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Elementary Studies

Master of Education


This program is nationally recognized by the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) and is accredited by CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) under NCATE Standards (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education).

THIS IS A DELAWARE LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION PROGRAM WITH CONTENT KNOWLEDGE AND PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS. Students taking courses to satisfy certification requirements are personally responsible for verifying with the Delaware Department of Education (or the appropriate licensure/certification authority in another state) that such course work is applicable and acceptable. Students are also responsible for meeting all state-mandated testing requirements and/or teaching experience requirements, and for applying for credentials.


Content and Performance Assessment Requirements

Content Assessment
This degree program contributes to eligibility for licensure/certification as an educator in Delaware public schools. As such, all candidates must meet the content knowledge requirements set by Delaware’s Professional Standards Board in order to be eligible for a student teaching placement.
The assessments and minimum test score requirements that are applicable to this degree program are:
ETS test #5001, Elementary Education Multiple Subjects

(All four tests are required and can be taken separately or together in one sitting)

 Test  Score

Reading and Language Arts Subtest

157

Mathematics Subtest

157

Social Studies Subtest

155

Science Subtest

159

Performance Assessment 

The State of Delaware requires new teachers to achieve a passing score on a state-approved performance assessment in order to be fully licensed. The performance assessment may not be scored by any employees of the Educator Preparation Program or Unit. It is scored by Nationally Certified ETS Reviewers not associated with Wilmington University. The assessment used by Wilmington University to satisfy this requirement is the Praxis Performance Assessment for Teachers (PPAT).
Completing this assessment is a student teaching requirement. Candidates must check with their program advisors or program chairs to obtain current and accurate information related to the assessments and minimum scores that are required.

Program Changes

Master of Education degree programs in the College of Education which contribute to eligibility for initial licensure and certification as Delaware educators are approved by the Delaware Department of Education. Any changes that are mandated by the Delaware Department of Education or the Delaware General Assembly will be implemented in accordance with state regulations. Students will be notified of any changes that may affect program or degree completion/conferral requirements.

Program Purpose

The Elementary Studies program prepares teachers to meet the learning and developmental needs of students. The program is based on the premises that teachers must be sensitive to varying social demands and expectations; must be able to diagnose and address individual learning and developmental needs of students, including emotional, physical, social, and cognitive needs; must be able to use technology in all aspects of their profession; must make important decisions about how and what to teach in the face of an overwhelming knowledge explosion; and must reach out more effectively to parents and the community.

Program Competencies

Master of Education degree programs in the College of Education are designed to prepare educators who demonstrate the following competencies:

Learner Development

The teacher understands how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.

Learning Differences

The teacher uses understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards.

Learning Environments

The teacher works with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self- motivation.

Content Knowledge

The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content.

Application of Content

The teacher understands how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.

Assessment

The teacher understands and uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision making.

Planning for Instruction

The teacher plans instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context.

Instructional Strategies

The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.

Professional Learning and Ethical Practice

The teacher engages in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.

Leadership and Collaboration

The teacher seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.

Program Design

The Master of Education in Elementary Studies is designed to meet the standards for certification at the elementary school level (grades K-6) in the State of Delaware. Although the program is designed for teacher candidates with bachelor’s degrees in fields other than education, the courses will also be available to certified teachers. Wilmington University will accommodate teachers who are already certified by providing alternatives to the clinical semester.

Outcomes Assessment

The assessment of content knowledge, pedagogy, learning theory, and performance competencies is accomplished through satisfactory attainment of specific course objectives; satisfactory performance on tests of general and content-related knowledge, as well as performance assessments, successful completion of assignments linked to program competencies and graduation competencies; fieldwork evaluations from advisors and school-based mentors; and evaluations and post-graduation surveys.

Additional Certification

Candidates should consider completion of coursework in other certification areas as an enhancement to their initial teaching license and certification. For example, completion of specific pedagogical coursework in Special Education, passing all required Praxis II exams, and completing Student Teaching/Teaching Internship in a K-6 inclusion setting would contribute to eligibility for dual certification. Contact a Program Advisor, Chair or Assistant Chair for details.

Praxis Testing Requirements

Candidates must pass the appropriate PRAXIS II test(s) prior to registration for Student Teaching/Internship. Teacher Candidates should designate Wilmington University as a score recipient at the time the tests are taken.

Program Requirements

Prerequisites for the degree program include successful completion of three credit hours in science content, social studies content, and mathematics content. Candidates are required to register for and activate MED 6102, E-Folio as the initial course in the program as this course will allow them to document various course requirements needed to satisfy graduation and program competencies.

Candidates are expected to complete all requirements associated with the Master of Education in Elementary Studies degree, including all course work and fieldwork/clinical experiences. All courses have one or more goals for both diversity in education and writing across the curriculum. The College of Education sets a required minimum grade of “C-” for all education core courses as well as for all courses needed to satisfy the content major. However, an overall GPA of 3.0 is required for program completion.

