2014-2015 Lewis University Graduate Catalog Addendum

Effective Fall 2014

This addendum contains the requirements of new programs and programs that had substantive changes due to external accreditation regulations which were not published in the 2013-2015 Graduate Catalog.

All new incoming students should follow the curriculum requirements set forth in this addendum as of Fall 2014. If you do not see your graduate program here, follow the requirements of the 2013-2015 Graduate Catalog.

New Graduate Programs

Revisions

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Organizational and Leadership Coaching Concentration
Certificate Option

This 18-hour certificate program is an alternative for students looking to build their skills at organizational and leadership coaching, but who do not wish to pursue the entire graduate degree. This certificate does not require the writing of a thesis. Students who pursue the certificate option would be able to apply it towards the degree program at a later time if they choose to do so.

This program is an Accredited Coaching Specific Training Hours Program through the International Coach Federation (ICF). This means that the certificate courses will meet all required coach training hours for students to become certified coaches through the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Lewis University does not grant this ICF certification, but our program prepares students to be eligible to attain it.

Students seeking a certificate must meet the requirements for admission as outlined for the program (see below for an overview). The certificate may appeal to those students who wish to 1) return to Lewis University (Alumni) to earn this certificate and 2) students from other institutions who wish to earn this certificate. Students who earn the certificate are encouraged to continue their education in Organizational Leadership by applying for the Master of Arts degree.

Required courses in the certificate program include the following:
LL546 Introduction to Organizational and Leadership Coaching
LL547 Coaching Methodologies
LL548 Building a Coaching Practice
LL549 Coaching Research
LL509 Leadership Theories, Practices and Context
LL512 Assessing Leadership Skills

Minimum Requirements for Full Admission

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
  2. Maintain an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 undergraduate hours, or possess a cumulative GPA of 3.0 based upon the completion of two 3-credit hour leadership graduate courses at Lewis University with no grade lower than B.
  3. Complete a graduate application form, accompanied by a non-refundable application fee.
  4. Submit complete official transcripts from accredited institutions previously attended.
  5. Be accepted by the Graduate Council of the College of Arts and Sciences. (Students will be informed in writing of the decision of the Graduate Council.)

College of Education

  • Early Childhood Special Education, M.A.
Degree Requirements

I. Core Courses (12)

50-510 Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3
50-515 Child Growth and Development 3
54-557 Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Communities 3
50-520 Child, Family, Culture and Community 3*
50-501 Field Experience I: Infant and Toddler Methods - 25 Hours 0
50-502 Field Experience II: Special Needs Observations - 25 Hours 0

II. Synthesis Block (Methods Courses) (30)

50-535 Beginning Linguistics and Development of Speech and Language in Early Childhood 3*
50-546 History and Philosophy of Early Childhood Education 3
50-524 Foundations of Teaching Reading and Language Arts for P-3 3
51-510 Foundations of Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations 3*
53-504 Technology for Teaching and Learning 3*
50-556 Foundations of Teaching Math, Science and Social Studies for P-3 3
50-530 Assessment and Intervention for Classroom Teachers 3*
50-525 Curriculum, Organization and Methods of Creative Arts and Literacy in Early Childhood 3
50-540 Collaboration and Adaptations for Special Needs in General Education Settings 3
50-501 Field Experience III: Preprimary Methods Pre-K and K - 50 Hours 0
50-502 Field Experience IV: Primary Methods - Grades 1-3 - 50 Hours 0
51-526 Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a New Language 3*

III. Research (3)

52-575 Practical Research for Learning Communities 3

IV. Reflective Block (Student Teaching/Clinical) (6)

50-581 Clinical Practice/Student Teaching with Seminar 6

*English as a Second Language endorsement classes.

Total Credit Hours 51

If the candidate has documented evidence of successfully completing a pre-service student teaching assignment in a K-3 classroom – the requirement for an eight week student teaching/internship will be waived.

If the candidate has evidence of a successful teaching experience (minimum one year) in a K-3 assignment as the teacher of record, the requirement for an eight week student teaching/internship will be waived.

  • Educational Leadership, M.Ed. with Principal Endorsement
The Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership with Principal Endorsement is designed to prepare candidates holding a Professional Educators License ( with a Teacher Endorsement) to prepare for leadership positions as a Principal or Assistant Principal in areas of school governance and management, transformational leadership, supervision for school improvement, school and public policy and research. This program is guided by the Lewis University College of Education Standards, Educational Leadership Constituencies Council (ELCC) Standards and Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards.

Prerequisites
  1. Professional Educator License with Teacher Endorsement.
  2. Four years successful teaching experience.
  3. Current vita or resume.
  4. Fulfillment of Survey of Exceptional Child requirement (105 ILCS 5/21-2a).
  5. Successful completion of the Test of Academic Proficiency or have a composite score of 22 or better on the ACT Plus Writing Test taken within the last ten years.
  6. Successful completion of the Graduate Advanced Writing Assessment.
  7. Professional Portfolio.
Course of study for the Master of Education degree: total of 33 semester hours plus comprehensive exam.

Degree Requirements

I. Core Courses (27)
51-522 Ethical and Moral Foundations of Educational Leadership 3
51-538 Critical Issues in School Law for Educational Leaders 3
51-548 Organizational Systems in Educational Leadership 3
51-557 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for School Improvement 3
51-558 School Finance 3
51-577 Supervision for Professional Development 3
51-578 The Principal as Critical Transformative Leader 3
51-588 Internship I 3
51-589 Internship II 3
  Total Credit Hours: 27

Completion of ISBE content test prior to Internship

Completion of Comprehensive Exam during the final semester

II. Non-core courses: (6)

Transfer credit accepted

A maximum of six (6) credit hours may be accepted for transfer from a regionally accredited institution, earned within the last five years, with no grade lower than a B; transcript must be accompanied by a performance portfolio indicating that the course requested for transfer have addressed the appropriate ISLCC/ELCC Standards.

