Master of Education

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Melanie Agnew, Dean
Peggy Cain, Program Director

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) is a flexible degree enabling educators and future educators to develop their expertise in an area of interest. Students develop skills in the methods of teaching and deepen their understanding of crucial “why” questions in educational practice. Students research an area of interest through action research or a qualitative research project in order to improve their own practice as educators and contribute to the wider field of education.

Program Options

Philosophy Statement

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree program at Westminster College is committed to improving education through meaningful inquiry and innovative exploration of the connections between educational practice, values, and local/national/global contexts for learning. We emphasize a strong foundation in theory and active and engaged learning that incorporates students’ experiences.

The standards of the curriculum reflect the School of Education’s commitment to provide a well-rounded education congruent with the needs of master teachers and other instructional professionals. These standards include:

Pedagogy:
Students will design, facilitate, and assess learning while demonstrating knowledge of relevant theoretical foundations and the interactions of individual, group, and societal contexts for teaching and learning.

Research: Students will plan projects, search relevant professional databases, collect data through interviews and other applicable methods, analyze data, and complete and disseminate findings.

Critical thinking: Students will comprehensively explore issues, ideas, artifacts, events, and other positions, before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion.

Creativity: Students will combine or synthesize new ideas, practices, or expertise in original ways that are characterized by innovation, divergent thinking, and risk taking.

Collaboration: Students will will demonstrate self-awareness, understanding of effective group dynamics, and project management skills.

Communication: Students will communicate ideas to audiences in oral, visual, and written forms to establish knowledge, to increase understanding, or to advocate for a particular position.

Global Responsibility: Students will (i) employ practices informed by social responsibility across the spectrum of differences and (ii) demonstrate knowledge of and evaluate solutions for, educational challenges affecting local, regional, and global communities.

Program Description

Those teaching adults or administering educational programs for adults may earn an Adult Learning Certificate. This coursework can emphasize higher education, corporate training and workplace learning, continuing professional education, educational policy-making, and other related areas.

Students may also earn a Montessori Teaching Certificate at the Infant Toddler (Birth to 3 years), Early Childhood (ages 21/2 to 6 years), Lower Elementary (ages 6 to 9), and/or Upper Elementary (ages 9 to 12) levels, or in Montessori Administration.

Licensed K-12 educators can enhance their teaching effectiveness with an endorsement:

  • Teaching English as a Second Language Endorsement
  • Special Education second license (K-12 Mild-moderate or Severe

Coursework for all endorsements and certificates taken for graduate credit counts toward an M.Ed.

Note: Should the Utah State Board of Education change its requirements for teaching endorsements, the Master of Education requirements will change accordingly.

Classes in the M.Ed. program provide active, hands-on opportunities to learn and connect course work to students’ teaching or work settings.

Program Requirements

A minimum of 32 credit hours is required for graduation. A maximum of nine credit hours of graduate-level transcripted credit may be accepted from another accredited college or university. The accepted coursework must fall within the guidelines of Westminster’s Graduate Program in Education.

Although a minimum of 32 credit hours is required, students may desire, or need to complete, additional hours to enhance their graduate degree. Planning this graduate degree program is the responsibility of students in collaboration with their advisors.

Certain Master of Business Administration courses may meet graduate education program requirements. Students should consult with their education advisors for specific information and refer to the MBA sections of this catalog for course descriptions.

Retention in the Program

School of Education courses may only be repeated once.

The student must:

  1. Design and file an acceptable program plan with the Director of the Master of Education program.
  2. Maintain a grade point average of 3.00. Courses in which a grade of C- or lower is awarded do not count toward graduation requirements. A grade of C- or lower in two courses will result in dismissal from the program. School of Education courses may only be repeated once; a grade of C- or lower on the retake will result in dismissal from the program. All courses must be taken for a letter grade.
  3. Complete the program within six years, or begin to lose credit for courses older than six years.

Graduation Requirements

Candidates for graduation should apply to the Registrar’s Office approximately two regular semesters prior to planned completion of graduation requirements. Applications for December graduation are due in March and applications for May and August graduation are due in September. Please see the Academic Calendar for more specific dates. Candidates are notified of remaining degree requirements within four weeks after applying for graduation.

To be eligible for a master’s degree or graduate certificate, students must satisfy the following conditions:

  • Meet all credit hour and other course requirements.
  • Maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0 or above.
  • Be enrolled at Westminster College during the semester in which they wish to graduate.
  • Maintain good academic standing.
  • Earn a grade of C or higher in all graduate courses.

Note: Only graduate-level coursework may be applied toward degree or certificate requirements.
The final responsibility for being informed about, and adhering to, graduation requirements rests with the student.

