|Kimberly K. Hofkamp
||Assistant Professor, Director of Clinical Experience
||Interim Dean, Director of Graduate Education Program
|Kimberly R. White
||Associate Professor, Chair of Department of Education
The Carroll University Graduate Program in Education supports students seeking to develop expertise through professional development, the acquisition of a Master of Arts in Teaching Degree (MAT), a Master of Education Degree (M.Ed.), or a Master of Science Degree in Educational Leadership (M.S.).
The M.Ed. program currently offers two emphases: Curriculum and Instruction (C & I) and Adult, Community, and Professional Education (ACPE). Within these emphases, candidates choose areas of concentration to develop their professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions.
Educators may extend licensure or certification by completing areas of concentration. Extended licensure or certification programs may be completed independently or as part of a Master of Education degree. Courses are offered in a variety of delivery models to enhance learning opportunities and provide flexible scheduling.
Goals for the Graduate Program in Education
The following goals extend Carroll University’s mission of providing excellence in teaching and learning:
- Develop students’ personal sense of competency as excellent educators in a variety of contexts;
- Promote ideals of lifelong learning and professional development
- Develop reflective skills in educators that enable them to connect new knowledge from the coursework they select with the educational settings in which they work; and,
- Encourage research and practice that empowers educators to be forces of transformation in their educational setting.
Learning Outcomes in the Graduate Program in Education
All students in the Graduate Program in Education are expected to demonstrate:
- An increased understanding of classic and contemporary learning theories and instructional strategies appropriate to the discipline
- The ability to develop, assess, and evaluate programs and/or curriculum based on the needs of learners and implement appropriate instruction strategies in a variety of teaching/learning settings
- Higher order thinking skills to consider multiple perspectives, demonstrate collaborative teamwork and the ability to build partnerships with colleagues, schools, agencies, and organizations
- The ability to read critically, interpret and evaluate research as well as the skills for systematic inquiry through which they engage in research, collect and analyze data, and communicate the results
- An increased ability to reflect critically on theories and practice that result in the integration of knowledge into practice
Applicants begin the admission process by completing a Carroll University Graduate Studies Application and submitting a professional resume. The application, resume, and official transcripts of all previous post-secondary coursework are submitted to the Carroll University Graduate Admission Office.
A Carroll undergraduate student with senior status may enroll in a graduate course with the permission of the Director of the Graduate Program in Education.
Master of Education Program
Applicants for the M.Ed. program must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
Applicants for the Reading Specialist (license #5017) program will be required for all accepted students prior to matriculation. Accepted students will receive an email from the Coordinator of Education Programs about this process. Indications of any criminal history on the background check are not considered in the application review process but may require a meeting with the Dean. Additionally, the program cannot guarantee any graduate an educational license nor job opportunities. Some licensing agencies and some school districts may choose not to consider applicants with criminal histories.
Cross-Categorical Special Education Additional License
Applicants for this additional license program must hold a valid Wisconsin Teaching license. In addition, applicants must have either: Lifetime Educator License (Tier III) OR a passing Foundations of Reading Test (FoRT) score of 240 or higher.
Master of Science in Educational Leadership
Applicants for the M.S. program must have a grade point average of 2.75 from their most recently completed program. Applicants must hold or be eligible to hold any Professional Educator License to teach at the early childhood through adolescence level or have completed an approved program leading to a license to teach, or hold or be eligible to hold a Professional Educator License as a school counselor, a school psychologist, or a school social worker, or have completed an approved program leading to one of these licenses.
Applicants must have completed three years of successful full-time teaching experience at any of the grades at the early childhood through adolescence level or have completed three years of successful experience as a school counselor, a school psychologist, or a school social worker, which includes evidence of at least 540 hours of successful classroom teaching experience.
A criminal background check is not required as part of the application but will be required for all accepted students prior to matriculation. Accepted students will receive an email from the Coordinator of Education Programs about this process. Indications of any criminal history on the background check are not considered in the application review process but may require a meeting with the Dean. Additionally, the program cannot guarantee any graduate an educational license nor job opportunities. Some licensing agencies and some school districts may choose not to consider applicants with criminal histories.
Director of Special Education and Pupil Services Additional License Program
Applicants for this additional license program must have a master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a grade point average of at least 2.75 and hold a Wisconsin Administrator license- Principal and/or Director of Instruction.
Master of Arts in Teaching
Applicants for the MAT program must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants submit a writing sample and two letters of recommendation as part of their application. Applicants interested in the Secondary Education track must also demonstrate competency in their chosen subject matter through either coursework representing necessary content and a cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale OR a passing score on the approved subject assessment.
Students collaborate with the Academic Advisor for Education to determine course selection. Classes are offered in a variety of formats and locations: evening, daytime, weekends, online, and hybrid options. Part-time students enroll in up to 5 credits per semester while full-time students enroll in at least 6 credits per semester (financial aid is available for 3 or more credits).
Once students begin the graduate education program, they are given seven years to complete the program. Students who interrupt their studies for one full academic year must reapply and must follow any new requirements upon re-entering.
Dismissed Graduate Students’ Participation in Commencement
A student may be dismissed from a Carroll University graduate program if he/she does not fulfill the academic progression requirements outlined by each program. If a student is dismissed from a graduate program, he/she will not be able to participate in the Commencement ceremony. The student may choose to appeal this dismissal by completing an Academic Petition form which is reviewed by the Academic Steering Committee. Depending on the outcome of the committee’s decision, the student may be eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremony the following academic year.
