GRADUATE PROGRAMS

(For Admission Information see Graduate Admission Requirements listed under Online – Information for Prospective Students).

Masters in Business Administration

The Master of Business Administration program is truly a blend of the sophisticated academic world, the practical and technologically dependent career world, and the eternal world of Christian faith. Its enabling thrust is to develop in its students that rare level of discernment that is so much in demand, both globally and locally, and to give leadership and direction to many in the secular world who lack an ethical foundation from which to operate.

Classes are offered one night per week. The format is a concentrated continuous approach. Students are required to participate in learning team activities which are designed to enhance the learning process and the development of problem-solving skills. Learning teams must meet a minimum of four hours as assigned, and their activities are monitored by their professors.

Objectives of the Master of Business Administration Program

The Master of Business Administration program seeks to develop persons who can function successfully in upper middle management and top management positions. The emphasis is on strategic management concepts and principles. The M.B.A. program makes use of recent research findings, uses complex computer modes, stresses the importance of human relations skills, and integrates strategic management processes through a Christian worldview.

The following educational objectives are those of the M.B.A. program:

  • To provide a program which equips graduates with the skills and knowledge necessary for obtaining employment in managerial positions and for advancing their careers.
  • To serve the business community by offering evening classes for executives who wish to enhance their management skills.
  • To provide a graduate education program which emphasizes a strong foundation in Christian ethics and worldview.
  • To assist managers and future managers in improving speaking, negotiating, and human relations skills.
  • To emphasize the use of technology in management by providing a computer-enhanced program.
  • To prepare students at the graduate level for integrating the major functional areas of business into the making of business policy.
  • To provide an opportunity for executives and future executives to apply theory to real-life business and industry situations.
  • To help managers develop a global perspective by providing a study of foreign political, technical, and economic structures in relation to business practices.

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of the M.B.A. core curriculum with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00. A student must repeat any course in which he/she earned a grade lower than a C-.
  • A student may have no more than two grades of C, C+, or C-.
  • Student will be required to pass successfully a comprehensive exam.
  • All credit applied toward the M.B.A. degree must have been completed within six years of matriculation at Belhaven. (No more than six semester hours of transfer graduate course work will be accepted. Transfer work must be from a regionally-accredited college or university and must have been completed within six years of matriculation in Belhaven’s M.B.A. program.)
  • Payment of all tuition and fees.
  • Applications for degree completion audits must be made online by the deadlines listed in the calendars at least eight months prior to the anticipated degree completion. Failure to do so on schedule may result in a delay in the ceremony participation or receipt of diploma.

M.B.A.: 36 hours to include MSL 601, MBA 612, 613, 624, 640, 643, 646, 658, 664, 680, 682, and 687.

MBA Concentrations

Students wishing to add a concentration (Health Administration, Human Resources, Leadership, or Sports Administration) within the MBA may do so at any point in the degree program prior to graduation. Each of the concentrations below when added to the MBA result in a total of 42 credit hours for the MBA and corresponding concentration.

MBA with Health Administration concentration – 42 hours to include MSL 601, MBA 612, 613, 624, 640, 643, 646, 658, 664, 680, 687, and MHA608, 646, and 668.

MBA with Human Resource concentration - 42 hours to include MSL 601, MBA 612, 613, 624, 640, 643, 646, 658, 664, 680, 687, and 9 hours from MSL 660, 661, 662 and 663.

MBA with Leadership concentration - 42 hours to include MSL 601, MBA 612, 613, 624, 640, 643, 646, 658, 664, 680, 687, MSL 630, 665, and 668.

MBA with Sports Administration concentration - 42 hours to include MSL 601, MBA 612, 613, 624, 640, 643, 646, 658, 664, 680, 687, and MSA 608, 646, and 668.


Masters in Health Administration

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of the M.H.A. core curriculum with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00. A student must repeat any course in which he/she earned a grade lower than a C-.
  • A student may have no more than two grades of C, C+, or C-.
  • All credits applied toward the M.H.A. degree must have been completed within six years of matriculation at Belhaven. (No more than six semester hours of transfer graduate course work will be accepted. Transfer work must be from a regionally-accredited college or university and must have been completed within six years of matriculation in Belhaven’s M.H.A. program.)
  • Payment of all tuition and fees.
  • Applications for degree completion audits must be made online by the deadlines listed in the calendars at least eight months prior to the anticipated degree completion. Failure to do so on schedule may result in a delay in the ceremony participation or receipt of diploma.

M.H.A. : 36 hours to include MSL 601, 630, 640, 660, 665, 686, MHA 608, 624, 643, 646, 668, 670.

M.H.A. Certificate : 9 hours from the following: MHA 608, 643, 646, and 668.


Masters in Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration degree program is a 36 semester credit hour graduate program designed to enhance the professional skills of public administrators and executives. The program is designed for adult professionals who seek to develop and increase their management and leadership roles in government, education, the not for profit sector, and other areas of their professional lives.

