MEd in Curriculum and Learning

The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Learning program offers six concentrations:

This 33-credit master’s degree program meets the professional development needs of inquiring educators who want to increase their knowledge and expand their career opportunities in one of six areas of specialization. Graduates in all concentrations are prepared to become classroom researchers and leaders with a commitment to equity and diversity in curriculum development and reform. They may continue working in the subject area of original certification or become eligible for additional certifications in another area of specialization. In addition, all concentrations include opportunities for completing the 12-credit New Jersey Supervisor’s  Endorsement.Two of the four required  courses are embedded in each of the concentrations and two additional Educational Leadership courses may be taken as electives in the master’s degree program or after graduation to complete the endorsement. The program is challenging and includes a concentration-specific comprehensive exit requirement as well as an educational research master's thesis that explores the impact on P-12 learning. Up to 9 credits in the program may be taken for non-degree credit or toward the 100 hours of professional development required of teachers in New Jersey every five years. Appropriate non-degree credits may eventually be applied to the master’s degree. Graduate assistantships are available for full-time students.

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Entry Requirements
Each applicant must demonstrate that he or she can fulfill the requirements of the program, including the ability to read and write at a graduate level, the capability to do graduate level academic work, and an interest in educational theory and practice. Toward this end the requirements for admission are:
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended.
  • A cumulative grade point average from past degrees of at least 2.75 on a 4.00 scale*.
  • A minimum verbal score of 450 (older scale, prior to August 1, 2011) or 150 (current scale) on the Graduate Record Examination or a minimum score of 388 on the Miller Analogies Test*.
  • A two-page essay by the applicant about how the degree will enhance professional development and what the important issues are in the proposed field of study. 
  • A copy of a teaching certificate and/or a resume of any teaching or educational work the applicant has performed.
  • Two professional letters of reference, at least one from a professor or other person who can attest to the applicant's academic abilities.
  • Each applicant should have a personal interview before being accepted for matriculation.
*Applicants who do not meet the grade point average or standardized test requirements may supplement the application with additional materials in support of their academic potential for the successful completion of the graduate degree. Additional materials may include the achievement of a grade of B or higher in one of the following courses: ELCL 619  or TBED 542. 
* Applicants who do not meet the grade point average or standardized test requirements may supplement the application with additional materials in support of their academic potential for the successful completion of the graduate degree. Additional materials may include the achievement of a grade of B or higher in one of the program courses recommended by advisement.


Course Requirements: 33 Credits

The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Learning requires the completion of 33 credits of prescribed graduate study in one of the concentrations including 6 credits in educational research culminating in the production of a master's thesis. Twenty-seven (27) credits in the concentration area are required, including electives courses selected from other concentrations within the program. In addition, with approval of an advisor, up to 6 credits may be transferred from acceptable master's level graduate courses taken outside the University. The completion of a five (5) -chapter educational research master's thesis that explores the impact on P-12 learning in the field of specialization, produced as a capstone experience during Research in Education I and Research in Education II courses, is required. The completed research is shared orally upon the completion of Research in Education II. In addition, an exit requirement in the concentration must be completed after earning a minimum of 24 credits. This latter requirement carries no course credit.

Course Number and Title Credits
Required Common Courses  
Research Thesis Requirement (6 credits, both courses required; to be taken after completion of 24 credits):

3
3

Concentration Core (24 credits including related elective courses):  
 
Recommended Elective Courses (3 credit):
 
Select one or more of the following with advisement:

(** Required for the Bilingual/ESL concentration.
*** This course counts toward the 12-credit Supervisory Certificate and may be taken within the M.Ed. program or post-master's.)

3
3
3
3


Exit Requirements
1. The completion of 33 credits of prescribed graduate study for all concentrations.
2. The completion of a five-chapter educational research master's thesis that explores the impact on P-12 learning in the field of specialization to be developed during Research in Education I (ELCL 6290) and Research in Education II (ELCL 6300) for 6 credits as part of the 33-credit requirement.
3. A comprehensive concentration-specific exit requirement must be completed by the final program semester. This requirement carries no course credit.

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      • Scholarships &  Grants:
      - Teach Grant: http://www.wpunj.edu/dotAsset/155794.pdf
      - PATSEL ESL Certification Program: http://www.wpunj.edu/coe/patsel/esl-certification.dot


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      IMPORTANT PRAXIS UPDATES

      NEW!  PRAXIS II CHANGES AS OF 9/1/2013

      PRAXIS II State Requirement Changes:

      Middle School Math
      K-12 Subject Math
      Middle School Language Arts
      K-12 English

      The New Jersey Department of Education has announced several new PRAXIS II exams effective SEPTEMBER 1, 2013 (see below).

       Candidates who have taken and passed the previous Praxis II for any of the areas listed below, prior to September 1, 2013, will be able to use those scores for licensure and do NOT need to take the new exams.

      CANDIDATES WHO HAVE NOT TAKEN THE CURRENT PRAXIS II TEST for these particular areas, PRIOR TO SEPTEMBER 1, 2013, WILL BE REQUIRED TO PASS THE NEW EXAM AND ADHERE TO THE NEW PASSING GUIDELINES- NO EXCEPTIONS! PASSING REQUIRED PRAXIS TEST(S) SCORES MUST BE OBTAINED TO STUDENT TEACH."

      New Praxis Test Information (Effective September 1, 2013) Praxis Test Test Code New Passing Score:

      Middle School Mathematics 5169   qualifying score 165
      K-12 Mathematics 5161 qualifying score 160
      Middle School English Language Arts 5047 qualifying score 164
      K-12 English Language Arts 5038 qualifying score 167
       

      The information in the chart above is derived from an attachment on the NJ Department of Education’s Office of Licensure and Credential (homepage item: Amendments to the Licensure Code Effective July 2, 2013)

      http://www.ets.org/praxis/register/centers_dates/computer

      Program Director: 
      Dr. Heejung An

      Concentration Contact

      Bilingual/ESL
      Dr. Bruce Williams
      williamsb@wpunj.edu
      973-720-3654
      Main Campus, Atrium 217

      Early Childhood
      Dr. Janis Strasser
      strasserj@wpunj.edu
      973-720-3140
      Valley Rd. rm 4104

      Learning Technologies (Not Available)
      Dr. Hilary Wilder
      wilderh@wpunj.edu
      973-720-2410
      Valley Rd. rm 4023

      Middle and High School Mathematics
      Dr. Christina Mouser
      mouserc@wpunj.edu
      973-720-2262
      Science Hall East room 3044

      School Library Media
      Dr. Ellen Pozzi
      pozzie@wpunj.edu
      973-720-3784
      Valley Rd. rm 4028

      Teaching Children Mathematics
      Dr. Sandra Alon
      Alons@wpunj.edu
      973.720.3973
      Valley Rd. rm4025


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