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2014–2015 Graduate Catalog

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Education

Graduate Education


Accreditation/State Approval

Viterbo University undergraduate and graduate programs in education are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE); 2010 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 500; Washington, DC 20036; 202-466-7496; www.ncate.org.

 

The education program is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for the certification of teachers in the elementary and secondary schools and for the training of veterans. The Iowa Educational Leadership Program is approved by the Iowa State Board of Education and other endorsement programs are recognized by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners.

 

Policy

(For all graduate programs in education (degree, license, endorsement, or certificate). Some programs have additional program- specific policy requirements.)

All requirements for any graduate program in education must be completed within seven years from the date of application to the graduate program. Coursework must have been taken within the last 7 years from the date of application to be applied to program requirements, with the exception of Iowa Educational Leadership programs which is limited to five years. 

 

A student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 to complete any graduate program in education, and a grade of C or higher earned in all Viterbo University coursework. 

 

Viterbo University challenges students to be learners who assume responsibility for being part of a community of scholars. Each student is encouraged to develop a professional work ethic that reflects responsibility, initiative, and teamwork. Student presence and participation in the classroom is an important component of this challenge. In light of the above, students are expected to attend all classes. Students who are absent from class miss opportunities to contribute to the learning environment of the classroom and to learn from their colleagues. Each program has specific attendance policies. Absences from class may result in a loss of college financial aid. Federal regulation requires that students make satisfactory progress toward a degree in order to retain federal financial aid. (In programs that are eligible for financial aid.)  


Master of Arts in Education Program  

Admission 
Admission


Policy

Proseminar

Students must have completed a minimum 24 graduates in order to attend Proseminar (EDUC 604). This allows the student to present his/her research and participate in commencement, with the understanding that the remaining credits will be completed after Proseminar. Degrees are conferred in August as Proseminar is a summer course. If the student completes credits required for the degree after the summer session, the degree will be conferred as of the term of the completion of the credits.

 

Transfer Credit

A student may request to transfer up to nine semester credit hours, taken within seven years of application date, to be applied to the M.A.Ed. degree program.

 

Registration

Students register for graduate courses by calling 1-888-484-0011 or calling the Wisconsin/Iowa program coordinator for online courses. The Iowa and Wisconsin phone numbers and addresses are below:

  • Viterbo University campus; 900 Viterbo Drive, La Crosse, WI 54601; 888-484-0111 (registration voice); 608-796-3050 (registration fax)
  • Wisconsin Program Coordinator; Viterbo University; 2323 S. 109th St., Suite 375; West Allis, WI 53227; 414-321-4210 or 1-800-234-8721; 414-321-9113 (fax)
  • Iowa Program Coordinator; Viterbo University; 4949 Westown Parkway, Suite 195; West Des Moines, IA 50266; 515-224-4811 or 888-235-2200; 515-224-4862 (fax)
    Requirements

      • Minimum of 30 credits, including EDUC 600, 601, 602, 604, 623; written comprehensive exam taken online. (The exam will be replaced with a portfolio requirement beginning with students admitted in fall of 2015 or later.)  

    Additional options for the Master of Arts in Education degree  

    Iowa PK-12 Principal -Supervisor of Special Education License (IA 189) plus Master of Arts in Education

    PK-12 Principal Supervisor of Special Education

    • EDUL 603, 604, 606, 607, 608, 609, 610, 611, 613, 614, 615, 616, 617, 618, 619, 620  
    Wisconsin Principal’s License (WI 51) plus Master of Arts in Education

    Principal

    • EDUL 601, 602, 604, 608, EDUL 634, 635, 636, 637, 638, 639, 640, 767  
    Wisconsin Director of Instruction License (WI 10) plus Master of Arts in Education

    Director of Instruction

    • EDUL 601, 602, 604, 608, EDUL 634, 635, 636, 637, 638, 639, 640, 704, 768  
    Wisconsin Director of Special Education and Pupil Services License (WI 80) plus Master of Arts in
    Education

    Director of Special Education and Pupil Services

    • EDUL 601, 602, 604, 608, EDUL 634, 635, 636, 637, 638, 639, 640, 651, 654, 655, 769  
    Wisconsin School Business Administrator License (WI 08) plus Master of Arts in Education

    School Business Administrator

    • EDUL 601, 602, 608, EDUL 635, 637, 660, 661, 662, 663, 664, 665, 770  

    Licensure/Endorsement/Certificate Programs  

    Policy

    • Completers of any program may use up to 15 credits of eligible graduate level courses to satisfy elective requirement for degree candidacy in the Viterbo University Master of Arts in Education program.  
    Iowa Early Childhood Education Teacher Licensure (IA 106)

    Early Childhood Education

    Policy

    • Completed field experience (Up to one field experience may be waived based on candidate’s professional experiences)
    • Completion of an electronic portfolio