Tuition for graduate courses in education for 2020-2021 is $580.00 per credit; $230.00 per credit to audit a course. Tuition for the MAT program is $18,448 (cohort tuition).
Financial aid in the form of student loans is available to degree-seeking students who are enrolled at least on a part-time (3 credits per semester) basis.
For further information, call the Office of Financial Aid at 262-524-7296.
Up to nine semester hours of graduate coursework in education, with a grade of B or better and taken within the past seven years, may be transferred from other accredited colleges or universities. Transfer courses are evaluated by the Director of Graduate Programs in Education on an individual basis; students must provide a course syllabus for specific course content review.
Master of Education
Students choose one the following emphases in their M.Ed. degree:
Adult, Community, and Professional Education Emphasis
The Carroll University Graduate Program in Adult, Community, and Professional Education (ACPE) develops knowledge, skills and dispositions to facilitate lifelong learning for adults, as a means to build capacity for community development and civic engagement. Completion of this program prepares individuals with the qualifications and credentials to facilitate lifelong learning for adults, communities, and professionals within a diverse society.
Students in this emphasis have the option to:
- Obtain a certificate in Adult Learning (15 credits)
- Obtain a certificate in Civic and Community Engagement (15 credits)
- Complete both certificates which results in an M.Ed in Adult, Community and Professional Education (30 credits)
Curriculum and Instruction Emphasis
The Carroll University Graduate Program in Curriculum and Instruction prepares graduates to perform a number of specialized tasks, including creating new curriculum material and modules; researching new teaching methods; evaluating how students learn; planning teacher training programs; and much more in a variety of educational settings.
Students can complete any of the following concentrations for a certificate/additional license or complete two concentrations for a M.Ed:
- Advanced Studies in Personalized Learning Certificate (15 credits)
- Elementary Mathematics Certificate (15 credits)
- English as a Second Language License (#1395) (15 credits)
- Reaching Teacher License (#1316) (15 credits)
- Reading Specialist License (#5017) (15 credits)
- Teacher Leader Certificate (15 credits)
Cross-Categorical Special Education Additional License Program
This 12-credit additional license program includes the requirements for the Cross-Categorical Special Education license (#2801).
Master of Arts in Teaching
The 36-credit Master of Arts in Teaching program is an 18-month hybrid, weekend model. Students complete online coursework weekly and complete a practicum placement during semesters 1-3. In the fourth and final semester, candidates student teach for one full K-12 semester in addition to five weekend face-to-face meetings and online coursework.
Student who complete a Master of Arts in Teaching choose between two dual certification tracks:
- Elementary Education (#2088) and Cross Categorical Special Education (#2801)
- Secondary Education and English as a Second Language Education (#1395)
a. Secondary Education licenses offered:
- Art (#1550)
- English and Language Arts (#1300)
- Mathematics (#1400)
- Physical Education (#1530)
- Science (#2600)
- Social Studies (#2700)
- Spanish (1365)
This program is designed to reflect the Wisconsin Teacher Standards. Throughout their teacher preparation program, students are also expected to demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills for effective teaching, as outlined in the InTASC standards.
Admission to the Teacher Education Program
All MAT candidates are reviewed for Teacher Education Program admittance after the completion of their first semester. Candidates must meet the following requirements:
- Successful completion of the first semester of the MAT program with a grade
point average of 2.75 or above.
- Satisfactory cooperating teacher evaluation from Field Placement I
Admission to Student Teaching
All MAT candidates are reviewed for eligibility to student teach after the completion of their third semester. Candidates must meet the following requirements:
- Content Knowledge Assessment: A 3.0 or higher in all MAT coursework demonstrating content area competency. If candidates fall between a 2.75and 3.0 they must complete the Praxis II Middle School Content Knowledge Exam (Test code: 5146) and receive a score of 146 or higher. (Elementary Education track candidates only)
- Completion of at least 90 hours of field experience
- Satisfactory cooperating teacher evaluation from Field Placement II & III
- Satisfactory progress on programmatic benchmark assessments
Students must maintain eligibility throughout the program, successfully completing all requirements. Students who do not maintain continuous registration in the MAT program or are refused admission must reapply for admission and will be subject to the requirements in existence at the time of the new application. Reapplication is necessary if students fail to register for two consecutive academic semesters. The Education Department reserves the right to counsel students out of the program when appropriate. Many decisions of the Education faculty are governed by state statutes and are not reversible by this institution.
Master of Science in Educational Leadership Program
The Master of Science in Educational Leadership is designed to reflect the Wisconsin Administrator Standards, as well as the Educational Leadership Policy Standards - Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC). The program contains project-based and performance-based learning opportunities to support candidate knowledge, skills and dispositions for Educational Leadership.
The Educational Leadership Program provides candidates with two options:
- Master of Science in Educational Leadership (30 credits) includes the requirements for Director of Instruction (#5010) and Principal (#5051). This degree program requires the completion of research related to the course of study. This experience allows students to study an issue in greater depth that is important to their professional interest and to improve practice.
- Licensure Only (21 credits) for Director of Instruction (#5010) and Principal (#5051) for candidates who currently hold a master’s degree or the equivalent.
Director of Special Education and Pupil Services Additional License Program
This 8-credit additional license program includes the requirements for the Director of Special Education and Pupil Services license (#5080). The program reflects the Wisconsin Administrator standards as well as the Council for Exceptional Children Special Education Administration standards.