Oct 28, 2020  
2020-21 NSU Graduate Catalog 
2020-21 NSU Graduate Catalog

Instructional Leadership, M.Ed. *

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OSRHE Program Code: 124
CIP Code: 130301

Major Code: 3920
Option Codes:

  • 3816 - Classroom Teaching Cognate
  • 3810 - National Board Cognate
  • 3825 - Online Teaching Cognate
  • 3848 - Professional Enhancement Cognate


Credential Requirements

Courses included do not represent all courses needed for a teaching certificate for the State of Oklahoma.  Candidates seeking certification should contact NSU’s Teacher Certification office for individual advisement on courses needed based on previous college credits.

Program Goal

The goal of the M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership program is to create accomplished teachers who are reflective about their practice and who critically analyze what constitutes effective teaching and valuable learning. Teachers will expand their instructional repertoires and master an expanding body of pedagogical knowledge while becoming deeply cognizant of the ethical and societal dimensions of education.  Teachers will understand that they are part of a global village which embraces diversity. Teachers will draw on this knowledge to make principled judgments about their students and their instruction.  Teachers will use and understand research and the role it plays in academic decisions and pedagogical practices. These teachers will also collaboratively engage students, parents, colleagues, and communities in educative pursuits which foster partnerships and life-long learning.

Student Learning Outcomes - Professional Education Core

  1. Develop learner-centric teaching strategies to design curriculum through a learning sytles perspective.
  2. Demonstrate culturally sensitive practices.
  3. Design subject-specific, differentiated pedagogical strategies that enhance student learning.
  4. Create brain-compatible curriculum / professional development.
  5. Utilize current trends to critically reframe leadership
  6. Demonstrate the value of research in education through action research that leads to improved achievement
  7. Engage in research to improve practice.

Student Learning Outcomes - Classroom Teaching Cognate

  1. Identify contemporary approaches in the knowledge base of theories of motiviation.
  2. Develop a classroom management plan.
  3. Develop formative and summative tools to assess student learning.
  4. Develop subject-specific objectives for lesson and unit plans.
  5. Reflect on the impact of educational psychology as a tool for understanding the teaching and learning process

Student Learning Outcomes - National Board Cognate

  1. Create evidence for national certification
  2. Develop a National Board Certification plan

Student Learning Outcomes - Online Teaching Cognate

  1. Establish an online learning community
  2. Integrate research-based learning and assessment theory in the development and delivery of online courses
  3. Integrate best practice and standards in online course design and instruction

Student Learning Outcomes - Professional Enhancement Cognate

  1. Engage in research to improve practice

Program Standards

Students must meet the following standards to gain admission, be retained, and successfully complete the program:

Institution Admission Requirements

  • Be formally admitted to Northeastern State University’s Graduate College by submitting an application and official transcripts.
  • Meet Graduate College Admission  requirements and be formally admitted to the Graduate College.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

  • Hold or be eligible for an Oklahoma standard teaching certificate or teaching license or be eligible for the Oklahoma alternative certification program with a plan of study for certification provided by NSU’s Certification Office or the Oklahoma State Department of Education Professional Standards on file with NSU’s Office of Teacher Certification and the Graduate College. If going through alternative placement with the State Department, a letter of acceptance must be submitted with admission materials.
  • Program GPA requirements
    • 3.00 overall undergraduate, OR
    • 3.25 in the last 60 hours undergraduate
  • Through the Graduate College Admission Portal, submit the following documents. All materials are to be received by 5:00 pm on October 1, March 1, or July 1. If these dates fall on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be the last business day prior to the holiday or weekend.
    • Certification or alternative certification documentation.
    • Statement of educational philosophy.
    • Names and emails of three (3) professional and/or academic references who will complete recommendation forms.
  • Meet with your assigned advisor, develop course sequence, sign a plan of study; sign statement of understanding.
  • The Admissions Committee will review all materials and will make a recommendation concerning admission to a program. A formal interview and/or other materials may be requested by the committee at its discretion.

Conditional Admission

For those persons who wish to pursue a degree, but are not able to meet the requirements for the undergraduate GPA, conditional admission may be allowed as follows:

  • Students must earn a graduate program GPA of 3.5 for twelve credit hours of coursework taken at Northeastern State University, and all other admittance requirements must be completed during the first semester of enrollment.
  • Full admittance will be considered by the Admissions Committee at the completion of 12 credit hours upon the written request of the student within the semester deadlines for admissions.
  • No more than six credit hours will be allowed to be taken in any semester until fully admitted into the program; second semester of enrollment must be authorized by the candidate’s advisor.

Retention Requirements

Students must continue to meet the Graduate College’s Retention Standards to be retained in the program. See the Academic Information  page for more information.

Completion Requirements

  • Students are encouraged to monitor degree progress using the degree audit system in the goNSU portal.
  • Students must meet Graduate College policies detailed in Academic Information  and Master’s Degree Requirements  regarding GPA, minimum grades, coursework age, residency and institutional / state regulations governing degree conferral.
  • Complete a minimum of 36 credit hours approved by the advisor and Dean of the Graduate College.
  • Students completing a thesis for the capstone requirement must have that thesis approved by the graduate program faculty and submitted to the Dean of the Graduate College at least 30 days prior to graduation.
  • File an application for graduation according to posted deadlines: Summer - March 1; Fall - August 1; Spring - January 1. Students must reapply for graduation in a subsequent semester if degree requirements are not met.


The Graduate College assigns students an advisor upon admission to graduate studies. Students will arrange a conference with the contact person before first enrollment. The advisor assists the student in the class selection each semester and is responsible for submitting the degree plan to the Graduate College.

Instructional Leadership, M.Ed.

Students will determine cognate area with their graduate advisor and graduate dean approval.  For the area selected, the first course taken must be an introduction to the area of study; certain courses require prerequisites.

Cognate Requirements - 9 hours

Select one of the following cognates:

Classroom Teaching - 9 hours (3816)

This option serves alternatively certified teachers currently teaching in a PK-12 environment.

National Board - 9 hours (3810)

This option serves candidates pursuing National Board Certification and is also available for teachers who hold National Board Certification and can mentor those seeking certification.

Professional Enhancement - 9 hours (3848)

This option serves teachers seeking enhanced professional education and leadership skills.

Complete 9 hours of graduate study determined with advisor and graduate dean approval.

Capstone - 3 hours

Total - 36 hours

STEM Education Certificate Information

Students may complete the STEM Education Certificate   as a part of the M.Ed. in Science Education, Mathematics Education, or Instructional Leadership: Professional Enhancement programs through guided course selection.  Individuals interested in only earning the STEM certificate, but not currently enrolled in a graduate program at NSU, can apply for Graduate College admission for the purpose of pursuing the STEM certificate. 

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