ACADEMICS

  • Master of Education-Middle School Education

    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 School 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) 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 credits)
    • ED 958 Curriculum Development: Middle Schools (3 credits)
    • ED 959 Assessment & Classroom Management (3 credits)
    • ED 963 Understanding/Teaching of Culture (3 credits)

    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 credits)
    • ED 994 Thesis Seminar (3 credits)
    • ES 926 Portfolio Evaluation (1 credit)

    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 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:

    • Possession of an Initial license in middle school education (grades 5-8) from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the relevant field of licensure;
    • 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 Curriculum Development: Middle Schools (3 cr)
    • ED 959 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