2002 - 2003 Master of Education (MED)

Philosophy Statement | Program Description | Admission | Program Requirements | Combined Masters/Licensure Program | Retention in the Program | Academic Probation and Suspension Policy | Program Structure | Course Descriptions

Program Director: David Stokes

The college offers a graduate education program leading to a Masters Degree in Education (M.Ed.). Individuals must be interested in pursuing an advanced degree that is humanistic and developmental in its perspective and which has an instructional focus. Commitment to professional growth is a prerequisite.

Philosophy Statement

The Master of Education (MED) degree program at Westminster College is committed to improving education through meaningful inquiry and innovative exploration of the connections between teaching practice, beliefs and reflectivity. We emphasize the joining of theory and practice as a means to the personal transformation of teacher professionals and the institutions they represent.

The standards of the curriculum reflect the School of Education's commitment to provide a well-rounded education congruent with the needs of master teachers and other instructional professionals. These standards include:

Pedagogy: Students will engage in activities that help to bridge theory and practice by applying theoretical knowledge to field practices; they will acquire and enhance skills in communication, subject area content, and instructional methodologies and technologies.

Critical reflection: Students will grapple with the social, political, and moral implications of educational practices through dialogue, written formats, technological productions, and a variety of presentations.

Scholarly writing: Students will articulate thoughts in a clear, succinct, and organized manner; they will apply appropriate conventions of grammar and punctuation.

Research: Students will plan projects, search relevant professional databases, collect data through interviews and other applicable methods, analyze data, and complete and disseminate findings.

Collaboration: Students will work collaboratively with peers on activities associated with each aspect of their program.
The program is part of a college community distinguished for commitment to student growth and the exploration of scholastic development.

Program Description

The goals of the program are accomplished through courses, seminars and research opportunities evolving within the areas of specialization in the MED program. As such, each graduate student must select course work in either the Diversity, Curriculum and Instruction, Technology, Organizational Training, or Special Education area of specialization.

Though the MED program does not lead to teacher licensure, already licensed students may gain a Special Education endorsement or a Distance Learning Endorsement. Course work for both endorsements counts toward a MED. Additionally, students seeking licensure may enroll in the combined masters/licensure program, which allows students to gain teaching licenses while earning up to twelve hours of graduate credit towards their MED.

Admission to the Program

Requirements for admission are (1) completion of a teacher education program or (2) position as an instructor in staff development or (3) other positions as appropriate to the focus of an advanced degree in instruction. Individuals with a baccalaureate degree seeking initial teacher licensure may qualify to take MED course work while completing licensure requirements.

A candidate for admission must submit the following materials to the Office of Admissions:

  1. A completed Application for Graduate Admission form with a $30 application fee.
  2. Evidence of a completed baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university or a recognized international college or university.
  3. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education indicating a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  4. Completed graduate questionnaire.
  5. Three professional recommendations.
  6. A personal resume detailing professional work experience to include relevant job titles, work experience, responsibilities, and related activities.

Upon completion of these steps, the individual's application materials are submitted to the Graduate Education Admissions Committee. Once accepted to the MED Program, applicants must submit a $250 tuition deposit, which guarantees a place in the entering class.

Provisional Admission

Based on a committee review of unofficial documents, students with completed baccalaureate degrees may be admitted to the program on provisional status, pending receipt of official copies of all necessary documents and completion of the admissions process. These students will be permitted to register for one semester on provisional status but must complete their files and gain full admission before continuing the program in subsequent semesters.

Note: International students with baccalaureate degrees from countries other than the United States must present a TOEFL score of 550 or above.

Program Requirements

A minimum of 32 credit hours is required for graduation. A maximum of nine credit hours of graduate-level transcripted credit may be accepted from another accredited college or university. The accepted course work must fall within the guidelines of Westminster's Graduate Program in Education.*

Students must balance their programs with theoretical and elective courses that blend with an area of specialization. Although a minimum of 32 credit hours is required, students may desire, or need to complete, additional hours to enhance their graduate degree. Planning this graduate degree program is the responsibility of the student in collaboration with his/her advisor.

*Certain Master of Professional Communication or Master of Business Administration courses may meet graduate education program requirements. Students should consult with their education advisors for specific information and refer to the MPC and MBA sections of this catalog for course descriptions. Pre-approved courses are listed at the end of this section.

Combined Masters/Licensure Program

This program is designed for students who currently hold a bachelor's degree and are seeking a graduate degree in Education along with a Utah state teaching license in secondary, elementary, or early childhood education.

Students must meet the requirements for admissions into both the undergraduate licensure and the Masters of Education (MED) programs.

Students in this program are permitted to complete four licensure course requirements through MED-level courses:

EDUC 302 (fulfilled by MED 614 or 606 and EDUC 300L)
EDUC 303 (fulfilled by MED 672)
EDUC 315 (fulfilled by MED 601 or 602)
EDUC 320 (fulfilled by MED 610)

These graduate courses will also count toward completion of the student's M.Ed., meaning that the student can complete up to 12 credit hours of the 32 required to obtain an M.Ed. by the time the student finishes his/her licensure course work.

Students are considered undergraduate while in the licensure program even though they are taking some graduate-level courses. This may offer financial aid options that are not available to graduate students. See the Office of Financial aid for more information.

Retention in the Program

The student must:

  1. Design and file an acceptable program plan with the Director of the Master of Education program.
  2. Maintain a grade point average of 3.00. Courses in which a grade of B- or lower is awarded do not count towards graduation requirements.
  3. Complete the program within six years, or begin to lose credit for courses older than six years.

