M.Ed. Programs for Licensed Teachers
Westfield State University has a history and abiding commitment of preparing educators who serve the educational needs of prekindergarten through secondary school students in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The shared vision of Westfield's education programs is articulated as "Educators as Leaders Building Learning Communities." Themes that support this vision are community building, reflective practice, diversity, and social justice.
Westfield State University teacher education programs are approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Westfield is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). Westfield State is working toward accreditation of its educator preparation programs under AAQEP standards with an anticipated Quality Assurance Review in 2020.
Professional licensure programs are designed to meet the needs of teachers who already possess an initial level Massachusetts teaching license, and are seeking a master's degree that will lead to a professional teaching license in the same or related field. In order to be eligible for a professional license, teachers must have taught for three years in the area of their initial license, as well as meet other requirements listed in the licensure regulations.
Candidates in professional licensure programs will demonstrate their commitment to diversity at several points in their program. Each candidate will be required to reflect on his or her beliefs, values, experiences, and/or current practices for developing competencies that support diversity. Decisions about a candidate's performance in professional licensure programs will be based on multiple assessments.
Westfield State University offers the M.Ed. with professional licensure in the following areas:
Specialist Teacher License
For candidates who have taught for three years in the area of their initial teaching license (Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, or Moderate Disabilities), and who have met the other requirements listed in licensure regulations, it will also lead to professional licensure in the area of the first teaching license.
Advising for graduate students in the M.Ed. programs facilitates student progress in degree programs and offers an opportunity to design and to amend programs of study, acquire career advice and address topics of particular interest to students involved in graduate study for career advancement or professional development. Registration advising is offered in advance of the semester to assist with course choices appropriate for graduate programs. Programs of study constructed during the first semester of matriculation allow students to remain active participants in their course selections.
This 34-credit hour program is designed for teachers who hold an initial license and seek Professional Licensure in Mathematics Education at the Grades 5-8 or 8-12 level. Students without the appropriate license may work toward the initial license for mathematics education and apply up to six semester hours of graduate work toward the master's degree.
Requirements for Master's Degree - 34 Credits
Program of Study
A. Prerequisite coursework or experience
Content knowledge in the following areas must be documented in the student's previous academic record or professional experience. Any gaps in coverage must be fulfilled as determined by the student's graduate advisor.
- introductory course in special education
- introductory course in computer applications
- Introductory course in multicultural education
- Introductory course in adolescent psychology
B. Required Education Courses - 16 Credits
- EDUC 0513 - Evaluation Techniques in Education
- EDUC 0622 - Case Studies in Middle and Secondary Education
- EDUC 0587 - Instructional Practices: Materials & Classroom Procedures in Middle and Secondary Education
- EDUC 0632 - Research in Education
- EDUC 0633 - Social Cultural Theories: Foundations of Education
- EDUC 0653 - Multicultural Theory & Practice: English Language Learners
- EDUC 0654 - Multicultural Theory & Practice: Exceptional Learners
C. Academic Courses - 18 credits
- MATH 0680 - Elementary Mathematics from an Advanced Point of View
- MATH 0690 - Graduate Seminar in Mathematics
Choose two courses under advisement from the following:
- IDIS 0518 - Graphing Calculators - Mathematics and Science
- IDIS 0536 - Technology for Math and Science Educators
- IDIS 0550 - Science and Math Technology
- IDIS 0610 - Innovations in the Teaching of Mathematics and/or the Sciences
- MATH 0659 - Seminar in Mathematics for the Middle School
- MATH 0689 - Seminar in Mathematics for the Secondary School
- Two more mathematics or IDIS courses may be chosen from the list above or from the following list of mathematics courses:
- A mathematics content course below may be taken for graduate credit provided a course in this field of mathematics has not been taken previously.
- MATH 0501 - Modern Abstract Algebra I
- MATH 0502 - Modern Abstract Algebra II
- MATH 0504 - Differential Equations
- MATH 0506 - Modern Geometry I
- MATH 0507 - Modern Geometry II
- MATH 0508 - Introductory Analysis
- MATH 0509 - Introductory Topology
- MATH 0511 - Theory of Numbers
- MATH 0523 - Complex Analysis
- MATH 0533 - Applied Statistics and Experimental Design
- MATH 0534 - Operations Research and Modeling
- MATH 0535 - Introduction to Numerical Methods
- MATH 0540 - Mathematical Statistics I
- MATH 0541 - Mathematical Statistics II
Students are required to successfully complete a written comprehensive examination to demonstrate mastery of knowledge gained in coursework and to relate concepts across the curriculum. The comprehensive exam may be taken after completing a minimum of 27 credits.