2011 – 2012
Office of Admissions
Emil H. Messikomer Hall
100 W. Rosedale Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383
Revised September 2011
|Academic Advising||Graduate Studies||Pre-Major Academic Advising Program|
|Academic Development Program||Honors College||Pre-Professional Study|
|ADA Classroom Modifications Appeals Procedure||International Education||Scholarly Publications|
|Aralia Press||Internships||Services for Students with Disabilities|
|Armed Services Programs||Learning Assistance and Resource Center||WCU Student E-mail Accounts|
|Assessment||National Student Exchange Program||Summer Sessions|
|Brandywine Ballet||Nondegree Students||Veterans Affairs|
|Environmental Programs||Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification||Visiting Student Program|
|Freshman Special Interest Groups|
West Chester University's undergraduate programs include teaching certification programs, local certificate programs, and programs of study leading to the bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of music, bachelor of science in education, bachelor of science, bachelor of science in nursing, and bachelor of social work. A complete list of undergraduate degree programs appears on page 63. Programs of study at the graduate level are also available. These are listed on page 37 and are described in detail in the Graduate Catalog.
The University provides to students with outstanding achievements in scholarship, community service, the arts, and/or leadership the opportunity to participate in a challenging honors curriculum and to receive appropriate recognition when they complete the requirements. The Honors College aims to provide an inviting environment for academically gifted and highly motivated students to interact and form a learning community of peers, faculty, administrators, and staff that will challenge and enrich the students' college experience.
The Honors College seeks cross-disciplinary connections, in the liberal arts tradition, which develop students' natural intellectual abilities, and to challenge them to use these skills on behalf of the larger community. Qualified students may participate in Honors through one of three tracks: entering freshmen, honors seminar program, and the undergraduate certificate program in leadership and civic engagement. Membership is highly competitive and based on attainment and maintenance of a cumulative 3.25 grade point average, regular enrollment in honors courses, and service to the campus community.
Honors students who have successfully completed their first year in the college may qualify for a Bonner AmeriCorps service-learning scholarship. An education voucher of $1,000 will be awarded to students who verify 300 hours of community service during a calendar year.
The college provides housing in Allegheny Hall for on-campus residents. Suite-style, air-conditioned rooms with baths house two students. Allegheny also hosts a designated lounge and technology center for Honors student use. Students also have membership in the Honors Student Association.
The college provides housing in Allegheny Hall for on-campus residents. Students also have membership in the Honors Student Association.
An Honors Council, which includes both faculty and students, sets the policies of the college. A committee of that council, working with the director, determines the admission and retention of students. Students completing the full honors program receive designation on their University transcript and the right to wear a medallion of achievement at commencement. Recognition at commencement is based on the student's academic record as of the completed semester prior to commencement. Transcript recognition also is given to students who complete the seminar and certificate programs.
Further information about the Honors College - requirements, offerings, housing, and the co-curricular activities of the Honors Student Association - is available from the Honors College Office, 703 S. High St., West Chester University, West Chester, PA 19383; phone, 610-436-2996; fax, 610-436-2620; e-mail, email@example.com; or Web, www.wcupa.edu/honors/. See pages 110-112 of this catalog for specific information.
West Chester University and the Brandywine Ballet offer a joint program: an undergraduate degree from WCU and a certificate in ballet from the Brandywine Ballet. This program allows students the opportunity to pursue a University degree with a broad educational emphasis while concurrently receiving advanced ballet training in a professional setting.
The certificate in ballet program is a rigorous, professional program that combines ballet training with a full-scale production each semester. The Brandywine Ballet engages professional faculty and choreographers to work with the students whose schedule includes a minimum of five company classes and 10 hours of rehearsal each week. All ballet training is conducted at Brandywine Ballet Company's state-of-the-art facilities in West Chester, located in close proximity to the West Chester University campus. Each semester will culminate in a full-scale, professional production of contemporary and classical ballet on the WCU campus in the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall. Students enrolled in the certificate in ballet program may choose any undergraduate major at West Chester University.
Admission to the certificate in ballet program is a two-pronged process. Students must apply and be accepted to West Chester University through the normal application process and audition with the Brandywine Ballet for admittance into the certificate in ballet program. Individual auditions will be scheduled by appointment.
Total costs for the certificate in ballet program include standard West Chester University tuition and fees plus an additional fee for participation in the ballet program. West Chester University offers both need- and merit-based scholarships. The Brandywine Ballet offers scholarships specifically applicable to the ballet program fees. Students seeking scholarships are encouraged to apply to the University early in the fall of their senior year.
