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Revised & Clarified Proposal for a MEd Degree in Educational Administration and Catholic School Leadership

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The following motion was recommended to the Dean on May 22, 2007 by the full EPC and formally approved by the Dean on June 25, 2007. Please keep this notice with your records about LSOE policies, programs, and procedures.

It is moved that a new MA program in Educational Administration and Catholic School Leadership be adopted as a degree option in the Lynch School of Education. Students will be accepted into the program to begin their studies in this program in the Summer/Fall 2008. The existing dual degree, MA/MEd in Pastoral Ministry and Educational Administration, will no longer be accepting students, effective immediately.

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Assumptions

We are assuming that the present requirements for the dual degree in Educational Administration and Religious Education are too burdensome for most potential candidates because of the time commitment and expense involved, and therefore a more focused arrangement would be called for.

We are assuming that candidates for these revised programs of studies would more or less fit one of the following categories.

1) A layperson with limited formal religious education; aspiring to the principalship of a Catholic or Christian School; already possesses a teaching license.

2) A layperson with limited formal religious education; aspiring to the presidency or superintendency of a Catholic school or diocesan school system; already has a teaching license; may have an administrative license.

3) A layperson or religious with a good religious education background; aspiring to a principalship of a Catholic or Christian School; has a teaching license.

4) A layperson or religious with a good religious education background; aspiring to presidency or superintendency of a Catholic or Christian School or School System; has a teaching license (this requirement may be waved in some cases).

These assumptions lead to the following proposed revisions:

1) For candidates who fall into categories 1, & 2,  above, they would pursue an M.Ed degree in Religious Education with a concentration in Educational Administration. That proposed degree program has already been approved by the IREPM faculty.

2) For candidates who fall into categories 3, & 4, above, they would pursue an M.Ed degree in Educational Administration with a concentration in Religious Education.

The degree programs for candidates in categories 3, 4, are outlined below.

MEd in Educational Administration and Catholic School Leadership

Total credits:  Educational Administration 30 credits; IREPM 10 credits  = 40 credits

Required Courses in Educational Administration  (18 credits)

Foundations of Educational Administration (3 credits)
Human Resources Administration (3credits)
Ethics and Equity in Education (3 credits)
Curriculum Leadership (3 credits)
Instructional Supervision (3 credits)
Integrative Seminar in Catholic Educational Leadership (3 credits). This course will be developed in the coming year, involving university wide resources. It will be open to students in this degree program, as well as graduate students from the Higher Ed Program, from Programs in IREPM, and potentially other graduate students from other units in the University. 

Licensure requirements (12 credits)
For those desiring the state license in educational administration, they would take
either The Principalship or Administration of Local School Systems (3 credits), plus a two-semester Practicum, either in the Principalship or in the Superintendency/Presidency (6 credits), as well as the Seminar in Educational Administration (3 credits).

Electives for those not seeking Licensure (12 credits)
For those not working toward the state license in school administration, they should nonetheless take either the Principalship or the Superintendency course (3 credits). They may also take the two semester Practicum in their respective area, and the one semester Seminar in Educational Administration, or fill their credit requirements with other elective courses in the menu of educational administration courses, or in other Lynch School courses.

Required Courses in IREPM      (10 credits)

Foundations of Religious Education (3 credits)
Either Life Span Faith Development or Psychology of Religious Development (3 credits)
Either Theology and Practice of Lay Ministry or Elective in Spirituality(3 credits)
Holistic Formation/Personal Spiritual Development (1 credit) This part of the program involves prayerful reflections on their own growth by the candidates.

Every candidate will have to complete a Synthesis Project (comprehensive exam), in which they compose position papers that bring a variety of perspectives from both their LSOE and their IREPM courses to bear on an aspect of Catholic education.

Notes: 

1) The courses on Educational Law and Public Policy, and the Educational Finance courses, normally required in the traditional MEd in Educational administration are not required, due to the different financial administration of Catholic schools, and due to certain exemptions from legal requirements for church-related schools. It is assumed that candidates would be assigned projects around both financial and legal issues during their two-semester practicum that could satisfy the state concerns for demonstrating competencies in these areas. 

However, candidates may take either or both courses over and above the required courses.  (At this time, Fran Loftus is still awaiting word from a person in MASS ED Dept. who is checking on the acceptability of this arrangement. The Ed Department is quite understaffed at present and is going through considerable change at present, so Fran gathers that they are reluctant to decide much of anything until the dust settles. However it is adjudicated by MASSED, we will have to make whatever adjustments are called for.  In the meantime, we are asking to the Ed Policies Committee to pass this proposal, with the understanding that state certification requirements at present have not been clarified.)

2) Whether or not candidates have the teacher’s license, if they are seeking administrative licensure in this program, they will have to take the Teacher Test and satisfy whatever other requirements (e.g., three years teaching experience) the State Department of Education deems necessary. 

3) If some candidates enter the IREPM M Ed in Religious Education degree program with three years or more experience in administration but with no license, they may seek an alternative route to obtain the license if they can demonstrate that they were mentored and supervised and show evidence that they performed satisfactorily the functions that the State Department of Education defines as fulfilling the job description of an educational administrator. They will have to take the Teachers Test, as is presently required.


The IREPM faculty has approved the arrangements for the degree programs of MEd in Religious Education. We are proposing to the EPC that they approve the arrangements for the degrees of MEd in Educational Administration with a concentration in Religious Education. The approval by the EPC would facilitate acceptances into these programs next fall.