Master of Education, Professional Development or Added Endorsement

The Master of Education degree  for Professional Development or Added Endorsement is offered for practicing teachers who already possess initial licensure and is designed to provide opportunities for continuing professional development, master’s level licensure for teachers and other school personnel, or endorsements in teaching or administration. Students in these programs must possess a collegiate professional or postgraduate professional Virginia license.

Core Programs

Diverse Student Populations (may fulfill gifted education endorsement requirements)
Educational Leadership (fulfills administration and supervision endorsement requirements)
English as a Second Language (fulfills ESL endorsement requirements)
Literacy Specialist (fulfills reading specialist endorsement requirements)
Secondary Mathematics (in cooperation with the College of Arts and Sciences)
• Special Education (fulfills General Curriculum or Adapted Curriculum endorsement requirements)

M.Ed. for Professional Development or Added Endorsement – Diverse Student Populations

This concentration is designed to enhance the skills of the classroom practitioner in meeting the needs of diverse student populations. Individuals can elect to pursue the gifted education endorsement.

Admission Requirements

1. Submit a completed application for admission;

2. Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work;

3. Have earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university;

4. Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher on undergraduate course work and 3.0 or higher on graduate course work;

5. Provide a résumé outlining work experience and education;

6. Provide verification of the collegiate professional or postgraduate professional license;

7. Submit two essays.

An interview, initiated by the Admissions Committee, may be required as part of the admission process.

Continuance Requirements

1. A student must maintain a 3.0 (B) or higher GPA with no more than two Cs in course work to remain in good standing in the program. A grade of D+ or lower in a course or field internship results in suspension from the program.

2. A student must be in good standing for admission into EDCI 551 Internship for Added Teaching Endorsement. EDCI 551 is by application only.

3. Students who voluntarily interrupt their enrollment for one semester should refer to the Leave of Absence policy in the Admission and Enrollment section of this catalog.

Exit Requirements

1. Students must successfully complete the required course of study for the M.Ed. with a minimum of 36 credits and a 3.0 (B) or higher GPA.

2. Application for the added endorsement is made to the VDOE through the school division’s personnel office.

Course Requirements

Required (21 credits)

EDCI 540 Characteristics and Education of Gifted Students (3 credits)
EDCI 546 Evaluation for Instructional Improvement (3 credits)
EDCI 580 Introduction to Research (3 credits)
EDCI 590 Individual Research (3 credits)
EDSE 531 Survey of Special Education: Characteristics and Legal Issues (3 credits)
INDT 501 Instructional Technologies (3 credits)
TESL 514 Cross-Cultural Education (3 credits)

Courses (15 credits) may be selected from other programs—ESL, gifted education, special education (including courses in teaching students with autism), literacy, and instructional technology courses—with approval of the advisor.

Gifted Education

To fulfill the gifted endorsement requirements, the following courses are required:

EDCI 541 Identification and Assessment of Gifted Students (3 credits)
EDCI 542 Models and Strategies for Teaching Gifted Students (3 credits)
EDCI 543 Differentiated Curriculum for the Gifted (3 credits)
EDCI 551 Internship for Added Teaching Endorsement (3 credits)*

*May be waived with appropriate experience.

Technology Concentration

Students completing this concentration will better understand and be  able to implement appropriate technologies as both a product (e.g. Web-based course or specific learning aid(s) within a course) and a process (e.g. formative and summative assessments) in order to meet the needs of diverse student populations existing in our schools today. This concentration is designed for teachers, learning specialists, and administrators at all grade levels (K-12).

To fulfill the technology concentration, the following courses (9 credits) are required:

INDT 510 Foundations and Theories of Instructional Design and Technology (3 credits)
INDT 530 Instructional Design and Technology (3 credits)
INDT 545 Organizational Leadership in Educational Technology (3 credits)

Choose one of the following courses:

INDT 533 Visual Literacy and Design (3 credits)
INDT 531 Emerging and Assistive Technologies (3 credits)
EDLS 547 Literacy and Diverse Student Populations (3 credits)

Readmission Policy

Students who have not attended the University for three consecutive semesters must apply for readmission. Students who are readmitted are subject to the degree requirements in effect at the time of readmission. When a student is readmitted, the four-year limit from the time of first admission is still in effect. Academic work that was completed more than four years before the date at which the M.Ed. is awarded may no longer be acceptable in satisfying degree requirements. If a student needs additional time to complete the degree, the student must apply in writing to the department chair for an extension. Such requests must be received at least one month prior to the end of the student’s original four-year time limit

 

M.Ed. for Professional Development or Added Endorsement – Educational Leadership

This program is offered in a cohort format and fulfills administration and supervision endorsement requirements. A passing score on the School Leaders License Assessment is required for the endorsement.

