Specialty Programs

Programs:

Emphasis Areas:

 


 

ADVENTURE BASED

Our Adventure Based Learning Community offers the Face-to-Face Masters program through Experiential Education.


Adventure Based program overview and goals:

  • Learn about and understand the history, philosophy and foundations of Experiential Education.
  • Learn about and understand group development and group process by “deeply living the process” while studying it.
  • Incorporate the skills and understanding of the group process in our work as educators and facilitators of caring and effective communities.
  • Learn outdoor living skills that will be used throughout the program and beyond. 
    • These will include, but are not limited to:  Wilderness First Aid, Leave No Trace principles, Wilderness camping and cooking, Canoeing, Rock Climbing, Ropes course programming and gear selection. 
    • Additional personal and professional individual and group goals to be identified by the cohort throughout the program.

 

Program Requirements

UW-La Crosse for all ME-PD learners (complete descriptions found here):

  • Create a Professional Development Plan (PDP) related to your work as an educator and experiential education.
  • Develop a Literature review related to your work and interest as an educator and our study in experiential education.
  • Attend all classroom sessions following the 7 strands curriculum.
    • Learning Community
    • Educational Research
    • Best Practice Pedagogy
    • Curriculum Development and Assessment
    • Democracy, Diversity and Social Justice in Education
    • Technology in Education
    • Teacher Leadership

Adventure Based Program

As a group:

Participate in a 2-3 week wilderness institute in the summer of 2014.  This will include group travel in a wilderness area either backpacking or canoeing depending on the interest and abilities of the group. 

Present learning in a workshop at a conference either one that the group organizes and host or at an established conference.

For more information regarding AEE (Association for Experiential Education), you can visit the official site here.

 

 

EMPHASIS AREAS


English Language Arts 

The primary objectives of the English Language Arts Elementary emphasis area are to 1) develop and increase teachers’ knowledge and understanding of the Common Core English language arts standards for elementary grades; 2) develop and increase teachers’ knowledge of and expertise with instructional strategies, including technology, to implement the Common Core English language arts standards effectively; 3) design and evaluate assessments that inform their instruction of the Common Core English language arts standards. The certificate program consists of six 2-credit graduate courses that include content in reading literature, reading informational text, reading foundational skills, writing, speaking and listening, language and digital literacy's.


Global and Cultural Competency

The primary goals of the Global and Cultural Competency emphasis area are to 1) develop and increase teachers’ knowledge and understanding of global and cultural competence; 2) develop and increase teachers’ knowledge of and expertise with instructional strategies, including technology, to implement the global and cultural competency learning outcomes effectively; 3) design and evaluate assessments that inform their instruction of the global and cultural competency learning outcomes. The certificate program consists of four 3-credit graduate courses that include content in understanding own and others’ personal and cultural norms, respect, open-mindedness, and appreciation of cultural differences, examines own behavior and attitudes to avoid stereotypical responses, knowledgeable of world history, appreciation of and openness to global interdependence, knowledge of global business interactions and organizations, draws on diversity of skills, backgrounds and knowledge of people to achieve more effective results, and effective intercultural communication skills. 

Math

The primary objectives of the Math Education Elementary emphasis area are to 1) develop and increase teachers’ knowledge and understanding of the Common Core math standards for elementary grades; 2) develop and increase teachers’ knowledge of and expertise with instructional strategies, including technology, to implement the Common Core math standards effectively; 3) design and evaluate assessments that inform their instruction of the Common Core math standards. The certificate program consists of six 2-credit graduate courses that include content in numbers and operations, algebra, measurement and data, and geometry.

 

Pedagogy and Leadership

The primary objectives of the Pedagogy and Leadership emphasis area are to 1)study and apply best practices and current research to teaching with the purpose to improve PK-16 student learning; 2) understand brain development as it relates to student learning and the learning environment; 3) align teaching and instruction to the developmental needs of their students; 4) be familiar with and apply instructional strategies appropriate for specific content area subject matter.