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A minimum overall GPA of 2.75 (A4.0) in most recent 60 credits of undergraduate study. A letter of intent expressing professional and educational goals as applied to the program. Read more
• A minimum overall GPA of 2.75 (A=4.0) in most recent 60 credits of undergraduate study.
• A letter of intent expressing professional and educational goals as applied to the program.
• Submission of three letters of recommendation, using the required recommendation form.
• Resume or curriculum vitae.

E-mail: • Phone: 315-267-2165

Visit http://www.potsdam.edu/graduate to view the full application checklist and online application.

The Master of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction has been designed to meet the needs of (A) candidates who hold Initial New York certification and who seek to complete the academic requirements for Professional certification in one of the following areas: Business/Marketing; Childhood Education (1-6); Dance; Early Childhood Education (B-2); English 7-12; French 7-1; Health Education; Mathematics 7-12; Music; Social Studies 7-12; Spanish 7-12; Theatre; or Visual Arts, (B) International students who wish to develop their English-language skills and learn about teaching in United States schools, but who are not eligible to receive Professional certification in New York, or (C) International students and non-certification seeking professional seeking a master’s in education but who are not eligible to receive Professional certification in New York State. Program start date: Summer, Fall, Spring; Program also available at Watertown JCC campus.

Required Program Courses

Options A and C: Minimum of 33 credit hours:
*GRED 616, Curriculum and Evaluation .........................3 credits
GRED 634, Philosophical Foundations of Curr and Inst ........3 credits
*GRED 635, Ed Research in Curr and Inst ........................3 credits
GRED 687, Action Research ..........................................3 credits

Content, or content-linking courses: 6 credit hours
Graduate Education Electives: 15 credit hours
*indicates content linking course

Option B: Minimum of 34 credit hours:
GRED 558, Literacy I: Methods— Childhood ......................3 credits
GRED 559, Literacy II: Methods—Childhood ....................3 credits
GRED 576, Praciticum I (Immersion in Eng lang usage) ........2 credits
GRED 586, Practicum II (Formal Obs and Participation) ......2 credits
GRED 634, Philosophical Foundations of Curr and Inst ........3 credits
GRED 660, Educational Research ...................................3 credits
GRED 665, Language and Culture ..................................3 credits
GRED 699, Thesis Research ...........................................3 credits

Graduate Education Electives: 12 credit hours

Individuals not having initial certification in approved professional certification areas can still enter the program, with additional re- quirements in order to be eligibile for professional certification. They will also need to apply for certification directly to the state.

Automatic admission options exist for this program.

Program Tracks

Students presently holding Initial Certification in Business/Marketing, Early Childhood/Childhood (B-6), Dance, English 7-12, French 7-12, Health, Mathematics 7-12, Music, Social Studies 7-12, Spanish 7-12, Theatre, or Visual Arts may use this as functionally relevant to be eligible for Professional Certification. Other domestic or international students may use this program to obtain an MS Ed degree without being eligible for certification.

Testimonial

“Potsdam’s graduate program afforded me great opportunities that allowed me to excel as a future educator and stand out among a crowded field of job seekers.” —John Liquori ’14

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Every community requires qualified and dedicated teachers to prepare students for success in their subjects and in life. Read more

Every community requires qualified and dedicated teachers to prepare students for success in their subjects and in life. To meet the needs of aspiring teachers from a variety of fields and backgrounds, Binghamton University's College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA) offers both initial certification and advanced certification programs in adolescence education:

-Biology

-Chemistry

-Earth science

-English

-French

-Mathematics

-Physics

-Social studies

-Spanish

Initial certification programs are intended for students who do not yet have certification to teach. They culminate in Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degrees. These programs prepare students with bachelor’s degrees who seek certification to teach students in grades 7-12 in New York State schools for initial teaching certification.

Advanced certification programs are designed for students who already hold teaching certification and lead to Master of Science in Education (MSEd) degrees. These programs combine advanced study and practice in both an academic area and in professional education, enhancing the teaching and leadership abilities of secondary school educators. Completion of this degree and other requirements leads to professional certification in New York State as a teacher of the subject area for students in grades 7-12.

