Revised: July 2007 A GUIDE TO GRADUATE EDUCATION AT PURDUE NORTH CENTRAL Master of Science Degree in Elementary Education OVERVIEW The Graduate School of Purdue University offers a 30-credit non-thesis, program of study leading to a Master of Science Degree in Elementary Education at Purdue North Central. ELIGIBILITY FOR ADMISSION Admission to the program is open to individuals who have received a baccalaureate in Elementary Education as well as those with a baccalaureate in another discipline and who have completed the additional coursework necessary to receive their elementary teaching license. TAKING COURSEWORK PRIOR TO ADMISSION Prior to formal admission to Graduate School, a student may take coursework leading to the degree by filing an Application to Graduate School. A $55.00 Application Fee must be included for ALL New and Re-Entry applications. With the approval of the Chairperson of the student’s Advisory Committee, the student may apply up to 12 semester hours of credit taken prior to admission to Graduate School to their Plan of Study. Only courses in which the student receives a grade of “B” or higher are eligible for consideration. This is known as The 12 Hour Rule. QUESTIONS ABOUT THE GRADUATE EDUCATION AT NORTH CENTRAL Prior to formal admission to Graduate School, all questions pertaining to graduate education at North Central should be directed to the Graduate Advisor, Education Department. After admission and the selection of a Chairperson of the student’s Advisory Committee, the student should work closely with his/her Chairperson. TAKING COURSEWORK AT OTHER COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES PURDUE REGISTRATION REQUIREMENT Students must take a minimum of 15 hours of coursework from their Plan of Study while registered at Purdue University. More than 50 percent of the Purdue credits must be earned through the campus where the degree is conferred. Therefore, a student who seeks the Masters Degree through Purdue North Central must take at least 18 hours of credit on the North Central Campus. REGISTERING FOR COURSES PRIOR TO ADMISSION Prior to formal admission to Graduate school, students should pre-register and register for courses with the Graduate Advisor. After admission to Graduate School and selection of an Advisory Committee, the student registers with the Chairperson of his/her Advisory Committee. Students are strongly discouraged from ever registering themselves directly through the Registrar’s Office. To do so runs the risk of taking a course that the student may not need to take. The Education Department is not responsible for any mistake the student may make when registering in this fashion. COURSES TAKEN AT OTHER PURDUE CAMPUSES Students are free to take courses from their Plan of Study at the main campus in West Lafayette or at any of the regional campuses. However, courses taken at other Purdue Campuses do not satisfy the North Central registration requirement as stated above. COURSES TAKEN AT OTHER COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES Courses taken for graduate credit at other accredited colleges or universities may be applied to the student’s Plan of Study with the approval of the Chairperson of the student’s Advisory Committee or, in some cases, the Graduate Committee of the College of Education. Courses taken both prior to admission to the Graduate School or after can be considered. However, the student must receive a grade of “B” or higher in any course they wish to propose for consideration. The University will not apply more that 15 hours of credit taken at another college or university to the student’s Plan of Study. This is known as The 15 Hour Rule. Please submit transcripts to: Purdue University North Central Education Department 1401 S US 421 Westville, IN 46391 LONG DISTANCE LEARNING - TIME-INTENSIVE WORKSHOPS – PASS / FAIL COURSES In recent years with the advent of technology, a number of colleges and universities across the country have begun to offer courses on a wide variety of topics through the use of closed circuit television and the Internet. Others have begun to offer graduate credit for mini workshops, workshops, and seminars. Some are compressed into no more than a weekend of instruction. Most are very valuable to a teacher’s professional growth and do, without question, enhance the instructional and managerial skills of those who take them. However, Purdue believes that the workshop format, while ideal for in-service education, is usually inappropriate for a degree program. Therefore, such courses are rarely approved for application to a student’s Plan of Study unless they meet Purdue guidelines for contact hours, theoretical content, and proper evaluation of the skills that have been learned. Finally, courses that utilize a Pass/ Fail format may not be applied to a Plan of Study. APPLYING FOR ADMISSION TO GRADUATE SCHOOL Students are encouraged to apply for admission to the Graduate School during their first year of graduate study. You will find the Application for Admission to Graduate School at: Graduate School - Apply. A $55.00 Application Fee must be included for ALL New and Re-Entry applications. Application Materials Required for Degree Seeking Applicants: 1. Graduate School Application (less than 1 year old) 2. $55.00 Application Fee (for ALL New applications and Re-Entry applications) 3. Two Official Transcripts of grades from all universities attended 4. Statement of Purpose - A statement of purpose is required for all degree-seeking applicants. Please submit a statement of approximately 300-500 words concerning your purpose for undertaking or continuing graduate study, your reasons for wanting to study at Purdue, and your professional plans, career goals, and research interests. You also may explain any irregularities or special circumstances applicable to your background and elaborate on your special abilities, awards, achievements, scholarly publications, and/or professional history. Graduate School - Statement of Purpose Information on writing a Statement of Purpose: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/pw/p_perstate.html 5. Three Letters of Recommendation - Recommendation for Admission to Graduate School - G.S. Form 3 PDF 6. Official GRE Graduate Record Examination is required for all master’s applicants with less than 3.0/4.0 undergraduate CUM GPA. A combined GRE verbal and quantitative score of 1000 (or more) is expected. Applicants should note that the Graduate Committee, which reviews waivers for Admission to Graduate School, will not waive the requirement to take the GRE no matter how close the applicant’s grade point average might be to 3.0. ADMISSION DEADLINES As soon as your application folder is complete, it will be submitted for review. There is no longer a semi-annual review. Please remember that you should take no more than 12 credit hours before you are admitted to the Graduate School. Only 12 hours taken before admission may be used on the Plan of Study. OTHER IMPORTANT SCHOOL OF EDUCATION AND PURDUE NORTH CENTRAL RULES AND REGULATIONS SELECTING A MAJOR PROFESSOR During the semester following admission to the School of Education, the student selects a Chairperson of his/her Advisory Committee. It is the Committee’s responsibility to work with the student, guide him /her through their coursework, and help the student resolve problems that often arise during the pursuit of the Master’s Degree. The Chairperson of the Advisory Committee should be a professor that the student knows, usually through a student/teacher relationship, and whom the student will feel comfortable working with. The student in conjunction with the Chairperson usually selects the other two members of the Committee. If the student has not selected a Chairperson of their Advising Committee within a year following admission, the Graduate Advisor will then appoint one. THE PLAN OF STUDY Each graduate student admitted to a degree program must file a Plan of Study (POS). A formal Plan of Study should be created as early as feasible in the student's career because it guides a student's academic degree progress. A plan of study is an academic contract between a student and the faculty members of the advisory committee. All departmental and Graduate School policies related to the filing of a Plan of Study must be adhered to explicitly. Students filing their plan of study may print out and use the electronic form found at: Plan of Study (Fill the form out on- line, save to disk and print) When you have completed your plan of study and feel it is ready for review by your advisory committee, submit your plan as a Draft. While your plan is in Draft status, review the information with your Chairperson to ensure that it satisfies departm ent and Graduate School policies. Use your draft as a basis to discuss your academic and research goals. MSEd student Graduating in May or August? Submit POS no later than the preceding Nov. 1st MSEd student Graduating in December? Submit POS no later than the preceding May 1st For many reasons too numerous to mention, students should never procrastinate in creating the Plan of Study as it could delay their graduation timetable. One very important reason for never procrastinating in the creation of the Plan is the Five Year Rule (Part I). The Five Year Rule (Part I) stipulates that no course that is older than five years from the semester in which the Plan of Study is filed may be included on the Plan of Study. Example: Courses on the Plan Plan filed: Can’t Be Older Than: Spring Semester - 2005 Spring Semester - 2000 The Plan of Study can only be filed during a semester in which the student is enrolled and taking one or more courses on a Purdue Campus. The Graduate School of Education requires that the Plan of Study be filed no later than the semester prior to graduation. MAINTAINING A VALID PLAN OF STUDY The student’s Plan of Study and all courses on the Plan of Study can remain valid for an almost unlimited period of time provided the student takes at least one course on the Plan of Study within a five year period from when the last course on the Plan of Study was taken. This is known as