Program Structure

Students have multiple curricular options in the M.Ed. program. Graduation requires a minimum of 32 credit hours for any option.

 

Master of Education

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Core Course 3
MED 606 Theoretical Perspectives in Education (3)
II. Elective Courses 21
Students may choose classes from the following:
MED 605 Contemporary Issues in Education (3)
MED 608 Special Topics (3)
MED 610 Sociocultural Contexts for Learning (3)
MED 611 Autism: Issues & Practice (2)
MED 612 Models and Processes of Literacy (3)
MED 613 Theories of Adult Learning and Development (3)
MED 615 Education, Schools and Politics (3)
MED 620 ESL, Family and Community (3)
MED 621 Foundations of ESOL Instruction (3)
MED 622 Language Acquisition and Development (3)
MED 630 Children’s/Adolescent Literature (3)
MED 631 Writing in the Classroom (3)
MED 634 Teaching Adults (3)
MED 635 Adult Ed Program Planning & Evaluation (3)
MED 636 Developing Literacy K-12 (3)
MED 652 Globalization of Education (3)
MED 653 Indigenous Knowledge and Lifeways (3) consent of instructor
MED 658 Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3)
MED 660 Directed Studies (1–3) consent of instructor
MED 661 Corporate Training & Workplace Learning (3)
MED 662 Administrative Leadership (3)
MED 665 Educational research Extension (1)
MED 667 Online Teaching and Leadership (3)
MED 673 Internship/Teaching Practicum (1-3)
MACL 622 Program Planning & Evaluation (3)
III. Project 8
MED 650 Introduction to Research Methods (2) consent of instructor
MED 679 Research Methodologies (3) MED 650
MED 680 Research Project (3) MED 679


TOTAL HOURS for the Master of Education
32

 

 

Master of Teaching to Master of Education Tracks with Basic and Advanced Reading Endorsements

Elementary or Special Education MAT followed by Basic Reading Endorsement and completion of MED

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. MAT Required Courses 10
MAT 600 Culture, Family and Community (3)
MAT 602 Introduction to Education (3)
MAT 605 Diversity and Learning (3)
MAT 607 Teaching and Research Seminar (1)
II. Basic Reading Endorsement (RDG) 21
This program is designed for students who already hold a teaching license and are seeking to become qualified to be a reading teacher at the elementary or secondary level. Students must be admitted to the M.Ed. program.

 

MED 612 Models and Processes of Literacy (3)
MED 630 Children’s/Adolescent Literature (3)
MED 631 Writing in the Classroom (3)
MED 632 Assessment of Reading Processes (3)
MED 633 Diagnostic Teaching for Reading Comprehension (3) MED 632
MED 636 Early Literacy Instruction (3)
MED 658 Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3)
III. Capstone Course 4
All students must take MED 669 Research Project. see course description
Praxis Testing Requirement: Students seeking Reading Endorsements through the MED program must pass the Praxis test required by the State of Utah in order to receive the endorsement from the State of Utah. See the Utah State Office of Education website or the MED Director at Westminster for Information on current Praxis requirements.
TOTAL HOURS for Elementary or Special Education MAT followed by Basic Reading Endorsement and completion of MED
35

Elementary or Special Education MAT followed by Basic and Advanced Reading Endorsement and completion of MED

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. MAT Required Courses 10
MAT 600 Culture, Family and Community (3)
MAT 602 Introduction to Education (3)
MAT 605 Diversity and Learning (3)
MAT 607 Teaching and Research Seminar (1) consent of instructor
II. Basic Reading Endorsement (RDG) 21
This program is designed for students who already hold a teaching license and are seeking to become qualified to be a reading teacher at the elementary or secondary level. Students must be admitted to the M.Ed. program.

 

MED 612 Models and Processes of Literacy (3)
MED 630 Children’s/Adolescent Literature (3)
MED 631 Writing in the Classroom (3)
MED 632 Assessment of Reading Processes (3)
MED 633 Diagnostic Teaching for Reading Comprehension (3) MED 632
MED 636 Early Literacy Instruction (3)
MED 658 Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3)
IV. Advanced Reading Endorsement 10
This program is designed for students who already hold a teaching license and have completed the Basic Reading Endorsement at Westminster College or a regionally accredited institution.

