Oct 21, 2020  
Academic Catalog 2020-2021 
    
Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Education, MEd


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Additional Admission Requirements


Applications for this program are accepted year-round.

Additional Admission Requirements:

  • TSPC Character 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 professional 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 credits which must have been taken within the past 5 years.

 

Degree Requirements


Required Coursework


Candidates must complete, within a 6-year period, a minimum of 30 credits as aligned to individual/personalized planned programs. All grades must be C or above; C- will not fulfill degree requirements.

Certificates, Endorsements, and Specializations


Students have an opportunity to focus in the following tracks or areas (22 credits):

  • Certificates –
    • Dyslexia (See program coordinator for additional program information)
    • Technology and Learning
  • Endorsements –
    • Dual ESOL and Reading Intervention
    • Elementary-Multiple Subjects
    • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
    • Reading Intervention
    • Selected Single Subject endorsement areas
    • Special Education
  • Specializations –
    • Talented and Gifted (TAG)

Certificates


Dyslexia: 15 Credits


The Dyslexia Certificate is a 15-credit program. Each course aligns with the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and International Literacy Association (ILA) Standards, ensuring well-prepared, successful candidates. The courses address the foundational aspects of literacy acquisition and development, literacy assessment methodologies, and literacy instructional strategies for phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension and fluency. Field work experience is embedded in each course, to ensure candidates have an opportunity for observation and practical application. All of the following are required: 

Technology and Learning: 10 credits


This 10-credit program is designed for practicing PreK-12 educators who are interested in learning how to effectively integrate technology into their professional practices and better support learning communities with their students.  The program utilizes an integrated framework to help cultivate a habit of mind for conducting action research in authentic classroom settings to better understand critical problems of practice, as well as for thinking about issues of technology literacy (NETS) and curriculum design as the interconnection between technology, pedagogy, and content knowledge.

The TLC is a technology-based distance education program, therefore basic technology skills, a recent multimedia completer system (e.g. with camera and microphone) and broadband Internet connection are required.

Endorsement Tracks


Dual Reading Intervention and English to Speakers of Other Languages: 28 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.

Holding both the ESOL and Reading Intervention endorsements will qualify candidates to teach ESOL and Reading to students pre-kindergarten through grade twelve. In addition to coursework and practica, candidates must pass the state approved Reading Specialist and ESOL tests, and complete the required portfolios or case studies and complete a unit of study (typically 8-10 lessons). All of the below are required.

Elementary-Multiple Subject Endorsement: 19 Credits


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 teaching license and a bachelor’s or master’s degree in teaching who want to work directly with TSPC to obtain their Professional Teaching License.

Candidates must hold a current teaching license endorsed for single subjects or the special education classroom. The Elementary-Multiple Subjects endorsement qualifies candidates to teach students pre-kindergarten through grade eight.  In addition to coursework and practica, candidates must pass the stat-approved NES Elementary Education Subtest I and NES Elementary Education Subtest II tests. Candidates must also complete a unit of study (typically 8-10 lessons).

Candidates must complete a practicum but may not register for the practicum until testing and coursework requirements are fulfilled. In some circumstances, teaching on a license for conditional assignment may satisfy the practicum requirement. Permission of advisor and Director of the School of Learning and Teaching is required to waive the practicum. All of the below are required:

English to Speakers of Other Languages: 15 Credits


Candidates must hold a current Teaching License endorsed for a general or special education classroom. The ESOL endorsement qualifies candidates to teach ESOL to students pre-kindergarten through grade twelve. In addition to coursework and practica, candidates must pass the state-approved ESOL test and complete a portfolio and/or unit of study (typically 8-10 lessons). All of the below are required:

Reading Intervention: 16 Credits


Candidates must hold a current teaching license endorsed for a general or special education classroom. The Reading Intervention 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, case study or unit of study (typically 8-10 lessons). Prerequisites include coursework in psychological foundations and basic reading methodology appropriate for the level. All of the below are required:

Special Education Endorsement: 24 Credits


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

  • Teachers on a License for Conditional Assignment (LCA) who are the teacher of record in a special education classroom,
  • General educators who would like to become special educators, or
  • Licensed teachers with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in teaching who want to work directly with TSPC to obtain their Professional Teaching License.

Candidates must pass the special education test required by TSPC. In addition to coursework and practica, candidates must pass the state-approved Special Education test and submit a portfolio and/or unit of study (typically 8-10 lessons). All of the below are required.

Specializations


Talented and Gifted Education Specialization: 13 Credits


This 13-credit program is designed for teachers, counselors, paraprofessionals and parents who want to learn more about meeting the needs of gifted children. Each course is offered entirely online or in a blended format. Blended courses meet for three half-day sessions each semester. The remainder of the coursework is conducted online to allow students more flexibility and convenience. Students may enter the program during any semester. All of the below are required:

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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