the Five Year Rule - Part II. Example: Last Course On The Next Course On The Plan Of Study Must Be Plan of Study Was Taken: Taken To Keep The Plan of Study Valid: Fall – 2002 Fall – 2007 If the student allows the Plan of Study to lapse, he /she would then need to re-file another Plan of Study. The student would then fall under any new Program of Study that may have gone into effect since their old Plan had been filed. CHANGES TO THE PLAN OF STUDY Once the Plan of Study has been filed and approved, a student may still change his/her mind and opt to take a different course in order to meet the requirement in a particular block or category other than the one that was submitted on their Plan of Study. However, before doing so, the student should always consult with their Chairperson. The Chairperson will then file a Change to the Plan of Study Form with the Coordinator of Graduate Studies. You will find an electronic form at Change to Plan of Study (Fill the form out on-line, save to disk and print) SUBSTITUTING COURSES TO THE PLAN OF STUDY A student may only substitute a course in the Foundations Block with the written approval of the Graduate Committee, College of Education. However, courses in the Curriculum Theory and Methods Blocks may be substituted with the approval of the student’s Advisory Committee. INTERRUPTING THE STUDENT’S EDUCATION Purdue recognizes that some students, for very valid personal and professional reasons, find it virtually impossible to take courses every semester until all requirements for the degree have been met. However, Purdue believes that when a student repeatedly interrupts their education for three or more semesters in a row over a long period of time that it is a clear sign that the student is not committed to graduate education and the pursuit of an advanced degree. As a result, when a student does not enroll in at least one course that is on their Plan of Study for three consecutive semesters (the entire Summer Term is considered to be one semester), the student is automatically placed in inactive status. In order to reactivate Graduate School status, the student must re-apply to the Graduate School and re-submit a Statement of Purpose that addresses the reason(s) for the hiatus. Fulfilling the other requirements for initial admission is not necessary. WAIVER TO THE FIVE YEAR RULE From time to time, for very compelling and extraordinary reasons, the Graduate Committee waives the Five Year Rule in a particular situation that seems to warrant it. However, students should be aware that such waivers are very rare. Advisory Committee Chairpersons will not file a request for a frivolous reason. The request must be justified by an extraordinary personal or professional situation. AS YOU APPROACH GRADUATION It is the student’s responsibility to make him/herself aware of the many regulations that govern graduation as well as requirements that must be satisfied in order for the student to meet his/her own graduation timeline. Failure to satisfy a University requirement or comply with a regulation could result in the postponement of graduation for a semester. THE SEMESTER PRIOR TO GRADUATION The student must have a valid Plan of Study filed with, and accepted by, the Graduate School prior to the end of the semester preceding graduation. If the student has had any irregularity in their pursuit of the degree, such as a violation of the Three Semester Rule or the Five Year Rule that makes them suspect that there is a chance that their Plan of Study could be invalid, they are urged to ask the Chairperson of their Advisory Committee to verify with the Graduate Coordinator in West Lafayette that their Plan of Study is on file in the Graduate School and is valid. The student should also inform the Education Department Secretary at Purdue North Central of his/her intent to graduate the following semester. This insures that the necessary paperwork will be submitted on time. PREREGISTERING FOR THE LAST COURSE WHEN TAKEN AT THE NORTH CENTRAL CAMPUS The student must pre-register (or register) for their last class with the Chairperson of their Advisory Committee. This affords the Chairperson the opportunity to review the Plan of Study, advise the student of requirements that must be satisfied prior to graduation, and answer any questions that the student may have. When the student registers for the last class, the Chairperson will inform the North Central Registrar of the student’s intent to graduate at the end of the semester. WHEN THE LAST COURSE IS TAKEN AT ANOTHER PURDUE CAMPUS If the student’s last course is taken at another Purdue Campus, the student, when registering for the course at the other campus, should fill out a Form 380: Request To Graduate At Another Campus. The Form can be obtained in the Registrar’s Office. After filling out the form, the student should return it to personnel in the Registrar’s Office. It will then be sent to the Registrar at the North Central Campus alerting North Central that the student will be graduating. WHEN THE LAST COURSE IS TAKEN AT A UNIVERSITY OTHER THAN