The M.Ed. program at Lyndon State College prepare educators to ensure that future generations are able to innovatively satisfy their needs and improve their quality of life without compromising the capacity of the natural environment. This challenge requires that educators be rigorously prepared, that they are able to draw connections between disciplines, work collaboratively, and understand and appreciate their roles within local communities while maintaining a global perspective. Teachers and administrators will be provided with a strong theoretical foundation, up-to-date technological and pedagogical practices, and opportunities for implementation.
Lyndon State College offers a Master of Education degree with concentrations in Curriculum & Instruction, Special Education, and initial licensure in Elementary and Secondary Education, as well as a Reading/Language Arts endorsement. M.Ed. programs require that students complete a minimum of 36 credits which includes a 16 - 18 credit common core (6 courses). The additional 18 - 20 credit hours are determined by student’s chosen strand and/or the Plan of Study. A total of 36 credits must be completed within seven years of matriculation unless the student is granted an extension.
Lyndon also offers post-baccalaureate/Master’s level licensure options in Elementary Education, or Secondary English, Social Science, Science, or Mathematics.
Graduate course work, generally, will introduce students to contemporary issues in the discipline, help them develop a critical perspective for evaluating these and future developments, and empower them to become advocates for best practice in education. In that regard, graduate course work is designed to be significantly different from undergraduate studies in the following ways:
- requiring a greater depth and intensity of study;
- demanding a higher level of academic/intellectual rigor;
- focusing primarily on advanced and specialized topics;
- exploring the integration of theory and practice; and
- relying on pedagogical practices that require more personal interactions with the instructor, more collaborative interactions with fellow graduate students, and more self-directed learning than undergraduate studies.
Cohort-based coursework may be offered in locations convenient to students if there are at least 10 students at the off site location. Schools may request graduate program coursework for specific cohorts.
The graduate program offers face-to-face , hybrid, and online courses. Classes are available during the school year (late afternoons, evenings and Saturdays) and during the summer.
Graduate Certificate Programs
Certificate of Graduate Study in Leadership
This certificate program is designed for individuals working in business, industry, education, and human services who require further background in administration and leadership. The 15-credit-hour program is open to students who have completed their four-year undergraduate degree.
This program distinguishes itself from other leadership graduate programs in three ways. First, the program provides a balance between theory and practice through a detailed examination of leadership theory and applied experiences that are discipline specific. Second, the program focuses on fundamental leadership skills that represent best leadership practices across a variety of disciplines. Finally, the program is designed for working professionals, using a variety of formats that include but are not limited to: conveniently scheduled classes, site-based experience, web-based distance instruction, and summer study.
Educators who desire administrative positions or are new in such positions and are enrolled in LSC M.Ed. programs may work toward this certificate while fulfilling the requirements of their M.Ed. program. Administrative licensure can be attained on a competency basis by supplying evidence to the Vermont Department of Education of mastery of administrative licensure competencies.
EDU 6580 Leadership and Organizational Change Credits: 3
EDU 6140 Law and the Administrative Leader Credits: 3
EDU 6010 Supervision and Evaluation Credits: 3
EDU 5585 Human Relations Management Credits: 3
EDU 5590 Budgeting and Finance Process Credits: 3
Total Credits: 15
Additional Certificate Programs
Additional certificate programs are available from time to time through the Northeast Kingdom School Development Center (NEKSDC) and the Vermont Higher Education Consortium (VTHEC).
Graduate School Faculty
Dr. Alan Giese
Dr. Alison Lathrop
Dr. Andrea Luna
Dr. Daisy McCoy
Dr. Linda Metzke (Chair, Graduate Education Department)
Dr. Richard Moye
Dr. Elaine Razzano
Dr. Timothy Sturm
Dr. Alexandre Strokanov
Dr. Anthony Sgherza