For information on the Brandywine Ballet program, contact Brandywine Ballet Company, Howard Business Park, 317 Westtown Road, Suite 5, West Chester, PA 19382; Box Office, 610-696-2711; Administrative Office, 610-692-6402; or fax, 610-696-0975.
General questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center for International Programs (CIP) is a one-stop service center for international students and those interested in study abroad programs. The office staff issue nonimmigrant visa (F and J) documents to international students and exchange visitors; advise and assist students and scholars on matters related to compliance with nonimmigrant visa status, including curricular practical training (CPT) and optional practical training (OPT), as applicable; and provide timely and accurate information to the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Summer or semester-long study abroad programs, including those led by faculty, provide opportunities to experience and learn in new places. The CIP is located in McKelvie Hall and more information is available by calling 610-436-3515 or by e-mailing email@example.com.
Summer or semester-long study abroad programs, including those led by faculty, provide opportunities to experience and learn in new places. Visit the CIP study abroad Web site at http://wcupa.abroadoffice.net/resources.html or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
The CIP hosts a Study Abroad Fair each fall in Sykes Student Union where students can meet with representatives from external organizations that provide study abroad programs as well as faculty who will be leading study abroad programs.
The Academic Development Program (ADP) is designed to provide an opportunity for a college education at West Chester University to those students who do not meet current admission requirements but who show a potential for success in college. Students admitted to the program are expected to take advantage of the program components which have been developed to enhance their skills in reading, writing, speaking, mathematics, and critical thinking, as well as to help them in their transition from high school to college.
The ADP comprises a series of required courses supplemented by specialized tutoring, counseling, priority scheduling, and advising.
The program begins with an intensive, five-week session during the summer which students must complete. Any developmental course work taken during this time is credit-bearing, but these credits are not applicable toward graduation.
Students in the program also are required to complete EDR 100, SPK 208, and WRT 120, which should be taken as soon as possible. All of these courses satisfy University requirements for graduation. Students will be advised also on the completion of general education requirements and, as necessary, on the transition to a major course of study.
For further information, please contact the Academic Development Orogram, 222 Lawrence Center, 610-436-3274.
The University takes seriously its commitment to excellence and student success, and therefore academic programs and student services regularly engage in assessment of student learning, student preparedness for employment, and student perceptions and satisfaction. All students are expected to participate in assessment of programs when requested in order to provide valuable feedback to the University community.
West Chester University is one of approximately 180 participating colleges and universities across the United States and Canada that offers students the opportunity to spend a maximum of one year of study at another college or university. The exchange program enables students to experience a quarter, semester, or year at another school. While encouraging students to appreciate various cultural perspectives, the National Student Exchange Program also allows them to take advantage of specialized courses and programs that may not be available at West Chester. Successfully completed course work will transfer back to WCU and be applied to the student’s academic record.
To qualify for the program, students must be full time, have a 2.50 cumulative GPA, and should be a sophomore or junior during the period of exchange. Applications and further information, including the two different tuition options, are available from the National Student Exchange coordinator in the Office of the Registrar. Applications are due in February of each year. A nonrefundable fee is required of all students who apply for the National Student Exchange Program. For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar, 610-436-3085.
Undergraduate students enrolled in a degree program who have earned 12 college-level credits and are in good academic standing have the opportunity to enroll as a visitor for a fall, spring, or summer term at any of the other 13 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education institutions. The program allows students to take advantage of specialized courses, programs, or experiences not available at the home institution without losing (home) institutional residency. Students may take a maximum of 24 credits via the Visiting Student Program. Students cannot use this program to repeat courses. Visiting Student Program information is available at the Office of the Registrar, 25 University Ave., 610-436-3085.
Students interested in pursuing environmental degree programs may choose from those identified below. Consult the departments listed for details on these programs.
Ecology. Offered by the Department of Biology, this program provides a strong background in field biology and prepares students for careers as biologists in environmental agencies, industry, consulting firms, and similar organizations. (See page 70 for more information.)
Environmental Health. Offered by the Department of Health, this program synthesizes a rigorous scientific preparation with specialized, applied environmental courses and a required internship. Courses include topics such as industrial hygiene and safety, risk assessment, environmental regulations, water quality, emergency preparedness, bioterrorism, toxicology, and a research-based seminar. This degree program prepares graduates for careers as environmental scientists in consulting firms, industry, and government. This program is accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC). (See pages 103-104 for specific program information.)
West Chester University recognizes that some students will select career goals that will require pursuit of academic degrees after the baccalaureate, either in graduate school or at a professional school. Students with such goals are encouraged to discuss them with appropriate members of the faculty.
Pre-Medical. Students interested in graduate studies in one of the health professions (medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, podiatry, or physician assistant studies) are encouraged to apply for admission to the pre-medical program, which is supervised by members of the Pre-Medical Committee. More information about this program can be found under the pre-medical program listing in the section, "Programs of Study and Course Offerings."
Pre-Law. Students who are interested in exploring a career in law are encouraged to meet with the pre-law adviser early in their academic careers and to participate in the Pre-Law Society. Because no single major course of study guarantees admission to law school, students should take courses that sharpen their reading comprehension, critical thinking, analytical reasoning, research, and oral and written communication skills. These skills can be gained through courses across all disciplines. In addition to undergraduate academic performance (reflected in a student's grade point average), law school admissions officers consider a student's score in the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) in making admissions decisions. Beyond these quantitative measures of academic potential, law school admissions officers will consider other nonquantitative factors, including a student's personal statement and letters of recommendation. The pre-law adviser is available to assist students in preparing all aspects of their application package. For more information, please contact Sandra M. Tomkowicz, J.D., professor and pre-law adviser, 312D Anderson Hall, 610-436-2365, or email@example.com.
Engineering. West Chester University, in cooperation with The Pennsylvania State University at University Park and the Penn State Harrisburg campus, provides a program in which, at the end of five years, a student earns a B.S. in physics from West Chester University and a B.S. in engineering from Penn State University. Students spend three years at West Chester University, where they complete all the mathematics, physics, cognate, and general education requirements of the degree. Subsequently, they spend two years at Penn State taking only engineering-related courses. Students may choose from many fields of engineering, some of which are listed in the "Physics" section of this catalog. This program is not available to transfer students.
A similar dual-degree, cooperative physics/engineering program is available through West Chester University's affiliation with the School of Engineering and Textiles of Philadelphia University. This program is available to all freshmen and to transfer students. Please contact the Department of Physics for further information on either of these cooperative programs.
All incoming students to West Chester University will be issued an official WCU e-mail address. Students are advised to check this e-mail account frequently since University administrators and faculty will be communicating information regarding classes, financial aid, billing, emergency announcements, and other important notifications. These e-mails will only be sent to a student’s “wcupa.edu” e-mail account and not to any other personal e-mail address.
West Chester University embraces the concept that effective academic advising is a collaborative teaching and learning process between the student and the faculty adviser. The Undergraduate Academic Advising Committee believes that effective advising should assist students in achieving their academic, professional, and personal goals. Faculty advisers will strive to provide accurate, timely, and current information, thus establishing the framework around which students will construct their academic program of study.
The University community – students, faculty, and staff – shares the responsibility for student success. Individual students need to take ownership and responsibility for their educational and career goals by assuming an active role in the classroom and being aware of policies and requirements necessary for graduation. The University is responsible for providing a supportive environment where students can receive quality academic advising and also be referred to other campus resources that will provide assistance and help students succeed.
Advising assignments are made by the academic department of the student's program of study. Students who are admitted to the University as "undeclared" are assigned an adviser through the Pre-Major Academic Advising Center (262 Lawrence Center, 610-436-3505). Students may find the name of their assigned academic adviser on their myWCU portal page. All students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic adviser on a regular basis, at least once per semester.
Students who choose to pursue an academic minor will also be assigned an adviser in the minor. The minor adviser will assist the student in understanding the requirements of that particular program.
The Pre-Major Academic Advising Center (PMAA) provides support to undergraduate students before their admission to an academic major. The assignment to PMAA either reflects the student's own choice or a designation by the University because (1) the student does not meet all of the preparation and/or academic requirements for a particular major, or (2) the academic major to which the student seeks entrance has reached its maximum enrollment for the academic year and/or semester. Students are encouraged to take prerequisite courses in their intended major and/or in a particular major program because of implied interests. Academic advisers assist students in interpreting University and department policies and requirements, and with selecting appropriate courses. Advisers make referrals and discuss vocational and career interests with undeclared students. Together, the adviser and student develop an educational plan of sound strategies for success.
Students should understand that certain academic programs require prerequisites for further study. If prerequisites are not taken during the period of study as an undeclared major, then University attendance is prolonged. A student may transfer into a program only if all of the following are met:
The PMAA program is located in 262 Lawrence Center. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-436-3505.