PURDUE If the last course is taken at a college or university other than Purdue, the student must still register at Purdue North Central. The student should register through the Chairperson of their Advisory Committee as a “Degree Only” student. There is a fee for this registration. WHEN THE STUDENT DOES NOT TAKE ANY COURSES DURING THE SEMESTER OF GRADUATION If, for some reason, the student does not need to take any courses during the semester of graduation, he/she must still register at North Central. The student should register through the Chairperson of their Advisory Committee as a “Degree Only” student. There is a fee for this registration. PROGRAM OF STUDY GENERAL MASTERS OF SCIENCE IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION MASTER SCHEDULE OF COURSE OFFERINGS Foundations Block (9 Hours)* A. Humanistic Education (One course) EDPS 530 Advanced Educational Psychology EDPS 535 Personal-Social Dynamics in the Classroom PSYCH 502 Survey of Human Development B. Diversity EDCI 585 Multi-Cultural Education C. Research EDPS 533 Introduction to Educational Research I: Methodology *Students must also create a professional portfolio to demonstrate attainment of the Graduate Competencies. Curriculum Theory (3 Hours) EDCI 580 Foundations of Curriculum EDCI 608 Individualizing Instruction in the Elementary and Secondary Schools Methods (12 Hours) A. Literacy and Language (3 hrs.) EDCI 500 Foundations of Literacy B. Science (3 hrs.) EDCI 506 Environmental Education EDCI 605 Teaching Science in the Elementary School EDCI 609 Earth Science Teaching C. Social Studies (3 hrs.) EDCI 604 Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School D. Math (3 hrs.) EDCI 511 Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School Electives (6 Hours) Consult with advisor Total Hours = 30 E FFE CTIVE FOR ST UDENTS ADM ITTED FALL 2001 AND AFTE R ELEMENTARY EDUCATION GRADUATE COMPETENCIES In order to complete the requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Elementary Education, students must demonstrate that they have met the following competencies: 1. Synthesize knowledge and think critically and reflectively 2. Create knowledge 3. Communicate knowledge 4. Participate in professional activities and development Students will demonstrate their attainment of the competencies by completing certain required courses and through the development of a program portfolio. You will have demonstrated that you have attained the competencies by completing the following: 1. Synthesize knowledge and think critically and reflectively (Complete all of the following): Understand the relationship of your discipline to the broader field of education (foundational knowledge in Curriculum and Instruction): Successfully complete coursework in Human Development (EDPS 530, EDPS 535 or PSYCH 502) Successfully complete coursework in diversity (EDCI 585) Successfully complete coursework in research methods in education (EDPS 533) Successfully complete coursework in curriculum theory (EDCI 608 or EDCI 580) 2. Create knowledge (Complete at least two of the following): Link research, theory and practice in your discipline (elementary education) Write an effective paper or give an effective class or professional presentation linking research, theory and practice in an area of interest within elementary education. Demonstrate effective observational skills related to elementary education: Develop effective learning objectives and teaching plans based on observation of elementary school children’s classroom behaviors. Design and deliver effective teaching/learning activities in your discipline, including appropriate assessment and use of technology: Present and reflect on an effective lesson to a group of children. 3. Communicate knowledge (Complete at least two of the following): Communicate effectively with a variety of audiences in a variety of genres, in oral and written modes. Write an effective literature review. Write a critique of current curriculum practices in relation to their historical and philosophical background. Write an effective observation report on elementary school classroom instruction. Write an effective case study of an elementary school child. Give an effective oral presentation in a class, to school-based colleagues, at a conference or professional meeting. 4. Engage in professional development and activities Demonstrate a disposition toward lifelong learning. (Required activity) Develop a well-grounded philosophical framework for teaching and/or research. Participate in communities of practice within your discipline. (Complete at least one): Maintain membership in professional organizations. Participate in and report on school professional development activities. Participate in and report on professional conferences, workshops, or institutes. Participate in and report on professional committees. Work productively with teachers in developing and implementing effective elementary school instruction. Publish a teacher-oriented journal. Present at a professional conference. EVALUATION PROCESS: The following steps summarize the process of demonstrating attainment of the competencies: 1. First semester: The student meets with the graduate advisor to read and discuss the competencies and to formulate a plan to constitute a committee. 