Master of Science in Education       

Offering Options for Certified Teachers in Elementary and Secondary Education

Catherine O’Callaghan, Graduate Coordinator, WS 129 Phone: (203) 837-3267
ocallaghanc@wcsu.edu
Ana Cangialosi, Department. Secretary, WS 129 Phone: (203) 837-8510
   canglialosia@wcsu.edu     
Fax: (203) 837-8413

 

Faculty J. Burke; K. Burke; K. Campbell; T. Canada; J. Caruso; M. Daria; M. Delcourt; M. Gilles; J. Jaslow; G. Lomas; C. O’Callaghan; J. Piro; D. Shaw; M. Wilson; K. Zaleta

Program Overview and Mission

Western’s M.S. in Education degree program enhances and develops careers in teaching. The program maintains professional relationships with the broader educational community and is committed to the continuous support and development of cooperative projects and services with area schools. The M.S. in Education program empowers students to attain the highest standards of academic achievement, personal development, and ethical conduct. Candidates in our teacher education program must achieve the following objectives:

  1. Demonstrate academic competence in their selected option;
  2. Complete a general program of studies in education in addition to a recommended content option;
  3. Value and infuse cultural diversity;
  4. Demonstrate a proficiency in and working knowledge of the national and state standards;
  5. Demonstrate a spirit of inquiry, the use of critical thinking skills, and the habits of the reflective practitioner, and;
  6. Demonstrate the ability to appropriately incorporate the use of technology in instructional practices.

The mission of the Masters of Science in Education program is to provide for certified teachers the knowledge, skills, and dispositions appropriate for the advanced professional in education.

Learning Goals and Objectives

 In addition to fulfilling the mission of the Education and Education Psychology Department, candidates for the M.S. in Education degree must meet the following program-specific objectives:

  1. Investigate curriculum theory and associated research as these apply to classroom practices directed toward the improvement of instruction (option in curriculum).
  2. Expand his or her professional knowledge base regarding the use of instructional and information technology in the classroom (option in instructional technology).
  3. Develop skills to implement directed classroom reading activities at the elementary and secondary level (option in reading).
  4. Expand his or her professional knowledge base regarding the education and development of exceptional, gifted, talented, and disabled students in a regular classroom (option in special education).
  5. Accurately assess and analyze student learning, reflecting on adjustments needed for both instruction and assessment.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to be both a consumer of information and a producer of educational research through the use of inquiry, critical analysis, and synthesis in the investigation of a selected research project.

Admission Requirements

Applicants who wish to be admitted to the M.S. programs in teacher education must submit the following materials to the Division of Graduate Studies Office:

  1. Application for admission to the Division of Graduate Studies and a $50 application fee
  2. One official transcript mailed (not hand-delivered) to the Division of Graduate Studies Office from each college or university previously attended, including all earned grades and degree. (For initial nonmatriculating enrollment, an unofficial transcript indicating a 2.8 undergraduate grade point average (GPA) or higher and the baccalaureate degree will suffice.)
  3. If an applicant’s cumulative undergraduate GPA is below 2.8, the applicant must  present a score rated at the 35th percentile or higher on the Miller Analogies Test, as indicated below:2.8 or higher-MAT not required
    2.57 to 2.79-35th percentile
    2.47 to 2.56-45th percentile
    2.37 to 2.46-50th percentile
    Below 2.37-60th percentile
  4. A copy of a valid teaching certificate in elementary and/or secondary education
  5. Supporting documents, such as letters of reference, required for particular concentrations or options
  6. Evidence of successful completion of any required prerequisite courses for a particular concentration
  7. Evidence of an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education

Graduate students in the M.S. programs must complete the requirements for the degree within the six-year period immediately preceding the awarding of the degree.

New-York-State-certified teachers must check with the New York State Education Department to determine if a Western Connecticut State University graduate program meets New York State certification requirements.

Program Entry Interviews and Academic Planning

Each candidate must meet with the M.S. graduate coordinator to discuss and plan the academic program. Course-sequencing suggestions will be provided at that time.

Tk20 License Requirement

All candidates who enter degree or certificate programs in Education and Educational Psychology at Western Connecticut State University are required to purchase a Tk20 license before or during the first week of class. Tk20 is part of Western’s assessment system and essential for continuous accreditation. Information about purchasing the license is at this link: http://cthe.wcsu.edu (lower left).  If you have questions, please contact Dr. Catherine O’Callaghan, E&EP Chair, ocallaghanc@wcsu.edu.

