2008-2009 Master of Education (MED)

Program Description | Admission | Program Requirements | Probation and Suspension | Graduation Requirements | Program Structure | Course Descriptions

Program Director: Peggy Cain

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 progressive and experiential in its perspective and which has an instructional focus. Commitment to professional growth is a prerequisite.

Philosophy Statement

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) 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 and training 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

Licensed teachers may earn a Basic Reading Endorsement, an Advanced Reading Endorsement, a Distance Learning Endorsement, an English as a Second Language Endorsement, or a Special Education Endorsement.

Those teaching adults or administering educational programs for adults may earn an Adult Learning Certificate.

Coursework for all endorsements and certificates counts toward an M.Ed.

Note: Should the Utah State Board of Education change its requirements for teaching endorsements, the Master of Education/Teacher Education Program requirements will change accordingly.

Classes in the M.Ed. program provide active, hands-on opportunities to learn and connect course work to students’ teaching or work settings.

Admission to the Program

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

  1. A completed Application for Graduate Admission form with a $40
    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. Two professional recommendations.
  6. A personal résumé 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.

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 600 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 coursework must fall within the guidelines of Westminster’s Graduate Program in Education.*

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 students in collaboration with their advisors.

*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.

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 toward 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 M.Ed. program.

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 M.Ed. Program Director prior to enrolling for the upcoming semester.

Appeals for Readmission

Suspended students may petition the School of Education Graduate Committee for readmission at any time prior to the beginning of the semester in which they wish to enroll; however, unless extenuating circumstances exist, suspended students are required to remain out of the college for at least one semester before appealing for readmission. Students who feel extenuating circumstances contributed to their failure to meet minimum grade point requirements may choose to appeal for readmission immediately following the suspension.

To appeal for readmission, students must submit a letter to the Director of Graduate Programs, School of Education, giving evidence that supports the request for readmission. Petitioning students will be notified of the graduate committee meeting and will be given the opportunity to present their cases in person. Decisions of the Graduate Committee are final. Students readmitted through the appeals procedure are placed on continued probation and must meet the minimum 3.0 grade point average requirement that semester.

Students who have been out of the college for more than two semesters must also submit an application for readmission to the Admissions Office. Students readmitted after more than two semesters will be required to meet program requirements for the catalog in effect at the time of readmission.

Graduation Requirements

Candidates for graduation should apply to the Registrar’s Office approximately two regular semesters prior to planned completion of graduation requirements. Applications for December graduation are due in September and applications for May and August graduation are due in October. Please see the Academic Calendar for more specific dates. Candidates are notified of remaining degree requirements within four weeks after applying for graduation.

To be eligible for a master’s degree or graduate certificate, students must satisfy the following conditions:

  • Meet all credit hour and other course requirements.
  • Maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0 or above.
  • Be enrolled at Westminster College during the semester in which they wish to graduate.
  • Maintain good academic standing.
  • Earn a grade of B or higher in all graduate courses.

Note: Only graduate-level coursework may be applied toward degree or certificate requirements.

The final responsibility for being informed about, and adhering to, graduation requirements rests with the student.

Program Structure

Students have six curricular options in the M.Ed. program. Graduation requires a minimum of 32 credit hours for any option.

Traditional M.Ed.

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Core Courses

3

All students must take:

MED 606 Theoretical Perspectives in Education (3)
or
MED 614 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education (3)

II.

Elective Courses

21

Students may choose classes from the following:

MED 602 Teaching and Learning Theory (3)
MED 605 Contemporary Issues in Education (3)
MED 610 Sociocultural Contexts for Learning (3)
MED 613 Theories of Adult Learning and Development (3)
MED 615 Education, Schools and Politics (3)
MED 616 Information Technology (3)
MED 617 Instructional Design with Technology (3)
MED 622 Language Acquisition and Assessment (3)
MED 634 Teaching Adults (3)
MED 651 Learner-Centered Environments (3)
MED 658 Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3)
MED 660 Directed Studies (1–3)
MED 672 Instructional Technology (3)

III.

