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Dr. Karen ObsniukThe College of Education offers undergraduate and graduate programs that develop professional, highly effective teachers who are passionate about their students, schools and teaching. Our teacher candidates gain pedagogical skills and specific content-area knowledge through challenging academic course work and extensive hands-on field experience.

Our students receive personalized academic advising, carefully planned instruction and consistent modeling of current best practices for teaching. Clinical field experiences are part of instruction throughout our professional education courses, culminating in a capstone student teaching experience.


Our dedicated faculty looks forward to preparing you to make a difference in the lives of your students.

Dr. Karen L. Obsniuk
Dean
College of Education


Accreditation

NCATE

Madonna’s College of Education holds accreditation from the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) through 2017.





CAEPThe Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) recognizes this positive accreditation status.


Undergraduate Majors


This program prepares students to work with children from birth through age four. This program prepares students to create healthy, respectful, and supportive learning environments for young children. Theories of child development are coupled with supervised experiences in classrooms with young children. Students learn to assess young children effectively, create rich learning environments, and use children’s interests to facilitate their emotional, social, cognitive, and physical development. Students also learn to create respectful and supportive relationships with families.
Unique features

  • Personal attention from experienced faculty
  • Supervised work experience in professional situations with young children
  • Flexible scheduling and smaller personalized classes
  • Child Development may be combined with a second major such as psychology or social work to tailor the program to career goals

Madonna University offers a bachelor’s degree, an associate degree, and a minor in child development.
Note: For those who desire K-8 teacher certification, a major in early childhood education is also available. The Early Childhood endorsement for teachers (ZS) is offered both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Contact Information:
Dr. Mary Tomczyk
734-432-5536
marytomczyk@madonna.edu

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The Physical Education minor may be earned to support a teaching certificate.

Physical Education K-12

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Physical Education 6-12

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The Sport Management Program (SM) was established in response to the need for trained managers in the field of sports and recreation. The Sport Management coursework leads to a Bachelor of Science degree designed to prepare students for careers in this rapidly growing and changing field. The program boasts an impressive teaching staff of experienced professionals who have worked in recreation, professional sports, sports sales and marketing, event management, sports finance, and sports law, including major sporting events such as the NFL’s Super Bowl and the NCAA’s Final Four.

Through research, theory, guest lectures, discussions with industry professionals, and practical experience, students will gain a broad understanding of the many disciplines within sport management, including ethics, finance, law, marketing, media, management, and the role of sports in culture. Students are also able to customize their degree to their area of interest by selecting a concentration in business or journalism, selecting a practicum project of their choice and securing an internship to gain hands-on professional experience. Projects and internships are selected by each student in cooperation with their advisor. Students have completed fieldwork with such organizations as: The Bullpen, Fitness 19, Franklin Athletic Club, Hype Athletics, JRV Consulting, Livonia YMCA, MASH Gym, Michigan Sports Enterprises, Michigan Bulls, Plymouth Whalers, RSPI Hockey League, Soccer Plus, Taylor Sportsplex, Total Sports Complex, and WDIV TV-4.

Contact Information:
Michele Lewis Watts
734-432-5446
mylewis@madonna.edu

Sport Management Minor:

Contact Information:
Michele Lewis Watts
734-432-5446
mylewis@madonna.edu

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Teacher candidates may choose elementary or secondary level certification.

Elementary Teacher Certification

The Elementary level program requires a teaching content area to be selected, as well as either the Elementary Curriculum Minor or the Comprehensive Elementary Major*, depending on the selection of an Option 1 or Option 2 program. More information on these two program options follows.

Content Areas (majors/minors):

  • American Sign Language (ASL)
  • Early Childhood Education
  • General Science
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics for Elementary Certification
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish

Elementary Option 1 – This program is taken by students who select a teaching major in one of the following:

  • General Science
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics for Elementary Certification
  • Social Studies

Elementary Curriculum Minor

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Elementary Option 2 – This program includes the mandatory Comprehensive Elementary Major*. This major is for students who select a teaching major or minor in one of the following:

  • American Sign Language (ASL) Major or Minor
  • Early Childhood Education Major
  • Spanish Major or Minor

* The Comprehensive Elementary Major is only available in combination with the above three majors/minors.

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Secondary Teacher Certification

The Secondary Certification program requires selection of both a teaching major and a teaching minor. Exceptions are the majors of Integrated Science (61-65 credits), Music Education (65 credits) and Visual Arts Education (57 credits), which do not require teaching minors.

