2006 - 2007 Master of Education (MED)

Program Requirements | Combined Masters/Licensure Program | Retention in the Program | Probation and Suspension | Graduation Requirements | Program Structure | Specializations | Course Descriptions

Philosophy Statement, Program Description, and Admission Requirements

Program Director: David Stokes

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.

Combined Masters/Licensure Program (TLP)

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 (M.Ed.) programs.

Students in this program are permitted to complete four licensure course requirements through M.Ed.-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)
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 coursework.

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 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 four 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 Diversity in Education (3)
MED 613 Theories of Adult Learning and Development (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 672 Instructional Technology (3)

III.

Graduate Seminar

2

  All students must take 2 MED 650 seminars.


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. This endorsement is largely conducted during the summer. 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 of Reading Processes (3)
MED 633 Diagnostic Teaching for 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 2 MED 650 seminars.


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)

32

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

MED 608 Special Topics (3)
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 of Reading Processes (3)
MED 633 Diagnostic Teaching for Reading Comprehension (3)
MED 636 Early Literacy Instruction (3)
MED 658 Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3)
MED 660 Directed Studies in 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 2 MED 650 seminars.


IV.

Project

 

Completed as part of Advanced Reading Endorsement

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

37

 

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. This endorsement is largely conducted during the summer. 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 Diversity in Education (3)
MED 616 Information Technology (3)
MED 617 Instructional Design with Technology (3)
MED 618 Online Education: 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 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)

 
IV. Graduate Seminar
2
  All students must take 2 MED 650 seminars.


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. This endorsement is largely conducted during the summer. 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 Diversity in Education (3)
MED 613 Theories of Adult Learning and Development (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 672 Instructional Technology (3)

 
IV. Graduate Seminar
2
  All students must take 2 MED 650 seminars.


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. Required Special Education Endorsement coursework will fulfill both the area of specialization and 2 of the 3 elective requirements in the M.Ed. Program.

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 2 MED 650 seminars.


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 610 Diversity in 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)

Note: Some students may complete the Adult Learning Certificate at the undergraduate level by taking the following restricted classes as part of our corporate partnership program. These courses are general elective credit and do not count towards graduate credit.

EDUC 310 Diversity in Education (3)
EDUC 313 Theories in 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.

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 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)

 
IV. Graduate Seminar
2
  All students must take 2 MED 650 seminars.


V.

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

Teaching License (TLP) followed by completion of M.Ed.

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Graduate Courses Required as Part of TLP

12

Students must complete:
MED 606 Theoretical Perspectives in Education
or
MED 614 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education

MED 602 Cognitive Development
MED 610 Diversity in Education
MED 672 Instructional Technology

II.

Elective Courses

14

 

MED 605 Contemporary Issues in Education (3)
MED 613 Theories of Adult Learning and Development (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)

 
III.

Project

6

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

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

32

Teaching License (TLP) followed by an Endorsement or
Certificate then completion of M.Ed.

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Graduate Courses Required as Part of TLP

12

Students must complete:
MED 606 Theoretical Perspectives in Education
or
MED 614 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education

MED 602 Cognitive Development
MED 610 Diversity in Education
MED 672 Instructional Technology

II.

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. This endorsement is largely conducted during the summer. 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 of Reading Processes (3)
MED 633 Reading Comprehension Instruction (3)
MED 636 Early Literacy Instruction (3)
MED 658 Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3)

 
III.

Project

6

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

TOTAL HOURS FOR TLP and RDG FOLLOWED BY COMPLETION OF M.Ed.

39


Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Graduate Courses Required as Part of TLP

12

Students must complete:
MED 606 Theoretical Perspectives in Education
or
MED 614 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education

MED 602 Cognitive Development
MED 610 Diversity in Education
MED 672 Instructional Technology

II.

Advanced Reading Endorsement (RDGA)

32

 

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

MED 608 Special Topics (3)
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 of Reading Processes (3)
MED 633 Diagnostic Teaching for Reading Comprehension (3)
MED 636 Early Literacy Instruction (3)
MED 658 Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3)
MED 660 Directed Studies in Reading Research (2)
MED 679 Research Methodologies (3)
MED 680 Research Project (3)

 
III.

Project

?

Completed as part of Advanced Reading Endorsement

TOTAL HOURS FOR TLP and RDGA FOLLOWED BY COMPLETION OF M.Ed.

44

 

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Graduate Courses Required as Part of TLP

12

Students must complete:
MED 606 Theoretical Perspectives in Education
or
MED 614 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education

MED 602 Cognitive Development
MED 610 Diversity in Education
MED 672 Instructional Technology

II.

Educational Technology/Distance Learning Endorsement (DLE)

10

 

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 M.Ed. Program Director for details on the admissions process.

Students complete the following classes to gain the endorsement:

MED 610 Diversity in Education (3)
(Completed as part of TLP)
MED 616 Information Technology (3)
MED 617 Instructional Design with Technology (3)
MED 618 Online Education: Teaching & Learning at a Distance (3)
MED 619 Distance Learning Field Experience (1)
MED 672 Instructional Technology (3)
(Completed as part of TLP)

Plus 6 hours completed as part of TLP

III.

Elective Courses

6

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 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)

IV.

Project

6

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

TOTAL HOURS FOR TLP and DLE FOLLOWED BY COMPLETION OF M.Ed.

34

 

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Graduate Courses Required as Part of TLP

12

Students must complete:
MED 606 Theoretical Perspectives in Education
or
MED 614 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education

MED 602 Cognitive Development
MED 610 Diversity in Education
MED 672 Instructional Technology

II.

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. This endorsement is largely conducted during the summer. 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 Integrating Content for ESL Learners (3)

 
III.

Project

6

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

TOTAL HOURS FOR TLP and ESL FOLLOWED BY COMPLETION OF M.Ed.

36

 

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Graduate Courses Required as Part of TLP

12

Students must complete:
MED 606 Theoretical Perspectives in Education
or
MED 614 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education

MED 602 Cognitive Development
MED 610 Diversity in Education
MED 672 Instructional Technology

II.

Special Education Endorsement (SPED)

24

 

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

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)

 
III.

Project

6

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

TOTAL HOURS FOR TLP and SPED FOLLOWED BY COMPLETION OF M.Ed.

42

 

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Graduate Courses Required as Part of TLP

12

Students must complete:
MED 606 Theoretical Perspectives in Education
or
MED 614 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education

MED 602 Cognitive Development
MED 610 Diversity in Education
MED 672 Instructional Technology

II.

Adult Learning Certificate (ALC)

9

 

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 610 Diversity in Education (3)
(completed as part of TLP)
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)
(completed as part of TLP)

Plus 6 hours completed as part of TLP
III.

Elective Courses

6

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 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)

IV. Project
6

 

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

 

TOTAL HOURS FOR TLP and SPED FOLLOWED BY COMPLETION OF M.Ed.

42