Nov 12, 2019  
Academic Catalog 2019-2020 
    
Academic Catalog 2019-2020

Education, MEd


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Additional Admission Requirements


Applications are accepted until November 1 for the Spring semester and until July 1 for the Fall semester.

Additional Admission Requirements:

  • TSPC Charcter Questions
  • Resume highlighting candidate’s experience with children/youth
  • Copy of teaching license
  • Official transcript from each college/university attended
  • Two recommendations, from administrators/supervisors
  • Two-page essay on candidate’s proessional development goals

Selection Process

The selection committee screens the applicant pool. Selection is based on the published minimum requirements for admission and the following criteria:  depth and breadth of undergraduate preparation, strength of recommendations, and written communication skills and critical thinking skills as assessed in an essay. Selected applicants are invited for a personal interview and, at that time, may be asked to complete a timed writing sample.

Transfer of credits is considered and evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  The number of transferrable credits will be determined by the Program Director, although typically not more than 10.

 

Degree Requirements


Required Coursework


Candidates must complete, within a 6-year period, a minimum of 30 credits in individual planned programs, which include the following. All grades must be C or above; C- will not fulfill degree requirements. Students complete the Foundation Core and have an opportunity to focus in the following areas:

  • Endorsements – Reading Intervention, Special Education, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and adding selected single-subject endorsement areas
  • Specailizations – Talented and Gifted 
  • Certificates – Cultural Competency, Technology and Learning 
  • Other – selected coursework based on student professional goals and interests.

Tracks


Reading Intervention: 16 Credits


Candidates must hold a current teaching license endorsed for a general or special education classroom. This endorsement qualifies candidates to teach reading to students pre-kindergarten through grade twelve. In addition to coursework and practica, candidates must pass the state-approved reading specialist test, and submit required portfolio, edTPA or case study. Prerequisites include coursework in psychological foundations and basic reading methodology appropriate for the level.

English to Speakers of Other Languages: 15 Credits


Candidates must hold a current Teaching License endorsed for a general or special education classroom, or be enrolled in a pre-service program leading to a Teaching License endorsed for the regular or special education classroom. Candidates completing all coursework, a practicum experience, and passing the state-approved ESOL test will qualify for a PK-12 ESOL endorsement. All of the below are required:

Reading Intervention and English to Speakers of Other Languages: 27 Credits


This dual endorsement may be obtained simultaneously by completing 27 credits comprising of core courses and practica. Additionally, candidates must pass the state-approved Reading Specialist and ESOL tests, and submit required portfolios, edTPA, or case studies. Candidates must hold a current Teaching License endorsed for a general or special education classroom, or be enrolled in a pre-service program leading to a Teaching License endorsed for the regular or special education classroom.

Special Education Endorsement


Candidates holding a current Teaching License may enter this 18-month program. It is designed for:

  • teachers on a conditional license who are the teacher of record in a special education classroom,
  • general educators who would like to become special educators, or
  • those with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in teaching who want to obtain their Professional Teaching License.

Candidates must pass the special education test required by TSPC. All of the below are required.

Elementary-Multiple Subject Endorsement


Candidates holding a current teaching license may enter into this program.  It is designed for:

  • teachers on a conditional license who are the teacher of record in a general education classroom
  • special educators who would like to teach elementary multiple subject
  • those with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in teaching who want to obtain their Professional Teaching License.

Candidates must submit passing scores on the tests required for the endorsement. The appropriate NES Elementary Education subtest I and NES Elementary Education subtest II tests are required for this endorsement. Candidates must complete a practicum for each endorsement added. Candidates may not register for the practicum requirement until testing and coursework requirements are fulfilled. In some circumstances, conditional assignments or previous licensed work experience may replace the practicum requirement. Permission of advisor and Director of the School of Learning and Teaching is required to waive the practicum. As a part of the practicum requirement, the candidate will prepare and teach one unit of study. The University Supervisor will supervise the preparation and implementation of the unit of study.

Thesis


The capstone experience is a thesis, giving candidates an opportunity to synthesize professional education in the clinical setting. All Master of Education candidates will be appointed an Advisor who will guide the development, implementation and presentation of a research project.

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