School of Education

Changes in the IU Southeast Master of Science in Education Degree

NEW ALBANY, IN, (May 24, 2012) – Changes in the IU Southeast Master of Science in Education Degrees

On April 27, 2012 changes in the Master of Science in Education degree were approved by the IU Education Council after being approved by the IU Southeast School of Education, the Faculty Senate, and the Academic Policies Committee. These changes will allow you to add a license in Reading, Technology, Gifted and Talented, or English as a New Language while fulfilling the requirements for a Master of Science in Education degree in Elementary or Secondary Education. These areas will be added to the transcript as areas of concentration.

The changes are effective for applicants admitted after May 1, 2012 and those who have not been enrolled in a course for a year or more. If this applies to you, you should plan to attend a meeting.

If you have continued to take coursework and do not have a break of a year or more, you do not have to follow the new program. You do need to be aware of the changes for two major reasons:

  • You may choose to change to the new Master of Science in Education program.
  • You may be impacted by some of the changes and need to plan your program carefully to avoid any challenges to degree completion.

Meetings have been scheduled to describe the changes in detail. Dates, times, and locations are found at the end of this letter. The following chart briefly describes the changes to the Master of Science in Education degree program.

Current Program New Program
The required Teacher as Researcher (TAR) paper is embedded in J500. After Spring 2013, the Teacher as Researcher paper will NOT be embedded in J500.
J500 must be taken between the 21st and 30th hour. J500 must be taken within the first 18 hours.
J500 focuses on Instruction in the Context of Curriculum AND Teacher as Researcher. J500 focuses solely on Instruction in the Context of Curriculum
  • The first section of the redesigned J500 will be offered in Fall 2012.
  • At least one section will be offered in Spring 2013 and Summer 2013.
There is NO course solely dedicated to Teacher as Researcher. A new core course, E590 Research in Elementary Education or S590 Research in Secondary Education, is to be required in the Program.
  • Teacher as Researcher is the sole focus of this new course.
  • This will be taught beginning in Spring 2013.
  • E590 or S590 must be taken after successfully completing J500, P507, and J500 and after the 21st hour.
  • In order to complete the rigor of the research paper, including a presentation, candidates may choose to defer the completion of the project for up to a year and receive a grade of “R” (deferred grade).
A number of one-hour and three-hour courses are offered as “Topical Workshops” under E518 and S512. Topical workshops (E518 and S512) will not be routinely offered beginning in Spring 2013. We will continue to offer topical workshops under W505 Professional Development beginning in Spring 2013

If you were admitted after May 1, 2012 or have a gap of a year or more in your course work, you will need to follow the new program. You should complete a new check sheet. You may wish to add an area of concentration.

If you have completed may be at a point in your program where you could consider changing from your current program to the new program. The meetings listed below will assist you in determining how the courses you have taken meet the requirements. We will work with you to help you decide if you want to change to the redesigned program.

We encourage you to consider taking E590 or S590 even if you do not change to the redesigned program. We will explain how it will fit into the program to which you were admitted.

After attending one of the meetings, you will be asked to submit a form if you decide to change to the new program. If you wish to continue under the program to which you were admitted, you do not need to do anything further.

The following are the dates, times and locations of these meetings. We will explain and answer your questions about the changes to the Masters of Science in Education degree and explain how you can add a concentration in Reading, Gifted and Talented, Technology, or English as a New Language.

Date Time Location
June 5, 2012 5:00 P.M. EDT University Center 127 (There will not be a Reading advising session at this meeting.)
June 11, 2012 2:00 P.M. EDT University Center 121
June 25, 2012 5:00 P.M. EDT University Center 127

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