A GUIDE TO GRADUATE EDUCATION AT PURDUE NORTH CENTRAL by owp20669

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                         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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