Designed to develop the individual's ability to comprehend internal and external social, legal, political, and economic forces as they affect the decision-making process within the organization, the program has been structured to serve holders of baccalaureate degrees in a variety of disciplines.

Objectives of the Master of Public Administration Program

  •  Practice servant leadership using Christ as the model in serving people and society.
  • Provide leadership, vision, and strategic planning in a variety of organizations and environments.
  • Prepare to lead others in environments increasingly characterized by change and complexity.
  • Master principles of human behavior and motivation to maximize use of human resources.
  • Master key functional area skills in communications, human resources, accounting, governmental finance, economics, and public policy analysis.
  • Appreciate the trend to interdependency between local, state, and federal agencies and the need to continually update leadership principles and techniques.
  • Complete a significant hands-on project in a live organization and integrate the knowledge and skills from all courses taken.
  • Develop organizational-wide skills in structure, coordination, policy, and design of subunits.
  • Master methods of organizational change and development
  • Develop the ability to apply the most recent research and concepts emerging in management and leadership.
  •  Interact with executive level leaders from the community to identify current challenges and strategies available to address them.

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of the M.P.A. core curriculum with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00. A student must repeat any course in which he/she earned a grade lower than a C-.
  • Students are allowed no more than two (2) C’s over the course of their MPA program.
  • Students will be required to pass successfully MPA 613 Management Research Methods- Project III.
  • All credits applied toward the M.P.A. degree must have been completed within six years of matriculation at Belhaven. (No more than six semester hours of transfer graduate course work will be accepted. Transfer work must be from a regionally-accredited college or university and must have been completed within six years of matriculation in Belhaven’s M.P.A. program.)
  • Payment of all tuition and fees.
  • Applications for degree completion audits must be made online by the deadlines listed in the calendars at least eight months prior to the anticipated degree completion. Failure to do so on schedule may result in a delay in the ceremony participation or receipt of diploma.

M.P.A.: 36 hours to include MSL 601, MPA 603, 604, 605, 606, 607, 608, 609, 610, 611, 612 and 613.

M.P.A. with Human Resources Concentration: 42 hours to include MSL 601, MPA 603, 604, 605, 606, 607, 608, 609, 610, 611, 612 and 613, and 6 hours from the following: MSL 661, 662 and 663.


Masters in Science in Leadership

The Master of Science in Leadership degree program is a 36 semester credit hour graduate program designed to enhance the professional skills of business managers and executives. The program is designed for adult professionals who seek to develop and increase their management and leadership roles in business, education, church, and other areas of their professional lives.

Designed to develop the individual’s ability to comprehend internal and external social, legal, political, and economic forces as they affect the decision-making process within the organization, the program has been structured to serve both holders of baccalaureate degrees in business as well as other disciplines.

Objectives of the Master of Science in Leadership Program

The following are Executive Development Learning Objectives of the M.S.L. program:

  • Practice servant leadership using Christ as the model in serving people and society.
  • Provide leadership, vision, and strategic planning in a variety of organizations and environments.
  •  Prepare to lead others in environments increasingly characterized by change and complexity.
  •  Master principles of human behavior and motivation to maximize use of human resources.
  • Master key functional area skills in marketing, entrepreneurship, accounting, finance, and economics.
  • Appreciate the trend to a global world and the need to continually update leadership principles and techniques.
  • Complete a significant hands-on project in a live organization and integrate the knowledge and skills from all courses taken.
  • Develop organizational-wide skills in structure, coordination, policy, and design of subunits.
  • Master methods of organization change and development.
  • Develop the ability to utilize the most recent tools and concepts emerging in management and leadership.
  • Interact with executive level leaders from the community to identify current challenges and optional strategies to address them.

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of the M.S.L. core curriculum with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00. A student must repeat any course in which he/she earned a grade lower than a C-.
  • A student may have no more than two grades of C, C+, or C-.
  • Students will be required to pass successfully MSL 670 Leadership Capstone.
  • All credits applied toward the M.S.L. degree must have been completed within six years of matriculation at Belhaven. (No more than six semester hours of transfer graduate course work will be accepted. Transfer work must be from a regionally-accredited college or university and must have been completed within six years of matriculation in Belhaven’s M.S.L. program.)
  • Payment of all tuition and fees.
  • Applications for degree completion audits must be made online by the deadlines listed in the calendars at least eight months prior to the anticipated degree completion. Failure to do so on schedule may result in a delay in the ceremony participation or receipt of diploma.

M.S.L. : 36 hours to include MSL 601, 624, 630, 640, 643, 646, 658, 660, 665, 668, 670, 686.

M.S.L. with Human Resources concentration - 42 hours to include MSL 601, 624, 630, 640, 643, 646, 658, 660, 665, 668, 670, 686 and 6 hours from the following: MSL 661, 662 and 663.

