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MAE Middle Grades Education for Teacher Leaders


M.A.E in Teacher Leadership Middle Grades Education

The Teacher Leader programs are designed to empower teachers to address authentic needs in classroom management, differentiated instruction, and most importantly improve student learning. Teacher leaders are essential in leading schools to overcome student barriers to learning, particularly those that emerge from high-need environments. Placing highly trained teachers who are prepared for systemic change and leadership in schools will help close achievement gaps, facilitate learning for all students, and develop equitable practices to meet the needs of diverse learners.

  • To directly impact student learning
  • To include a Professional Education Core rooted in Pedagogy, Leadership, and Content applicable to all programs of study in teaching
  • To allow individualized programs based on the candidates' professional learning goals

(criteria vary, depending on the student’s undergraduate institution and GPA)

WKU Graduates

Applicants who are alumni of WKU teacher preparation programs must submit a current, valid teaching certificate or Statement of Eligibility for Middle Grades (Grades 5-9).


Graduates of Higher Education Institutes other than WKU, including Out-of-State Graduates

Applicants with undergraduate degrees from accredited universities must have a 2.75 GPA for all previous undergraduate coursework and a 3.0 GPA for previous graduate coursework or qualifying GAP/GRE scores and must have or be eligible for a teaching certificate for Middle Grades (Grades 5-9). A copy of the certificate or statement of eligibility must be submitted with the application.

Applicants whose certificates have expired may be admitted, but they may enroll for only six hours before they must apply to the EPSB for reissued certificates. After completion of six hours, a student admitted with an expired certificate must submit a copy of the reissued certificate before being allowed to register for any additional courses.

Please Note: Non-degree Planned Fifth-Year/Rank II Middle Grades Education for Teacher Leader candidates follow the same program requirements as the MAE candidates. However, the admission requirements are notably different. Planned Fifth-Year/Rank II candidates must have or be eligible for a teaching certificate for Middle Grades Education (Grades 5-9). No GRE or minimum GPA is required. The Planned Fifth-Year/Rank II program does not lead to a degree.


Non-Degree Planned Fifth Year/Rank II for Teacher Leaders

  • Available in elementary, middle, and secondary education programs

  • Designed for students who do not meet the admission requirements of a degree program

  • Results in Rank II salary classification in Kentucky, renews the teaching certificate, and permits entry into a Planned Sixth-Year/Rank I program

  • Total Program Hours: 32

The Middle Grades Education program requires 30-37 hours, and is divided into two instructional components:

  1. Professional Education (10-16 hours) provides advanced level pedagogy, leadership, and content related to Kentucky Teacher Standards and applicable to all P-12 teachers working in a wide gamut of developmental levels and content areas, and is available completely online.
  2. Specialization (14-21 hours) directs the student into an individual program in content, pedagogy, and/or areas of professional growth consistent with the goals of each candidate. TCHL 520 and an advisor approved content specific course are required. The remaining hours will be selected from appropriate elective courses from the discipline in which the student is certified; academic disciplines related to P-12 common core standards; CEBS content courses in exceptional education, interdisciplinary early childhood education, library media education, literacy, or psychology; approved endorsements (e.g., English as a Second Language, Gifted and Talented Education, Environmental Education, Instructional Computer Technology); and courses identified as prerequisites for Instructional Leader programs. 

Middle Grade Education Specializations

The Specialization component allows students considerable flexibility in choosing their course work. The courses in this area will be selected by the candidate based on individual needs, content areas and/or areas of professional growth.
Many of the Specialization Components are available online, allowing students to complete the entire degree at a distance.

The Specialization Component for the MAE in Secondary Education requires 18 hours; the Middle Grades Specialization Component requires 14-21. The Specialization allows students considerable flexibility in choosing their course work. The courses in this area will be selected by the candidate based on individual needs, content areas and/or areas of professional growth. 

Below is a list of program requirements and the semester in which the courses may be available via web through WKU Online, which refers to semester-based online courses or self-paced through On Demand.

BIOL 403G

Molecular Basis of Cancer

Prerequisites: BIOL 319/322 or equivalent course. Biological and molecular features of oncogensis and clinical cancer, focusing on specific molecular events underlying carcinogenesis, metastsis and angiogenesis. Case study learning will be integrated into the course to engage students in understanding the societal implications of cancer.

