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Early and Middle Grades Education

Applied Studies

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Early and Middle Grades Education

Address:
35 W. Rosedale Ave.
106B Recitation Hall
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-2944
Fax: 610-436-3102
Email: BLeisenring@wcupa.edu

Masters of Education in Applied Studies in Teaching and Learning

This program provides experienced educators, PreK-12, with the opportunity to advance the knowledge and skills needed to be practitioner-leaders within the profession. Structured for part-time graduate students who are practitioners in PreK-12, this program recognizes the value of experience and the central role of the teacher in the educational change process.

The program is designed to inform teaching practice with readings and assignments directly related to their work in schools. Because every student in the program is a certified professional with at least one year of teaching practice, class discussions are informed by the ideas and perspectives from knowledgeable, experienced colleagues. Our goal is for graduates to leave more excited about and more capable of improving their own practice and helping other educators do the same.

Mission and Goals

The Department of Early and Middle Grades Education at West Chester University offers a flexible program focusing on the most important and current issues in the field of education. The M.Ed. in Applied Studies in Teaching and Learning prepares teachers to serve the needs of diverse student populations — early and middle grades, as well as high school — through the development of active, constructive, and collaborative approaches to teaching and learning. The goal is to provide a comprehensive program in which academic study is enriched by, and integrated with, practical teaching.

Highlights

  • Once-a-week evening classes, during the fall and spring semesters, designed for working professionals
  • Condensed course formats during the summers
  • Small classes
  • Affordable tuition
  • Course choices, in areas of focused inquiry, based on personal and professional interests and needs
  • Faculty and peer support for a self-selected, classroom-based inquiry project
  • Opportunities to present with faculty and peers at professional conferences and publish in professional journals
  • Professional Growth Courses

    Students wishing to take courses for professional enrichment, but who are not pursuing a graduate degree or certification, may apply through the Office of Graduate Studies under the professional growth category. Courses may also be taken to achieve permanent Pennsylvania elementary certification or for Act 48 credits.

    Application Procedure

    Candidates should submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Studies:

    • Once-a-week evening classes, during the fall and spring semesters, designed for working professionals
  • Condensed course formats during the summers
  • Small classes
  • Affordable tuition
  • Course choices, in areas of focused inquiry, based on personal and professional interests and needs
  • Faculty and peer support for a self-selected, classroom-based inquiry project
  • Opportunities to present with faculty and peers at professional conferences and publish in professional journals
  • Masters of Education in Early Childhood Education
    Online Program / New Cohorts Start Spring Semesters

    The M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education is an advanced program of study designed to prepare individuals for leadership positions in the field as teachers or administrators. The accomplished teachers track is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of in-service, certified teachers. The program administrator track is focused on developing the leadership skills of child-care administrators and primary-level principals. Students in either track will take the same eight core courses and then two additional courses based on their track. All candidates will take the capstone course to complete the program. The M.Ed. in Early Childhood does not lead to Level I Certification. For certification program information, please refer to Level I Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Programs.

    Program Mission and Goals

    The course work in the program provides students with the breadth and depth of knowledge needed to become an effective early childhood leader. Students will develop a strong foundation in child development and understand the multiple factors that influence it. Students will combine the knowledge of child development, cultural and family background, appropriate academic content, technology, and assessment in order to design, implement, and evaluate learning experiences for all children. This Degree will prepare students to:

    • understand children’s development and know their subject matter;
    • understand children’s development and know their subject matter;
    • create developmentally effective learning experiences and assess continuously and authentically;
    • value diversity
    • collaborate with community partners and advocate for children and families; and
    • engage in ethical professional practices and commit to personal/professional growth

    Additionally, high standards of scholarship, effective communication skills, knowledge of current trends in early childhood, and understanding technology are essential.

    Career Opportunities

    Graduates with certification are employed in public schools and early education programs with young children birth through third grade. Many graduates are in supervisory roles in childcare centers and social service agencies working with young children and their families. Graduates with a special interest assisting young children with disabilities find positions in early intervention. Some graduates work as parent education coordinators while others are curriculum specialists for training programs or state agencies. Opportunities also exist for graduates in child advocacy/family policy positions. Additionally, others teach at community colleges and as adjunct faculty in four-year institutions.

    Application Procedure

    • Completed application, including goals statement (apply online)
    • Undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university
    • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. (If applicant possesses a master’s degree, the GPA requirement applies to that degree.)
    • Pennsylvania Instructional I Teaching Certification or its equivalent*
    • Evidence of course work in special education/inclusion. Students without this evidence will be required to complete an additional course during their M.Ed. program.
    • Two letters of recommendation