College of Education and Health & Natural Sciences Programs

Frostburg State University
 EDUCATIONAL PROFESSIONS
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Boyce C. Williams, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Education and
Health & Natural Sciences


"Our Door Is Always Open."

For more than 125 years, Frostburg State University’s College of Education and Health and Natural Sciences has been a regionally acclaimed and nationally recognized academic institution, focusing on student-centered teaching and featuring more than 100,000 hours of experiential and field-based learning opportunities in all degree programs. The college’s student interns receive a minimum of 115 days in field placements, working with more than 40 professional development schools and community partners in more than three states. These experiential learning opportunities and the high-quality education received by the students have fostered a sense of inclusion that prepares graduates to live and work in a culturally diverse world.

The college consists of eight departments: Biology, Chemistry and Physics, Educational Professions, Geography, Kinesiology, Nursing, PA Medicine, and Social Work. Featured here are the graduate programs in Educational Professions, all of which are recognized as quality programs by their specialized professional associations and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Education for Preparation. Ensuring that the programs have attained “meets or exceeds” levels protects the interests of students, parents, and potential employers. This distinction essentially puts a stamp of approval on students who graduate from our institution as ready to practice/teach at a certain professional level.

Our students and teachers are the greatest testaments to the quality of the education we provide in the College of Education and Health and Natural Sciences at FSU. Thus, we share these stories highlighting how our students and programs exceed national standards and our graduates become high-quality professionals in their respective fields. We share them because we believe they confirm why our graduates continue to pursue further degrees within our institution: “Our Door Is Always Open.”

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EDUCATIONAL PROFESSIONS

Master’s Programs

Master of Arts in Teaching

  • Elementary, 1-6
  • Secondary, PreK-12

Master of Education
Concentrations in:

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Leadership
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Literacy Education
  • School Counseling

Master of Arts in
TEACHING
(MAT)

Nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the condensed experiential program begins each May and ends the following May. Candidates will complete internships throughout the school year in professional development schools. In addition to the mentorship therein, the courses are taught by dynamic professors and clinical adjuncts. The MAT program offers affordable in-state and out-of-state tuition.

Jennifer Bishoff
Jennifer Bishoff, Ed.D.

Associate Professor
Program Coordinator of the MAT-Secondary program

Secondary, PreK-12

Successful candidates are eligible for Maryland’s initial certification in grades K-12. Art, Music, and World Languages provide certification in grades PK-12! Coordinator of the MATSecondary program, Dr. Jennifer Bishoff, stated, “One thing that I think is really special about our program is that we have classroom management clinical rounds, during which we observe and reflect on real classrooms and real situations.” Students have remarked how impactful watching the teachers in action has been for their development.

Kristine McGee
Kristine McGee, Ed.D.

Associate Professor
Program Coordinator of the MAT-Elementary program

Elementary

Successful candidates are eligible for Maryland’s initial certification in grades 1-6. Candidates work with elementary children during summer courses taught through the University Promoting Awareness of Literacy Skills (PALS) free summer literacy program. Dr. Kris McGee, MAT-Elementary Program coordinator, recommends that faculty “work to build relationships, model for them, and become connected to not only the students in your classroom, but also the students within your community. I am happy and proud to say that is one of the crowning jewels in the ‘hat’ that we wear here at Frostburg. At the end of the day, we are responsible to be the best we can be for our students. This program models how teachers will take care of children in their own classrooms. We must not lose sight of what is most important.”

Master of
EDUCATION

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7 Key Features of 21st
Century Education are:

  • Personalized Learning
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity
  • Experiential Learning
  • Changing Role of the Teacher
  • Community Relationships
  • Technology
  • Teacher Professionalization

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree prepares students for the 21st century. Students will gain an understanding of the mission and function of education in a diverse and complex society. Focus on the skills needed for professional analysis, problem-solving, and reflection are essential to all concentrations in the M.Ed. Students will gain advanced knowledge of cognitive, cultural, and emotional development as related to the learning process. They will focus on rigorous self-evaluation of professional and ethical behavior, practice, and progress in the context of knowledge and skills in an area of specialization. The M.Ed. program is an online, CAEP-accredited program that aligns with the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future. It is suited for working adults with interests in various fields of education. FSU offers affordable tuition, and the M.Ed. program will work with you and your school system reimbursement schedule. All M.Ed. candidates complete nine credits in the professional core, practicum, and capstone. Each concentration offers its own sequence.

Master of
EDUCATION

M.Ed. in
Educational Leadership

Focus areas include:

Educational Technology
National Board Certification
Teacher Leadership

Curriculum and Instruction (33 cr)

Expand your credentials and advance your teaching career with FSU Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction concentration.

