Community Education Graduate Program (ELCP)
Offered Through the Department of Educational Leadership
in the School of Education
B210 Education Building
Department Chairperson: Dr. Avelino Mills-Novoa
Department Secretary: Ms. Sandi Radzak
Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Kay Worner
Graduate Faculty: Dahms-Walker, Miller, Kayona, Worner
The Master of Science in Community Education is closed. Applications for admission are not being accepted. students can continue to pursue coursework leading to Community Education Licensure. Please contact the School of Graduate Studies for additional information.
Accreditation Specific to the Program
- National Council for Accreditation and Teacher Education (NCATE)
The Master of Science in Community Education prepares students for a profession as a community education director. The Minnesota Department of Children, Families, and Learning has approved our program for meeting the professional preparation requirements for licensure.
Graduates will be able to seek employment in public community education settings, military education settings, area education agencies or regional educational service units, and positions at state agencies.
Master of Science in Community Education
- Completing a Master of Science in Community Education provides the first step in pursuing Educational Administration Licensure.
- Upon completion of the M.S. a graduate may choose to pursue licensure.
Admissions Requirements Specific to the Program
- A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution is required.
- Undergraduate GPA is closely reviewed. A large emphasis is placed on scholarship within the undergraduate education core.
- Admission decisions are made as completed application files are received.
Length of M.S. Program — Measured by Semesters
- Part-time Student: four to five semesters taking six credits per semester.
- Full-time Student: three semesters taking 12 credits per semester.
- During the academic school year courses are scheduled on weekends and evenings. Summer courses are scheduled in two-week blocks.
Graduate Assistantship Overview
- One to two graduate assistantship positions are generally sponsored each year, and are available both fall and spring semesters.
- Graduate assistants do a variety of activities, including assisting faculty in various research and instructional preparation tasks.
Degrees and Plans Offered
- Master of Science in Community Education: Plan A (Thesis) at 37 credits
- Master of Science in Community Education: Plan B (Comprehensive Examination) at 34 credits
- Licensure Track in Community Education at 22 credits
Masters of Science — Community Education
Research Thesis, Plan A
- EDAD 682. Research Design in EDAD, 3 credits
- EDAD 699. Thesis, 6 credits
- CEEP 678. Introduction to Graduate Statistics, 3 credits
Research Non-thesis, Plan B
- EDAD 612. Program and Assessment/Evaluation Techniques, 3 credits
- EDAD 680. Introduction to Research in EDAD, 3 credits
- EDAD 502. Overview of Community Education, 3 credits
- EDAD 507. Community Education Internship, 3 credits
- EDAD 509. Situational Leadership, 3 credits
- EDAD 601. Introduction to EDAD, 1 credit
- EDAD 603. Organizational Theory, 3 credits
- EDAD 620. Introduction to School Law, 3 credits
- EDAD 630. Administering School Personnel and Supervision, 3 credits
EDAD 640. Introduction to School Finance, 3 credits
- EDAD 650. Introduction to School/Community Relations, 3 credits
- Plan A, 3 credits
- Plan B, 15 credits (9 of 15 credits must be taken in EDAD)
Director of Community Education Licensure
Students seeking Director of Community Education Licensure must have a Bachelor's Degree, complete 24 credits in the Core Courses listed in the Master's Degree in Community Education requirements, successfully complete 320 hours in EDAD 507 Field Experience in Community Education under supervision of a designated University supervisor and a licensed Director of Community Education, and complete EDAD 611 Portfolio Review. EDAD 507 Community Education Field Experience and EDAD 611 Portfolio Review are not required for students seeking a Master's in Community Education without license. Students seeking a Master's Degree in Community Education and/ or Director of Community Education Licensure must apply to the School of Graduate Studies and have a program of study approved by their advisor.
Twin Cities Cohort
Join our Twin Cities cohort to obtain licensure as a Director of Community Education. Choose to learn on our St. Cloud campus or in Maple Grove, Minnesota at SCSU's Twin Cities graduate center. The Maple Grove cohort will meet on Friday evenings and Saturdays during the academic year and for eight days in the summer. Find us at the intersection of 494 and Bass Lake Road in the Dex Building.
Minnesota Administrative Licensure Requirements
Currently the state of Minnesota requires that applicants for administrative licensure have at least three years teaching experience or equivalent thereof. Licensure requires a Master of Science in Educational Leadership/Administration or an equivalent plus 30 semester credits, obtainable through the sixth-year program or the specialist degree program. A final portfolio assessment is also required of licensure candidates.