Fieldwork Requirements

All fieldwork placements are arranged by the Office of Clinical Studies in accordance with school district partnership agreements and placement protocols. However, final placement decisions are made by school district officials and are based on school and district needs and the availability of school-based mentors who are rated as highly-qualified and effective. Candidates are not permitted to seek or make arrangements for their own placements.

Practicum Courses (Practicum I, II, III)

Each of these courses require 50 hours of supervised field experience in an approved setting supplemented by 30 hours of seminar classes. The 50 hours of field experience required for each practicum will usually take place in the county where the candidate attends the seminars, although this may vary depending on availability of practicum placement classrooms.

A sealed Federal and Delaware CBC (Criminal Background Check) Report, a recent TB/PPD (less than a year old) and a completed CPR (Child Protection Registry Form) are required. For students entering the program as of Fall 2013, passing PRAXIS (core) scores are required.

For students entering the program Fall 2014 or later, passing scores and sub-scores on the ETS Praxis Series Core Academic Skills for Educators (ETS #5712, 5722, and 5732), or other approved tests of general knowledge that satisfy Delaware Department of Education regulations are  pre-requisites for Practicum I.  It is the responsibility of candidates to make sure that complete test score reports are provided to the College of Education. All test score requirements for Delaware certification can be viewed at ets.org.

Although Practicum courses only require candidates to register and pay for one (1) credit for each course, the courses are actually structured as three (3) credit courses. The reason for this approach is to keep the total credit hours required for the degree as low as possible and still meet state certification requirements. Otherwise, candidates would have to register and pay for an additional 6 credits. This benefit represents a tuition cost savings of more than $2,000.

Capstone Clinical Experience (Student Teaching/Internship)

Prerequisites include the following: Passing the relevant PRAXIS II Exam, a 3.0 grade point average, a sealed Federal and Delaware CBC (Criminal Background Check) Report, a recent TB/PPD (less than a year old), a completed CPR (Child Protection Registry Form), completed health form, and approval from the Office of Clinical Studies.

Teacher candidates must apply to the Office of Clinical Studies for a Student Teaching/Internship placement for the Fall semester by February 1 or for the Spring semester by August 1. Student Teaching/Internship applications are to be submitted electronically in Taskstream. Applications do NOT take the place of registering for the Student Teaching/Internship course (MEE 8801). Registration and payment of all fees, including laboratory fees for Student Teaching/Teaching Internship, are still required.

The capstone clinical experience is a full-time, full-day placement of 80 school days in an approved setting and in a content area/grade level that corresponds to a candidate’s program concentration. A full-time, year-long option may also be available. Check with a Program Advisor, Chair or Assistant Chair for more information.


Course Requirements

Elementary Studies: Kindergarten – Grade 6

MED 6102 E-Folio

MED 6000 Elementary Mathematics for Teachers

MEE 7204 Teacher Leadership and Collaboration

MEE 7601 Education of Diverse Populations and Exceptional Children

MEE 7603 Instructional Strategies in Elementary Education

MEE 7604 Technology for Instruction

MEE 7607 Health and Physical Education

MEE 7631 Child Growth and Development

MEE 7632 Language and Literacy

MEE 7633 Integrated Methods to Teaching Elementary Language Arts/Reading

MEE 7634 Integrated Methods for Teaching Elementary Social Studies

MEE 7636 Fine Arts & Literature for Children and Adolescents

MEE 7637 Integrated Methods for Teaching Elementary Mathematics

MEE 7638 Integrated Methods for Teaching Elementary Science

MEE 7996 Practicum I

MEE 7997 Practicum II

MEE 7998 Practicum III

MEE 8805 Performance Assessment

MEE 8801 Student Teaching/Internship

MEE 7996, MEE 7997, MEE 7998: NOTE: Registration for Practicum I requires passing scores on all three section of Praxis Core Series for Educators or relevant exemption tests.

MEE 8805: Co- requisite with MEE 7998

NOTE: Registration for MEE 8801, Student Teaching/Internship, requires a 3.00 grade point average, successful completion of all other coursework, and an approved application from the Office of Clinical Studies)


Qualifications for Degree

To qualify for the Master of Education in Elementary Studies degree, a candidate must complete the course work and clinical experiences, including successfully passing the Performance Assessment for Teachers, with at least a “B” average (a cumulative grade point average of 3.0). An electronic portfolio—E-Folio—is required. The portfolio will demonstrate mastery of program competencies based on the Delaware Professional Teaching Standards, Wilmington University Graduation Competencies, and satisfactory attainment of the goals described in the College of Education Conceptual Framework. The program must be completed within five years.