Master of  Developmental Education

Graduate Faculty

Department Head: Dr. Olatunde Ogunyemi

Professors: Dr. Larnell Flannagan, Dr. Vernon Farmer, Dr. Janet Guyden, and Dr. Olatunde Ogunyemi

Associate Professors: Dr. Twana Hilton-Pitre, Dr. Ellen Smiley, and Dr. Reuben Wanjohi

Assistant Professors: Dr. Carolyn Jackson, Dr. Liangyue Lu, and Dr. Daphne Williams



The Department of Educational Leadership has as its mission the preparation of personnel for positions ranging from teaching to administrative and supervisory positions in education-related and other human service settings.

The Department of Educational Leadership has responsibility for four graduate programs: the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership, the Master of Science (M.S.) in Developmental Education, the Post Masters Certificate in Developmental Education, and the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) 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.



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.



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


Admission Requirements

Following admission to the Graduate School, the individual must submit to the Department of Educational Leadership an application for admission to the M.S. program. Applicants should secure three letters of recommendation that must be submitted to the department. When an individual’s application materials are complete, they are evaluated by the department’s graduate admissions committee, and the student is notified of the committee’s decision regarding admission to the M.S. program.

The Department admits students twice a year during the fall and spring semesters. To be considered for admission for the fall semester, the Department must receive the student’s complete application package by April 1. To be considered for admission for the spring semester, the Department must receive the student’s complete application package by October 1.

Requirements for admission to the master’s program in Developmental Education include the following criteria:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or proof of equivalent training at a foreign university
  • At least a 2.5 grade point average on the last degree earned
  • A writing sample
  • Interview with Admissions Committee
  • Acceptable GRE scores as determined by the graduate admissions committee


Master of Science in Developmental Education Curriculum Plan


Developmental Education 543


Developmental Education 544


Developmental Education 545


Developmental Education 548


Developmental Education 599


Developmental Education 634*


Educational Leadership 549


Educational Leadership 555


Educational Leadership 573


Concentration Area







*May be satisfied by earning a score of 3.5 or higher on the Analytical Section of the GRE
**Elective must be approved by advisor.


Concentration Areas


Developmental Education 575


Developmental Education 576


Developmental Education 577


Developmental Education 613



Guidance & Counseling

Developmental Education 578


Developmental Education 579


Developmental Education 580


Developmental Education 583




Developmental Education 552


Developmental Education 553


Developmental Education 554


Developmental Education 556


Courses in mathematics may be used with the approval of the department head.



Developmental Education 547


Developmental Education 556


Developmental Education 605


Developmental Education 606




Developmental Education 556


Note: May substitute graduate courses in the content area outside of the College of Education with approval of advisor and department head.


Program Completion

To complete the program, a student must:

  • Take 36 semester credit hours consisting of
  • 12 hours of core courses,
  • 6 hours of evaluation and research courses,
  • a 3-hour English proficiency course,
  • 3 hours of elective courses,
  • a 3-hour practicum, and
  • 9 hours in an option (A number of these courses are offered online.).
  • Pass Comprehensive examinations (semester prior to anticipated graduation date)
  • A student who fails the exam would be allowed to retake it one time. A student who fails the examination after the second attempt would be dismissed from the program.


Graduation Requirements

  • Complete application for graduation
  • Complete Certification of Completion of Degree Requirements
  • Complete Exit form