Washington University's Department of Education offers a part-time Master of Arts degree focused on an Analysis of Practice for practicing educators in a variety of settings. This Analysis of Practice allows educators to consider multiple and enhanced approaches for data collection, analysis, and reflection on educational issues involving educational assessment data, video microanalysis, learning sciences research, and educational foundation concepts. We offer three strands of study, which each work to enhance the educator’s professional development in the particular focus area.
Teacher Education Program Principles
- Teacher Education graduates are committed to equitable and just education for all students. They act on the belief that all students can learn and use a variety of strategies to promote the development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance capabilities of all students.
- Teacher Education graduates know the subjects they teach well and know how to teach. They have a command of content knowledge so they can co-construct learning experiences with their students. Their instructional repertoire allows them to create multiple paths to the subjects they teach, and they are adept at teaching students how to pose and solve their own problems.
- Teacher Education graduates enact the role of a teacher as an inquirer. They understand histories of participation and critically examine their language and practice. As active members of learning communities, they seek to expand their repertoire, deepen their knowledge, sharpen their judgment and conduct research in their classrooms and communities in order to better support the educative experiences of their students.
Admission to the Master of Arts in Education-Instructional Process (M.A.Ed.-IP) degree program is open on a selective basis to practicing educators with strong credentials. It is expected that applicants will have at least a "B" average in their undergraduate course work. The applicant must submit the following:
- A completed application form
- Personal essay
- Three letters of recommendation
- $35 application fee, made payable to Washington University
- Miller Analogies Test (MAT) results or GRE test score
- A personal interview with University College staff is recommended, and an interview may be requested by the Program Coordinator or Director of Admissions.
- Fall Term Admission: all materials due by July 15
- Spring Term Admission: all materials due by November 15
- Summer Term Admission: all materials due by April 15
Information about the Miller Analogies Test can be obtained by calling 314-935-6865. Scores from previously taken tests (within the last five years) are acceptable; GRE test scores may be substituted for the Miller’s Analogies Test. Applications for the M.A.Ed.-IP may be obtained from either the Department of Education (314-935-3571) or University College (314-935-6700).
Once an application is complete, the Department of Education admission committee considers the application and makes a recommendation to the Dean of the Graduate School who makes admission decisions. Any students wishing to enroll for courses prior to admission may be able to do so with permission from the Washington University Department of Education; permission to enroll does not imply admission. However, a student may enroll for up to 6 credits on a non-degree basis and must seek admission before enrolling in any additional courses.
Programs of Study
The M.A.Ed.-IP degree program offers three strands of study: Professional Development, Science Education (elementary and middle school), and Innovative Certification. All three strands require students to complete the core course work with a culminating portfolio project.
Every M.A.Ed.-IP student must complete 13 credit hours of required core courses. The balance of the credits required to obtain the M.A.Ed.-IP (30 credits minimum) are composed of work within one of the three strands described. Requirements may differ for those in the Innovative Certification strand.
The core course work focuses on an Analysis of Practice from a variety of approaches to enhance educator’s reflective practice involving educational assessment data, video microanalysis, learning sciences research, and educational foundation concepts. The program looks at the teaching practice from an individual level to the broader foundations in a variety of disciplines.
Program Core Course Work (13 credits)
- U08 Educ 4023 Second Language Acquisition & Technology (3 credits) or other learning-related course (this could be in Linguistics, Psychology or equivalent area)
- U08 Educ 4033 Video Microanalysis: An Insightful Tool for Urban School Research (3 credits)
- U08 Educ 4610 Introduction to Educational Tests & Measurements (3 credits) or U08 Educ 4890 The Science & Politics of Testing (3 credits)
- Foundations of Education elective (3 credits), chosen among the following:
- U08 Educ 453B Sociology of Education
- U08 Educ 462 Politics of Education
- U08 Educ 4621 Political Economy of Urban Education
- Or other relevant elective from Education, Social Work, Law, or Political Science (public policy concentration)
- U08 Educ 516 MAEd Portfolio Presentation (1 credit)
Strands of Study
Each student must complete the designated credit hour requirement within the chosen strand of study, with a minimum of 30 total credits required to graduate.
Strand 1: Professional Development
(17 credits minimum)
If you select this strand of study you will design a course of study, in conjunction with your advisor, driven by your interests and needs identified via reflection and analysis in the core course work. Students in this strand may elect to do graduate level course work in their content field, education, or other appropriate areas. University College offers strong graduate courses in American cultural studies, biology, English, history, and international studies.
Examples of courses may include:
- U08 Educ 4210 Developing Community Based Documentaries: Video Inquiry for Educators
- Additional "Foundations of Education" electives
- Or other elective courses from relevant areas
Strand 2: Elementary/Middle Science Education
This is not a complete list of U08 Educ 6000 courses; other U08 Educ 6000 courses may be substituted for those listed here. Possible courses include:
- Bio 4001 Teaching the Science of Nature I (must be taken under the Biology #)
- Bio 4002 Teaching the Science of Nature II (must be taken under the Biology #)
- U08 Educ 6001 Hands-on Science K-8: Physical Sciences, Electricity & Magnetism
- U08 Educ 6002 Hands-on Science K-8: Life Science, Form and Function
- U08 Educ 6003 Hands-on Science K-8: Physical Sciences, Motion
- U08 Educ 6004 Hands-On Science K-8: Life Sciences, Genetics
- U08 Educ 6005 Scientific Inquiry for the Classroom Teacher
- U08 Educ 6009 Matter and Energy
- U08 Educ 6010 Mathematics Concepts
- U08 Educ 6011 Sound and Light
- U08 Educ 6012 Earth and Planetary Science
Strand 3: Innovative Teacher Certification
This strand is for classroom teachers seeking teacher certification for middle or high school. Candidates must hold an undergraduate degree and current teaching position in a middle or high school as an uncertified teacher.
The course work will vary based on the level of certification sought and the subject area course work to be completed. This will be determined by Washington University after a review of transcripts. Detailed outlines of the certification and masters degree requirements for each level are available upon request from the Department of Education (314-935-3571 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Registration and Program Completion
Registration for University College courses may be completed on-line, by mail, fax, or in person at 11 N. Jackson Rd, Ste. 1000, St. Louis, MO 63105-2153. Students may only enroll as an unclassified student for one semester while applying, and must obtain Washington University Department of Education permission prior to enrollment. Tuition is payable in full at the time of registration and may be paid by cash, check, or credit card. Once admitted to the program continuation is contingent upon satisfactory performance in all courses. A 3.0 (B) grade point average is required to graduate. The degree is awarded by the Graduate School of the College of Arts and Sciences. You must file an Intent to Graduate form no later than the beginning of the semester of intended graduation.
For further information visit the department website at http://education.wustl.edu/ or contact: Department of Education, Box 1183, Washington University, St. Louis, MO 63130; (314) 935-3571. Basic questions about the program or the application process can be sent to Ronald Banfield, the Director of Teacher Education, at email@example.com or at the phone number listed above.
The university must make available to the public information about the quality of our teacher education graduates. The department submits that information annually with the State of Missouri. The current report can be found at http://education.wustl.edu/undergraduate/certification.