M.S.L. with Ministry concentration - 36 hours to include MSL601, 630, 640, 658, 660, 665, 668, 670, and 686, and MIN 610, 620, and 630.

Certificate in Human Resources: 9 hours from the following: MSL 660, 661, 662 and 663.

Certificate in Leadership: 9 hours from the following: MBA 686, MSL 630, 665 and 668


Masters in Sports Administration

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of the M.S.A. core curriculum with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00. A student must repeat any course in which he/she earned a grade lower than a C-.
  • A student may have no more than two grades of C, C+, or C-.
  • All credits applied toward the M.S.A. degree must have been completed within six years of matriculation at Belhaven. (No more than six semester hours of transfer graduate course work will be accepted. Transfer work must be from a regionally-accredited college or university and must have been completed within six years of matriculation in Belhaven’s M.S.A. program.)
  • Payment of all tuition and fees.
  • Applications for degree completion audits must be made online by the deadlines listed in the calendars at least eight months prior to the anticipated degree completion. Failure to do so on schedule may result in a delay in the ceremony participation or receipt of diploma.

M.S.A. : 36 hours to include MSL 601, 630, 660, 665, 686, MBA 640, MSA 608, 624, 643, 646, 668, 670.

Certificate in Sports Administration: 9 hours from the following: MSA 608, 643, 646 and 668


GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

The Graduate School of Education Mission Statement

Educator as Servant Leader
Learning to Lead – Leading to Serve

The School of Education seeks to produce not only effective professional educators, but also to develop concerned, compassionate educators who value each individual learner and who are dedicated to helping all students learn and fulfill his or her God-given potential. The School of Education's goal is the development of Teachers and Administrators as Servant Leaders, professionals committed to transforming teaching, learning, and schooling – professionals dedicated to leading and creating positive learning environments where all learners have the opportunity to gain knowledge, understanding, and wisdom, as well as cultivate the virtues and skills necessary to become productive and responsible citizens.

The faculty in the Belhaven Graduate School of Education believe that well-prepared teachers and administrators as professional educators are committed to the education profession and to helping improve the educational environment in our schools. At Belhaven, we challenge individuals to stretch themselves as effective educators, to take the lead in their schools, to develop a heart of service in their communities and to make a difference in the engagement and learning of all children, thereby having a positive impact on each child's life.

Belhaven University has a long tradition of academic excellence in preparing teachers. Originally founded as a women's college, Belhaven's first "professional degree" was in teacher education. Since that time, the University has produced thousands of teachers who have taught in Mississippi and other states throughout the United States, as well as globally.

Building on the University's tradition, the Belhaven University Graduate School of Education now offers a Master of Arts in Teaching, three graduate Master of Education Degrees, an Education Specialist Degree in School Leadership and Supervision, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership. All courses in each degree are offered online with optional "Zoom" webinars which offer candidates support in their course work.  Courses are offered online during 7 week sessions with 6 sessions offered yearly:

Fall Session 1 – August

Fall Session 2 – October

Spring Session 1 – January

Spring Session 2 – March

Summer Session 1- May

Summer Session 2 - July

While serving different audiences, all degree programs acknowledge the expertise, experience, and needs of adult learners. All programs foster inquiry into the nature of learning and the effects of teaching, transfer of theory to practice, self-directed learning and reflection, collegial interaction with peers, commitment to innovation and change, and the development of leadership skills and professional efficacy.

Belhaven offers a challenging educational experience for practicing and aspiring educators who desire to enhance their knowledge and skills. Our faculty and staff are committed to preparing professional educators who can provide distinctive Christian leadership and service in the classroom, the school, and the community.

PROGRAM ALIGNMENT TO

STATE AND NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS

The Belhaven University Graduate School of Education has designed and developed its core curriculum for the MAT, M.Ed., Ed.S, and Ed.D. degrees by incorporating the State and Professional Standards as applicable to the degree content for each respective degree program.  MAT and Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction degrees are aligned, where appropriate, to:

    • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation Advanced Standards (CAEP)
    • Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium Standards (InTASC)
    • International Literacy Association Standards (ILA)
    • Mississippi College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS)
    • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)

    • The Master of Education and the Education Specialist degrees in Educational Leadership/School Administration and Supervision programs of study address:
    • Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL), which define educational leadership broadly and provide specificity around performance expectations for beginning level building and district leaders.
    • National Educational Leadership Preparation Standards for Building Level Leaders (NELP), which are aligned to PSEL standards and specify what novice leaders and program graduates should know and be able to do as a result of their completion of a high quality educational leadership preparation program
    • Mississippi Educator & Administrator Growth System.  

