School of Education

Graduate Programs

School of Education


Graduate Programs

Programs lead to additional licensure, *with exception

Program Chair

Dr. KristiAnna Whitman

Objectives

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.

Prerequisites

  1. Meet all University requirements stated under Academic Regulations, including a minimum of 3.00 undergraduate GPA.
  2. Write a statement of accomplishments, interests, and goals relating to counselor education. This statement will be submitted to the program Faculty who will then conduct an admissions interview. Entry into the program is contingent on passing this interview. The Counseling Program trains students to work with children and adults in both public and private settings. Because they deal with very sensitive personal issues, it is crucial that those who are admitted and graduated from this program have integrity, competency and uphold the ethical codes of the American Counseling Association and the American Psychological Association. For this reason, the M.A. Counseling Program faculty will conduct an admissions interview

Continuing Requirements

  1. Annual student performance evaluations of competency to continue throughout the program.
  2. Maintain minimum of 3.00 GPA for all coursework in the program. Graduate courses with grades less than a B require written program faculty and administration approval to continue in the program.

Course Requirements (45 Credit Hours)

Core Courses (3 credits)
  • ED601 Introduction to Research Methods (3) 
Area of Specialization (33 credits minimum)
  • ED619 Introduction to Counseling (3)
  • ED620 Counseling Process: Theory (3)
  • ED621 Counseling Process: Individual Practice (3)
  • ED622 Group Counseling (3)
  • ED623 Dynamics of Individual Behavior (3)
  • ED624 Individual and Group Assessment (3)
  • ED625 Multicultural Counseling (3)
  • ED677 Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling (3)
  • ED692 Practicum in Counseling (3)
  • ED698 Internship in Counseling (3/3)

NOTE: ED698 can be taken twice over one semester for 6 credits or over two semesters. 

Capstone Requirements
  • ED697 Comprehensive Exam (0*)
Electives (3 credits)
  • Any 1 elective selected from the catalog list
Special Project/Thesis Option (6 credits)
  • ED690 Special Projects in Counseling or
  • ED695 Thesis
Professional Option in School or Community Counseling Option (6 credits)
  • School Counseling Concentration:
    • ED627 Career Counseling (3)
    • ED678 Organization and Administration of School Counseling Programs (3)
  • Community Counseling Concentration:
    • ED679 Introduction to Community Counseling (3)
    • ED688 Personality and Mental Health (3)
Electives
  1. Practice:
    • ED626 Prevention and Outreach (3)
    • ED627 Career Counseling (3)
    • ED628 Family Counseling (3)
    • ED629 Psychological Testing (3)
    • ED674 Lifespan Transition Counseling (3)
    • ED675 Group Counseling Practicum (3)
    • ED699 Special Topics in Counselor Education (3)
  2. Research:
    • ED602 Qualitative Inquiry in Education (3)
    • ED603 Quantitative Analysis (3)
    • ED699 Special Topics in Counselor Education (3) or
    • Any graduate course from either emphasis track, or advisor-approved related program.

Program Chair

Dr. Michelle Santos

Outcomes

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.

Prerequisites

  1. Meet all University requirements stated under Academic Regulations.
  2. A degree in a field outside of Education and a completed Transcript Analysis Form. For Secondary Education: Fifteen (15) units of coursework (6 of which must be upper division credits) in the content area in which certification is being sought. Content areas include: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Health/PE, World Language, Business, and Consumer Family Science.
  3. Praxis Core scores of Reading 156, Writing 162, and Math 150. Additionally required:  Praxis Subject Assessment scores that meet GCEC score requirements in the specified content area.
  4. Two letters of recommendation that speak to the applicant’s scholarly knowledge in the content area and aptitude to work with youth.
  5. A written statement of accomplishments, interests, and goals relating to teaching.
  6. Admission interview.  Entry into the program is contingent on passing this interview with the MAT chair.  The MAT Program trains students to work in either the elementary or middle and high school public and private settings.  Because participants will teach minors in very sensitive settings, it is crucial that those who are admitted and graduated from this program have integrity and competency.

Continuing Requirements

  1. Maintain a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.00 for all coursework in the program.  Graduate courses with grades less than a B require written program faculty and administration approval to continue in the program. Maintain a professional disposition and be aware that this professional disposition will be assessed throughout the program and will have bearing on decisions made regarding eligibility to complete in a successful manner. 
  2. Maintain an electronic teaching portfolio aligned with the SOE Conceptual Framework, INTASC, and GTPS standards to be reviewed each semester by the student’s committee. 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.
  3. Praxis, Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) scores which meet Guam Teacher Certification requirements after the completion of 24 credits and at least one semester before graduation. This is the Comprehensive examination for the degree. REQUIRED BEFORE INTERNSHIP.

