MATH 544Data Anlsys,Prob&Stat forTchrs3
MATH 545Number & Prop'l Rsng for Tchrs3
Electives:
Select one:0-3
Discrete Math/Modeling for Tch
Microcomp in Math for Teach
Concepts of Calc for Teachers
Sec School Math for Teachers
Topics in Math for Teachers
Indep Study in Math Education
Total Credit Hours12-15

Candidates who have not completed a college level precalculus or calculus course must do so.

To be recommended for the EX endorsement (teaching middle school mathematics), candidates must provide documentation that they have passed the Michigan Teacher Test for Certification (MTTC) elementary mathematics examination.

English as a Second Language (NS) Endorsement

This program is designed for teachers who wish to earn the NS (English as a Second Language) endorsement on their teaching certificate.  Program coursework is aligned with state and national ESL standards and provides the breadth and depth of knowledge required to effectively teach students whose first language is not English.  A  minimum of 30 credit hours are required.

I. Core Courses

The core sequence provides continuity and integration for all programs. Ideas of policy, change, growth and diversity are developed in the following courses.

Required:
EDA 501Adv Social Fndations of Ed3
EDK 500Intro to Research in Education3
EDC 556Learning & Classrm Assessment3
or EDC 560 Rdg:Diag/Assessment Tech K-12
Total Credit Hours9

Students are strongly encouraged to elect at least one core class during the first year of work. Completion of all core classes is recommended within the first 20 credit hours. All core classes must be elected on the UM-Dearborn campus.

II. Professional Studies

Required:
EDD 547Tchng English as Second Lang 13
EDD 548Pract: Tch Engl as Secnd Lang1
EDC 555Assmt: Sec Lang Learning K-122
Total Credit Hours6
1

 Pre-requisite for EDC 555

III. Cognates

Required:
ENGL 574Second Lang Acquisition:Engl3
LING 580Concepts in Linguistics 13
LING 576Sociolinguistics3
Select two:6
Lang,Clture,Litrcy&Power in Ed
Language and Society
Litrcy Instr & Assess for Els
Modern English Grammar
History of the English Lang
World Englishes
Total Credit Hours15
1

Pre-requisite for ENGL 561, 582, 584 and LING 576

To be recommended for the NS endorsement (English as a Second Language), candidates must provide documentation that they have passed the Michigan Teacher Test for Certification (MTTC) ESL test.

Reading Specialist K-12 (BR) Endorsement

The Reading Specialist endorsement prepares teachers with the knowledge and skills essential for working with K-12 students who are below grade level in their literacy skills.  This program prepares teachers through instructional, assessment and/or leadership roles at the classroom, school and/or district levels and the endorsement qualifies the candidate to work as a reading specialist in school districts. A  minimum of 30 credit hours are required.

I. Core Courses

The core sequence provides continuity and integration for all programs. Ideas of policy, change, growth and diversity are developed in the following courses.

Required:
EDA 501Adv Social Fndations of Ed3
EDC 556Learning & Classrm Assessment3
EDK 500Intro to Research in Education3
Total Credit Hours9

Students are strongly encouraged to elect at least one core class during the first year of work. Completion of all core classes is recommended within the first 20 credit hours. All core classes must be elected on the UM-Dearborn campus.

II. Professional Studies

Required:
EDA 519Early Literacy/Language Devel3
EDB 503Reading Programs: K-123
EDC 560Rdg:Diag/Assessment Tech K-123
EDD 560Reading:Clinical Pract Int/Sem 13
For Holders of Elementary Teaching Certificates:6
Reading in the Content Areas
Adol Devl & Classroom Mgmt
For Holders of Secondary Teaching Certificates:6
Teach Read/Lang Arts- Elem Grd
Advanced Child Development
Total Credit Hours24
1

Students must complete EDA 519, EDB 503, EDC 560, and at least 6 additional hours in Core and Professional Studies courses before they will be approved to register for EDD 560.

III. Cognates

Select one:3
Education and Culture
Language and Society
Modern English Grammar
Professional Comm Ethics
Issues Lit Child/Yng People
Motivation and Behavior
Small Group Communications

To be recommended for the BR endorsement (Reading Specialist), candidates must provide documentation that they have passed the Michigan Teacher Test for Certification (MTTC) Reading Specialist test.


Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

I. Core Courses

The core sequence provides continuity and integration for all programs. Ideas of policy, change, growth and diversity are developed in the following courses.

