EDUCATION-PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Program Requirements

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The Master of Education - Professional Development (ME-PD) degree in the College of Liberal Studies offers graduate programs 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
2) initial certification, which is designed for students who wish to obtain a license to teach in early childhood, elementary, middle level, and 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 paper/thesis 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 and 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. Selection of seminar paper/thesis or comprehensive examination option.
  4. Student's graduate faculty adviser's signature indicating approval.

INITIAL CERTIFICATION

The ME-PD degree leading to initial certification is for students possessing a baccalaureate degree who wish to obtain licensure to teach early childhood through middle childhood (birth to age 11), middle childhood through early adolescence (ages 6-12/13), early adolescence though adolescence (ages 10-21) or early childhood through adolescence (ages birth-21) while simultaneously earning a master’s degree. Students may work with faculty advisers to plan graduate programs that meet licensure requirements in certifiable major and minor content areas, in addition to ensuring completion of the ME-PD required coursework.

As part of the School of Education (SOE), the ME-PD Initial Certification program strives to reach the SOE mission of developing within its graduates a commitment to the teaching profession, a respect for the dignity of all learners, and the professional competencies that enable them to be effective teachers and responsible citizens in a diverse and dynamic world.

Admission requirements:

Students must:

1.  Submit a non-refundable application fee.
2.  Complete an application for admission to graduate studies at UW-La Crosse.
3.  Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
4.  Submit official transcripts from each institution attended.
5.  Have earned a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.85 for all coursework completed.
6.  Have earned passing scores on the PPST, (Reading – 175, Mathematics – 173, Writing – 174) submitted to the         
    College of Liberal Studies (CLS) directly through the PPST examination center.
7.   Complete an application for admission to the ME-PD Initial Certification program.
8.   Submit a typed resume or curriculum vitae.
9.   Submit a 300-500 world personal statement per application guidelines.
10. Submit at least one (1) letter of recommendation from someone attesting to your potential as a future teacher.

Criteria and Procedures for Application and Admission to Department of Educational Studies Teacher Education Programs:

NOTICE: Students should be aware that the Wisconsin Department of Public Instructions provides specific competencies in its licensure requirements (PI34). Teacher education candidates should work closely with an education and/or content area adviser from the outset of their studies at the University. Candidates must successfully complete a developmental sequence of field experiences, an electronic evaluation portfolio, and with an official score report, provide evidence of passing the Praxis II content test(s) for the appropriate certification areas/disciplines. Completion of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction licensure requirements may take longer than four (4) academic years.

EC-MC or MC-EA Option (EC-MC requires completion of an Early Childhood minor.)

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES: Credits
The following courses are required for licensure, but are not part of the graduate degree credits.  
GEO 200 Conservation of Global Environments or related competencies 3
MTH 125 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers 4
PSY 212 Life Span Development 3
EDS 419 Teaching with Integrated Technology I 2
EDS 408 Foundations of Literacy 3
EDS 412 Methods of Language and Literacy 5
ART 402 Educational Methods & Perspectives in Art, Culture, and Society 3
MUS 317 Music Appreciation and Methodology 3
EDS 301 Health Education 1
EDS 402 Field Experience I: EC-EA 2
EDS 445 Field Experience II: EC-EA 2
EDS 409 Student Teaching OR  
EDS 404 Student Teaching Internship* 15

All students are also required to fulfill the required coursework for completion of their certifiable minor.
Please contact the ME-PD office for available minor, credits, and deficiency coursework information.

DEGREE COURSEWORK:   Credits
EFN 705 Human Relations in School and Society 3
EDS 710 Comparative Studies of Education 3
PSY 770 Educational Psychology: Learning and Instruction 3
EFN 760 Theory and Practice in Educational Research 3
EDS 511 Curriculum and Pedagogy: EC-EA 3
EDS 513 Teaching Social Studies: EC-EA 3
EDS 521 Teaching Mathematics, Science & Environmental Science I: EC-EA 3
EDS 522 Teaching Mathematics, Science & Environmental Science II: EC-EA 2
EDS 780 Contemporary Issues 1
SPE 501 Introduction to Exceptional Individuals 3
EDS 520 Teaching with Integrated Technology II 1
EDS 792 Culminating Field Experience Seminar 1
   
Capstone choice of one of the following:  
EFN or C-I 761 Seminar Paper 2
EFN or C-I 799 Master's Thesis 4
Comprehensive Exam (no credit) plus additional  
700-level electives  6
Total Graduate Credits required for degree 31-35

*Upon completion of ALL undergraduate and graduate coursework, EC-MC and EC-EA licensure candidates are required to each complete a semester-long student teaching and/or teaching internship experience.

Prerequisites to student teach: 3.00 graduate GPA and Official Praxis II content test score reports documenting passing scores.

ALL students must choose one of the following culminating experiences:
1.       Seminar Paper which requires at least 31 graduate credits, of which 16 are at 700-level.
2.       Master’s Thesis which requires at least 33 graduate credits, of which 18 are at 700-level.
3.       Comprehensive Examination which requires at least 35 graduate credits, of which 20 are at 700-level.

EC-A or EA-A Option
All students are also required to fulfill the required coursework for completion of their certifiable major. Please contact the ME-PD for available minor, credits, and deficiency coursework information.

