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EDUCATION-PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT


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)
CI 630     Understanding Diverse Learners (3 credits)
or
EFN 705     Human Relations in School and Society (3 credits)
CI 752         Principles and Problems of Curriculum Development (3 credits)
EFN 701     The Teacher and the Educational Community (3 credits)
EFN 760     Theory and Practice in Educational Research (3 credits)

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 (currently not accepting any new students)

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

UNDERGRADUATE Coursework
The following courses are required for licensure, but are not part of the graduate degree credits.
EDS 319      Teaching with Integrated Technology I (2 credits)
EDS 308      Foundations of Literacy (3 credits)
EDS 412A    Methods of Language and Literacy (5 credits)
HED 207      Health and Physical Well-being (3 credits)
EDS 402A    Field Experience I: EC-EA (2 credits)
EDS 445B    Field Experience II: EC-EA (2 credits)
EDS 493 or 495C Student Teaching or Student Teaching Internship* (15 credits)

(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

(32 graduate credits plus a capstone experience)
EFN 705     Human Relations in School and Society (3 credits)
EDS 710 Comparative Studies of Education (3 credits)
PSY 770 Educational Psychology: Learning and Instruction (3 credits)
EFN 760* Educational Research (3 credits)
EDS 511* Curriculum and Pedagogy: EC-EA (3 credits)
EDS 513A Teaching Social Studies: EC-EA (3 credits)
EDS 521B Teaching Mathematics, Science & Environmental Science I: EC-EA (3 credits)
EDS 522B Teaching Mathematics, Science & Environmental Science II: EC-EA (2 credits)
EDS 780 Contemporary Issues (1 credit)
SPE 501 Introduction to Exceptional Individuals (3 credits)
EDS 560 Transescent Education (3 credits) (Students enrolled in MC-EA option)
EDS 520 Teaching with Integrated Technology II (1 credit)
EDS 792C Culminating Field Experience Seminar (1 credit)

(A) Taken Concurrently
(B) Taken Concurrently
(C) Taken Concurrently

Capstone choice of one of the following:
EFN or CI 761     Seminar Paper (2 credits)
                               (requires one additional 700 level elective credit)
EFN or CI 799     Master's Thesis (4 credits)
Comprehensive
Exam          plus six additional graduate elective credits with
(no credit)          5 at the 700 level (6 credits)
Total Graduate Credits required for degree: 34-38

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

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
PSY 212     Life Span Development (Prerequisite to PSY 770) (3 credits)

Licensure to teach in broad field social studies, geography, history, economics, political science,
sociology, and psychology requires:
GEO 200     Conservation of Global Environments (3 credits)
EFN 200      Cooperatives (1 credit)
CI 381/581  Environmental Education Methods (1 credit)

Licensure to teach broad field science, biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science requires:
GEO 200 Conservation of Global Environments (3 credits)
CI 381/581 Environmental Education Methods (1 credit)


UNDERGRADUATE Coursework

The following courses are required for licensure, but are not part of the graduate degree credits.
EDS 319     Teaching with Integrated Technology I (2 credits)
EDS 405A   Field Experience I: ECA-EAA (2 credits)
EDS 450B   Field Experience II: ECA-EAA (2 credits)
EDS 494      Student Teaching or Student Teaching Internship* (15 credits)
or 495C


DEGREE Coursework (31 graduate credits plus a capstone experience)

EFN 705     Human Relations in School and Society (3 credits)
EDS 710 Comparative Studies of Education (3 credits)
PSY 770 Educational Psychology: Learning and Instruction (3 credits)
EFN 760 Educational Research (3 credits)
EDS 506A Teaching for a Diverse Society: ECA-EAA (4 credits)
EDS 551B Contemporary Literacy for Secondary Learners: ECA-EAA (3 credits)
CI XXXA or B Special Methods (determined by Content Major; credits vary) (3 credits)
EDS 780B Contemporary Issues (1 credit)
SPE 501 Introduction to Exceptional Individuals (3 credits)
EDS 560 Transescent Education (3 credits)
EDS 520B Teaching with Integrated Technology II (1 credit)
EDS 792C Culminating Field Experience Seminar (1 credit)