Graduate Seminar

2

  All students must take MED 650


IV.

Project

6

All students must take:
MED 679 Research Methodologies (3)
MED 680 Research Project (3)

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE TRADITIONAL M.Ed.

32

Endorsement or Certificate followed by completion of M.Ed.

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Basic Reading Endorsement (RDG)

21

This program is designed for students who already hold a teaching license and a bachelor’s degree and are seeking to become qualified to be a reading teacher at the elementary or secondary level. Students must be admitted to the M.Ed. program.

MED 612 Models and Processes of Literacy (3)
MED 630 Children’s/Adolescent Literature (3)
MED 631 Writing in the Classroom (3)
MED 632 Assessment & Intervention of Reading Processes (3)
MED 633 Advanced Reading Comprehension (3)
MED 636 Early Literacy Instruction (3)
MED 658 Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3)

II.

Core Course

3

All students must take:
MED 606 Theoretical Perspectives in Education (3)
or
MED 614 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education (3)

III.

Graduate Seminar

2

  All students must take MED 650


IV.

Project

6

All students must take:
MED 679 Research Methodologies (3)
MED 680 Research Project (3)

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE RDG ENDORSEMENT FOLLOWED BY COMPLETION OF M.Ed.

32

 

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Advanced Reading Endorsement (RDGA)

11

This program is designed for students who already hold a teaching license and have completed the Basic Reading Endorsement at Westminster College or a regionally accredited institution.

MED 608C Supervision and Staff Development in Reading Instruction (3)
MED 608D Advanced Reading Research (2)
MED 679 Research Methodologies (3)
MED 680 Research Project (3)

II.

Core Course

3

All students must take:
MED 606 Theoretical Perspectives in Education (3)
or
MED 614 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education (3)

III.

Graduate Seminar

2

 

All students must take MED 650


IV.

Project

 

Completed as part of Advanced Reading Endorsement

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE RDGA ENDORSEMENT FOLLOWED BY COMPLETION OF M.Ed.

16

 

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Educational Techonology/Distance Learning Endorsement (DLE)

16

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. Students seeking admission need to contact the M.Ed. Program Director for details on the admissions process.

Students complete the following classes to gain the endorsement:

MED 610 Sociocultural Contexts for Learning (3)
MED 616 Information Technology (3)
MED 617 Instructional Design with Technology (3)
MED 618 Online Educ.: Teaching & Learning at a Distance (3)
MED 619 Distance Learning Field Experience (1)
MED 672 Instructional Technology (3)

II.

Core Course

3

All students must take:
MED 606 Theoretical Perspectives in Education (3)
or
MED 614 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education (3)

III.

Elective Courses

5

 

Students may choose classes from the following:

MED 602 Teaching and Learning Theory (3)
MED 605 Contemporary Issues in Education (3)
MED 613 Theories of Adult Learning and Development (3)
MED 615 Education, Schools and Politics (3)
MED 622 Language Acquisition and Assessment (3)
MED 634 Teaching Adults (3)
MED 651 Learner-Centered Environments (3)
MED 658 Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3)
MED 660 Directed Studies (1–3)

 

IV.

Graduate Seminar

2

 

All students must take MED 650


V.

Project

6

All students must take:
MED 679 Research Methodologies (3)
MED 680 Research Project (3)

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE DLE ENDORSEMENT FOLLOWED BY COMPLETION OF M.Ed.

32

 

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

English as a Second Language Endorsement (ESL)

18

This program is designed for students who already hold a teaching license and a bachelor’s degree, and are seeking to become qualified to be an ESL teacher at the elementary or secondary level. Students must be admitted to the M.Ed. program.