After You Graduate

This program prepares students for teaching certification in adolescence education in New York State. Employment opportunities for teachers have improved significantly over the last few years. Due to strict licensure rules, a New York State teaching license is well respected across the nation. Typically, graduates of the programs easily find employment as teachers in other states.

All applicants must submit the following:

- Online graduate degree application and application fee

- Transcripts from each college/university which you have attended

- Two letters of recommendation (additional letters of recommendation are accepted)

- Personal statement (Please see the Admissions website for additional information about the personal statement)

- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)

- Official GRE scores for pre-service applicants

- Teaching certification for advanced certification program applicants

- Any program-specific materials (please see the Admissions website for details)

And, for international applicants:

- International Student Financial Statement form

- Official bank statement/proof of support

- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores



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The Certification in Pre-Kindergarten Through Grade 4 (EGP) is designed for candidates who (a) have completed a B.A. or B.S. degree in an area other than education, or (b) hold a teaching certificate in another grade range or in a content area. Read more
The Certification in Pre-Kindergarten Through Grade 4 (EGP) is designed for candidates who (a) have completed a B.A. or B.S. degree in an area other than education, or (b) hold a teaching certificate in another grade range or in a content area.

Program outcomes

• The teacher candidate will demonstrate the ability to integrate content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge and skills to create learning experiences that make the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the content area meaningful for all children Pre K-Grade 4.

• The teacher candidate will demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and use of the major concepts, principles, theories and research related to development of children to construct learning opportunities that support the individual child's development, acquisition of knowledge, and motivation.

• The teacher candidate, in order to meet the needs of all children Pre K-Grade 4, including those with exceptionalities and from diverse backgrounds, will a) demonstrate knowledge of different approaches to learning, b) demonstrate the ability to create instructional opportunities adapted to all learners, and c) implement instruction that builds on children's prior experiences and diversities.
(WCU Subject and Pedagogical Specialist, Diversity Advocate and Classroom Community Builder, Assessment and Instructional

• The teacher candidate will demonstrate the ability to plan and implement a variety of instructional strategies that promote a) critical and creative thinking and problem solving, b) independent and collaborative inquiry, c) active engagement in learning, and d) self and group motivation.

• The teacher candidate will demonstrate knowledge and use of a) effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communications for fostering active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interactions in the classroom and b) educational technologies in instruction, assessment, and other professional practices.

• The teacher candidate will demonstrate planning and management of instruction based on knowledge of the a) content and curriculum standards, b) family, and c) community, with an understanding of the essential role of the classroom teacher in relationship to curriculum development.

• The teacher candidate will demonstrate knowledge and implementation of formal and informal assessment strategies including student self-assessment for monitoring, evaluating and ensuring the continuous intellectual, social, and physical development of the learner, Pre K-Grade 4.

• The teacher candidate will demonstrate the ability to a) identify, evaluate, and use information effectively and within ethical and legal guidelines; b) reflect on one's own content knowledge, teaching skills and effects of each on the growth and learning of children; and c) seek opportunities to grow professionally.

• The teacher candidate will demonstrate understanding of collaboration with school colleagues, families, and agencies in the larger community, to support and advocate for the learning and well being of children.

Curriculum

Please visit the website for information regarding the modules taught on this course:

http://catalog.wcupa.edu/graduate/education-social-work/early-middle-grades-education/prek-4-certification/

The Professional Semester:

Student teaching is an integral part of the Professional Semester (EGP 550, EGP 551, and EGP 411) which takes place in the Spring. Candidates are eligible to student teach if they have a) achieved formal admission status to teacher education (FATE), b) completed all coursework, and c) maintained the Pennsylvania-mandated GPA.

Further Study

After a year of full time teaching, candidates may apply to the M.Ed. in Applied Studies in Teaching and Learning. Twelve graduate credits completed in the post-baccalaureate certification program can be utilized as an “Area of Focused Inquiry” in the M.Ed. Candidates complete an additional seven courses to complete the M.Ed. Program. This advantage is only available to those who have completed a post-baccalaureate certification program at West Chester University.

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The Certification in Grade 4 through Grade 8 (MGP) is designed for candidates who (a) have completed a B.A. or B.S. degree in an area other than education, or (b) hold a teaching certificate in another grade range or in a content area. Read more
The Certification in Grade 4 through Grade 8 (MGP) is designed for candidates who (a) have completed a B.A. or B.S. degree in an area other than education, or (b) hold a teaching certificate in another grade range or in a content area.

