School of Education
Programs lead to additional licensure, *with exception
The School of Education offers a Master of Arts Program designed to prepare graduate students for advanced roles in the field of School or Community Counseling. This program includes theory, research, and an intense supervised practicum and internship. In the electives, graduate students may choose additional depth in the counseling areas of either research or practice.
NOTE: ED698 can be taken twice over one semester for 6 credits or over two semesters.
The School of Education offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program designed to prepare graduate students as certified elementary or secondary classroom teachers. This program includes theory, pedagogy, research, and an intense practicum and internship. Students may be admitted as a cohort each Fall semester with applications accepted until September 01.
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Courses are taught in terms with the length of each term. The first year of the program (Certification courses) mixes theory and practice with both philosophical foundations and field experiences in secondary classrooms. Coursework begins with three eight-week terms (October-May) and two four-week terms during the summer (June-August). Students must complete a ten-hour field experience requirement each term that is aligned with the courses each term. In addition, all courses are a blend of face-to-face and online interaction. The second year of the program follows the traditional UOG calendar for Fall and Spring semesters, which focuses on the final Teaching Internship with the MAT student employed as a teacher with a University faculty supervising the classroom instruction periodically throughout the term. Sound and ethical research practices are also introduced this term.
The Master of Education degree includes specialization areas in Administration and Supervision, Secondary Education Reading, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL), and Special Education. The M.Ed. degree is designed for certified teachers seeking advanced knowledge of teaching and learning in a specific area. Students seeking teacher certification should obtain a Guam Commission on Educator Certification (GCEC) teacher certification evaluation before developing a program of study. Students completing the Administration and Supervision degree will be able to apply for certification in that field from the GCEC.
Students should contact an advisor for information about the program in which they are interested.
The School of Education offers a Master of Education program with five (5) areas of specialization, all of which are designed to prepare students for advanced roles in the field of Education:
Applicants must meet all University requirements stated in the Academic regulations of this catalog, including:
Maintain 3.0 GPA for all coursework in the M.Ed. program. The School of Education is responsible for the academic advisement of its graduate students. Candidates are required to maintain an online, electronic portfolio. The portfolio will be used as a basis for assessment and advisement throughout the graduate studies experience and will be closely monitored at major decision points such as admission to candidacy, midpoint, and exit. All candidates must pass the PRAXIS II in their content area with a passing score approved for licensure on Guam. Current requirements (May 11, 2010) may be found at the Guam Commission for Educator Certification website.
Students wishing to complete a Double Major in two areas of Education may do so by completing the following requirements:
Students electing to Double Major will receive one degree with both areas of study listed on the transcript.
Refer to the Degree Requirements of the Graduate Bulletin for the definitions and descriptions of the scope and format for Special Project and Thesis requirements. A student in consultation with his or her advisor will decide upon which requirement will best meet student and program goals.
The specialization is designed to prepare professionals to meet the following objectives:
After the completion of this program, graduates find gainful employment as school principals in Guam, US mainland, and international P-12 school settings.
Students who wish to be admitted to this specialization must have: (1) an undergraduate degree in Professional Education, or its equivalent as approved by the School of Education and (2) three years of fulltime P-12 classroom teaching experience.
Graduate level course from any college with the approval of program faculty is an option for electives. However, students who wish to complete a graduate special project (3 credits) need one more elective course
Capstone Portfolio and PRAXIS II with a score approved for licensure on Guam. Current requirements may be found at the Guam Commission for Educator Certification website (required for all students).
The Master of Education with specialization in Reading is the University of Guam's first online program. Contact Dr. Catherine Stoicovy at email@example.com to apply
The M.Ed. in Reading online program is ideal for working professionals from Guam or the region who are interested in becoming specialists in reading and language arts. The program was approved in August 2011 by the Senior Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
The program offers the same rigor and academic quality as a traditional face-to-face degree program, yet offers the convenience of online learning that fits the schedule of a busy professional. Our online program allows you to learn from the comfort of your own home or nearby school or library at a time that is convenient for you. We believe students will find the program both engaging and meaningful.
Download the program brochure here.
The specialization in Reading is designed to prepare professionals in the field of reading/literacy who are interested in becoming highly effective teachers and specialists in reading and language arts. A thesis or special project is recommended for students who anticipate further study at the doctoral level. Reading faculty will conduct an admissions interview as an entry level assessment for new applicants.
