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2014 - 2015 Graduate Catalog 
    
2014 - 2015 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Teacher Education and Leadership


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Graduate Program

The School of Teacher Education and Leadership offers four distinct Master of Science degrees:
M.S. in Education
M.S. in Educational Leadership
M.S. in Literacy Education
M.S. in Special Education

Graduate studies in the School of Teacher Education and Leadership are designed to prepare graduate students for administrative, supervisory and related instructional and non-instructional positions in Virginia’s educational system. Each of the four separate degrees requires a series of courses unique to that discipline. Careful selection of electives (if applicable) and supporting courses permits a graduate student to develop an individualized program of study with an emphasis on one or more of the following areas: evidence-based teaching skills and knowledge (pre-school through adult education); preparation for various professional areas within education; initial licensure for those not yet holding a Virginia license to teach; additional endorsements for teachers already licensed; preparation for doctoral studies.

Education, M.S.

Kenna Colley, Director, School of Teacher Education and Leadership
Jennifer Jones, Assistant Director
Holly Robbins, Graduate Program Coordinator

Graduate Faculty

See Graduate Faculty list at
http://gradcollege.asp.radford.edu/faculty.html

Admission Requirements

  • Submission of an application for Graduate Admission along with application fee;
  • Official transcripts for all prior undergraduate and graduate coursework;
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on all undergraduate coursework;
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (General test – Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing). GRE is waived for those applicants who have a 3.0 GPA or higher and 3 years professional experience in a field related to the MS in Education degree;
  • Two letters of professional recommendation speaking to the applicant’s success and/or potential as a professional teacher of students in grades PreK-12 and potential for success as a graduate student;
  • Written statement of application to the M.S. in Education. (Contents of the written statement are concentration-specific. Please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator for details on what to include.)

Applicants who do not meet all the above admission criteria may still apply, but evaluation of such applicants may require additional compensatory application materials (e.g. an interview with program area faculty; and/or documentation of successful teaching experience; and/or professional work or life experiences that attest to personal growth and potential in graduate studies, beyond that represented by test scores or GPA).

Application Requirements

Minimum 3.0 GPA on all undergraduate coursework; GRE scores (Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing); two letters of professional recommendation; written statement of application; resume. Compensatory application materials or interview required to assess applicants who do not meet all entrance requirements. For those seeking initial teacher licensure, admission to the Teacher Education Program is required prior to field experiences, including passing scores on required teacher exams. Rolling admission, but applications must be received November 15, March 15, and July 15 for the following semester.

Comprehensive Examination and Oral Examination

Students completing the M.S. degree in Education must complete comprehensive written and oral examinations as requirements for graduation. The written examination may take various forms (to be explained upon admission/matriculation). The oral examination will consist of a defense/presentation of this written product to a committee of three faculty (minimum). It is the student’s responsibility to schedule the exam in compliance with the procedures, forms, and timeline outlined by the Graduate College. 

Literacy Education, M.S.

Kenna Colley, Director, School of Teacher Education and Leadership
Jennifer Jones, Assistant Director & Graduate Program Coordinator

Graduate Faculty

See Graduate Faculty list at:
http://gradcollege.asp.radford.edu/faculty.html

The Literacy Education (K-12) Program leads to a Master of Science degree with a potential licensure endorsement as a Reading Specialist and requires 33 semester hours of graduate work. The Reading Specialist Endorsement requires at least three years of successful classroom teaching experience in which the teaching of reading was an important responsibility.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 overall;
  • Send official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate coursework including degrees conferred;
  • Submit an essay (typed, double spaced, three pages in length), that includes the following:

a. Past work experiences and interests influenced your decision to apply for the reading education program;
b. Describe your short- and longterm goals and career aspirations as they relate to the reading program. Essays will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee as part of the application;

  • References should be from two individuals who can address your history of successful teaching experiences with students and your potential for academic and professional success in the field of literacy education;
  • Submit a copy of your teaching license.

Educational Leadership, M.S.

Kenna Colley, Director, School for Teacher Education and Leadership
Brad Bizzell, Chair & Graduate Program Coordinator

Graduate Faculty

See Graduate Faculty list at:
http://gradcollege.asp.radford.edu/faculty.html

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or better;
  • Official test scores from either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) factored in with undergraduate or graduate grade point average (GPA) to derive acceptable cutoffs;
  • Minimum of three years K-12 classroom teaching experience;
  • Three references, one of which is from most recent principal, one from current superintendent or designee;
  • Writing sample to be completed which details applicant’s philosophy of teaching, learning and administration garnered over the years of classroom teaching experience (two pages typed, double-spaced, 12 pt. font, with one-inch margins).

Please refer to Application Requirements  for application deadlines.

The Educational Leadership Program offers two M.S. degree options; a 36-hour M.S. degree in Education (Option 1), and a 30-hour M.S. degree in Education (Option 2)

Special Education (M.S.)

Kenna Colley, Director, School for Teacher Education and Leadership
Brenda Tyler, Graduate Program Coordinator

Graduate Faculty

See Graduate Faculty list at:
http://gradcollege.asp.radford.edu/faculty.html

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 2.75 in undergraduate coursework and 3.0 in graduate work, if taken
  • Official GRE scores (Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing)
  • Three letters of professional recommendation or three recommendation forms from the graduate college website with 2-3 additional paragraphs in the comments section: all recommendations must speak to the applicant’s success and capacity as a teacher of students with and/or without disabilities and potential for success as a graduate student and professional in the field of special education
  • Personal letter of application/essay to the special education program area (see program section)
  • Resume documenting all volunteer, internship and work experiences with infants, children and youth.

Compensatory application materials and interview required to assess applicants who do not meet all entrance requirements. Rolling admission but applications must be received November 1, April 1 and July 1 for the following semester. For those seeking initial teacher licensure, admission to the Teacher Education Program is required prior to field experiences, including passing scores on VCLA and Praxis I (and RVE for certain specializations).

Initial Teaching Licensure Minimum grade point average of 2.75; submit official transcripts showing baccalaureate degree conferred; three letters of reference recommendation or three recommendation forms from the graduate college website with 2-3 additional paragraphs in the comments section. Rolling admission.

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