MED Tracks

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification is a nationally-recognized honor awarded to teachers who successfully document their teaching effectiveness through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment and peer review.

Why pursue National Board Certification?

  • National recognition for your teaching abilities
  • a Level 3 license
  • National Board Certification has been documented to have a positive impact on student learning
  • Certification opens up leadership possibilities in your school and district
  • Westminster's program allows you to count this preparation toward your MED degree

Preparation Options

This MED program prepares you to submit materials for National Board Certification in many certification areas. The coursework enables you to be up-to-date in your content area and the pedagogies used in your content area.

All Students Take
  • MED 606 Theoretical Perspectives in Education (3)
  • MED 640 Introduction to NBPTS Certification (2)
  • MED 678 Action Research for NBPTS Certification (2)
  • MED 644 Cutting-edge Content Know: Guided Study (3)
  • MED 646 Cutting-edge Pedagogies: Guided Study (3)
  • MED 642 Comm, Schools & Families in Div Society (3)
  • MED 672 Instructional Technology (3)
  • MED 650 Introduction to Research Methods (2)
  • MED 679 Research Methodologies (3)
  • MED 680 Research Project (3)

Students may choose 6 elective credits from the following.

  • MED 605 Contemporary Issues in Education (3)
  • MED 612 Models and Processes of Literacy (3)
  • MED 615 Education, Schools and Politics (3)
  • MED 622 Language Acquisition and Assessment (3)
  • MED 630 Children’s/Adolescent Literature (3)
  • MED 631 Writing in the Classroom (3)
  • MED 632 Assessment & Intervention of Rdg Processes (3)
  • MED 633 Advanced Reading Comprehension (3)
  • MED 636 Early Literacy Instruction (3)
  • MED 658 Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3)
  • MED 660 Directed Studies (1–3)

This MED program prepares you to submit materials for National Board Certification in several certification areas that relate to literacy, while earning your Basic or Advanced Reading Endorsement.

Teachers who want to become highly effective literacy educators in their own classrooms will want to complete the Level I (Basic) Endorsement.

Teachers who have obtained a Level I Endorsement and who want to work as school- or district-level literacy coaches will want to complete the Level II (Advanced) Endorsement.

Both endorsements aim to deepen educators' understanding of the development of literacy processes and of literacy instruction.

National Board Certification Preparation with an MED and Basic Reading Endorsement (39 credits)
  • MED 612 Models and Processes of Literacy (3)
  • MED 640 Introduction to NBPTS Certification (2)
  • MED 630 Children’s/Adolescent Literature (3)
  • MED 678 Action Research for NBPTS Certification (2)
  • MED 631 Writing in the Classroom (3)
  • MED 642 Comm, Schools & Families in Div Society (3)
  • MED 632 Assessment & Intervention of Reading Processes (3)
  • MED 672 Instructional Technology (3)
  • MED 633 Advanced Reading Comprehension (3)
  • MED 650 Introduction to Research Methods (2)
  • MED 636 Early Literacy Instruction (3)
  • MED 679 Research Methodologies (3)
  • MED 658 Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3)
  • MED 680 Research Project (3)
National Board Certification Preparation with an MED and Advanced Reading Endorsement (44 credits)

Students who are pursuing the Advanced Reading Endorsement complete the program described above for a Basic Reading Endorsement and take an additional five credits. They focus their research coursework and National Board Certification portfolio on reading.

This MED program prepares you to submit materials for National Board Certification, while earning your English as a Second Language Endorsement.

The ESL endorsement is designed for licensed teachers who are seeking qualification to teach K-12 children from all language backgrounds.

In highly interactive courses, students will study historical and political foundations of education for English language learners, second language acquisition and effective teaching and assessment methods for multilingual classrooms.

National Board Certification Preparation with an MED and English as a Second Language Endorsement (33 credits)

  • MED 642 Comm, Schools & Families in Div Society (3)
  • MED 640 Intro to NBPTS Certification (2)
  • MED 621 Foundations of ESOL Instruction (3)
  • MED 678 Action Research for NBPTS Certification (2)
  • MED 622 Language Acquisition and Development (3)
  • MED 672 Instructional Technology (3)
  • MED 623 Instructional Methods for English Learners (3)
  • MED 650 Introduction to Research Methods (2)
  • MED 624 Content Area Instruc for English Learners (3)
  • MED 679 Research Methodologies (3)
  • MED 625 Assessment for English Learners (3)
  • MED 680 Research Project (3)

This MED program prepares you to submit materials for National Board Certification in certification areas relating to Special Education, while earning your license to teach Special Education with Mild-moderate students, K–12.

