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2012-2013 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Education in Educational Studies


 

Department of Teacher Development and Educational Studies
485B Pawley Hall  (map)
(248) 370-2613 • Fax (248) 370-2639
http://www.oakland.edu/tdes 

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Coordinator:
Michael G. MacDonald
470D Pawley Hall
(248) 370-2629
mmacdona@oakland.edu
 

Admission terms and application deadlines

Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning by the semester deadlines listed below. Incomplete applications will not be sent to departments for admission review.

  • July 15 for fall semester
  • November 15 for winter semester
  • March 15 for summer semester
Readmission and program transfer

Requests for readmission and program transfers must be completed and approved prior to the beginning of a semester.

International application deadlines

International applications are reviewed for fall and winter admission only. To ensure adequate time for review, international applications must be completed at least six months before the desired date of intended enrollment in the University. All international application materials must be submitted by May 1 for fall admission and by September 1 for winter admission. International applicants are not eligible for Special Graduate classification.

Special Graduate classification

Applicants who are seeking a graduate degree or graduate certificate, but are unable to meet the deadline for filing all required application materials or credentials for graduate admission, may contact the department and request Special Graduate temporary admission.  The applicant must submit an Application for Admission to Graduate Study, plus a copy of a transcript providing evidence of a bachelor’s degree awarded and any specific evidence concerning their qualifications for graduate study as required by the department.  Up to 12 credits may be earned in the Special Graduate classification. Admission as a special graduate student in no way assures subsequent admission to a degree or graduate certificate program.

Students may request special graduate classification beginning  with the dates below.

  • August 1 for fall semester
  • December 1 for winter semester
  • April 1 for summer semester

Note: Special Graduate classification will not be granted after the first week of classes in a semester.

Application requirements

To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all of the following university and program application documents by the published application deadlines.

University graduate application requirements
  • Application for Admission to Graduate Study        
  • Official transcripts providing evidence of an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. institution, OR a degree equivalent to a four-year U.S. baccalaureate degree from a college or university of government-recognized standing.
  • Official transcripts for all post-secondary educational institutions from which the applicant earned a degree (beginning with the first baccalaureate) and for all enrollment in graduate-level coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree. International university transcripts must be evaluated by a professional credential evaluation service.
    • As part of the admission requirements, graduate programs may require official transcripts from post-secondary educational institutions from which the applicant earned an associate’s degree and all enrollment in coursework both pre- and post-bachelor’s degree.
  • Two official and original Recommendation for Graduate Admission forms.
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • International supplemental application and supporting documentation must be submitted before international applicants can be issued the Certification of Eligibility (I-20). This certificate is required to apply for a student visa from the U.S. embassy or consulate. 

Program application requirements
  • Supplemental Application Form    
  • Copy of teaching certificate
  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0
  • Ready access to K-12 classrooms
  • K-12 teaching experience
  • The two recommendation must be from individuals in a supervisory relationship to the applicant
  • A statement of professional goals
  • Communication skills commensurate with graduate-level scholarship. Students who are conditionally admitted to the program because of a lower GPA or lack of recommendations must complete a minimum of 7 credit hours (EST 601 and one other core course) with a grade of at least 3.0 in each course.

Admission review and assessment 

Admission to graduate study at Oakland University is selective. In making admission recommendations to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning, each department assesses the potential of applicants for success in the program by examining their undergraduate records, goal statement, letters of recommendation, prerequisite courses and any other admission requirements established by the academic department.

Degree requirements


The Master of Education in educational studies degree is awarded upon satisfactory completion of a minimum of 32 credits in an approved program of study. The program consists of a minimum 9-credit core, a minimum of 18 elective credits approved by the student’s faculty adviser, and a minimum 3-credit exit plan of EST 609  (or IB 678  or IB 679  ) for students enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program).

Elective courses must be taken for at least 3 credits to be counted toward the Master of Education in educational studies program, unless enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program.

Four Oakland University credits may be applied from outside the listed electives; exceptions to this policy require approval of a Petition of Exception by department faculty and Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning.

Course requirements


a. Core requirements (9-12 credits)


1. Introduction to Research in Educational Studies (3 credits)

3. Teachers and Curriculum (3 or 4 credits)

b. Electives (15-19 credits)


Choose 15-19 credits from the following as outlined in one of eight focus areas. Students must meet with their faculty adviser for an approved Plan of Study.

Elective courses must be taken for at least 3 credits to be counted toward the Master of Education in educational studies program, unless enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program.

c. Exit (3 credits)


The exit plan is to be completed within the last calendar year of the program with the M.Ed. adviser’s and supervising instructor’s approval.

Satisfactory academic progress


Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is the term used to denote a student’s successful completion of coursework toward a certificate or degree. Federal regulations require the Office of Financial Aid to monitor Satisfactory Academic Progress for all financial aid recipients each semester.

Students who fall behind in their coursework, or fail to achieve minimum standards for grade point average and completion of classes, may lose their eligibility for all types of federal, state and university aid. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for additional details.

Good academic standing


All graduate students are expected to remain in good academic standing throughout the entire course of their graduate program. To be in good academic standing, a graduate student must make satisfactory progress toward fulfilling degree requirements, including the completion of critical degree milestones as set forth by the academic program. The student must also maintain a minimum semester and overall GPA of 3.0.

Good academic standing is a requirement for:

  • Holding a Graduate Assistantship
  • Receiving a fellowship or scholarship
  • Advancing to candidacy for a graduate degree
  • Going on a leave of absence
  • Obtaining a graduate certificate or degree from Oakland University.

Additionally, graduate students must meet all department academic standards which may be more stringent than the minimum set forth by the University. 

Graduate students who are not in good academic standing for any reason are subject to probation and/or dismissal from further graduate study.

Related program information


Plan of study

All accepted applicants, in consultation with their assigned faculty program adviser, must develop a plan of study that details specific courses the students will use to satisfy their degree requirements. The plan of study must be approved by the faculty program adviser and submitted by the student to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning.

Master’s and graduate certificate students must submit a department-approved plan of study by the end of their first semester of graduate coursework. Doctoral students must submit an approved plan of study prior to completion of the first year of coursework.

Note:  Credit granted for successful completion of a course toward an undergraduate degree program may not be repeated for a graduate degree. If a substitution is approved, the minimum number of program-approved graduate credits will be required. A Petition of Exception - OU Course Waiver/ Substitution requesting the substitution must be approved.

Transfer credits

Up to 6 graduate credits from other accredited colleges or universities may be applied to the Master of Education degree with faculty adviser approval. 

Michigan professional certification


Teachers with three years of successful teaching experience may be recommended for professional certification upon completion of 18 credits in a planned program in Teacher Development and Educational Studies consisting of: