Carthage offers a 38-credit Master of Education program with three areas of concentration, as well as licensing tracks in reading, administration, special education, and English language learning. Through evening studies, you can earn your M.Ed., add additional teaching licenses, or complete coursework for personal enrichment.
About the M.Ed. Program
The Master of Education program at Carthage fosters intellectual and professional learning opportunities within the context of a liberal arts education. Classes enable teachers to keep abreast of current issues relating to education such as curricula, counseling, guidance, and administration. All courses meet Wisconsin teacher licensure requirements in selected areas and carry Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction program approval.
Concentrations and Licensing
In addition to a 38-credit graduate program in education with three specialized concentrations, Carthage also offers the following education licensing:
- Reading teacher: #316 license
- Reaching specialist: #17 license
- Education administration: #51 principal license
- Cross-categorical special education: #801 license
- English as a second language: #395 license
Additionally, Carthage offers Accelerated Certification for Teachers, or ACT, which helps those who already hold a bachelor’s degree and want to become a licensed teacher in Wisconsin.
These concentrations have been developed collaboratively by a team of K-12 teachers and administrators and Carthage.
Leadership in Teaching
The Leadership in Teaching concentration prepares you for leadership roles in site-based management, curriculum development, assessment programs, and data-based decision-making. Innovative coursework on curriculum issues, assessment, professionalism and action research enables teachers to develop professionally as the educational environment continues to change.
Curriculum and Instruction
The concentration in Curriculum and Instruction prepares educators for roles curriculum development, assessment, and data-driven decision making. Courses in areas such as multi-cultural instruction, urban issues affecting the learning environment and student achievement and learning allow educators to develop professionally as the educational environment continues to change.
This concentration prepares students for an administration role at a college or university. Through coursework in higher education, students are prepared for leading in a variety of areas.
Administration/Principal’s License (#51)
The administration concentration prepares you for leadership roles as principals in the K-12 setting. Coursework focuses on site-based management, school law, school finance, and leadership development.
Reading Licenses (#316 and #17)
Carthage offers a graduate reading program for licensed educators. The Reading #316 license is the Reading Teacher license, designed for reading teachers working directly with children. The Reading #17 license is the Reading Specialist certification, designed for those who are directly responsible for directing or supervising a reading program in a K-12 setting; this license will require completion of both the Reading #316 license and the Master’s Degree.
Cross-Categorical Special Education License (#801)
This concentration leads licensed teachers to a certification in Special Education. With the completion of the certification and research sequence, you will earn a master’s degree with a concentration in special education.
English Language Learning License (#395)
Carthage is pleased to announce a new licensure program for the English as a Second Language Wisconsin educator license. This program can be completed at the graduate level leading to the #395 English as a Second Language license and your Master of Education degree, or it can be completed as a post-baccalaureate program leading to the license only. If you currently hold one of these licenses, you would be eligible to complete the post-baccalaureate program leading to the license only: Early Childhood-Adolescent (grades K-12 Level 74), Middle Childhood-Early Adolescent (grades 1-8 Level 72) and Early Adolescent-Adolescent (grades 6-12 Level 73) areas.
Those seeking admission to the Master of Education must meet the following qualifications:
- Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree.
- Possession of a valid teaching certificate issued by one of the 50 states, or employment in a profession that is educational in purpose (e.g. nursing, social work, etc.).
- A minimum grade point average of 2.75.
Carthage College does not discriminate against employees, students or applicants on the basis of race, sex, disability, veteran status, national origin, religion, or personal affiliation.
Before candidates may be considered for admission, they must:
- Submit an application, personal statement, and $35 application fee.
- Send official transcripts of all college work. A minimum 2.75 GPA required.
- Provide proof of a valid teaching certificate (for licensed teachers).
- Include two letters of recommendation (Download the Personal Appraisal Form):
- One from a supervisor.
- One from a colleague at your current place of employment, a former professor, or additional supervisor.
- Interview with the Director of the Graduate Program (optional, but recommended).
When the application is complete, the Director of the Graduate Program will send a letter verifying acceptance. Once accepted, students will be assigned to an advisor who will help students select two full-time faculty members to serve on the graduate committee.
In addition to the admission requirements established for all graduate students, international students must:
- Demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Students fulfill the English language requirement when they provide proof of acceptable performance on the TOEFL.
- Submit an official transcript of all previous college coursework translated into English.
- Provide evidence, in English, that they earned the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree.
- Submit a U.S. Affidavit of Support form, which provides evidence that an independent source of funding is available for the student.
Prior to admission to candidacy, students may request to apply a maximum of 12 graduate credits earned at Carthage toward the program of study for the Master of Education program. The College may accept 12 credits from another institution if:
- The student earned the credits within the last five years.
- The student completed coursework prior to the end of the term or summer session in which Carthage accepts the student’s candidacy.
- The student maintained a “B” average in all transferred coursework. The College will not accept “pass” or “credit” work.
- Coursework is related to the student’s area of concentration.
- Students may transfer no more than 12 credits into their programs of study before receiving approval from the graduate committee and the Director of the Graduate Program.
Program of Study
After admission to the Master of Education program, an individualized program of study will be developed by the student and advisor. A Program of Study form must be completed and submitted to the graduate school.
The program consists of 38 credits of course work.
Individuals are required to enroll in courses at the 5000 level or above. No continuing education credits will be counted toward a master’s degree.
The graduate program will accept no more than 12 transfer credits earned at Carthage within the past five years prior to the filing of a program of study.
APPLICATION TO THE MASTER OF EDUCATION PROGRAM
An application form must be completed before completing 12 credits of graduate-level work at Carthage.
ACCEPTANCE TO THE MASTER OF EDUCATION PROGRAM
Within 30 days of acceptance into the program, students must meet with their assigned advisor. The candidate and the advisor will work to secure a graduate committee.
The Director of the Graduate Program works with each student to select an advisor. With the assistance of the advisor, students select two additional people to serve on the graduate committee. The committee includes the student’s academic advisor, an individual from the student’s area of concentration, and an individual from the Education Department.
The Graduate Committee performs four functions: approves the student’s proposal for a capstone experience; reviews and approves the thesis or project; and participates in the defense at the conclusion of the program.
Students are expected to take an active role in selecting their faculty advisors. We encourage students to learn about their faculty and to indicate their interest in working with specific applications. Faculty advisors maintain a close mentoring relationship with students and help them develop individualized plans based upon their unique requests. The student must request the services of the committee members in person to ensure availability.
REQUIRED COURSES FOR ALL CONCENTRATIONS
- EDU 5060 Foundations of Education (2 credits)
- EDU 5240 Qualitative Methods in Educational Research (4 credits)
- EDU 5250 Quantitative Methods in Educational Research (4 credits)
- EDU 5550 Master’s Degree Capstone Experience (4 credits)
Licensed Track Options
Carthage offers five track options that lead to additional licensure as well as three track options designed to help teachers enhance their skills:
- Option One: Curriculum and Instruction
- Option Two: Curriculum and Instruction with Reading License #316
- Option Three: Teacher Leadership
- Option Four: Teacher Leadership with Reading License #17
- Option Five: Higher Education
- Option Six: Cross-Categorical Special Education with #801 License
- Option Seven: Education Administration (K-12) with #51 License
- Option Eight: English as a Second Language with #395 License
English as a Second Language
Carthage is pleased to announce a new licensure program for the English as a Second Language Wisconsin educator license. This program can be completed at the graduate level leading to the #395 English as a Second Language license and your Master of Education degree, or it can be completed as a post-baccalaureate program leading to the license only.
If you currently hold one of these licenses, you are eligible to complete the post-baccalaureate program leading to the license only:
- Early Childhood-Adolescent (grades K-12 Level 74)
- Middle Childhood-Early Adolescent (grades 1-8 Level 72)
- Early Adolescent-Adolescent (grades 6-12 Level 73)
Classes will be offered year-round in the Carthage College Master of Education program. For more information on this program, please contact the Office of Continuing Studies at 262-551-6300.
Reading and Research in Multicultural Children’s and Young Adult Literature
EDU 5230 (FALL, SPRING, SUMMER) 4 CREDITS
An opportunity for graduate students to investigate the nature of children’s and young adult literature, the uses of children’s and young adult literature in school, public, and special library settings, trends in children’s and young adult literature as a part of the total body of literature and as an educational force and current research in the field.
ELL Literacy and Accommodations
EDU 5280 (FALL) 4 CREDITS
Instruction will cover five broad areas that participants will use as they work with learners who have varying levels of language and literacy delays. The areas of focus: relevant criteria used for determining language and literacy delays in children, relationships between cognition, speech, and language, cultural and linguistic differences, instructional arrangements for diverse learning styles, and core components of effective literacy instruction. This class includes 10 hours of clinical work in an ESL classroom in addition to the coursework.
English as a Second Language Methods
EDU 5281 (FALL) 4 CREDITS
This course introduces the student to the methods, curriculum, and current practices in the teaching of foreign language and/or English as a second language. This class includes 10 hours of clinical work in an ESL classroom in addition to the coursework.
Culturally Responsive Instruction
EDU 5282 (FALL, SPRING, SUMMER) 4 CREDITS
Students will examine the cultural diversity that exists locally, nationally, and globally in order to develop a positive appreciation for the contributions of other cultures. Students will gain personal contact with members of other cultures and learn effective intercultural communication skills for our diverse world.
Practicum in ESL Classrooms
EDU 5284 (FALL, SPRING) 4 CREDITS
This capstone course provides students with observation and analysis skills to apply to their own ESL teaching for this practicum experience, as well as with techniques for working with paraprofessionals in ESL/bilingual classrooms in schools. ESL components/artifacts will be added to the existing portfolio for teaching licensure.
Fundamentals of Linguistics for Teachers of Diverse Learners
EDU 5285 (FALL, SPRING) 4 CREDITS
This course will provide students with a framework to better understand the parameters of linguistics including the nature of communication; phonological components such as phonetics, phonology, morphology and syntax; sociolinguistics; and linguistic anthropology. Students will also examine the language acquisition process with regard to its application to student literacy learning outcomes with an emphasis on the unique language acquisition needs of English Language Learners.
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