Admission Requirements

1. Three years of experience as a licensed teacher;

2. Submit a completed application for admission;

3. Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work;

4. Have earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university;

5. Have a GPA of 2.75 or higher on undergraduate course work and 3.0 or higher on graduate course work;

6. Provide a résumé outlining work experience and education;

7. Provide verification of the collegiate professional or postgraduate professional license;

8. Submit two essays.

9. Three current, sealed references from immediate supervisor and others qualified to address teaching performance and leadership potential;

10. An interview; and

11. A writing exercise as part of the interview that may involve responding to a case study or producing a sample administrative letter.

Continuance Requirements

1. A student must maintain a 3.0 (B) or higher GPA with no more than two Cs in course work to remain in good standing in the program. A grade of D+ or lower in a course or field internship results in suspension from the program.

2. A student must be in good standing for admission into EDEL 551 Internship in Educational Leadership. EDEL 551 is by application only.

3. Students who voluntarily interrupt their enrollment for one semester should refer to the Leave of Absence policy in the Admission and Enrollment section of this catalog.

Exit Requirements

1. Students must successfully complete the required course of study for the M.Ed. with a minimum of 36 credits and a 3.0 (B) or higher GPA, or successfully complete the required course of study for the School Administration and Supervision endorsement with a minimum of 24 credits and a 3.0 (b) or higher GPA. The second option applies only to students who enter the program with a Masters degree.

2. A qualifying score on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment.

3. Application for the added endorsement is made to the VDOE through the school division’s personnel office.

Required Courses

EDEL 539 Special Education Leadership in Schools (3 credits)*
EDEL 540 Leadership for Learning and Diverse Student Populations (3 credits)*
EDEL 541 Developing, Administering, and Evaluating Curriculum (3 credits)
EDEL 542 Managing Schools and School-Community Relationships (3 credits)*
EDEL 543 Professional Development and Supervision of School Personnel (3 credits)*
EDEL 545 School Law and Society (3 credits)*
EDEL 546 Educational Policy and Decision Making (3 credits)*
EDEL 547 Literacy Leadership for Administrators (3 credits)
EDEL 548 Evaluation for Instructional Improvement (3 credits)*
EDEL 551 Internship in Educational Leadership (3 credits)*
INDT 545 Organizational Leadership in Educational Technology (3 credits)
EDCI 590 Individual Research (3 credits)

*Required courses for students who possess a master’s degree and wish to pursue the administration and supervision endorsement only. Admission, continuance, and exit requirements are the same as those for the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership. The endorsement pathway consists of 24 credits, which include the internship. Courses taken at other institutions and approved for the endorsement pathway must be officially transferred into the program. EDEL 541 Developing, Administering, and Evaluating Curriculum is no  required but is strongly recommended for those students without a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction.

Readmission Policy

Students who have not attended the University for three consecutive semesters must apply for readmission. Students who are readmitted are subject to the degree requirements in effect at the time of readmission. When a student is readmitted, the four-year limit from the time of first admission is still in effect. Academic work that was completed more than four years before the date at which the M.Ed. is awarded may no longer be acceptable in satisfying degree requirements. If a student needs additional time to complete the degree, the student must apply in writing to the department chair for an extension. Such requests must be received at least one month prior to the end of the student’s original four-year time limit.


M.Ed. for Professional Development or Added Endorsement – P-12 English as a Second Language

This program is designed to enhance the skills of the classroom practitioner in meeting the needs of P-12 English language learners in the public schools.

Admission Requirements

1. Submit a completed application for admission;

2. Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work;

3. Have earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university;

4. Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher on undergraduate course work and 3.0 or higher on graduate course work;

5. Provide a résumé outlining work experience and education;

6. Provide verification of the collegiate professional or postgraduate professional license;

7. Submit two essays.

An interview, initiated by the Admissions Committee, may be required as part of the admission process.

Continuance Requirements

1. A student must maintain a 3.0 (B) or higher GPA with no more than two Cs in course work to remain in good standing in the program. A grade of D+ or lower in a course or field internship results in suspension from the program.

2. Students who voluntarily interrupt their enrollment for one semester should refer to the Leave of Absence policy in the Admission and Enrollment section of this catalog.

Exit Requirements

1. Students must successfully complete the required course of study for the M.Ed. with a minimum of 36 credits and a 3.0 (B) or higher GPA.

