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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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Students in pre-Kindergarten, elementary, middle/junior, and high school need support throughout the educational process. With this degree, you will be trained to provide career awareness, personal development, decision-making, interpersonal communications, educational planning, and community involvement. Read more
Students in pre-Kindergarten, elementary, middle/junior, and high school need support throughout the educational process. With this degree, you will be trained to provide career awareness, personal development, decision-making, interpersonal communications, educational planning, and community involvement.

MED PREPARES YOU FOR BOTH ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS

A series of counseling skills courses, including practicums at the elementary school and secondary school levels, will give you a strong preparation for pre-K-12 commonwealth certification. You'll also complete a 600-hour field experience under the supervision of a certified school counselor.

The hallmark of this program is its philosophy based on the developmental approach to school counseling. Children and youth learn best when they are given the opportunity to increase self-awareness and develop those life skills that contribute to an understanding and utilization of self in all life experiences.

This approach to counseling is sequential and flexible, involves all school personnel, helps students learn more effectively and efficiently, and is managed by a trained counselor who provides specialized counseling services and interventions.

The program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

THE MED PROGRAM WILL PREPARE YOU TO

-Work in both public and private schools with in-depth clinical experience in individual and group counseling.
-Guide students from kindergarten through high school who experience mental health issues.
-Master individual and group counseling methods that allow you to have a lasting positive impact on growing minds and hearts.
-Expand your options to consider college admissions counseling, career counseling, private practice, and consulting.
-Pursue a doctoral degree in counselor education, school psychology, or counseling psychology.
-Be a part of an occupation that is projected to have an “average” job growth through 2022 and a median annual salary of $51,300 in Pennsylvania.

While teaching experience is not a prerequisite for school counseling certification in Pennsylvania, students are expected to possess an understanding of educational philosophy and child or adolescent growth and development. They should also understand the basic principles of psychology, sociology, and learning theory in addition to courses specific to either a child or adolescent population.

Prospective students for the Master of Education and school certification program must meet departmental admissions requirements and procedures in addition to those of the School of Graduate Studies and Research. Applicants are required to attend an admission workshop as the final step in the admissions process. Workshops are held two times a year, and applicants should contact the department to obtain the dates of workshops and deadlines for applications to reach the department.

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Our next intake of the PGCEi for 2016/17, with completion by September 2017 , will commence 1st - August 2016, when we will offer the taught modules on a residential basis at Keele University in the UK. Read more

Overview

Our next intake of the PGCEi for 2016/17, with completion by September 2017 , will commence 1st - August 2016, when we will offer the taught modules on a residential basis at Keele University in the UK. Keele University is one of the top teaching and research universities in the UK and has been delivering postgraduate programmes for international school teachers and administrators since 2010. Aimed at in-service teachers in International Schools, Universities, and Language Schools across South East Asia who are seeking professional certification, the Keele PGCEi offers course members direct and extensive taught input by UK education specialists.

The Post Graduate Certificate in Education (International) (PGCEi) is a one year part-time programme, commencing in August and concluding in June the following year. It is accredited, validated, taught and assessed by Keele University, UK. The course is designed for in-service teachers currently working in international schools and similar organisations and who wish to acquire an internationally recognised teaching certificate. It is also suitable for non-qualified British in-service teachers seeking their first move into international schooling.

The PGCEi can be undertaken in any country. The only attendance requirement is a one week residential held at Keele University, UK, in early August. The remainder of the programme is delivered by distance learning and a 12 week in-school assessed teaching practice. The aim of this prestigious, highly accessible and specialist teaching qualification is to advance a teacher’s career and professional development, together with their international employment prospects. Previous graduates of the Keele PGCEi work in leading international schools around the world.

Overview of Key Features:
- Annual entry for experienced in-service teachers seeking professional certification

- Two modules delivered during a 5 day residential held at Keele University, in August 2016

- One module delivered by distance learning

- 12 week flexible teaching practice for in-service teachers (undertaken in current school)

- Based on Keele University’s highly successful UK PGCE

- Designed to be flexible in order to accommodate the diverse demands of international schooling.

- Suitable for those working in Kindergarten, Primary, Secondary or Post-compulsory Education Sectors, including Language Schools, Bilingual Schools, State Schools and applicable to all major curriculum (including IB, AP and the National Curriculum of Engalnd and Wales).

- Opportunity to progress to full MA Education (International)

NB: Qualified Teachers Status in England is conferred by the Department of Education and not by universities. This PGCEi does not therefore offer a licence to teach in the UK. Similarly, the programme does not confer Qualified Teachers Status for the Learning and Skills Sector (Post-compulsory education).

