Graduate Education

ABOUT GRADUATE EDUCATION

The Thayer School of Education prepares graduate students to face the challenges of 21st-century education and to succeed as a leader in the classroom and in educational administration. Graduate Education provides a comprehensive and hands-on experimental approach as outlined in our Conceptual Framework.  
 
The Higher Education Executive Leadership (HEEL) programs prepare graduates for
executive-level positions in community colleges, four year colleges and universities.
Higher Education Executive Leadership degrees are offered on campus in class and
synchronously online. Students interested in expanding their knowledge of teaching, learning, and leadership may choose one of the following programs:

Educational Leadership

Master of Arts in Education in Educational Leadership K-12 (M.A.Ed.)

Our Master of Arts in Education in Educational Leadership degree prepares you to be more than a principal.  It prepares you to be a leader, master teacher, and researcher. 

What Is Required?
Classes for the education leadership degree are held in the evenings.  To earn the degree, you’ll take 37 semester hours of coursework that focus on topics that matter most to principals, including:
Finance
Leadership
Technology
After finishing 8 of the 10 courses, you spend a total of 475 hours completing field experiences and internships to apply your classroom learning to actual school settings as you take the final two courses. The leadership portfolio you submit with your internships ties your research, coursework and field experiences together. 

If you want more information about the M.A.Ed. in Educational Leadership, email Dr. Rick Watkins, Program Coordinator, at r.watkins@wingate.edu
 

Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership (Ed.S.)

The Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership degree emphasizes the development of Effective Facilitators of Learning, a goal that demands collaborative decision-making in diverse settings.  As you work on your degree, you immerse yourself in a cohort program based on:
Clinical practice
Problem-solving
Promoting institutional effectiveness in schools, school districts and educational service agencies
 
As a cohort, you’ll engage in research and participate in class discussions with fellow future leaders. You support each other and develop professional relationships. We’ve chosen this cohort approach because it reflects the real world.

What Is Required? 
You can earn an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership by successfully completing 42 hours of courses.  Courses such as Data-Driven Leadership and pPrincipals in the 21st Century provide you with the fundamental knowledge you need to become an effective K-12 superintendent.  Knowledge and skills gained are compiled in a professional portfolio and validated hrough a comprehensive exam.
After earning the Ed.S. degree, you can earn the Ed.D. degree by completing nine additional hours and a doctoral capstone project for 12 hours of credit. You must pass the comprehensive exam before beginning the project.


If you want more information about the Ed.S. in Educational Leadership, email Dr. Charlesa Hann, Program Coordinator, at c.hann@wingate.edu

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)

Our Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program is designed for current school administrators who want to become a school superintendent or central office administrator.  The program provides opportunities for candidates to gain content knowledge, pedagogical and professional knowledge and skills, and dispositions specified by the Educational leadership Constituent Council and the North Carolina Standards for Superintendents.  


What Is Required? 
You can earn an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership by successfully completing 42 hours of courses.  Courses such as Data-Driven Leadership and Principals in the 21st Century provide you with the fundamental knowledge you need to become an effective K-12 superintendent.  Knowledge and skills gained are compiled in a professional portfolio and validated through a comprehensive exam.
 Students interested in a continued pursuit of the Doctor of Education program will complete 9 hours in research methods, quantitative analysis, and writing for publication plus 12 hours in the capstone seminar.

If you want more information about the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, email Dr. Charlesa Hann, Program Coordinator, at c.hann@wingate.edu.

Elementary Education K-6

Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education-Grades K-6

It’s not too late to become an educator, even if your bachelor’s degree isn’t in education. Our Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree prepares you for the K-6 classroom. Regardless of your undergraduate major, you can earn your M.A.T. degree in a little over two years by taking two evening classes per week each semester. 


What Is Required?

