Teacher Education: Graduate Program
Master of Education
The Master of Education (MED) Program is the oldest master’s program on the WSU campus. It began in 1978 as collaboration between WSU and Utah State University; although, all the courses were taught by WSU Teacher Education faculty. In 1988, it became the first stand-alone master’s degree on campus, three years before Weber became a university. The program caters to practicing teachers, on-campus personnel wishing to pursue a master’s degree, and to people in business and medical fields who teach as part of their jobs.
In an effort to help those who already had bachelor’s degrees and wanted to teach, the department added a licensure track for secondary education in 2007 at the post-baccalaureate level. As long as a person had a degree in a subject taught in Utah schools, he or she could successfully complete the coursework including student teaching and qualify for a Level 1 Utah Teaching License. This part of the program was immediately successful. The following year, due to popular demand, an elementary licensing track and a special education (mild/moderate) licensing track began. It is estimated that approximately two-thirds of the students admitted each semester (usually between 22 and 30) are seeking a teaching license.
The post-baccalaureate licensing program will be aligning its outcomes to the Utah Effective Teaching Standards. This portion of the M.Ed. program is in the process of accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. Many of the new assessment tools are under development and will be piloted in spring, 2015.
Dr. Peggy J. Saunders
1306 University Circle
Ogden, UT 84408
Education Bldg, Rm 234