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Application for Admission MED Initial Licensure-Lutheran Education Alliance with
Parochial Schools (LEAPs) We welcome your application for admission to the Graduate
School of Valparaiso University. The mission of the Graduate School is to serve
the advanced learning, professional development, and personal enrichment needs
of individuals regionally and nationally. The Graduate School admits students that
demonstrate the ability and motivation to succeed in an academically challenging
environment. This form is meant to be completed ONLINE ONLY. If you would like a
hard copy, please choose the Requesting Information link and one will be sent to you.
You may mail any required materials to: Office of the Graduate School Kretzmann
Hall 116 1700 Chapel Drive Valparaiso, IN 46383-6493 USA You may contact us via:
Telephone: (219) 464-5313 Toll Free: (800) 821-7685 Fax: (219) 464-5381 Email:
Graduate.School@valpo.edu Application Procedure Please us the Tab key to move
through the application to enter data In order for your application to be considered
for admission, all required information must be received by the Graduate Office
including: Certified transcripts of a bachelor's degree A grade point average of 3.0
Passing scores on the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) Praxis I in basic reading,
writing, and mathematics Two letters of recommendation from faculty or advisers
One letter of recommendation from a spiritual or community adviser A personal essay
indicating their reasons for wanting to enter the program, including how their goals
are consistent with those of community living and spiritual development Application
Fee: $30 for US Citizens GRADUATE APPLICATION I. Program of Concentration
Please indicate area of concentration: Select Area of Concentration MED in Initial
Licensure-LEAPs SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION Name: Date A. Do you have
a current teaching license? Select One Yes No If yes, which state? Select State
Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida
Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland
Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada
New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota
Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota
Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington Washington D.C. West Virginia
Wisconsin Wyoming B. Did you ever have a teaching license? Select One Yes
No If yes, which state? Select State Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California
Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa
Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota
Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New
Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania
Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia
Washington Washington D.C. West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming C. Were you ever
eligible to apply for a teaching license, for example at the time of completion of your
bachelor's Select One Yes No If yes, which state? Select State Alabama Alaska
Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia Hawaii
Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts
Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire
New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma
Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas
Utah Vermont Virginia Washington Washington D.C. West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming
In order to qualify for the LEAPs program, you must be willing to: Accept modest
accommodation while living in a community that values spiritual development from a
Christian perspective Commit to the full 2-year program of study, community living, and
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exploration of spiritual growth. Please note that in addition to the requirements for the
Master of Education, the LEAPs program requires: A third letter of reference from a
spiritual adviser, pastor, residence hall director, or supervisor who has worked closely
with you and can speak about your spiritual development and/or your ability to live a
simple lifestyle in community with other LEAPs participants. Evidence of passing scores
on all 3 parts of the PPST, submitted to the Graduate Office by no later than February
15. Contact Sylvan Learning Centers for more information at 1-800-EDUCATE. An
essay based on the questions included in this supplemental application. A signed
copy of the enclosed waiver and release form. A. Academic Background: List your
undergraduate majors and minors: Major(s) Minor(s) B. Check the areas you are
interested in teaching and/or feel qualified to teach: Math/Computers English Social
Studies Science Foreign Language Music/Arts Physical Education Religion
Other B1. If your major or minors are not related to the areas checked above, please
describe your background in these areas in this text box below, being as specific as
possible. B2. If there is no position available in your desired areas, would you be
willing to teach at another grade level and/or in another subject area? Explain your
answer. C. Please assess your knowledge of languages other than English as weak,
good, or excellent. Language Reading Select One Excellent Good Weak Writing
Select One Excellent Good Weak Speaking Select One Excellent Good Weak
Language Reading Select One Excellent Good Weak Writing Select One Excellent
Good Weak Speaking Select One Excellent Good Weak Language Reading Select
One Excellent Good Weak Writing Select One Excellent Good Weak Speaking Select
One Excellent Good Weak Language Reading Select One Excellent Good Weak
Writing Select One Excellent Good Weak Speaking Select One Excellent Good Weak
Please answer the following questions. You may press "Enter" for additional lines
of writing. D. Please list the grade levels you are interested in teaching and indicate
your preference. E. Have you applied to other graduate schools or programs for the
next year? If so, list them. F. VU-LEAPs teachers serve a variety of under-resourced
parochial schools in Northwest Indiana and Chicago. Although teachers do not choose
their placement site, they may indicate a preference for specific schools or locations
in which they feel their talents and experience might be utilized best. Please feel
free to comment. PERSONAL ESSAY Directions: Please respond to the following
questions in approximately three-four typewritten pages. You may press "Enter" for
additional lines of writing. You may also print this supplementary application form and
send your personal essays (typewritten/double-spaced) under separate cover to the:
Office of the Graduate School, Kretzmann Hall 116, 1700 Chapel Drive, Valparaiso
University, Valparaiso, IN 46383. A. What personal goals and interests have led you
to apply to the VU-LEAPs program, and how are these consistent with the goals of
the program? (about 1 page) B. What experiences, background, and attitudes have
prepared you for the challenges involved in elementary or secondary school teaching?