2. Application for an added endorsement is made to the VDOE through the school division’s personnel office.

Course Requirements

Prerequisite or co-requisite: six credits in a modern foreign language

EDCI 546 Evaluation for Instructional Improvement (3 credits)
EDCI 580 Introduction to Research (3 credits)
EDCI 590 Individual Research (3 credits)
INDT 501 Instructional Technologies (3 credits)
TESL 500 Introduction to English Linguistics (3 credits)*
TESL 511A Applied Linguistics: Grammar and Meaning (3 credits)
TESL 512 Second Language Acquisition (3 credits)
TESL 514 Cross-Cultural Education (3 credits)*
TESL 515 ESL Literacy Strategies: PreK-12 (3 credits)*
TESL 530 Second Language Methods: Literacy and Language Skills (3 credits)*
TESL 531 ESL Curriculum, Assessment, and Leadership (3 credits)

Select one of the following courses:

TESL 502A Sociolinguistics and Cross-Cultural Communication (3 credits)
TESL 513 Special Studies in Linguistics and Language Learning (3 credits) – Prerequisite: TESL 500
TESL 532 Differentiated Instruction Across the Curriculum (3 credits)
EDCI 515 Literacy and Language Across the Curriculum (3 credits)*

*For the endorsement pathway, students have to take EDIC 515-Literacy and Language Across the Curriculum. The endorsement requires a minimum of 18 credits of graduate coursework, plus 6 credits in a foreign language (or in English if the candidate’s primary language is not English). Proficiency in spoken and written English must also be demonstrated. Graduate courses taken at other institutions and approved for the endorsement must be officially transferred into the program. Application for the endorsement pathway is made to the Virginia Department of Education through the school division’s personnel office

Note: Official transcripts showing completion of six credits in modern foreign language course work are required. If a student’s primary language is not English, all six credits must be in advanced English courses.

Readmission Policy

Students who have not attended the University for three consecutive semesters must apply for readmission. Students who are readmitted are subject to the degree requirements in effect at the time of readmission. When a student  is readmitted, the four-year limit from the time of first admission is still in effect. Academic work that was completed more than four years before the date at which the M.Ed. is awarded may no longer be acceptable in satisfying degree requirements. If a student needs additional time to complete the degree, the student must apply in writing to the department chair for an extension. Such requests must be received at least one month prior to the end of the student’s original four-year time limit.

M.Ed. for Professional Development or Added Endorsement – Literacy Specialist

This program leads to a reading specialist endorsement and prepares teachers to take a reading specialist position in a school or district. The courses are designed to prepare reading/literacy specialists in the areas of foundational knowledge, instructional strategies and curriculum development, assessment and intervention, literacy in communication, and literacy leadership. The program supports local school districts and the Virginia Department of Education in improving reading performance through highly qualified reading professionals, as well as addressing the teacher shortage in the area of reading  specialist. A passing score on the Reading for Virginia Educators: Reading Specialist assessment is required for endorsement.

Admission Requirements

1. Three years of experience as a licensed teacher;

2. Submit a completed application for admission;

3. Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work;

4. Have earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university;

5. Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher on undergraduate course work and 3.0 or higher on graduate course work;

6. Provide a résumé outlining work experience and education;

7. Provide verification of the collegiate professional or postgraduate professional license;

8. Submit two essays.

An interview, initiated by the Admissions Committee, may be required as part of the admission process.

Continuance Requirements

1. A student must maintain a 3.0 (B) or higher GPA with no more than two Cs in course work to remain in good standing in the program. A grade of D+ or lower in a course or field internship results in suspension from the program.

2. Students who voluntarily interrupt their enrollment for one semester should refer to the Leave of Absence policy in the Admission and Enrollment section of this catalog.

Exit Requirements

1. Students must successfully complete the required course of study for the M.Ed. with a minimum of 36 credits and a 3.0 (B) or higher GPA.

2. In the case of the Reading Specialist endorsement, this includes a qualifying score on the Reading for Virginia Educators: Reading Specialist.

3. Application for the added endorsement is made to the VDOE through the school division’s personnel office.

Required Courses

EDLS 540 Psychology of Literacy (3 credits)
EDLS 541 Linguistic Foundations of Literacy (3 credits)*
EDLS 542 Literacy Curriculum and Instruction I: Emergent-Elementary (3 credits)*
EDLS 543 Literacy Curriculum and Instruction II: Adolescent (3 credits)*
EDLS 544 Literacy Assessment and Evaluation (3 credits)*
EDLS 545 Writing Process and Instruction (3 credits)*
EDLS 546 Leadership in Literacy Education (3 credits)*
EDLS 547 Literacy and Diverse Student Populations (3 credits)*
EDLS 548 Internship: Applied Literacy Research (3 credits)*
EDCI 546 Evaluation for Instructional Improvement (3 credits)
EDCI 590 Individual Research (3 credits)
INDT 501 Instructional Technologies (3 credits)

