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The Master of Education in Applied Studies in Teaching and Learning gives experienced educators an opportunity to advance the knowledge and skills needed to be teacher-leaders within their profession. This program recognises the value of experience; it has been developed to strengthen and deepen the practice of educators through course work designed to emphasise reflection, collaboration, and classroom-based inquiry.

This 36-credit program includes an 18-credit core requirement, a 6-credit area of focused inquiry, the development of a professional portfolio, and a six-credit, classroom-based inquiry project.

Curriculum

• Initial Courses

EDE 532
Teaching-Learning: Theory to Practice (to be taken during first 15 hours of study)
EDE 554
The Reflective Teacher: Examining Cultural Paradigms in the Contemporary Classroom (to be taken during first 15 hours of study)

• Intermediate Courses:

EDE 556
Human Development
EDF 583
The American School As Social Narrative
EDR 535
Language, Learning And Literacy

• Area of Focused Inquiry:

Students are to complete a 6-credit area of focused inquiry; students should confer with the assigned adviser to determine an appropriate and desirable area of focused inquiry.

Areas currently include the following:

- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Culturally responsive education
- Education for sustainability
- Inclusion/special education
- Literacy
- Teaching English as a second language
- Technology
- Open area: Students are encouraged to propose their own focus areas based on personal interests and needs and available graduate-level offerings at West Chester University. These areas would be developed with faculty in the student’s area of interest and approved by the early and middle grades graduate coordinator. Workshop credits may not be used to satisfy requirements for the area of focused inquiry.

• Culminating Courses:

EDE 571
Educational Change: A Systemic View
EDE 611
Teacher as Classroom Researcher

NCATE Accreditation

• All of our programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
• Our programs that lead to teacher certification have been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).

Varied Opportunities

• Candidates have opportunities to participate in supervised field experiences in urban, suburban, and rural school districts-all within one hour of our campus.

Faculty Experience

• Classes at West Chester are taught by faculty-not by graduate assistants.
• Our faculty have a wealth of experience in education and are respected in their fields.
• Field experiences are supervised by faculty with extensive experience in PK-12 schools as teachers, supervisors, directors, principals, curriculum directors, and superintendents.

Student Experiences

• In 2008-2009, over 10,000 documented hours of community service were provided to area agencies and organizations.
• According to survey data of 2007-2008 teacher-education graduates, over 90% have positions in education-related fields within one year of graduation.
• Our undergraduate candidates participate in community-service experiences that benefit children and their families.

Visit the M.Ed. Applied Studies in Teaching & Learning page on the West Chester University website for more details!

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