Secondary Majors:

  • American Sign Language (K-12)
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Arts
  • English
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Integrated Science
  • Mathematics
  • Music Education (K-12)
  • Physical Education (K-12)
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish (K-12)
  • Visual Arts Education (K-12)


Secondary Minors:

  • American Sign Language (ASL)
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Spanish
  • Speech

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Early Childhood Education Certification

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) program prepares pre-service teachers to work with children from birth through age eight. It is combined with the Elementary Education major (which prepares pre-service teachers to earn the Michigan Elementary (K-8) teaching certificate) and prepares teacher candidates to earn the Early Childhood ZS (general and special education) endorsement. In combination with the Comprehensive Elementary Education major, this program is designed to empower pre-service teachers to become knowledgeable and skilled educators and advocates for young children and their families.

In the ECE program, theories of child development are coupled with practical experience. Pre-service teachers will learn to create healthy, respectful, and supportive learning environments and integrate disciplinary knowledge with developmentally appropriate practice to design engaging learning experiences. Pre-service teachers will learn to differentiate learning experiences to promote the growth of each child’s social, cognitive, emotional, linguistic, physical, and creative skills.

The ECE major incorporates standards from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and the State of Michigan.

Contact Information:
Dr. Mary Tomczyk
734-432-5536
marytomczyk@madonna.edu

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Post-Degree Certification

Teacher certification is available to those who already hold a bachelor’s degree through the Post-Degree Teacher Education Program. A second bachelor’s degree is not required in order to obtain a teaching certificate. The program requirements are dependent on the certification program selected, the desired teaching major and minor, and the age of prior coursework.

Certificates

Teaching Certificate Level Change – Adding a Teaching Level
To expand their teaching expertise and increase professional opportunities, elementary or secondary certified teachers sometimes wish to add the other level of teaching credential to their certificates. To add elementary certification (K-5) to a secondary certificate, the teacher must complete the Elementary Curriculum minor along with an elementary teaching methods course, an additional reading course, and 8 weeks of directed teaching at the elementary level. To add a secondary subject (6-12) to an elementary certificate, additional coursework may be required in the subject area, along with a secondary methods course and directed teaching at the secondary level.

Interim Occupational Certificate and Occupational Endorsement Program for Certified Teachers
The Interim Occupational Certificate (IOC) Program prepares individuals to teach in vocational classrooms, grades 9-12. The IOC (formerly called the Temporary Vocational Authorization) allows you to teach in an occupational subject area without the secondary teaching certificate.

An IOC can be earned in the following areas:

  • Automobile Technician
  • Child and Custodial Care Services
  • Construction Trades
  • Cosmetology
  • Drafting and Design Technology
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Graphics and Printing Technology and Communications
  • Personal and Culinary Services
  • Public Safety/Protective Services: Criminal Justice and Fire Science
  • Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology
  • Therapeutic Services: Nursing Occupations

Contact Information:
Nora Baker, Certification Specialist
734-432-5647
nbaker@madonna.edu


Graduate Majors


As you find an increasing number of special needs students in your classroom, this graduate certificate will provide you with invaluable skills in just three courses. The study of effective inclusionary practices includes a broad understanding of all exceptionalities and contemporary issues in the field of special education. The focus of this specialty certificate is to prepare certified general education teachers to meet the needs of students with disabilities in the classroom.

Program Benefits: This program helps you to meet the revised state certification requirements. It will enhance your employment opportunities by distinguishing you from other general educator applicants. It will prepare you to meet the needs of special needs students in your classroom by providing you with the essential skills in assessment and instructional strategies. This program will enable you to effectively collaborate with special education colleagues. Additionally, the three courses can be applied to an endorsement or master’s degree in learning disabilities or autism spectrum disorders.

Contact Information:
Dr. Jill Robinson, Graduate Director
734-432-5651
jrobinson@madonna.edu

The Master of Arts program in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) is designed to prepare students to be administrative professionals at colleges and universities. Typically, graduates are qualified to work in support and administrative positions in academic affairs, student affairs, or in the functional service areas of an institution. The HESA program has the following goals:
  • Provide students with theoretical coursework and experiential learning opportunities that create an understanding of central issues in student affairs administration and connect theory to practice
  • Develop in students the competencies needed in human development, interpersonal facilitation, group leadership, and assessment to effectively support undergraduate and graduate education
  • Facilitate an appreciation of the varied opportunities colleges and universities provide to help others participate in humanitarianism, civic engagement, and service
  • Cultivate student perspectives on leadership, scholarship, and management that prepare graduates to work in and to design educational environments that are receptive to diversity and multiculturalism in a globalized society

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An MAT with a specialty in autism spectrum disorders is a comprehensive program for teachers who possess a valid Michigan teaching certificate. The program prepares teachers to understand and effectively work with the ASD student population. Candidates learn to administer and interpret informal and formal assessments, accurately identify student needs, to inform best practice interventions. The curriculum enables teachers to critically analyze and utilize evidence-based instructional strategies to address ASD in all educational placements. Through course work and field experiences, candidates apply theory to practice as collaborators with other educators, families, and community-based service providers in light of inclusion and transition planning. Candidates who successfully complete the program are well prepared for the ASD state proficiency test, and eligible for the K-12 endorsement in ASD. Candidates may pursue the ASD endorsement only option.

