Course Descriptions


 

Instruction

 

The University of Wisconsin-Superior offers a graduate program which leads to the Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) Degree in Instruction with two formats: the M.S.E.-Instruction with a concentration in a selected field (Strand A) and the M.S.E.-Instruction with a specialization in a selected field (Strand B). The faculty contact person for this program is Dr. Wendy Kropid, Associate Professor of Teacher Education, McCaskill 126-A; (715-394-8240); wkropid@uwsuper.edu

 

Master of Science in Education-Instruction

The M.S.E.-Instruction reflects the philosophy and standards of INTASC and of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

 

The M.S.E.-Instruction is based on the needs of the professional classroom teacher. The first of these needs deals with the nature of the profession. This area includes an in-depth understanding of the theoretical bases of education and the research that supports these theoretical bases. A second major area contributes to a thorough understanding of the processes and practices of learning and assessment of learning. Since there are no major fields of study that remain static, a third major component consists of strengthening and updating individual pedagogical and content areas. Even the best-prepared baccalaureate degree-holders soon find their knowledge and understanding in need of renewal. Coursework will support Wisconsin teachers in completing the license renewal process under PI 34.

 

Goals

To provide teachers holding baccalaureate degrees and a variety of certifications, or potential for certification, the opportunity:  

1. To strengthen their knowledge in the area of contemporary instructional practice.

 

2. To engage in reflective thinking about their profession (its origins, methodologies and assumptions).

 

3. To strengthen competencies in their individual fields.

 

4. To develop instructional and curriculum development leadership abilities in their school systems.

 

5. To develop a substantial knowledge of contemporary research on effective instruction and apply that research in appropriate ways.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the M.S.E.-Instruction degree will be limited to people who hold a baccalaureate degree and are currently engaged in classroom teaching or who hold the necessary credentials to hold a position as a classroom teacher, either in the K-12 public schools or in nonpublic educational settings.

 

Applicants must meet requirements for admission to Graduate Studies as prescribed in the university catalog.

 

A student may not apply more than 10 semester hours of graduate work taken prior to admission to the M.S.E.-Instruction toward the completion of this degree.

 

Upon admission to the M.S.E.-Instruction Program the student will be assigned a program advisor in the Teacher Education Department. The student and this faculty program advisor will develop a plan for the completion of the student's degree.

 

Degree Requirements

The specific coursework leading to the M.S.E.-Instruction differs according to the strand chosen:

 

Strand A is designed to emphasize the pedagogical aspects of teaching. In addition to those components listed above, it addresses the application of the elements of instruction, the use of technology and materials, an understanding of the development of curriculum, and a systems approach to instructional design.

 

Coursework for Strand A:        

TED 724 Teaching as Reflective Decision Making: Professional Development for the 21st Century          3 credits

TED 734 Current Developments in Student Learning and Their Applications                                           3 credits

TED 741 Using Educational Assessment to Inform Practice                                                                     3 credits

TED 744 Trends in Curricular and Instructional Practices                                                                        3 credits

TED 750 Research Foundations of Education                                                                                         3 credits

TED 752 Educational Research Project                                                                                                   2-3 credits

EDAD 711 Curriculum Management and Development K-12                                                                  3 credits

 

In consultation with the advisor, the student will complete electives in an area of concentration to complete a total of 30 credits.

 

Concentration electives in Strand A could reflect the student's teaching field or be within an area of instruction and/or learning that will enhance the student's teaching. It will be developed with the advice and approval of the student's program advisor.

 

Strand B of the M.S.E.-Instruction is designed to emphasize greater competence in a particular area such as science, writing, mathematics, technology use, classroom management, etc. It may be organized through a specific school district, identifying Continuing Education or other graduate courses that meet particular identified needs.

 

Coursework for Strand B:

TED 724 Teaching as Reflective Decision Making: Professional Development for the 21st Century         3 credits

TED 734 Current Developments in Student Learning and Their Applications                                          3 credits

TED 741 Using Educational Assessment to Inform Practice                                                                   3 credits

TED 750 Research Foundations of Education                                                                                        3 credits

TED 752 Educational Research Project                                                                                                 2-3 credits

 

In consultation with the faculty advisor, the student will complete an area of specialization to total 30 credits.

 

For Strand B the specific plan will be developed with the advice and approval of the student's program advisor and a faculty consultant from the selected field.

 

In either strand it is advisable for students to enter the research course (TED 750) with an idea about an issue they wish to pursue; TED 724 and TED 734 can help generate research foci. In TED 750 the student researches and describes in detail the independent project to be pursued during enrollment in TED 752 with a selected research advisor.

 

Exit Requirements

 

The student must:

 

1. Complete the prescribed course work with an overall grade point average of at least 3.00 (four-point scale).

 

2. Develop, execute and submit a research project under the direction of his or her research advisor.

 

3. Successfully present his or her research project to students/faculty.

 

4. Complete a minimum of 30 graduate credits.

 

Course Offerings

Consult the Course Descriptions section of this catalog.

 

If National Board Certification is sought, students need to indicate their intent to their advisors early in their progress.

 

Master of Science in Education–Instruction with Library Science Concentration

Licensed teachers may earn a Master of Science in Education-Instruction at the same time they complete requirements for their Professional Library Media Specialist licensure. Candidates seeking the Professional Library Media Specialist license must have held an Initial Library Media Specialist license for at least three years. Once admitted to the Graduate Studies program, students may follow the MSE-Instruction, Strand B, to complete 32 hours of coursework in the Teacher Education Department, Library Science program and Educational Administration Department.

 

Primary Contacts:

 

Graduate Studies Application:

Evelyn M Hagfeldt, CPS, Main 137, (715) 394-8295 (ehadfeld@uwsuper.edu)

 

MSE-Instruction Program Coordinator:

Dr. Wendy Kropid, McC 126-A, (715) 394-8240 (wkropid@uwsuper.edu)

 

Library Science Program:

Ella Cross, JDH Library 103, (715) 394-8512 (ecross@uwsuper.edu)

 

Required courses for Strand B:

TED 724 Teaching as Reflective Decision Making: Professional Development for the 21st Century        3 credits

TED 734 Current Developments in Student Learning and Their Applications                                         3 credits

TED 741 Using Educational Assessment to Inform Practice                                                                  3 credits

TED 750 Research Foundations of Education                                                                                       3 credits

TED 752 Educational Research Project                                                                                               2-3 credits

 

Required courses in Library Science, Teacher Education, and Educational Administration to complete the requirements for the Professional Library Media Specialist License:

LIBS 509 Curriculum, Leadership, and the Library Media Program            2 credits

LIBS 612 Trends and Issues in K-12 Literature                                         3 credits

LIBS 616 Advanced Administration of School Library Programs               3 credits

LIBS 635 Technology for Teaching and Learning                                       3 credits

EDAD 711 Curriculum Management and Development K-12                    3 credits

TED 744 Trends in Curricular and Instructional Practice                            3 credits

 

Additional recommended courses:

LIBS 650 Topics in Library Science                                1-3 credits

LIBS 685 Library Practice (Field Experience)                  1-3 credits

LIBS 699 Directed Studies in Librarianship                      1-3 credits