    Requirements

    • EDUC 526, 530, 552, 553, 557, 558, 562, 564, 569, 571, 572, 575, 681  
    Iowa Middle School Endorsement (IA 1821, 1822, 1823, or 1824)

    Middle School Teacher

    Policy

    • A current, valid Iowa teachers' license with either the general elementary endorsement or one of the subject matter secondary level endorsements is required.
      Note: The holder of a Middle School endorsement is authorized to teach in the two concentration areas in which the specific requirements have been completed (12 credits) as well as in other subject areas in grades five through eight which are not the core content areas. The holder is not authorized to teach art, industrial arts, music, reading, physical education and special education.
      EDUC 546 Social Studies: 12 credit hours to include U.S. History, World History, Government, Geography
      EDUC 546 Mathematics: 12 credit hours with algebra included
      EDUC  546 Science: 12 credit hours including coursework in Life, Earth and Physical Science
      EDUC 546 Language Arts: 12 credit hours in language arts to include Composition, Language Usage, Speech, Young Adult Literature, Literature Across Cultures
      Completion of an electronic portfolio

    Requirements

    • EDUC 516, 517, 531, 628  
    Iowa Reading Specialist License (IA 176)

    Reading Specialist

    Policy

    • Additional Admission Requirements:
      • Possess a current Reading Teacher license/endorsement
      • Demonstrated two years teaching experience
      • Have a master’s degree in education OR be enrolled in Viterbo University’s Master of Arts in Education degree program
    • Completion of an electronic portfolio within six months of final course completion.
      • Candidates for the WI 17 license must also pass the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test.

    Requirements

    • EDUC 639, 780, 785, 801  

    Iowa Reading Teacher Endorsement, K-8 (Iowa 148)

    Reading Teacher

    Policy

    • Completion of an electronic portfolio

    Requirements

    • EDUC 519, 542, 550, 568, 605, 640, 650, 681, 674  

    Iowa Reading Teacher Endorsement, 5-12 (Iowa 149)

    Reading Teacher

    Policy

    • Completion of a Foundations of Reading within seven years of program application date and earned from a regionally accredited institution with an assigned grade of B or higher
    • Completion of an electronic portfolio

    Requirements

    • EDUC 518, 520, 542, 551, 568, 605, 640, 650, 675    
    Iowa Talented and Gifted Endorsement (IA 107)

    Talented and Gifted

    Policy

    • Completion of an electronic portfolio

    Requirements

    • EDUC 540, 541, 543, 544, 545  
    Wisconsin Cross-Categorical License (WI 801) with emphasis in Cognitive Disabilities (810) at MC-EA (72) Developmental Level

    Cross-categorical Special Education

    Policy

    • Completion of an electronic portfolio
      • Pass the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test

    Requirements

    • EDUC 613, 614, 619, 621, 626, 627  
    Wisconsin Cross-Categorical  License (WI 801) with emphasis in Cognitive Disabilities (810) at EA-A (73) Developmental Level

    Cross-categorical Special Education

    Policy

    • Completion of an electronic portfolio
      • Pass the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test

    Requirements

    • EDUC 613, 614, 619, 621, 626, 627  
    Wisconsin Cross-Categorical  License (WI 801) with emphasis in Emotional/Behavior Disabilities (830) at MC-EA (72) Developmental Level

    Cross-categorical Special Education

    Policy

    • Completion of an electronic portfolio
      • Pass the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test

    Requirements

    • EDUC 613, 614, 619, 621, 626, 631  
    Wisconsin Cross-Categorical  License (WI 801) with emphasis in Emotional/Behavior Disabilities (830) at EA-A (73) Developmental Level

    Cross-categorical Special Education

    Policy

    • Completion of an electronic portfolio
      • Pass the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test

    Requirements

    • EDUC 613, 614, 619, 621, 626, 631  
    Wisconsin Cross-Categorical License (WI 801) with emphasis in Specific Learning Disabilities (811) MC-EA (72) Developmental Level

    Cross-categorical Special Education

    Policy

    • Completion of an electronic portfolio
      • Pass the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test

    Requirements

    • EDUC 613, 614, 619, 621, 626, 629    
    Wisconsin Cross-Categorical License (WI 801) with emphasis in Specific Learning Disabilities (811) at EA-A (73) Developmental Level

    Cross-categorical Special Education

    Policy

    • Completion of an electronic portfolio
      • Pass the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test

    Requirements

    • EDUC 613, 614, 619, 621, 626, 629  
    Wisconsin Early Childhood Education Teacher Licensure (WI 70-777)

    Early Childhood Education

    Policy

    • Twenty-five (25) hours of field experience and a passing score of 147 on the Praxis II: Elementary Content Knowledge (0014 or 5014) are required prior to admission to student teaching
    • Completion of an electronic portfolio within six months of final course completion
    • Pass the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test