     

    Mission STATEMENT

    Serving as the Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) for Belhaven University, the Graduate School of Education's Mission Statement is as follows: 

    To prepare effective professional educators who demonstrate both academic excellence and professional knowledge while providing distinctive Christian leadership and service to all students, parents, and communities.

    Master of Arts in teaching degree plan – MAT

    • Master of Arts in Teaching – Alternate Route to Certification – MAT/ALT CERT)
    • Master of Arts in Teaching – MAT/NL (Non-Licensure)

     

    Four courses leading to Mississippi Alternate Route Teacher Certification – MAT/Alt Cert*

    EDU 501               Measurement & Evaluation Strategies +                                                                                            3

    EDU 502               Dimensions of Learning I                                                                                                                    3

    EDU 503               Dimensions of Learning II                                                                                                                   3

    EDU 506               Classroom Management & Organization +                                                                                         3

    Master of Arts in Teaching MS Alternate Route Teacher Certification 4 Required Courses          12 Credit Hours.

     

    *Applicants to the MAT/Alt Cert program are required to have successfully passed the MDE compulsory teacher assessment tests: ACT with a 21 or higher, OR qualifying SAT scores, OR a passing score on the CORE exam AND a passing score on a MS approved subject area/content Praxis II test prior to admission to the MAT program.

    + Denotes courses that are part of the dual enrollment program for undergraduate candidates (see undergraduate Belhaven catalog)

     

    *Applicants seeking a MAT degree without Licensure meet the same course requirements but are exempt from taking the required licensure exams. 

     

    Seven Courses leading to the completion of the full MAT degree

    EDU 602               Psychology of the Exceptional Child                                                                                                   3

    EDU 612               Curriculum Planning & Organization                                                                                                   3

    EDU 621               Assessing Student Learning                                                                                                               3

    EDU 622               Teaching Reading & Math Skills                                                                                                         3

    EDU 625               Instructional Leadership Skills in the Classroom                                                                                3

    EDU 628               Advanced Instructional Strategies                                                                                                      3

    REA 617               Content Area Literacy                                                                                                                         3

    Courses for MAT Degree Completion                                                                                                   21 Credit Hours.

                                                                                                                                                                    Total 33 Credit Hours.

    Non-licensure candidates desiring an elementary 4th-6th teacher endorsement will take REA 511 Foundations of Reading for a total of 36 credit hours. The Foundations of Reading test must be passed before moving to the licensure program.

     

     

    Master of Education DEGREE PLAN – M.ED.

    Curriculum and Instruction

    • Master of Education – M.Ed./C&I
    • M.Ed./C&I with Educational Technology Emphasis - M.Ed./C&I/EdTech
    • M.Ed./C&I with Support for National Board Certification - M.Ed./C&I/NBCT

     

    Master of Education – M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction

    EDU 600               M.Ed. Orientation Seminar                                                                                                                 0

    EDU 610               Research Methods & Procedures                                                                                                      3

    EDU 612               Curriculum Planning & Organization                                                                                                  3

    EDU 621               Assessing Student Learning                                                                                                              3

    EDU 623               Technology in Education                                                                                                                    3

    EDU 624*             Issues & Innovations in Education                                                                                                      3

    EDU 625+             Instructional Leadership Skills in the Classroom                                                                               3

    EDU 628               Advanced Instructional Strategies                                                                                                     3

    EDU 630               Engaging Student Learners                                                                                                               3

    EDU 631*             Individual Instruction for Children with Learning Problems                                                                3

    EDU 636*             Supervision of Instruction: Collaborating for Accountability                                                               3

    REA 617               Content Area Literacy                                                                                                                        3

                                                                                                                                                           Total 33 Credit Hours

    *In place of EDU 624, EDU 631, & EDU 636 -those working toward the M.Ed./C&I with Educational Technology Emphasis degree will take the following three area of emphasis courses:

    EDU 641               Integrating Technology into the Curriculum                                                                                        3

    EDU 642               Using Technology to Assess Learning & Manage Data                                                                     3

    EDU 643               New & Emerging Technologies                                                                                                          3

     

    *In place of EDU 624, EDU 631, & EDU 625 those working toward the M.Ed./C&I with Support for National Board Certification degree will take the following area of emphasis courses:

    EDU 651               Differentiated Instruction (16 week one semester session)                                                               3

    EDU 652               Interaction with Students (16 week one semester session)                                                               3

    EDU 653               Impact on Teaching (16 week one semester session)                                                                       3

    + EDU 635+              Instructional Leadership Skills in the Classroom – NBCT Portfolio                                               3

     

    + M.Ed./C&I/NBCT candidates take EDU 635 in lieu of EDU 625

    Applicants are encouraged to confirm state requirements for teacher educator/administrator certification and/or endorsements with the State Department of Education from the state in which they are employed or desire to be employed.  Belhaven University does not guarantee that all individual state licensing or certification requirements as defined in this degree program will meet individual State Department of Education requirements for certifications or endorsements within states other than Mississippi.

