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    Willamette School of Education Offers New Master of Education Degree

    The Willamette University School of Education recently launched a master of education (M.Ed.) degree program.

    The program began this summer in Salem and plans to have another cohort in Portland, starting in fall 2010. The degree is designed for practitioners or those who have earned initial licensure. The M.Ed. may be a stepping stone toward a terminal degree or serve practitioners in Oregon who seek to complete the state-required master's degree.

    One M.Ed. program will serve the School of Education's existing Salem-Keizer endorsement partnerships in Reading, ESOL and Special Education, which currently have candidates enrolled. Courses will be held in Salem at the School of Education. A second proposed program would serve Portland-area teachers who wish to pursue professional research interests as teachers, and would be held in or near Portland.

    The target audience is practicing teachers who hold initial teaching licenses in Oregon or another state. Teachers in both programs may earn an ESOL, Reading or Special Education endorsement as part of the degree.

    The M.Ed. program

    • Serve the needs of practicing licensed teaching professionals in Oregon schools.
    • Serve to assist licensed teachers from other states to meet the requirements of certification in Oregon.
    • Provide a means of combining a master's degree with teaching endorsement completion in the areas of Reading, ESOL and Special Education.
    • Create a partnership with area Oregon schools whereby practicing teachers can achieve their master's degrees and/or endorsements while working in the schools.

    Candidates would be allowed to enroll in courses from either program, and, if they choose, may focus their teaching and research interests in ESOL, Reading or Special Education. The School of Education will provide an M.Ed. curriculum that meets the 10 standards associated with the Oregon requirements for Continuing Teacher License. Additionally, the curriculum of the two programs would have some courses that may be interchanged for credit.

    For more information contact Sandy Smith at (503) 370-6954 or Heather Daniels at (503) 375-5453. Information is also available at www.willamette.edu/soe/med.