(about 1/2 page) C. What experiences, background, and attitudes have prepared
you to work with students of diverse economic, cultural and minority backgrounds?
(about 1/2 page) D. Provide evidence that even during times of acute stress, you
are able to put your own concerns aside in order to recognize and serve the needs
of others. (about 1/2 page) E. Discuss your willingness to live in simple, unadorned
community housing with others. How do you see community living as contributing to
your professional and personal growth? (about 1/2 page) F. Provide evidence that you
are spiritually open and mature and at the same time committed to Christian values.
Include how you expect the LEAPs program to affect the development of your faith.
(about 1/2 page) WAIVER & RELEASE For Applicants to the Valparaiso University
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LEAPs Program By entering in your name into the text boxes below and pressing
submit you are signing this waiver. WHEREAS, I , have requested acceptance to
the LEAPs Program. NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of my acceptance into
the teaching program, I , hereby agree as follows: 1. I hereby release and forever
discharge Valparaiso University, its trustees, agents, including VU/LEAPs officers and
employees, from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions and causes of action,
which I have or may have of whatever kind or nature, either in law or equity arising
from or by reason of, or in any way related to any loss, damage or injury, including
death, which loss, damage, injury or death is caused by, arises out of, or is in any way
related to my participation in the LEAPS Program, including without limitation, travel to
and from the teaching assignment except when the University or LEAPs is negligent.
2. I agree that this waiver and release is intended to be as broad and inclusive as
permitted by the laws of the State of Indiana, and if any portion thereof is held invalid, it
is agreed that the balance shall, notwithstanding, continue in full legal force and effect.
3. In signing this waiver and release, I hereby acknowledge and represent that I have
read the foregoing waiver and release, understand its content and terms, understand
that such terms are contractual, and sign it voluntarily. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Master of Education in Initial Licensure VU-LEAPs (Lutheran Educational Alliance
with Parochial Schools) VU-LEAP is a special master's degree program that enables
students with baccalaureate degrees in any academic field to explore a vocation in
teaching. The program has three components: teacher preparation through graduate
level coursework; community living near the teaching placement site; and spiritual
development. Each component is described in greater detail below. Applicants must
be willing to commit to the full two-year program of academic preparation, community
living, and spiritual growth. Teacher Preparation and Internship in a Parochial (Lutheran
or Catholic) School. LEAPs teacher interns begin the teacher preparation program
with five weeks of intensive study during their first summer. This includes a teaching
practicum in the morning and course work in the afternoon and evening. During the
nine-month school year, teacher interns assume full-time teaching positions at an
under-resourced parochial school, receive 3 credits of internship each semester for
teaching, and take one online course via the Internet. Placements are at elementary,
middle and high school levels in either Lutheran or Catholic schools in Northern Indiana
or Northern Illinois. Although most placements will be in content areas having severe
shortages of fully qualified teachers, such as math and science, applicants expressing
teaching interests in other middle and high school subjects are encouraged to apply
as well. LEAPs teacher interns take an on-line course each fall and spring semester
and receive 3 credits of internship credits. LEAPs teacher interns return to Valparaiso
University the second summer for intensive course work. Then, during the school year,
they return to the same parochial school to teach, earn additional internship credits,
and take online course work. Upon completion of this second year, teachers return to
VU to be awarded the M.Ed. degree. At this time they can also apply for their Indiana
teaching license in their area(s) of specialization. The VU-LEAPs M.Ed. program is
different from other teacher preparation programs in several ways. First, LEAPs teacher
interns maintain close contact with Valparaiso University Department of Education
faculty throughout the entire two-year internship period. Faculty visit teachers once
each semester and maintain email contact with them on an ongoing basis. Interns also
submit videotapes and written reflections on their teaching for review and feedback
from VU faculty throughout the two-year program. At each parochial school site, the
principal mentors the LEAPs teacher interns and supports them through consultation
and assistance. Each intern is also assigned a mentor teacher-another teacher in
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the same parochial school-who becomes a coach and supporter of the LEAPs intern.
