Master of Arts in Education Catalog: 2010

The Master of Arts degree in Education is a two-year program. The master’s candidate must earn and successfully complete a minimum of 40 semester credits of graduate course work, including a graduate capstone. The candidate will earn a Master of Arts in Education in one of three tracks: Teacher Leadership, Reading Leadership, or Educational Administrator Leadership. As part of the program a candidate earns teacher licensure in one area, as indicated below:

  • A candidate intending to pursue the Master of Arts in Education, Teacher Leadership track will complete one of the following licensure programs, Elementary, Secondary, K-12, Secondary English, Special Education Generalist or Linguistically Diverse Education, as part of the master’s.
  • A candidate intending to pursue the Master of Arts in Education, Reading Leadership track will complete one of the following licensure programs, Elementary, Secondary English, Special Education Generalist or Linguistically Diverse Education, as part of the master’s.
  • A candidate intending to pursue the Master of Arts in Education, Educational Administrator Leadership track will complete the Administrative Licensure Program as part of the master’s. Once an applicant has been accepted to the program, a graduate advisor will be assigned to assist the applicant in developing a degree plan, which includes a comprehensive exam and capstone.

Faculty

Professors Nella Bea Anderson and Terri Wenzlaff;
Lecturers Sandra Anderson-O’Banion, Carrieanne Behan, Monika Gylys, Brooke Hanks and Jill Youngren.

Description of the Programs

Teacher Leadership Track

Teacher leadership is defined as the work of an individual (a teacher-leader) within a school who is regarded as an excellent educator; is well respected by peers; is recognized for his/her leadership capacity; holds a lifelong learning orientation; and has been identified to facilitate, advocate, and advance school reform and improvement of student learning. This work is typically carried out through informal and formal venues and processes; for example, with teachers in their classrooms, and with colleagues and administrators through leadership responsibilities on school and district level task forces, committees, and/or membership in district level professional development projects.   In order to earn the M.A. degree, the candidate must successfully complete two years of education course work in conjunction with in-classroom/school practical experience. The candidate that does not yet hold a license must become a licensed teacher at the conclusion of the first year. Already licensed teachers have the option of adding an endorsement. Successful completion of the second year will result in earning the M.A. degree.

The Teacher Leadership Track requires a minimum of 40-43 credits.
First-year course work credits range from 24-27 credits: Elementary 27 credits; Secondary and K-12 24 credits; Secondary English 27 credits; Special Education Generalist 27 credits.

 Reading Leadership Track

Reading leadership is defined as the work of an individual (a reading leader) situated in the classroom or in a school or district-level position who knows federal and state policies related to literacy; has advanced knowledge of the development, implementation, and evaluation of scientifically based reading programs; and can work effectively with other instructional staff to meet the literacy needs of all students. The reading leader provides professional guidance and expertise to classroom teachers, school and/or district literacy curriculum, instruction, and assessment programs; and develops and conducts in-service programs related to literacy.

In order to earn the M.A. degree, the candidate must successfully complete two years of education course work in conjunction with in-classroom/school practical experience. The candidate who does not yet hold a license must become a licensed teacher at the conclusion of the first year. Already licensed teachers have the option of adding an endorsement. Successful completion of the second year will result in earning the M.A. degree.

The Reading Leadership Track requires 43 credits.
First-year course work require 27 credits: Elementary 27 credits; Secondary English 27 credits; Special Education Generalist 27 credits.

 Educational Administrator Leadership

In order to earn the M.A. degree, the candidate must successfully complete two years of principal education course work and at least one concurrent year-long contractual or internship experience in administration. At the conclusion of the first year the candidate must become licensed as a principal. Successful completion of the second year will result in earning the M.A. degree.

Education Courses

EDUC 597 Special Topics in Education - 1-6 credits

EDUC 600 Foundations of Literacy Development - 3 credits
Provide in-depth understanding of the reading acquisition process and current issues in reading research related to preliterate and emergent readers through observation and analysis of reading and written language development. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 601 Methods and Strategies of Effective Reading Instruction - 3 credits
Provide in-depth understanding and application of scientifically-based methods of teaching reading comprehension vocabulary, and fluency. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 602 Literacy Assessment Informed Instruction - 3 credits
Screen, diagnose, and monitor student progress in reading and writing to inform instruction and build home-school partnerships that promote reading and writing. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 603 Content Area Learning - 3 credits
Apply concepts, methods, and practices related to curriculum, assessment of learning, and teaching in content areas.  Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program

