Combined Bachelors and Masters - Transformative Education

Transformative Education Combined Program

Program Description

Transformative Education is an M.Ed. program offered jointly by the Department of Teacher Education and Department of Educational Leadership. Many of the courses are offered through the Miami's Voice of America Learning Center (VOALC) 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 Transformative Education combined program allows Miami undergraduate students to begin working toward a Master’s degree as they finish their undergraduate degree. For students admitted into the combined program, up to 12 hours of 500/600 level courses can be double counted toward the B.S. and M.Ed. The degree may be obtained in 5 years or less.

Undergraduate Preparation

Students may declare their interest in enrolling in a combined program anytime during their academic career at Miami, from the time they are admitted for an undergraduate degree. Students from any major can apply but it is highly encouraged to have prior experience with education.

Upon earning a minimum of 64 credit hours and having a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater, students may apply for admission to the combined program. Regular time-limits for completing the master’s degree apply to students in a combined program (see the Graduate School Handbook for more information).

Graduate Requirements

Students must complete all graduate requirements for the M.Ed. in Transformative Education, including a minimum of 30 credits and 3.0 GPA in graduate-level courses.

Application Procedures

Apply to a combined bachelors/masters program by completing the online application through the Graduate School and paying the $50 application fee. Be sure to check “combined program.” Students should complete the graduate application and submit an essay, resume, two letters of recommendation, and academic transcript (unofficial accepted).  All application materials are to be uploaded via the Graduate School’s application portal.

Admitted students will be assigned a graduate faculty advisor within the combined program. Students admitted to the program should be aware that in the fifth (graduate) year their academic progress is evaluated using the performance standards expected of all graduate students.

Double Counting Graduate Hours

With permission of the appropriate advisor(s) and dean(s) or their designee(s), departments or programs with a combined degree option may allow students to double-count up to 12 hours of graduate coursework toward their undergraduate major, minor, electives, or university requirements.

A minimum total of 150 hours earned toward graduation is required by the State of Ohio to receive both a bachelors and masters. A minimum of 120 semester hours earned toward graduation is required for the bachelor's degree (may be undergraduate and graduate credit) and a minimum of 30 additional hours of graduate semester hours earned toward graduation is required (500 level or above) for a master's degree.

Based on each program’s required minimum number of hours, it may not be possible to double-count up to 12 hours. For example, if a student takes the minimum hours required for the bachelor's degree (128 hours) and the minimum graduate hours required for the Master's degree (31 hours), the student may only double count up to 8 hours of graduate credit toward their undergraduate degree.

Student Classification and Graduation

Students in a combined program will remain undergraduates until they apply for graduation or submit a request to the Graduate School to have their classification changed from undergraduate to graduate. Students must have completed a minimum of 128 hours to be classified as a graduate student (undergraduate and graduate hours combined). Students may receive their Bachelor's degree prior to completing their Master’s degree. Upon receiving the Bachelor's degree, students will automatically be classified as graduate level students. Students receiving the Bachelor's degree prior to completing the Master’s degree can count up to 12 hours of graduate coursework toward their Bachelor's degree. Those hours can also count toward the completion of their Master’s degree. Undergraduate hours cannot count toward the graduate degree.

Required Courses

There are five core courses (15 credit hours) Transformative Education students are required to take:

  • EDL 601 – Educational Leadership Theory
  • EDL/EDT 606 – Curriculum Innovation and Transformation through Understanding and Design
  • EDL 621 – Foundations of Multi-Cultural Education
  • EDL/EDT 648 – Data-Informed Decision Making in Education
  • EHS 649 – Action Research for Educators

Students will complete 15 hours of focused electives to form a concentration. Two options are a social justice concentration or a TESOL endorsement.

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 624 – Ethics and Values in 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)

The TESOL endorsement is a four-course sequence designed to meet the needs of practicing teachers who work with English Language Learners. The program has been designed to be completed in one academic year, by taking two courses a semester, starting in fall. EDT 612 and EDT 618 are offered every fall and EDT 614 and EDT 616 are offered every spring.

Sample Plan

Must have 3.25 GPA and 64 credit hours to begin graduate level coursework

Sample Plan Guidelines
Timeline Year 3 Year 4 Year 5
Fall EDL 601: Educational Leadership Theory EDL/EDT 606: Curriculum Innovation and Transformation through Understanding and Design

EDL/EDT 648: Data-Informed Decision Making in Education

(3) Concentration Courses

Winter N/A N/A N/A
Spring EDL 621: Foundations of Multi-Cultural Education N/A

EHS 649: Action Research for Educators

(2) Concentration Courses