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Curriculum and Instruction - Elementary/Secondary Education

Program Contact Information
Judith Hankes
Program Coordinator
Office: Education 208A
Telephone: (920) 424-2477
Web Site: www.uwosh.edu/coehs/departments/curriculum-instruction-department/graduate-program
E-mail: candi@uwosh.edu

I. Faculty

 

II. Purpose

The Master of Science in Education: Curriculum and Instruction degree program provides licensed teachers with the opportunity to expand their knowledge of teaching and education. In this program, teachers are given some freedom in designing programs that reflect individual interests to enhance classroom teaching. The program provides a strong basis in curriculum and issues in education, analyzing curriculum in various subject areas, interpreting and formulating educational research, engaging in scholarly writing, expanding professional knowledge in education and reflecting on one's practice. 


III. Degree
Completion of the program will lead to the degree: Master of Science in Education (MSE).

IV. Additional Admissions Requirements Information

In addition to the requirements of the Office of Graduate Studies specified in the first section of this Bulletin, the program has established the following policies and procedures for admission:

 

A. Grade-Point Average

For program admission, applicants must have at least an undergraduate 3.0 cumulative GPA (4.0 scale) or an average of at least 3.25 during the last half or approximately 60 credits of undergraduate work.

 

B. Licensure

Applicants must hold a regular, five-year Wisconsin teacher license or have eligibility for the same. A photocopy of any current teaching license is required as part of the documentation for admission to the program.

 

C. Add-On Licensure

Students with a B.S./B.A. or M.S. degree and a regular teaching license who wish to earn an add-on license in one of the Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Program’s licensure areas (early childhood, middle childhood; middle childhood-adolescence, ESL and Bilingual) at the graduate level must be accepted into the MSE Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Program.

 

D. Undergraduate Major

Most often, the baccalaureate will have been earned in early childhood or elementary education, middle school education or related fields. High school teachers, special education teachers and those seeking English as a second language, bilingual education-Spanish or bilingual education-Hmong licensure should contact the program coordinator for more information.

 

E. Application Deadlines

The Office of Graduate Studies accepts applications for the MSE: Curriculum and Instruction program on a rolling basis (year-round). Early application will help ensure enrollment in classes for the upcoming semester.


V. Summary

A. Structure
The program is comprised of core foundation courses and teaching emphases courses. Teachers seeking additional licensure will need to fulfill any remaining undergraduate deficits.

B. Academic Plans of Study
The following are the descriptions for the Curriculum and Instruction plan(s) of study:
Curriculum & Instruction-Early Childhood
Curriculum & Instruction-ESL/Bilingual
Curriculum & Instruction-Science Education
Curriculum & Instruction-Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence

C. Minimum Unit (Cr.) Requirements
30 credits applicable to the graduate degree constitute the minimal requirement for all students. Only those courses with a grade of “B” or higher will count for the master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. Fifteen (15) credits must be taken at the 700 level.

D. Admission to Candidacy
Students must satisfy fully the Office of Graduate Studies requirements for advancement to candidacy as stated in the first section of this Bulletin. Students must meet with the program coordinator prior to admission to candidacy.

Students should apply for Admission to Candidacy immediately after completing 12-15 units (crs.), including the following courses: Elem Ed/Sec Ed 723 and Ed Leadership 754. Students with questions should contact the program coordinator.

E. Graduation Requirements
Candidates must satisfy all program and Office of Graduate Studies academic, culminating and degree requirements.

F. Student Portfolio and Self-Assessment
Students will complete a self-assessment of their level of confidence with the Wisconsin State Teaching Standards and the COEHS Conceptual Model at entry, candidacy, and exit levels. Work samples and reflections will also be added to the portfolio at the completion of each course.

G. Enrollment Restrictions
Students admitted to the Curriculum and Instruction Program will have preference over non-admitted students when registering for graduate courses applying to their master’s program. Please contact the Curriculum and Instruction department for more information about enrollment restrictions.



VI. Degree Requirements

Core Requirements

A. Required

12 credits

NOTE: Students electing to do a thesis do not enroll in Elementary Education 792-Improving Classroom Practice and must register for Elementary Education/Secondary Education Curriculum and Instruction 795-Thesis. 


B. Electives

Two of the Following (6 credits):

One of the following not taken in the Educational Foundation section or not taken in undergraduate course content:

 

 

B. Teaching Emphasis

Choose One

1. Early Childhood

(non-licensure) (PK-3) (9 credits) 

(In addition to the core)


Electives - 5 credits individually planned with coordinator.