Non-core courses (6)

51-575 Practical Research for Learning Communities 3
51-576 Multicultural Foundations for Educators and Counselors 3


Special Education Non-core courses beyond M.Ed. (8)

Director of Special Education Endorsement

Candidates who have a Professional Educator License with a Principal Endorsement may elect to complete coursework leading to Illinois State Board of Education approval for the Director of Special Education Endorsement. The Director of Special Education Endorsement is granted by the ISBE not Lewis University via individual transcript evaluation. Candidates are urged to apply for the Endorsement and submit all transcripts to ISBE for review. ISBE will notify the candidate if any additional coursework is required this Endorsement.

51-581 Supervision and Administration of Special Education 3
51-586 Principles of Counseling: Guidance, Supervisory and Special Education Personnel 3
51-570 Special Education Finance 1
54-566 Special Education Law 1

  • Educational Leadership, M.Ed. with Teacher Leader Endorsement
The Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership with Teacher Leader Endorsement is designed to prepare candidates with a Professional Educators License with a Teacher Endorsement for positions such as deans, guidance directors, athletic directors, curriculum coordinators, mentors, team leaders and department chairs. Course work addresses issues such as, transformational leadership, supervision for school improvement, curriculum and instruction, and research. This is a standards based program guided by the Educational Leadership Constituencies Council (ELCC) Standards and Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC).

Prerequisites
  1. Professional Educator License with Teacher Endorsement.
  2. Three years successful teaching experience.
  3. Current vita or resume.
  4. Fulfillment of Survey of Exceptional Child requirement (105 ILCS 5/21-2a).
  5. Successful completion of the Test of Academic Proficiency or have a composite score of 22 or better on the ACT Plus Writing Test taken within the last ten years.
  6. Successful completion of the Graduate Advanced Writing Assessment.
Course of study for the Master of Education degree: total of 31 semester credit hours plus comprehensive exam and ISBE content area test.

Degree Requirements

I. Core Courses (25 credit hours) *

No Transfer credit accepted

51-508 Seminar on Teacher Leadership 1
51-522 Ethical and Moral Foundations of Educational Leadership 3
51-538 Critical Issues in School Law for Educational Leaders 3
51-541 Culture of Schools and School Communities 3
51-548 Organizational Systems in Educational Leadership 3
51-557 Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for School Improvement 3
51-577 Supervision for Professional Development 3
51-579 The Teacher as Critical Transformative Leader 3
51-587 Teacher Leader Practicum 3
  Total Core course Credit Hours 25

II. Non-core courses: (6) Transfer credit accepted

A maximum of six (6) credit hours may be accepted for transfer from a regionally accredited institution, earned within the last five years, with no grade lower than a B; transcript must be accompanied by a performance portfolio indicating that the course requested for transfer have addressed the appropriate ISLCC/ELCC standards.

Non-core courses (6)

51-575 Practical Research for Learning Communities 3
51-576 Multicultural Foundations for Educators and Counselors 3
  Total Elective Credit hours 6
  Total program Credit Hours 31

*Content Area Test and Comprehensive Exam during the last semester

Teacher Leader Endorsement Only
No Transfer credit hours accepted *

51-522 Ethical and Moral Foundations of Educational Leadership 3
51-541 Culture of Schools and School Communities 3
51-548 Organizational Systems in Educational Leadership 3
51-557 Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for School Improvement 3
51-577 Supervision for Professional Development 3
51-579 The Teacher as Critical Transformative Leader 3
51-587 Teacher Leader Practicum 3
  Total Credit Hours 21*

* Content Area Test and Comprehensive Exam during the last semester

College of Nursing and Health Professions

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, DNP
The DNP degree is the terminal practice degree for the profession of nursing. The impetus for enhancing graduate education for practicing clinicians includes an increasingly complex healthcare environment, explosive growth in knowledge of science and therapeutics, quality and safety concerns, and financial pressures driving efficiency efforts. The practice-focused doctorate in nursing builds upon expert level practice skills with coursework on quality improvement, evidence-based performance, and systems approaches to meeting the healthcare needs of the public. Each DNP student must complete a minimum of 504 residency hours.

Admission Requirements
  1. Graduation from a MSN program accredited by CCNE or ACEN with a specialty focus.
  2. Minimum of two years of professional nursing practice as a Registered Nurse (RN).
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  4. A current RN license in the state the student intends to conduct DNP residency experience.
  5. APRN applicants must hold appropriate credentials for advanced practice in the state the student intends to conduct DNP residency experience.
  6. Two letters of recommendation from professionals with graduate level education in the student’s area of specialty practice.
  7. Essay of 500 words addressing: 1) How the DNP program will facilitate achievement of your short and long term goals; and 2) how the Lewis University Mission integrates with your personal and professional identity.
  8. Essay of 500 words delineating the area of focus for the DNP scholarly project that is pertinent to practice.
  9. A current resumé or curriculum vitae.
  10. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in graduate level coursework.
  11. Applicants are required to have completed the following prerequisite courses with a grade of B or better:
    • A graduate level course in Statistics.
    • A graduate level course in Population Health.
    • A graduate level course in Healthcare Informatics.
If not previously completed, these courses will be in addition to the course requirements for the DNP degree.