Master of Education--Initial Licensure, Teaching Chinese Track

This graduate program is designed to address the regional and national shortage of qualified teachers for our school systems, with a special focus on Chinese language teachers.  Nationwide, over two million new teachers will be needed in the 5-10 years.  Upon successful completion of the program, teacher candidates are eligible for the Master of Education degree from Valparaiso University and, after passing all required assessments, an Indiana initial teaching license.  Indiana teaching licenses are reciprocal with teaching licenses in more than 40 other states and territories in the United States.

Program Requirements

Students are required to complete 44 credits of graduate coursework in several areas:  professional studies, integrative studies, and field study (internship).  Students interested in teaching in parochial or religious schools may add 1 credit of teaching of course work in Teaching of Religion.  Additional coursework in Chinese may also be required for students who do not have proficiency in Chinese equivalent to the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) test level 4.  

Course Requirements: 

Professional Studies (29 Credits)          
Educational Psychology 3 cr
School and Society 2 cr
Technology as Pedagogy 2 cr
Assessment and Management of the Learning Environment 3 cr
Curriculum Design and Differentiation 2 cr
Supervised Teaching 10 cr
Seminar:  Efficacy in Professional Practice 0 cr
Seminar:  Research 1 cr
Home, School and Community Relationships 3 cr
Learning Exceptionalities 3 cr
Teaching Chinese Concentration (15 credits)
Media Education  3 cr
Literacies in the Content Area 3 cr
Teaching Chinese Literature 3 cr
Methods of Teaching Chinese in Elementary Schools 3 cr

Methods of Teaching Chinese in Secondary Schools

3 cr

 

Admission Requirements and Application Process

Interested students should access the online application through the Web site, or may request paper materials by contacting the graduate school.  Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School, which include:

  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or greater at the undergraduate level
  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited university

As part of the application process, students must provide:

  • Valparaiso University Graduate School application;
  • Initial Licensure Supplemental Application form; 
  • Certified transcripts of a bachelor's degree and all other prior course work;
  • Passing scores on the Pre-Professionals Skills Test (PPST); a qualifying GRE, SAT, or ACT score, or a transcript proving receipt of a master's degree from an accredited university.  Note: It MIGHT be possible to conditionally admit an international student without a passing PPST score.  See note at bottom.  
  • HSK level 4 passed or ability to pass HSK level 4;
  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • A reflective essay indicating the reasons for undertaking graduate study in education;
  • Application fee: $30 for U.S. students, $50 for international students

In addition to the above, international students must provide:

  • A copy of passport
  • A copy of the TOEFL or IELTS score (IELTS of 6.0 or greater, TOEFL of 550 or greater paper version, 213 or greater computer version, 80 or greater Internet version)
  • Affidavit of financial support

AT THIS TIME, THE GRADUATE SCHOOL CANNOT GUARANTEE THAT AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT WITHOUT A PASSING SCORE ON THE PPST PRAXIS I EXAM WILL BE ADMITTED TO THE PROGRAM.  INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS MAY CONSIDER APPLYING TO THE GRADUATE SCHOOL IN A DIFFERENT PROGRAM LIKE THE MASTER OF ARTS IN ENGLISH STUDIES AND COMMUNICATION OR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING ENGLISH TO SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES WITHOUT THE GUARANTEE THAT COURSES TAKEN WILL TRANSFER TO THE MED IN INITIAL LICENSURE, TEACHING CHINESE TRACK.  PLEASE CONTACT THE GRADUATE SCHOOL FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Interested students may also request an admission packet here.