 

MED 650 Intro to Research Methods (2)
MED 676 Supervision and Staff Development/Internship (3)
MED 677 Advanced Reading Research (2)
MED 679 Research Methodologies (3) MED 650
Praxis Testing Requirement: Students seeking Reading Endorsements through the MED program must pass the Praxis test required by the State of Utah in order to receive the endorsement from the State of Utah. See the Utah State Office of Education website or the MED Director at Westminster for Information on current Praxis requirements.
TOTAL HOURS for Elementary or Special Education MAT followed by Basic and Advanced Reading Endorsement and completion of MED
41

Secondary MAT followed by Basic Reading Endorsement and completion of MED

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. MAT Required Courses 10
MAT 600 Culture, Family and Community (3)
MAT 602 Introduction to Education (3)
MAT 607 Teaching and Research Seminar (1) consent of instructor
MAT 614 Reading, Language & Literature (3)
II. Basic Reading Endorsement (RDG) 21
This program is designed for students who already hold a teaching license and are seeking to become qualified to be a reading teacher at the elementary or secondary level. Students must be admitted to the M.Ed. program.

 

MED 612 Models and Processes of Literacy (3)
MED 630 Children’s/Adolescent Literature (3)
MED 631 Writing in the Classroom (3)
MED 632 Assessment of Reading Processes (3)
MED 633 Diagnostic Teaching for Reading Comprehension (3) MED 632
MED 636 Early Literacy Instruction (3)
MED 658 Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3)
III. Capstone Course 4
All students must take MED 669 Research Project. see course description
Praxis Testing Requirement: Students seeking Reading Endorsements through the MED program must pass the Praxis test required by the State of Utah in order to receive the endorsement from the State of Utah. See the Utah State Office of Education website or the MED Director at Westminster for Information on current Praxis requirements.
TOTAL HOURS for Secondary MAT followed by Basic Reading Endorsement and completion of MED
35

Secondary MAT followed by Basic and Advanced Reading Endorsements and completion of MED

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. MAT Required Courses 10
MAT 600 Culture, Family and Community (3)
MAT 602 Introduction to Education (3)
MAT 607 Teaching and Research Seminar (1) consent of instructor
MAT 614 Reading, Language & Literature (3)
II. Basic Reading Endorsement (RDG) 21
This program is designed for students who already hold a teaching license and are seeking to become qualified to be a reading teacher at the elementary or secondary level. Students must be admitted to the M.Ed. program.

 

MED 612 Models and Processes of Literacy (3)
MED 630 Children’s/Adolescent Literature (3)
MED 631 Writing in the Classroom (3)
MED 632 Assessment of Reading Processes (3)
MED 633 Diagnostic Teaching for Reading Comprehension (3) MED 632
MED 636 Early Literacy Instruction (3)
MED 658 Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3)
IV. Advanced Reading Endorsement 10
This program is designed for students who already hold a teaching license and have completed the Basic Reading Endorsement at Westminster College or a regionally accredited institution.

 

MED 650 Intro to Research Methods (2)
MED 676 Supervision and Staff Development/Internship (3)
MED 677 Advanced Reading Research (2) MED 650
MED 679 Research Methodologies (3)
Praxis Testing Requirement: Students seeking Reading Endorsements through the MED program must pass the Praxis test required by the State of Utah in order to receive the endorsement from the State of Utah. See the Utah State Office of Education website or the MED Director at Westminster for information on current Praxis requirements.
TOTAL HOURS for Secondary followed by Basic and Advanced Reading Endorsements and completion of MED
41

Teaching English as a Second Language Endorsement with Master of Education

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. English as a Second Language Endorsement (ESL) 18
This program is designed for students who already hold a teaching license and a bachelor’s degree, and are seeking to become qualified to be an ESL teacher at the elementary or secondary level. Students must be admitted to the M.Ed. program.
MED 620 English Learners, Family and Community (3)
MED 621 Foundations of ESOL Instruction (3)
MED 622 Language Acquisition and Development (3)
MED 623 Instructional Methods for English Learners (3) MED 622
MED 624 Content Area Instruction for English Learners (3) MED 623
MED 625 Assessment for English Learners (3) MED 623
II. Core Course 3
MED 606 Theoretical Perspectives in Education (3)
III. Elective Course 3
Students may choose classes from the following:
MED 605 Contemporary Issues in Education (3)
MED 610 Sociocultural Contexts for Learning (3)
MED 613 Theories of Adult Learning and Development (3)
MED 615 Education, Schools and Politics (3)
MED 630 Literature & Info Texts K-12 (3)
MED 631 Writing in the Classroom (3)
MED 634 Teaching Adults (3)
MED 635 Adult Ed Program Planning & Evaluation (3)
MED 652 Globalization of Education (3)
MED 653 Indigenous Knowledge & Lifeways (3)
MED 658 Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3)
MED 660 Directed Studies (1–3)
MED 665 Educational Research Extension (1)
MACL 622 Program Planning & Evaluation (3)
IV. Project 8
MED 650 Introduction to Research Methods (2) consent of instructor
MED 679 Research Methodologies (3) MED 650
MED 680 Research Project (3) MED 679
TOTAL HOURS for Teaching English as a Second Language Endorsement with Master of Education
32