Course Requirements (39 Credit Hours)

Professional Knowledge (18 Credit Hours)
  • ED605 Foundations of Secondary Education (3)
  • ED607 Learning Theories (3)
  • ED608 Classroom Assessment (3)
  • ED655 Principles and Practices in Special Education (3)
  • ED683 Classroom Management (3)
  • ED699 Special Topics in Research (1/1/1)
Elementary or Secondary Education (9 Credit Hours)

Choose one of the options below

Elementary Education

  • ED618 Instructional Strategies (2)
  • ED639 Integrated Literacy & SS (3)
  • ED648 Health and PE (1)
  • ED659 Integrated Math & Science (3) 

Secondary Education

  • ED606 Child/Adult Development (3)
  • ED609 Inst. Technology (3) 
  • ED616 Secondary Teaching Methods (3)
  Practice and Research (12 Credit Hours)
  • ED698 Internship (6)
  • ED617 Action Research (3)
  • ED690 Special Project (3)

Schedule Format

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.

AY 2019 - 2020 Course Schedule

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.

Objectives

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:

  1. Administration and Supervision (36 credits)
  2. Reading (36 credits or 45 credits thesis/special project option)
  3. Secondary Education (36 credits)
  4. Special Education (36 credits)
  5. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (36 credits):
    • Option A: Thesis / Special Project
    • Option B: Non-Thesis

Prerequisite for Admission and Continuing Requirements for the School of Education

Applicants must meet all University requirements stated in the Academic regulations of this catalog, including:

  1. A minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA or 3.0 graduate cumulative GPA based on a minimum of 9 graduate credit hours
  2. Submit an Electronic Portfolio on LiveText to the Admission Committee to include the following:
    1. An essay, between 300 and 500 words, of accomplishments, interests, and goals relating to education.
    2. Three School of Education disposition rubrics to be completed by two School of Education faculty and one current/former employer or school site administrator or master teacher.
  3. A completed Form-A

Continuing Requirements

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.

Graduate Double Majors in Education

Students wishing to complete a Double Major in two areas of Education may do so by completing the following requirements:

  1. Core Courses: 6 or 9 credits
  2. Two areas of specialization coursework (note: elective courses may be taken in second area of specialization)
  3. PRAXIS II covering both areas of specialization.
  4. Thesis or Special Project option (6 credits) to include both areas.

Students electing to Double Major will receive one degree with both areas of study listed on the transcript.

Thesis and Special Project Descriptions

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.

Program Chair

Dr. Geraldine James

Objectives

The specialization is designed to prepare professionals to meet the following objectives:

  • Students will gain the knowledge and ability to promote success among his or her students.
  • Students will have the knowledge and ability to organize school operations and resources that promote a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.
  • Students will respond to diverse community interests, needs, and the ability to mobilize community resources.
  • Students will have the knowledge to promote the success of all students by understanding, responding to, and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural venues.

After the completion of this program, graduates find gainful employment as school principals in Guam, US mainland, and international P-12 school settings.

Specific Prerequisite

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. 

Requirements (33 Credit hours)

Core Courses (9 credits)
  • ED601 Introduction to Research Methods (3)
  • ED602 Qualitative Inquiry in Education (3) 
  • ED603 Quantitative Analysis (3)
Electives (3 credits)

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

Areas of Specialization (15 credits)
  • ED610 School Leadership and Administration (3)
  • ED611 School Personnel Management (3)
  • ED612 School Law (3)
  • ED613 School Financial Management (3)
  • ED698 Internship (3)
Thesis or Special Project (6 credits)
  • ED695 Thesis (3/3)
    or
    ED690 Graduate Special Project (3)
    ED699 Graduate Special Project: Elective (3)
  • ED697 Comprehensive Exam (0)

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).

Program Chair

Dr. Catherine Stoicovy

The Master of Education with specialization in Reading is the University of Guam's first online program. Contact Dr. Catherine Stoicovy at cstoicovy@triton.uog.edu 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.

Objectives

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:

  • To develop students' literacy (reading and writing) in language arts and across the curriculum, with an emphasis on pre-school, elementary and secondary years.
  • To assess and instruct students with diverse literacy needs in regular classrooms, as well as specialized settings (developmental or basic classes, ESL classes, special education classes, adult literacy centers, etc.).
  • To participate as a member of a professional learning community, reflecting on practice and contributing to the improvement of instructional programs, advancement of knowledge and practice of colleagues.

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.

Prerequisites for Admission into the Reading Program

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.