*Required courses for students who possess a master’s degree and wish to only pursue the Reading Specialist endorsement. This endorsement pathway provides teachers with the knowledge to become leaders in the area of literacy instruction and leads to the reading specialist endorsement. It is offered for prospective students who possess a master’s degree and a valid Virginia postgraduate professional license. Admission, continuance, and exit requirements are the same as those for the M.Ed. in Literacy. Courses taken at other institutions and approved for the endorsement pathway must be officially transferred into the program. Application for the added endorsement is made through the school division’s personnel office. A passing score on the Reading for Virginia Educators: Reading Specialist assessment is required for endorsement.

Readmission Policy

Students who have not attended the University for three consecutive semesters must apply for readmission. Students who are readmitted are subject to the degree requirements in effect at the time of readmission. When a student is readmitted, the four-year limit from the time of first admission is still in effect. Academic work that was completed more than four years before the date at which the M.Ed. is awarded may no longer be acceptable in satisfying degree requirements. If a student needs additional time to complete the degree, the student must apply in writing to the department chair for an extension. Such requests must be received at least one month prior to the end of the student’s original four-year time limit.

M.Ed. for Professional Development or Added Endorsement – Secondary Mathematics

This program is offered in a cohort format and is intended for licensed teachers who have a strong background in undergraduate mathematics, preferably a bachelor’s degree with a major in mathematics. The courses are designed to strengthen the content and pedagogical knowledge of teachers and to better prepare them to teach Advanced Placement and International  Baccalaureate courses and the dual enrollment courses offered at high schools in cooperation with community colleges. A minimum of 36 credits is required for the degree.

Admission Requirements

1. Submit a completed application for admission;

2. Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work;

3. Have earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university;

4. Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher on undergraduate course work and 3.0 or higher on graduate course work;

5. Provide a résumé outlining work experience and education;

6. Provide verification of the collegiate professional or postgraduate professional license;

7. Submit two essays.

An interview, initiated by the Admissions Committee, may be required as part of the admission process.

Continuance Requirements

1. A student must maintain a 3.0 (B) or higher GPA with no more than two Cs in course work to remain in good standing in the program. A grade of D+ or lower in a course or field internship results in suspension from the program.

2. Students who voluntarily interrupt their enrollment for one semester should refer to the Leave of Absence policy in the Admission and Enrollment section of this catalog.

Exit Requirements

1. Students must successfully complete the required course of study for the M.Ed. with a minimum of 36 credits and a 3.0 (B) or higher GPA.

2. Application for the added endorsement is made to the VDOE through the school division’s personnel office.

Required Courses

MAED 501 Calculus for Teachers (3 credits)
MAED 540 Teaching Mathematics in Middle and Secondary Schools (3 credits)

Elective Courses

MAED 502 Analysis for Teachers (3 credits)
MAED 510 Linear Algebra for Teachers (3 credits)
MAED 520 Discrete Mathematics for Teachers (3 credits)
MAED 530 Probability and Statistics for Teachers (3 credits)
MAED 547 Special Topics in Mathematics for Teachers (1-6 credits)
MAED 550 History of Mathematics (3 credits)
MAED 560 Geometry for Teachers (3 credits)
MAED 570 Algebra and Number Theory for Teachers (3 credits)
MAED 580 Mathematical Modeling for Teachers (3 credits)

Readmission Policy

Students who have not attended the University for three consecutive semesters must apply for readmission. Students who are readmitted are subject to the degree requirements in effect at the time of readmission. When a student is readmitted, the four-year limit from the time of first admission is still in effect. Academic work that was completed more than four years before the date at which the M.Ed. is awarded may no longer be acceptable in satisfying degree requirements. If a student needs additional time to complete the degree, the student must apply in writing to the department chair for an extension. Such requests must be received at least one month prior to the end of the student’s original four-year time limit.

M.Ed. for Professional Development or Added Endorsement – Special Education General Curriculum

This program is designed for individuals who hold a Virginia teaching license who want to pursue a degree and added licensure in Special Education.

Admission Requirements

1. Submit a completed application for admission;

2. Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work;

3. Have earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university;

4. Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher on undergraduate course work and 3.0 or higher on graduate course work;

5. Provide a résumé outlining work experience and education;

6. Provide verification of the collegiate professional or postgraduate professional license;

7. Submit two essays.

An interview, initiated by the Admissions Committee, may be required as part of the admission process.

Continuance Requirements

1. A student must maintain a 3.0 (B) or higher GPA with no more than two Cs in course work to remain in good standing in the program. A grade of D+ or lower in a course or field internship results in suspension from the program.

