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Doctor of Education in Community College Executive Leadership
The graduate education program at Wingate University is based on a mission to prepare and sustain effective executive leaders for the 21st century. Graduates from the Doctor of Education in Community College Executive Leadership program will be prepared for positions as deans, vice presidents and presidents in community colleges. The program is focused on the preparation of practicing college personnel. The program provides both the theoretical and practical applications needed for community college leaders.
The Wingate University Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership is a 63 credit hour program. The program is experiential and requires application of knowledge and skills obtained through varied experiences. The program is based on clinical practice, problem solving and promoting institutional effectiveness in schools, school districts and educational service agencies.
Doctor of Education in School Superintendency
The doctoral program targets those currently working as practicing school leaders and who aspire to assume positions as principals, superintendents and central office administrators. This degree offers a means for candidates to gain content knowledge, pedagogical and professional knowledge and skills and dispositions specified by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council as well as the North Carolina Standards for Superintendents.
The conceptual framework of Effective Facilitators of Learning for future school and school system leaders will be for individuals who understand and are able to create learning communities that support active learning. Our goal is to produce graduates who are competent at facilitating the learning process in multiple settings at the executive level.
Wingate University offers two advanced degrees designed to prepare leaders for North Carolina public school systems. The Educational Specialist degree is a 42 credit hour program. The program is based on clinical practice, problem solving and promoting institutional effectiveness in school, school districts and education service agencies. The Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership is a 63 credit hour program. To complete the Doctor of Education program students will complete 51 semester hours of class work and 12 semester hours from a culminating experience called the Doctoral Capstone Project. Students must satisfactorily complete a Comprehensive Exam of Leadership Competencies before beginning the problem-centered action research project.
The Master of Arts in Education in Elementary Education (K-6)
The Master of Arts in Education program was established in June 1985 and is designed for the student who has an undergraduate degree in education or license to teach in the public schools. In 1999, Wingate University worked with elementary teachers and a principal to redesign the master’s program. Following the recent adoption of the new Standards for Graduate Teacher Candidates the program has been revised during 2010 to focus on the following standards: Teacher Leadership, Respectful Educational Environments, Content and Curriculum Expertise, Student Learning and Reflection. Embedded in the five program standards are best practices for teaching in the 21st century knowledge, emphasis on technology and opportunities for three dispositions. Key changes include the provision for an elective course, the division of the research course into two courses, allowing for more extensive application of research skills and greater emphasis on action research, and replacement of the Program Portfolio with a Standards-Based Project. The program consists of 30 semester hours leading to the Master of Arts in Education degree with graduate-level (“M”) licensure in Elementary Education (K-6). (See Appendix A for a presentation of the model.)
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The Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education (K-6)
In 1996, the graduate program in education was extended to include a Master of Arts in Teaching Degree at Wingate University and was revised in 2009 to meet the State of North Carolina’s 21st Century standards for teaching K-6. The program consists of 36-39 semester hours leading to the Master of Arts in Teaching Degree with Class "M" licensure in Elementary Education (K-6). It is designed especially for college graduates with degrees in areas other than education who wish to pursue a career in teaching. Before licensure can occur, students must meet the minimum score requirements for North Carolina on the required Praxis tests and furnish an official copy of test scores to the School of Graduate and Adult Education and complete all course work including practicum and portfolio. The graduate program focuses on a model of “an effective facilitator of learning.” (See Appendix A for a presentation of the model.) The new, 21st century MAT program focuses on the creation of the 21st century educator.
All previous admission requirements remain in place. Application requirements are due before full admission. In Part 1, this cohort-based program allows the successful candidate to master the initial licensure competencies in a scheduled three semesters, plus the practicum semester. The classes in the new program require a regular clinical component, which works to help students apply academic material to real classroom situations. ED 500 must be successfully completed each semester in order to continue each semester in the Part 1 program. Once students have completed the PRACTICUM and passed PRAXIS II, they will be eligible to apply for a North Carolina initial "A" license to teach K-6. Then they may continue (with a minimum 3.0 GPA in Part 1) into Part 2 where they will work toward mastery of the graduate or ‘M’ level competencies in collaboration with working professionals. At the end of the program, students will complete a portfolio and, if successful, be eligible to apply for a graduate or 'M' license in North Carolina. Beginning July 2014 the MTEL90 and MTEL03 will replace the PRAXIS ll test.
The Master of Arts in Education in Educational Leadership
In 2001 the North Carolina Board of Education and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction began to look at the skills and abilities needed by public school children to be successful citizens and workers in an emerging global economy and the skills needed by educators as well. Since that time, a new set of standards for 21st century learners has evolved and been adopted by the state of North Carolina. All institutions of higher education who offer this program have been mandated to have their course work reflect the newly approved 21st century standards. Wingate established its Master of Arts in Education in Educational Leadership program in 2006 and its revised program was approved by the NCDPI in October 2010. Points of emphasis (evidences) in the revised program are defined as the following six evidences: positive impact on student learning; teacher empowerment and leadership; community involvement and engagement; organizational management; school culture and safety; school improvement. These evidences are integrated into the coursework requirements and are manifested throughout the course of study. In addition, the old program portfolio has been replaced with a Standards-Based Project that reflects understanding of the new Executive Leader Standards. This program qualifies one to earn a North Carolina Class “M” license as a K -12 school principal.
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The Add-On Licensure Program for Academic and Intellectually Gifted (K-12)
The program for Add-On Licensure Program for Academic and Intellectually Gifted will be available to practicing teachers holding a bachelor’s degree and at least a North Carolina “A”/entry level teaching license in any teaching field. The AIG licensure will also be offered to students in our existing programs (both undergraduate and graduate) who wish to pursue AIG licensure simultaneously and in addition to a degree program that leads to another teaching license.
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The Add-On Licensure Program for School Administration (K-12)
The Add-On Licensure Program for School Administration K - 12 is designed to provide those students holding a Master’s Degree in Education and a class “M” or equivalent licensure an opportunity to become licensed to work as principals in North Carolina. Particular emphasis is on a new set of standards recently adopted by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The goal for these standards is to produce skills that result in practitioners becoming successful in facing the challenges of the 21st century as well as those of a growing global economy. There are six points of emphasis: positive impact on student learning; teacher empowerment and leadership; community involvement and engagement; organizational management; school culture and safety; school improvement. These evidences are integrated into the coursework requirements and are manifested throughout the course of study. In addition, the old program portfolio has been replaced with a Standards-Based Project that reflects understanding of the new executive Leader Standards.