Course Requirements

Core Courses (3 or 6 CREDITS)
  • ED601 Introduction to Research methods (3)
  • ED02 Qualitative Inquiry in Education (3),
    or
    ED603 Quantitative Analysis (3)

(ED602 or ED603 required only for students who wish to complete a thesis or special project) 

Area of Specialization: (30 CREDITS)
  • ED484G The Art and Craft of Teaching Writing (3)
  • ED640 Language and Literacy Development (3)
  • ED641 Middle/Secondary Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (3)
  • ED642 Seminar in Literature for Children and Young Adults (3)
  • ED643 Practicum: Literacy Assessment (3)
  • ED644 Practicum: Literacy Instructional Lab (3)
  • ED645 Advanced Methods in PK-12 School Literacy (3)
  • ED646 Organization and Supervision of Reading Programs (3)
  • ED647 Issues and Research in Literacy Education (3)
  • ED649 Capstone Seminar in Language and Literacy (3) 
ED697 Comprehensive Exam (non-credit for all students in the Program)
Technology and Literacy: (3 CREDITS)
  • ED638 Teaching with the Internet (3)
Thesis or Special Project: (6 CREDITS)
  • ED690 Special Project (6)
  • ED695 Thesis (6)

*(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.
OR 
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

 Getting Started

  • Apply for graduate status here
  • Applicants - If interested in this program, please e-mail Dr. Catherine Stoicovy at cstoicovy@triton.uog.edu. Include the following information:
    • Name, address, phone number, email address
  • Register for a Moodle Account
  • Ensure that your computer has these settings and software
  • Enroll in "Moodle101" to help you navigate the online learning environment. The course is a requirement for enrollment in the online courses and admission into the program.
  • Purchase a Student LiveText Account

Program Chair

Dr. Cheryl Sangueza

Objectives

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. 

Course Requirements (33 Credit Hours)

Core Courses (6 credits)
  • ED601 Introduction to Research Methods (3)
    or 
    ED617 Action Research (pending advisor's approval) (3)
  • ED602 Qualitative Inquiry in Education (3) 
    or 
    ED603 Quantitative Analysis (3)
Elective Courses in Education (6 credits)
  • ED612 School Law (3)
  • ED641 Middle/Secondary Reading and Writing in Content Areas (3)
  • ED670 Effective Middle Schools (3)
  • ED671 Critical Issues in Secondary Schools (3)
  • ED672 Philosophy of Education (3)
  • Graduate Level course from any college with the approval of program faculty
Specialization Courses (15 credits)

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.

 

Thesis or Special Project (6 credits)
  • ED691 Overview Seminar (3)
  • ED690 Special Project (3)
    or
    ED695
    Thesis (3)
  • ED697 Comprehensive Exam (0)

Program Chair

Dr. Suzanne Bells

Introduction

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.

Specific Program Requirements

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.

Course Requirements (33 Credit Hours)

Core Course (9 Credit hours) 
  • ED601 Introduction to Research Methods (3)
  • ED654 Multicultural Special Education (3)
  • ED602 Qualitative Inquiry in Education (3)
    or 
    ED603 Quantitative Analysis (3)
Area of Specialization (15 Credit Hours)

Students will develop their area of specialization as they develop their Form A with the approval of the program coordinator.  

Electives (3 Credit Hours)

Student selects 1 graduate course with the approval of the Program Coordinator. 

Research Track (Thesis/Special Project)

Thesis or Special Project (6 credits)

  • ED691 Overview Seminar (3)
  • ED690 Special Project (3)
    Or
    ED695 Thesis (3)
Professional Track (Certification)

Non-Thesis Option(6 Credit Hours)

  • ED698 Internship in Special Education (3)
  • ED697 Comprehensive Exam (0) 

Program Chair

Dr. Suzanne Bells (Acting)

Objectives

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:

  1. To train practitioners to enter the ESL classroom as professionals,
  2. To provide a theoretical base which would enrich the formation of ESL classroom teachers and enable those who wish to further their studies at the doctoral level, and
  3. To serve as a resource for other teachers to function as ESL trainers.

Specific program Requirements:

In order to be admitted to this specialization, prospective student must have the prerequisites as currently stated in the catalog plus:

  1. Native speaker of English or a score of 550 on the TOEFL.
  2. A Bachelor's Degree with a major in English, Education, a foreign language, or a related field.
  3. A teaching certificate for those wishing to teach at the elementary or secondary levels.

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.

Course Requirements (33 Credit Hours)

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.  

  • ED582 Foundations of TESOL (3) 
  • ED661 Second Language Curriculum Theory and Development (3)
  • ED660 Applied Linguistics (3)
  • ED585 English Grammar (3)
  • ED583 Materials Evaluation and Design (3)
  • ED601 Introduction to Research Methods (3) 
  • ED602 Qualitative Analysis (3)
  • ED603 Quantitative Analysis (3)
  • ED584 Phonetics (3) 
  • ED662 Second Language Testing and Evaluation (3)
  • A summer practicum is required, and is part of the coursework
  • ED695 Thesis: TESOL (3) 
  • ED697 Comprehensive Exam (0)

*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.