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West Chester University's Special Education Department offers a fully online program leading to the Master of Education in Special Education. Read more
West Chester University's Special Education Department offers a fully online program leading to the Master of Education in Special Education. The program is open to anyone with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited 4 year degree granting institution with a final GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Overview

The prime mission of the master of education program in Special Education is to prepare teachers advanced-level teachers who can synthesize and apply self-awareness and general knowledge of:
-Foundations of the study of disability,
-The learner with disabilities,
-Appropriate content for the learner with disabilities, and
-Effective classroom pedagogy.

We believe this synthesis encourages reflection on the art of teaching and results in a professional who is able to make sound, ethical educational decisions regarding curriculum and instructional strategies for students with disabilities. In addition, high standards of scholarship and the application of research, as well as professionalism, collaboration, and knowledge of current trends in the field, are essential for all teachers of special education.

Highlights

-West Chester University's long standing quality and expertise in the field of special education
-Interdisciplinary program includes Special Education, Secondary and Professional Education, and Communicative Disorders
-National Accreditation
-Courses may be applied to PA teaching certification
-Cohort model designed to increase student-to-student collaboration and provide social support for online learners
-Action research enables students to apply what they have learned to a current research problem in the field

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We are proud to present a M.S. degree in Transformative Education and Social Change consisting of the development of empowered and impactful teaching methods, the creation of inspired and meaningful educational programs, and the examination of the transformative potential of education. Read more
We are proud to present a M.S. degree in Transformative Education and Social Change consisting of the development of empowered and impactful teaching methods, the creation of inspired and meaningful educational programs, and the examination of the transformative potential of education.

Our department faculty focuses on a more critical theoretical foundation from which our candidates can make an honest analysis of the issues and ideologies confronting contemporary education, identify contradictions and points of concern, and construct transformative programs and practices in response.

Candidates will reflect on their own experiences in order to identify and challenge the common assumptions underlying the dominant educational philosophies today. This unique approach seeks to close the gap between theory and practice and integrate the ideals of freedom and critical democratic engagement into education.

We offer a very meaningful, personal, and rewarding experience for educators who, in spite of these trying times, still hold to what drove them into teaching: to have a positive impact on their students and the world. Our program envisions the preparation and inspiration of empowered educators - transformative intellectuals - who create and share knowledge and strategies to improve the quality of life for their students, schools, and communities.

I welcome prospective candidates, on behalf of our Department faculty and staff, to communicate with us any concerns you have about the program and ways we might better accommodate your personal goals. We are excited to meet with you and answer any questions you might have.

With warmest regards,

John M. Elmore, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Chairperson

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As our planet faces unprecedented environmental, social, and economic crises, we are all being challenged to make dramatic changes not only in our knowledge and values, but also in our culture and institutions. Read more
As our planet faces unprecedented environmental, social, and economic crises, we are all being challenged to make dramatic changes not only in our knowledge and values, but also in our culture and institutions. Education For Sustainability responds to this challenge.

"We learn what we live"

Education For Sustainability (EFS) is a rapidly emerging field that is guided by a vision of a sustainable society and rooted in a simple truth: we learn what we live. EFS practitioners are trained professionals who understand the challenge of sustainability and who have been prepared to teach others, to catalyze institutional and cultural change, and to model sustainable ways of living.

Many EFS practitioners work in K-12 schools where they integrate sustainability content into curricula, lead efforts to "green" buildings and grounds, and raise critical questions about the purposes of education on a planet with limits. EFS practitioners also work in:
-Colleges and Universities
-Corporations
-Nonprofits
-Community-Based Organizations
-Religious Institutions

"Be the change"

EFS practitioners are people who strive to "be the change" and embody the conviction that "human development is primarily about being more, not having more." Given accelerating regional, national, and global attention to sustainability, the demand for EFS practitioners is expected to grow dramatically. Indeed, the challenge of sustainability may spark the most creative period in human history. Whether you work in a classroom, a community organization, or the offices of a business, you are invited to join this great work of sustainability as an EFS practitioner.

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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. Read more
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.

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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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The goal of the new Educational Technology Certificate (18 credits) is to support professional educators with technology that connects them to data, content, resources, expertise and learning experiences that empower and inspire them to provide more effective learning for all learners. Read more
The goal of the new Educational Technology Certificate (18 credits) is to support professional educators with technology that connects them to data, content, resources, expertise and learning experiences that empower and inspire them to provide more effective learning for all learners.

Effective teaching in the 21st century requires innovation, problem solving, creativity, continuous improvement, research, diagnostic use of data, and flexible and personalized approaches to meeting students' diverse needs and strengths. Just as leveraging technology can help us improve learning and assessment, technology can help us build our capacity as educators by enabling a shift to a model of connected teaching.

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The certificate in Universal Design for Learning and Assistive Technologies provides professionals, parents, and other community members instruction and training in assessment, pedagogy, and technology that support students that relay on UDL and AT for learning. Read more
The certificate in Universal Design for Learning and Assistive Technologies provides professionals, parents, and other community members instruction and training in assessment, pedagogy, and technology that support students that relay on UDL and AT for learning. The UDL/AT graduate certificate is based on the following assumptions:

-With UDL and/or AT support, students of all abilities can reach their potential
-Practitioners who use UDL and/or AT must understand concepts, how to assess, and implement best practices
-Multidisciplinary teams must collaborate to support student who utilize AT must collaborate
-Knowledge in UDL/AT requires course work, guided observation, and supervised practicum

Highlights

-West Chester University's long standing quality and expertise in the field of special education
-Interdisciplinary program includes Special Education, Secondary and Professional Education, and Communicative Disorders
-Courses may be applied to PA teaching certification and/or to M.Ed. in Special Education (online and/or face-to-face format)
-Cohort model designed to increase student-to-student collaboration and provide social support for online learners
-Field placements arranged in student's community

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West Chester University offers a CACREP accredited program that provides excellent preparation for a career as a counselling professional. Read more
West Chester University offers a CACREP accredited program that provides excellent preparation for a career as a counselling professional: the M.Ed. in School Counselling. All of our master's programs satisfy the core educational requirements for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counsellor (LPC) in Pennsylvania and most other states.

Our programs' CACREP accreditation ensures a commitment to high academic and fieldwork standards and a focus on professionalism and ethics. CACREP graduates perform better on the National Counsellor Examination and are eligible to become National Certified Counsellor upon graduation, once passing that exam, streamlining the licensure application process.

In preparation for employment, WCU's programs offer a vast number of field placement sites with experienced supervisors as well as professional field experience coordinators who offer assistance in securing the best placement options available.

Our faculty are counselling professionals with real-world experience bringing their teaching to life. Many have authored the textbooks used in our courses. Additionally, each candidate in the program has a full time faculty member advisor to help make the most of their graduate experience.

Course Structure

The School Counselling program prepares students to be effective leaders and advocates as school counsellors while earning a M.Ed. in Counselling and School Counsellor Certification PK-12 grades. The 51 credit hour program consists of:

• core counselling modules,
• school counselling modules and
• 700 hours of field work, resulting in a strong foundation for serving our school students.

Please visit the website to find out more information about the modules taught on this course:

http://catalog.wcupa.edu/graduate/education-social-work/counselor-education/school-counseling-med/#curriculumtext

Career and Academic Progression

Completion of the M.Ed. School Counseling program academically qualifies candidates for the Pennsylvania Educational Specialist I Certificate which is required for employment as an elementary or secondary school guidance counselor. Individuals who have earned a Master’s degree in counseling may pursue a non-degree program of study (certification only) leading to the Educational Specialist I Certificate.

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