The Master of Science in Education program provides advanced study to teachers or teacher candidates who have completed a bachelor's degree. Specifically, the goals are to provide advanced study in the following:
The Master of Science in Education degree program builds on the School of Education conceptual framework, "Best Practices Make the Difference." The Master's program helps teachers continue development in the areas of planning, school environment, instruction and professionalism. This program also provides development for other helping professions.
All degree candidates seeking a degree must demonstrate research and writing proficiency. This is achieved by completing 33 credits of approved graduate coursework that includes a thesis, seminar paper, or educational project.
All programs consist of core courses and an area of knowledge. At least 21 credits must be earned in courses open only to graduate students (7000 level). These credits must be included in the student's program planning form.
TCHG 7070 Developmentally Appropriate Practice-The Learners 3 credits
In this course students and professors develop course units, in the context of the cohort, individual and district needs, as well as the developmental concepts that are central to the course. The concepts for this course include:
TCHG 7080 Developmentally Appropriate Practice-Teaching Methods 3 credits
In this course students and professors develop course units, in the context of the cohort individual and district needs, as well as the developmental concepts that are central to the course. The concepts for this course include:
Tchg 7170 Professional Development 3 credits
In this course students and professors develop professional development plans, in the context of the cohort individual and district needs, as well as the professional development concepts that are central to the course. The concepts for this course include:
Tchg 7180 School and Community Culture 3 credits
This course will explore the teacher's role in the Culture of the School and Community. Some of the issues include:
Tchg 7190 Educational Leadership and Mentoring 3 credits
This course is designed to improve teachers' skills in the process of mentoring beginning teachers and collaborating with veteran teachers. Mentoring is defined as the professional practice that provides support, assistance, and guidance to new teachers to promote their professional growth and success. Collaborating is developing collegial peer coaching relationships designed to enhance professional efficacy. Course topics include:
Teaching 7290-Symposium on Reflection and Critical Thinking 3 credits
This course serves as a capstone experience for graduate students in the MSE program. The purpose of the course is to guide and consult with students to help them as they apply the outcomes of their graduate program to practice. Students meet in a symposium setting to: develop and discuss readings as well as the process of reflection to application; discuss the application of their graduate coursework in their classrooms; the use of reflection with their students; and to explore self-actualization as a product of reflection.
The program will also include a minimum of nine credits from a "Selected Area of Knowledge," the candidate's content area or field of specialization. Please check with your advisor before taking courses in your specialty area. Courses must be a part of your approved planning form.
All degree candidates must demonstrate research and writing proficiency. Teaching-Adult Education emphasis students must complete 30 credits of approved graduate coursework plus a thesis (3-6 credits) or seminar paper/project (two-three credits).
The goal of the Master of Science in Education is the development of an individual program plan based on professional development goals prepared by the student in consultation with the advisor. The advisor and the student prepare a tentative program of study specifying courses to be taken. This program of study is then submitted to the director of the School of Education and to the graduate dean.
All programs consist of core courses and an area of knowledge. At least twenty-one credits must be earned in courses open only to graduate students (7000 level). These credits must be included in the student's program planning form. NOTE: For students admitted between July 1, 2004 and June 30, 2006, the minimum number of 7000 level credits remains at eighteen.
The Master of Science in Education degree program with an Adult Education emphasis provides advanced study to develop and enhance skills in designing, delivering, and assessing educational programs for adult learners. The Human Services (HS) Concentration focuses on the behavioral sciences through selected courses in psychology, counselor education, criminal justice, communication, business administration, and related disciplines. The HS Concentration classes are offered by the School of Education, face-to-face or via interactive video distance learning technology, to selected receive sites including Madison, Racine and Milwaukee. Many of the students currently enrolled in the program are human services professionals in AODA counseling, adult basic education, corrections, public health, and private, public, and state human service agencies. The Vocational/Technical Concentration serves students who wish to become certified in the Wisconsin Technical College System.
The School of Education offers classes on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year. Typically two three-credit classes are scheduled for fall and spring semesters, and one three-credit class for the summer session. Generally classes meet on four weekends (Fridays from 6-9:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.), thus allowing students to take six credits in both fall and spring semesters, and three credits in the summer, (15 credits each year, or 30 credits in two years). In addition, students may sign up for the Graduate Practicum in Teaching for one-four credits during any of the semesters (up to a total of eight credits). The core coursework of this program is similar to the on-campus version.
Typical course offerings include the following:
All of the courses in the program (not including Seminar Paper/ Educational Project) have been approved to meet the 28 credits of mental health theory required for the state of Wisconsin Psychotherapy Provider Certification. The program has been approved by the Wisconsin Certification Board as an accredited program in Alcohol and Other Drug Addiction (AODA) Counseling. In addition to the credit courses, human services professionals need to independently arrange for a supervised clinical practice experience and must pass state examinations.
For more information, call the School of Education toll free at 1.800.208.7041.
The Master of Science in Education program with an emphasis in English Education provides graduate students in China with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to teach English as a second language effectively and at a level which is developmentally appropriate to their students.
The M.S.E. program with an English Education emphasis is offered through a partnership between UW-Platteville and South Central University for Nationalities in Wuhan, China. At present, it is available only to students in China. The degree program is offered within the School of Education, and courses are taught by faculty from the School of Education as well as by faculty in English and Foreign Languages from the Department of Humanities. The program consists of a sequence of ten, 3-credit courses offered over a period of two years. Students are admitted to a cohort consisting of a maximum of 38 students, and undertake coursework together.
Faculty from UW-Platteville travel to China to teach the on-site portion of each course. The syllabus, readings, assignments, and other course requirements are normally posted electronically prior to the on-site teaching. Assignments, papers, and projects which are not completed during the on-site portion of courses are typically submitted after the faculty member has returned to UW-Platteville.
