Biology for Teacher Leaders, Master of Arts in Education (0442)

BiologyEd

http://www.wku.edu/biology/


Program Coordinator

Kerrie L. McDaniel, kerrie.mcdaniel@wku.edu

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.

This program is designed for the preparation and strengthening of secondary school science teachers. The major requires a minimum of 18 hours of course work in Biology. The remainder of the required 30-34 hours is taken in professional education. Students following this option must have all Biology courses approved by the appropriate advisor in the Department of Biology.

Program Admission

In addition to Graduate School requirements, admission requires the equivalent of an undergraduate major in biology including supporting courses in science and mathematics. Exceptions are made for students with undergraduate degrees in other areas; however, additional courses may be required.

Criteria vary, depending on the student's undergraduate institution and GPA:

  1. WKU Graduate:  Admission No qualifying GAP1 score will be required for graduates of the WKU B.S. in Biology program, as long as they have or are eligible for a teaching certificate for Secondary Biology (Grades 8-12). A copy of the certificate or statement of eligibility must be submitted with the application.
  2. Graduate of a Kentucky Higher Education Institute other than WKU: Applicants with undergraduate degrees from Kentucky higher education accredited universities must have a 2.75 GPA for all previous undergraduate coursework or a qualifying GAP1 score and must have or be eligible for a teaching certificate2 for Secondary Biology (Grades 8-12). A copy of the certificate or statement of eligibility must be submitted with the application.
  3. Graduate of an Out-of-State Institution of Higher Education Applicants with undergraduate degrees from all other higher education accredited universities must have a 2.75 GPA for all previous under- graduate coursework or a qualifying GRE/GAP1 scores and must have or be eligible for a teaching certificate2 for Secondary Biology (Grades 8-12). A copy of the certificate or statement of eligibility must be submitted with the application.
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Qualifying GAP Score: 2200 or higher (GRE score multiplied by the undergraduate GPA for a score) and a GRE Analytical Writing score of 3.5 or higher. GAP=(GRE-V+GRE-Q) +(GPAx100).

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Kentucky applicants whose certificates have expired may be admitted, but they may enroll for only six hours before they must apply to the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board for reissued 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. Applicants from out-of-state with expired certificates must complete the requirements for their respective states to renew their certificates and submit a copy of the reissued certificate.

Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.

Program Requirements (30-34 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 (see Important Note below). All students must either complete TCHL 545 and TCHL 555 or pass proficiency evaluations for these courses.  TCHL 500, TCHL 530, TCHL 559 and TCHL 560 are required for all students, and there are no proficiency evaluations that may be substituted for these courses. An Action Research Project for Teacher Leaders focusing on a classroom, school, or district issue is the capstone for the completion of the program.

Required Courses
Professional Education Core
TCHL 500Foundations of Teacher Leadership 13
TCHL 530Curriculum Development3
TCHL 545Classroom Instruction Strategies3
TCHL 555School and Classroom Assessment3
TCHL 559Action Research Design for Teacher Leaders1
TCHL 560Action Research Capstone for Teacher Leaders3
Electives
Select 18 hours of advisor-approved biology courses18
Total Hours30-34
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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 30-34 hours related to Kentucky Teacher Standards and professional goals. Each student's program of study will include some or all of the TCHL courses, at least one content course specific to their initial teaching certification areas, plus additional education-related or content courses.