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EDUCATION — PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

 

The Master of Education — Professional Development (ME-PD) program in the School of Education offers graduate degrees in two areas:  1) professional development, which is designed for graduate students who want to develop education-related competencies specifically for job needs and professional growth, and 2) initial certification, which certifies students to teach in early childhood/elementary, elementary/middle, or middle/secondary classrooms. Graduate students in the ME-PD program must complete a culminating project chosen from the following options: thesis, seminar paper, or comprehensive examination.

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

 

The ME-PD non-certification option has the flexibility to meet the individual, intellectual needs and professional goals of many graduates with baccalaureate degrees. Certified teachers seeking to meet desired professional advancement goals or students wishing to pursue a master’s degree for other career goals may, with the assistance of an adviser, plan individualized programs of study in coordination with a prescribed set of core courses totaling 12 graduate credits (listed below). Students typically choose two to three areas of concentration and have the option of creating an interdisciplinary program of study. Each program must contain a minimum of either a) 30 graduate semester hours, including at least 15 credits at the 700-level and completion of a seminar/thesis paper or b) 36 graduate semester hours, including at least 18 credits at the 700-level and completion of the comprehensive examination.

Required Core

(12 credits)

 

 

 

          Credits

C-I

630

Understanding Diverse Learners

3

 

 

or

 

EFN

705

Human Relations in School and Society

3

C-I

752

Principles & Problems of Curriculum Development

3

EFN

701

The Teacher and the Educational Community

3

EFN

760

Theory and Practice in Educational Research

3

 

In addition to above courses, each student must develop a study plan before obtaining 12 graduate credits. This plan includes the following criteria and must be personally presented to the ME-PD Board of Review for final approval:

 

1.         Written statement of professional goals and objectives.

2.         List of courses to be completed that address the goals and objectives.

3.         Indicate selection of seminar paper/thesis or comprehensive examination option.

4.         Have student’s graduate faculty adviser’s signature indicating approval.

 

Some areas of concentration lead to specialized licenses such as Educational Media (901 and 902 licenses) and Vocational Technical Adult Education (VTAE). Students seeking specialized licenses or certifications should contact the ME-PD office for details. Due to the number of required graduate courses for state licensure, these students are not required to complete the ME-PD core listed above.

 

INITIAL CERTIFICATION

 

The ME-PD degree leading to initial certification is for students possessing a baccalaureate degree who wish to obtain licensure in early childhood/elementary education (PreK-6 or 1-6), elementary/ middle (1-9), or middle/secondary education while simultaneously earning a master’s degree. Students may, with the assistance of an adviser, plan graduate programs that meet licensure requirements in certifiable major and minor areas.

Admission to the ME-PD initial certification program is competitive; students meeting the following requirements are not guaranteed admission into the program. Successful applicants are usually required to begin their programs during the fall semester. Applications are accepted between January 1 and March 1. Minimum requirements for admission include:

 

1.         Have earned and maintained a 3.00 cumulative grade point average in all college course work and a 3.00 or better in any major and/or minor in which certification is sought.

2.         Have earned passing scores on the Pre-Professional Skills Test (Reading — 175, Mathematics — 173, Writing — 174). These scores must be submitted to the School of Education directly through the PPST examination center.

3.         Complete an application for admission to the professional program in teacher education.

4.         Submit a 300-500 word personal          statement per School of Education guidelines.

5.         Submit at least one (1) letter of recommendation from someone who can best address your potential as a future teacher.

6.         Complete an application for admission to Graduate Studies at UW-La Crosse.

 

LEARNING COMMUNITY

 

The ME-PD Learning Community option, designed for school professionals or educators, enables students to develop values and standards for successful teaching and learning while weaving research and reflection into a continuous process that fosters the highest academic application. During the first year of the program, participants develop learning standards focused on the contemporary needs of elementary and secondary classrooms. During the second year, growth/ improvement plans will be written for each of these standards. This program is offered through a partnership with the School of Education, Office of Continuing Education and Extension, and Learning Quest, Inc. This unique program is offered during the academic year beginning each fall semester. Students come together as a community cohort one weekend each month for two years (summers excluded). This integrated approach to learning is made up of 30 credits that equal 480 hours of weekend courses and time within one’s classroom/ school. Students complete the following four semester spiraled curriculum as well as a graduate capstone project, which serves as their culminating activity:

 

Learning Community:

 

 

 

Credits

Year 1 — Semester I

 

 

C-I

752

Principles and Problems for Curiculum Development

3

EFN

715

Issues and Trends in Education

3

EFN

750

Guided Learning

3

 

 

 

 

Year 1 — Semester II

 

 

C-I

590

Teaching Thinking Skills

3

C-I

751

Teacher Inquiry: Assessing Class Practice

3

EFN

630

Understanding Diverse Learners

2

 

 

 

 

Year 2 — Semester I

 

 

EDM

602

Instructional Technology

3

EFN

750

Guided Learning

2

EFN

760

Theory & Practice in Educational Research

3

 

 

 

 

Year 2 — Semester II

 

 

SPE

525

Psychological Principles of Teaching Children with Learning & Behavioral Problems

3

C-I

761

Seminar Paper

2

EFN

750

Guided Learning

2

 

 

LIBRARY MEDIA

 

This option is designed for students possessing a baccalaureate teaching degree who wish to obtain licensure in Library Media. Courses are offered evenings, weekends and summer sessions. Students who begin in the fall semester can complete initial certification requirements in two semesters and summer school.


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