Students in the program who have completed their coursework through the third semester and who are in good academic standing (having achieved cumulative GPAs of 3.00 or higher) are invited to come to UW-Platteville to study on campus during their final semester. The focus of the study during the final semester is on researching, writing, and submitting their Seminar Paper Research. Students are assigned a faculty advisor, who will work with them in developing and submitting their Seminar Paper Research. The Seminar Paper represents the culmination of the student's studies in the program. It is expected to demonstrate an integration of one's understanding of prior coursework as well as the student's ability to survey in a significant manner an issue or topic relevant to teaching English as a second language.
Students who are unable to come to UW-Platteville during their final semester will also be assigned a faculty advisor, who will work with them in developing and submitting their Seminar Paper Research.
Licensure in Reading: Students desiring a reading teacher or reading specialist license must include the courses specified below:
A regular PK-12 reading teacher license shall be issued to an applicant who has completed an approved program, received the institutional endorsement for the reading teacher license, and completed:
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville approved program requires a minimum of 18 semester credits of graduate work in the following courses:
*If TEACHING 6630 (Learning and Language Disorders) is taken for undergraduate credit, the candidate must select graduate credit from the optional courses or equivalents to meet the required minimum of 18 credits of graduate work.
**Practicum experiences in teaching reading at both the elementary/middle and middle/secondary are required. These experiences are obtained through TEACHING 7230 (Remedial Reading Practicum) and TEACHING 7880 (Graduate Practicum in Teaching). If candidates prove sufficient experience at teaching reading at the elementary/middle or middle/secondary, TEACHING 7880 (Graduate Practicum in Teaching) may be waived.
A regular PK-12 reading specialist license shall be issued to an applicant who has completed an approved program, received the institutional endorsement for the reading specialist license, and completed:
Required graduate courses (in addition to those required for the reading teacher license) include:
*Combined work in TEACHING 7250 (Content Area Reading) and TEACHING 7880 (Graduate Practicum in Teaching) must total at least 3 credits.
**May be waived if candidate has sufficient experience in supervision.
The Licensure program in Educational Administration consists of twenty-four graduate credits offered on Saturdays and during the summers over a two-year period. It is based on a cohort model of twenty-five students enrolling in a common sequence of six courses. Participants who wish to obtain a Master of Science in Education degree may do so by completing an additional twelve credits of approved courses before, during, or after the Educational Administration Certification program.
The required courses in the Educational Administration Certification program are:
The Special Education Cross-Categorical Teacher Licensure Program provides advanced study to licensed teachers that leads to Cross-Categorical Teaching License #801. Students develop an Admission Portfolio during their first required course, TEACHING 7610, and add to this Portfolio as they complete all other courses required for licensure. A Licensure Portfolio is submitted at the end of the Practicum. The Cross-Categorical endorsement matches the grade levels of the regular teaching license. Those who desire to expand the endorsement to include additional grade levels must have taught at least two years at that additional level and have complete COUNSLED (Counselor Education) 7090: Advanced Developmental Psychology.
Courses in the Special Education Cross-Categorical Teacher Licensure Program:
The English Language Learner Teacher Licensure Program provides advanced study to licensed teachers that leads to ESL Teaching License #395. Students complete required coursework and submit a Licensure Portfolio upon completion of the program. The ESL endorsement matches the grade levels of the regular teaching license. Those who desire to expand the endorsement to include additional grade levels must have taught at least two years at that additional level and have completed COUNSLED (Counselor Education) 7090: Advanced Developmental Psychology.
Courses in the ELL Teacher Licensure Program:
TCHG 6310 – Practicum
Prerequisite: Issues in ELL Education, Second Language Acquisition in K-12, Classrooms, Methods and Assessment of Teaching ELLs This course is designed for students who successfully completed the courses Issues in ELL Education, Second Language Acquisition Theories and Methods and Assessment in Teaching English Language Learners. It provides opportunities for teachers to reflect on their practice in light of theories of SLA and ELL teaching methods and assessment. The course provides for teachers a platform to critically evaluate their teachings skills and make improvements justified by current research literature. Throughout the practicum, students deepen their understanding in the ELL/SLA field by reading and researching English language learners-related professional articles. Targets standards 1 and 3.
TCHG 7000 – Research Procedures (for ELL Teachers)
Students learn how action research focuses efforts to improve the quality of schools and how to design and conduct action research. Student learning will be measured in two ways – an ELL Professional Development Plan (PDP) and two teaching modules that will be put through the action research process. The PDP will include the following: description of the school and teaching; pupil services situation; description of the goals to be addressed, rationale for goals and link to self-reflection; educational situation and standards; plan for assessing and documenting goals; and plan to meet the goals – objectives, activities, timeline, and collaboration. The teaching modules will be developed and implemented the school year following Action Research and student achievement data collected around the modules will be shared the following summer during the Professional Development Plan Forum. Targets standards 3 and 5.
TCHG 7650 - Issues in ELL Education
This course addresses the social, political, and cultural context in which language learning takes place and examines those issues that are relevant in language acquisition. Themes, such as immigration and diversity in the United States, language policies, history of bilingual education, English-only movement, English language learners and disability will be analyzed in this course. Targets standards 1, 2, and 4.
TCHG 7660 - Methods and Assessment of Teaching English Language Learners
This course is designed to examine methods and assessment of teaching English language learners. The course stresses a comprehensive understanding of the history of first and second language teaching methods from the past to the present, including knowledge of the traditional, contemporary, and innovative methods and approaches in the teaching English language learners. Practical pedagogical principles of teaching English to speakers of other languages with regard to language skills, language system, and related assessment and cultural implications are included. Targets standard 3.