Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Graduate Education Programs

Program Admission Requirements for Graduate Education

In addition to completing an application, submitting transcripts of college work, and providing two letters of recommendation, applicants for regular admission must:

  1. hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with at least a cumulative GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) for admission to the graduate education program;
  2. Intervention Specialist (ISP): have or have had a valid teaching license, a copy of which must be submitted with the application (not required for individuals in initial licensure programs); and
  3. have an admission interview or seminar with the appropriate program personnel.
  4. All PEL candidates will be required to complete the following prior to their admission to Gate 3, Clinical Practice:
    1. 100% of undergraduate coursework required for licensure;
    2. take all Ohio proscribed specialty area examinations applicable to licensure areas;
    3. have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all graduate and undergraduate content area coursework designated on the course checklist for the intended licensure area.

Some students may be admitted under a special student, conditional admission, or non-degree student status.

Transfer Credit Provisions

A student may transfer credits from appropriate graduate work at accredited colleges and universities. Credit will be transferred on a course-by-course basis as applicable to the program. All transfer work into the graduate program in education requires final grades of B or better. A maximum of six (6) semester hours may be transferred. For the ISM degree program only, candidates may transfer up to 6 graduate credit hours of ISP equivalent courses and 6 graduate credit hours of PEL equivalent courses for a total of 12 graduate transfer credits. The specific program coordinator shall determine the acceptability of transfer credit.

Program Continuation

A candidate enrolled in the graduate education program with regular admission status will be placed on academic probation at any time that he/she earns more than two grades below a B- or if the graduate cumulative GPA falls below 3.00. The graduate education candidate who is placed on academic probation must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.00 at the completion of an additional six (6) semester hours. The candidate is removed from probation after retaking course(s) in which he/she earned less than a "B-" with a grade of B- or better, or at the end of any semester in which the cumulative GPA meets or exceeds 3.00.

A candidate will be dismissed from the graduate education program after:

  1. receiving a second final grade of "F" or "X"; or
  2. failing to achieve the required grade point average in the program at the end of any probationary period.

Graduation Requirements

Graduate students must meet the degree requirements as stated in the Catalog under which they first enrolled. Students must earn their degree within a maximum of six (6) years from the first date of enrollment at the University. Students who withdraw from the University for more than six (6) months will meet the graduation requirements as stated in the catalog under which they resume enrollment. Students changing majors or programs must meet requirements as stated in the Catalog that is current at the time they make such changes.

Graduate Education Departmental Programs

Master of Arts in Education in Intervention Specialist: Mild/Moderate (ISM)

GATE 1: Admission to Graduate Status

  • Hold an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Demonstrate an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Complete all components of the MVNU application materials including attendance at an admission seminar with program staff.

GATE 2: Admission to the Teacher Education Program (after completion of PEL6003 & PEL6013)

  • Pass Background check
  • Complete Good Moral Character Form
  • Negative TB test (if required by Field school district)
  • Pass sexual harassment prevention training
  • Dispositions assessed by two Education faculty
  • Complete EDT6010 with Satisfactory grade
  • Complete PEL 6003, PEL6013 with B- or higher
  • Teacher Education Council approval of candidate’s acceptance to program

Note: Field Experience placements may not take place until a student has passed through Gate 2.

GATE 3: Admission to Clinical Practice (Year 3)

  • All Field Experience Requirements must be satisfied
  • Complete Application for student teaching
  • Earn minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Completion of all required coursework and deficiencies, including 12 hours of reading core courses
  • Take all required Ohio licensure exams
  • Dispositions assessment by two Education faculty
  • Complete 48.5 graduate hours prior to student teaching
  • Receive recommendations from all University Supervisors in field experiences
  • Current background check and fingerprints
  • Negative TB test
  • Teacher Education Council approval of candidate’s acceptance to program

Note: A student teacher cannot be enrolled in courses (with the exception of on-line courses that do not conflict with school day/teacher hours), assume work-related duties that conflict with school day/teacher hours, or take on any other responsibilities that conflict with school day/teacher hours throughout the dates of her or his student teaching experience.

GATE 4: Recommendation for Degree Completion and Licensure

  • Earn minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Complete all required coursework and deficiencies
  • Pass all required Ohio licensure exams
  • Complete approved diversity seminar
  • Secure satisfactory recommendation from student teaching University supervisor
  • Professional Portfolio submitted to assigned assessor(s) and earned minimum score of 2.0
  • Completion and submission of Teacher Performance Assessment
  • Submit application for licensure and pay a fee
  • Background checks and fingerprinting if not done within the last 12 months