Degree Requirements: Option in Curriculum Leadership (noncertification)

A student who wishes to obtain an M.S. degree with an option in curriculum leadership must hold an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education (minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8) and a valid teaching certificate. This concentration is for teachers who are interested in exploring curriculum issues. The main objective is to investigate curriculum theory and associated research as these apply to classroom practices directed toward the improvement of instruction.

A minimum of 30 semester hours is required for the M.S. in Education degree. All courses included in the MS in Education degree must be at the graduate level (500 or above). Culmination of the program includes completion of a three-semester-hour capstone project (ED 592).

Master of Science in Education: Option in Curriculum Leadership

A. Specialization: Curriculum for the Classroom Teacher (30 SH)

Professional Education Core Requirements
15 SH
ED 515 Curriculum Leadership in the Elementary School 3 SH
-OR- ED 530 Curriculum Leadership in the Secondary School 3 SH
EPY 505 Measurement and Evaluation 3 SH
ED 501 Introduction to Educational Research 3 SH
ED 556 Curriculum Development Using Instructional Technology 3 SH
ED 592 Capstone Project in Education 3 SH
Approved Electives (select 15 SH) 15 SH 
ED 500 Contemporary Educational Issues 3 SH
ED 525 Teaching Children with Learning Disabilities 3 SH
ED 527 Differentiating Instruction 3 SH
ED 559 Educational Computer Simulations 3 SH
ED 571 Urban Education Experiences 3 SH
ED 576 Learning, Coaching, and Reflective Practice 3 SH
ED 593 Standards, Mandates, and Legal Issues in Teaching 3 SH

B. Specialization: Curriculum in the Content Area  (30 SH)

Professional Education Core Requirements 15 SH
ED 515 Curriculum Leadership in the Elementary School 3 SH
-or- ED 530 Curriculum Leadership in the Secondary School 3 SH
EPY 505 Measurement and Evaluation 3 SH
ED 501 Introduction to Educational Research 3 SH
ED 556 Curriculum Development Using Instructional Technology 3 SH
ED 592 Capstone Project in Education 3 SH
Content Area Requirements – Select 12 SH 12 SH
Approved by Content Area Department Chair
Approved Electives (select 15 SH)   15 SH
ED 500 Contemporary Educational Issues 3 SH
ED 525 Teaching Children with Learning Disabilities 3 SH
ED 527 Differentiating Instruction 3 SH
ED 559 Educational Computer Simulations 3 SH
ED 571 Urban Education Experiences 3 SH
ED 576 Learning, Coaching, and Reflective Practice 3 SH
ED 593 Standards, Mandates, and Legal Issues in Teaching 3 SH

C. Specialization: Teacher Leadership (33 SH)

Professional Education Core Requirements 15 SH
ED 515 Curriculum Leadership in the Elementary School 3 SH
-or- ED 530 Curriculum Leadership in the Secondary School 3 SH
EPY 505 Measurement and Evaluation 3 SH
ED 501 Introduction to Educational Research 3 SH
ED 556 Curriculum Development Using Instructional Technology 3 SH
ED 592 Capstone Project in Education 3 SH
Teacher Leader Requirements 6 SH
ED 576 Learning, Coaching, and Reflective Practice 3 SH
ED 593 Standards, Mandates, and Legal Issues in Teaching 3 SH
Content Area Requirements – Select 12 SH 12 SH
Approved by Content Area Department Chair (Math or Science)

 

Degree Requirements: Option in Instructional Technology (Noncertification)

A student who wishes to obtain the Master of Science degree with an option in instructional technology must hold an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education (minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8) and a valid teaching certificate. This program does not currently lead to certification in technology.

The objective of the instructional technology option is to expand the professional knowledge base of teachers regarding the use of instructional and information technology in the classroom.

A minimum of 30 semester hours is required for the M.S. in Education degree, including the requirements for the nonthesis or thesis approach. The culmination of the program includes completion of a three-semester hour capstone project (ED 592).

Master of Science in Education: Option in Instructional Technology (Noncertification)    

Professional Education Requirements 12 SH
ED 500 Contemporary Educational Issues 3 SH
EPY 505 Measurement and Evaluation 3 SH
ED 501 Introduction to Educational Research 3 SH
ED 592 Capstone Project in Education 3 SH
Option Courses (select 12 SH) 12 SH
ED 532 Computer Literacy in Education 3 SH
ED 538 Electronic Portfolio Development for Educators   3 SH
ED 539 Developing Cultural Diversity Through Virtual Field Trips 3 SH
ED 556 Curriculum Development Using Instructional Technology 3 SH
ED 557 Computers in Special Education 3 SH
ED 558 Computers in Distance Learning 3 SH
ED 559 Educational Computer Simulations 3 SH
Electives 6 SH
Up to 3 SH of elective graduate credits may be taken outside of the E&EP Department.
Intersession courses (ED 733) should only apply as graduate electives.