     

     

    Master of Education in Reading Literacy DEGREE PLAN M.Ed./RL*

     

    Master of Education in Reading Literacy M.Ed./RL*

    Required Courses (33 credit hours):

    EDU 600               M.Ed. Orientation Seminar                                                                                                                3

    EDU 610               Research Methods & Procedures                                                                                                     3

    EDU 630               Engaging Student Learners                                                                                                              3

    EDU 612               Curriculum Planning & Organization                                                                                                 3

    REA 608               Early Literacy Instruction                                                                                                                   3

    REA 611               Literature & Literacy                                                                                                                          3

    REA 617               Content Area Literacy                                                                                                                       3

    REA 622               Teaching Reading Skills & Comprehension                                                                                     3

    REA 627               Middle Grade Literacy (4-8)                                                                                                             3

    REA 629               Literacy Assessment, Diagnosis, & Remediation                                                                            3

    REA 632               Practicum in Reading**                                                                                                                    3

    EDU 625               Instructional Leadership Skills in the Classroom**                                                                          3

                                                                                                                                                            Total 33 Credit Hours

    *Due to the practicum hours required, candidates making application to the M.Ed. degree in Reading Literacy will be required to be a current teacher and provide evidence of presently teaching in a school.

    **Candidates will be required to take and successfully pass the Foundations of Reading Test as a prerequisite to taking REA 632 and EDU 625.

     

    NOTE: Candidates seeking reading certification must assume responsibility for fulfilling all state requirements.  Completion of the Master of Reading can lead to licensure depending on a candidate's state policies and/or requirements.

    Applicants are encourage to confirm state requirements for teacher educator/administrator certification and/or endorsements with the State Department of Education from the state in which they are employed or desire to be employed.  Belhaven University does not assure that all individual state licensing or certification requirements as defined in this degree program will meet individual State Department of Education requirements for certifications or endorsements within states other than Mississippi.

     

     

    Master of Education DEGREE PLAN – M.Ed./SLA

    • School Leadership Administration - Licensure

     

    Master of Education – M.Ed./SLA - School Leadership Administration –Leading to Mississippi School Administrator License*   Required Courses (33 credit hours):

    EDU 644               School & Community Relations                                                                                                      3

    EDU 645               Enhancing Curriculum & Instructional Capacity                                                                             3

    EDU 646               School Law & Ethical Principles                                                                                                     3

    EDU 650               Leadership & Management for Effective & Efficient Schools                                                         3

    EDU 655               Equity & Cultural Leadership                                                                                                          3

    EDU 657               Assessment for Continuous School Improvement                                                                         3

    EDU 667               Operations & Fiscal Management                                                                                                  3

    EDU 669               Human Resource Leadership                                                                                                         3

    EDU 675              Literacy Leadership                                                                                                                         3

    EDU 677               Principal Internship I: Role of the Principal                                                                                    3

    EDU 678               Principal Internship II: Leadership Defense                                                                                   3

                                                                                                                                                            Total 33 Credit Hours

    Due to the required internship hours for licensure, those seeking Administrator Licensure who are not currently employed in a school building level cannot apply to the Educational Leadership program.   Also, candidates seeking licensure cannot begin the program without a signed agreement from a school building administrator who is willing to serve as their Mentoring Supervisor throughout their course of study.

    After completing the first eight courses for a M.Ed. Degree in School Leadership Administration leading to a Mississippi State Administrator's License, candidates must take and pass The School Leaders License Assessment Exam (SLLA)) in order to be recommended for licensure.  Taking the SLLA is a NOT requirement for graduation.  Passing the SLLA is a requirement for licensure.

    NOTE: Candidates seeking administrator certification must assume responsibility for fulfilling all state requirements. 

    *OUT OF STATE CANDIDATES: Applicants are encouraged to confirm state requirements for teacher educator/administrator certification and/or endorsements with the State Department of Education from the state in which they are employed or desire to be employed.  Belhaven University does not guarantee that all individual state licensing or certification requirements as defined in this degree program will meet individual State Department of Education requirements for certifications or endorsements within states other than Mississippi.

    The Belhaven University School of Education will not be responsible for addressing requirements from individual candidate's state of residence or from a state in which they may plan to obtain an administrator license.