Program Outcomes

• The teacher candidate will demonstrate the ability to integrate content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge and skills to create learning experiences that make the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the content area meaningful for all children and young adolescents in Grades 4-8.

• The teacher candidate will demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and use of the major concepts, principles, theories and research related to development of children and young adolescents to construct learning opportunities that support the individual's development, acquisition of knowledge, and motivation.

• The teacher candidate, in order to meet the needs of all children and young adolescents Grades 4-8, including those with exceptionalities and from diverse backgrounds, will: a) demonstrate knowledge of different approaches to learning; b) demonstrate the ability to create instructional opportunities adapted to all learners, and c) implement instruction that builds on children's prior experiences and diversities.

• The teacher candidate will demonstrate the ability to plan and implement a variety of instructional strategies that promote a) critical and creative thinking and problem solving, b) independent and collaborative inquiry, c) active engagement in learning, and d) self and group motivation.

• The teacher candidate will demonstrate knowledge and use of a) effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communications for fostering active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interactions in the classroom, and b) educational technologies in instruction, assessment, and other professional practices.

• The teacher candidate will demonstrate planning and management of instruction based on a) knowledge of young adolescent learners, b) content and curriculum standards, c) the school and local community, and d) the philosophical foundations and organisation of middle level education including the essential role of the classroom teacher and children and young adolescents in curriculum development.

• The teacher candidate will demonstrate knowledge and implementation of formal and informal assessment strategies, including student self-assessment, for evaluating and ensuring the continuous intellectual, academic, social, and physical development of children and young adolescent learners in Grades 4-8.

• The teacher candidate will demonstrate the ability to a) identify, evaluate, and use information effectively and within ethical and legal guidelines, b) reflect on one's own content knowledge, teaching skills and effects of each on the growth and learning of children and young adolescents, and c) seek opportunities to grow professionally.

• The teacher candidate will demonstrate understanding of collaboration with school colleagues, families, and agencies in the larger community, to support and advocate for the learning and well being of children and young adolescents.

Curriculum

Please visit the website for information regarding the modules taught on this course:

http://catalog.wcupa.edu/graduate/education-social-work/early-middle-grades-education/grade4-8-certification/

The Professional Semester:

Student teaching is an integral part of the Professional Semester (MGP 550, MGP 551, and MGP 411). Candidates are eligible to student teach if they have a) achieved formal admission status to teacher education (FATE), b) completed all coursework, and c) maintained the Pennsylvania-mandated GPA. Candidates must register for the Professional Semester (MGP 550, MGP 551, and MGP 411) through the Graduate Coordinator for Early and Middle Grades Education. All student teaching must be completed in the Spring semester only.

Further Study

After a year of full time teaching, candidates may apply to the M.Ed. in Applied Studies in Teaching and Learning. Twelve graduate credits completed in the post-baccalaureate certification program can be utilised as an “Area of Focused Inquiry” in the M.Ed. Candidates complete an additional seven courses to complete the M.Ed. Program. This advantage is only available to those who have completed a post-baccalaureate certification program at West Chester University.

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The Department of Educational Foundations and Policy Studies offers a nondegree program for post-baccalaureate students seeking secondary teaching certification. Read more
The Department of Educational Foundations and Policy Studies offers a nondegree program for post-baccalaureate students seeking secondary teaching certification. Students must apply through the Office of Graduate Studies and Extended Education for the certification program and meet admission requirements specified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for the University. (See “Formal Admission to Teacher Education for Certification.”) The program consists of six education courses, including a methods course offered by the academic area, plus a full semester of student teaching. Students must have academic course work in their subject area discipline(s) equivalent to an undergraduate B.S.Ed. from West Chester University. Undergraduate transcripts will be evaluated by the content area department to assess any additional course work that may be needed in the academic discipline.

