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 three 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; and
3. Learning Community that is based on a learning-in-community philosophy. The program is an innovative field-based master’s degree with an integrated and spiraled curriculum that stresses constructivist learning principles and reflective practices.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT - The Professional Development strand for on-campus programs is currently being restructured. 

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
CI 630 Understanding Diverse Learners 3
or
EFN 705 Human Relations in School and Society 3
CI 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 word 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 education and/or content area advisors 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 two (2) academic years.

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

Pre-admission Requirements                 Credits
GEO 200 Conservation of Global Environments or related competency 3
MTH 125 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers 4
PSY 212 Life Span Development (prerequisite to PSY 770) 3
ART 302 Visual Language in the Global Classroom 3
MUS 317 Musical Classroom 3

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES: Credits
The following courses are required for licensure, but are not part of the graduate degree credits.
EDS 319 Teaching with Integrated Technology I 2
EDS 308 Foundations of Literacy 3
EDS 412A   Methods of Language and Literacy 5
HED 207 Health and Physical Well-being 3
EDS 402A Field Experience I: EC-EA 3
EDS 445B     Field Experience II: EC-EA 1
EDS 493
   or 495C
Student Teaching or Student Teaching Internship* 2

A  Taken Concurrently   B Taken Concurrently  C  Taken Concurrently                                                                             

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* Educational Research 3
EDS 511* Curriculum and Pedagogy: EC-EA 3
EDS 513A     Teaching Social Studies: EC-EA 3
EDS 521B     Teaching Mathematics, Science & Environmental Science I: EC-EA 3
EDS 522B     Teaching Mathematics, Science & Environmental Science II: EC-EA 2
EDS 780 Contemporary Issues 1
SPE 501 Introduction to Exceptional Individuals 3
EDS 560           Transescent Education (Students enrolled in MC-EA option) 3
EDS 520 Teaching with Integrated Technology II 1
EDS 792C     Culminating Field Experience Seminar 1
Capstone choice of one of the following:  
EFN or CI 761 Seminar Paper
(requires one additional 700 level elective credit)
2
EFN or CI 799 Master's Thesis
4
Comprehensive Exam
(no credit)
plus six additional graduate elective credits with five at the 700-level   6
Total Graduate Credits required for degree 34-38

Taken Concurrently   B Taken Concurrently  C  Taken Concurrently

                             *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: 3.00 cumulative 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 34 graduate credits, of which 17 are at 700-level.
2. Master’s Thesis which requires at least 36 graduate credits, of which 18 are at 700-level.
3. Comprehensive Examination which requires at least 38 graduate credits, of which 19 are at 700-level.

Please note: if you have completed your course work and student teaching and have not completed your seminar paper/master’s thesis, you will automatically be enrolled in GRC 799. A tuition fee will be assessed accordingly. In addition, you will not be eligible for teacher certification/licensure until all degree requirements have been completed.

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 office for available major, minor, credits, and deficiency coursework information.

Pre-admission Requirements:                                         Credits
PSY 212 Life Span Development (Prerequisite to PSY 770)        3

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

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

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

GEO 200 Conservation of Global Environments 3
CI 381/581 Environmental Education Methods 1

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES:
The following courses are required for licensure, but are not part of the graduate degree credits.                                                                                            Credits
EDS 319 Teaching with Integrated Technology I 2
EDS 405A     Field Experience I: ECA-EAA 2
EDS 450B     Field Experience II: ECA-EAA 2
EDS 494 or 495C Student Teaching

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 Educational Research  3
EDS 506A     Teaching for a Diverse Society: ECA-EAA 4
EDS 551B     Contemporary Literacy for Secondary Learners: ECA-EAA 3
CI XXXA or B Special Methods (determined by Content Major; credits vary) 3
EDS 780B      Contemporary Issues 1
SPE 501 Introduction to Exception Individuals 3
EDS 520B     Teaching with Integrated Technology II 1
EDS 792C     Culminating Field Experience Seminar 1
Capstone choice of one of the following:  
EFN or CI 761 Seminar Paper
Requires at lest 34 total graduate credits for degree, of which 17 are at the 700 level.
2
EFN or CI 799 Master's Thesis
4
Comprehensive Exam
(no credit)
plus 7 graduate elective credits
Requires at least 38 graduate credits for degree, of which 19 are at the 700 level.
6
Total Graduate Credits required for degree 34-38

Taken Concurrently   B Taken Concurrently  C  Taken Concurrently

Please Note: If you have completed your course work and student teaching and have not completed your seminar paper/master’s thesis, you will automatically be enrolled in GRC 799. A tuition fee will be assessed accordingly. In addition, you will not be eligible for teacher certification/licensure until all degree requirements have been completed.

 *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: 3.00 cumulative GPA and Official Praxis II content test score reports documenting passing scores.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 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
CI 621 Best Practice Pedagogy I: Introduction 1
CI 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
CI 622 Best Practice Pedagogy II: Exploration 1
CI 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
CI 723 Best Practice Pedagogy III: Integration 1
CI 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
CI 724 Best Practice Pedagogy IV: Action 1
CI 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.