MED 620 ESL, Family and Community (3)
MED 621 Foundations of ESL Instruction (3)
MED 622 Language Acquisition and Assessment (3)
MED 623 ESL Methods I (3)
MED 624 ESL Methods II: Content and Assessment (3)
MED 625 Assessment for ELL in Content Areas (3)

II.

Core Course

3

All students must take:
MED 606 Theoretical Perspectives in Education (3)
or
MED 614 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education (3)

III.

Elective Courses

3

 

Students may choose classes from the following:

MED 602 Teaching and Learning Theory (3)
MED 605 Contemporary Issues in Education (3)
MED 610 Sociocultural Contexts for Learning (3)
MED 613 Theories of Adult Learning and Development (3)
MED 615 Education, Schools and Politics (3)
MED 616 Information Technology (3)
MED 617 Instructional Design with Technology (3)
MED 634 Teaching Adults (3)
MED 651 Learner-Centered Environments (3)
MED 658 Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3)
MED 660 Directed Studies (1–3)
MED 672 Instructional Technology (3)

 

IV.

Graduate Seminar

2

 

All students must take MED 650


V.

Project

6

All students must take:
MED 679 Research Methodologies (3)
MED 680 Research Project (3)

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ESL ENDORSEMENT FOLLOWED BY COMPLETION OF M.Ed.

32

 

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Special Education Endorsement (SPED)

24

Students who select this area of specialization must complete the full Special Education Endorsement program. Graduates will be licensed to teach K–12 students with mild to moderate disabilities.

SPED 503 Roles of the Special Educator (4)
SPED 508 Principles and Application of Special Education Assessment (4)
SPED 535 Methods of Instruction and Curriculum for K–6 Special Education I (4)
SPED 540 Methods of Instruction and Curriculum for 7–12 Special Education II (4)
SPED 585 Behavioral Supports in Special Education (4)
SPED 590 Student Teaching in Special Education (4)

II.

Core Course

3

All students must take:
MED 606 Theoretical Perspectives in Education (3)
or
MED 614 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education (3)

III.

Graduate Seminar

2

 

All students must take MED 650


IV.

Project

6

All students must take:
MED 679 Research Methodologies (3)
MED 680 Research Project (3)

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE SPED ENDORSEMENT FOLLOWED BY COMPLETION OF M.Ed.

35

 

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Adult Learning Certificate (ALC)

15

This program is designed for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree, and are seeking to become qualified as specialists with a broad knowledge of adult learning. This is particularly suited to those in educational or training positions who work directly with adults. Students must be admitted to the M.Ed. program.

MED 670 Introduction to Adult Education (3)
MED 613 Theories of Adult Learning and Development (3)
MED 634 Teaching Adults (3)
MED 635 Adult Education Program Planning and Evaluation (3)
MED 672 Instructional Technology (3)

Some students may complete the Adult Learning Certificate at the undergraduate level by taking the following courses. These courses are general elective credit and do not count towards graduate credit.

EDUC 370 Introduction to Adult Education (3)
EDUC 313 Theories of Adult Learning and Development (3)
EDUC 334 Teaching Adults (3)
EDUC 335 Adult Education Program Planning and Evaluation (3)
EDUC 372 Instructional Technology (3)

II.

Elective Courses

9

 

Students may choose classes from the following:

MED 602 Teaching and Learning Theory (3)
MED 605 Contemporary Issues in Education (3)
MED 608 Special Topics (3)
MED 610 Sociocultural Contexts for Learning (3)
MED 615 Education, Schools and Politics (3)
MED 616 Information Technology (3)
MED 617 Instructional Design with Technology (3)
MED 622 Language Acquisition and Assessment (3)
MED 651 Learner-Centered Environments (3)
MED 658 Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3)
MED 660 Directed Studies (1–3)

 

III.

Graduate Seminar

2

 

All students must take MED 650


IV.

Project

6

All students must take:
MED 679 Research Methodologies (3)
MED 680 Research Project (3)

TOTAL HOURS FOR ALC FOLLOWED BY COMPLETION OF M.Ed.

32