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Curriculum and Instruction, Master of Education (M.Ed.) - Teacher Leadership Emphasis (non-teacher education certification): Arts Integration Specialization

The Arts Integration program of study is designed for classroom teachers and arts teachers alike, who are interested in integrating two or more areas of study to enrich learning opportunities for their students, while facilitating development of critical and creative thinking skills. Our program encourages teachers to apply the latest research in creative thinking and active learning to their teaching through experiential engagement in arts forms, practice in designing and implementing lessons/curriculum in clinical settings, and study of arts integration theory. Interested students have the unique opportunity to study drama integration abroad over one summer session. 

For information on graduate admission please visit Graduate Admissions. Select an area of interest from the various offerings in the College of Education to determine the admission requirements and deadlines.  If you are unsure of your area of interest you may request information bysubmitting an Inquiry Form.  


Please refer to the Guide to Applying  for instructions on how to apply for graduate admission. International applicants, please visit the International admissions webpage for additional information.  If you have questions or concerns, we ask you to first review our list of  Frequently Asked Questions

For questions about the application process, or to check on the completion of your application please contact: 

Joy Jones, Coordinator of Graduate Studies email: or phone: (301) 405-3118.


For questions related to the admissions process, prospective students may contact the TLPL Graduate StudiesCoordinator Ms. Joy Jones at (301) 405-3118 or

For academic advising, please contact the Program Coordinator 

Dr. Margaret Walker Phone: 301-405-8206 Email Address:

The faculty advisor assigned at the time of admissions to the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL) provides academic advisement for graduate students.  For TLPL advising information,please contact Joy Jones, Coordinator of Graduate Studies:  email: or phone: (301) 405-3118.

Financial assistance for graduate study is generally divided into two categories: 

  • Merit-Based Assistance Need-Based Assistance  
    • Fellowships and Scholarships Loans  
    • Graduate Assistantships 

For more details about the various types of financial assistance offered by the campus please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid 

There are also a number of fellowships and scholarships offered through the College of Education, the University, and through external sources which may provide tuition support and/or living allowance. Students must apply for these awards on their own, but the links that follow provide valuable information on searching for fellowships and scholarships. 

For more information concerning fellowships and scholarships, please visit: 

The College of Education's Scholarship webpage 

The University's Scholarships webpage, and  

The Graduate Fellowship Office webpage

Course Requirements: -- Minimum 30 Credit Hours 

The Masters of Education (M.Ed.) in Teacher Leadership with emphasis in Arts Integration requires students to complete a minimum of 15 credits of Core and 15 credits of Arts Integration Courses for a minimum of 30 credit hours.  In addition, students must demonstrate of satisfactory performance on a professional portfolio and a seminar paper reflecting inquiry and research abilities. 

Core courses: 15 credits minimum 

Studying Student Learning in Diverse Settings (3 cr) 
In addition to engaging in autobiographical and biographical inquiry into teaching as a profession and examining National Board for Professional Teacher Standards and other visions of accomplished practice in the certification field, candidates practice analyzing evidence of student learning in diverse contexts as a basis of making instructional decisions. 

Suggested course: TLPL 658: Embracing Diversity in Classroom Communities (3 cr)  

Research Foundations for Teaching (3 cr)  
The research foundation consists of an appropriate general methods course or one that is specific to the certification area. 
Suggested course/s:  
TLPL 691: Research Methods (3 cr) 
TLPL 698: Conducting Research on Teaching (3 cr)  
EDMS 645: Quantitative Methods I (3 cr) 

Practices and Policies Support for Teaching (3 cr) 
Students select from a menu of courses that support further development of the beginning teacher in such areas as the analysis of student learning, classroom and system assessment, diversity, inclusion, social justice, and/or technology. 
Suggested course/s: 
TLPL 643: Assessing Student Learning and Development (3 cr) 
TLPL 656: Special Education and Oral Language Development in TESOL (3 cr)  
TLPL  600: Learning with Technology (3 cr)  
TLPL 614: Assessing Mathematical Understanding  

Leadership in Schools (3 cr) 
Students select from a menu of courses that address principles and practices in leadership roles for teachers in schools such as mentoring beginning teachers, curriculum leadership, and administrative leadership. 
Suggested course:  
TLPL 677: Reframing Teacher Professionalism: Achieving Teacher Leadership (3 cr) 

Professional Development Seminar (3 cr) 
Taken in the final semester or near the end of the teacher’s program; a capstone course in which the teacher presents an inquiry project (developed from earlier coursework), completes the exit portfolio that shows the teacher’s capacity in and understanding of priority practices in the certification field, and integrates personal studies within the broader context of issues and themes in education.  
Recommended course: TLPL 668: Developing a Professional Portfolio (3 cr)

Arts Integration Courses (15 cr)
TLPL 688(x): Special Topics in Curriculum and Instruction: Foundations of Arts Integration (3 cr.)    OR       
TLPL 688(x): Special Topics in Curriculum and Instruction: Artist teacher institute (summer only)  
TLPL 632: Understanding and Teaching Aesthetics (3 cr.) – Fall course 
TLPL 631: Historical Foundations of the Arts in Education(3 cr.) Fall course 

Electives:  (6 cr) from among TLPL courses and in other departments in the University that support student interests and needs and are relevant to the specialization area. 

Graduate Education Program Requirements

Deadlines vary by degree and program.  Please refer to the Graduate School's application information.   



Graduate students in the College of Education are responsible for meeting University and the Graduate School policy, and for meeting Program requirements.  See the Graduate Catalog and Graduate Policies governing graduate education at the University of Maryland. The schedule adjustment policy is available from the Office of the Registrar and provides information on adding and dropping courses, penalties, and refund schedules.


Graduate students are required to submit various forms at specific points in the program and as part of the degree clearance process.  Please refer to Steps Toward Graduation to determine the steps and forms that are required.  To access forms used by graduate students visit Graduate Studies Forms in Student Services