Recommended Plan of Study for Teaching English as a Second Language Endorsement with Master of Education

Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
Year 1 MED 620
MED 621
MED 622
MED 623
MED 650
Elective
Year 2

MED 679
Elective

MED 624
MED 625


MED 680

MED 606


 

Special Education Endorsement with Master of Education

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Special Education Endorsement (SPED) 22
Students who select this area of specialization must hold a teaching license and complete the full Special Education Endorsement program. Students may choose to complete the endorsement in either Mild/Moderate or Severe Special Education. Graduates will be licensed to teach K–12 students with severe or mild to moderate disabilities.
SPED 503 Roles of the Special Educator (3)
SPED 508 Principles and Application of Special Education Assessment (3)
SPED 577 Facilitating Services Across Disciplines (3)
SPED 585 Behavioral Supports in Special Education (3)
SPED 590 Student Teaching in Special Education (4)
Students preparing for Mild/Moderate Special Education take:
SPED 535 Methods of Instruction and Curriculum for K–6 Mild/Moderate Special Education I (3)
SPED 540 Methods of Instruction and Curriculum for 7–12 Mild/Moderate Special Education II (3)
Students preparing for Severe Special Education take:
SPED 536 Methods of Instruction and Curriculum for K–6 Severe Special Education I (3)
SPED 541 Methods of Instruction and Curriculum for 7–12 Severe Special Education II (3)
II. Core Course 3
MED 606 Theoretical Perspectives in Education (3)
III. Project 8
MED 650 Introduction to Research Methods (2) consent of instructor
MED 679 Research Methodologies (3) MED 650
MED 680 Research Project (3) MED 679
Praxis Requirement: Students seeking Special Education licenses through the MED program must pass the Praxis test(s) required by the State of Utah before applying to student teach. See the Utah State Office of Education web site or the Director of Special Education Programs at Westminster for information on current Praxis requirements.
TOTAL HOURS for Special Education Endorsement with Master of Education
33

Recommended Plan of Study for Special Education Endorsement with Master of Education

Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
Year 1 SPED 503 SPED 508
SPED 535 or 536
SPED 577
Year 2

SPED 585
SPED 540 or 541


SPED 590
MED 606


MED 650

Year 3

MED 679


MED 680


.

Special Education License Mild/Moderate with Master of Education

Students who select this area of specialization must hold a teaching license in Severe Special Education. Graduates will be licensed to teach K–12 students with mild or moderate disabilities.

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Special Education License Severe 13
SPED 535 Methods of Instruction and Curriculum for K–6 Mild/Mod Special Education I (3)
SPED 540 Methods of Instruction and Curriculum for 7–12 Mild/Moderate Special Education II (3)
*SPED 577 Facilitating Services Across Disciplines (3)
SPED 590 Student Teaching in Special Education (4)
*This course may be transferred in if already taken as part of the Severe Special Education license.
II. Math and Literacy Methods 7
MAT 633 Math Methods (3) MAT 630, 631
MAT 663 Literacy Foundations, Assessment, and Instruction (4)
III. Core Course 3
MED 606 Theoretical Perspectives in Education (3)
IV. Electives 1
Students may choose from MED and SPED courses to complete this elective
requirement in consultation with their MED advisor.
V. Project 8
MED 650 Introduction to Research Methods (2) consent of instructor
MED 679 Research Methodologies (3) MED 650
MED 680 Research Project (3) MED 679
Praxis Requirement: Students seeking Special Education licenses through the MED program must pass the Praxis test(s) required by the State of Utah before applying to student teach. See the Utah State Office of Education web site or the Director of Special Education Programs at Westminster for information on current Praxis requirements.
TOTAL HOURS for Special Education License Mild/Moderate with Master of Education
Requires passing score on appropriate Praxis Test before student is recommended for licensure.
32

Recommended Plan of Study for Special Education License Mild/Moderate with Master of Education

Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
Year 1 SPED 540 SPED 536
MED 606
SPED 577
Year 2

Elective(s)


SPED 590


MED 650
Elective

Year 3

MED 679


MED 680


.

Special Education License Severe with Master of Education

Students who select this area of specialization must hold a teaching license in Mild/Moderate Special Education. Graduates will be licensed to teach K–12 students with severe disabilities.

