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The Instructional Leadership and Academic Leadership (ILAC) graduate degrees are designed to expand and deepen the content knowledge and pedagogic practices of K-12 educators. While many of our graduate degree programs in the ILAC department have a content specific focus, the ILAC graduate degree programs are interdisciplinary in nature allowing for flexibility and an individualized focus. For example, one recent graduate of this program combined a focus on teaching mathematics and teaching reading at the elementary level within the ILAC master’s degree. Other recent graduates of this program are currently teaching French, Spanish or other languages in a K-12 setting.

In this program area students work closely with their faculty advisor to determine the appropriate coursework and experiences needed to reach both their program and career goals.

Core: 12 hours

  • Studies in Teaching and Learning (3 hours)           
  • Studies in Cultural Diversity (3 hours)           
  • Research (6 hours)

 

Concentration: 21-24 hours

  1. Early Childhood Education
  2. Elementary Education
  3. English Education
  4. Instructional Leadership (including Integrated Arts Education)
  5. Mathematics Education
  6. Reading Education
  7. Science Education
  8. Secondary Education
  9. Social Studies Education
  10. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Education

 

Culminating Experience 0-3 hours

Thesis: EDUC 5980

Non-Thesis: EDUC 6930 or EDUC 5972  

 

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Core: 24 hours (minimum)

  • ILAC 6013 Proseminar in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum (3 hours)
  • ILAC 6023 Theoretical Issues in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum (3 hours)
  • ILAC 6003 Curriculum Theory (3 hours)
  • ILAC 5233 Understanding Different Cultures (3 hours)
  • Research Methodologies (12 hours minimum)

 

Concentration: 36 hours (minimum)

The concentration focuses on specializations within the field of Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum.  Studies undertaken shape the thematic issues in the students' programs, with either a broad Instructional Leadership emphasis or a specific program area emphasis.  The following are ILAC concentrations:

 

  1. Early Childhood Education
  2. Elementary Education           
  3. English Education                       
  4. Instructional Leadership (including Integrated Arts Education)           
  5. Mathematics Education
  6. Reading Education
  7. Science Education
  8. Secondary Education
  9. Social Studies Education

Courses for all concentrations focus on (1) the specialization areas and (2) related educational areas, including academic disciplines. 

The Instructional Leadership specialization includes a minimum of 9 hours in ILAC taken after the master’s degree (not including dissertations hours) and remaining hours taken in related educational areas. 

Requirements and distribution of hours are specified by each program area (see program advisor).  For all concentrations, courses are selected based on program criteria and students' professional interests and goals.  Programs of study must be approved by the advisor and members of the doctoral committee.

 

Electives: 12 hours (maximum)

Electives allow the student and advisor some flexibility in including coursework that either (1) extends the number of hours in areas such as research methodology, but does not include dissertation hours, or (2) includes previously taken graduate course hours that do not fit existing categories.  Courses will be selected based on the students' professional interests and goals and approved by the advisor and doctoral committee. 

 

Dissertation: 9-18 hours

Additional hours beyond the maximum 18 may be taken but will not be included as part of the 90-hour program.

 

TOTAL HOURS: 90 hours beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

 

Visit the Course Catalog for course descriptions.