2013–2014 Master of Education (MED)

Philosophy | Program Description | Admission | Program Requirements | Probation and Suspension | Graduation Requirements | Traditional MED | Basic Reading | Advanced Reading | ESL | Special Education | Adult Learning | 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, an English as a Second Language Endorsement, or a Special Education Endorsement. Teachers who have been teaching for at least two years may also earn the above endorsements and the M.Ed. while taking classes to prepare them for applying for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification.

Taking the preparation courses for National Board Certification does not guarantee successful completion of the Certification process (national pass rates are about 50% on the first try).  Students who successfully complete required coursework for the M.Ed. will receive the M.Ed. degree regardless of whether they successfully complete the Certification process.

Students may also earn a Montessori Teaching Certificate at either the Early Childhood (ages 2 ½ to 6 years) level or Lower Elementary (ages 6 to 9) level.
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 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

See Admission to the College section for admission requirements.

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

See page 60 in Grading and Academic Standards for graduate academic probation and suspension policies.

Appeals for Readmission

See Grading and Academic Standards for information on appeals for 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 March and applications for May and August graduation are due in September. 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:

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 multiple 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 Prerequisites
I. Core Course 3  

MED      606      Theoretical Perspectives in Education (3)

   
II. Elective Courses 21  
Students may choose classes from the following:    
MED      605     Contemporary Issues in Education (3)    
MED      608     Special Topics (3)    
MED      610     Sociocultural Contexts for Learning (3)    
MED      612     Models and Processes of Literacy (3)    
MED      613     Theories of Adult Learning and Development (3)    
MED      615     Education, Schools and Politics (3)    
MED      620     ESL, Family and Community (3)    
MED      621     Foundations of  ESOL Instruction (3)    
MED      622     Language Acquisition and Development (3)    
MED      630     Children’s/Adolescent Literature (3)    
MED      631     Writing in the Classroom (3)    
MED      634     Teaching Adults (3)    
MED      635     Adult Ed Program Planning & Evaluation (3)    
MED      636     Early Literacy Instruction (3)    
MED      651     Learner-Centered Environments (3)    
MED      658     Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3)    
MED      660     Directed Studies (1–3)   consent of instructor
MED      672     Instructional Technology (3)    
III. Project 8  
MED      650     Introduction to Research Methods (2)     consent of instructor
MED      679     Research Methodologies (3)     MED 650
MED      680     Research Project (3)         MED 679
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE TRADITIONAL MEd 32  

 

Basic Reading Endorsement followed by completion of MEd

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
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 632
MED      636     Early Literacy Instruction (3)        
MED      658     Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3)       
II. Core Course 3  

MED      606     Theoretical Perspectives in Education (3)

   
III. Project 8  
MED      650     Introduction to Research Methods (2)     consent of instructor
MED      679     Research Methodologies (3)     MED 650
MED      680     Research Project (3)      MED 679
TOTAL HOURS FOR RDG ENDORSEMENT FOLLOWED BY COMPLETION OF MEd 32  

 

Recommended Plan of Study for MEd with Basic Reading Endorsement

 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester Summer Semester
Year 1    

MED 612
MED 630
MED 631

Year 2

MED 632
MED 636

MED 633
MED 658

MED 650
Year 3 MED 679

MED 680
MED 606

 

 

Advanced Reading Endorsement followed by completion of MEd

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Basic Reading Endorsement (RDG) 21  
The Advanced Reading Endorsement requires completion of the Basic
Reading Endorsement:
   
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)        
II. Advanced Reading Endorsement (RDGA) 8  
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       676      Supervision and Staff Development/Internship (3)    
MED      677     Advanced Reading Research (2)         
MED      679     Research Methodologies (3)    
III. Core Course 3  

MED      606     Theoretical Perspectives in Education (3)

   
IV. Research Project 5  
MED      650     Introduction to Research Methods (2)    
MED      680         Research Project (3)    
TOTAL HOURS FOR RDGA ENDORSEMENT FOLLOWED BY COMPLETION OF MEd 37  

 

Recommended Plan of Study for MEd with Advanced Reading Endorsement

 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester Summer Semester
Year 1    

MED 612
MED 630
MED 636

Year 2

MED 632
MED 633

MED 679
MED 677

MED 650
MED 676

Year 3

MED 679
MED 677

MED 680
MED 606

 

 

ESL Endorsement followed by completion of MEd

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
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     English Learners, Family and Community (3)      
MED      621     Foundations of ESOL Instruction (3)            
MED      622     Language Acquisition and Development (3)      
MED      623     Instructional Methods for English Learners (3)       MED 621, 622
MED      624     Content Area Instruction for English Learners (3)      MED 623
MED      625     Assessment for English Learners (3)   MED 623
II. Core Course 3  

MED      606     Theoretical Perspectives in Education (3)

   
III. Elective Course 3  
Students may choose classes from the following:    
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      630     Children’s/Adolescent Literature (3)    
MED      631     Writing in the Classroom (3)    
MED      634     Teaching Adults (3)    
MED      635     Adult Ed Program Planning & Evaluation (3)    
MED      658     Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3)    
MED      660     Directed Studies (1–3)    
MED      672     Instructional Technology (3)   consent of instructor
IV. Project 8  
MED      650     Introduction to Research Methods (2)        consent of instructor
MED      679     Research Methodologies  (3)     MED 650
MED      680     Research Project (3)       MED 679

                          
                                           
          

   
TOTAL HOURS FOR ESL ENDORSEMENT FOLLOWED BY COMPLETION OF MEd 32  


Recommended Plan of Study for MED with ESL Endorsement

 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester Summer Semester
Year 1  

MED 621
MED 622
(May be taken in the Spring or Summer)

Year 2

MED 620
MED 623

MED 624
MED 625

MED 650
Elective (here or fall)

Year 3

MED 679
Elective

MED 680
MED 606

 

 

Special Education Endorsement followed by completion of M.Ed.