2. Second semester: The student constitutes a committee and formulates a plan for meeting the competencies. The student’s committee approves the plan. The student files a Plan of Study. 3. Throughout the program: The student meets with the graduate advisor and other members of the committee when appropriate to discuss and document progress toward attainment of the competencies through development of a program portfolio. Ideally this should be done each semester. 4. Final semester: The student’s completed portfolio is reviewed and evaluated by the committee during the final semester of study. The portfolio must be acceptable before the degree will be awarded. TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF WHEN COURSES WILL BE OFFERED SPRING 2007 – FALL 2010 2007 2008 2009 2010 SPRING EDCI 608 EDCI 608 EDCI 580 EDCI 608 EDCI 511 EDCI 511 SUMMER EDCI 585 EDPS 540 EDCI 585 EDPS 540 EDPS 530 EDPS 533 EDPS 530 EDPS 533 EDCI 604 EDCI 604 FALL EDCI 560 EDCI 605 EDCI 560 EDCI 605 EDCI 500 EDCI 500 Course Number Title Hours EDCI 500 Foundations of Literacy 3 EDCI 511 Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School 3 EDCI 560 Educational Technology for Teaching & Learning 3 EDCI 580 Foundations of Curriculum 3 EDPS 530 Advanced Educational Psychology 3 EDPS 533 Introduction to Educational Research I: Methodology 3 EDPS 540 Gifted, Creative, and Talented Children 3 EDCI 585 Multi-cultural Education 3 EDCI 604 Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School 3 EDCI 605 Teaching Science in the Elementary School 3 EDCI 608 Individualized Instruction in the Elementary School 3 Important Web Sites Purdue North Central Education Department - http://www.pnc.edu/ed Purdue North Central Masters Degree - http://www.pnc.edu/ed/master.htm Admission Information -Graduate School - Apply Publications, Forms and Reports - Graduate School - Resources SOE Graduate School Listserv - The COEGRAD@purdue.edu Mailing List IMPORTANT NAMES, OFFICES, AND PHONE #s PURDUE NORTH CENTRAL: Purdue University North Central 1401 South U.S. 421 Westville, Indiana 46391 Phone: 872-0527 (Michigan City) 462-4197 (Valparaiso) 800-872-1231 (Indiana only) Education Department Office Phone: 219-785-5485 FAX: 219-785-5516 Chairperson and Graduate Advisor: Dr. Cynthia Fontaine Phone: 219-785-5322 PURDUE UNIVERSITY CALUMET: Purdue University Calumet Hammond, Indiana 46323 Phone: 219-989-2213 800-228-0799 (Indiana only) WEST LAFAYETTE: College of Education Beering Hall West Lafayette, Indiana 47907 Office of the Dean Phone: 765-494-2336 Department of Curriculum and Instruction Phone: 765-494-7935 Department of Educational Studies Phone: 765-494-9170 Office of Professional Preparation Phone: 765-494-5486 Office of the Coordinator of Graduate Studies Phone: 765-494-5486 (Example Plan of Study) Graduate School Form 6 PURDUE UNIVERSITY (Please type) (Revised 9/99) GRADUATE SCHOOL Request for Master’s Degree Advisory Committee and Plan of Study Approval 1. NAME OF STUDENT Patty Panther Student ID No. 123-45-6789 Date 1/01/02 2. DEPARTMENT Curriculum and Instruction Dept. Code D30 Date Degree Expected 5/04 Degree Title Master of Science in Education Degree Code 45 Thesis Option X Nonthesis Option 3. AREA OF SPECIALIZATION (if any) Elementary Education (906) Research Area Area 5. METHOD OF 4. COURSES ESTABLISHING CREDIT 6. DATE COMPLETED OFFICIAL TITLE ABBREVIATION Subject Course Cr. Regular Non- Other or OR TO BE P Please group courses into “Primary” (P) & “Related” Abbr. No.* Hours Regis. degree Transfer From + COMPLETED (R) areas. Regis. ADVANCED EDUCATIONAL EDPS 530 3 X 12/02 PSYCHOLOGY MULTI-CULTURAL EDUCATION EDCI 585 3 X PUC 12/01 INTRO TO EDUCATIONAL EDPS 533 3 X 5/04 RESEARCH I:METH INSTR ELEM & SEC SCHL EDCI 608 3 X 5/03 FOUNDATION OF LITERACY EDCI 500 3 X 8/02 SCIENCE IN THE ELEM. SCH. EDCI 605 3 X 8/03 MATHEMATICS IN THE ELEM. EDCI 511 3 X 8/03 SCH SOC STUDIES IN THE ELEM EDCI 604 3 X 12/01 SCH GIFTED CHILDREN EDPS 540 3 X 8/02 EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY FOR EDCI 560 3 X 5/02 TEACHING AND LEARNING 7. LANGUAGE Method to be used to meet language requirements + Transfer course must be described as on original REQUIREMENTS transcript. a. a. * Mark course number with asterisk (*) if B or better is required. 8. NAMES OF ADVISORY COMMITTEE 9. APPROVED BY ADVISORY 10. 11. ADVISER MEMBERS GRADUATE COMMITTEE MEMBERS DEPARTMENT IN AREA OF: (Please type full name.) FACULTY (Signature) Abbr. Code IDENTIFIER C.J. Fontaine Chair Y0025 Chair D.S. Maletta Y0055 D.M. Pratt Y0061 Check here if special notes or other 13. APPROVED BY: requirements are specified in the comments section on the reverse. Head of the Graduate Program 12. SIGNATURE OF STUDENT School Dean (if required) Graduate School Dean Submit original plus one copy to the Graduate School.
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