Professional Education Requirements

EDT6010 Professional Practices in Research and Technology

.5

PEL6003 Foundations of Education

3

PEL6012 Field Experience II

2

PEL6013 Technology for Educators

3

PEL6023 Effective Teaching Methods

3

PEL6032 Action Research

2

PEL6053 Educational Psychology

3

PEL6073 Classroom Management

3

PEL6193 Content Area Reading

3

PEL6091 Student Teaching Seminar

1

PEL6099 Student Teaching

9

Required Intervention Specialist Courses

ISP6003 Inclusion and Exceptional Teaching: K-12

3

ISP6013 Individualized Instructional Strategies: Math

3

ISP6023 Individualized Instructional Strategies: Reading and Language

3

ISP6022 Individualized Instructional Strategies: Content Areas

2

ISP6032 Extended Field Experience for Exceptional Learners

2

ISP6082 Diagnostic Assessment Strategies for Exceptional Learners

2

ISP6043 Behavioral Analysis and Classroom Management

3

ISP6052 Consultation and Collaboration for the Inclusion of Exceptional Learners

2

ISP6062 Individualized Instructional Strategies Field Experience

2

ISP6072 Current Issues in Professional Ethical Practice

2

ISP6102 Seminar in Professional Practice

2

Total

58.5 Hours

Master of Arts in Education in Intervention Specialist (ISP)

GATE 1: Admission to Graduate Status

  • Hold an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Demonstrate an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Complete all components of the MVNU application materials including an admissions seminar with program staff
  • Submit a copy of valid teaching license

GATE 2: Admission to Candidacy

  • Complete EDT6010 with Satisfactory grade
  • Pass sexual harassment prevention training
  • Dispositions assessed by two Education faculty members
  • Complete 12 graduate hours
  • Earn minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Teacher Education Council approval of candidate’s acceptance to candidacy

Note: Field placements may not take place until a student has passed through Gate 2.

GATE 3: Admission to Clinical Practice

  • Complete 100% of any pre-requisite undergraduate course work
  • Take required Ohio licensure examinations
  • Faculty advisor approval for research project in special education
  • Earn minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Teacher Education Council approval of candidate’s acceptance to clinical practice

GATE 4: Recommendation for Degree Completion and Licensure

  • Earn minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Pass required Ohio licensure examinations
  • Complete all required coursework and deficiencies
  • Complete approved diversity activity
  • Complete research
  • Professional Portfolio submitted to assigned assessor(s) and earned minimum score of 2.0
  • Dispositions assessment by two Education Faculty
  • Complete advanced practicum
  • Submit application for licensure and pay a fee

Required Courses

EDT6010 Professional Practices in Research and Technology

.5

ISP6003 Inclusion and Exceptional Teaching

3

ISP6013 Individualized Instructional Strategies in Mathematics

3

ISP6023 Individualized Instructional Strategies: Reading and Language

3

ISP6022 Individualized Instructional Strategies: Content Areas

2

ISP6032 Extended Field Experience for Exceptional Learners

2

ISP6082 Diagnostic Assessment Strategies for Exceptional Learners

2

ISP6093 Special Education Research and Writing I

3

ISP6043 Behavioral Analysis and Classroom Management

3

ISP6052 Consultation and Collaboration for the Inclusion of Exceptional Learners

2

ISP6062 Individualized Instructional Strategies Field Experience

2

ISP6064 Advanced Practicum

4

ISP6072 Current Issues in Professional Ethical Practice

2

ISP6091 Special Education Research and Writing II

1

ISP6102 Seminar in Professional Practice

2

Total

34.5 Hours

Master of Arts in Education in Professional Educator’s License

GATE 1: Admission to Graduate Status

  • Hold an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Demonstrate an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Complete all components of the MVNU application materials including having transcripts evaluated by program staff and attending an admission seminar.
  • Within 18 credit hours (approximately six courses) of undergraduate coursework completion in target licensure area and declare area of licensure concentration.

GATE 2: Admission to Teacher Education Program

  • Pass Background check (FBI and BCII)
  • Complete Good Moral Character Form
  • Negative TB test (if required by Field school district)
  • Pass sexual harassment prevention training
  • Dispositions assessed by two Education faculty
  • Complete EDT6010 with Satisfactory grade
  • Complete PEL 6003, PEL 6013 with B- or higher
  • Teacher Education Council approval of candidate’s acceptance to program
  • Field Experience placements may not take place until a student has passed through Gate 2.

GATE 3: Admission to Clinical Practice

  • All Field Experience Requirements must be satisfied
  • Complete Application for student teaching
  • Earn minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all PEL and Licensure courses
  • Complete 31.5 graduate hours prior to student teaching
  • Take all required Ohio licensure exams
  • Receive recommendations from all University supervisors in field experiences
  • Complete 100% of all undergraduate licensure coursework
  • Dispositions assessment by two Education faculty
  • Current background check and fingerprints
  • Negative TB test
  • Teacher Education Council approval of candidate’s acceptance to clinical practice

A student teacher cannot be enrolled in courses (with the exception of on-line courses that do not conflict with school day/teacher hours), assume work-related duties that conflict with school day/teacher hours, or take on any other responsibilities that conflict with school day/teacher hours throughout the dates of her or his student teaching experience.