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The PA Reading Specialist Certification, K–12 is a 30 credit program for students wanting to fulfill PDE requirements for Reading Specialist Certification only. Read more
The PA Reading Specialist Certification, K–12 is a 30 credit program for students wanting to fulfill PDE requirements for Reading Specialist Certification only. Students in this program take 30 credits of Literacy core courses, in addition to any PDE 49.13 Competency deficiencies that exist at intake. This program does not result in a master degree; upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to apply for their PA Reading Specialist Certificate.

Curriculum

Required Literacy Modules (30 Credits):

EDR 505: Orthographic Knowledge, Language, and Literacy Development
EDR 507: Comprehension and Vocabulary: Development and Instruction
EDR 509: Writing Development and Instruction
EDR 514: Reading in the Content Areas
EDR 515: Teaching Reading with Children’s and Adolescents’ Literature
EDR 516: Problems in Literacy Development
EDR 512: Literacy Practicum and Seminar I
EDR 519: Issues of Diversity in Teaching Reading
EDR 532: Literacy Practicum and Seminar II
EDR 541: Organization and Supervision of Literacy Programs: K – 12

For more information regarding the curriculum for this course please visit the website:

https://wcupa.edu/education-socialWork/literacy/prospectiveLiteracy.aspx

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The post-baccalaureate teacher certification in music education provides a pathway to Pennsylvania Level I Teacher Certification in Music K-12 for candidates who hold a baccalaureate degree in a music field (performance, music theory and composition, or music history and literature). Read more
The post-baccalaureate teacher certification in music education provides a pathway to Pennsylvania Level I Teacher Certification in Music K-12 for candidates who hold a baccalaureate degree in a music field (performance, music theory and composition, or music history and literature). Students who do not hold a baccalaureate degree in music and do not have a significant number of earned credits in music, such as a minor in music, are better served through enrollment in a second baccalaureate degree program with a major in music education. Each student's program will be unique as applications and transcripts are examined on an individual basis and an appropriate course of study designed. Completion of this program usually takes from five to eight semesters of full-time study.

Learning Outcomes

• Content and Pedagogical Specialist: Knows learners, subject matter, and curriculum.
• Assessment and Instructional Designer: Constructs effective learning experiences/outcomes assessments.
• Classroom Community Builder and Diversity Advocate: Values diversity and community in the classroom through practice.
• School and Community Professional: Applies knowledge of the context of education and engages in collaborative activities, partnerships, service, and advocacy.
• Self-Directed Practitioner: Directs personal growth, professional practice, and reflective practice.

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The School Nurse Certification program is a 14-credit, post-baccalaureate program that prepares students for initial Pennsylvania Department of Education certification as an Educational Specialist I – School Nurse. Read more
The School Nurse Certification program is a 14-credit, post-baccalaureate program that prepares students for initial Pennsylvania Department of Education certification as an Educational Specialist I – School Nurse. This program prepares registered nurses to meet the health needs of children and adolescents in schools, pre-K to Grade 12.

The strategic directions of West Chester University are aligned with service to the community. This program supports the need of Registered Nurses to receive specialized education directly related to the care of the school aged child and school community. This program offers the resource of training school nurses during a time in our country where training of staff in schools has never been so important. Additionally, this program provides a service to our community by offering a local, cost effective, education in keeping our schools a healthy and safe place for members of the community, thus enhancing the relationship our community has with the university.

School nursing is a specialised practice of professional nursing that advances the well being, academic success and life-long achievement and health of students. School nurses must facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety including a healthy environment; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy, and learning (NASN, 2010). With this understanding, speciality training is required to provide the school nurse with the necessary ability to be successful in this area of nursing.

The goal of the department is to prepare nurses for safe and effective care in the school setting. Graduates will be professionals capable of functioning in a holistic manner and able to collaborate with the various disciplines within the school system for health promotion and disease prevention of the child and adolescent.

Curriculum

NSG 502 (School Nurse Practicum)

This course examines the structure of the educational organization issues that specifically affect the certified school nurse and impact the student in the learning environment. Emphasis will be placed on the school nurse’s responsibility to enhance the student’s ability to learn in relation to promotion, restoration, and maintenance of health. There is a 112 hour practicum associated with this course where you must be under the guidance of a Certified School Nurse in the state of Pennsylvania. Successful completion of NSG 533 is a prerequisite for this course and it is recommended to be the culminating course of the program.