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Special Education License Severe 13
SPED 536 Methods of Instruction and Curriculum for K–6 Severe Special Education I (3)
SPED 541 Methods of Instruction and Curriculum for 7–12 Severe Special Education II (3)
*SPED 577 Facilitating Services Across Disciplines (3)
SPED 590 Student Teaching in Special Education (4)
First Aid/CPR certification (non-credit)
*This course may be transferred in if already taken as part of the Mild/Moderate Special Education license.
II. Core Course 3
MED 606 Theoretical Perspectives in Education (3)
III. Electives 8
Students may choose from MED and SPED courses to complete this elective
requirement in consultation with their MED advisor.
IV. Project 8
MED 650 Introduction to Research Methods (2) consent of instructor
MED 679 Research Methodologies (3) MED 650
MED 680 Research Project (3) MED 679
Praxis Requirement: Students seeking Special Education licenses through the MED program must pass the Praxis test(s) required by the State of Utah before applying to student teach. See the Utah State Office of Education web site or the Director of Special Education Programs at Westminster for information on current Praxis requirements.
TOTAL HOURS for Special Education License Severe with Master of Education
Requires passing score on appropriate Praxis Test before student is recommended for licensure.
32

Recommended Plan of Study for Special Education License Severe with Master of Education

Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
Year 1 SPED 541 SPED 536
MED 606
SPED 577
Year 2

Elective(s)


SPED 590


MED 650
Elective

Year 3

MED 679


MED 680


.

 

 

Adult Learning Certificate followed by completion of Master of Education

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Adult Learning Certificate (ALC) 15
This program is designed for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree, and are seeking to become qualified as specialists with a broad knowledge of adult learning. This is particularly suited to those in educational or training positions who work directly with adults. Students must be admitted to the M.Ed. program.
MED 670 Adult Education Foundations and Futures (3)
MED 613 Theories of Adult Learning and Development (3)
MED 634 Teaching Adults (3)
MED 635 Adult Education Program Planning and Evaluation (3) OR MACL 622 Program Planning and Evaluation (3)
MED 667 Online Teaching and Learning (3)
II. Elective Courses 9
Students may choose classes from the following:
MED 605 Contemporary Issues in Education (3)
MED 608 Special Topics (3)
MED 610 Sociocultural Contexts for Learning (3)
MED 611 Autism: Issues & Practice (2)
MED 615 Education, Schools and Politics (3)
MED 622 Language Acquisition and Development (3)
MED 652 Globalization of Education (3)
MED 653 Indigenous Knowledges & Lifeways (3)
MED 658 Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3)
MED 660 Directed Studies (1–3) consent of instructor
MED 661 Corporate Training & Workplace Learning (3)
MED 662 Administrative Leadership (3)
MED 665 Educational Research Extension (1)
MED 666 Serious Gaming and Gamification (3)
MED 667 Online Teaching and Learning (3)
MED 668 Instructional Design Foundations (3)
MED 673 Internship/Teaching Practicum (1-3)
MACL 622 Program Planning & Evaluation (3)
III. Project 8
MED 650 Introduction to Research Methods (2) consent of instructor
MED 679 Research Methodologies (3) MED 650
MED 680 Research Project (3) MED 679
TOTAL HOURS Adult Learning Certificate followed by completion of Master of Education
32

Recommended Plan of Study for Adult Learning Certificate followed by completion of Master of Education

Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
Year 1 MED 613
MACL 622
MED 635
MED 670
MED 667
MED 6501 elective
Year 2

MED 679
1 elective


MED 680
1 elective


.

Montessori Credential followed by completion of Master of Education

The Montessori Teaching Certificate may be earned as part of the M.Ed. program or as a non-degree credential program with no college credit. For information about the non-degree credential program, please see westminstercollege.edu/montessori.

 

Montessori Infant Toddler Certificate followed by completion of the Master of Education

Students may also earn a Montessori Teaching Certificate at the Infant Toddler (ages birth to 3 years), Early Childhood (ages 3 to 6 years), Lower Elementary (ages 6 to 9), and/or Upper Elementary (ages 9-12) levels, or in Montessori Administration.