Keele University reserves the right to alter any aspect of the PGCEi programme, including fees, without prior notice

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/sspp/postgraduatetaught/education/international/pgcei/

Course Aims

- To support the development of education professionals;

- To develop the ability to critically examine a wide range of educational issues, especially those pertinent to working in international schools;

- To support course participants in developing the knowledge skills and competencies they require to be effective practitioners in the classroom, and in the wider school/college environment.

Course Content

One year part-time, semi-distance learning programme with designated Keele University tutor support throughout:

Taught Modules:
- Learners, Learning and Assessment (30 credits): UK residential
This module examines the relationship between learning theories and classroom practice; Students will consider questions such as what do we know about how students learn? How do these ideas affect our practice as educators? What factors affect student learning? How might we take those factors into account when deciding what we want students to know understand and be able to do? How has the concept of multiple intelligences affected classroom practice? Why do we assess students? Who decides what to assess? How fit for purpose are the assessment instruments that we use?

- International Educational Practice (15 credits): UK residential
This module explores the changing world of international education, especially international schools in Asia. It reflects on the ‘nature’ of international identity, both for teachers and students, and critically explores what it means to be ‘international’ in an educational context together with associated practices. In examining the diverse character of international education, the module also encourages course members to reflect on identity elements such as gender, race, class, ethnicity and culture.

- Creative Practice (15 credits): distance learning
The module will critically examine definitions of creativity as applied to classroom practice, course members will be asked to consider the perspective from which creativity is defined and the criteria that are used as the basis for the definition. Students will explore the practical implications of teaching creatively and teaching for creativity and will have the opportunity to critically examine alternative models of learning and teaching and how can they be incorporated into their practice.

Programme includes 12 weeks main teaching practice (15 credits), which is undertaken in your current school.

Teaching & Assessment

Assessment:
- 3 formal assignments of c. 3,500 words;
- a series of formative assessment activities;
- final portfolio with reflective essay;
- reflective journal/log
- assessment of capability in the classroom with end of placement reports.

Academic modules offer outcomes at Masters level or Professional Graduate level (final outcome based upon level of performance in the assignments).

Work that does not secure a 50% pass grade can be resubmitted.

Programme Team:
Our tutors are highly experienced in education provision both in the UK and in Asia:
- Graeme Easdown (Programme Director)
- Denry Machin (Placements Co-ordinator)

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

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Providing children with a quality early childhood education experience contributes to their education success in later years. If you are passionate about equipping young children with the skills to be engaged lifelong learners, then a career in early childhood education is for you. Read more
Providing children with a quality early childhood education experience contributes to their education success in later years. If you are passionate about equipping young children with the skills to be engaged lifelong learners, then a career in early childhood education is for you. Work with infants and young children to inspire and stimulate their learning and skill development.

This specialisation will qualify you to teach infants and children from birth to eight years of age in childcare, kindergarten and preschools, and to support children's transition to school.

You will gain an understanding of learning at the heart of teaching by examining the learning process and the aspects that influence it, while building a repertoire of strategies to manage young children's learning. Drawing on contemporary theories and practices of early childhood education you will gain an appreciation of the positive impact and power teaching can have on influencing young children's learning and development.

You will engage with current education policies and priorities, at the local and international level, and learn to apply these in practice. You will learn to develop the required skills to create sustainable partnerships across networks.

You will examine the importance of literacy and numeracy in early childhood education as well as the importance of play in a young child's development. By gaining an understanding of how young children learn scientific and technological concepts in everyday contexts, you will be equipped to explore ways in which digital technologies can enhance learning.

You will gain professional experience through 60 days of supervised teaching placements in early childhood settings.

Graduates of this course are prepared for leadership in early childhood educational settings.

Visit the website http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/teaching-d6001?domestic=true

Course Structure

The course is structured in three parts. Orientation studies, relevant across all specialisations, and specialist education studies come together and are applied in context in professional experience and inquiry.

Part A: Orientation studies
These studies provide an orientation to the field of Education. You will consider the nature of learning and the influences upon it, and the nature of teaching and teachers' work within the broader family and community context within which children's and young people's learning takes place. You will also develop your understanding of literacy as the basis of how we learn, both formally and informally, across the age span.

Part B: Specialist education studies
These studies will provide you with advanced knowledge and skills relevant to thoughtful, innovative and evidence-based practice within your chosen specialisation. You will acquire both the broad principles of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment that underpin the teaching and learning of children and young people in varied education settings, and the specific knowledge required to apply these principles in particular school learning areas.

