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.  
 
We offer graduate programs that lead to initial or advanced licensure in Elementary Education K-6 or Educational Leadership. Our Community College Executive Leadership programs prepare graduates for executive-level positions in community colleges and other higher education settings. Some degrees are offered 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. Ed Davis, Program Coordinator, at e.davis@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. Ed Davis, Program Coordinator, at e.davis@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.   
 

Community College Executive Leadership

Educational Specialist in Community College Executive Leadership (Ed.S.)

Students interested in 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. 

What Is Required? 

You can earn an Ed.S. in Community College 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.  We use a cohort model to encourage students to develop a strong network of support and professional relationships.
 
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 Community College Executive Leadership, email Dr. Darrel Staat, Program Coordinator, at d.staat@wingate.edu

Doctor of Education in Community College Executive Leadership (Ed.D.)

*We are now enrolling students in online classes*

The Ed.D. program in Community College Executive Leadership is offered online and at our campus in Charlotte, N.C. It's a part-time program for working professionals. Graduates will be prepared for positions such as deans, vice president, and presidents in community colleges and other higher education institutions.  The program provides both the theoretical and practical applications needed for leaders in the 21st century.  You will have opportunities to develop your skills in forging partnerships with local businesses and leaders to secure internships, apprenticeships and jobs for community college graduates.  

Upon completion an Ed.D., you will be prepared to: 

  • Develop the best way to train the workforce for local industry
  • Help companies new to the community find qualified workers
  • Serve on economic development task forces
  • Work to improve the quality of life in the community
  • Manage a student population with a significant portion planning to transfer to a four-year college after two years


What Is Required?
Our Doctor of Education in Community College Executive Leadership program is a 63-credit hour, three-year program that focuses on four broad areas:  leadership and organizational development, effective programs and services of a community college, traits of a highly successful community college, and research with a locally developed capstone project. We use a cohort model for our online and in class courses to encourage students to develop a strong network of support and professional relationships. Admission requirements for online and in class are identical. 
 

If you want more information about the Ed.D. in Community College Executive Leadership, email Dr. Darrel Staat, Program Coordinator, at d.staat@wingate.edu

Certificate Programs

Students enrolled in the Ed.S./Ed.D. program in Community College Executive Leadership program may be awarded a certificate in either Executive Leadership or Workforce and Economic Development.

What Is Required? 

To earn the Executive Leadership certificate, you must complete 18 credit hours from the following areas:  educational leadership, law, teaching/learning/student services, finance, organizational development, or 21st-century community colleges.

To earn the Certificate in Workforce and Economic Development, you must successfully complete 12 credit hours from the following areas:  workforce and economic development, program planning and evaluation, organizational development and change, or 21st-century community colleges. 

If you want more information certificate programs in Community College Executive Leadership, email Dr. Darrel Staat, Program Coordinator, at d.staat@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