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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 program.

Admission criteria

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 writing sample.

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.

Program sequence

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)

Select ONE 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 Research                                                                                             

Program Follow Up

Program completers will complete the following activities:

  • Program Evaluation Survey at the completion of EDUC 597MSE
  • Exit Survey, a self-assessment measure on the department’s Institutional Outcomes
  • Program Survey one year after program completion

Program advisers

Paulette Shockey, Ph.D.
Program Director, Assistant Professor of Education
Jan Marcus, M.S.,
Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions

For more information about the Master of Science in Education, Multidisciplinary Studies, please refer to the College catalog at