BIOL 446G

 Biochemistry I

Prerequisite: CHEM 314 or 340. Biochemical compounds and their role in metabolism.

BIOL 490G

Plants as Alternative Therapeutics

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. An exploration of plants used traditional in systems of medicine with an emphasis on their pharmacological implications as evidenced in modern clinical research. The therapeutic actions of phytochemicals, vis-a-vis different human illnesses (cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, respiratory, autoimmune psychosomatic disorders; cancer, AIDS, skin diseases, etc.) will be examined.

BIOL 495G

Molecular Genetics

Prerequisite BIOL 450G. A study of the molecular basis of genetics and heredity of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms.

BIOL 501

Biological Perspectives

Designed to acquaint graduate students with advances in the biological sciences and practical applications of biological principles.

BIOL 519

International Wildlife Management Policy

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Exploration of the major wildlife management models used in various countries, emphasizing North America, Europe and Africa. Economic ramifications of these models and international treaty obligations relating to the wildlife trade are investigated.

BIOL 526

Physiological Ecology

Prerequisites: BIOL 330 or consent of instructor. Study of the physiological adaptations of animals that enhance their survival and/or permit them to exploit extreme environments.

BIOL 560

Advanced Cell Biology

Prerequisite: BIOL 411 or equivalent. Lecture-discussion course designed to understand structure and function of differentiated cells of multicellular organisms. Textbook readings, review articles and current research papers will be incorporated into lectures and discussions.

BIOL 566

Advanced Molecular Genetics

Prerequisites: BIOL 495 or consent of instructor. Consideration of the molecular mechanisms for replication, gene expression and regulation of development.

 

The Specialization Component for the MAE in Secondary Education requires 18 hours; the Middle Grades Specialization Component requires 14-21. The Specialization allows students considerable flexibility in choosing their course work. The courses in this area will be selected by the candidate based on individual needs, content areas and/or areas of professional growth. 

Below is a list of program requirements and the semester in which the courses may be available via web through WKU Online, which refers to semester-based online courses or self-paced through On Demand.

SPED 515

Education of Exceptional Children

Introductory course for initial certification in Exceptional Education. Induction issues in special education are examined.

SPED 516

The Exceptional Child: Perspective and Issues

Focus is on the characteristics, priorities, resources and issues of children who are disabled, delayed or gifted and their families. Emphasis is on current results of research and perspectives on today's children, families, schools and communities. Descriptions, issues and techniques for each area of exceptionality including learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, mentally challenged, autism, giftedness, physically challenged, health concerns, communication disorders, hearing loss, blindness or low vision, and traumatic brain injury will be included.

SPED 517

Transition Services and Programs for Individuals with Disabilities

Prerequisites: EXED 516 and EXED 530 and EXED 531

SPED 518

Seminar: Contemporary Challenges in Special
Education

Prerequisite: Minimum of 12 hours of graduate level course work in Exceptional Education, Instructor permission. Issues in special education. Classroom experiences to develop awareness and sensitivity to educational needs.

SPED 523

Curriculum/Methods in Early Childhood Special Education

Selection/development of curricula materials for planning, implementation, and evaluation of intervention with children P-5 who have disabilities.

SPED 530

Advanced Assessment Techniques

Experiences will be provided for students to enhance their knowledge of issues, techniques, and interpretations of various assessment procedures and instruments.

SPED 531

Advanced Prescriptive Teaching

Adapting the learning environment to the learner. The identification and modification of various aspects of specialized learning environments are examined.

SPED 532

Families, Professionals & Exceptionalities

Interpreting programs for individuals with disabilities to maximize family involvement. Emphasizes the attitudes, skills, and knowledge taught in the educational program.

SPED 533

Current Evaluation of Moderate/Severe
Disabilities

Development, adaptation, and evaluation of curricula, methods, materials, and resources. Implementing and evaluating instructional programs for students with mild disabilities is stressed.

SPED 534

Research in Exceptional Child Education

Reading, interpreting and conducting research related to students with disabilities, parents, and teachers. An independent research project is required. May be repeated once with permission of the program director.

