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Department of Educational Leadership

Department of Educational Leadership

Goals and Vision of Degree Programs


Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Developmental Education

The program is designed to prepare researchers, practitioners, and leaders for postsecondary education, business, industry, government, and human services. Developmental educators work both in the traditional classroom and in the workplace, using counseling, administration, management, and instructional design skills to help the nontraditional learner.

Vision

The vision of the Doctor of Education in Developmental Education is to be the nation’s premier producer of faculty, executive-level leaders, researchers, learning assistance professionals, and practitioners in the field of developmental education.

Mission

The mission of the Doctor of Education in Developmental Education is to prepare executive-level leaders, researchers, and practitioners for work in public and private post-secondary educational systems or education-related positions in industry, business, government, human and social service agencies.

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

  • Goal 1. To prepare candidates who possess the skills necessary to expand research and knowledge in the field of developmental education
  • Goal 2. To prepare candidates who are knowledgeable in the current research and best practices in learning theory, pedagogy, andragogy, and learning assistance in the field of developmental education
  • Goal 3. To prepare candidates who possess an understanding of the major issues confronting the field of developmental education, some of the problems associated with those issues, and the ability to critically analyze literature in the field
  • Goal 4. To prepare candidates with the skills necessary to design, develop, implement, and evaluate innovative and effective developmental education policies, programs, services, curricula, and pedagogical best practices

 

Developmental Education

The programs in developmental education prepare personnel for positions ranging from master teachers to executive-level leaders supervisors/ program coordinators, curriculum specialists, instructional /technology designers, department/unit heads, deans and vice presidents.

Master of Science in Developmental Education

The master’s program in developmental education prepares individuals as master teachers, administrators, and student development specialists in learning assistance programs in postsecondary education. Developmental educators work both in the traditional classroom and in the workplace, using counseling, administration, management, and instructional design skills to help the nontraditional learner.

Vision

The vision of the Master of Science in Developmental Education program is to be the premier provider of developmental education teachers, specialists, and practitioners in the nation.

Mission

The mission of the Master of Science in Developmental Education is to prepare candidates for employment as developmental education teachers, specialists, and practitioners within postsecondary education, business, industry, government and human service agencies.

Program Goals

  • Goal 1. To prepare candidates for further graduate school study.
  • Goal 2. To provide candidates with the knowledge and pedagogical skills necessary to effectively advise and teach developmental students
  • Goal 3. To prepare candidates who have the skills and knowledge necessary to expand research and knowledge in the field of developmental education
  • Goal 4. To prepare candidates who possess the skills necessary to effectively develop, design, implement, and evaluate a developmental education program curriculum and various developmental education diagnostic, placement, and assessment instruments

 

Post Masters Certificate (PMC) in Developmental Education

Purpose

The purpose of the program is to prepare faculty and administrators who have master’s or doctorates in various academic disciplines to work more effectively in developmental and remedial education and learning support programs serving academically underprepared, at-risk and nontraditional learners in community and technical colleges and four-year colleges and universities. The program is designed particularly to appeal to faculty and administrators in community and technical colleges where many personnel are not expected to have terminal degrees but do need some graduate preparation to work with developmental learners who comprise a large part of their clientele.

Vision

The vision of the Post Master’s Certificate in Developmental Education is to become the premier provider of graduate-level coursework in the field of developmental education to practicing developmental educators and learning assistance professionals who do not wish to seek a terminal degree in the field.

Mission

The mission of the Post Master’s Certificate in Developmental Education is to provide practicing developmental educators and learning assistance professionals with the knowledge, skills, and competencies identified in research and best practices literature as being critical for effective developmental instructors, learning assistance specialists, and program leaders. Candidates will have strong theoretical foundations in the developmental nature of learning and the needs of nontraditional learners.

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

  • Goal 1. To prepare candidates who have strong theoretical foundations of developmental education including cognitive and affective learning
  • Goal 2. To prepare candidates who are knowledgeable in the current research and best practices in learning theory, pedagogy, and andragogy in developmental education
  • Goal 3. To prepare candidates who are knowledgeable of the characteristics of quality, comprehensive developmental education and learning assistance programs
  • Goal 4. To prepare candidates who possess the skills to effectively design, develop, implement and evaluate a developmental education program curriculum and various developmental education diagnostic, placement, and assessment instruments

 

Contact Info

Dr. Cheyrl Mansfield Ensley
Interim Department Head/Associate Professor
Departments of Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Leadership
318-274-2238
ensleyc@gram.edu