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Master of Arts in Education

Individualized Program

The individualized program is designed for graduate students who are interested in coursework leading to a masters of arts degree. Student's enrolled in this program must take the core courses 511, 512, 513, and either 514 or two graduate courses in the School of Education at Saint Xavier University.

Different Strands of the Individualized Program

The individualized program has different strands such as science education, educational technology, integrative STEM (iSTEM), English as a second language (ESL), reading teacher endorsement or areas appropriate for candidate's professional development.  Candidates interested in each strand must take the required courses developed for that strand, the core courses, and other additional courses recommended or required by the faculty of the School of Education.

Graduate programs in elementary, secondary and early childhood are also considered individualized programs.

Program Requirements (33-36 Credit Hours)

All strands of the individualized programs require that candidates complete the following sequences of core courses:

EDGCC 511 Foundations of Education
EDGCC 512 Assessment of Instruction and Learning
EDGCC 513 Educational Research Design and Development
EDGCC 514 Scholarship of Teaching: Finalizing the Inquiry Process
(in lieu of EDGCC 514, graduate students in some strands may take two graduate courses 
offered by the School of Education at Saint Xavier University)

Requirements for Strand in Science Education

The science education strand of the individualized program is designed for science teachers in the middle and high schools. 

This program does not lead to any certificate. Candidates are required to take the required sequence of courses below in addition to the core courses:

EDGIP 520 Teaching Molecular Science Concepts
EDGIP 520 Teaching Molecular Science Concepts
EDGIP 521 Teaching Physical Science Concepts
EDGIP 522 Teaching Ethical Issues in Science
EDGIP 523 Alternative Energy Issues for the 21st Century

Additionally, candidates enrolles in this program must complete the following sequence of courses:

EDGCI 522 Curriculum Integration of Educational Technology
EDGAL 521 Principles of Curriculum and Instructional Methods
EDGIP 550 Literacy in the Content Area

Candidates in the science education strand are also required to complete a graduate study or action research related to science education during EDGIP 514. 

Requirements for Strand in Educational Technology

The educational technology strand of the individualized program has been developed for teachers or individuals interested in working in the capacity of an educational technologist at schools, institutions of higher education, or other organizations.  In addition to the core courses requirements for the strand in educational technology include:

EDGIP 531 Foundations of Educational Technology
EDGIP 532 Instructional Design Foundations
EDGIP 533 Computers, Critical Thinking & Problem Solving in the Content Area
EDGIP 534 Emerging Technology Trends in Education
EDGIP 535 Administration and Management of Educational Technology
EDGIP 536 21st Century Literacies and Professional Development
EDGIP 537 Educational Computers and Network Applications

For candidates preparing to work as a technology specialist within a P-12 environment, the program prepares candidates to meet standards for the state endorsement for technology specialist. In order to meet the state requirements, candidates must already hold a teaching license and must pass the Illinois content area test for technology facilitator (178). Some of the courses in this strand are taught on line.

An action research or graduate study in the area of educational technology can be completed during EDGIP 514. 

Requirements for Strand in iSTEM (Integrative STEM)

The integrative STEM strand of the individualized program (iSTEM) is designed for elementary education teachers interested in enhancing their knowledge and performance in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In addition to the core courses the following courses are required for this strand:

EDGIP 540 Integrative STEM Education Foundations
EDGIP 541 Integrative STEM Pedagogies
EDGIP 542 Integrative STEM Curriculum and Development
EDGIP 543 Integrative STEM Education Trends and Issues
EDGIP 544 Curriculum Practicum in the Subject Areas
EDGIP 550 Literacy in the Content Area

Additional graduate level courses are required for the degree. 

Requirements for Strand in English as a Second Language (ESL)

The English as a second language strand (ESL) of the individualized program is designed for teachers interested in enhancing their knowledge and expertise in working with linguistically diverse students. Completion of the sequence of ESL program leads to a letter of approval in ESL. Completion of the sequence of courses and passing a proficiency exam in a foreign language will lead to an ESL/Bilingual approval. Completion of the core courses for the individualized program, sequence of courses for the ESL, and additional courses approved by the candidate's advisor in consultation with the associate dean of graduate studies will lead to the master of arts degree.

ESL Endorsement only candidates should take EDU 363/EDGIP 479; EDU 364/EDGIP 480; EDU 365/EDGIP 481; EDU 367/EDGIP 483; EDU 368/EDGIP 484; and EITHER EDU 366/EDGIP 482 OR EDU 369/EDGIP 459.

EDU/363EDGIP 479 Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL and Bilingual Education (Fall I) Fall Hours:10
EDU 364/EDGIP 480 Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL (Spring 1) Field Hours: 25
EDU 365/EDGIP 481 Cross-Cultural Studies in a Bilingual Program (Fall II) Field Hours: 20
EDU 366/EDGIP 482 Methods and Materials for Teaching English in a Bilingual Program (Spring II) Field Hours: 25
EDU 367/EDGIP 483 Linguistics for Educators (Summer 1) Field Hours: 10
EDU 368/EDGIP 484 Assessment of Bilingual Students (Summer II) Field Hours: 10

Requirements for strand in Reading (Reading Teacher Endorsement for Certified teachers in Illinois)

The graduate program in reading education is a strand of the individualized program. This program is designed for all educators interested in learning innovative literacy ideas, contemporary instructional and assessment approaches including elements of critical pedagogy, culture, text comprehension, and standards. The program is designed to advance literacy education for children, adolescents, and adults. Graduate students who complete the Reading Program qualify for a Master of Arts Degree and may obtain the reading teacher endorsement with the successful completion of the required Illinois assessments.

EDGIP 561 Foundations of Language and Literacy
EDGIP 562 21st Century Literacies
EDGIP 550 Literacy in the Content Area
EDGIP 563 Children and Adolescent Literature
EDGIP 564 Teaching Writing in K-12 Settings
EDGIP 565 Teaching Reading and Writing in a Second Language
EDGIP 566 Literacy Instruction, Materials and Resources for Diverse Learners
EDGIP 567 Practicum I. Literacy Assessment and Evaluation
EDGIP 568 Practicum II: Literacy Intervention for Diverse Learners
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