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The Master of Education -- Professional Development (ME-PD) program in the School of Education offers graduate degrees in two areas: 1) a degree in professional development designed for graduate students who want to develop education-related competencies specifically for job needs and professional growth and 2) an education degree leading to initial certification to teach in early childhood/elementary, elementary/ middle or middle/secondary grades.


The ME-PD graduate program option which leads to a degree in professional development has flexibility to meet the individual needs 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 help of an adviser, plan individualized courses of study. Students typically choose two to three areas of concentration of nine to 15 credits for their course work and have the option of creating an interdisciplinary program of study. 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 director of the ME-PD program for details.

Graduate courses of study must be approved by the Board of Review. To be approved, any graduate study plan must:

1. Contain a minimum of 30 graduate semester hours, including at least 15 semester credits at the 700-level. (A 36-credit program, with comprehensive examination, requires 18 credits at the 700-level.)
2. Be consistent with the written statement of goals and objectives submitted by the student.
3. Be initially approved by the student's graduate faculty adviser.
4. Be personally submitted to the ME-PD Board of Review for final approval.


The ME-PD degree leading to initial certification is for students possessing a bacca-laureate degree who wish to obtain licensure in early childhood/elementary education (PreK-6 or 1-6), elementary/middle (1-9), or middle/secondary education (6-12) and earn a master's degree. Students may, with the help of an adviser, plan graduate programs which meet licensure requirements in certifiable major and minor areas.

Admission to the ME-PD Initial Certification Track is competitive; students meeting the following requirements are not guaranteed admission to the program. Successful applicants are usually required to begin their programs during the fall semester. Applications are accepted after January 15 and the application deadline is March 15. Late applications will be considered as slots are available.

Minimum requirements for admission:

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 minor in which certification is sought.
2. Take and submit to the School of Education passing scores on the Pre-Professional Skills Test (Reading -- 175, Mathematics -- 173, Writing -- 174).
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 one letter of recommendation from someone who can best address your potential as a future teacher.

Graduate students in the ME-PD program have the following options from which to choose to complete their courses of study: thesis, seminar paper, or comprehensive examination.

This catalog is a record of graduate programs, courses, policies, staff and facilities as of April 1, 1997. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse reserves the right to change any of the information in this catalog at any time and without giving prior notice. This catalog does not establish a contractural relationship. For a further explanation of your rights and responsibilities as a student please see the Welcome and Note to Students section.

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