The degree requires 36-39 hours of coursework that prepares you to be licensed in the state of North Carolina as a 21st century educator.  You combine what you learn in the classroom with practical experience throughout the program. Visits to accredited public schools during your first three semesters enable you to put theory into practice.  You can apply for initial certification (“A”) in North Carolina after you successfully complete the first three semesters of classes, successfully student teach, and pass North Carolina licensure tests.  
Once you have successfully completed all requirements for the initial license, you may continue to work toward the next level of mastery. To do this, you must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 for your first four semesters of work. Upon completion of the second part of the program, successful candidates are eligible to sit for advanced licensure (“M”) in North Carolina.

If you want more information about the M.A.T., email Dr. Cynthia Compton at c.compton@wingate.edu

Master of Arts in Education in Elementary Education

The Master of Arts in Education in Elementary Education (M.A.Ed.) is designed for students who hold a current teaching license or who have completed an Education program and are eligible for initial licensure  Program graduates are eligible for advanced licensure (“M”) in Elementary Education K-6.

What Is Required?
If you want to advance your career, you can earn a master’s degree by taking 30 hours of coursework to expand your knowledge of the following:
Content and Curriculum 
Curriculum Decision-Making
Respectful Educational Environments
Student Learning
Teaching Problem Solving and Quantitative Reasoning
 

If you want more information about the M.A.Ed., email Dr. Cynthia Compton at c.compton@wingate.edu.   
 

Higher Education Executive Leadership

Educational Specialist in Higher Education Executive Leadership (Ed.S.)  

What is Required for Admissions to the Program for an Educational Specialist degree?


Applicants must submit:

  • Wingate University School of Graduate Education online application
  • Two copies of official transcripts from each institution attended (after high school)
  • Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores or Miller’s Analogy Test (MAT) within the last five (5) years.
  • Brief vitae (not to exceed two pages)
  • One page letter of intent stating professional goals
  • Three letters of professional recommendation describing the applicant’s leadership skills

Letters must come from supervisory or administrative personnel who have had direct
experience with the applicant or from the faculty member of a master’s degree program.

  • TOEFL for International students whose first language is not English

Interview:

  • On-campus interviews with a faculty committee for those taking the program in the on campus format. Skype interviews with a faculty committee for those taking the program in an online format. At the time of the interview, applicants must complete and submit a writing sample.

What Is Required to Complete the Program? 
Students can earn an Ed.S. in Higher Education Executive Leadership by successfully
completing 42 hours of courses in the following areas:
Leadership and organizational development
Effective programs and services of a community college
Traits of a highly successful community college
The program provides both the theoretical and practical applications needed for leaders in the 21st century.  The program uses a cohort model to encourage students to develop a strong network of support and professional relationships.

For more information about the Ed.S. in Higher Education Executive Leadership, contact Dr.
John McKay, Assistant Coordinator, j.mckay@wingate.edu

Doctor of Education in Higher Education Executive Leadership (Ed.D.)

What is Required for Admissions to the Higher Education Executive Leadership
Doctoral program?


Applicants must submit:

  • Wingate University School of Graduate Education online application
  • Two copies of official transcripts from each institution attended (after high school)
  • Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores or Miller’s Analogy Test (MAT) within the last five (5) years.
  • Brief vitae (not to exceed two pages)
  • One page letter of intent stating professional goals
  • Three letters of professional recommendation describing the applicant’s leadership skills

Letters must come from supervisory or administrative personnel who have had direct
experience with the applicant or from the faculty member of a master’s degree program.

  • TOEFL for International students whose first language is not English

Interview:

  • On-campus interviews with a faculty committee for those taking the program in the on campus format. Skype interviews with a faculty committee for those taking the program in an online format. At the time of the interview, applicants must complete and submit a writing sample.


What Is Required to Complete the Doctoral Program? 
Students can earn an Ed.D. in Higher Education Executive Leadership by successfully
completing 42 hours of courses in the following areas:
Leadership and organizational development
Effective programs and services of a community college
Traits of a highly successful community college
The program provides both the theoretical and practical applications needed for leaders in the
21st century.  The program uses a cohort model to encourage students to develop a strong
network of support and professional relationships.
 