NSG 512 (Legal Mandates of School Nursing)

This course examines the structure of the educational organization and legal issues that specifically affect the certified school nurse and impact the student in the learning environment. Emphasis will be placed on the school nurse's responsibility to enhance the student's ability to learn in relation to promotion, restoration and maintenance of health.

NSG 533 (Health Assessment)

In this course, students will build on their physical assessment knowledge with a combination of comprehensive theoretical and clinical experiences in advanced physical assessment. Students will focus on attainment of enhanced skills to complete a holistic health assessment and physical examination of the adult, adolescent, and pediatric client. Strategies include collection of relevant data via appropriate interviewing methods, and developmental and physical assessment techniques with an emphasis on refinement of communication techniques and psychomotor skills (60 hours of Clinical Practice of Physical Assessment Skills).

EDA 542 (Foundations of Special Education).

This course is designed to acquaint the prospective teacher with the historical legal evolution of the field, special education processes, and the characteristics of individuals with disabilities. Distance education offering may be available. Typically, this course is offered in Fall, Spring & Summer

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The College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA) offers several advanced certification programs that culminate in a Master of Science in Education (MSEd) degree in Special Education. Read more

The College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA) offers several advanced certification programs that culminate in a Master of Science in Education (MSEd) degree in Special Education. Four program options are available, corresponding with the age/grade level of the applicant's initial certificate:

-Early Childhood Special Education - Birth to Grade 2 (requires initial certification in early childhood education)

-Early Childhood and Childhood Special Education - Birth to Grade 6 (requires initial certification in early childhood and childhood education)

-Childhood Special Education - Grades 1 to 6 (requires initial certification in childhood education)

-Adolescence Special Education - Grades 7 to 12 (requires initial certification in a subject area)

This program is designed to prepare teachers to operationalize “least restrictive environment” philosophies for children and youth with disabilities. Core themes include collaboration with families and other professionals and pedagogy that respects and responds to individual differences. For teachers with initial certification, this program provides knowledge and skills to fulfill various special education teacher roles in today's schools. Sufficient flexibility exists for individuals from undergraduate programs in special education to either deepen their skills in the field or link their special education foundation with the larger context of general education. Similarly, graduates of early childhood, childhood or adolescence education programs may extend their knowledge and skills with students needing special education.

Professional Development

In addition to graduate courses suited to the degree you choose to pursue, fieldwork and student teaching are important components to the program. The program boasts strong content speciality as well as diverse student and faculty background. Faculty advisors and office staff are eager to assist students in tailoring their course of study and field placements. Students are encouraged to take advantage of a well-established network of alumni and professional connections that will help with field visits and placement. There are urban, suburban and rural schools in close proximity where student teaching opportunities are available.

After You Graduate

The completion of this degree and other requirements leads to a New York State certification as a special education teacher. Employment opportunities for teachers have improved significantly over the last few years. Alumni of our programs in education teach at numerous schools regionally and around the country. Due to strict licensure rules, a New York State teaching license is well respected across the nation. Typically, graduates of the programs easily find employment as teachers in other states.

All applicants must submit the following:

- Online graduate degree application and application fee

- Transcripts from each college/university which you have attended

- Two letters of recommendation (the CCPA will accept additional letters of recommendation)

- Personal statement (Please see the CCPA Admissions website for additional information about the personal statement)

- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)

- Teaching certification for in-service applicants

- Any program-specific materials (please see the CCPA Admissions website for details)

And, for international applicants:

- International Student Financial Statement form

- Official bank statement/proof of support

- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores



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The Post-Baccalaureate certification in Special Education is open to any student with a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with an expressed interest in working with children with disabilities. Read more
The Post-Baccalaureate certification in Special Education is open to any student with a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with an expressed interest in working with children with disabilities.

See the website for further details: https://wcupa.edu/education-socialWork/specialEducation/postBacCertification.aspx

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A letter of intent written by the applicant expressing professional and educational goals as applied to the program. Submission of three letters of recommendation, using the required recommendation form. Read more
• A letter of intent written by the applicant expressing professional and educational goals as applied to the program.
• Submission of three letters of recommendation, using the required recommendation form.
• Résumé or curriculum vitae.
• Submission of a copy of current teaching certificate within the first 15 credit hours completed in the program.
• Six credit hours of undergraduate study in literacy education focusing on teaching methods.

