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Master of Arts in Communication/Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction


Effective communication and efficient organizational structure are essential in any educational setting. The MA in Communication and MED in Curriculum and Instruction dual degree provides a platform on which students will gain an advanced understanding of the skills necessary to lead groups in an educational setting, whether in school or business. The skills and knowledge acquired through this degree plan will provide individuals with a deep understanding of the inner workings of curriculum planning and how to coordinate and lead work teams in the support and implementation of the institution's mission and vision.


In order to pursue a Dual Master’s Degree program, the applicant must apply to, meet the existing admission requirements for, and be accepted into each of the master’s degrees which comprise the dual degree program.


Continuance in the program past the first 12 hours is pending submission of a satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examinations® (GRE®).

A waiver of the GRE or MAT requirement may be considered if the student meets one of the following conditions:

  • earns an “A-“ or higher in each of the first four courses (12 hours) of graduate coursework in the DBU College of Education, or

  • holds a Bachelor’s degree from the DBU College of Education earned within the past five years with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher, or

  • holds a Master’s degree from DBU.

REQUIRED SHARED CURRICULUM - 18 hours (excluding prerequisites)


Credit hours

Required Curriculum


COMA 6301 - Advanced Communication Theory
COMA 6309 - Social Media and Communication
COMA 6323 - Communication Consulting
EDUC 6302 - Research in Education (S-L)
EDUC 6303 - Emerging Technologies
EDUC 6315 - Internship in Curriculum and Instruction (S-L)*

MA IN COMMUNICATION REQUIRED CURRICULUM - 21 hours (excluding prerequisites)


Credit hours

Required Curriculum


COMA 6305 - Presentation Communication (S-L)*
COMA 6307 - Communication Leadership for Groups
COMA 6311 - Relational Communication
COMA 6320 - Organizational Communication
COMA 6321 - Strategic Communication for Organizations
COMA 6322 - Communication Campaigns
COMA 6324 - Communication for Global Organizations



Credit hours

Required Curriculum


EDAD 6312 - School Law
EDUC 5310 - Introduction to Exceptional Learners
EDUC 6304 - Improvement of Instruction
EDUC 6306 - Curriculum Design and Evaluation
EDUC 6312 - Technology Integration in Curriculum
EDUC 6313 - Assessment to Improve Learning: Formative Assessments and Continuous Improvement
EDUC 6318 - Leading for Learning
EDUC 6011 - Defense of Degree


18 hours

Required Shared Curriculum

21 hours

MA in Communication Required Curriculum

21 hours

MED in Curriculum and Instruction Required Curriculum

60 hours

TOTAL Dual Degree (excluding prerequisites)

(S-L)=Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

Refer to individual course descriptions for course requisites.


Find course descriptions by category under the Graduate Course Descriptions section in the navigation panel.


Because of Dallas Baptist University’s quest for meaningful assessment of graduate candidates, a defense of degree is required in all College of Education Graduate Programs. The defense of degree is a capstone collection of signature assessments and artifacts with reflections that demonstrate a candidate’s personal growth, development, and acquisition of knowledge, skills and dispositions.

A digital format will be utilized by the candidate to enhance the presentation and to justify why the degree should be awarded to the candidate. The candidate’s formal defense will be presented to members of the Educator Preparation Board and will take place on the main campus each semester.

It is recommended that candidates attend a Defense of Degree workshop held each semester. It is also the candidate’s responsibility to schedule a meeting with their designated Program Director who will provide additional information regarding objectives, service-learning, artifacts, reflections, presentation format, and evaluative criteria and scoring.

Candidates must register for the Defense of Degree course as prescribed in their degree plan during the semester in which they will present their defense of degree to the Educator Preparation Board. The EPB is a group of experienced and widely successful educators from Dallas Baptist University and the Metroplex. Practicing teachers, administrators, consultants, superintendents, guidance directors, personnel directors, and Educational Region Service Center personnel, as well as DBU professors and administrators, volunteer their time for this highly selective process. The Educator Preparation Board serves as the College of Education Graduate Programs’ advisory board and meets three times a year to assess graduate candidates’ defense of degrees.


Dallas Baptist University’s educator preparation programs strive to provide a quality learning experience that enables all candidates to impact EC-12 learning. The E-Portfolio is designed to be an individualized collection of documents to prepare the candidate for future positions; demonstrate the candidate’s ongoing knowledge, skills, experiences, and dispositions; and provide the candidate with the opportunity for self-reflection. All graduate candidates are required to compile and maintain an electronic, developmental E-Portfolio. There are three types of documents that must be included in the E-Portfolio: required documents, foundational elements, and competency artifacts. Throughout the program, the candidate will collect these documents and upload them to their designed TaskStream account.

The organization of E-Portfolio is governed by the State Board of Educator Certification standards and competencies, DBU/InTASC competencies, and DBU’s Educator Preparation Provider competencies in addition to specific field of study competencies.

The E-Portfolio will be used to assess your development as you proceed through your designated program. Candidates who do not have all required documents and “signature assessments” uploaded into TaskStream will not be allowed to proceed to the next level as designed by these Transition Points:

  • Transition Point One: Requirements for Program Admission

  • Transition Point Two: Requirements for Program Entrance

  • Transition Point Three: Requirements for Program Continuance

  • Transition Point Four: Requirements for Program Completion

  • Transition Point Five: Requirements for Program Evaluation

It is the candidates’ responsibility to meet with their designed program director and/or advisor to discuss the E-Portfolio required documents, checkpoint scoring, foundational elements rubric, and the competency artifacts rubric.