Master of Science in Teaching and Leadership

Admission Requirements

The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies’ current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

The Teaching and Leadership Master of Science (M.S.) offers three tracks:

Teaching and Leadership Track 1 is designed for graduate students who have previously earned an education degree and have or are eligible to receive a teaching license. The Specialization options for the M.S. Track 1 include:

  • Elementary Education
  • Middle/Secondary Education
  • Principalship (This specialization requires three years of teaching experience)
  • Instructional Coaching
  • STEM Education
  • Behavioral Supports in Education
  • Generalist (Choose courses listed under the other Specializations)

Teaching and Leadership Track 2 is designed for graduate students who have previously earned a bachelor’s degree with a major or minor in a middle or secondary education content area and are seeking initial licensure at the graduate level. The core academic subjects for the M.S. Track 2 include:

  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences
  • Foreign Languages
  • Social Studies

Teaching and Leadership Track 3 is designed for graduate students who have previously earned a degree in education and have or are eligible for North Dakota teacher licensure.

  • Graduate students with a teaching degree in Early Childhood or Elementary Education can apply to the Elementary Education Resident Teacher Program.
  • Graduate students with a teaching degree in Elementary Education, Middle Level, or Secondary Education can apply to the Middle School Resident Teacher Program. 

Teaching and Leadership Track 1 and 3 Admission Process 

  1. Complete the School of Graduate Studies online application.
  2. Submit the application fee.
  3. Identify three individuals to complete the recommendation forms: 1) an education supervisor or administrator; 2) a professional colleague or university professor; 3) a person of your choosing who can speak to your professional skills or experiences. 
  4. Send official transcripts from each institution attended to the School of Graduate Studies.
  5. Answer the three essay prompts on the School of Graduate Studies online application. This essay should be no longer than three double-spaced pages. The prompts include: 1) Provide a narrative describing the chronological history of all your professional teaching and administration experiences, including achievements and any academic honors. 2) What are the characteristics, attitudes, values, and/or skills that you think will make you a good candidate for this graduate program? 3) Describe several personal and professional goals you would like to achieve in the next five years. Include in your description reasons why these goals are important to you.
  6. Cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or at least 3.00 GPA for the junior and senior years of undergraduate degree (based on A=4.0).
  7. Applicants must satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as listed in the Graduate Academic Information section of the graduate catalog.  Students who have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from the United States or English-speaking Canada are not required to submit the TOEFL.

Degree Requirements Teaching and Leadership M.S. Track 1 and Track 3

 Graduate students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor regarding their Program of Study.

  1.  A minimum of 30 credits.
  2. A maximum of one-fourth of the credit hours may be transferred from another institution, depending on the courses and grades.

Track 1 Core Requirements (14 credits)

Core
EDL 513Leading Curriculum and Learning3
EDL 515Education Law and Ethics3
T&L 532Leading Teacher Learning3
T&L 569Action Research3
or
T&L 579Classroom Based Inquiry3
EDL 997Independent Study2
or
T&L 997Independent Study2

Track 1 Specialization Area Coursework (16 credits)

Choose one Specialization. The Specializations include the following: Principalship, Elementary Education, Instructional Coaching, Middle/Secondary Education, STEM Education, Behavioral Supports in Education, or Generalist.