The Learning Assistance and Resource Center (LARC) strives to provide academic support services to help students become independent, active learners who achieve academic success. The LARC offers tutoring services in most 100- and 200-level general education courses, such as mathematics, writing, natural sciences, social sciences, foreign languages, and introductory business. Tutoring sessions are 50 minutes long and are held by appointment only. Interested students register on a first-come, first-served basis and are assigned tutors depending on availability.
The LARC also offers supplemental instruction (SI) in several general education and high-risk courses. Additionally, the LARC holds refresher workshops in preparation for the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) for prospective education majors. Workshops, including the Academic Success Workshop, demonstrating the application of learning strategies to the course content and seminars that influence learning, such as stress management, test anxiety reduction, assertiveness, concentration, and motivation, are available to student groups upon request. The LARC Web site, www.wcupa.edu/ussss/larc, includes information on available services, a list of courses being tutored, and links to helpful resources. Online tutoring through Smarthinking is also available. Information regarding Smarthinking can be found on the LARC Web site.
The LARC provides opportunities for paid practical experience for undergraduate and graduate students and requires participation in a comprehensive training program for new tutors, including seminars, workshops, on-line training, individualized projects, and peer observation. Tutors employed by the LARC acquire the knowledge and experience necessary to meet the requirements for certification by the College Reading and Learning Association.
The LARC is open Monday - Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call 610-436-2535, e-mail email@example.com, or visit 223 Lawrence Center.
Freshman Interest Groups offer students a unique first-semester experience. Freshmen select to participate based on an area of special interest. Students in the program live on one wing of a residence hall and learn together in two specially selected learning communities courses, which are also required or recommended general education courses. Freshman Interest Groups are open to students in any major. Each Freshman Interest Group focuses on a theme of interest, such as “leadership,” or “health and wellness,” or is geared to a specific major. New programs are being developed every year. The program offers students opportunities to participate in special trips and events, to develop close relationships with other students, and to gain greater familiarity with University faculty and staff. Freshman Interest Groups help ease the transition from high school to college by creating a small group experience within the larger university. For more information contact FIGs@wcupa.edu, 610-436-3416, or visit the Web site at www.wcupa.edu/ussss/figs/.
The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (OSSD) offers services for students with physical and learning disabilities. The OSSD is designed to assist students in making a successful transition to the University. The office takes a proactive stance that encourages students to understand their needs and strengths in order to best advocate for themselves.
West Chester University recognizes that some students with disabilities want minimal assistance while others require the full range of support and services. The staff of the OSSD supports students as they become more self-reliant by emphasizing their knowledge and communication skills and the understanding of their rights and obligations under the laws. To facilitate successful transition a comprehensive assessment of needs is recommended through this office.
The OSSD provides advocacy with faculty for classroom accommodations under the requirements of Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Recent, appropriate, and comprehensive documentation provided by licensed professionals must accompany requests for accommodations.
The OSSD coordinates provision of direct services for students with disabilities through support staff in the research and technical areas of the University. The office also advocates in the readmission procedure, with the offices of Financial Aid and the Registrar, and supplement advising services to the extent that the information or assistance is disability related and necessary to promote student access.
The OSSD is located within the Undergraduate Studies and Student Support Services Division and coordinates services with other units within the division, such as the Learning Assistance and Resource Center and the Pre-major Academic Advising Center, as well as other University offices including the Writing Center and the Office of Residence Life and Housing. In order to ensure continuity of services, students should pursue such actions prior to enrollment. Students needing financial support for personal services or interpreters should register with the appropriate agency at least six months in advance of matriculation. The policies and procedures used by the OSSD are contained in the West Chester University Handbook on Disabilities, which is available in the OSSD.
Office of Services for Students with Disabilities
Room 223 Lawrence Center
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
Services Provided for Students with Disabilities
For a student with a documented disability requesting classroom accommodations, the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (OSSD) will issue a copy of a letter of accommodation for the student to present to the faculty member of the course. This accommodation letter will inform the faculty member of the student's specific academic needs. It is the responsibility of the student to present the letter of accommodation to the faculty member. Students with disabilities are held to the same academic standards as all other students. Faculty members are not required to provide accommodations prior to or retroactive from the date a accommodation letter is presented. Faculty members should contact the OSSD if they have questions about the accommodations outlined.