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 22
MONT 606 IT Child Development (3)
MONT 607 IT Philosophy and Pedagogy (3)
MONT 608 Early Intervention (1)
MONT 609 Early Childhood Overview I (1)
MONT 610 Early Childhood Overview II (1)
MONT 660 IT Environmental Design (2)
MONT 661 IT Child, Family, and Community (1)
MONT 662 IT Observation Skills (1)
MONT 663 Personal Growth and Development (1)
MONT 664 IT Program Leadership & Administration (1)
MONT 665 IT Student Teaching Practicum I (2)
MONT 666 IT Student Teaching Practicum II (2)
MONT 667 Infant and Toddler Projects I (1)
MONT 668 Infant and Toddler Projects II (1)
MONT 699 Written and Oral Examinations (1)
II. Elective Courses 3
Students may choose one course from the following or another MED course with permission but needs to complete three credit hours:
MED 606 Theoretical Perspectives in Education (3)
MED 610 Sociocultural Contexts for Learning (3)
MED 620 English Learners, Family & Community (3)
MED 665 Educational Research Extension (1)
SPED 503 Roles of the Special Educator (3)
SPED 585 Behavioral Supports in Special Education (3)
III. Project 8
MED 650 Introduction to Research Methods (2)
MED 679 Research Methodologies (3)
MED 680 Research Project (3)
TOTAL HOURS for the Montessori Infant Toddler Certificate followed by the completion of Master of Education
33

Recommended Plan of Study for Montessori Infant Toddler Certificate followed by completion of the Master of Education

Summer Semester Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1 MONT 606
MONT 607
MONT 608
MONT 660
MONT 661
MONT 662
MONT 663
MONT 664
MONT 609
MONT 665
MONT 667
MONT 610
MONT 666
MONT 668
Year 2

MONT 699
MED 650


MED 679


MED 680

Montessori Early Childhood Certificate (ages 2 ½ To 6) followed by completion of Master of Education

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Montessori Early Childhood Certificate 22
MONT 601 Foundation of Montessori Education (3)
MONT 603 Introduction to Inclusive Education (1) MONT 601
MONT 613 Early Childhood Music and Movement (1) MONT 601
MONT 614 Early Childhood Mathematics (2) MONT 601
MONT 615 Early Childhood Language Arts and Literacy (2) MONT 601
MONT 616 Early Childhood Social Studies (1) MONT 601
MONT 617 Early Childhood Art (1) MONT 601
MONT 618 Early Childhood Science (1) MONT 601
MONT 619 Early Childhood Practical Life (1) MONT 601
MONT 620 Early Childhood Sensorial Education (1) MONT 601
MONT 621 Early Childhood Classroom Management & Leadership (1) MONT 601
MONT 651 Early Childhood Student Teaching Practicum I (2) MONT 601
MONT 652 Early Childhood Student Teaching Practicum II (2) MONT 601
MONT 655 Early Childhood Projects I (1) MONT 601
MONT 656 Early Childhood Projects II (1) MONT 601
MONT 699 Written and Oral Examinations (1) MONT 601
II. Elective Course 3
Students may choose one course from the following or another MED course with permission
MED 606 Theoretical Perspectives in Education (3)
MED 610 Sociocultural Contexts for Learning (3)
MED 620 English Learners, Family and Community (3)
SPED 503 Roles of the Special Educator (3)
SPED 585 Behavioral Supports in Special Education (3)
III. Project 8
MED 650 Introduction to Research Methods (2) consent of instructor
MED 679 Research Methodologies (3) MED 650
MED 680 Research Project (3) MED 679
TOTAL HOURS for the Montessori Early Childhood Certificate followed by completion of Master of Education
33

Recommended Plan of Study for Montessori Early Childhood Certificate (ages 2 ½ To 6) followed by completion of Master of Education

Summer Semester Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1 MONT 601
MONT 614
MONT 615
MONT 616
MONT 617
MONT 618
MONT 619
MONT 620
MONT 621
MONT 613
MONT 651
MONT 655
MONT 652
MONT 656
Year 2

MONT 699
Elective
MED 650


MED 679


MED 680

Montessori Lower Elementary Certificate (ages 6 To 9) followed by completion of Master of Education

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Montessori Early Childhood Certificate 23
MONT 601 Foundations of Montessori Education (3)
MONT 603 Introduction to Inclusive Education (1) MONT 601
MONT 604 Great Lessons (1) MONT 601
MONT 633 Methods in Elementary Mathematics I (2) MONT 601
MONT 634 Methods in Elementary Language Arts and Literacy I (2) MONT 601
MONT 635 Methods in Elementary Music and Movement (1) MONT 601
MONT 636 Methods in Elementary Biology I (1) MONT 601
MONT 637 Methods in Elementary Art (1) MONT 601
MONT 638 Applied Methods in Elementary Mathematics I * (1) MONT 601
MONT 639 Elementary Classroom Management & Leadership (1) MONT 601
MONT 640 Elementary I Social Studies (1) MONT 601
MONT 641 Elementary I Practical Life (1) MONT 601
MONT 653 Elementary Student Teaching Practicum I (2) MONT 601
MONT 654 Elementary Student Teaching Practicum II (2) MONT 601
MONT 657 Elementary Seminars and Projects I (1) MONT 601
MONT 658 Elementary Seminars and Projects II (1) MONT 601
MONT 699 Written and Oral Examinations 1 (1) MONT 601
II. Elective Course 3
Students may choose one course from the following or another MED course with permission
MED 606 Theoretical Perspectives in Education (3)
MED 610 Sociocultural Contexts for Learning (3)
MED 620 English Learners, Family and Community (3)
MED 630 Children’s/Adolescent Literature (3)
MED 631 Writing in the Classroom (3)
SPED 503 Roles of the Special Educator (3)
SPED 585 Behavioral Supports in Special Education (3)
III. Project 8
MED 650 Introduction to Research Methods (2) consent of instructor
MED 679 Research Methodologies (3) MED 650
MED 680 Research Project (3) MED 679
TOTAL HOURS for the Montessori Lower Elementary Certificate followed by completion of Master of Education
34