Developed specifically for on-the-job teachers, the Curriculum and Instruction concentration prepares educators for the latest educational reform initiatives, including the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future!

It is an outstanding opportunity for in-the-field educators who desire to expand their careers and develop curricular and instructional leadership responsibilities as a leader for a gradelevel team, department, or school system.

You’ll work directly with the program coordinator to create a plan to reach your goals.

Jamey Tobery-Nystrom 
Jamey Tobery-Nystrom, Ed.D.

Professor
Program Coordinator for the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, and Interdisciplinary Studies

 

Interdisciplinary (33 cr)

The Interdisciplinary concentration is designed for individuals switching career fields or currently working in an educational setting. This degree offers flexibility and choice for those professionals interested in working for community education and/or outreach organizations, teaching in a community college, developing educational materials, or training for a business or other organization. This Interdisciplinary concentration is also ideal if you are a teacher looking to design a master’s degree that best meets your individual needs. You can develop the knowledge and marketable skills for career advancement! As an existing student you will complete 33 credit hours in two content areas from graduate programs or concentration across FSU’s three colleges.

Master of
EDUCATION

M.Ed. Degree or
Post-Master’s Certificate in
Educational Leadership (18 cr)

Educational Leadership (33 cr)

FSU’s M.Ed. Degree and Post Master’s Certificate programs in Educational Leadership are designed for working professionals. All courses are delivered virtually, using synchronous and asynchronous teaching methods. You and your advisor will develop an individualized study plan that will enable you to progress at a pace that is right for you. Most students take one or two courses per term and complete their practicum experience at the school where they presently work. The M.Ed. Degree and Post Master’s Certificate programs lead to certification as a principal, assistant principal, and, depending on the state, other leadership positions. The demand for effective leaders will continue to grow in the years ahead. As a school or school district leader, you will have an opportunity to make a lasting, positive impact on the lives of the students, families, educators, and broader community that you serve.

Curt Baker
Curt Baker, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor
Program Coordinator for the
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

Master of
EDUCATION

M.Ed. Literacy Education and/or
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate:
Reaching Teacher (12 cr)

Literacy Education (39 cr)

Frostburg State University’s Master of Education with a concentration in Literacy Education is designed for certified teachers or certification of eligible candidates who wish to specialize in improving student-reading abilities. Through this program, you will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to be certified as a reading specialist, literacy coach, literacy leader, or reading teacher. The program is highly experiential and requires extensive interaction with students. It offers flexibility for working professionals through evening, blended, and online courses as well as full-time and part-time options.

Our literacy education concentration promotes access, inclusion, and belonging in a research-based, literacy-focused environment. The courses are taught online with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous courses. One of the highlights of the literacy education concentration is our yearlong practicum. It is designed to provide experiential learning opportunities to meet the demands of becoming a reading specialist, as well as a literacy coach/leader. Candidates have shared how much they appreciate how powerful and practical the information is in the M.Ed. Literacy Education concentration.

Curt Baker
Kristine McGee, Ed.D.

Associate Professor
Program Coordinator for the
M.Ed. in Literacy Education

Master of
EDUCATION

M.Ed. School Counseling or
Post-Master’s Certificate in
Pupil Personnel Worker and
Post-Master’s Certificate in
Advanced Counseling

School Counseling (48 cr)

FSU’s School Counseling program allows you to become certified to work as a school counselor at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels. The degree offers flexibility in other areas of employment as well as in careers such as admissions counselors, behavioral specialists, Head Start family engagement Coordinator, and various other positions in social service and educational organizations.

A major strength of the program is that students receive more than 600 hours of real-life experience in schools following/collaborating/working with school counselors. In the School Counseling program, graduate students benefit from passionate, caring faculty who seek to “meet the students where they are,” regarding schedules and class load. Much of the program is offered online, allowing students to take courses while working full-time jobs.

"We are fortunate to have top-notch, practicing instructors who can provide students with a ‘real-world’ glimpse into their chosen world of work. This has been an asset to our program and student preparation, leading to successful employment of our graduates. We are honored that our instructors and our students chose FSU!" 

Jenna Epstein

Jenna Epstein, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Program Coordinator for the
M.Ed. in School Counseling

Student Testimonials

Petra ElsenPetra Elsen M’23

Petra Elsen is a special education teacher with Washington County Public Schools, whose passion originated at home in the Czech Republic with her sister who has special needs. As a person with a full-time job and a family, FSU’s online master’s degree option was ideal for Elsen. There are a wide variety of programs for the working parent, including yearlong intensive and two-year programs to receive a master’s degree, for example.