EDA 501Adv Social Fndations of Ed3
EDC 556Learning & Classrm Assessment3
EDK 500Intro to Research in Education3
Total Credit Hours9

 Students are strongly encouraged to elect at least one core class during the first year of work. Completion of all core classes is recommended within the first 20 credit hours. All core classes must be elected on the UM-Dearborn campus.

II. Professional Studies

Required:
EDA 555Lang,Clture,Litrcy&Power in Ed3
EDM 505TESOL Strategies3
EDC 555Assmt: Sec Lang Learning K-122
EDD 547Tchng English as Second Lang 13
EDD 548Pract: Tch Engl as Secnd Lang1
Select two:6
Seminar in Critical Pedagogy
Adult Lrning:Theory & Practice
Survey of Educ Tech Tools
Intro to Teaching/Learn Online
1

 Pre-requisite for EDC 555.

 III. Cognates

Required:
LING 576Sociolinguistics3

The Education Specialist (EdS) degree program is designed to meet a critical need for educational leaders who can transform education at the PK-12, community college and university levels. The Education Specialist (EdS) degree is an advanced professional degree program that assists veteran educators to enhance their knowledge of theory and best practice, to acquire skills in interpreting and using educational scholarship and research, and to understand processes of change and leadership in education settings. The degree program is ideal for educators who seek new skills and new opportunities for leadership and for those seeking the Michigan Central Office Administrator Certificate.

Coursework can be completed on either a full or part time basis. Three courses for a total of 9 credits will be in the core areas; an additional 18 credits will be in one of three concentration areas that will specifically target their professional interests. The final 3 credits will focus on an applied studies or research project. The three concentration areas are: Educational Leadership, Metropolitan Education, and Curriculum and Practice.

Admission

Minimum requirements for admission in the EdS program include:

  1. A Master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education with at least an overall 3.3 on a four point scale or equivalent.
  2. Official copies of transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  3. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency and are required to provide an official score report of an accepted English Proficiency Test. See umdearborn.edu/684363/ for details.
  4. At least three years teaching experience or the equivalent experience working in a professional setting.
  5. Three recommendation letters from faculty and/or employer. Standard questions will be asked of all references and may include:
    • Potential for quality doctoral work
    • Potential for leadership impact in the field upon completion of the program
    • Other areas may be included such as: collegiality, ability to complete quality work on time, work etc.
  6. A letter or statement of academic interests, professional goals and the applicant’s personal/unique potential for contribution to a student cohort.
  7. The application fee is $60.00 USD.

Meeting the minimum requirements qualifies an applicant for admissions consideration but does not guarantee admission to the program. Admissions will be granted on a competitive basis.

Individuals who wish to apply for the Education Specialist may obtain application and recommendation forms from the website at: umdearborn.edu/admissions/graduate/how-apply

Satisfactory Progress Towards a Degree

Each EdS student is expected to maintain satisfactory progress towards the degree by maintaining a “B” average in coursework.  Students who fall below a “B” grade point average in any one term will be placed on academic probation and notified of this in writing. Students who do not make satisfactory progress may be removed from the program in writing. Policies established by CEHHS will determine criteria for disqualification from the program.

Readmission

Students not registered for classes within one calendar year must submit a readmission form to the EdS program coordinator. Approval for readmission must be obtained in order to register for classes.

Residency Requirements

Students seeking an EdS degree fulfill the residency requirement by completing at least one-half of their degree in courses offered by the University of Michigan-Dearborn (see Transfer of Credit guidelines below). All coursework toward the Central Office Administration Certificate must be completed within five consecutive years from the date of first enrollment in the program.

Normative Time from Matriculation to Degree

Total registered time in the program is not expected to exceed five years, but an extension can be requested by the student.

Transfer of Credit

Courses may receive transfer credit if:

  • Graduate credits were completed within five years of application to the EdS program at another accredited institution.
  • Graduate credits were completed at another University of Michigan School or College (including Flint and Ann Arbor).
  • Graduate Extension courses were completed at any of these campuses; the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Northern Michigan University, and Oakland University.
  • Courses were taken at an undergraduate institution, only if students completed the course during their junior or senior year and they were approved for graduate credit by the graduate school of the institution where and when the student took the course; and the courses were not used in whole or in part, in any way, to meet requirements for a degree, and the student’s program adviser approves the transfer of the course.