    Requirements

    • EDUC 526, 530, 552, 553, 557, 558, 564, 581, 681  
    Wisconsin Literacy Coaching Certificate

    Literacy Coach

    Policy

    • Students must possess a WI 316 reading teacher license to be admitted to the program
    • Documentation of competence in the stated goals and objectives of the certification program is required
    • A minimum of two site visits by the literacy coaching faculty is required

    Requirements

    • EDUC 532, 533, 534  

    Wisconsin Reading Specialist License (WI 17)

    Reading Specialist

    Policy

    • Additional Admission Requirements:
      • Possess a current Reading Teacher license/endorsement
      • Demonstrated two years teaching experience
      • Have a master’s degree in education OR be enrolled in Viterbo University’s Master of Arts in Education degree program
    • Completion of an electronic portfolio within six months of final course completion
      • Pass the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test

    Requirements

    • EDUC 639, 780, 785, 801  
    Wisconsin Reading Teacher License, PK-12 (Wisconsin 316)

    Reading Teacher

    Policy

    • Completion of an electronic portfolio within six months of final course completion
    • Pass the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test

    Requirements

    • EDUC 529, 580, 605, 640, 650, 681, 683    
    Wisconsin Principal’s License (Pre-K–12 Principal) (WI 51)

    Principal

    Policy

    • Completion of an electronic portfolio

    Requirements

    • EDUL 634, 635, 636, 637, 638, 639, 640, 767  
    Wisconsin Director of Instruction (WI 10)

    Director of Instruction

    Policy

    • Completion of an electronic portfolio

    Requirements

    • EDUL 634, 635, 636, 637, 638, 639, 640, 704, 768  
    Wisconsin Director of Special Education/Pupil Services (Pre-K, Pre-K–12  WI 80)

    Director of Special Education and Pupil Services

    Policy

    • Completion of an electronic portfolio

    Requirements

    • EDUL 634, 635, 636, 637, 638, 639, 640, 651, 654, 655, 769  
    Wisconsin School Business Administrator (WI 08)

    School Business Administrator

    Policy

    • Completion of an electronic portfolio

    Requirements

    • EDUL 635, 637, 660, 661, 662, 663, 664, 770  
    Wisconsin Superintendent (WI 03)

    Superintendent License

    Policy

    • Completion of an electronic portfolio

    Requirements

    • EDUL 661, 700, 701, 702, 704, 771, ETHL 531, 532  
    Iowa Principal’s License (IA 189)

    PK-12 Principal Supervisor of Special Education

    Policy

    • Completion of an electronic portfolio

    Requirements

    • EDUL 603, 604, 606, 607, 608, 609, 610, 611, 613, 614, 615, 616, 617, 618, 619, 620    

    Wisconsin Secondary Teacher Licensure (Post-Baccalaureate)

    Post-baccalaureate Teacher License  


    Policy

    • Completion of required content and/or general education coursework.
    • Methods coursework in the content area (art, broad field social studies, business education, cross-categorical, English, mathematics, music, science, Spanish, technology education, or theatre).
    • 50 hours of field experience
    • Passing Praxis II score for admission to student teaching
    • Completion of an electronic portfolio for admission to student teaching and program completion
      • Cross-categorical candidates must also pass the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test.  
    Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence (MC-EA, ages 6-12/13, grades 1-8)

    • EDUP 506, 515, 516, 520, 530, 550, 561, 582, 590; a methods course  

    Cross-Categorical with emphasis in Specific Learning Disabilities (LD), Cognitive Disabilities (CD), or Emotional/Behavior Disabilities (EBD)

    • EDUC 613, 614, 619, 626, 629(LD) or 631 (EBD) or 632 (CD), EDUP 506, 515, 516, 520, 530, 550, 561, 582, 590  
    Early Childhood through Adolescence (EC-A, ages birth-21; grades PK-12)

    Art education, business education, music education, Spanish, technology education, and theatre education.

    • EDUP 506, 515, 516, 520, 530, 550, 563, 582, 590; a methods course  
    Early Adolescence through Adolescence (EA-A, ages 10-21, grades 5-12)

    Biology, broad field science, broad field social studies, chemistry, cross-categorical, English language arts, and mathematics.

    • EDUP 506, 515, 516, 520, 530, 550, 559, 582, 590, methods coursework  

    Cross-Categorical with emphasis in Specific Learning Disabilities (LD), Cognitive Disabilities (CD), or Emotional/Behavior Disabilities (EBD) (Early Adolescence-Adolescence)

    • EDUC 613, 614, 619, 621, 626, and 627 (CD) or 629 (LD) or 631 (EBD), EDUP 506, 515, 516, 520, 530, 550, 559, 582, 590

    Faculty

    Graduate Faculty