Geography Education for Teacher Leaders, Master of Arts in Education (0444)

GeographyEd

http://www.wku.edu/geoweb/


Program Coordinator

Margaret M. Gripshover, margaret.gripshover@wku.edu, (270) 745-3032

The Master of Arts in Education - Geography Education for Teacher Leaders degree is designed for public school teachers who wish to specialize in the geosciences. Students may complete the major with content emphases in cultural geography or earth science.

Program Admission

  1. WKU Graduate: No qualifying GAP1 score will be required for graduates of the WKU B.S. in Geology program (Earth and Space Science emphasis), the B.A. in Social Studies program, or any other baccalaureate degree program that led to initial certification for teaching geography, as long as applicants have or are eligible for a teaching certificate for Geography, Earth and Space Science, or Social Studies (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 Geography, Earth and Space Science, or Social Studies (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 Geography, Earth and Space Science, or Social Studies (Grades 8-12). A copy of the certificate or statement of eligibility must be submitted with the application.
1

 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).

2

 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 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. 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)

Professional education 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.  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
TCHL 500Foundations of Teacher Leadership 13
TCHL 530Curriculum Development3
TCHL 540Classroom Instruction: Instructional Strategies 21
TCHL 544Equitable School and Community Partnerships 21
TCHL 548Classroom Instruction: Managing the Learning Environment 21
TCHL 550Student Assessment I: Fundamentals of Student Assessment 21
TCHL 554Student Assessment II: Standardized Testing 21
TCHL 558Student Assessment III: Classroom Tests and Instruments 22
TCHL 560Action Research Capstone for Teacher Leaders3
Mid-Point Assessment
To ensure that all Master's candidates are proficient on Advanced Level Kentucky Teacher Standards, all Critical Performances associated with the above TCHL courses must be completed, even if a candidate's program of studies does not include the courses. Candidates may only complete 6 hours in their specialized coursework before they have uploaded all Critical Performances and have achieved an average score of 3.0 on all performances and an average score of 3 on dispositions. Additional course work may be required based on the assessment results.
Electives
Select 18 hours of advisor-approved content elective courses from the geosciences (cultural geography or earth science)18
Education elective 30-3
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, plus additional education related or content courses.

2

All students must either complete TCHL 540, TCHL 544, TCHL 548, TCHL 550, TCHL 554, and TCHL 558 or pass proficiency evaluations for these courses. TCHL 500, TCHL 530, and TCHL 560 (or an approved discipline specific action research course) are required for all students, and there are no proficiency evaluations that may be substituted for these courses.

3

Students who successfully complete the proficiency examinations for TCHL 540, TCHL 544, TCHL 548, TCHL 550, TCHL 554, and/or TCHL 558 may substitute another education course with advisor approval. TCHL 520 is strongly recommended.

Cultural Geography Emphasis

GEOS 507Geography for Teachers3
Select two regional geography courses6
Select two topical geography courses6
Select 3 hours of a Geography elective3
Total Hours18

Earth Science Emphasis

GEOL 511The Dynamic Earth3
Select 15 hours of approved content courses 115
Total Hours18
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 Students may choose 6 hours of content courses from Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics with approval of the program advisor.

Completion Requirements

  1. A minimum of 18 graduate credit hours in geoscience (cultural geography or earth science emphases) is required.

  2. Successfully complete TCHL 560 (Course grade of C or higher) or approved discipline specific action research course.

  3. Give acceptable presentation of action research in approved venue.

  4. Achieve a minimum 3.0 GPA overall and in secondary education course work.