 

Degree Requirements: Option in Reading (Noncertification)

A student who wishes to obtain the Master of Science degree with an option in reading must hold an earned  bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education (minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8) and a valid teaching certificate.

The major objective of this program is to develop outstanding and purposefully directed classroom reading teachers at the elementary-school level. Teachers at the middle or secondary levels who focus on reading may also be interested in this option. This program does not fulfill requirements for state certification in reading.

Master of Science in Education: Option in Reading (Noncertification)

A minimum of 30 semester hours (SH) is required for the M.S. degree in education with an option in reading, including the requirements for the non-thesis or thesis approach. A maximum of three semester hours from courses bearing a 400-level number may be included for credit in a degree program. Culmination of the program includes completion of a three-semester hour capstone project (ED 592).

Professional Education Requirements 12 SH
ED 500 Contemporary Educational Issues 3 SH
EPY 505 Measurement & Evaluation 3 SH
ED 501 Introduction to Educational Research 3 SH
ED 592 Capstone Project in Education 3 SH
Option Courses (select 12 SH)   12 SH
ED 514 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas 3 SH
ED 517 Developmental Reading in the Elementary School 3 SH 
ED 535 Developmental Reading in the Secondary School 3 SH
ED 548 Analysis of Reading Difficulties 3 SH
ED 594 Community Reading Practicum 3 SH
   
Electives 6 SH
Up to 3 SH of elective graduate credits may be taken outside of the E&EP Department.
Intersession courses (ED 733) should only apply as graduate electives.

 

Degree Requirements: Option in Special Education (Noncertification)

A student who wishes to obtain the Master of Science degree in Education with an option in special education must hold an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education (minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8) and a valid teaching certificate.

The objective of the special-education option is to expand the professional knowledge base of teachers regarding the education and development of special education and gifted and talented students. This program does not fulfill requirements for state certification in special education.

A minimum of 30 semester hours is required for the M.S. degree in education with an option in special education, including the requirements for the nonthesis or thesis approach. Culmination of the program includes completion of a three-semester-hour capstone project (ED 592).

Master of Science in Education: Option in Special Education (Non-Certification)

Concentration: Special Education for the Classroom Teacher

Professional Education Requirements 12 SH
ED 500 Contemporary Educational Issues 3 SH
EPY 505 Measurement and Evaluation 3 SH
ED 501 Introduction to Educational Research 3 SH
ED 592 Capstone Project in Education 3 SH
Option Courses (select 12 SH) 12 SH
ED 525 Teaching Children with Learning Disabilities 3 SH
ED 545 Teaching Children with Emotional and Behavioral Disturbances 3 SH
ED 557 Computers in Special Education 3 SH
ED 578 Teaching the Gifted and Talented 3 SH
ED 726 Child and Adolescent Development 3 SH
EPY 509 Introduction to Exceptionalities(In the catalog, this is “Exceptional Learners: Children and Adolescents.”) 3 SH
Electives 6 SH
Up to three SH of elective graduate credits may be taken outside of the E&EP Department.
Intersession courses (ED 733) should only apply as graduate electives.

Concentration: Autism Spectrum

Professional Education Requirements 12 SH
ED 500 Contemporary Educational Issues 3 SH
EPY 505 Measurement and Evaluation 3 SH
ED 501 Introduction to Educational Research 3 SH
ED 592 Capstone Project in Education 3 SH
Option Courses (select 12 SH) 12 SH
ED 525 Teaching Children with Learning Disabilities 3 SH
ED 545 Teaching Children with Emotional and Behavioral Disturbances 3 SH
ED 557 Computers in Special Education 3 SH
ED 578 Teaching the Gifted and Talented 3 SH
ED 726 Child and Adolescent Development 3 SH
EPY 509 Introduction to Exceptionalities(In the catalog, this is “Exceptional Learners: Children and Adolescents.”) 3 SH
Electives 6 SH
Up to three SH of elective graduate credits may be taken outside of the E&EP Department.
Intersession courses (ED 733) should only apply as graduate electives.

 

Students who have already obtained a master’s degree may opt to take ED 591 or ED 690 in lieu of ED 592 with permission of the graduate coordinator.

 

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