The University provides for an appeals process regarding classroom accommodations. Any and all efforts will be made with the understanding that a timely resolution is in the best interest of all parties involved. While an appeal is under review, the student is expected to attend classes and do assignments to the best of his/her ability and faculty members are expected to provide reasonable classroom accommodations to the best of their abilities. While an appeal is under review, the student and the faculty members of his/her courses are expected to make good faith efforts toward reasonable classroom accommodations and engage in the educational process. An appeal reviewed under this policy does not alter or interfere with the student's right to file a complaint of discrimination on the basis of a disability with the University's Office of Social Equity or to pursue a formal complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission or the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights.
A number of departments offer the opportunity for internships, field experiences, or practica in which students may earn credit while gaining professional experience in their field of interest. Students need to consult with their department and review the various department listings in this catalog. In addition, other information on internship resources and contacts is available at www.wcupa.edu/internships/.
Three University-wide internship opportunities are open to students from any major: The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS) is a full-semester, 15-credit experience in Pennsylvania state government. It is open to any junior or senior who has a minimum GPA of 3.0. A stipend is involved. (See Department of Political Science, HBI 400, 401, 402.) The Washington Center Internships are 15-credit experiences with the U.S. Congress, Executive Branch, interest groups, and lobbies. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives Legislative Fellowship Program, open to all junior/senior students with a minimum GPA of 3.5, involves committee staff assignments in policy development and a stipend. All three programs are administered by the Department of Political Science; contact the chair at 610-436-2743.
West Chester University's summer program, among the oldest university-sponsored summer programs in the United States, has one of the largest enrollments in the State System of Higher Education. More than 600 courses, both graduate and undergraduate, are offered, including workshops, seminars, and internships, as well as the typical semester classes. Offerings are generally available in every department and in interdisciplinary areas. Students from any college or university, as well as nontraditional students, may take courses for enjoyment, personal growth, or degree credit.
Nondegree is an academic term for "not formally accepted in a degree program." Students often begin their college careers by taking classes nondegree, for personal and professional growth.
Nondegree students take the same courses as everyone else and earn the same college credit. Students may earn a total of 18 credits (usually about six courses) as a nondegree student. After earning 18 credits, students need to apply for admission if they wish to continue. College graduates can take as many courses as they want.
Nondegree students can take a maximum of nine credits each semester.
Students may be considered for nondegree status if they
The University recognizes and awards credit for life-learning experience that can accelerate a student's degree. The Office for Adult Studies advises students on how to earn college credit for their learning experience through three available options:
Students may use any combination of these options and progress at their own pace.
Nondegree students may take advantage of all services offered by the University including
For additional information, contact the Office of Graduate Studies and Extended Education at 610-436-1009 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals who are interested in post-baccalaureate teacher certification, at either the undergraduate or graduate level, should contact the Office of Graduate Studies and Extended Education for admissions materials. Applicants will be referred to the appropriate faculty adviser(s) for completion of the Approved Program of Studies form.
Under the provisions of Title 38, West Chester University is an accredited university for the education of veterans. The University cooperates with the Veterans Administration to see that honorably separated or discharged veterans receive every consideration consistent with either degree or nondegree admission standards.
All veterans, certain dependents of disabled or deceased veterans, and war orphans who wish to obtain educational benefits under the appropriate public laws must register with the office overseeing veterans affairs at initial registration. Veterans must renew their registration with this office at the beginning of each subsequent semester and each summer session. The Veterans Administration requires students who are veterans to schedule at least 12 semester hours per semester in order to receive full benefits under the GI Bill.
Certification for Veterans Administration benefits is administered by the Office of Financial Aid, 25 University Ave, 610-430-4197.
The WCU Veterans Center is located at 624 South High Street. A gathering space is available there for veterans to meet with one another, support each other in their educational pursuits, and facilitate conservations among themselves as they share their experiences.
Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) is available through a cross-enrollment agreement with Widener University. Students receive from 1.0 to 3.0 free elective credit hours per course (maximum 12 credit hours) towards their baccalaureate programs.
West Chester students also may enroll in the Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Program (AFROTC) through an agreement with Saint Joseph's University. All aerospace studies courses are held on the Saint Joseph's University campus, and these courses earn transfer credit at WCU.
The University, with the approval of the Council of Trustees, permits West Chester University students enrolled in the Armed Services Reserve Officer Candidate Program (ROC) to receive six semester hours of baccalaureate credit upon successful completion and certification of ROC military requirements. These credits are classified as free elective transfer credits. Depending on the status of the student's program at the time of ROC credit transfer, these credits will be counted toward, or in excess of, the 120 credits required for a baccalaureate degree.