Elsen chose Frostburg based on the recommendations from her coworkers who have graduated from FSU. They all spoke very highly about the learning environment and flexibility in the program. “I like the small class sizes,” said Elsen “I also appreciate the availability of the online program that allows me, a full-time working parent, to complete my degree in a decent amount of time.”

Despite more than 15 years of experience, Elsen said “Every class I have taken gives me more knowledge and skills to do my job. I would highly recommend FSU to other prospective students because each course in my program of choice was designed with special education teachers in mind. I can’t overstate how much I have enjoyed my classes and professors at Frostburg.”.

Stephen WillemsStephen Willems D’24

“The Ed.D. faculty are invested not only in my research interests, but also in me. To experience such a universally personalized approach before program entry made me feel respected, valued, and supported as a practitioner and person,” said Stephen Willems. He chose FSU’s program after making a pivotal career change, and his interview for acceptance into the program was the determining factor in his decision to attend FSU. He added, “The faculty’s personal investment from start to finish will carry you through the rigor of a doctorate program while providing depth, understanding, and meaning to your work.” The nature of the relationships in the coursework enhances the program. “I have gained great insight from collaborating with my peers, and the program has created lifelong friendships and opened networking opportunities within academia,” said Willems. “FSU is helping me to apply everything that I am studying and achieving to the workspace.”

Cierra NicholsCierra Nichols ’21/M’23 B.S., Early

Childhood/Elementary Education
M.Ed. Elementary

Cierra Nichols is currently a Pre-K teacher at Stanton Elementary School in Washington, D.C. After participating in Best Buddies for three years at FSU and having a positive impact in the program, her love for the special education field has grown tremendously. Nichols longs to advocate for systemic change, and FSU has fueled this passion, as evidenced by her many extra activities outside of her classroom. Nichols chose FSU due to its rural location. Nichols was born and raised in Washington D.C., and despite her proximity to Towson and the University of Maryland, she chose FSU. “The smaller campus drew me in,” she said. “I think it’s nice to experience something different from what you see in the urban area.” “The facilitators and coordinators of the Educational Professions graduate program are very supportive through the rigorously challenging program,” she noted. “I am gaining the tools, knowledge, and pedagogy that I can apply to my career.”

Robert FullerRobert Fuller M’25

M.Ed., Interdisciplinary Studies

Robert Fuller says of graduate school at Frostburg, “For me it was an easy choice. When I did my undergrad in secondary education, I knew I wanted to finish my master’s in education as well. Frostburg has a great reputation in the field of teaching. I have found Frostburg to be affordable, convenient, and familiar. My mom completed her master’s in education here at FSU. She has had one of the most successful higher careers of anyone I know. FSU gave my mother the tools to take her from humble beginnings. She has become a woman thriving in a successful career in education. She has always been a huge role model for me. I see the way she carries and presents herself as a person and an educator. I want to be like her.”

Robert added that he “would recommend the program to anyone with everything FSU has to offer.”

Syully KorohSyully Koroh ’21/M’23

B.S. Psychology, Child and Family Psychology
M.Ed., School Counseling

After completing her bachelor’s degree, Syully Koroh, a firstgeneration student, met a faculty member in the school counseling department and became convinced that she was destined to become a school counselor. Of greatest appeal, was the transferability of the skills and practices she would gain in the program.

“The biggest benefit to me was the internship and practicum experience,” she said. “These face-to-face meetings with students/clients’ allowed me to apply theory to practice. It allowed my major to come alive.” Further she realized the value of listening and hearing. She knew it would be of benefit to her as a “learning counseling professional” and to her students.

Look for her in Pullen Hall, as she accepted an advising position at FSU even before her graduation.

blairk.jpgBlair Boscolo Kincaid ’22

M.Ed. Educational Leadership

For Boscolo Kincaid, the original draw to the program at FSU was the online format. Kincaid was able to work full-time more than 60 miles away at Washington County Public Schools while obtaining her degree. Kincaid speaks to the quality of the program and its relevancy to the current working world of administration.

When asked about what benefited her most, Kincaid answered, “The case studies with real-world issues/complications. We had the opportunity to discuss these case studies in a live format via Webex. I really benefited from the collaboration with peers.”

Kincaid raved about the professors: “The professors are knowledgeable, personable, and helpful. I felt that the experience was personalized. Dr. Baker, in particular, took the time to meet with students one on one, discussing assignments, questions, and getting to know students on an individual basis.” Kincaid would recommend the program to anyone needing a work/life balance and to those wanting the individualized feel of a small-town campus.”