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Transformative Education Program

College of Education, Health, and Society

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Program Overview

Transformative Education is an M.Ed. program offered jointly by the Departments of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership. Many of the courses are offered through the Voice of America (VOA) campus in West Chester, Ohio in the evening, to accommodate the needs of working professionals.

The program is intended to prepare educators to provide leadership in transforming teaching and learning in schools and communities. The program is framed around the economic, political and social contexts of schools and communities, and how these shape the abilities of educators and community members to enact change.

The program emphasizes the development of key skills for transforming classrooms and schools, including an emphasis on curricular innovation, data informed-decision making, and educational leadership. Particular attention is paid to addressing issues of equity within education and developing leadership skills for improving instruction and student achievement.

This degree program does not include educational licensure, although state licensure, endorsement or university certification programs may be incorporated into the program’s concentration hours. Admitted students are not required to have an educational or teacher’s license.

This masters program may be of special interest to:

1. Licensed educators who want to enhance their work with an endorsement, graduate certificate, or concentration in a special area of interest.

2. Those who are working to position themselves as educational advocates for students, schools, and communities.

3. Teachers who want to study on a part-time basis (1 or 2 courses per semester, and during the summer) and who seek the theoretical and practical foundations for a robust, dynamic pedagogy in classrooms.

4. Citizen-scholars interested in continuing in a doctoral program such as the Department of Educational Leadership’s program in Leadership, Culture & Curriculum.

Program Description

The Transformative Education M.Ed. program consists of 30 credit hours. The program aims to develop educators who are innovative scholar-practitioners, collaborative leaders, and advocates for equity and social justice.

The curriculum features the following requirement and options:

A core set of courses (12 hours) The core courses are aligned with the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession, and offer a combination of theoretical foundations and practical strategies for transforming schools for successful academic achievement and active citizenship.

  • EDL 601: Educational Leadership Theory
  • EDL/EDT 606: Curriculum Innovation and Transformation Through Understanding and Design
  • EDL/EDT 648: Data-Informed Decision Making
  • EDL 621: Foundations of Multicultural Education.

View descriptions of these courses here.

A concentration or focus (15 hours) comprised of a set of courses and/or workshops designed with an advisor around the student’s professional development goals. Students may design this concentration around content courses (e.g., mathematics, science), or around an educational license, endorsement, or certificate (e.g., Social Justice and Equity Education; Reading; Evaluation and Assessment; Family, School and Community Partnerships).

View descriptions of focus options here.

A capstone class (3 hours) focused on designing strategies for change in schools and communities.

  • EHS 649 Action Research for Educators

Course Locations:

Courses for the M.Ed. in Transformative Education will primarily be offered at Miami University’s Voice of America Learning Center in West Chester, in the evening, to accommodate the needs of working professionals. Note that some concentration courses may be offered - on the Oxford campus, possibly during the day.

Course Descriptions

EDL 601 - Educational Leadership Theory
This course encompasses the theory and practice of educational leadership. The course is designed to help educators develop the knowledge and skills to become leaders of authentic improvement of learning and instruction in schools. Through group discussions, group readings, individual and small group projects, practicum activities, and a variety of written tasks, the course seeks to model improvement practices as they might be implemented in K-12 schools and communities. As practicing education professionals, all members of the group are encouraged to behave as reflective practitioners, to question assumptions thoughtfully, to regard conclusions as tentative, and to stretch intellectually beyond conventional standards.

EDL/EDT 606 - Curriculum Innovation and Transformation Through Understanding and Design
This course focusses on curriculum in use in classrooms, schools, and community organizations and the possibilities for shaping, reshaping, and transforming curriculum practices in their own communities. The course will introduce students to important issues in curriculum theory, understanding, development, practice, and analysis, and help students develop skills in these areas as they pertain to contexts of schooling and community and to the content areas/knowledge bases typically taught about and addressed in schools and community organizations.

EDL 621 - Foundations of Multicultural Education
This course is concerned with multiculturalism and diversity in American public life, and with forms of curriculum and pedagogy that promote multicultural awareness and recognize and respect diversity and difference. Theoretically, the course is grounded in cultural studies approaches to understanding multiculturalism, diversity, and difference.

EDL/EDT 648 - Data-Informed Decision Making
This course is designed to help educators develop experience in analyzing data to enhance instruction and school improvement, and use research, inquiry, and social justice aims as foundations for informed decision-making. Students will locate, collect, analyze and synthesize relevant data (from classrooms, schools, districts, and communities; both quantitative and qualitative) to identify problems and asess progress in achieving improvement and equity goals.

EHS 649 - Action Research for Educators—Capstone Course
This course engages educators in action research as a way to study and improve, through informed decision making, the dynamics of one's own practice. The course will be the vehicle to synthesize the core and concentration courses, and will culminate with a major action research project.