ASD Endorsement: Candidates who choose not to earn a master’s, yet are interested in obtaining a credential in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders can pursue the ASD endorsement only. The endorsement is comprised of 33 credit hours along with passing scores on the ASD state proficiency test. Please see the program director for further details.

Contact Information:
Dr. Jill Robinson, Graduate Director
734-432-5651
jrobinson@madonna.edu

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The Master of Arts in Teaching with a specialty in Curriculum and Instruction (MCI) is designed to empower classroom teachers certified at the elementary or secondary level. The MCI is founded on the propositions of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). The degree emphasizes best practices in teaching and offers an innovative curriculum structured to serve the needs of busy professionals. The goals of the MCI program are to:

    • develop teachers who are able to understand how students develop and learn, incorporating the prevailing theories of cognition, motivation, and intelligence.
    • use a variety of methods, materials, and strategies in core instruction that are appropriate to the diverse abilities and backgrounds of students.
    • teach the school curriculum through rich, conceptual subject-matter understandings.
    • demonstrate appropriate use of instructional media and technology.

Contact Information:
Anne Morris, Graduate Director
734-432-5649
amorris@madonna.edu

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Madonna University’s Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education is designed to teach classroom teachers the distinctive aspects of teaching and learning for children ages 0-8 years. This program with its prerequisites meets the State's requirements for the Early Childhood ZS Endorsement.

The MAT in Early Childhood Education is open to teachers holding a valid Michigan teaching certificate as well as those who have earned a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development. The program prepares certified elementary teachers to take the State of Michigan Early Childhood (ZS) endorsement exam.

The MAT in Early Childhood Education incorporates standards from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and the State of Michigan. Candidates will learn to create healthy, respectful, and supportive learning environments for young children that reflect an understanding of multiple and interrelated influences on learning. They will gain experience in planning for both typically and atypically developing students, using developmentally appropriate assessments to differentiate instruction to support learning for all. Candidates will become skilled at using current research to support instructional choices and to further their knowledge about how young children develop and learn. Coursework and fieldwork will provide candidates with authentic contexts within which there will be opportunities to engage in respectful partnerships with families and act as advocates to support all aspects of children’s learning and development.

ZS Endorsement: Upon program completion, candidates holding a valid Michigan teaching certificate can apply online to the State for building-level administrative certification after checking with Madonna University’s certification officer.

Note: Certified teachers currently holding a ZA endorsement can earn the ZS endorsement by taking eight semesters of coursework and passing the ZS endorsement exam.

Contact Information:
Dr. Mary Tomczyk
734-432-5536
marytomczyk@madonna.edu

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The Master of Arts in Teaching in Educational Technology (METH) is focused on overall best practice in teaching together with specialized course work in technology applications to teaching and learning. The technology component is designed to meet, at a master's level, the State of Michigan's technology content standards for teachers. These standards include the use of technologies to organize and evaluate information; the application of appropriate technologies to creative expression; a systematic approach to technology solutions to improve systems; and the application of legal and ethical standards to the use of technology.

The METH degree, which includes the NP endorsement, is offered in a fully online format to accommodate the schedules of today’s busy educators.

NP Endorsement: The NP endorsement is 21 credits and provides teachers with opportunities to mentor other teachers and affords opportunities for leadership by example. The endorsement is intended to encourage the development of 21st Century learning practices and techniques throughout diverse learning communities. Upon program completion, students can apply online to the State for the NP Endorsement after checking with Madonna University’s certification officer.

Contact Information:
Anne Morris, Graduate Director
734-432-5649
amorris@madonna.edu

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The Graduate Studies Program in Learning Disabilities at Madonna University prepares certified teachers to understand the field of LD as it relates to general education issues and practices as well as other exceptionalities in special education. Candidates learn to effectively administer, interpret, and report formal and informal assessments to accurately identify current levels of student performance, which drives instructional decisions. Candidates learn to plan for and employ evidence-based interventions to address individual needs in varied learning environments. Course work and field work emphasize consultation and collaboration with professional colleagues, allied service providers, and parents in light of inclusion and transition planning.

The Master of Arts with a specialty in Learning Disabilities is designed for teachers with a valid Michigan teaching certificate. Candidates who successfully complete the program are well prepared for the LD state proficiency test, and eligible for the K-12 endorsement in LD. Candidates may pursue the LD endorsement only option.