ROC programs are contingent on successful completion of a military requirement during vacation and the awarding of a college degree before being granted the service commission.
West Chester's graduate programs offer study opportunities leading to the master of education, master of arts, master of science in administration, master of science in nursing, master of business administration, master of public health, master of science, master of social work, and master of music degrees. West Chester schedules its graduate courses in the late afternoon and evening during the fall and spring semesters. It is possible to pursue full-time graduate study during the academic year and during summer sessions.
M.P.A. (Concentrations: Human Resource Management, Nonprofit Administration, Public Administration)
Certificates in Administration; Human Resource Management; Nonprofit Administration; Sport Management and Athletics; Urban and Regional Planning
M.S. Biology (thesis and nonthesis)
Certificate in Business
M.A. Communication Studies
M.A. Communicative Disorders
Certification in Speech Correction
M.S. Computer Science
Certificate in Computer Science
Certificate in Computer Security
Certificate in Information Systems
Certificate in Web Technology
M.Ed. Elementary School Counseling
M.Ed. Secondary School Counseling
M.S. Higher Education/Student Affairs
Certificate in Professional Counseling Licensure Preparation
Specialist I Certificate in Counseling (Elementary or Secondary)
M.S. Criminal Justice
Early and Middle Grades Education
M.Ed. Applied Studies in Teaching and Learning
M.Ed. Early Childhood Education
Certification in Early Childhood Education
Certification in Elementary Education
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study
M.A. English (thesis and nonthesis; concentrations in Literature; Writing, Teaching, and Criticism; and Creative Writing)
Geography and Planning
M.P.A. (Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning)
Certificate in Geographic Technology
Geology and Astronomy
M.A. Geoscience (Concentration: Earth Sciences)
M.Ed. School Health
M.P.H. Public Health
Certification in Health
Certificate in Emergency Preparedness
Certificate in Health Care Administration
Certificate in Integrative Health
Holocaust and Genocide Studies
M.A. Holocaust and Genocide Studies
M.S. Exercise and Sport Physiology
M.S. General Physical Education
M.P.A. (Certificate in Sport Management and Athletics)
Certificate in Adapted Physical Education
Languages and Cultures
Certification as a Reading Specialist
Certificate in Literacy
M.A. Mathematics (Concentrations: Mathematics, Mathematics Education)
M.S. Applied Statistics
Certification in Mathematics
Certificate in Applied Statistics
M.M. (Concentrations: History and Literature, Theory and Composition)
M.M. Music Education
M.M. Music Performance
M.M. Piano Pedagogy
Certification in Music Education
Certificates in Kodaly Methodology, Music Education, Music Technology, Orff-Schulwerk, Piano Pedagogy
Certificate in Nursing Education
M.A. Philosophy (concentration: Applied Ethics)
Certificate in Business Ethics
Certificate in Healthcare Ethics
M.P.A. (Concentration: Public Administration)
Professional and Secondary Education
M.Ed. Secondary Education
Certification in Secondary Education
Certificate in Teaching and Learning with Technology
M.A. Clinical Psychology
M.A. General Psychology
M.A. Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Licensure Preparation im Clinical Mental Health
M.S.W. Social Work
M.Ed. Special Education
Certification in Special Education
Certificate in Autism
Teaching English as a Second Language
M.A. Teaching English as a Second Language
Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language
The following departments and interdisciplinary areas offer graduate courses, but no graduate degree: Anthropology and Sociology, Art, Linguistics, Theatre Arts, and Women's and Gender Studies.
College Literature is an international, quarterly journal of scholarly criticism dedicated to the needs of college/university teachers; it provides access to innovative ways of studying and teaching new bodies of literature and experiencing old literatures in new ways. Graham MacPhee of the Department of English serves as editor.
Journal of the Hellenic Diaspora is a semiannual, international scholarly review focusing on the Greek experience of the 19th and 20th centuries, published by Pella Publishing Co. of New York. Graham MacPhee, Department of English, serves as co-editor.
This nationally renowned literary fine press, located in 509 Francis Harvey Green Library, gives students hands-on experience in the publishing field through traditional book production.
The West Chester University Poetry Center hosts the annual West Chester University Poetry Conference (the largest annual poetry gathering in America), sponsors the University’s Poet-in-Residence program, presents poetry readings throughout the year, and collaborates on poetry and music concerts with the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The center also oversees national and regional poetry awards under the auspices of the Iris N. Spencer Poetry Awards. The center is located in the WCU Poetry House, and Dr. Kim Bridgford, Department of English, is the director.