Up to six credit hours from another (non University of Michigan) accredited university will be accepted as transfer credits; however, the EdS program coordinator must approve the acceptance of transfer credits. Students may transfer up to one-half (1/2) the minimum number of credit hours required for the EdS degree from the Ann Arbor and Flint University of Michigan campuses.

Program of Study

The 30 (minimum) semester hour specialist degree is divided into three parts: 1) Core Courses, 2) Concentration Area Courses, and 3) Research or Applied Studies Project. Considerable flexibility is available in the concentration areas to satisfy individual interests and needs. Courses leading to the Michigan Department of Education Central Office Administrator Certificate are available to students who choose the Educational Leadership concentration.

Core Courses

The core courses are designed to provide students with a global perspective of education in contemporary schools and to prepare them for higher-level courses in the specialization area.

Required Concentration Area Course Plus Select One Additional:6
Seminar in Ed Psych/Spec Educ
Seminar in Educ Leadership
Sem in Curiculum and Practice
Seminar in Metropolitan Educ
Select one:3
Quantitative Research Methods
Qualitative Research Seminar
Total Credit Hours9

Note: An Introduction to Research course must have been completed and credited on graduate transcript to enroll in one of the above research courses or must be completed prior to enrolling in EDK 823 or EDK 825.

All three core courses or their equivalent must be completed. Any substitution of course(s) for a core course(s) must be approved in writing by the program advisor before the action research course.

Concentration Area Courses (18 hrs)

Six specialist level courses must be selected in the area of concentration with the guidance of the student’s respective EdS program advisor. The professional studies courses are offered through the College of Education, Health, and Human Services and other units of the University.  Students will work with their faculty advisor to determine which concentration area courses are appropriate to the student's needs and professional goals.

Action Research Studies (3 hrs)

Students will complete an action research project with approval of their advisor following successful completion of the core and concentration area courses.

Central Office Administration Certificate Program

The Central Office Administration Certificate Program is designed to prepare students for roles in PK-12 school district central office administration/leadership.The program is approved by the Michigan Department of Education and meets MDE Standards for the Preparation of Central Office Administrators. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible for recommendation to the Michigan Department of Education for the Central Office Administration Certificate.

The Central Office Administration Certificate Program can be obtained in one of the three following ways:

  • In conjunction with the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree program,
  • In conjunction with the Education Doctoral (Ed.D.) degree program,
  • As a stand-alone certificate.

The program curriculum emphasizes the knowledge and skill base required to meet the opportunities and challenges of central office leadership in PK-12 school systems. The courses are designed to develop educational leadership competency and skills in organizational development, labor relations, human resource development, strategic planning, applications of technology, policy development, school community relations, data analysis, legal and regulatory issues, and evaluation of programs. An internship in central office administration is required in the final year of the program. Courses are offered in the evening, on-line, and Saturdays to accommodate the working professional.

Admission Requirements

Eligibility for admission to the Central Office Administration Certificate program requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale, a valid elementary or secondary teaching certificate, a minimum of three years classroom teaching experience, completion of a master’s degree in educational administration/leadership with a GPA of 3.3 or better on a 4.0 scale, and a valid K-12 school administration certificate. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible for recommendation to the Michigan Department of Education for the Michigan Department of Education Central Office Administrator Certificate.

Application Process

Formal application to the Central Office Administration Certificate Program must be submitted to the College of Education, Health, and Human Services Educational Leadership Program. Applications are available on-line at the College of Education, Health, and Human Services web site or can be obtained at the College of Education, Health, and Human Services Office of Student Success. Applications should be completed and submitted to the College of Education, Health, and Human Services Office of Student Success along with the following supporting materials:

  1. Official copy of the applicant’s baccalaureate degree transcript;
  2. Official copy of the applicant’s master’s degree transcript;
  3. Official transcripts from all other colleges or universities attended;
  4. A copy of the applicant’s current Michigan Teaching Certificate;
  5. A copy of the applicant’s current Michigan School Administrator Certificate;
  6. Three letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s quality level of graduate work, potential for leadership impact in the field upon completion of the program, and other area related to ability to complete the program;
  7. A one page Statement of Purpose including academic interests, professional goals, and personal/unique potential for contribution to the field of central office administration;
  8. A $60.00 non-refundable application fee.

The Statement of Purpose should be a concise, well written essay addressing applicant’s educational background, academic interests, career goals, and service to PK-12 schools. For answers to specific questions regarding the program or application process, applicants are invited to contact the Office of Student Success at 313-593-5090.