(A) Taken Concurrently
(B) Taken Concurrently
(C) Taken Concurrently 

Capstone choice of one of the following:
EFN or CI 761 Seminar Paper (2 credits)
                           Requires at least 34 total graduate credits for degree, of which 17 are at 700-level.
EFN or CI 799 Master's Thesis (4 credits)
                           Requires at least 36 total graduate credits for degree, of which 18 are at 700-level
Comprehensive Exam plus 7 graduate elective credits (7 credits)
(no credit)          Requires at least 38 graduate credits for degree, of which 19 are at 700-level.
Total Graduate Credits required for degree: 34-38

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 Master of Education-Professional Development Learning Community program is a 30 credit ME-PD degree program offered in face-to-face, hybrid, and online delivery formats. The face-to-face program meets twenty weekends (15 hours/weekend) over two years. The hybrid program combines ten face-to-face meetings with online delivery over two years. The online program combines three semesters of online delivery with two summer institutes over eighteen months. 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). Face-to-face and hybrid learning communities may begin in the fall or spring semester. Online communities may have spring, summer or fall semester start times. The curriculum is integrated and spiraled throughout each semester and facilitated by a team of educators to communities of 20-25 students. A seminar paper and professional development plan portfolio are the culminating projects of this program.

Our vision: A leader in educational transformation.
Our mission: To build a Master Teachers Community dedicated to improving the craft of teaching in order to help all students reach their highest potential.

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.
8. Create and sustain a professional learning community.


Learning Community Curriculum (30 credits)

Year 1 - Semester I
EDU 601     Learning in Community I: Introduction (1 credit)
EDU 641     Educational Research I: Introduction (1 credit)
EDU 621     Best Practice Pedagogy I: Introduction (1 credit)
EDU 631     Curriculum Development & Assessment I: Introduction (1 credit)
EDU 651      Democracy, Diversity & Social Justice In Education I: Introduction (1 credit)
EDU 611     Technology in Education I: Introduction (1 credit)
EDU 661     Teacher Leadership I: Introduction (1 credit)
Total Credits: 7

Year 1 - Semester II
EDU 602 Learning in Community II: Exploration (1 credit)
EDU 642 Educational Research II: Exploration (2 credits)
EDU 622    Best Practice Pedagogy II: Exploration (1 credit)
EDU 632    Curriculum Development & Assessment II: Exploration (1 credit)
EDU 652 Democracy, Diversity & Social Justice In Education II: Exploration (1 credit)
EDU 612 Technology in Education II: Exploration (1 credit)
EDU 662 Teacher Leadership II: Exploration (1 credit)
Total Credits: 8

Year 2 - Semester III
EDU 703 Learning in Community III: Integration (1 credit)
EDU 743 Educational Research III: Conduct (1 credit)
EDU 723    Best Practice Pedagogy III: Integration (1 credit)
EDU 733    Curriculum Development & Assessment III: Integration (1 credit)
EDU 753 Democracy, Diversity & Social Justice In Education III: Integration (1 credit)
EDU 713 Technology in Education III: Integration (1 credit)
EDU 763 Teacher Leadership III: Integration (1 credit)
Total Credits: 7

Year 2 - Semester IV
EDU 704 Learning in Community IV: Action (1 credit)
EDU 744 Educational Research IV: Publication (2 credits)
EDU 724     Best Practice Pedagogy IV: Action (1 credit)
EDU 734     Curriculum Development & Assessment IV: Action (1 credit)
EDU 754      Democracy, Diversity & Social Justice In Education IV: Action (1 credit)
EDU 714 Technology in Education IV: Action (1 credit)
EDU 764 Teacher Leadership IV: Action (1 credit)
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.