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Instruction Program


2012-2014 Catalog

Instruction Program

Master of Science - Instruction -- Goals, Admission & Degree Requirements

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 program 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 Educational Leadership Department. The student and this faculty program advisor will develop a plan for the completion of the student's degree.  

Degree Requirements

The M.S.E.-Instruction program is designed to emphasize professional development within the pedagogical aspects of teaching, balanced by individualized electives to emphasize greater competence in a particular area such as science, writing, mathematics, technology use, classroom management, etc. 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 assessment, and purposeful research within the classroom context.

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 Requirements

30 total credits

Required coursework (14 credits required):
TED 724 Teaching as Reflective Decision Making: Professional Development for the 21st Century -- 3 credits
TED 734 Current Developments in StudentLearning and Their Applications -- 3 credits
TED 741 Using Educational Assessment toInform Practice -- 3 credits
TED 750 Research Foundations of Education -- 3 credits
TED 752 Educational Research Project -- 2-3 credits

Elective required courses:

Electives could reflect the student's teaching field or be within an area of instruction and/or learning that will enhance the student's teaching. 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. 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.

Master of Science in Education - Instruction with Library Science concentration Requirements

31 total credits

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.

Required courses (14 credits required):

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

Library Science, Teacher Education, and Educational Administration required courses (18 credits required): For the Professional Library Media Specialist (902 License):

LIBS 509 Information Literacy Leadership -- 3 credits
LIBS 612 Trends-Issues K-12 Literature -- 3 credits
LIBS 616 Advanced Administration of School Library Media Programs -- 3 credits
LIBS 645 Integrating Technology in the Library Media -- 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

Professional Library Media Specialist Certification Program

UW-Superior offers courses approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for certification as a Library Media Specialist (902 Professional license). The Library Science program has the right to exceed minimal requirements. Candidates seeking the Professional Library Media Specialist license must have held an Initial Library Media Specialist license for at least three years. Movement to the Professional Library Media Specialist license is required no later than five years after the Initial license has been issued. The Professional license requires completion of coursework beyond the bachelor's degree in a master's degree or the following equivalent approved program.

Library Media Specialist - 902 Professional Certification Requirements

18 total credits

Required courses:

LIBS 509 Information Literacy Leadership -- 3 credits
LIBS 612 Trends-Issues in K-12 Literature -- 3 credits
LIBS 616 Advanced Administration of School library Media Programs -- 3 credits
LIBS 645 Integrating Technology in the Library Media -- 3 credits
TED 744 Trends in Curricular and Instructional Practices -- 3 credits
EDAD 711 Curriculum Management and Development, K-12 -- 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

Library Media Specialist Licensure Program - University of Wisconsin System School Library Education Consortium

UW-Superior is one of the home campuses for the University of Wisconsin System School Library Education Consortium (UWSSLEC). This program offers courses at the graduate level for the Initial and Professional Library Media Specialist licenses that are primarily web-based. More information may be found at http://merlin.uww.edu/uwsslec/ or contact the department chair.


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