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College of Education and Social Sciences 53 College of Education and Social Sciences Dean: Kevin Schriver Office: Gott Educational Center 104 (417) Mission Statement The College of Education and Social Sciences seeks to prepare students for careers in people oriented and service minded professions, while encouraging students to embody Christ-like character. Vision Statement The College of Education and Social Sciences endeavors to equip students for careers and professions by: providing theoretical and practical experience necessary for each discipline, encouraging positive mental, physical, social and spiritual health, challenging students to strive for academic excellence, integrating the Christian faith into each academic discipline, contributing to the liberal arts foundation within the general education requirements. DEPARTMENT OF GRADUATE STUDIES IN EDUCATION Master of Science in Education/Curriculum and Instruction Master of Science in Education/Lead Teacher Master of Science in Education/Instructional Technology Master of Science in Education/Athletic-Activity Administration Master of Science in Educational Administration Education Specialist in Educational Administration Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership Department Chair: James Truelove Office: 120 Gott Educational Center (417) or Faculty: Mick Arnold, Nancy Colbaugh, Tammy Condren, Pam Hedgpeth, Joe Sartorius, James Truelove, Duane Widhalm 54 College of Education and Social Sciences Calendar Campus Classes Begin Fall August 22 Spring January 25 Summer June 5 Deadlines for Enrollment for Independent Study, Reading, and Symposium Credit Fall... September 10 Spring... February 11 Summer... June 7 Deadlines for Intent to Graduate Fall... October 10 Spring... March 10 Summer... July 10 Graduation Dates Spring May 20 Deadlines for Completion for Independent Study, Reading, and Symposium Credit Fall... December 5 Spring... May 7 Summer...July 16 Program Purposes The Graduate Programs in Education seek to provide learning experiences that are grounded in the mission and vision of the university and college. In doing so, the programs assist teachers and prospective administrators to be caring, effective practitioners in today s schools. Learning experiences are designed to assist teachers and prospective administrators to improve their capability to teach and lead in today s schools at every level. Program Policies All applicants accepted for graduate study must have graduated, or be scheduled to graduate during the current academic year, from a regionally accredited college or university with a baccalaureate degree comparable in content and credit hours with degrees granted by Southwest Baptist University. Admission to Unclassified Status Unclassified graduate students are persons taking graduate courses, but not pursuing a graduate education degree at Southwest Baptist University, and persons who are taking courses prior to admission to a graduate education degree program at SBU. Admission of unclassified graduate students is granted by the Office of Graduate Studies on the basis of the general admission requirements. No unclassified status students will be permitted to take courses in the doctoral program. Admission of a Last-Semester Senior An undergraduate student, enrolled on the SBU campus in Bolivar, interested in taking courses for graduate credit during the last year of undergraduate work may register for graduate courses with the approval of the Office of Graduate Studies in Education. To be considered, a transcript of completed work indicating a cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale, a schedule of classes for the semester the work is to be completed, an application for admission to the Graduate Program and letters of recommendation from two undergraduate faculty members must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies in Education. This information must be processed at least three weeks before the beginning of the semester. Students may complete up to 12 graduate hours prior to the completion of the baccalaureate degree. The graduate courses taken will be held in escrow until the degree is completed. These hours may not be transferred to another university until the baccalaureate degree is completed. Combined total enrollment shall not exceed 16 hours. Undergraduate tuition rate will be assessed for all undergraduate students taking graduate hours. College of Education and Social Sciences 55 Admission to Classified Status for Degree-Seeking Students Graduate students in classified status are those who have been admitted to the Master of Science in Education degree program, the Master of Science in Educational Administration degree program, the Educational Specialist degree program, or the Doctorate of Education degree program. Independent Study, Readings Credit and Symposium Credit A graduate student is limited to 3 hours of independent study, 3 hours of readings credit, and 3 hours of symposium credit. Each of these must be supervised by an authorized graduate faculty member. Application forms may be requested through the Office of Graduate Studies in Education. Students will be notified in writing when the work is approved. No regularly offered courses may be taken for independent study. Independent studies, readings, and symposium credits will not be granted in the Educational Administration degree programs. Maximum Load A graduate student may enroll in a maximum of 12 hours per semester. A full-time graduate student is one enrolled in 6 or more semester hours of graduate credit during the fall and spring semesters and 6 semester hours during the summer session. The average enrollment for graduate students is 6 hours per semester. Course Repetition Graduate courses taken at Southwest Baptist University for which the grade is F must be repeated at Southwest Baptist University. Exception to the number of times a course can be repeated may be granted only by the Provost. Graduate courses taken for which the grade is C may be repeated only once. If the course is repeated at another college or university, prior approval must be received from the department Chair of Graduate Studies in Education at SBU. Courses taken for which the grade is A or B cannot be repeated. Course Cancellation Policy Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to cancel any course having an enrollment which falls below the minimum enrollment established by the Graduate Council. International Students International students must meet the admission requirements stated in the previous sections. Official records of all higher