2. A student must be in good standing for admission into EDCI 551 Field Internship. EDCI 551 is by application only.

3. Students who voluntarily interrupt their enrollment for one semester should refer to the Leave of Absence policy in the Admission and Enrollment section of this catalog.

Exit Requirements

1. Students must successfully complete the required course of study for the M.Ed. with a minimum of 36 credits and a 3.0 (B) or higher GPA.

2. Application for the added endorsement is made to the VDOE through the school division’s personnel office.

Required Courses

EDCI 580 Introduction to Research (3 credits)
EDCI 590 Individual Research (3 credits)
INDT 501 Instructional Technologies or INDT 531 Emerging and Assistive Technology  (3 credits)
EDSE 512 General and Special Education Goals and Practices: Middle and Secondary (3 credits)*
EDSE 519 General and Special Educational Goals and Practices: Elementary (3 credits)*
EDSE 521 Language and Literacy for Special Populations (3 credits)*
EDSE 531 Survey of Special Education: Characteristics and Legal Issues (3 credits)*
EDSE 533 Positive Approaches to Behavior Management (3 credits)*
EDSE 534 Assessment, Evaluation, and Instructional Planning (3 credits)*
EDSE 535 Collaborative Consultation and Transition Planning (3 credits)*
EDCI 551 Field Internship (3 credits) – May be waived with appropriate experience.*

Electives

3 – 6 hours of course work to be approved by program advisor.

*Required courses for the graduate endorsement pathway in Special Education: General Curriculum offered for candidates who possess a bachelor’s degree and a valid Virginia collegiate professional or a postgraduate professional license, and who wish to only pursue the endorsement. A minimum of 21 credits are required, as the courses are part of an endorsement program that has been approved by the Virginia Department of Education. EDCI 507: Early Literacy and Language Development is also required but will  be waived for elementary teachers as an equivalent course was part of their initial endorsement program.

M.Ed. for Professional Development or Added Endorsement – Special Education Adapted Curriculum

This program is designed for individuals who hold a Virginia teaching license who want to pursue a degree and added licensure in Special Education.

Admission Requirements

1. Three years of experience as a licensed teacher;

2. Submit a completed application for admission;

3. Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work;

4. Have earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university;

5. Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher on undergraduate course work and 3.0 or higher on graduate course work;

6. Provide a résumé outlining work experience and education;

7. Provide verification of the collegiate professional or postgraduate professional license;

8. Submit two essays.

An interview, initiated by the Admissions Committee, may be required as part of the admission process.

Continuance Requirements

1. A student must maintain a 3.0 (B) or higher GPA with no more than two Cs in course work to remain in good standing in the program. A grade of D+ or lower in a course or field internship results in suspension from the program.

2. A student must be in good standing for admission into EDCI 551 Internship for Added Teaching Endorsement. EDCI 551 is by application only.

3. Students who voluntarily interrupt their enrollment for one semester should refer to the Leave of Absence policy in the Admission and Enrollment section of this catalog.

Exit Requirements

1. Students must successfully complete the required course of study for the M.Ed. with a minimum of 36 credits and a 3.0 (B) or higher GPA.

2. Application for the added endorsement is made to the VDOE through the school division’s personnel office.

Required Courses

EDCI 580 Introduction to Research (3 credits)
EDCI 590 Individual Research (3 credits)
INDT 531 Emerging and Assistive Technology (3 credits)
EDSE 531 Survey of Special Education: Characteristics and Legal Issues (3 credits)*
EDSE 533 Positive Approaches to Behavior Management (3 credits)*
EDSE 534 Assessment, Evaluation, and Instructional Planning (3 credits)*
EDSE 535 Collaborative Consultation and Transition Planning (3 credits)*
EDSE 537 Characteristics of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 credits)
EDSE 538 Methods for Teaching & Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 credits)
EDSE 539 Characteristics of Students Accessing an Adapted Curriculum (3 credits)*
EDSE 541 Goals and Practices for Students Accessing an Adapted Curriculum (3 credits)*
EDCI 551 Internship for Added Teaching Endorsement (3 credits) – May be waived with appropriate experience.*

*Required courses for the graduate endorsement pathway in Special Education: Adapted Curriculum offered for candidates who possess a bachelor’s degree and a valid Virginia collegiate professional or a postgraduate professional license, and who wish to only pursue the endorsement. A minimum of 21 credits are required, as the courses are part of an endorsement program that has been approved by the Virginia Department of Education. EDCI 507 Early Literacy and Language Development is also required but will be waived for elementary teachers as an equivalent course was part of their initial endorsement program.