Elementary Education for Teacher Leaders, Master of Arts in Education (0433)
Department website: http://www.wku.edu/ste/
Lisa D. Murley, firstname.lastname@example.org, (270) 745-8822
This program is designed to develop Teacher Leaders who can positively impact student learning in their classrooms and schools. Courses and experiences include Professional Learning Communities in which students interact with other graduate students from various content areas and grade levels to discuss and work on real world challenges and promising practices they encounter in schools.
The program is divided into two instructional components. The first component, Professional Education, provides advanced level pedagogy, leadership, and content related to Kentucky Teacher Standards and applicable to all P-12 teachers working in a wide gamut of developmental levels and content areas. The second component, Specialization, directs the candidate into an individual program in content, pedagogy, and/or areas of professional growth concurrent with the goals of each candidate.
- Elementary Math Specialist P-5 (KEM)
- Environmental Education (KEV)
- Gifted Education Endorsement (KE37)
- Kentucky Computer Technology (KCT)
- Teaching English as a Second Language Endorsement (KE36)
Criteria vary, depending on the student's undergraduate institution and GPA:
- Applicants who are alumni of WKU teacher preparation programs must submit a current, valid teaching certificate or Statement of Eligibility1 for Elementary (Grades P-5).
- Applicants with undergraduate degrees from all other accredited universities will be admitted without a qualifying GRE score if they have a minimum 2.75 GPA for all previous coursework (undergraduate and graduate) and a valid teaching certificate for elementary education. A copy of the certificate or statement of eligibility must be submitted with the application.
- Applicants with undergraduate degrees from all other higher education accredited universities with a GPA lower than 2.75 (undergraduate and graduate) must achieve a GAP score [(GRE-V + GRE-Q) + (GPA x 100)] of 550 or higher. The 550 score must include a GRE Verbal Reasoning score of 139 or higher, a GRE Quantitative Reasoning score of 139 or higher, and a GRE Analytical Writing score of 3.5 or higher. For GRE scores prior to August 1, 2011, a GAP score (GRE x undergraduate GPA) of 2200 or higher and a GRE Analytical Writing score of 3.5 or higher is required. In addition, applicants must have a valid teaching certificate for elementary education. A copy of the teaching certificate or statement of eligibility must be submitted with the application.
- Applicants to the MAE program in Elementary Education must hold or be eligible to hold a teaching certificate at the elementary level OR have a valid elementary program on file with the Office of Professional Educator Services. (Note: Conversion program must be completed prior to or simultaneously with the MAE.)
Applicants whose certificates have expired may be admitted, but they may enroll for only six hours before they must apply to the EPSB for re-issued certificates. After completion of six hours, a student admitted with an expired certificate must submit a copy of the re-issued certificate before being allowed to register for any additional courses.
Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.
Program Requirements (31-37 hours)
During the first course in the program, TCHL 500, students will complete an assessment process that will be used in determining which TCHL core courses they must take. Students are expected to enroll in TCHL 500 at the beginning of their program and in TCHL 560 toward the end, and in general, students should complete the professional education core (the TCHL courses except TCHL 560) as early as possible. Students should consult with their advisors regarding the optimal sequence of course work to meet their professional goals. An Action Research Project for Teacher Leaders focusing on a classroom, school, or district issue is the capstone for the completion of the program.
|Professional Education Component|
|TCHL 500||Foundations of Teacher Leadership 1||3|
|TCHL 530||Curriculum Development||3|
|TCHL 545||Classroom Instruction Strategies 2||3|
|TCHL 555||School and Classroom Assessment 2||3|
|TCHL 559||Capstone Project Design for Teacher Leadership||1|
|TCHL 560||Capstone Project for Teacher Leadership||3|
|Mid-Point Assessment Requirements|
|To ensure master’s candidates are proficient on Advanced Level Teacher Standards, it is recommended that a majority of the Critical Performances associated with the above TCHL courses be completed prior to the Specialization Component. Students must achieve an average of 3.0 on all Critical Performances and an average score of 3 on dispositions even though a candidate’s program of studies does not include the courses. Additional course work may be required based on the assessment results.|
Advisor-approved elementary education content course (3 hrs)
Advisor-approved content-specific course (3 hrs)
Additional elective courses (9-15 hrs) 3
While enrolled in TCHL 500, master's candidates will use several documents, including their KTIP assessments or in-kind examples, dispositions self-surveys, referrals from school personnel, and their respective School Improvement Plan, to develop with their respective program advisors individualized programs of study of 30-31 hours related to Kentucky Teacher Standards and professional goals. Each student's program of study will include some or all of the TCHL courses, plus additional education-related or content courses.
All students must complete these courses or pass proficiency evaluations for these courses.
Advisor-approved courses selected from discipline in which student is certified or related courses relevant to the student's professional needs and goals. In place of the content electives, students may substitute course work for endorsements (e.g., English as a Second Language, Gifted and Talented Education, Environmental Education, and Instructional Computer Technology or other approved endorsements) or for meeting prerequisites for Instructional Leader programs.
Program Completion Requirements
- Successfully complete TCHL 560 (Course grade of C or higher).
- Give acceptable presentation of action research in an approved venue.
- Achieve a minimum 3.0 GPA overall and in program course work.