Recommended Courses: Elementary Education 730, Cognitive Guided Mathematics; Reading Education 610: Assessment and Planning for Literacy Instruction

2. Rtl for the Classroom Teacher

15 credits

3. Elementary Education

(Individually Designed Program)

4. Science Education Emphasis

15 credits

5. ESL (licensure minor)

ESL minors receive the same licensure grade as their major (early childhood, middle childhood, early adolescence, adolescence) 21 credits.

6. Bilingual/Bicultural Education (Spanish) (licensure minor)

Bilingual-bicultural spanish minors receive the same licensure grade as their major (early childhood, middle childhood, early adolescence, adolescence) 24 credits.

7. Bilingual/Bicultural Education (Hmong) (licensure minor)

Bilingual-bicultural Hmong minors receive the same licensure grade as their major (early childhood, middle childhood, early adolescence, adolescence) 24 credits

8. Individually Planned Non-Licensure 15 credits

Available to classroom teachers interested in improving their teaching and whose needs are not met by other teaching emphases, with coordinator approval. Meet with the coordinator to determine a plan related to your teaching assignment. Examples: the middle school math teacher who selects several math courses from the UW Oshkosh MS Math Education Program and who also desires foundations and pedagogy courses; the middle school English teacher who selects several English courses from the UW Oshkosh MS English program who also desires foundations and pedagogy courses. 

Area of Emphasis 9 credits

Select nine credits of graduate study in a specified area of secondary education with approval of the Graduate Program Coordinator. 

Professional Experience 6 credits

*Students must meet prerequisites 

 

9. Early Childhood (PK-3) Licensure 15 credits

Limited to currently licensed special education teachers and to licensed elementary 1-6 and 4-8 teachers seeking to add PK licensure.

 Electives - sufficient to constitute a minimum of 15 credits to complete the teaching emphasis, drawn from the PK-3 non-licensure teaching emphasis.

 

Additional Requirements

See coordinator regarding additional undergraduate course requirements and student teaching for licensure.

 

10. Early Childhood - Middle Childhood (PK-6) 15 credits

Limited to currently licensed special education teachers and to licensed PK-3 teachers seeking to add 4-6 licensure.


Additional Requirements

See coordinator regarding additional undergraduate course requirements and student teaching for licensure, drawn from the 1-6 non-licensure teaching emphasis.

11. Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence (1-8) 15 credits

Limited to currently licensed special education teachers and to licensed PK-3 teachers seeking to add 4-8 licensure.


Additional Requirements

See Graduate Program coordinator regarding additional undergraduate course requirements and student teaching for licensure, drawn from the PK-6 non-licensure teaching emphasis. Pl 34 requires a licensable minor as part of the elementary education licensure requirements. 

 

Alternative Licensure Program for ESL and Bilingual Education

An alternative licensure track for ESL and bilingual education emphasis within the MSE in the Curriculum and Instruction Program has been established. The alternative licensure program will be offered only at the graduate level for teachers who already have a Wisconsin license or are eligible for a Wisconsin license in Elementary Education or one of the four core content areas (English, mathematics, science and social studies) in secondary education. See the Graduate Program coordinator for details. 

 

Alternative to Student Teaching

The MSE Curriculum and Instruction program provides an alternative to student teaching for previously licensed teachers. See the Graduate Program coordinator for eligibility requirements.

 

Off-Campus Program

The Graduate Program also is offered at the UW-Sheboygan, Sheboygan, WI.

 

Program Requirements

Core Requirements

*Students providing evidence in one or both of these areas may be able to waive these courses and/or select alternate courses. Please see the program coordinator for further information. 

Students electing to do a thesis do not enroll in Elementary Education 792 and must register for Elementary Education/Secondary Education Curriculum and Instruction 795 Thesis. 


B. Electives

Two of the Following (6 credits):

One of the following not taken in the Educational Foundation Section or in undergraduate course content: 

C. Teaching Emphasis

See graduate coordinator for details.

Comments: This is a specific program of study. Contact the program coordinator for information and a listing of courses offered at UW-Sheboygan.

 

Licensure Requirements

(Extended Elementary or Early Childhood Licensure)

Certification is now referred to as licensure by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Requirements:
Applicants must hold teacher licensure or have eligibility for the same in early childhood, middle childhood or early adolescent school education. High school teachers, special education teachers and those seeking English as a second language, bilingual education-Spanish or bilingual education Hmong licensure should contact the program coordinator for more information. 

Time limitation for licensure students seeking licensure concurrent with admission to and progress in the M.S.E. Curriculum and Instruction must enroll in and successfully complete Elementary Education/Secondary Education 794 Practicum (or undergraduate-level student teaching) within two years of completing their licensure coursework requirements. Students who fail to do so are subject to meeting the licensure requirements in place at the time of registration for Elementary Education and Secondary Education 794 or undergraduate student teaching. 



Additional Program Information:


VII. Course Descriptions