Transfer of Credit

A limit of six (6) credit hours that are applicable to the program of study and approved by the program coordinator can be transferred from a non-University of Michigan accredited college or university. Only graduate course credit hours with a grade of B or better (3.0 on a 4.0 point scale) and earned in the five year period prior to acceptance into the program will be considered for transfer. Transfer credits may be requested only after admission to the Central Office Administration Certificate program and successful completion of six (6) credit hours of letter-graded program coursework. A Request for Transfer of Credit form and official course descriptions and course syllabi must be submitted. Non-letter grades, e.g. pass-fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory are not eligible for transfer credit. Courses cannot be transferred for credit if: a) they were not graduate level courses; b) they were already applied in whole or in part toward a degree; c) they were taken more than five years before beginning the certificate program; or d) a grade below B  (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) was earned. Enrolled students must obtain prior approval of the program coordinator to elect classes off campus.

Residency Requirements and Time Limits

Students seeking a Central Office Administration Certificate fulfill the residency requirement by completing at least one-half of their degree in courses offered by the University of Michigan-Dearborn (see Transfer of Credit guidelines). All coursework toward the Central Office Administration Certificate must be completed within six consecutive years from the date of first enrollment in the program. Students whose grade point average falls below a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) will be placed on probation. Continued deficiencies will result in a required withdrawal from the program.

Coursework

A minimum cumulative GPA of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) must be maintained to continue enrollment in the program. Candidates must hold a valid and current elementary or secondary teaching certificate and a valid and current school administrator certificate. The program requires successful completion of the following courses:

EDB 721Central Office Internship2-3
EDB 722Seminar in Educ Leadership3
EDB 724Superintendency3
EDB 725Leadership Ethics3
EDB 762Labor Rel in School Setting3
EDB 807Strategic Comm for Admin3
EDB 861Organization Dev & Theory2-3
EDB 881Strategic Plng/Needs Assess2,3
EDB 882Policy Analysis & Development3
EDT 785Technology for Administrators3
Total Credit Hours27-30

The Internship in Central Office Administration requires sustained practice in multiple central office positions under the mentorship of a practicing central office administrator. This program remains under on-going review to insure quality and compliance with University and Michigan Department of Education standards and requirements. Contact the Office of Student Success at 313-593-5090 for additional information or consult the College of Education, Health, and Human Services web page at: umdearborn.edu/cehhs/cehhs_eds_ed_leadership/

Advising

Students must plan their program with their assigned advisor or with the EdS Program Coordinator. Contact the College of Education, Health, and Human Services at  313-593-5090 for an advising appointment.

Petition

All graduate policies have been formulated by the UM-Dearborn College of Education, Health, and Human Services with the goal toward academic quality. This goal requires that policies be equitably and uniformly applied. However, there may be an infrequent extenuating circumstance that warrants individual consideration. In such a case, a petition to waive or modify a policy may be filed by the specialist student. Please contact the Office of Student Success for information and forms regarding the petition process.

Graduation

A diploma application must be submitted at the time of registration for the final semester.

The Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) degree is designed for working professionals who aspire to be leaders in education. Students will complete 60 credit hours beyond a Master’s degree in course and field work that lead to the Ed.D. degree. Coursework can be completed on either a full or part time basis. Eight classes for a total of 24 credits will be in the core areas; an additional 24 credits will be in one of three concentration areas that will specifically target students' professional interests. The final 12 credits will focus on dissertation research or an applied studies project. The three concentration areas are: Educational Leadership, Metropolitan Education, and Curriculum and Practice.

Admission

Minimum requirements for admission in the Ed.D. program include:

  1. Completion of a master’s degree from an accredited institution. Official copies of transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  2. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency and are required to provide an official score report of an accepted English Proficiency Test. See umdearborn.edu/684363/ for details.
  3. Applicants must submit scores on the analytical, quantitative and verbal tests of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). Scores may not be more than five years old.
  4. At least three years teaching experience or the equivalent experience working in a professional setting.
  5. Three recommendation letters from faculty and/or employers. Standard questions will be asked of all references and may include:
    • Potential for quality doctoral work
    • Potential for leadership impact in the field upon completion of the program
    • Other areas may be included such as: collegiality, ability to complete quality work on time, work etc.
  6. A letter or statement of academic interests, professional goals and the applicant’s personal/unique potential for contribution to a doctoral cohort.
  7. Applications are due annually on March 1 in order to be considered for admission in the Ed.D. program. Applicants may be interviewed by the Ed.D. committee as part of the selection process.
  8. The application fee is $60.00 USD.