GATE 4: Recommendation for Degree Completion and Licensure

  • Earn minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for PEL and Licensure courses
  • Complete all required coursework and deficiencies
  • Pass all required Ohio licensure exams
  • Complete approved diversity seminar
  • Secure satisfactory recommendation from student teaching University supervisor
  • Professional Portfolio submitted to assessor(s) and earned minimum 2.0 score
  • Completion and submission of the Teacher Performance Assessment
  • Submit application for licensure and pay a fee
  • Background checks and fingerprinting if not done within the last 12 months

Study Abroad Requirement

Foreign language candidates complete a study abroad and complete a notebook for assessment if not completed during the undergraduate degree.

Required Courses

EDT6010 Professional Practices in Research and Technology

.5

PEL6003 History and Philosophy of Education

3

PEL6013 Technology for Educators

3

PEL6023 Effective Teaching Methods

3

PEL6053 Educational Psychology

3

PEL6002 Field Experience I

2

PEL6073 Classroom Management

3

PEL6133 Inclusion and Differentiated Instruction

3

PEL6193 Content Area Reading

3

PEL6012 Field Experience II

2

PEL6082 Educational Trends and Ethical Issues

2

PEL6032 Action Research

2

PEL6042 Instructional Design

2

PEL6091 Student Teaching Seminar

1

PEL6099 Student Teaching

9

Total

41.5 Hours*

*Additional undergraduate hours beyond the professional education sequence may be required in specific content areas to qualify for a teaching license in the State of Ohio. Please check with the program coordinator for those requirements.

Master of Arts in Education in Curriculum and Instruction (Early Childhood Education Track)

Core Education Courses

EDT6010 Technology Basics

.5

EDU6202 Ethical Practices and Current Ethical Issues

2

EDU6203 Curricular Perspectives

3

EDU6053 Applying Research on Teaching

3

EDU6213 Equity, Justice and Diversity

3

EDU6222 Assessment in Action

2

EDU6223 Educator as Researcher

3

EDU6282 Capstone Project

2

Specialized Education Courses

ECE6203 Play, Creativity and Imagination

3

ECE6213 Social Development of Young Children

3

ECE6223 Advanced Study of Child Development

3

ECE6233 Curriculum Integration

3

ECE6243 Literacy Theory and Practice

3

ECE6252 Advanced Children’s Literature

2

ECE6261 Writing with Children

1

Total

36.5 Hours

Master of Arts in Education in Curriculum and Instruction (Technology Facilitator Track)

Core Education Courses

EDT6010 Professional Practices in Research and Technology [.5].

.5

EDU6202 Ethical Practices and Current Ethical Issues

2

EDU6203 Curricular Perspectives

3

EDU6053 Applying Research on Teaching

3

EDU6213 Equity, Justice and Diversity

3

EDU6222 Assessment in Action

2

EDU6223 Educator as Researcher

3

EDU6282 Capstone Project

2

Specialized Education Courses

EDT6203 Educational Leadership and Instructional Technology

3

EDT6213 Curriculum Leadership in Instructional Technology

3

EDT6223 Design and Development of Multimedia Instructional Products

3

EDT6233 Educational and Ethical Uses of Electronic Networks and Telecommunication Systems

3

EDT6243 Teaching and Learning in Online and Blended Learning Environments

3

EDT6253 Exploring and Implementing Emerging Technologies

3

Total

36.5 Hours

Endorsements are offered to supplement other licensure.

Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement for Graduate Students

An early childhood endorsement allowing early childhood teachers to teach grades 4 and 5 is available. To complete the endorsement, the candidate must complete the following courses (available on campus or on-line)

ECE6002 Social Studies for Upper Elementary Grades

2

ECE6022 Mathematics for Upper Elementary Grades

2

ECE6032 Science for Upper Elementary Grades

2

MCE6023 Adolescent Literature

3

ECE6001 Early Childhood Endorsement Field

1

Total

10 Hours

Middle Childhood Generalist Endorsement for Graduate Students

Details are listed in the Traditional section of this Catalog.

Reading Endorsement for Graduate or Post-Baccalaureate Students

All courses for the Reading Endorsement are taught online.

Reading Endorsement Prerequisites

Students seeking the Reading Endorsement must have a Bachelor's degree. Specific course requisites are as follows: IS, ECE, and MCE majors must have 12 semester hours of reading, including one 3-hour course in phonics; AYA and MIA majors must have 9 semester hours of reading, including one 3-hour course in phonics.

Required Courses

ECE2072/6072 Children’s Literature for Early Childhood*

2

MCE3023/6023 Adolescent Literature*

3

EDU6113 Reading Diagnosis and Improvement

3

EDU6123 Contemporary Research in Literacy

3

EDU6094 Reading Practicum

4

Total

15 Hours

*NOTE: Either ECE2072 or MCE3023 may be taken at the undergraduate level (during the baccalaureate degree) and used in the reading endorsement, but not both. The other must then be taken at the graduate level.

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