     

    Graduation Requirements: Master Degree Completion (all programs)

    • Successful completion of the degree curriculum with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
    • No more than two C or C+ grades are permitted in the course of the program. 
    • Once third grade of C is earned, a candidate must repeat one of those courses and earn a grade of B- or better.  A course may not be taken more than two times.
    • Candidates are required to successfully complete all course requirements and the comprehensive exit process which includes writing the Comprehensive Capstone Paper.  M.Ed./RL candidates must also complete the Reading Practicum.  M.Ed./C&I/NBCT candidates must complete and defend the NBCT Portfolio.
    • Candidates in the Ed.S. (licensure) program in School Administration leading to a Mississippi State Administrator's License  must take and The School Leaders License Assessment (SLLA) before Belhaven can make recommendation for licensure, as it is a requirement by the State of Mississippi, as well as many other states.  Taking the SLLA is not a requirement for graduation.
    • All credit applied toward the degree must have been completed within five years of matriculation at Belhaven. (No more than six semester hours of transfer graduate course work will be accepted. Transfer work must be from a regionally-accredited college or university and must have been completed within five years of starting in Belhaven's program.)
    • Payment of all tuition and fees.
    • Applications for degrees must be made in the Office of the Registrar by the deadlines listed in the calendars at least eight months prior to the anticipated degree completion. Failure to do so on schedule may result in a delay in the ceremony participation or receipt of diploma.

     

     

    Education Specialist DEGREE PLAN

    • School Leadership Administration – Ed.S./SLA - Licensure*

    Education Specialist – Ed.S./SLA - School Leadership Administration –Leading to Mississippi School Administrator License*   Required Courses (33 credit hours):

     

    EDU 744               School & Community Relations                                                                                                      3

    EDU 745               Enhancing Curriculum & Instructional Capacity                                                                             3

    EDU 746               School Law & Ethical Principles                                                                                                     3

    EDU 750               Leadership & Management for Effective & Efficient Schools                                                         3

    EDU 755               Equity & Cultural Leadership                                                                                                         3

    EDU 757               Assessment for Continuous School Improvement                                                                        3

    EDU 767               Operations & Fiscal Management                                                                                                 3

    EDU 769               Human Resource Leadership                                                                                                       3

    EDU 775              Educational Leadership Comprehensive Paper                                                                            3

    EDU 777               Role of the Principal: Principal Internship I                                                                                   3

    EDU 778               Principal Internship II: Leadership Defense                                                                                  3

               Total 33 Credit Hours

    Due to the required internship hours for licensure, those seeking Administrator Licensure who are not currently employed in a school building level cannot apply to the Educational Leadership program.   Also, candidates seeking licensure cannot begin the program without a signed agreement from a school building administrator who is willing to serve as their Mentoring Supervisor throughout their course of study.

    *After completing the first eight courses for an Ed.S. Degree in School Leadership Administration leading to a Mississippi State Administrator's License, candidates desiring licensure must take and pass The School Leaders License Assessment Exam (SLLA)) in order to be recommended for licensure.  Taking the SLLA is NOT a requirement for graduation.  Passing the SLLA is a requirement for licensure.

     

    OUT OF STATE CANDIDATES: Applicants are encouraged to confirm state requirements for teacher educator/administrator certification and/or endorsements with the State Department of Education from the state in which they are employed or desire to be employed.  Belhaven University does not guarantee that all individual state licensing or certification requirements as defined in this degree program will meet individual State Department of Education requirements for certifications or endorsements within states other than Mississippi.

    The Belhaven University School of Education will not be responsible for addressing requirements from individual candidate's state of residence or from a state in which they may plan to obtain an administrator license.

    • School Leadership Administration – Ed.S./SLA/NL– Non-Licensure

    For Candidates who already have licensure in administration or are not seeking licensure in administration.

     

    EDU 751               Historical & Philosophical Perspectives on Educational Practice                                                  3

    EDU 766               Transformational Leadership                                                                                                         3

    EDU 768               Leadership in the Educational Organization                                                                                  3

    EDU 770               Advanced School Leadership and Public Relations                                                                      3

    EDU 771               Advanced School Law and Ethics                                                                                                 3

    EDU 772               School Organization Analysis                                                                                                        3

    EDU 773               Leadership for School Conflict Resolution                                                                                     3

    EDU 774               Trends and the Future in Elementary/Secondary Education                                                         3

    EDU 785             Comprehensive Synthesis of Educational Leadership                                                                    3

    EDU 776               Politics of Educational Change                                                                                                      3

    EDU 779               Contemporary and Global Considerations in Education                                                                3

                                                                                                                                                           Total 33 Credit Hours

     