EDUC 604 Learning Environments - 3 credits
Recognize needs for a successful classroom environment and apply strategies to support learning. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 605 Curriculum Development and Assessment - 3 credits
Study and apply standards-based curriculum and assessment practices.  Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 606 Reading in the Content Area - 3 credits
Analyze, Analyze, evaluate, and apply methods for developing effective reading strategies that improve student academic achievement in the content area.  Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 607 Enhancing Student Learning with Digital Technology - 3 credits
Use technology meaningfully to enhance learning in the content area and broaden students’ information literacy.  Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 608 Methods and Strategies of Effective Writing Instruction - 3 credits
Provide in-depth understanding and application of research based methods of teaching writing as they apply to cognitive processes and socio-cultural context for diverse students.  Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 609 Secondary Student Teaching - 3 credits
Work in a secondary school setting over the course of the year, in collaboration with mentor teachers. This course can be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 610 K-12 Student Teaching -3 credits
Work in a K-12 school setting over the course of the year, in collaboration with mentor teachers. This course can be repeated twice for credit.  Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 611 Strategies and Techniques for Teaching Students with Support Needs - 3 credits
Address critical issues, content, and pedagogy needed by special education professionals. Apply these theories to the daily activities of the teacher. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 612 Behavioral Analysis and Intervention - 3 credits
Use critical thinking and problem solving skills to study and apply current behavioral research and school law regarding the education of students with emotional/behavioral disabilities.  Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 613 Methods and Strategies of Effective Mathematics Instruction - 3 credits
Examine and apply research-based teaching strategies that promote mathematics learning.  Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 614 Collaborating for Students with Support Needs - 3 credits
Use data and collaboration process to develop Individual Educational Plans, and provide support needs and technologies for students with disabilities. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 615 Special Education Student Teaching - 3 credits
Work in a K-12 school setting with students with disabilities over the course of the year, in collaboration with mentor teachers. This course can be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 616 Language Acquisition for Linguistically Diverse Students - 3 credits
Develop and apply understanding of language acquisition and awareness of the historical, legal, social and educational background surrounding linguistically diverse education. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 617 Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency in the Content Area - 3 credits
Differentiate social and cognitive academic language and use research to develop cognitive academic language for English Language Learners. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 618 Linguistically Diverse Student Teaching - 3 credits
Work in a K-12 school setting with linguistically diverse students over the course of the year, in collaboration with mentor teachers. This course can be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 619 Elementary Student Teaching - 3 credits
Work in an elementary school setting over the course of the year, in collaboration with mentor teachers. This course can be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 670  Foundations of Leadership - 4 credits
Research school and professional ethics to plan a school environment that encourages responsibility and citizenship for the school community. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 671 Supervision of Student Conduct - 2 credits
Evaluate various models for designing a positive learning environment being careful to analyze and include correct legal procedures and due process.  Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 672 Management, Evaluation and Personnel Supervision - 3 credits
Research and synthesize personnel and evaluation policies from comparable school sites. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 673 School Site Safety and Maintenance - 2 credits
Research proven crisis intervention plans. Develop, implement and evaluate a site appropriate plan. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program

EDUC 674  Parent and Community Involvement - 2 credits
Demonstrate effective communication as it relates to the respective school site. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 675   Planning and Organization - 3 credits
Research, develop and implement instructional and assessment methodologies and strategies for scheduling that support student achievement.  Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 676 Individualized Instruction - 2 credits
Relate state and federal laws, as well as local policies and procedures, to the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral challenges of students with support needs. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 677 Resource Management - 1 credit
Research and demonstrate an understanding between zero based budgeting and program based budgeting. Develop the ability to align the budgeting process with site and district accountability procedures. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 678 Administrator Internship - 3 credits
Work as full- or part-time K-12 principals for an entire public school calendar year during this licensure program, in collaboration with mentor. This course can be repeated twice for credit.  Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 679 Administrator Licensure Capstone - 3 credits
Complete a work sample demonstrating proficiency of the Colorado Alternative Licensure Standards for Administrators. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 680 Research and Critical Inquiry for Leaders - 4 credits
Examine, analyze, and synthesize research literature in relation to emerging trends in education. Explore concepts pertaining to quantitative and qualitative research methods and the synergistic relationship between research, theory, and practice. Develop problem posing/solving, information literacy, and critical thinking. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 681 Curricular Program Evaluation - 3 credits
Investigate curriculum reform, decision making and evaluation strategies as they affect the educational program. Develop problem solving skills through theory and simulation.  Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 682 Leadership in School Sites - 3 credits
Examine leadership models and issues discussed in professional literature and relate to own practice in order to increase leadership capacity and advocate for improving education.  Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 683 School Law - 3 credits
Examine laws and legal implications of court decisions affecting schools and professional educators. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 684 Materials and Motivation for Reading - 2 credits
Select and evaluate materials, develop independent readers, involve the community, and establish and manage the literacy environment. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 685 Assessing, Evaluating, and Instructing At-risk and Struggling Readers - 3 credits
Develop in-depth understanding of scientifically based reading research and instruction for at risk and struggling readers. Provide the tools necessary to diagnose, evaluate and teach struggling readers. Assignments will include the development of intervention programs and the implementation of progress-monitoring reading assessments. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 686 Literacy Coaching and Mentoring - 2 credits
Examine roles and functions of literacy coaching and mentoring to provide professional development for literacy in the school setting. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 687 School-wide Comprehensive Literacy Program Development - 2 credits
Prepare educators for school-wide comprehensive literacy program development and delivery. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 688 Reading Teacher Internship - 3 credits
Complete supervised practicum(s) or internship(s) as a reading teacher at the appropriate grade level(s) for Colorado Department of Education Reading Teacher graduate endorsement. This course can be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 689 Reading Specialist Internship - 3 credits
Complete supervised practicum(s) or internship(s) as a reading specialist at the appropriate grade level(s) for Colorado Department of Education Reading Specialist graduate endorsement. This course can be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 690 School Law for Site Leaders Seminar - 1 credit
Relate knowledge of educational legal issues and trends through study of case law as it relates to the respective school site.  Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 691   Fostering Collaborative School Sites - 1 credit
Examine collaborative processes, models of collaboration, and communication skills that promote effective professional interaction and decision making in educational settings. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 692 Issues and Trends in Leadership Seminar - 1 credit
The role of professional literature and experience in the development of  leadership capacity that advocates for improvements of education.  Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 693 Capstone - 3 credits
Interpreting, planning, conducting, and reporting research results in the field of education. The student must be enrolled in EDUC 693 when utilizing Western State College of Colorado Graduate Faculty support in conducting research. This course can be repeated for credit and is required the final semester of the M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 697 Special Topics in Education - 1-6 credits
Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 698 Independent Study - 1-6 credits
Work individually with a professor to design and complete a self-paced course of study.  Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

EDUC 699 Research Problems - 1-6 credits
Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.