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Special Education Endorsement (SPED) 22  
Students who select this area of specialization must hold a teaching license and complete the full Special Education Endorsement program. Students may choose to complete the endorsement in either Mild/Moderate or Severe Special Education. Graduates will be licensed to teach K–12 students with severe or mild to moderate disabilities.    
SPED      503     Roles of the Special Educator (3)       
SPED      508     Principles and Application of Special Education Assessment (3)   field work required
SPED      577     Facilitating Services Across Disciplines (3)        SPED 503; co-requisite: SPED 535
SPED      585     Behavioral Supports in Special Education (3)         SPED 503, 508 and 535 or 536; co-requisite: SPED 540 or 541
SPED      590     Student Teaching in Special Education (4)      consent of instructor
Students preparing for Mild/Moderate Special Education take:    
SPED      535     Methods of Instruction and Curriculum for K–6 Mild/Moderate Special Education I (3)        SPED 503; co-requisite: SPED 508
SPED      540     Methods of Instruction and Curriculum for 7–12 Mild/Moderate Special Education II (3)   SPED 503, 508 and 535; co-requisite: SPED 585
Students preparing for Severe Special Education take:    
SPED      536     Methods of Instruction and Curriculum for K–6 Severe Special Education I  (3)   SPED 503; co-requisite: SPED 508
SPED      541         Methods of Instruction and Curriculum for  7–12 Severe Special Education II (3)    SPED 503; 563; co-requisite: SPED 585
II. Core Course 3  

MED      606     Theoretical Perspectives in Education (3)

   
III. Project 8  
MED      650     Introduction to Research Methods (2)       consent of instructor
MED      679     Research Methodologies (3)       MED 650
MED      680     Research Project (3)      MED 679
Praxis Requirement: Students seeking Special Education licenses through the MED program must pass the Praxis test(s) required by the State of Utah before applying to student teach. See the Utah State Office of Education web site or the Director of Special Education Programs at Westminster for information on current Praxis requirements.    
TOTAL HOURS FOR SPED ENDORSEMENT FOLLOWED BY COMPLETION OF MEd 33  


Recommended Plan of Study for MED with Special Education Endorsement

 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester Summer Semester
Year 1

SPED 503
SPED 577

SPED 508
SPED 535 or 536

MED 606

Year 2

SPED 585
SPED 540 or 541

SPED 590

MED 650

Year 3

MED 679

MED 680

 

 

Special Education Second License Severe followed by completion of MEd

Students who select this area of specialization must hold a teaching license in Mild/Moderate Special Education. Graduates will be licensed to teach K–12 students with severe disabilities.

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Special Education Second License Severe 13  
SPED      536     Methods of Instruction and Curriculum for K–6 Severe Special Education I (3)    SPED 503; co-requisite: SPED 508
SPED      541     Methods of Instruction and Curriculum for 7–12   Severe Special Education II (3)        SPED 503, 508, 536; co-requisite: SPED 585
*SPED    577     Facilitating Services Across Disciplines (3)           
SPED      590     Student Teaching in Special Education (4)    consent of instructor
First Aid/CPR certification (non-credit)    
*This course may be transferred in if already taken as part of the Mild/Moderate Special Education license.    
II. Core Course 3  

MED      606     Theoretical Perspectives in Education (3)

   
III. Electives 8  

Students may choose from MED and SPED courses to complete this elective
requirement in consultation with their MED advisor.

   
IV. Project 8  
MED      650     Introduction to Research Methods (2)      consent of instructor
MED      679     Research Methodologies (3)      MED 650
MED      680     Research Project (3)    MED 679
Praxis Requirement: Students seeking Special Education licenses through the MED program must pass the Praxis test(s) required by the State of Utah before applying to student teach. See the Utah State Office of Education web site or the Director of Special Education Programs at Westminster for information on current Praxis requirements.    
TOTAL HOURS FOR SPED SECOND LICENSE IN SEVERE FOLLOWED BY COMOPLETION OF MEd
Requires passing score on appropriate Praxis Test before student is recommended for licensure.
32  

 

Recommended Plan of Study for Second License in Severe Special Education with MEd

 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester Summer Semester
Year 1

SPED 541

SPED 536

MED 606
SPED 577

Year 2

Elective(s)

SPED 590

MED 650
Elective

Year 3

MED 679

MED 680

 

 

Adult Learning Certificate followed by completion of MEd

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
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 313
EDUC     335     Adult Education Program Planning and Evaluation        
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      622     Language Acquisition and Development (3)    
MED      651     Learner-Centered Environments (3)    
MED      658     Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3)    
MED      660     Directed Studies (1–3)   consent of instructor
III. Project 8  
MED      650     Introduction to Research Methods (2)    consent of instructor
MED      679     Research Methodologies (3)         MED 650
MED      680         Research Project (3)            MED 679
TOTAL HOURS FOR ALC FOLLOWED BY COMPLETION OF MEd 32  

 

Recommended Plan of Study for MEd with Adult Learning Certificate

 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester Summer Semester
Year 1

MED 672
MED 634

MED 635
MED 670

MED 613
MED 650
1 elective

Year 2

MED 679
1 elective

MED 680
1 elective