    Graduation Requirements: Education Specialist Degree Completion

    • Successful completion of the degree curriculum with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
    • No more than two Cs or C+ grade is permitted in the course of the program. 
    • Once a third grade of C is earned, a candidate must repeat one of those courses and earn a grade of B- or better.  A course may not be taken more than two times.
    • Graduate education candidates are required to successfully complete all course Artifacts in order to confirm the knowledge base gained during the course of their plan of study.  This requires articulating and demonstrating the ability to critically reflect, evaluate, analyze, and synthesize the content as applied in education and schooling today. See the Graduate School of Education Handbook for specific requirements.
    • Candidates in the Ed.S. (licensure) program in School Administration leading to a Mississippi State Administrator's License will be required to present a written and oral defense of their internship experience.
    • Candidates in the Ed.S. (licensure) program in School Administration leading to a Mississippi State Administrator's License must take The School Leaders License Assessment (SLLA) before Belhaven can make recommendation for licensure, as it is a requirement by the State of Mississippi, as well as many other states.  Taking the SLLA is not a requirement for graduation.
    • All credits applied toward the degree must have been completed within five years of starting at Belhaven. (No more than six semester hours of transfer graduate course work will be accepted. Transfer work must be from a regionally-accredited college or university and must have been completed within five (5) years of starting in Belhaven's program.)
    • Payment of all tuition and fees.
    • Applications for degree completion audits must be made online by the deadlines listed in the calendars at least eight months prior to the anticipated degree completion.  Failure to do so on schedule may result in a delay in the ceremony participation or receipt of diploma.

     

     

    Doctor of Education DEGREE PLAN – Ed.D.

    Educational Leadership

     

    Ed.D. Information, Requirements, and Course Delivery

     

    Program Distinctives

    • The program has been designed for the educational practitioner.  Consideration has been given to recognizing the challenges of professional adult learners currently holding teaching and school leadership positions and having family obligations. 
    • All courses are offered online scheduled in seven (7) weeks terms.  An exception: the program does require three, one to three day Residency attendance on the Belhaven University Jackson campus: Residency 1(R1) Introduction to the Ed.D. Seminar; Residency 2 (R2) Ed.D. Dissertation Seminar; Residency (R3) the candidate's Oral Defense.  The Dissertation Writing Block hours are a full semester in length: EDU 780, EDU 781, EDU 782, EDU 783, and Edu 784.
    • During Residency Sessions, special rates will be arranged with a local hotel for candidates needing overnight accommodations.
    • Online courses are scheduled as 8 7 week courses: Fall 1 August start, Fall 2 October start – Spring 1 January start, Spring 2, March start, and Summer 1 May start, Summer 2 July start.
    • Courses are taught by professional experienced educational leaders holding Doctorate Degrees in Education (Ed.D) or Doctorates of Philosophy (Ph.D.), who are Christians, and have been teachers and administrators in public/private schools/higher education and/or are currently involved in public/private schools/higher education institutions.
    • Courses are taught from a Christian worldview perspective.
    • The University and its degree programs are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges SACS-COC.
    • The program has been designed to address and meet the most current national administrator standards of the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) and the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards, as well as the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) standards for advanced programs.
    • Candidates will be required to successfully complete all courses in Phase I: Professional Specialized Courses before they may advance in the program.  *NOTE: up to 30 credit hours in Phase I will be evaluated and may be accepted from a non-Belhaven earned Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in School Administration degree. Hours to be transferred from an Ed.S. other than School Administration will be evaluated on an individual basis.
    • Before a candidate can progress and begin the Research & Methods courses, he/she will be required to successfully complete Transition Phase II: Pre-Dissertation by attending Residency 1 (R1) on the main Belhaven University Jackson campus by completing courses, EDU 700, EDU 701, & EDU 702.
    • EDU 785: Educational Leadership Comprehensive Paper is required of all candidates entering Phase II of the Ed.D. program with an earned Ed.S. degree from the Belhaven School of Education or an institution other than Belhaven.  Residency 1 (R1) and EDU 785 will determine the candidate's eligibility to matriculate through the Ed.D. program. The Comprehensive Paper is considered a "Gate Keeping" assessment to be used by the Graduate Education Committee to evaluate a candidate's eligibility to proceed to PHASE III – Research & Methods courses of the program.
    • All courses in Phase II and Phases III must be completed with an overall GPA of B or better.  No more than one C grades is allowed.  Courses cannot be repeated.
    • A letter grade of a D or an F will be grounds for automatic dismissal from the Doctoral program, regardless of the candidate's GPA.  Courses in the Doctoral Ed.D. Phase II: Introduction and Pre-Dissertation Phase and Phase III: Research and Methods Phase cannot be repeated or taken a second time.
    • Doctoral candidates must maintain continuous enrollment once they begin Phase IV of the Dissertation Block.  A minimum of 12 credit hours (4 3-hour enrollments) is required and should be taken in sequence: EDU 780 – EDU 781 – EDU 782 – EDU 783.  EDU 784 is the course number for Supplement Dissertation hours as needed.
    • Once a candidate advances to PHASE IV, the Doctoral dissertation phase, candidates will find that courses EDU 780 – EDU 781 – EDU 782 – EDU 783 are exceptions to the eight week course schedule.  These courses are part of the required 12 credit hour dissertation block needed for dissertation research and writing of the dissertation manuscript. These courses run for 16 weeks (one semester) in order to allow a candidate more time to work on writing the dissertation, as well as have time for chair and committee reviews, revisions, and approvals.
    • Candidates entering in Phase I will have a seven (7) year timeframe in which to complete their plan of study, as well as defend their dissertation.  The seven year time begins upon the candidate's date of successful completion of their first course in the Professional Specialized Phase I. Candidates entering in Phase II with an earned Ed.S. degree from another institution will have a five year (5) timeframe in which to complete their plan of study and defend their dissertation.
    • Candidates will be responsible for and required to follow all information found in the Belhaven University Graduate School of Education Doctoral Handbook found on the University's Blazenet online site.

