2018-2019 Graduate and Professional Studies Catalog 
    Jul 13, 2024  
2018-2019 Graduate and Professional Studies Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


The Master of Education program is designed to develop education leadership in such ways that will further learning, increase student success, and continuously improve schools. In keeping with the adopted NH State Standards for Professional Development, the INTASC Standards and the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL), the Master of Education program at New England College is a rigorous, data‐driven, site‐based, classroom‐imbedded program, tightly linked to improvement in student achievement.

The program is offered to teachers who have already achieved certification, individuals seeking additional certification, individuals seeking initial certification, and those interested in working with children and youth. Most classes are on‐line.  Some classes are held in area schools or in the College’s Center for Educational Innovation, or are a combination of on‐line and face‐to‐face meetings. For online courses, students meet asynchronously with faculty through Blackboard, or another course management system, and maintain a professional portfolio utilizing the eFolio system. A range of electives is offered during the year and in the Summer Institute. Graduate students and NEC faculty work as a learning community to address real‐world issues of teachers and schools. The culminating activity for the program is an Action Research Project with results shared at a public presentation. For those seeking principal or superintendent licensure the action research project must focus on a school or district-wide initiative. For those not seeking principal or superintendent licensure the action research project can focus on a classroom challenge/issue.

For those seeking initial certification, please see Teacher Conversion Program .

A variety of concentrations are offered in this program: Special Education , Curriculum and Instruction , School Climate and Leadership, STEM/Literacy: Reading and Language Arts, Literacy: Math, Educational Leadership, Alternative Education, Storytelling, Digital and Media Literacy, English, Reading and Writing Specialist (does not provide certification), School Business Administration (does not provide certification), Principal , Superintendent . Teachers may also design an individualized major with the approval of the Program Director of Graduate Programs in Education.

The New England College Master of Education and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) with Princial Certification  programs provide a specialized degree or certificate for career professionals who want to advance and engage in more senior leadership activities and responsibilities in K‐12 education. Those seeking principal licensure must have completed at least 5 years experience as an educator, and possess one of the following:

  1. Completed a master’s program in educational leadership or a related area approved by the state board of education and been recommended for this certification by the designated official of the preparing collegiate department of education; or
  2. Completed a master’s program in education, and demonstrated:
  1. The competencies, skills, and knowledge as listed in Ed 506.04; or
  2. Experience in comparable educational leadership positions in education or other professions as specified in Ed 505.03.

Those seeking superintendent licensure must have the following entry level requirements to be certified as superintendent:

  1. Have completed at least 3 years of experience as an education administrator in a K‐12 setting;
  2. Have completed a state board of education approved educational administration collegiate program at the post‐master’s certificate of advanced graduate study (CAGS), educational specialist, or doctoral level; and
  3. Have acquired the competencies, skills, and knowledge itemized in ED 506.01.

Students seeking New Hampshire principal or superintendent licensure can acquire the required academic credentials through this program. Upon completion of the core courses in the K‐12 leadership concentration, a student may elect to pursue the Principal M.Ed . strand if he or she does not have a master’s degree in education or the Principal CAGS strand for those who hold such a degree. Those seeking superintendent licensure must complete the CAGS program, therefore they must have a Master’s in Education to be eligible for the program.

In addition to the objectives of the Education Program the Graduate Education Program aspires to the INTASC standards for teachers and to the state and ISLLC standards for principals, superintendents, and other education leaders.




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