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Master of Education in Middle/Secondary School

Secondary Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Sara Young
Tel: 508-929-8246
email: syoung3@worcester.edu

Secondary Education Courses

The mission of the Middle/Secondary School Education Program at Worcester State University is governed by the commitment to produce Middle/Secondary School Teachers who are responsive to the developmental needs and special characteristics of adolescents. This commitment is expressed in programs which reflect basic Middle/Secondary School concepts: block scheduling, thematic and integrated curriculum organization, team planning and team teaching, cooperative learning, etc. The Middle/Secondary School programs are designed to prepare teachers for the special challenges of creating developmentally appropriate educational environments. Further, the Middle/Secondary programs are based on the conviction that a sound knowledge of subject matter is critical to effective teaching and that the ability to build connections among the seemingly discrete bodies of knowledge in the different subject areas of instruction is imperative. These programs equip teachers with the skills for translating subject-matter knowledge into appropriate and effective curriculum through an understanding and sensitivity to adolescents’ psychological and social developments, educational needs and learning styles. Students will guide their research according to their area of licensure.

The Education Department at WSU is committed to creating a teaching/learning-based environment that will provide caring, competent, creative teachers for the Commonwealth and beyond. We have designed our programs to provide theoretical and practical knowledge of adolescents’ developmental needs, abilities, and interests. We believe that practitioners who are schooled in reflective practices and contemporary, research-based classroom techniques, strategies, and resources become skilled educators. We further recognize that lifelong learning is a requirement of being an effective teacher/scholar and that professional development is integral to teacher growth.

1. Professional Licensure Track I:

The Master of Education in Middle or Secondary Education for Professional Licensure (content areas in Biology, English, History, Spanish) has been designed to reflect the most current Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) “Regulations for Educational Licensure,” particularly the aspects dealing with the provision for more content knowledge. The University’s Department of Education, in collaboration with the relevant departments in the Liberal Arts & Sciences that provide the content area courses, prepares students for Professional licensure at the Middle (grades 5-8) and Secondary (grades 8-12) school levels in Biology*, English*, History*, Spanish*.

Admissions Requirements:

In addition to the general admission requirements for graduate study at WSU, candidates must possess the following attributes:

1) Possession of an Initial license in middle school education (grades 5-
    8) or secondary school license (grades 8-12) from the Commonwealth
    of Massachusetts in the relevant field of licensure;

2) Evidence of an undergraduate or graduate course in Adolescent
    Developmental/Psychology with a minimum grade of B; or CLEP exam
    in Human Growth & Development (score of 50+).

Program of Study:
This program consists of thirteen (13) courses for a total of thirty-seven (37) credits. Six of the courses (18 credits) are in education, while six (18 credits) are in the specified content field of licensure. The remaining one credit is awarded for completing a program portfolio encompassing both content and pedagogy, and demonstrating how students have successfully attained the state standards for Professional licensure.

CORE requirements:

ED 981             Advanced Foundations of Education (3 cr)
ED 958/974       Curriculum Development: Middle/ Secondary Schools
                        (3 cr)
ED 959/975       Assessment & Classroom Management (3 cr)
ED 963             Understanding/Teaching of Culture (3 cr)

Content area requirements:

18 graduate credits (6 courses) - from the following areas: Biology; English; History; Spanish*

Advanced Education and Thesis Requirements:

ED 982             Research in Education (3 cr)
ED 994             Thesis Seminar (3 cr)
ES 926             Portfolio Evaluation (1 cr)

Students have the option of choosing a thesis research topic in education or in their content area.

*Educator Preparation Program approved by DESE

2. Non- Licensure Track II:

The Master of Education in Middle or Secondary Education for Non-Licensure has been designed to provide students with pedagogical study combined with a practical knowledge base to deal with school issues in today’s society. Although this track is not an approved road to professional licensure, students may - with approval from DESE – utilize this program for their personal and professional career goals.

Admissions Requirements:

In addition to the general admission requirements for graduate study at WSU, candidates must possess the following attributes:

1) Possession of an Initial license in middle school education (grades 5-
    8) or secondary school license (grades 8-12) from the Commonwealth
    of Massachusetts in the relevant field of licensure;

2) Evidence of an undergraduate or graduate course in Adolescent
    Developmental/ Psychology with a minimum grade of B; or CLEP
    exam in Human Growth & Development (score of 50+).

Program of Study:

This program consists of thirteen (13) courses for a total of thirty-seven (37) credits. Six of the courses (18 credits) are in education, while six (18 credits) are in the specified content field of licensure. The remaining one credit is awarded for completing a program portfolio encompassing both content and pedagogy, and demonstrating how students have successfully attained the state standards for Professional licensure.

CORE requirements:

ED 981             Advanced Foundations of Education (3 cr)
ED 958/974       Curriculum Development: Middle/ Secondary Schools
                        (3 cr)
ED 959/975       Assessment & Classroom Management (3 cr)
ED 963             Understanding/Teaching of Culture (3 cr)

Content area requirements:

18 graduate credits (6 courses in content/ancillary cognate area chosen with approval from the program coordinator)

Advanced Education and Thesis Requirements:

ED 982             Research in Education (3 cr)
ED 994             Thesis Seminar (3 cr)
ES 926             Portfolio Evaluation (1 cr)

Students have the option of choosing a thesis research topic in education or in their content area.

*Educator Preparation Program approved by DESE

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