Principalship Specialization - Requires three years of teaching experience (16 credits)
EDL 501Leadership and Organizational Behavior3
EDL 514Supervision and Staff Development3
EDL 519Principalship3
EDL 593Internship in Educational Leadership4
EFR 506Multicultural Education3
Elementary Education Specialization (16 credits)
T&L 518Methods in Elementary STEM Education3
T&L 519Social Studies in the Elementary School3
T&L 522Mathematics in the Elementary School3
T&L 530Foundations of Reading Instruction3
T&L 580Practicum in Schools3
T&L 596Individual Research in Education1
Instructional Coaching Specialization (16 credits)
T&L 563Classroom Based Coaching Practices3
T&L 564Designing Professional Development for Teachers3
T&L 565Instructional Coaching Clinical3
T&L 596Individual Research in Education1
EDL 501Leadership and Organizational Behavior3
EFR 506Multicultural Education3
Middle/Secondary Education Specialization (16 credits)
EFR 500Introduction to the Foundations of Education3
T&L 542Models of Teaching3
T&L 515Middle School Curriculum3
or
T&L 516Philosophy and Foundations of Middle School Education3
T&L 577Assessment of Learning (Content Area Elective)3
Select any three credit content area elective
T&L 580Practicum in Schools1
T&L 596Individual Research in Education1
STEM Education Specialization (16 credits)
T&L 518Methods in Elementary STEM Education3
T&L 552Online Teaching Practice & Innovation3
T&L 554Nature of Science and Science Education3
T&L 555Issues of Motivation and Equity in STEM Education3
T&L 556Constructivism in STEM Teaching and Learning3
T&L 580Practicum in Schools1
or
T&L 596Individual Research in Education1
Behavioral Supports in Education Specialization (16 credits)
SPED 541Methods and Applications in Behavior Analysis3
SPED 555Advanced Methods: Emotional Behavioral Disorders3
T&L 553Collaborative Relationships: Home, School and Community3
SPED 578Behavior Management3
SPED 590Special Topics in Special Education (Behavioral Assessment & Tiered Supports in Education )3
T&L 580Practicum in Schools1
or
T&L 596Individual Research in Education1
Generalist Specialization (16 credits)
Select five courses from any of the Specializations (15 credits) and one of the following two courses
T&L 580Practicum in Schools1
or
T&L 596Individual Research in Education1

Track 2: Initial Licensure at the Middle/Secondary Level

A four-year bachelor’s degree with a major or minor in the following licenseable content areas: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Sciences, Foreign Languages, and Social Studies at the middle or secondary education level.

  1. Cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or at least 3.00 GPA for the junior and senior years of undergraduate degree (based on A=4.0).
  2. Applicants must satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as listed in the Graduate Academic Information section of the graduate catalog.  Students who have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from the United States or English-speaking Canada are not required to submit the TOEFL.

Track 2 Degree Requirements (32 credits)

Students must satisfy all general requirements established by the School of Graduate Studies as well as specific requirements established for the preparation of teachers for initial licensure. Students must:

1. Pass the PRAXIS Core examination prior to being admitted (www.ets.org).

2. Complete a Child Development or Adolescent Development course as a prerequisite for this program.

Track 2 Requirements (32 Credits)

T&L 500The Professional Teacher3
EFR 506Multicultural Education3
T&L 542Models of Teaching3
T&L 590Special Topics (Specialized Instructional Methods)2
SPED 552Inclusive Methods3
T&L 580Practicum in Schools (field experience)1
T&L 584Internship in Education (10 weeks)6
T&L 590Special Topics (Educational Technology in Schools)3
T&L 995Scholarly Project2
Total26
Track 2 Research (6 credits from the following):
T&L 569Action Research3
T&L 577Assessment of Learning3

Track 3 Resident Teacher Programs in Elementary Education or Middle-Level Education (30 credits)

This specialization is a partnership between UND and the Grand Forks Public School District. It involves a highly competitive interview process for first-year teachers who have not previously held a teaching contract.  There are a limited number of positions available for this one-year teaching contract in Grand Forks, ND.
 

T&L 569Action Research3
T&L 581Resident Internship3
T&L 582Resident Internship3
T&L 995Scholarly Project2
or
T&L 997Independent Study2
Track 3 Resident Teacher - Elementary Education
T&L 589Professional Development: Resident Teacher Program1
T&L 518Methods in Elementary STEM Education3
T&L 519Social Studies in the Elementary School3
T&L 522Mathematics in the Elementary School3
T&L 530Foundations of Reading Instruction3
EFR 509Introduction to Applied Educational Research3
Elective of any TL or SPED course numbered 500 or above3
Track 3 Resident Teacher - Middle Level Education
T&L 515Middle School Curriculum3
T&L 516Philosophy and Foundations of Middle School Education3
T&L 542Models of Teaching3
T&L 577Assessment of Learning3
T&L 590Special Topics (Instructional Practice & Theory)1
EFR 500Introduction to the Foundations of Education3
EFR 509Introduction to Applied Educational Research3