This Program prepares professionals for the following roles:
Graduates find diverse professional positions, with the majority serving in schools
as classroom teachers, reading/language arts resource teachers, special education
teachers, and school consultants. Some become diagnosticians and reading specialists
in clinical settings or private practice, and some go on to doctoral study.
In addition to course work that integrates theory and practice, students will diagnose and instruct individuals who have reading and writing problems.
A student who wishes to be admitted into this specialization must have a Bachelor's degree in Education or a related field (e.g. psychology, English, linguistics, etc.); and teaching experience of one or more years. Note that a teaching certificate is required for those wishing to teach at the elementary or secondary levels in the Guam Public School system.
Exemption Clause: Program Chair has the right of waiver in lieu of other regional requirements, conditions, and qualifications for teacher education.
(ED602 or ED603 required only for students who wish to complete a thesis or special project)
*(ED690 or ED695 required only for those students who wish to complete a thesis or special project)
Capstone Portfolio and PRAXIS II for Reading Specialist required for students who
seek Reading Specialist Certification.
Capstone Portfolio and Written Comprehensive Exam required for students who do not seek Reading Specialist Certification.
Total 36 Credit Hours
For students who do not choose to complete a thesis/special project
Total 45 Credit Hours
For students who choose to complete a thesis/special project
The School of Education offers a Masters Degree specialization in Secondary Education. This advance degree is designed for certified, experienced teachers in the secondary schools on Guam or in a multicultural environment.
Courses in this area would be those in a student's teaching content area and would be approved and selected in conjunction with the academic advisors in the appropriate content areas (SOE and CLASS or CNAS or SBPA). For example, in the content area of social studies, the student should select courses in the M.A. program in Micronesian Studies or graduate level courses in history, political science, anthropology, etc.
The School of Education offers a Masters Degree in Special Education specifically for those professional educators working or plan to work in the field of Special Education.
The M.Ed. - Special Education uses a non-traditional one-year program, where students attend one 8-week summer session and weekends for the fall and spring semesters. Students may complete the Masters Degree and Special Education Certification in 12 months. There are 2 Cohorts of 15 teachers and administrators each year, beginning in the Fall or Spring Semesters. Students must meet all requirements of admission before the start of the sought after Cohort program.
Students wishing to be admitted to this specialization must have earned baccalaureate degree in Education. Students with non-education baccalaureate degrees with teaching experience may also be admitted, however those with no teaching experience will be required to take 9 hours of undergraduate coursework prior to enrolling in the program. The Program chair must approve the program of student (Program Entry form) prior to the start of the program for all students.
All students who hold a current teaching certificate in the field of Special Education must take the Research Track.
Applications with supporting documents should be submitted to the UOG Graduate Office, School of Nursing Building.
Students will develop their area of specialization as they develop their Form A with the approval of the program coordinator.
Student selects 1 graduate course with the approval of the Program Coordinator.
Thesis or Special Project (6 credits)
Non-Thesis Option(6 Credit Hours)
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The School of Education offers a Master’s Degree specialization in TESOL. The objectives of this program of study are to maintain a balance between theory and practice, and to fulfill a threefold purpose:
In order to be admitted to this specialization, prospective student must have the prerequisites as currently stated in the catalog plus:
Please note: The M.Ed. TESOL degree does not lead to initial certification to teach in the Guam (or other US) school system. Endorsement to teach ESL in the Guam school system will only be granted to teachers currently certified. Non-certified candidates are welcomed to apply to the M.Ed. TESOL program if they are not seeking endorsement or certification.
The M.Ed. TESOL program runs on a cohort system, and all students take two courses each semester (including the summers) together as a group.
*A capstone Portfolio and PRAXIS II English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) examination with a passing score approved for licensure on Guam is required for candidates who are already certified to teach and who are seeking endorsement in teaching ESL (K-12). Current requirements (May 11, 2010) may be found at the Guam Commission for Educator Certification website http://www.gcec.guam.gov. In lieu of the PRAXIS II ESOL examination, candidates not seeking endorsement to teach ESL in the Guam school system will be required to take a written comprehensive examination at the end of their studies.