Recommended Plan of Study for Montessori Lower Elementary Certificate (ages 6 To 9) followed by completion of Master of Education

Summer Semester Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1 MONT 601
MONT 604
MONT 633
MONT 634
MONT 636
MONT 637
MONT 638
MONT 639
MONT 640
MONT 653
MONT 657
MONT 641
MONT 654
MONT 658
Year 2

MONT 699
Elective
MED 650


MED 679


MED 680

Montessori Lower and Upper Elementary Certificate (ages 9-12) followed by Master of Education

Students taking this level must have completed all methods courses in the Lower Elementary certificate either at Westminster or in another MACTE-approved program. Students who have already completed a year’s supervised practicum as part of their Lower Elementary certificate do not need to repeat the practicum as part of the Upper Elementary level. Students who have not yet completed a year’s supervised practicum in an elementary classroom will do that as part of the Upper Elementary program.

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Montessori Upper Elementary Certificate 17
MONT 671 Elementary II History (1)
MONT 672 Elementary II Geography (1)
MONT 673 Elementary II Arithmetic (2)
MONT 674 Elementary II Geometry (2)
MONT 675 Elementary II Grammar (1)
MONT 676 Elementary II Language Arts & Literature I (1)
MONT 677 Elementary II Biology (1)
MONT 678 Elementary II Physical Science (1)
MONT 679 Elementary II Arts Infusion (1)
MONT 680 Elementary Special Education (1)
MONT 681 Elementary Seminars and Projects III (2)
MONT 682 Elementary Seminars and Projects IV (2)
MONT 699 Written and Oral Examinations 1 (1)
II. Teaching Practicum 0-4
Students who have not already completed a teaching practicum in an Elementary Montessori classroom (ages 6-12) will take the following courses during the school year following the summer courses. Students who have already completed an Elementary teaching practicum will take four additional credit hours of electives.
MONT 653 Elementary Student Teaching Practicum I (2)
MONT 654 Elementary Student Teaching Practicum II (2)
III. Elective Courses 3-7
Students who do the Elementary Practicum (MONT 653 and 654) as part of the MED take 3 hours of electives from the following courses. Students who have already completed an Elementary teaching practicum take 7 hours of electives chosen from these courses.
MED 606 Theoretical Perspectives in Education (3)
MED 610 Sociocultural Contexts for Learning (3)
MED 620 English Learners, Family and Community (3)
MED 630 Children’s/Adolescent Literature (3)
MED 631 Writing in the Classroom (3)
MED 660 Directed Studies (1-4)
SPED 503 Roles of the Special Educator (3)
SPED 585 Behavioral Supports in Special Education (3)
IV. Project 8
MED 650 Introduction to Research Methods (2) consent of instructor
MED 679 Research Methodologies (3) MED 650
MED 680 Research Project (3) MED 679
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE MONTESSORI UPPER ELEMENTARY CERTIFICATE FOLLOWED BY COMPLETION OF MED 32

Recommended Plan of Study for MED with Montessori Upper Elementary Certificate

Summer Semester Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1 MONT 671
MONT 672
MONT 673
MONT 674
MONT 675
MONT 676
MONT 679
(MONT 653)
MONT 680
MONT 681
Elective(s)
(MONT 654)
MONT 677
MONT 678
MONT 682
Elective(s)
Year 2

MONT 699
Elective(s)
MED 650


MED 679


MED 680

Montessori Upper Elementary Certificate (ages 9-12) followed by Master of Education

This Upper Elementary certificate is for students who have not completed methods courses in the Lower Elementary certificate.