     

    Candidates admitted to the Ed.D. program will be required to complete Four (IV) Transition Phases in the course of their degree program.  PHASES II & IV include three (3) Residency requirements.  Residencies are only one, two, or three days in length.

    • Phase I: Candidates complete their Professional Specialized Courses.  No residency requirement
    • Phase II: Pre-Dissertation Phase – An Intro to Developing the Dissertation -Residency 1 (R1) – 2.5 days.
    • Phase III: Candidates complete their Statistics & Research Design Courses    No residency requirement.
    • Phase IV: Dissertation Phase - Residency 2 (R2) -3 days and Residency 3 (R3) -1 to 2 days.

     

     

    Doctor of Education – Ed.D. Educational Leadership – Four PHASES

     

    PHASE I – Earned Ed.S. Degree

    Required Courses (33 credit hours):

    Ed.S. Degree from Belhaven                                                                                                                                   33 hours

    Ed.S. Degree from another Institution                                                            30 hours plus EDU 785* (3 hours)   33 hours

     

    Phase II – Pre-Dissertation Phase

    First Residency – R1 (3 Day Residency Required Attendance on Campus)

    Required Courses (6 credit hours):

    EDU 700               R1) Ed.D. Orientation Seminar                                                                                                     1

    EDU 701               R1) Advanced Christian Worldview                                                                                              3

    EDU 702               R1) Enhanced Writing for Scholarship                                                                                         2

    EDU 785               R1) Comprehensive Synthesis of Educational Leadership                                                          3

    *Leveling course required of those coming into the program with 30 credit hours from an Ed.S. Degree.

     

    Phase III – Statistics & Research Design Phase Required Courses (9 credit hours):

    EDU 705               Research Design & Methods                                                                                                       3

    EDU 710               Research Statistics                                                                                                                      3

                                  Choose 1 of 2 Advanced Research Design Courses:

    EDU 712               Advanced Quantitative Statistical Designs                                                                                  3

    EDU 716               Advanced Qualitative Research Methods                                                                                    3

     

    Phase IV – Dissertation Phase (Second and Third Residency – R2 & R3, Require Attendance on Campus)

    Required Courses (12 credit hours):

    EDU 780  Dissertation Seminar(R2 - 3 Day Residency)                                                     3       (16 weeks – one semester)

    EDU 781  Ed.D. Dissertation Block 1 – Proposal Phase                                                     3       (16 weeks – one semester)

    EDU 782  Ed.D. Dissertation Block 2 –– Method Phase                                                     3       (16 weeks – one semester)

    EDU 783  Ed.D. Dissertation Block 3 –– Research & Results Phase                                 3       (16 weeks – one semester)

                                 Dissertation: The Oral Defense (R3 - 1 to 2 Day Residency)

                                                                                                                                                                                       Total 60

    EDU 784 Supplementary Dissertation Hours (as needed)                                                  3       (16 weeks – one semester)

     

    Graduation Requirements:– Doctor of Education Ed.D. Educational Leadership

    • If a candidate begins the Ed.S./Ed.D. program at Belhaven starting with PHASE I, all credits applied toward the Ed.D. must have been completed within seven years (7).  If a candidate begins the Ed.D. program at PHASE II due to already holding an Ed.S. degree, the candidate will have five years (5) to complete the program.
    • Successful completion of the degree curriculum, PHASEs I-IV, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
    • No more than one C grade is permitted during matriculation through the program, Phases II and III. 
    • Payment of all tuition and fees.
    • Doctoral candidates must have successfully defended (orally) their dissertation and have received "Full Dissertation Committee Approval" for their dissertation.
    • The dissertation manuscript must have passed all APA formatting and publishing guidelines and have met approval without corrections or revisions.
    • Before graduation candidates will be required to submit a published hard copy of their dissertation to: 1) the Graduate School of Education and 2) the Belhaven University Hood Library.  Candidates will want to have additional copies hard bound, one for the committee chair as well as a personal copy.
    • Before graduation doctoral candidates will be required to follow the School of Education's policies regarding submitting their dissertation for electronic publication and providing official evidence of having done so.
    • Applications for degree completion audits must be made online by the deadlines listed in the calendars at least eight months prior to the anticipated degree completion.  Failure to do so on schedule may result in a delay in the ceremony participation or receipt of diploma.