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES:
The following courses are required for licensure, but are not part of the graduate degree credits.
Credits
EDS 419 Teaching with Integrated Technology I 2
PSY 212 Life Span Development  3
EDS 405 Field Experience I: ECA-EAA 2
EDS 450 Field Experience II: ECA-EAA 2
EDS 403 Student Teaching  
OR    
EDS 404 Student Teaching Internship* 15

Licensure to teach in broadfield social studies, geography, history, economics, political science, sociology, and psychology
requires:

GEO 200 Conservation of Global Environments 3
C-I 381/581 Environmental Education Methods                                  1
EFN 200 Cooperatives 1

Licensure to teach broad field science, biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science requires:

GEO 200 Conservation of Global Environments 3
C-I 381        Environmental Education Methods 1

DEGREE COURSEWORK:    Credits
EFN 705 Human Relations in School and Society 3
EDS 710 Comparative Studies of Education 3
PSY 770 Educational Psychology: Learning and Instruction 3
EFN 760 Theory and Practice in Educational Research  3
EDS 506 Teaching for a Diverse Society: ECA-EAA 4
EDS 551 Contemporary Literacy for Secondary Learners: ECA-EAA 3
C-I XXX Special Methods (Determined by Content Major) 3
EDS 780 Contemporary Issues 1
SPE 501 Introduction to Exception Individuals 3
EDS 520 Teaching with Integrated Technology II 1
EDS 792 Culminating Field Experience Seminar 1
Capstone choice of one of the following:  
EFN or C-I 761 Seminar Paper 2
EFN or C-I 799 Master’s Thesis  4
Comprehensive Exam (no credit) plus additional  
700-level electives 6
Total Graduate Credits required for degree  30-34

*Upon completion of ALL undergraduate and graduate coursework, EC-A and EA-A licensure candidates are required to complete a semester-long student teaching and/or teaching internship experience.
Prerequisites to student teach: 3.00 graduate GPA and Official Praxis II content test score reports documenting passing scores.

ALL Students must choose one of the following culminating experiences:
1.       Seminar Paper which requires at least 30 graduate credits, of which 16 are at 700-level.
2.       Master’s Thesis which requires at least 32 graduate credits, of which 18 are at 700-level.
3.       Comprehensive Examination which requires at least 34 graduate credits, of which 20 are at 700-level.

LEARNING COMMUNITY

The Learning Community Master’s Degree program meets twenty weekends (15 hours/weekend) over two years. In addition, learners are expected to apply their knowledge, skills, and dispositions to the professional work setting (minimum of 4 hours/week) and to communicate via an online communication system (minimum of 2 hours/week). Learning communities may begin in either the fall or spring semester for this 30-credit* program. The curriculum is integrated and spiraled over four semesters and facilitated by a team of educators to classes of 20-40 students. A journal article on an action research study and a professional development plan portfolio are the culminating projects of this program.

Our vision: A leader in educational transformation.

Our mission: The Learning Community Program empowers educators to transform their professional and personal lives as they become agents of change and improve PK-16 student learning.

 Learning outcomes: Every UW-L ME-PD Learning Community graduate will…
1.       Improve content and pedagogical knowledge.
2.       Experience professional and personal transformation.
3.       Conduct action research.
4.       Utilize authentic assessment.
5.       Exhibit teacher leadership.
6.       Improve PK-16 student learning.
7.       Support PK-16 student development and self efficacy.

Learning Community Curriculum:
Year 1 - Semester I 30 Credits
EDU 601 Learning in Community I: Introduction 1
EFN 641 Educational Research I: Introduction 1
C-I 621 Best Practice Pedagogy I: Introduction 1
C-I 631 Curriculum Development & Assessment I: Introduction 1
EFN 651 Democracy, Diversity & Social Justice In Education I: Introduction 1
EDM 611 Technology in Education I: Introduction 1
EDU 661 Teacher Leadership I: Introduction 1
  Total Credits:  7
Year 1 - Semester II    
EDU 602 Learning in Community II: Exploration 1
EFN 642 Educational Research II: Exploration 2
C-I 622 Best Practice Pedagogy II: Exploration 1
C-I 632 Curriculum Development & Assessment II: Exploration 1
EFN 652 Democracy, Diversity & Social Justice In Education II: Exploration 1
EDM 612 Technology in Education II: Exploration 1
EDU 662 Teacher Leadership II: Exploration  1
  Total Credits: 8
Year 2 - Semester III    
EDU 703 Learning in Community III: Integration 1
EFN 743 Educational Research III: Conduct 1
C-I 723 Best Practice Pedagogy III: Integration 1
C-I 733 Curriculum Development & Assessment III: Integration 1
EFN 753 Democracy, Diversity & Social Justice In Education III: Integration 1
EDM 713 Technology in Education III: Integration 1
EDU 763 Teacher Leadership III: Integration 1
Total Credits: 7
Year 2 - Semester IV  
EDU 704 Learning in Community IV: Action 1
EFN 744 Educational Research IV: Analysis & Publication 2
C-I 724 Best Practice Pedagogy IV: Action 1
C-I 734 Curriculum Development & Assessment IV: Action 1
EFN 754 Democracy, Diversity & Social Justice In Education IV: Action 1
EDM 714 Technology in Education IV: Action 1
EDU 764 Teacher Leadership IV: Action 1
Total Credits: 8

*The ME-PD Learning Community Program total of 30 credits includes two culminating projects:
1. A seminar paper in the format of a journal article on an action research study.
2. A professional portfolio showcasing the completed professional development plan.