E-mail: • Phone: 315-267-2165

Visit http://www.potsdam.edu/graduate to view the full application checklist and online application.

The Literacy Educator program addresses the interests of candidates who seek greater understanding of literacy and literacy education, but do not intend to pursue careers as Literacy Specialists. Graduates of this program will satisfy the academic requirements for Professional certification in their current certification area but will not be eligible for additional certification as a Literacy Specialist. Program courses also available at Watertown JCC campus. Program Start Date: Fall (Preferred), Spring, Summer

Required Program Courses
Minimum of 33 credit hours:

GRDG 600, Foundations of Literacy ...................................3 credits
GRDG 605, Literacy Assessment and Evaluation .....................3 credits
GRDG 640, Literature Based Literacy Instruction ...................3 credits
GRDG 681, Literacy Educatory Portfolio ..............................3 credits

GRDG 655, Literacy Intervention Strategies, B-6 ....................3 credits
or
GRDG 656, Literacy Intervention Strategies, B-12 ..................3 credits

Two Controlled Electives: 6 credit hours

Four Content or Content-Linking Courses: 12 credit hours

The following initial certification areas may use this program to satisfy requirements for Professional Certification: Early Childhood B-2, Childhood 1-6, Generalist 5-9, English 5-9, Mathematics 5-9, Social Studies 5-9, English 7-12, Mathematics 7-12, Social Studies 7-12, Special Education Birth-2, Special Education 1-6, Special Education Generalist 5-9, Special Education English 5-9, Special Education Math 5-9, Special Education Social Studies 5-9, Special Education English 7-12, Special Education Math 7-12, Special Education, Social Studies 7-12.

The GRE Exam (or equivalent) is required for all teacher preparation program candidates who are seeking certification (for applicants seeking admission for Fall 2015 forward). All other graduate programs, including non-certification options, do not require this exam. More information on the GRE exam can be found by visiting http://www.gre.org. SUNY Potsdam’s code for sending score reports is 2545.

Uniqueness of Program

The program is designed so that full-time candidates who begin their study on campus in the Fall or Summer semesters may complete their program in one calendar year. Most, but not all, degree requirements for the Literacy Educator program may also be completed in Watertown, NY, on the Jefferson Community College campus. There is no practicum requirement for the Literacy Educator program, however, field components are integrated throughout the program.

Testimonial

“I chose to obtain my MSED in Literacy (B-6) because I strongly believe that literacy is the basis of all learning. In my teaching experiences, I have seen many students who struggle with reading, which leads to difficulty learning other subjects. I feel that the program better prepares me to provide students with the most effective reading skills, as reading has become the foundation of education.” —Beth Woods ’14

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A letter of intent written by the applicant expressing professional goals as applied to the program. Submission of three letters of recommendation, using the required recommendation form. Read more
• A letter of intent written by the applicant expressing professional goals as applied to the program.
• Submission of three letters of recommendation, using the required recommendation form.
• Résumé or curriculum vitae.
• Submission of a copy of current teaching certificate within the first 15 credit hours completed in the program.
• Six credit hours of undergraduate study in literacy education focusing on teaching methods.

E-mail: • Phone: 315-267-2165

Visit http://www.potsdam.edu/graduate to view the full application checklist and online application.

The Literacy Specialist program has been designed to meet the certification regulations of the New York State Education Department, as well as the Standards for Literacy Professionals of the International Reading Association. This program allows candidates to qualify for initial certification in one of the following levels, as well as satisfying the academic requirements for Professional certification in their Initial New York certification area: Early Childhood and Childhood (Birth- Grade 6) and Middle Childhood and Adolescence (Grade 5-12). Program courses also available at Watertown JCC campus. Program Start Date: Fall (Preferred), Spring, Summer

Required Program Courses
Minimum of 36 credit hours:

GRDG 600, Foundations of Literacy ...................................3 credits
GRDG 605, Literacy Assessment and Evaluation .....................3 credits
GRDG 610, Seminar: Literacy Research ...............................3 credits
GRDG 615, Literacy:Family/School/Community Collaboration ...3 credits
GRDG 620, Literacy and Linguistically Diverse Learners ..........3 credits
GRDG 625, Using Technology to Teach Literacy ...........................3 credits