The 15-credit concentration is a series of courses identified by the student in consultation with the advisor that follows a topical content area or theme. Students are strongly recommended to take any state licensure or endorsement, university certificate, or planned concentration program. Students are encouraged to consult with their advisor or with the program director about what sequence of courses would fulfil particular certifications, endorsements, or licensure requirements.

State Licensure and Endorsement Programs available from the College of Education, Health & Society, Miami University.*

Reading Endorsement
A 12-15 hour graduate-level endorsement that enables licensed teachers to work as a reading specialist in Ohio schools and communities, and that fulfills the requirements for the 3rd grade reading guarantee. Offered by the Department of Teacher Education.

Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement
This 10 hour graduate-level endorsement enables teachers who hold an Ohio Early Childhood License to teach all core subjects in Grades 4-5. Many of these courses are offered online, and in the summer. Offered by the Department of Teacher Education.

Middle Childhood Generalist Endorsement
This 6-8 hour endorsement includes courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels to allow teachers who hold an Ohio Middle Childhood license to teach one or two additional core subjects in Grades 4-6. Only graduate level courses will count toward the concentration in the M.Ed. Offered by the Department of Teacher Education.

* For school principal licensure, students should apply to the School Leadership Masters program in the Department of Educational Leadership.

Graduate Certificates

Miami University offers several Graduate Certificates which function as a specialty area in a program. Graduate Certificates are noted on students’ transcripts. http://miamioh.edu/graduate-studies/programs-degrees/certificates.html

Family, School and Community Connections
The goal of this certificate program is to promote family engagement as a means to achieve strategic goals in schools and community organizations. Offered by Division of Education, Health, & Society

Assessment and Evaluation
This certificate enables educators and other professionals to develop in-depth expertise in real-world application of education evaluation, including testing. Offered by Department of Educational Psychology

Instructional Design and Educational Technology
This 12- hour graduate certificate program provides K-12 educators and Instructional Designers with core knowledge about the processes involved in the design, development and integration of technology-based instructional media, methods and systems. Offered by Department of Educational Psychology.

Interactive Media Studies
This 16-hour graduate certificate program is designed for graduate students and working professionals who wish to gain knowledge about and develop management and leadership skills in developing digital media for social and organizational applications — for business, educational institutions, government, and community organizations and nonprofits. Offered by Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies

Additional certificates are available in the following areas. Note that these certificates are largely taught on the Oxford campus, and some courses are only offered during day-time hours. Click here for more information on these graduate certificates.

Applied Statistics
Certificate in College Teaching
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Planned Concentrations

Concentration in Social Justice & Equity Education (15 hours)

The Concentration in Social Justice & Equity Education introduces students to diverse, multiple perspectives in educational studies and prepares students to think critically about current school practices, about larger issue concerning education in communities and society, and about the potential connections among schooling, community, society, and culture by using the guiding ethics and principles embedded in the constructs of social justice and equity.

EDL 623 Philosophy of Education (3)
EDL 629 History of Education (3)
EDL 639 Curriculum Theory and Program Development (3)
EDL 647 Curriculum & Cultural Studies (3)
One additional 600 or 700 level course in EDL (3)

Self-Created Concentration

Students can create a self-selected concentration of 15 graduate-level credits based on their own professional interests and needs.

Applying to the program

Application process:

There is a rolling admission for this program; students may apply at any time and begin to take courses upon acceptance. Note that you must apply at least 4 weeks prior to the term that you wish to begin your graduate program. Accepted students are assigned a faculty advisor who helps them choose courses and work through the program.

1) Apply online to the Graduate School.* Complete information is available at the Graduate School admission web site: www.miamioh.edu/graduate-studies

To be admitted you must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited college or university.

2) Complete Transformative Education Program admission requirements*. This process can be done at the same time you apply to the Graduate School.

a) Obtain two recommendations from anyone with whom you have worked (boss, principal, colleague, community leader, professor) or who you think can speak to the traits listed below.

Ask your references to address the following:
Leadership potential or experience
Ability to work with people
Intellectual curiosity
Potential to be an educator
Commitment to equity
Quality of written and oral communication

b) Submit an essay statement that discusses your interests and goals as related to the Transformative Education degree. (We recommend this essay be no more than 1000 words.)

c) Submit up-to-date curriculum vitae or resume.
*Please contact Linda Dennett with any questions on submitting the admission paperwork @ dennetlg@miamioh.edu.

Financial Aid

A limited number of graduate assistantships may be available for full-time students in the Transformative Education program. If you are interested in applying for an assistantship contact Linda Dennett @ dennetlg@miamioh.edu.

Since the Transformative Education degree is jointly administered by the Department of Teacher Education (EDT) and Educational Leadership (EDL) you can get further information for financial aid at both www.miamioh.edu/edt/graduatePrograms/assistantships.html or www.miamioh.edu/edl/financial_aid/index.html.

For more information:

Barbara Heuberger
EDT Director of Graduate Studies

Kate Rousmaniere
EDL Coordinator and Advisor

Linda Dennett

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