LD Endorsement: Candidates who choose not to earn a Master’s yet are interested in obtaining a credential in the field of Learning Disabilities can pursue the LD endorsement only. The endorsement is comprised of 31 credit hours along with passing scores on the LD state proficiency test. Please see the program director for further details.

Contact Information:
Dr. Jill Robinson, Graduate Director
734-432-5651
jrobinson@madonna.edu

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The Master of Arts in Teaching with a specialty in Literacy Education is a graduate degree program designed to enable certified classroom teachers to develop the competencies that qualify them as reading specialists according to the criteria of the International Reading Association and the Michigan Department of Education. The program is aligned with all mandated Michigan Department of Education standards and is approved for a K-12 endorsement to elementary and secondary teaching certificates.

Certificate Endorsement: Reading Specialist Certification: The State of Michigan requires a competency exam, the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC), Field 92: Reading Specialist, for endorsement as a Reading Specialist, K-12. Apply through the Madonna University certification officer upon completion of Literacy program and examination.

Contact Information:
Dr. Hakim Shahid, Graduate Director
734-432-5879
hshahid@madonna.edu

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Designed for P-12 educators, corporate trainers and higher education instructors, the 30 credit Master of Arts in Teaching with a specialty in Online Teaching and eLearning (MOTE) will aid you in gaining a deeper knowledge of learning technologies while enhancing your online teaching pedagogy.
Students in the MOTE program are taught to:

  • explain how students develop and learn, using the prevailing theories of cognition, motivation, and intelligence.
  • incorporate a variety of methods, materials, and strategies (appropriate to students’ abilities) in core instruction.
  • use instructional media and technologies to input, retrieve, organize, manipulate, evaluate, and communicate information.
  • apply appropriate technologies to develop critical thinking, creative expression, and decision-making.
  • employ a systematic approach to technological solutions that maintain and improve the learning environment and its systems.
  • apply ethical and legal standards in planning, using, and evaluating technology.

The MOTE degree is offered in a fully online format to accommodate the schedules of today’s busy professionals. A teaching certificate is not required to pursue this degree.

Contact Information:
Anne Morris, Graduate Director
734-432-5649
amorris@madonna.edu

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This 33 credit master’s program provides principals and teachers serving in the Archdiocese of Detroit and those planning to serve an opportunity to enhance their leadership skills as well as to meet the unique mission of Catholic schools. The program’s aim is to strengthen Catholic school education and the promotion of Catholic values and community. Madonna University collaborates with the Archdiocese of Detroit Office for Catholic Schools and Sacred Heart Major Seminary to offer an interdisciplinary program for school administrators who are also leaders in religious education ministry. In addition, successful completion of the program prepares graduates for State of Michigan administrative certification.

Certification: Upon program completion, students can apply online to the State for building-level administrative certification after checking with Madonna University’s certification officer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Information:
Dr. Marjorie Checkoway, Graduate Director
734-432-5653
mcheckoway@madonna.edu

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Madonna University's Master of Science in Educational Leadership program focuses on the knowledge, skills and dispositions of effective leadership in education. The 30-semester-hour program is intended to enhance candidates’ role as teachers, principals, coordinators or department chairs.

The Master of Science in Educational Leadership is designed to meet the need for leaders in diverse educational settings who will be visionary educators, instructional leaders, and collaborative administrators. This educational leadership approach enables the leader not only to administer effectively but also to lead with a compelling vision of continuous improvement for optimal student success. The program is approved by the State of Michigan Department of Education for building-level administrative certification.

Coursework examines activities, responsibilities, processes, and performances resulting in optimal outcomes for students through the effective organization of human resources and application of sound leadership practice. Learning experiences emphasize links to authentic contexts including a supervised year-long internship and project that addresses real needs in educational settings. The program is designed for part-time students with a full-time professional commitment.

Certification: Upon program completion, students can apply online to the State for building-level administrative certification after checking with Madonna University’s certification officer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Information:
Dr. Marjorie Checkoway, Graduate Director
734-432-5653
mcheckoway@madonna.edu

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The Off-Campus Education Master’s (OEM) program offers planned graduate sequences in education to cohorts of teachers in selected areas throughout the state of Michigan. These cohorts take their graduate courses at a time and location convenient for them, such as a local high school or district services building, according to a preset schedule. By offering the graduate programs at off-campus sites, Madonna University is able to extend the availability of our exceptional master’s degree programs to students who would otherwise not be able to attend the on-campus offerings.

Contact Information:
John Sprys, Program Director
Janice Centers, Program Secretary
oem@madonna.edu
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