To be successful in meeting the needs of students in
today’s public schools requires an educator to have a toolbox much larger than
what was needed in the past. Therefore, school employers today are looking for
that “Renaissance Educator” who has such a multidimensional skill set. Our new Master of Science in Education,
Multidisciplinary Studies will enable educators to build a substantial
content base plus add leadership skills and specialized reading training to
enhance career opportunities.
The Master of Science in Education, Multidisciplinary
Studies is designed primarily for certified classroom teachers and 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 the 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 this program is the ability to choose coursework
from other content areas outside the field of education.
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 research project. This action
research project provides the opportunity to explore and address specific instructional
issues in an action research framework. As a popular and well-attended event,
the research projects are shared with the college and outside community at an
evening Action Research Roundtable. This
36-credit program does not lead to initial teacher certification.
Most courses are offered in the
evening each semester and summer, therefore a candidate may finish the program
in three years. The maximum time allowed for completion is seven years. The
Education Department now has the largest number of hybrid course offerings in
the college, making the program even more flexible for busy professionals.
Lastly, it provides coursework and instructors that are current and relevant to
today’s changing educational landscape. Courses are taught by faculty in the
education and other content area departments or by adjunct faculty who are professional educators.
Full-time faculty have advanced degrees and extensive educational experience.
The adjunct faculty bring years of experience and current best practices to the
Candidates admitted to the program must have a bachelor’s
degree with at least a 2.75 grade point average on a 4.0 scale from an
accredited undergraduate college. To apply for the program, candidates must
meet with a program director to complete an oral interview and acceptable
As candidates complete course requirements, they submit their
performance activities to an electronic portfolio system, Chalk & Wire. The e-portfolio is used to create a personalized
collection of artifacts and documents that demonstrate a candidate’s
performance and reflections throughout the program.
The M.S. in Education, Multidisciplinary Studies is
divided into three phases and a capstone experience for the purpose of uniform
data collection for the Unit Assessment and continuous program development.
Candidates will need to complete each phase’s and the capstone experience’s
requirements with at least a 3.0 grade point average. 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.
Phase I: Professional Education Core Courses (12 credits)
EDUC 502 Technology
for Literacy, Leadership, and Learning
EDUC 577 Introduction
to Educational Research
EDUC 582 Educational
Philosophy in a Diverse Society
EDUC 583 Curriculum
Development and Appraisal
Phase II: Master's Level Education Program Courses (9 credits)
course from EACH of the following
master’s degree education programs. (See the current Hood College catalog for a
complete course listing.)
- Curriculum and Instruction
- Reading Specialization
- Educational Leadership
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.
Capstone (3 credits)
This yearlong course is the last course in the program
and begins in the fall. Candidates design, implement, analyze, and evaluate the
efficacy of the research focus of the action research project.
EDUC 597MSE Action
Program Follow Up
Program completers will complete the following
- Program Evaluation Survey at the completion of
- Exit Survey, a self-assessment measure on the
department’s Institutional Outcomes
- Program Survey one year after program completion
Paulette Shockey, Ph.D.
Program Director, Assistant Professor of Education
Jan Marcus, M.S.,
Director of Graduate Admissions
For more information about the Master of Science in
Education, Multidisciplinary Studies, please refer to the College catalog at