Special Educators have opportunities to have personal and rewarding interactions with students with disabilities. Special educators are in great demand in Utah as well as throughout the country.

Here at Westminster College, graduate students are provided with opportunities to pursue their interests in special education through a well-established, challenging degree program that leads to employment in this area of critical need. Courses are offered at times convenient for working teachers and paraprofessionals.

National Board Certification Preparation with an MED and Special Education Endorsement (second license) (40 credits)

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

  • SPED 503 Roles of the Special Educator (3)
  • SPED 508 Prins & Application of Spec Ed Assessment (3)
  • SPED 577 Facilitating Services Across Disciplines (3)
  • SPED 585 Behavioral Supports in Special Education (3)
  • SPED 590 Student Teaching in Special Education (4)

Students preparing for Mild/Moderate Special Education take

  • SPED 535 Methods of Instruction and Curriculum for K–6 Spec Ed I (3)
  • SPED 540 Methods of Instruction and Curriculum for 7–12 Spec Ed II (3)

Students preparing for Severe Special Education take

  • SPED 536 Methods of Instruction and Curriculum for K–6 Severe Special Education Ed I (3)
  • SPED 541 Methods of Instruction and Curriculum for 7–12 Severe Special Education II (3)
  • MED 640 Introduction to National Board Certification (2)
  • MED 642 Communities, Schools & Families in a Diverse Society (3)
  • MED 672 Instructional Technology (3)
  • MED 650 Introduction to Research Methods (2)
  • MED 678 Action Research for National Board Certification (2)
  • MED 679 Research Methodologies (3)
  • MED 680 Research Project (3)

This degree path enables students to customize MED course offerings in to a program designed to fit their interests and career goals. Students can be licensed teachers or come in to the program from other backgrounds.

Required Courses
  • MED 606 Theoretical Perspectives in Education (3)
  • MED 650 Introduction to Research Methods (2)
  • MED 679 Research Methodologies (3)
  • MED 680 Research Project (3)
Students Choose 21 Credits From the Following Electives
  • MED 602 Teaching & Learning Theory (3)
  • 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 & Development (3)
  • MED 615 Education, Schools & Politics (3)
  • MED 622 Language Acquisition & Development (3)
  • MED 630 Children’s/Adolescent Literature (3)
  • MED 631 Writing in the Classroom (3)
  • MED 632 Assessment and Intervention or Reading Processes (3)
  • MED 633 Advanced Reading Comprehension (3)
  • MED 634 Teaching Adults (3)
  • MED 635 Adult Ed Pgm Planning & Eval (3)
  • MED 636 Early Literacy Instruction (3)
  • MED 658 Reading & Writing in the Content Area (3)
  • MED 660 Directed Studies (1-3)
  • MED 670 Introduction to Adult Education (3)
  • MED 672 Instructional Technology (3)

Teachers who hold a masters degree and want to pursue National Board Certification may contact the MED Program Director to work out a customized plan of course work that will usually be about 8 credits.

Learn more information about the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

Endorsement Options

Westminster's Reading Endorsement programs are designed for licensed K-12 teachers. Teachers who want to become highly effective literacy educators in their own classrooms will want to complete the Level I (Basic) Endorsement.

Teachers who have obtained a Level I Endorsement and who want to work as school- or district-level literacy coaches will want to complete the Level II (Advanced) Endorsement.

Both endorsements aim to deepen educators' understanding of the development of literacy processes and of literacy instruction.

All courses in both endorsement programs can be taken to fulfill requirements toward completing the endorsements and/or toward completing a Master of Education degree (M.Ed.).

Basic Reading Endorsement Courses
  • 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 Rdg Processes (3)
  • MED 633 Advanced Reading Comprehension (3)
  • MED 636 Early Literacy Instruction (3)
  • MED 658 Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3)
Courses Required to Complete the MED
  • MED 606 Theoretical Perspectives (3)
  • MED 650 Intro to Research Methods (2)
  • MED 679 Research Methodologies (3)
  • MED 680 Research Project (3)
Advanced Reading Endorsement

This program is designed for students who already hold a teaching license and have completed the Basic Reading Endorsement at Westminster College. Students may complete an additional five credits and focus their research coursework as part of the advanced reading endorsement—which requires a total of 37 credits.