SPED 535

Curriculum for Individuals with Moderate/Severe Disabilities

 

 

The Gifted and Talented teaching endorsement requires 12 hours.

Below is a list of program requirements and the semester in which the courses may be available via web through WKU Online, which refers to semester-based online courses or self-paced through On Demand.

GTE 536

Nature and Needs of Gifted, Creative, and Talented Students

GTE 537

Curriculum, Strategies, and Materials for Gifted Students

PSY 432G

Psychology of the Gifted and Creative

GTE 538

Practicum for Teachers of Gifted Students

The GTE Endorsement is also available without the M.A.E. in Teacher Leadership. You can view that endorsement here.
 

The Specialization Component for the MAE in Secondary Education requires 18 hours; the Middle Grades Specialization Component requires 14-21. The Specialization allows students considerable flexibility in choosing their course work. The courses in this area will be selected by the candidate based on individual needs, content areas and/or areas of professional growth. 

Below is a list of program requirements and the semester in which the courses may be available via web through WKU Online, which refers to semester-based online courses or self-paced through On Demand.

HIST 419G

 Tudor-Stuart England

A study of the principal political, economic, social, religious, and cultural developments in British history from the beginning of the Tudor dynasty in 1485 to the end of the Stuart dynasty in 1714.

HIST 502

 US History for Secondary Teachers

Emphasis on bibliography, documents, historical interpretations and materials for secondary teachers of history.

HIST 526

Social and Intellectual 20th Century US History

A study of twentieth century American thought and its relation to our social, economic, and political institutions.

HIST 531

 A Cultural History of Alcohol

An examination of the role that alcohol plays in historical development among various world cultures over time. Instructor may choose to focus on a specific region and/or time period.

HIST 535

Historiography

A survey of historical writing from ancient times to the present, with emphasis on European and American historians of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

HIST 544

Gilded Age America

A study of American history and culture from the end of Reconstruction to the early twentieth century,
emphasizing social, political, cultural, and regional development.

HIST 553

American Women's History

Social, cultural, and political history of American women from pre-colonial times to the present.

HIST 563

The Atlantic World

A study of the areas touched by the Atlantic Ocean in the period from the 1300's through the early 1900's, focusing on the intersections of African, Native American, and European cultures.

HIST 606

Seminar in European History

Graduate seminar in such diverse areas as the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, and Nazi Germany. May be repeated once with a different topic.

HIST 622

Seminar in American Borderlands

A study of American borderlands and/or the regional West with a concentration on social, cultural, and political developments. May be repeated once with a different topic.

HIST 630

Seminar in US History

Graduate seminar in such diverse areas as Colonial America, the Federalist era, the Slavery Controversy, the U.S. since 1945. May be repeated once with a different topic.

 

Educational Technology Course Requirements

Below is a list of program requirements and the semester in which the courses may be available via web through WKU Online, which refers to semester-based online courses or self-paced through On Demand.

LITE 535

Survey of Educational Technology Practices

LITE 537

Principles Educational Technology Applications

Elective Courses (students may select six hours from the following list):

LITE 545

Educational Technology Production

LITE  547

Integration of Educational Technology

LITE 550

Emerging Technology in Education

LITE 737

Educational Technology Leadership

The ICT Endorsement is also available without the M.A.E. in Teacher Leadership. You can view that endorsement here.
 

The Specialization Component for the MAE in Secondary Education requires 18 hours; the Middle Grades Specialization Component requires 14-21. The Specialization allows students considerable flexibility in choosing their course work. The courses in this area will be selected by the candidate based on individual needs, content areas and/or areas of professional growth. 

Below is a list of program requirements and the semester in which the courses may be available via web through WKU Online, which refers to semester-based online courses or self-paced through On Demand.

LTCY 518

Literacy, Learning and Technology

Survey of use of technology to promote the development of reading, writing, and teaching and learning via electronic formats. Topics include integration of technology into literacy instruction that supports diverse literacy learners and designing appropriate reading and language arts technology-based projects for literacy learners.

LTCY 519

Foundations of Literacy Instruction

Analysis of the reading process with emphasis on the psychological and physiological foundations of the reading act.