Early Childhood/Childhood Literacy Concentration (B-6):
GRDG 655, Literacy Intervention Strategies, B-6 .................3 credits
GRDG 660, Teaching Writing, B-6 .................................3 credits
GRDG 665, Emergent Literacy .......................................3 credits
GRDG 690, Literacy Practicum, B-2................................3 credits
GRDG 691, Literacy Practicum, 3-6 ................................3 credits

Middle Childhood/Adolescent Literacy Concentration (5-12):
GRDG 656, Literacy Intervention Strategies, 5-12 ...............3 credits
GRDG 661, Teaching Writing, Grades 5-12 .......................3 credits
GRDG 670, Teaching Reading and Study Skills in Content ....3 credits
GRDG 696, Literacy Practicum, 5-8 ................................3 credits
GRDG 697, Literacy Practicum, 9-12 ..............................3 credits

The GRE Exam (or equivalent) is required for all teacher preparation pro- gram candidates who are seeking certification (for applicants seeking ad- mission for Fall 2015 forward). All other graduate programs, including non-certification options, do not require this exam. More information on the GRE exam can be found by visiting http://www.gre.org. SUNY Potsdam’s code for sending score reports is 2545.

Uniqueness of Program

The program is designed so that full-time candidates who begin their study on campus in the Fall or Summer semesters may complete their program in three semesters. Most, but not all, degree requirements for the Literacy Specialist program may also be completed in Watertown, NY, on the Jefferson Community College campus.

Testimonial

“The Literacy Specialist profession is rapidly growing and is one of the most highly desired certification areas by school districts today.”

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A letter of intent written by the applicant expressing professional and educational goals as applied to the program. Submission of three letters of recommendation, using the required recommendation form. Read more
• A letter of intent written by the applicant expressing professional and educational goals as applied to the program.
• Submission of three letters of recommendation, using the required recommendation form.
• Résumé or curriculum vitae.

E-mail: • Phone: 315-267-2165

Visit http://www.potsdam.edu/graduate to view the full application checklist and online application.

The Master of Science for Teachers in Childhood Education has been designed to meet certification regulations of the New York State Education Department, as well as the standards of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This program is also nationally recognized by the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) and leads to Initial/Professional Childhood certification (Grades 1-6). Program start dates: Summer, Fall, Spring; Program also available at Watertown JCC campus.

Required Program Courses
Minimum of 47 credit hours
(Prerequisite coursework may be required prior to, or concurrent with, program studies.)

GRED 530, Classroom Management and Discipline ................3 credits
GRED 558, Literacy I: Methods (Childhood) .........................3 credits
GRED 559, Literacy II: Methods (Childhood) ........................3 credits
GRED 565, Elementary Mathematics: Content and Methods ......3 credits
GRED 566, Elementary Science: Content and Methods .............3 credits
GRED 567, Elementary Social Studies: Content and Methods .....3 credits
GRED 607, Foundations of Education (B-6) .........................3 credits
GRED 664, Practicum in Childhood Education .....................3 credits

Education Elective: 3 credit hours

GRED 613, Teaching Internship, Grades 1–3 ........................6 credits
GRED 669, Professional Development Performance Portfolio ......3 credits
GRED 676, Student Teaching Seminar ................................2 credits
GRED 696, Teaching Internship, Grades 4–6 ........................6 credits

GRED 677 is required if the candidate’s undergraduate work does not include a course in developmental, adolescent, or educational psychology. This course may count as the education elective, with permission of the advisor.

The GRE Exam (or equivalent) is required for all teacher preparation program candidates who are seeking certification (for applicants seeking admission for Fall 2015 forward). All other graduate programs, including non-certification options, do not require this exam. More information on the GRE exam can be found by visiting http://www.gre.org. SUNY Potsdam’s code for sending score reports is 2545.

Uniqueness of Program

The MST Childhood Education program is both NCATE accredited and nationally recognized by the ACEI. Candidates may complete most, but not all, of their degree requirements in the Watertown area if they choose. Also, Canadian students who complete this program and all New York State teacher certification requirements are eligible to apply to the Ontario College of Teachers for Ontario certification at the primary/ junior divisions. This program is intended for candidates who do not hold a teaching certificate and seek to earn certification in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6). Candidates may begin enrollment in the fall, spring, or summer terms.