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Montessori Upper Elementary Certificate 28
MONT 601 Foundations of Montessori Education (3)
MONT 643 Elementary II Practical Life (1)
MONT 644 Elementary II Leadership and Curriculum Design (1)
MONT 645 Elementary I Cultural Overview (2)
MONT 646 Elementary I Language and Mathematics (2)
MONT 671 Elementary II History (1)
MONT 672 Elementary II Geography (1)
MONT 673 Elementary II Arithmetic (2)
MONT 674 Elementary II Geometry (2)
MONT 675 Elementary II Grammar (1)
MONT 676 Elementary II Language Arts & Literature I (1)
MONT 677 Elementary II Biology (1)
MONT 678 Elementary II Physical Science (1)
MONT 679 Elementary II Arts Infusion (1)
MONT 680 Elementary Special Education (1)
MONT 609 Early Childhood Overview I (1)
MONT 610 Early Childhood Overview II (1)
MONT 681 Elementary Seminars and Projects III (2)
MONT 682 Elementary Seminars and Projects IV (2)
MONT 699 Written and Oral Examinations 1 (1)
II. Teaching Practicum 4
MONT 653 Elementary Student Teaching Practicum I (2)
MONT 654 Elementary Student Teaching Practicum II (2)
IV. Project 8
MED 650 Introduction to Research Methods (2) consent of instructor
MED 679 Research Methodologies (3) MED 650
MED 680 Research Project (3) MED 679
TOTAL HOURS for the Montessori Upper Elementary Certificate followed by completion of Master of Education
40

Recommended Plan of Study for Montessori Upper Elementary Certificate (ages 9-12) followed by Master of Education

Summer Semester Fall Semester Spring Semester
Prerequisite Course Prior to Year 1 MONT 601
MONT 671
MONT 672
MONT 673
MONT 674
MONT 675
(MONT 653)
MONT 680
MONT 681
MONT 643
MONT 609
MONT 610
MONT 644
MONT 645
MONT 646
Year 1

MONT 676
MONT 677
MONT 678


 


(MONT 654)
MONT 682
MONT 679

Year 2 MONT 699
MED 650
MED 679 MED 680

Montessori Administration Certificate followed by completion of the Master of Education

The Montessori Administration Certificate focuses on school leadership, along with knowledge of school management and Montessori pedagogy, to create an exemplary and sustainable Montessori school.

Admission Requirements

The Institute for Montessori Innovation will offer its Montessori Leadership Program to any individual who meets college and campus admission requirements and also meets the Special Admission Requirements for the Montessori Leadership Program.

Special Admission Requirements for the Montessori Leadership Program:

  1. A minimum of a Baccalaureate degree.
  1. Applicants must meet one (or more) of the following three criteria:
  • Must hold an approved and valid state license or certificate for school administration
  • Be a currently practicing or experienced school administrator with at least three years experience as an administrator; or
  • Be in process of completing a state recognized collegiate program leading to license as a school administrator or equivalent required by state/school.
  1. Applicants must be able to present demonstrated administrative ability to include school finance, legal, licensing, curriculum administration, personnel and supervision, program planning, and evaluation.
Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Core Montessori Courses 8
MONT 601 Foundations of Montessori Education (3)
MONT 653 Practicum I (2)
MONT 654 Practicum II (2)
MONT 699 Written and Oral Examinations 1 (1)
II. Montessori Methods Courses 13
Students take at least 13 credit hours of Montessori methods courses. At least one course must be taken in each of these three age levels (Early Childhood, Elementary I, Elementary II). Students may take courses at the Infant Toddler level after consultation with the Program Director.
III. Elective Courses 3
Take three credit hours from the following list, or other MED courses with permission of the MED director.

MED 606 Theoretical Perspectives in Education (3)
MED 610 Sociocultural Contexts for Learning (3)
MED 620 English Learners, Family and Community (3)
MED 630 Literature & Info Texts K-12 (3)
MED 631 Writing in the Classroom (3)
MED 662 Administrative Leadership (3)
MED 660 Directed Study (1-4)
MED 665 Educational Research Extension (1)
SPED 503 Roles of the Special Educator (3)
SPED 585 Behavior Supports in Special Education (3)

III. Action Research Project 8
MED 650 Introduction to Research Methods (2) consent of instructor
MED 679 Research Methodologies (3) MED 650
MED 680 Research Project (3) MED 679
TOTAL HOURS for the Montessori Administration Certificate followed by completion of the Master of Education
32

Recommended Plan of Study for Montessori Administration Certificate followed by completion of the Master of Education

Summer Semester Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1 MONT 671
MONT 672
MONT 673
MONT 674
MONT 675
MONT 676
MONT 679
(MONT 653)
MONT 680
MONT 681
Elective(s)
(MONT 654)
MONT 677
MONT 678
MONT 682
Elective(s)
Year 2

MONT 699
Elective(s)
MED 650


MED 679


MED 68

 

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