The mentor helps the LEAPs teacher refine and further develop teaching competence
through observations and discussions of teaching performance. Finally, LEAPs teacher
interns also receive peer support through community living with other teachers in
the program. Thus they support each other through shared reflections on the daily
rewards and challenges involved in becoming teachers. Community Life A primary
goal of the LEAPs program is to provide qualified schoolteachers for under-resourced
parochial schools in urban and rural areas of Northern Indiana and Illinois. A second
and equally important goal is to encourage teachers to become participants in the
community life of schools and parishes. LEAPs teacher interns live under one roof
while completing the program to offer mutual support as they begin their teaching
ministry. During the summers, LEAPs teacher interns live in a residence facility at
Valparaiso University, share meals, and share other common times to discuss their
practicum work and course work. Separate sleeping and private facilities are provided
for men and women. During the two internship years, teachers live in community in
safe, affordable housing designed to meet basic needs and arranged by the Lutheran
district and/or Catholic diocese in which they teach. Teachers receive a monthly
stipend from their employing school sufficient to cover living expenses. As is the case
with summer living arrangements, meals and other common social times are shared
by all who live in the community. Separate sleeping and private facilities are also
provided for male and female teachers in these settings. Resource personnel from
each denomination are available to the community residents to offer support and
assist with any challenges that may arise. Throughout these two years, communities
are also supported by various faculty from Valparaiso University, who may assist in
the development of cohesive communities. To prepare LEAPs teacher interns for
community living, they take an integrative course during their first summer aimed at
providing strategies on how to live in and benefit from community life and developing
both respect and a supportive attitude toward other members of the group. As part
of this experience, candidates should come to understand the value of embracing
modest and simple living accommodations as a way of expressing their sensitivity
and commitment to the underserved populations within their school district and the
region in general. Spiritual Dimension The third dimension of the LEAPs program
is spiritual development. The LEAPs program strives to provide teachers with the
climate necessary for developing and enriching their spiritual lives through various
group- and individual- oriented activities. During summers and regular school years,
teachers participate in community prayer on a daily and/or weekly basis as determined
by the members of each community. Each person is encouraged to lead these prayer
sessions. Community prayer emphasizes that all members strive to follow the model
of Christ the Teacher rather than focusing on any one Christian denominational form
of prayer. LEAPs teacher interns are encouraged to grow and develop within their own
religious traditions as well. Spiritual leaders of each denomination represented in each
community of teachers are available to assist with spiritual growth and development.
LEAPs teacher interns are strongly encouraged to participate in church services offered
at their own churches. Thus, LEAPs teacher interns live in ecumenical communities
with the understanding that each teacher's religious affiliation will be respected by
all members of the community. All teachers in the LEAPs program also participate
in several Christian, and otherwise nondenominational, retreats during the two-year
program. Through retreats and development of their own personal and community
prayer lives, LEAPs teacher interns are continually called to reflect upon and deepen
their commitment to the ongoing development of their spiritual lives
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