Testimonial

“Potsdam’s graduate program afforded me great opportunities that allowed me to excel as a future educator and stand out among a crowded field of job seekers.” —John Liquori ’14

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Data is being collected at an unprecedented speed and scale – but 'big data' is of little use without 'big insight'. The skills required to develop such insight are in short supply and the shortage of skilled workers in the data analytics market is cited as a key barrier. Read more

About the course

Data is being collected at an unprecedented speed and scale – but 'big data' is of little use without 'big insight'. The skills required to develop such insight are in short supply and the shortage of skilled workers in the data analytics market is cited as a key barrier.

The Data Science and Analytics MSc programme provides these skills, combining a strong academic programme with hands-on experience of leading commercial technology – and the chance to gain industry certification.

You will develop both your critical awareness of the state-of-the-art in data science and the practical skills that help you apply data science more effectively in the business, science and social world.

The programme is run in conjunction with SAS, a market leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market.

Brunel's programme is unique in being the only current MSc programme that is fully integrated with SAS, providing the SAS base certification.

Aims

The Harvard Business Review calls data science the “sexiest job of the 21st century” – with demand for graduates with SAS skills rapidly rising across financial, retail and government sectors. Data science is now in vogue.

From government, social networks and ecommerce sites to sensors, smart meters and mobile networks, data is being collected at an unprecedented speed and scale – creating an expanding job market for qualified data analysts.

The practical aspects of many of the modules will allow you to gain hands-on experience of several commercial SAS tools (e.g. SAS BASE, Enterprise Guide, Enterprise Miner and Visual Analytics). This experience is designed, in part, to develop skills in preparation for the SAS certification part of the programme.

By the end of the course you should be able to:

Comprehend the key concepts and nuances of the disciplines that need to be synthesised for effective data science.
Demonstrate a critical understanding of the challenges and issues arising from taking heterogeneous data at volume and scale, understanding what it represents and turning that understanding into insight for business, scientific or social innovation (i.e. data science).
Develop a practical understanding of the skills, tools and techniques necessary for the effective application of data science.
Apply a practical understanding of data science to problems in social, business and scientific domains.
Evaluate the effectiveness of applied data science in relation to the issues addressed.

Course Content

Your studies on the course will cover the modules listed below. The practical aspects of many of the modules will allow you to gain hands-on experience of several commercial SAS tools (e.g. SAS BASE, Enterprise Guide, Enterprise Miner and Visual Analytics). That experience is designed, in part, to develop skills for the SAS certification that partners the programme.

Typical Modules:

Digital Innovation
Quantitative Data Analysis
High Performance Computational Infrastructures
Systems Project Management
Big Data Analytics
Research Methods
Data Visualisation
Learning Development Project
Dissertation

Special Features

SAS Certification
As an integral part of the programme, you will gain hands-on experience of commercial SAS tools – SAS being the market leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market.
You will have the opportunity to obtain SAS certification (e.g. SAS Base Programming) which is a recognised industry qualification, following a two week SAS certification ‘boot camp’ preparation course.

Women in Engineering and Computing Programme

Brunel’s Women in Engineering and Computing mentoring scheme provides our female students with invaluable help and support from their industry mentors.

Teaching

Module are typically presented in a mixture of lecture and seminar/lab format. However, where appropriate other teaching methods will also be incorporated. All our learning environments are supported by the market leader in Virtual Learning Environments (VLE), the BlackboardLearn system.

Assessment

Your learning will be evaluated through a combination of in module assessments and more traditional exams, with module specific assessments – for example, presentations within the Learning Development Project.

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Candidates for the master of arts in speech-language pathology may be recommended for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology issued by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Read more
Candidates for the master of arts in speech-language pathology may be recommended for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology issued by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. They may also be recommended for the Pennsylvania Educational Specialist Certificate upon satisfactory completion of required coursework and clinical practicum.

See the website for further details: http://catalog.wcupa.edu/graduate/health-sciences/communication-sciences-disorders/

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