LTCY 523

Diagnostic Reading Procedures for Classroom Teachers

Emphasizes practical methods of reading appraisal, diagnostic procedures, and materials essential for developing teaching strategies in reading instruction.

LTCY 524

Content Area and Disciplinary Literacy

Reading and study skills strategies and techniques to increase student achievement in content-area classes.

LTCY 528

Literacy Research Methods and Evaluation

Investigation and critical analysis of literacy research and theory, and completion of literacy related-research project.

LTCY 624

Seminar in Literacy Issues & Trends

Study of literacy research focusing on issues and trends within the discipline of literacy education. Course may be repeated on different topics up to 2 times for a maximum of 9 hours.

 

The Specialization Component for the MAE in Secondary Education requires 18 hours; the Middle Grades Specialization Component requires 14-21. The Specialization allows students considerable flexibility in choosing their course work. The courses in this area will be selected by the candidate based on individual needs, content areas and/or areas of professional growth. 

Below is a list of program requirements and the semester in which the courses may be available via web through WKU Online, which refers to semester-based online courses or self-paced through On Demand.

LITE 501

 Program Organization

Development and administration of the library media program to support the educational goals of the school. Includes school/community needs assessment, program design, implementation of evaluation, budget, and other management areas.

LME 502

Collection Management

Principles of collection management to meet the needs of the school library media program. Evaluation, selection and acquisition of print, non-print and electronic resources. Examination and development of collection policies and procedures, including acceptable use policies and copyright.

LITE 506

Organization of Information

Classification, descriptive and subject cataloging for print and other media forms. Compliance with national standards including MARC record format.

LITE 508

Informatics in Education

Information sources and services in school library media centers. Evaluation and use of print and electronic general reference sources, including search techniques. Emphasis on reference interview process, information literacy, and development of pathfinders.

LME 509

Investigations in Educational Technology

The completion of a formal research study in educational technology or the creation of an educational technology prototype under the supervision of a faculty member.

LITE 512

Issues in Libraries, Informatics, and Technology in Education

Types of information centers and their history, state and national accreditation standards, the development of communication and information technologies, the impact of technology on education, and career opportunities. Attention to legal issues like intellectual freedom, censorship, and information access.

LITE 518

Advanced Children's Literature and Collections

Materials available to meet the needs of children including outstanding authors, illustrators, topical issues, and the reviewing of children's books.

LME 519

Special Topics in Educational Technology

Special topics in the field of educational technology. May be repeated once with a different topic.

LITE 527

Advanced Young Adult Literature and Collections

Thematic examination of literary genres and non-print media appropriate for young adults, ages 12-18. Includes management and service components for effective young adult literature programs.

LITE 535

Survey of Educational Technology Practices

Focus on instructional design and communication models appropriate to effective utilization of multimedia for instruction and training. Application of various multimedia to design, produce, and evaluate instructional/training projects.

LITE 537

Principles Educational Technology Applications

Uses of technology for instruction and instructional management. Emphasis on instructional techniques, evaluation and utilization of appropriate instructional software, productivity tools, and the Internet for various subjects, grade levels, and needs of diverse learners. Prerequisite: LME 535.

LITE 545

Educational Technology Production

Product design and production techniques for education and training. Utilization of various software and hardware configurations to produce electronic prototypes. Prerequisite: LME 537.

LITE 547

 Integration of Educational Technology

Application of principles of instructional design to the integration of technology into education and training programs. Prerequisite: LME 537.

LITE 550

 Emerging Technology in Education

Prerequisite: LME 535 or instructor approval. Survey of new and significant technology developments and integration strategies in education; research on applications and their effectiveness on P-12 pupil learning; application of new technologies to design, produce, and assess P-12 learning.

LITE 737

 Educational Technology Leadership

Emphasis on educational technology leadership, professional development, and instructional management. Topics include equitable access, technology plans, meeting needs of diverse learners with technology, and technology integration strategies.

 

The Specialization Component for the MAE in Secondary Education requires 18 hours; the Middle Grades Specialization Component requires 14-21. The Specialization allows  students considerable flexibility in choosing their course work. The courses in this area will be selected by the candidate based on individual needs, content areas and/or areas of professional growth. 