Students who have completed their Basic Reading Endorsement at another accredited institution may complete the Advanced Reading Endorsement by completing 11 credits of coursework.

The ESL endorsement is designed for licensed teachers who are seeking qualification to teach K-12 children from all language backgrounds. In highly interactive courses, students will study historical and political foundations of education for English language learners, second language acquisition and effective teaching and assessment methods for multilingual classrooms.

English as a Second Language Endorsement Courses
  • MED 620 English Learners, Family & Community (3)
  • MED 621 Foundations of ESOL Instruction (3)
  • MED 622 Language Acquisition & Development (3)
  • MED 623 Instructional Methods for English Learners (3)
  • MED 624 Content Area Instruction for English Learners (3)
  • MED 625 Assessment for English Learners (3)
Courses Required to Complete the MED
  • MED 606 Theoretical Perspectives (3)
  • One 3-credit elective
  • MED 650 Intro to Research Methods (2)
  • MED 679 Research Methodologies (3)
  • MED 680 Research Project (3)

Why choose Special Education?

Special Educators have opportunities to have personal and rewarding interactions with students with disabilities. Special educators are in great demand in Utah as well as throughout the country. Adding a Special Education license to your basic teaching license enables you to teach K-12 students with mild/moderate/severe disabilities.

Here at Westminster College, graduate students are provided with opportunities to pursue their interests in special education through a well-established, challenging degree program that leads to employment in this area of critical need. Courses are offered at times convenient for working teachers and paraprofessionals.

Mild/Moderate License Coursework for Teachers Who Hold a General Education License (22 credits)
  • SPED 503 Roles of the Special Educator (3)
  • SPED 508 Principles and Application of Special Ed Assessment (3)
  • SPED 535 Methods of Instruction and Curriculum for K–6 Special Education I (3)
  • SPED 540 Methods of Instruction and Curriculum for 7–12 Special Education II (3)
  • SPED 577 Facilitating Services Across Disciplines (3)
  • SPED 585 Behavioral Supports in Special Education (3)
  • SPED 590 Student Teaching in Special Education (4)
Severe License Coursework for Teachers Who Hold a General Education License (22 credits)
  • SPED 503 Roles of the Special Educator (3) SPED 508 Principles and Application of Special Ed Assessment (3)
  • SPED 536 Methods of Instruction and Curriculum for K-6 Severe Special Education I (3)SPED 541 Methods of Instruction and Curriculum for 7–12 Severe Special Education II (3)
  • SPED 577 Facilitating Services Across Disciplines (3)
  • SPED 585 Behavioral Supports in Special Education (3)SPED 590 Student Teaching in Special Education (4)
Mild/Moderate license coursework for teachers who hold a Severe license: (20 credits)
  • SPED 535 Methods of Instruction and Curriculum for K–6 Special Education I (3)
  • SPED 540 Methods of Instruction and Curriculum for 7–12 Special Education II (3)
  • SPED 577 Facilitating Services Across Disciplines (3)
  • SPED 590 Student Teaching in Special Education (4)
  • MAT 633 Math Methods (3)
  • MAT 663 Literacy Foundations, Assessment & Instruction (4)
  • To complete the MED with this option, students take 1 elective credit from MED course offerings and the courses listed below.

    Severe License Coursework for Teachers Who Hold a Mild/Moderate Education license: (13 credits)
    • SPED 536 Methods of instruction and Curriculum for K-6 Severe Special Education I (3)
    • SPED 541 Methods of Instruction and Curriculum for 7–12 Severe Special Education II (3)
    • SPED 577 Facilitating Services Across Disciplines (3)
    • SPED 590 Student Teaching in Special Education (4)

    To complete the MED with this option, students take 8 elective credits from MED course offerings and the courses listed below.

    To Complete the Master of Education Degree, Students Take the Following Courses
    • MED 606 Theoretical Perspectives (3)
    • MED 650 Introduction to Research Methods (2)
    • MED 679 Research Methodologies (3)
    • MED 680 Research Project (3)

    Total Hour for SPED Endorsement followed by completion of MED (33)