Endicott College offers several options for those wishing to pursue a Master of Education degree.
The following programs lead to Massachusetts Educator Licensure:
The following programs DO NOT lead to Massachusetts Educator Licensure:
At the time of matriculation, students may request transfer of not more than six graduate credits completed at other accredited institutions. Only courses relevant to the program of study in which a student has received a grade of "B" or better will be accepted. Courses completed more than five years prior to the student's acceptance into his or her present program will not be considered for transfer credit.
The College has looked carefully at the options of comprehensive examination versus a MasterÂ’s thesis or project. The College selected the examination process because it provides the greatest strengths to the program during the early stages of development.
The decision to utilize comprehensive examinations was based on three factors, namely, that examinations:
- Provide a clear measure of outcome assessment
- Provide a framework to involve many graduate faculty in the assessment process
- Provide consistent standards of competency among all students in the program.
For these reasons a procedure on examinations has been set up that provides for the offering of one or two sittings per year. The examination will consist of three components:
- Research and Theory
- Specialization Content
- Societal and Educational Impact
Examinations are read by the advisor and by one additional graduate faculty or staff member. A review summary and recommendation will be submitted of the Chair of the Graduate Council. The Chair of the Graduate Council will consult with the Council on issues related to future examinations.
Upon successful completion of the examination, and when course work is completed, the degree will be awarded. Any M.Ed. Candidate who has completed the practicum experience, or is completing it during the current semester, who also has no more than 2 courses remaining to complete program requirements, is eligible to sit for the comprehensive examination. In the case of students who are not doing practicum, they must have completed all the courses in their specialized field and have no more than 2 courses remaining to complete program requirements.
Students failing the exams are allowed two retakes within a one-year period of time. Failure to successfully complete the examination within the period of time results in dismissal from the program. Students are allowed up to seven years from the date of starting the first class to the date of completing the Master's degree.
Courses more than seven years old are lost under the default clause of the Endicott College Handbook for Students. A student must take and pass all of the relevant Massachusetts Teacher Tests for Licensure prior to being eligible to take the Comprehensive Examinations.