After completing the 42 hours of coursework, Students must pass the Comprehensive Exam
before enrolling in courses and beginning work on the Capstone Project, a problem-centered,
action research project on a topic of interest to the student and his/her institution.
After passing the Comprehensive Exam, student can earn the Ed.D. degree by completing 9
additional credit hours in developing the Capstone Project, 12 credit hours in research for the
Capstone Project, and writing/defending a successful Capstone Project.

For more information about the Ed.S. in Higher Education Executive Leadership, contact Dr.
John McKay, Assistant Coordinator, j.mckay@wingate.edu

Certificate Programs

What is Required for Admissions to the Higher Education Executive Leadership
Certificate program?


Applicants must submit:

  • Wingate University School of Graduate Education online application
  • Two copies of official transcripts from each institution attended (after high school)
  • Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores or Miller’s Analogy Test (MAT) within the last five (5) years.
  • Brief vitae (not to exceed two pages)
  • One page letter of intent stating professional goals
  • Three letters of professional recommendation describing the applicant’s leadership skills

Letters must come from supervisory or administrative personnel who have had direct
experience with the applicant or from the faculty member of a master’s degree program.

  • TOEFL for International students whose first language is not English

Interview:

  • On-campus interviews with a faculty committee for those taking the program in the on campus format. Skype interviews with a faculty committee for those taking the program in an online format. At the time of the interview, applicants must complete and submit a writing sample.

What is Required to Complete a Certificate Program?
To earn the Certificate Executive Leadership, the student must successfully complete 18
credit hours from the following areas: educational leadership, law, organizational
development and change, teaching/learning/student services, finance, and higher
education in the 21st-century.
To earn the Certificate in Workforce and Economic Development, the student must
successfully complete 12 credit hours from the following areas:  workforce and economic
development, comprehensive planning and program evaluation, organizational
development and change, and higher education in the 21st-century. 

For more information about the Ed.S. in Higher Education Executive Leadership, contact Dr.
John McKay, Assistant Coordinator, j.mckay@wingate.edu

Add-on Licensure Programs

Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG)

Are you a licensed teacher who is Interested in working with gifted and talented students? Completing the Academically and Intellectually Gifted Licensure Add-On Program ensures that you meet all state of North Carolina licensure requirements.  With all courses offered online, obtaining the most current licensure becomes even easier than before.  


What Is Required?
The add-on licensure programs requires successful completion of four online courses:  Introduction to Gifted Education, Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted, Methods and Materials in Gifted Education, and Curriculum Development for the Gifted.  


Each course is offered only when there is sufficient demand, so for a schedule and more information, email Morgan Black at m.black@wingate.edu.  

School Administration K-12

Our add-on licensure for school administration is designed to prepare teachers who hold a master’s degree in education and a North Carolina “M” license to become principals.  The program covers the standards adopted by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction with an emphasis upon the following areas:  
Community involvement and engagement
Having a positive impact on student learning
Organizational management
School culture and safety
School improvement
Teacher empowerment and leadership  
 
What Is Required?

To earn your add-on license, you must complete a minimum of 22 semester hours in courses such as teacher leadership, principalship, school finance, and school law.   Internships totaling 475 contact hours will provide you the opportunity to apply what you learn in the classroom to real school settings.  You will then compile all that you learn and experience into a leadership portfolio. 

If you want more information about the add-on license in school administration, email Dr. Rick Watkins at r.watkins@wingate.edu.  
 

 

TUITION 2018-2019

  • Doctor of Education is $470 Per Credit Hour
  • Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education is $335 Per Credit Hour
  • Master of Arts in Education in Elementary Education is $335 Per Credit Hour
  • Specialist in Education is $470 Per Credit Hour

MAT Testing Dates

 
Monday, September 24, 2018  
Monday, October 22, 2018
Monday, December 3, 2018
 
To register, contact Karen Morgal at 704-233-8127.
 
The test starts at 3:30 p.m. and the cost is $65.00