Below is a list of program requirements and the semester in which the courses may be available via web through WKU Online, which refers to semester-based online courses or self-paced through On Demand.

MATH 423G

Geometry II

An axiomatic development of plane hyperbolic geometry which presupposes a development of absolute geometry.

MATH 501

Introduction to Probability and Statistics I

Interpreting and analyzing univariate and bivariate data; data collection; planning and conducting experiments; probability and sampling distributions; statistical inference.

MATH 511

Algebra from an Advanced Perspective

Intended for teachers wishing to develop a deeper understanding of high school algebra and calculus. Examines links among different fields of mathematics and connections among high school, mathematics, college mathematics and higher mathematics.

 

The Specialization Component for the MAE in Secondary Education requires 18 hours; the Middle Grades Specialization Component requires 14-21. The Specialization allows students considerable flexibility in choosing their course work. The courses in this area will be selected by the candidate based on individual needs, content areas and/or areas of professional growth. 

Below is a list of program requirements and the semester in which the courses may be available via web through WKU Online, which refers to semester-based online courses or self-paced through On Demand.

KIN 501

Research Methods in Kinesiology

Selected studies in the physical education literature related to methods, materials, techniques, and planning of research studies used and conducted by the profession.

KIN 503

Advanced Motor Learning and Control

Theories and principles of learning as they apply to the acquisition of gross motor skills. Emphasizes the interpretation and practical application of experimental data.

KIN 504

Advanced Exercise Physiology

Application of physiological principles of motor activity. Emphasis on improving instructional practices.

KIN 505

Foundations of Curriculum Construction

Principles, procedures, and criteria for curriculum construction and revision, course building, and lesson planning.

KIN 515

Advanced Measurement and Evaluation

Focusing on assessment tools utilized to measure motor development, fitness, motor skills, etc.

KIN 520

Teaching Strategies in Physical Education

Study and application of teaching strategies utilized in the elementary and secondary physical education setting.

 

* This specialization is not available completely online.

Additional Information

Additional information, including specific course requirements, for the MAE in Middle Grades Education, may be found here.

General Eligibility

Financial Aid includes grants and loans for educational purposes. The government requires the student to file a form online to the government agency for this purpose which is called FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov  to apply. Once that form is completed and filed, the student will receive an email from WKU about the status. All financial aid comes through the WKU Student Financial Aid office and they communicate mostly through email. The email will explain all the grants and/or loans that are available to the student and how to receive the money.

Nearly all students are eligible for some form of financial assistance. In fact, over 90% of the students who applied for financial aid in recent years received an award offer. Every effort is made to assist you and your family in obtaining the resources necessary to meet the difference between the total cost of attending Western Kentucky University and your ability to contribute toward your education.

If you would like to apply for financial assistance (loans, grants, scholarships, veteran's benefits) the first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov. Please refer to the Financial Aid Guide for additional information and complete instructions.

Please keep in mind, student must maintain satisfactory academic progress to continue to qualify for financial aid. For additional information on receiving, and keeping your financial aid, please refer to the WKU Financial Aid website to review the complete policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress at wku.edu/financialaid/sap.php.


Eligibility for On Demand

On Demand courses may also be covered by financial aid if the student has met basic eligibility requirements and has a current FAFSA on file. Students must fill out an On Demand Agreement found on the WKU Financial Assistance website. Students receiving financial aid must complete their course(s) in the current semester. For more information please contact the Student Financial Assistance office at (270) 745-2755.


Veterans and Active Military

All college courses offered by On Demand have been approved for veterans and other persons eligible under the provisions of the GI Bill. Each student must assume the responsibility for submitting the proper forms to assure payment of appropriate entitlements. Please contact the Veterans Coordinator in Student Financial Assistance.

Department Contact

Program Contact: Dr. Rebecca Stobaugh
Email: rebecca.stobaugh@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-4497
Web: wku.edu/ste/mged/mae_mge_advising_sheet.pdf


WKU Online

Email: learn.online@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-5173
Toll-Free: (888) 4WKUWEB / (888) 495-8932
Website: wku.edu/online 


The Graduate School

Email: graduate.school@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-2446
Website: wku.edu/graduate 

For more information about the program, fill out the form below.

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