Academic Probation and Suspension Policy

Students in the Master of Education programs are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0. Students whose cumulative grade point average falls below a 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. Students placed on academic probation must earn a semester grade point average of at least 3.0 the next semester in which they enroll. Probationary students who fail to earn a semester grade point average of at least 3.0 that semester will be suspended from the MED programs.

Probationary students whose semester grade point average is 3.0 or higher but whose cumulative grade point average still remains below 3.0 will continue on academic probation. Probationary students whose cumulative grade point average reaches 3.0 or higher will be returned to good academic standing. To qualify for graduation, students must earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
Probationary students are required to meet with the MED Program Director prior to enrolling for the upcoming semester.

Program Structure

The program has five components:

Requirement Description

Credit Hours


Theoretical Constructs - MED 601 - 606, 614


Students must take Theoretical Perspectives in Education (MED 606) or Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education (MED 614) during their first year in the program. In addition, each graduate student will take one other course (MED 601, 602, or 605) that develops an understanding of cognitive growth and human development with an emphasis upon the particular age and self-selected area of specialization listed below.


Area of Specialization - MED 607-678


Each graduate student must select 9 credit hours of course work in Diversity, Curriculum and Instruction, Technology, or Organizational Training to examine appropriate instructional practices within the context of a work environment. Courses to be taken in the area of specialization must be approved by a faculty advisor as a part of the program plan. See the listing below for classes included in each area of specialization.




Each student must complete courses from the following:


areas of specialization listed in #2 above.


directed studies


special topics courses outside their specialization


course work pre-approved from other graduate programs


The Graduate Seminar - MED 650


These seminars provide the student with opportunities to understand the interrelated components of the program; to gain clarification of procedures, processes, learning goals, writing and action research skills, and activities; how to develop a project proposal; to build a support group consisting of peers and an advisor; and to create a network that facilitates the sharing of information, ideas, and experiences among the students and instructional faculty. Seminars are facilitated by faculty advisors who constitute a resource to whom the students may turn for information, feedback, and support. The seminar should be taken in the first year in the MED Program, except for combined masters/licensure program students, who should complete the seminar after completing licensure requirements. One credit hour is given for Fall and for Spring semesters.


Project or Thesis - MED 679-699


Each student must complete a literature review, an action research project, and a portfolio and submit all to the graduate faculty for review and approval. The project and its format must be of high quality and reflect significant work culminating the student's program.



Areas of Specialization

When looking at the following areas of specialization, please note that:

  1. Transfer credit can only replace one course in the area of specialization.
  2. All MED courses act as electives.
  3. An asterisk* indicates a required course.


MED 610 Diversity in Education*


MED 651 Learner Centered Environments


MED 656 Multicultural Curriculum Development


SPED 503 Roles of the Special Educator


Curriculum and Instruction

MED 607 Models of Curriculum


MED 612 Models and Processes of Literacy


MED 614 Historical and Philosophical Foundation of Education


MED 615 School and Politics


MED 651 Learner-Centered Environments


MED 656 Multicultural Curriculum Development


MED 658 Reading and Writing in the Content Area


MED 664 Assessment Models and Methods



MED 672 Instructional Technology


MED 616 Information Technology


MED 617 Instructional Design with Technology


MED 618 Online Education: Teaching and Learning at a Distance


MPC 635 Design Principles and Desktop Publishing


Note: There is no required course in this area of specialization; however, it is recommended students beginning their experience with instructional technology take MED 672 before MED 616 or MED 617.

Organizational Training

MED 613 Adult Learning*


MPC 620 Organizational Communication


MPC 630 Visual Communication


MBA 602 Organizational Behavior


Note: MPC 620 or MPC 630 or MBA 603 is an acceptable elective for this area of specialization.

Special Education Endorsement

Students who select this area of specialization must complete the full Special Education Endorsement program. Required Special Education Endorsement course work will fulfill both the area of specialization and 2 of the 3 elective requirements in the MED Program.

SPED 503 Roles of the Special Educator

SPED 508 Principles and Application of Special Education Assessment

SPED 535 Methods of Instruction and Curriculum for K - 12 Special Education I

SPED 540 Methods of Instruction and Curriculum for K - 12 Special Education II

SPED 585 Behavioral Supports in Special Education

Note: SPED 590 Student Teaching in Special Education does not count as MED credit.

SPED 508, SPED 535, SPED 540, and SPED 585 only count as electives for those students in the special education Endorsement area of specialization.

The Distance Learning Endorsement

This program is designed for students who already hold a teaching license and/or bachelor's degree, and are seeking to gain a strong background for teaching and learning through technology, exploring the online environment as a teaching medium, and teaching through the EDNET system. This endorsement is largely conducted during the summer. Students seeking admission need to contact the MED Program Director for details on the admissions process.

Students complete the following classes to gain the endorsement:

MED 672 Instructional Technology


MED 616 Information Technology


MED 617 Instructional Design with Technology


MED 618 Online Education: Teaching & Learning at a Distance


MED 619 Distance Learning Field Experience


MED 610 Diversity in Education


These graduate courses will also count toward completion of the Master of Education degree.

Courses pre-approved from other graduate programs:

MPC 620 Organizational Communication (3)
MPC 630 Visual Communication (3)
MPC 635 Design Principles and Desktop Publishing (3)
MBA 602 Organizational Behavior (3)

Other courses may be approved to meet graduate education program requirements; students wishing to obtain approval should consult with the director of the Master of Education program.