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    Gordon College
   
 
  Sep 22, 2017
 
 
    
Graduate Academic Catalog 2012-2013 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graduate Education


Seeking Initial License and Master of Education

The programs in this section are designed for students who have completed a baccalaureate degree in a liberal arts field and do not yet hold the Initial License. Before beginning the practicum, students will need to have passed the MTEL (Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure) in communication and literacy and in the applicable content areas.

Programs for Initial Teacher Licensure

  • Early Childhood with and without Disabilities (PreK-2)
  • Elementary (1-6)
  • Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8, 5-12)
  • Middle School/Secondary
    • Arts (PreK-6, 5-12)
    • Biology (5-8, 8-12)
    • Chemistry (5-8, 8-12)
    • English (5-8, 8-12)
    • History (5-8, 8-12)
    • Mathematics (5-8, 8-12)
    • Modern Foreign Languages-French (5-12), Spanish (5-12)
    • Physics (5-8, 8-12)

The total master’s degree program of 36-39 credit hours is composed of 21 credit hours of core courses and 15-18 credit hours of concentration courses. Upon completion of the specially designated (**) courses and the practicum, the student will be eligible for recommendation to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for the Initial License. This may enable the student to be eligible for a full-time teaching position while continuing study in the master’s degree program. At the completion of all the required courses, students will be recommended for graduation with the degree Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction.

The College reserves the right to alter program requirements as necessary to remain in compliance with Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education licensure standards.

Prepracticum Field Experiences

Prior to the practicum all graduate students seeking the Initial License are required to complete a minimum of 100 documented clock hours of monitored, field-based experience. These field experiences will prepare candidates by acquainting them with the school and classroom environment at the appropriate grade level and content area(s) with a variety of typical and atypical students of different gender, racial, linguistic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Gordon College places graduate students for their prepracticum and practicum field experiences. Students seeking licensure in Early Childhood, Elementary and Moderate Disabilities are required to complete an additional 20 hours of field experience observing reading instruction.

Practicum

Eligible graduate students file a completed practicum application form with the Graduate Office the term before they plan to enroll in the practicum. Before the application is approved, academic records are reviewed to determine that candidates have completed all academic and field requirements and have been accepted into the graduate program, and have passed all applicable tests of the MTEL (Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure).

Prior to the practicum a meeting is held with the supervising practitioner, the teacher candidate and a college supervisor. Information and paperwork is given to the supervising practitioner and teacher candidate. This first three-way meeting provides opportunity to discuss roles, responsibilities, and expectations of the practicum, the evaluation forms of the practicum, the licensure regulations and the Practicum Manual.

The practicum evaluation forms for the graduate student are required for the Initial License. Specific time and site requirements of the practicum are as follows:

The teacher candidate must complete:

  • A practicum of 12 weeks for a minimum of 360 clock hours-3 credit hours
  • At least 180 clock hours of teaching, taking on direct instructional responsibilities
  • The practicum at an approved school site, at the appropriate grade level, teaching the appropriate field of knowledge for the license sought:
    • Early Childhood requires a practicum of 240 hours in grades 1-2 and 120 hours in preK-K; At least one of two setting must include children with disabilities.

The teacher candidate is observed by college supervisors a minimum of four times. After each of the observations a conference is held with the candidate to critique the lesson, to discuss the progress of the practicum and review the contents of the reflective log which each candidate is required to keep. A copy of the written evaluation by the college supervisor is given to the candidate after each observation.

Three of the conferences must include the College supervisor, supervising practitioner and the teacher candidate. At the midterm three-way conference, the teacher candidate must have completed half of the Preservice Performance Assessment, and it is reviewed by the supervising practitioner and College supervisor at that time. By the final three-way conference, all evidence and license-specific questions must be completed for the Preservice Performance Assessment.

Candidates are required to attend seminars during the practicum. These seminars, along with individual advising sessions, are designed to help candidates reflect on their teaching and make appropriate pedagogical adjustments. Additionally, they will have opportunities to dialogue with other professionals in their fields, gain help as they enter the job market, and be guided through the licensure process.

Assigning the final grade for a practicum is the responsibility of the supervisors and the college supervisor. The grade is based on the following:

  • Cooperating practitioner’s assessment using rubric
  • Log presentation throughout the teaching experience
  • Overall assessment of growth
  • Seminar participation
  • Comparison with College standard for grading practica teachers

Seeking Additional or Professional Licensure and Master of Education

The programs in this section are designed for students who already possess the Massachusetts Initial License and who wish to pursue additional licensure through the completion of the appropriate master’s degree program.

Programs for Initial Licensure

The M.Ed. prepares students to obtain the appropriate master’s degree and an additional Initial Licensure in the following specialist areas:

  • Math Specialist (PreK-8)
  • Reading Specialist (all levels)
  • Educational Leadership
    • Supervisor/Director
    • Principal (PreK-6, 5-8, 9-12)
    • Special Education Administrator
    • School Business Administrator
    • Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent

Upon completion of the course of study, candidates must also pass a content area test for Massachusetts licensure. To obtain the Reading Specialist License, candidates must have taught a minimum of one year under the initial teaching license.

Programs for Professional Licensure

The M.Ed. prepares students to obtain the appropriate master’s degree and Professional License in the following areas:

  • Early Childhood with and without Disabilities (PreK-2)
  • Elementary (1-6)
  • Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8, 5-12)
  • Teacher of English as a Second Language (PreK-6, 5-12)
  • Middle School/Secondary
    • Arts (PreK-6, 5-12)
    • Biology (5-8, 8-12)
    • Chemistry (5-8, 8-12)
    • English (5-8, 8-12)
    • History (5-8, 8-12)
    • Mathematics (5-8, 8-12)
    • Modern Foreign Languages-French (5-12), Spanish (5-12)
    • Physics (5-8, 8-12)

The appropriate master’s degree requires that 12 credits of the degree coursework be in the content area appropriate to the student’s teaching field. Students in this program have completed a baccalaureate degree in a liberal arts field or its equivalent in an appropriate content field. The candidates already possess the Initial License or its equivalent and are pursuing the M.Ed. degree and/or an additional license.

The College reserves the right to alter program requirements as necessary to remain in compliance with Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education licensure standards.

Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)

The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) is an advanced degree program designed for students who have earned a master’s degree to obtain additional expertise in another area of teacher licensure. The Ed.S. consists of 30 credit hours and offers the following content areas:

Educational Leadership

Supervisor/Director
Principal (PreK-6, 5-8, 9-12)
Special Education Administrator
School Business Administrator
Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent

Specialist

English as a Second Language
Mathematics
Reading

The capstone of the Ed.S. is either a practicum, if licensure is desired, or a research project.

Prerequisites for the Ed.S. include a passing score on the MTEL if student is seeking licesensure. The Ed.S. program will follow the same schedule as the current master’s degree in the respective content areas offered, with classes taught on evenings, weekends and summers.

Programs

Master of Education and/or Initial Teacher Licensure

Master of Education and Additional/Professional Teacher Licensure

Education Specialist

Additional Initial Licensure

Courses

Arts

Biology

Chemistry

Education

English

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