education, including certificates of degrees with the dates the degrees were conferred, must be submitted. All records not in English must be accompanied by an official translated record. All records should show the individual subjects studied and the grades received in each subject. International applicants are required to submit proof of adequate finances for the entire period of study. Admission will not be granted until such proof is submitted. Eligible applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and attain a score of at least 550. Transfer Credit Upon approval, a student may transfer a maximum of 12 semester hours of graduate credit from regionally accredited colleges and/or universities with the exception of the Master of Science in Education/ Curriculum and Instruction degree program, a, maximum of 9 semester hours of graduate credit may be transferred. No transfer credit will be accepted for courses in the Ed.D. Program. Transfer courses must have been completed within the last 7 years. Courses must be applicable to a student's SBU graduate program and become a part of the program of study when transferred. Official transcripts indicating the courses to be transferred must be on file in the Office of Graduate Studies in Education prior to admission. The Department Chair of Graduate Studies in Education must approve transfer credits. Graduate courses transferred to Southwest Baptist University must have grades of A, B, S, P, or CR and must be similar to graduate courses offered by Southwest Baptist University. Official transcripts must be submitted directly to the Office of Graduate Studies. A student currently admitted as a classified graduate student at Southwest Baptist University who desires to complete graduate course work at another regionally or nationally accredited institution and transfer it to SBU must have prior 56 College of Education and Social Sciences approval of the advisor and the Department Chair of Graduate Studies in Education. The Transfer Course Approval Form must be completed and approved by the above persons prior to taking the course work. Course work in Educational Administration completed outside the state of Missouri cannot be transferred to Southwest Baptist University and will not be applied to the Master of Science in Educational Administration degree. No OLIS courses will be accepted for transfer credit. Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to accept or reject any credit for transfer. Any student receiving an F for the course will be required to retake the course through Southwest Baptist University. Transfer credit from another institution will not be accepted in the event a student must retake a course due to receiving a grade of F. Auditing a Course A person who wishes to audit a course must have permission from the instructor and enroll as an auditor at the same time and under the same procedures as for credit. This status will permit the student to attend class but does not allow the student to take tests or have assignments graded by the instructor. Regular class attendance is expected. Auditors should consult with the instructor regarding restrictions and expectations. Change from credit status to audit status must be approved by the instructor and the Department Chair of Graduate Studies in Education. Persons who are not currently enrolled in the University must apply for admission in order to register as an auditor. Tuition for auditing a class is onehalf the rate charged for regular enrollment. A student cannot change from a credit to audit (or admit to audit) after the third class meeting (or equivalent percentage for compressed format or online courses). Permission to Walk Early for Commencement Graduate students who agree to complete their final graduation requirements during the Summer term that follows the graduation ceremony may request to walk early. The request requires approval from the student s advisor and graduate department chair. Diplomas will be dated with the commencement ceremony date that follows completion of all degree requirements, and diplomas are usually mailed 6-8 weeks afterwards. The maximum number of hours remaining for the Summer term is as follows: education and educational administration degrees 6 hours. Before submitting this request, the student must submit an Intent to Graduate form to the Registrar s Office. Doctor of Education students are not permitted to walk early. College of Education and Social Sciences 57 Programs of Study and Academic Regulations Master of Science in Education/Curriculum and Instruction The Master of Science in Education /Curriculum and Instruction degree is designed for classroom teachers who desire to improve student learning and achievement through innovative, relevant, and researched-based approaches in education. Upon completion, teachers will gain deeper understanding of best practices in the key areas of curriculum, instruction, learning, technology, assessment and pedagogy. The degree will help to prepare teachers in meeting the needs of today s schools by providing leadership for key educational concerns. A Christian perspective is woven throughout the program, with an emphasis on helping teachers to further develop as caring, effective practitioners in today s schools. The Master of Science in Education/Curriculum and Instruction degree will include the following courses: EDU 5183 Brain Based Teaching and Learning EDU 6243 Essentials in Reading EDU 5213 Current Issues in Educational Technology EDU 5323 Improving Instruction EDU 5683 Effective Inclusion Practices ITL 5633 Instructional Material Design and Application EDU 5023 Curriculum Design and Development EDU 5033 Learners and the Learning Process EDU 5863 Schools by Design EDU 5083 Educational Research EDU 5073 MS Capstone Total: 33 credit hours Persons wishing to pursue the Master of Science in Education degree at Southwest Baptist University should complete the process of admission to the graduate program as a classified degree-seeking student prior to the completion of 9 credit hours at SBU. Assessment In the Graduate Programs in Education, periodic measurements of student perceptions and intellectual growth are obtained as one means for the University to assess and improve its academic programs and student learning. The information obtained is used to measure and develop student competencies and to determine and improve the quality of the educational experience for students. Alumni of the program will be surveyed every 2-5 years, asking them to evaluate the major degree program components and appropriateness to their work in education. Admission Procedures A. Criteria for full or unconditional admission to the Master of Science degree program: 1. A Missouri Teaching Certificate, or a passing score on the Graduate Record Exam; and 2. An undergraduate Grade Point Average of at least 2.75 on a 4.00 scale; and 3. A positive recommendation for admission from the Graduate Education Admissions Committee. B. Admission Procedures for the Master of Science degree program: Submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Studies: 1. An official transcript showing completion of a bachelor's degree. 