Part C: Applied professional practice
Professional experience placements in educational settings relevant to your teaching specialisation will enable you to connect the theoretical components your course with practical aspects of teaching and learning under the valuable guidance of practitioners. You will also study the complex and powerful role that teachers have as leaders in classroom, school, and community settings, with the power to change, and develop strategies to enable you to take your place as an active contributor to shaping education locally and globally. If you are in a single sector specialisation, you will also have the opportunity to undertake an extended professional project.

For more information visit the faculty website - http://www.study.monash/media/links/faculty-websites/education

Find out how to apply here - http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/teaching-d6001?domestic=true#making-the-application

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All Counselor Education Master’s degree programs have a planned program of study. The plan follows the appropriate requirements for accreditation in that area. Read more
All Counselor Education Master’s degree programs have a planned program of study. The plan follows the appropriate requirements for accreditation in that area. Once an academic advisor has been assigned for your program of study, you should make an appointment to discuss your preferences and career aspirations. The program of study that you accept when you enter the program will be the one you will follow until you graduate. If there are any changes, they need to be approved by your advisor.

Visit the website http://education.ua.edu/academics/esprmc/counseling/maschool/

The master’s degree in School Counseling is designed to provide prospective school counselors with the skills necessary to establish and conduct effective developmental guidance and counseling programs in schools, pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. Students preparing for positions in School Counseling are provided experiences qualifying them for work at all levels of school counseling. The school counseling program is 48 hours and meets accreditation criteria of National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

School Counseling Program: Select Courses

While the majority of your courses will be offered through the Program in Counselor Education (designated as BCE) many required courses will be offered by affiliated programs. During your academic career, you will likely enroll for courses in Educational Psychology (designated as BEP), Educational Research (designated as BER), School Psychology (designated as BSP), and other areas. These courses afford the opportunity to take advantage of the expertise of faculty in other programs in the College of Education. Please refer to the Program Planning Record for School Counseling.

BCE 511 – Principles of Guidance. Three hours. Explores the rationale for guidance by examining human development and sociological, psychological, and philosophical bases for guidance. Provides awareness of services by surveying components of guidance programs.

BCE 512 – Counseling: Theory and Process. Three hours. Introduction to counseling, counseling theories, and the counseling relationship; and an overview of the counseling process.

BCE 513 – Career Development. Three hours. An introduction for counselors and teachers to career development concepts, labor force information, and other resources needed to help persons with career planning and decision making.

BCE 514 – Pre-practicum in Counseling. Three hours. An experiential course involving applied elements of theoretical models and customary helping skills to orient and prepare students for their initial supervised work with counseling clients.

BCE 515 – Practicum in Counseling I. Three hours. Prerequisite: BCE 514 and permission of the faculty. Laboratory training in attending, listening, and influencing skills. Supervised experience in counseling.

BCE 516 – Practicum in Counseling II. Three hours. Prerequisites: BCE 515 and permission of the faculty. Supervised practice in counseling.

BCE 521 – Group Procedures in Counseling and Guidance. Three hours. Prerequisite: Permission of the faculty. Background in group methods, including group guidance, group counseling, and group dynamics. One-half of class time is spent in a laboratory experience during which each student is provided an opportunity to function in a group.

BCE 522 – Individual and Group Appraisal. Three hours. Prerequisite: BER 540. An overview of measurement methods, practice in administration and interpretation of standardized tests, and evaluation of tests and testing programs for counseling and guidance.

BCE 523 – Program Development and Management. Three hours. An examination of the organization and implementation of the guidance functions of schools and the guidance responsibilities of counselors, teachers, and administrators.

BCE 525 – Internship in School and Community Counseling. Three to twelve hours. Prerequisite: Permission of the faculty. Supervised field experience in an appropriate job setting.

BCE 650 – Counseling Strategies for Family Relationships. Three hours. Prerequisite: BCE 512 or permission of the instructor. Examination of theoretical and applied elements of systemic intervention with troubled families.

BCE 611 Multicultural Approaches to Counseling. Three hours.

Prerequisites: Majors only or with instructor permission. This course is designed to introduce students to multicultural issues unique to counseling and other helping professions.

BER 500 – Introduction to Educational Research. Three hours. An overview of the research process, primarily for master’s students.

BER 540 – Statistical Methods in Education. Three hours. Descriptive and basic inferential statistics, including graphs, frequency distributions central tendency, dispersion , correlation, and hypothesis testing. Computer applications are included.

BEP 550 – Life span Development. Three hours. A study of principles and concepts of physical, cognitive personality, and social development from conception through death.

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