Once applicants have met all of the admissions requirements through step 8 they may be contacted to arrange for a personal interview with a member of the Ed.D. Faculty Advisory  Committee. The interview may be conducted over the telephone or via Skype for students traveling from out of state. During the interview, the applicant can be expected to demonstrate evidence of personal commitment to earn a doctoral degree, evidence of personal professional goals that are aligned with the goals of the Ed.D. program and evidence of professional behavior.

Meeting the minimum requirements qualifies an applicant for admissions consideration but does not guarantee admission to the program. Admissions will be granted on a competitive basis.

Individuals who wish to apply for the Doctorate in Education may obtain application and recommendation forms from the website at: umdearborn.edu/cehhs/cehhs_edd/

Satisfactory Progress Towards Degree

Each doctoral student is expected to maintain satisfactory progress towards the degree by maintaining a “B” average in coursework and passage of all required examinations within two attempts. Students who fall below a “B” grade point average in any one term will be placed on academic probation and notified of this in writing. Students who do not make satisfactory progress may be removed from the program in writing. CEHHS and the EdD Faculty Advisory Committee will determine criteria for disqualification from the program.

Readmission

Students not registered for classes within one calendar year must submit a readmission form to the doctoral program coordinator. Approval for readmission must be obtained in order to register for classes.

Residency Requirements

While there will be no formal residency requirement for part time students, it is expected that they will participate in doctoral program activities on campus or through online discussions. This involvement will foster intellectual development and provide a supportive environment for all program participants.

Normative Time from Matriculation to Degree

The Ed.D. program is designed for completion of the degree requirements at a minimum of three calendar years. However, circumstances may require students to take fewer courses each term. As a result, flexibility is built into the program. Total time to qualifying examination and advancement to candidacy should not normally exceed three years, but students can request additional time. A request for extension needs to be submitted to the Ed.D. Faculty Advisory Committee.

Total registered time in the program is not expected to exceed six years, but again, an extension can be requested by the student.

Transfer of Credit

Courses may receive transfer credit if:

  • Graduate credits were completed within five years of application to the Ed.D. program at another accredited institution.
  • Graduate credits were completed at another University of Michigan School or College (including Flint and Ann Arbor).
  • Graduate Extension courses were completed at any of these campuses; the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Northern Michigan University, and Oakland University.
  • Courses were taken at an undergraduate institution, only if students completed the course during their junior or senior year and they were approved for graduate credit by the graduate school of the institution where and when the student took the course; and the courses were not used in whole or in part, in any way, to meet requirements for a degree, and the student’s doctoral program adviser approves the transfer of the course.

Up to six credit hours from another (non University of Michigan) accredited university will be accepted as transfer credits; however, the Ed.D. advisor must approve the acceptance of transfer credits. Students may transfer up to one-half (1/2) the minimum number of credit hours required in the coursework for the core and concentration classes in the Ed.D. degree from the Ann Arbor and Flint University of Michigan campuses.

Program of Study

The 60 (minimum) credit hour doctoral degree is divided into three parts: 1) Core Courses, 2) Concentration Area Courses, and 3) Dissertation Research or Applied Studies Project. Considerable flexibility is available in the concentration areas to satisfy individual interests and needs.

Core Courses

The core courses are designed to provide students with a global perspective of education in contemporary schools and to prepare them for higher-level courses in the specialization area.

EDA 725Seminar in Metropolitan Educ3
EDB 722Seminar in Educ Leadership3
EDC 740Seminar in Ed Psych/Spec Educ3
EDD 717Sem in Curiculum and Practice3
EDK 700Intro to Research in Education3
EDK 823Quantitative Research Methods3
EDK 825Qualitative Research Seminar3
EDK 850Resrch Dsgn & Proposal Dvlpmt3
Total Credit Hours24

All eight core courses or their equivalent must be completed. Any substitution of course(s) for a core course(s) must be approved in writing by the doctoral program advisor before the qualifying exam.

Concentration Area Courses (24 hrs)

Eight graduate/doctorate level courses must be selected in the area of concentration with the written approval of the student’s Ed.D. program advisor. The concentration area courses are offered through the College of Education, Health, and Human Services and other units of the University.  Students will work with their advisor to determine which concentration area courses are appropriate to the students’ needs and professional goals.