2. Official transcript(s) showing any previous graduate study. 3. A Graduate Studies application form. 4. One of the following: a. A copy of the applicant's Missouri Teaching Certificate or b. An official report of passing scores made on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). (An M.S. degree from an accredited school may be substituted for testing requirement.) 58 College of Education and Social Sciences 5. An application fee. 6. An admission questionnaire, including a handwritten statement describing the applicant's motivation for pursuing a degree at Southwest Baptist University, must be submitted by the applicant. Committee Action After all admissions materials are filed, the Graduate Admissions Committee will meet and determine the admissibility of the candidate. One of the following actions will be taken: 1. The candidate may be unconditionally admitted to the graduate program at Southwest Baptist University. 2. The candidate may not be admitted to the graduate program and may not pursue a graduate degree at Southwest Baptist University. 3. The candidate may be conditionally admitted and may proceed to pursue the appropriate master's degree if stated conditions are continuously met. The Graduate Admissions Committee may grant conditional admission to persons who do not fully meet all admissions criteria, but in the view of the committee demonstrate potential for completing the program and making a worthy contribution through teaching or building level administration. 4. The Office of Graduate Studies will notify the applicant in writing of the decision of the Graduate Admissions Committee. If the applicant is admitted conditionally, the conditions for continuing in the program will be listed and communicated in writing. An advisor will be announced in the letter. Students should communicate with their assigned advisor as soon as possible. C. Conditional admission to the Master of Science Degree Program Conditional Admission may be granted upon the recommendation of the Graduate Education Admissions Committee for a person who does not fully meet the criteria given above. When a person is granted conditional admission, the conditions for continuing in the program are communicated in writing by the Office of Graduate Studies. Degree Requirements To receive the Master of Science degree a student must: 1. Complete all course requirements; 2. Complete all course work with no more than 6 semester hours of C; 3. Receive a C or higher in all course work; 4. No more than 49% of the degree may be taken at one location with the exception of the Bolivar, Mountain View or Salem campuses; 5. Complete all requirements within 5 years of the date admitted to the graduate program. Requests for extensions must be made in writing and submitted to the Chair of Graduate Studies in Education. Persons wishing to pursue the Master of Science in Education degree at Southwest Baptist University should complete the process of admission to the graduate program as a classified degree-seeking student prior to the completion of 9 credit hours at SBU. The degree seeking student must complete, file and obtain approval of an official plan of study within 2 weeks following admission to the program. Plan of Study forms are available from the Office of Graduate Studies in Education. At least 15 hours must be completed after official admission to the degree program. The student should develop the plan of study in consultation with his/her advisor. As the student progresses through the program, any necessary changes in the plan of study must have the approval of the same advisor and the Department Chair of Graduate Studies in Education. Advisors will note changes in the permanent file of the student in the Office of Graduate Studies. College of Education and Social Sciences 59 Master of Science in Education/Lead Teacher The Master of Science in Education/Lead Teacher is a post baccalaureate degree that will provide practicing educators the opportunity to gain the necessary skills to become lead teachers/department chairs in their building without completing a degree in Educational Administration. Additionally, this program offers curriculum and administrative coursework that will permit graduates to remain in the classroom, or enter the field of administration, through the completion of additional courses and certification requirement. The Master of Science in Education/Lead Teacher degree will include the following courses: EDU 5033 Learners and the Learning Process EAD 6053 School Supervision EAD 6083 Essentials in Law, Finance, and Buildings EAD 6143 Educational Organizations, Leadership & Change EAD 6014 School Administration EAD 6024 School Curriculum EDU 5213 Current Issues in Educational Technology EDU 5083 Educational Research EDU 5023 Curriculum Design and Development EDU 5313 Clinical Field Study EDU 5323 Improving Instruction EDU 5593 Spiritual Issues in Public Schools Total: 38 credit hours Persons wishing to pursue the Master of Science in Education degree at Southwest Baptist University should complete the process of admission to the graduate program as a classified degree-seeking student prior to the completion of 9 credit hours at SBU. Assessment In the Graduate Programs in Education, periodic measurements of student perceptions and intellectual growth are obtained as one means for the University to assess and improve its academic programs and student learning. The information obtained is used to measure and develop student competencies and to determine and improve the quality of the educational experience for students. Alumni of the program will be surveyed every 2-5 years, asking them to evaluate the major degree program components and appropriateness to their work in education. Admission Procedures A. Criteria for full or unconditional admission to the Master of Science degree program: 1. A Missouri Teaching Certificate, or passing scores on the Graduate Record Exam; and 2. An undergraduate Grade Point Average of at least 2.75 on a 4.00 scale; and 3. A positive recommendation for admission from the Graduate Education A
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