Qualifying Examination

The qualifying examination is generally taken one semester after the completion of course work upon recommendation of the student’s advisor. Students must be at a point in their studies where students' mastery of the core course work and concentration area can be fairly evaluated. The qualifying exam will be a written assessment of student knowledge.

Unanimous agreement of the qualifying examination committee is required for the student to pass the examination. Students who do not pass on the first attempt have only one other opportunity to take the examination. At least three months must pass before the second attempt and no more than one calendar year. The committee may suggest additional coursework to address weak areas.

Proposal Defense

EDK 990Ed.D. Prelim Exam/Proposal3-6

The proposal defense is taken after students have successfully completed their coursework. The proposal defense is a hearing on the student’s proposal. Typically the same review team for the qualifying examination is used for the entire Dissertation or Applied Studies Committee who must be present during the proposal defense and approve the proposal unanimously.

Although the examination is usually an oral hearing, the committee may require that students respond in writing to questions and/or make revisions in their proposals as a condition of approval. If the student is required to resubmit the proposal, the committee will review the revised proposal and communicate the outcome to the student in writing. The student must receive written approval of the proposal by the committee and written notification by the Institutional Review Board that human subjects review requirements have been met before beginning dissertation or applied studies work.

The proposal must demonstrate a strong scholarly and professional foundation of knowledge and the ability to apply the knowledge to rigorous study of an issue in K-12, community college, or university level education. The student must submit the dissertation or applied studies proposal for approval following the format and procedures established by the Ed.D. Faculty Advisory Committee. At a minimum, the proposal will contain a description of the problem, a review of the relevant literature, a statement of the question being answered and a description of the research methodology or approach taken to address the question. The proposal must also contain the materials that have been or will be submitted to the Institutional Review Board to meet human subjects requirements.

Dissertation/Applied Studies

Following successful completion of the qualifying exam and proposal defense, the focus will be on the preparation for the dissertation research or applied studies project. This culminating work may focus on a wide range of topics and/or research methods. Whether the candidate decides to do a dissertation or applied studies project, the work will focus on a significant professional problem or issue and have the potential to contribute in a general way or in the context of a particular educational setting to the improvement of PK-12, community college, or university level education.

Candidacy

A student will become a candidate for the Ed.D. degree after completing the required coursework with a minimum GPA of B and after passing the qualifying examination and proposal defense. At this point, the student will be allowed to pursue the dissertation or applied studies work.

Dissertation/Applied Studies Project (9 hrs)

EDK 995Ed.D. Dissertation/Appl Study3-9

The student must submit a written copy of the dissertation or applied studies project to the dissertation/applied studies committee for approval before the oral defense will be scheduled. All members of the dissertation or applied studies committee are responsible for reading the dissertation or applied studies documents and submitting their written evaluations to the committee chair at least one week prior to the defense.

Oral Defense of Dissertation/Applied Studies Project

The final oral examination is the candidate’s defense of the dissertation or applied studies project. The dissertation/applied studies committee members conduct the oral examination. The final oral examination will be open to other faculty, students and interested public. The dissertation/applied studies committee members must be present at the oral defense. Unanimous agreement of the committee is required for approval of the dissertation/applied study and recommendation that the Ed.D. degree be awarded. If the committee requires substantive changes to the written project, the final vote of the committee will be postponed until after the changes are completed.

Submission of the Written Dissertation/Project

The dissertation/applied studies project must be submitted to the program director by a specified deadline in the semester in which the degree is conferred.

The dissertation/applied studies project must conform to UM-Dearborn approved dissertation/applied studies manuscript guidelines.

Advising

Students must plan their program with their assigned advisor or with the Doctoral Program Coordinator. Contact the College of Education, Health, and Human Services at  (313) 593-5090 for an advising appointment.

Petition

All graduate policies have been formulated by the UM-Dearborn College of Education, Health, and Human Services Ed.D. Faculty Advisory Committee with the goal toward academic quality. This goal requires that policies be equitably and uniformly applied. However, there may be an infrequent extenuating circumstance that warrants individual consideration. In such a case, a petition to waive or modify a policy may be filed by the doctoral student. Please contact the Office of Student Success for information and forms regarding the petition process.

Graduation

A diploma application must be submitted at the time of registration for the final semester.