Graduate School of Education
Unrestricted support for Willamette University’s Graduate School of Education helped to support 113 degree-seeking students and 200 endorsement-seeking students as they prepared to take the lead within their fields of education. Gifts to GSE further the School's dedication to excellence in teacher education by providing student scholarship support, additional support for the School's cutting-edge programs, and important resources for the School's dedicated faculty.
Unrestricted support for the Graduate School of Education
The 2011-2012 academic year was the Graduate School of Education's first year of operation as an independent graduate program within Willamette University. As a result, the School's fundraising efforts are still in its beginning stages.
GSE donor percentages by affiliation:
|Faculty and Staff:||28%|
|Other alumni and friends:||28%|
Below are highlights and statistics from the 2011-2012 academic year that demonstrate the impact of your investment in the students and faculty of the Graduate School of Education:
- During the 2011-2012 academic year, the Graduate School of Education enrolled 113 degree-seeking students (94 MAT and 19 MEd) and 200 endorsement-seeking students (61 Reading, 81 ESOL, 15 Special Ed, and 43 Initial and Continuing Administrative License)
- Eighty-four Graduate School of Education students were the recipients of Willamette-funded scholarship support during the 2011-2012 academic year. The average need-based financial aid package for GSE students was $9,129.
- The Graduate School of Education partnered with 57 school districts throughout the state of Oregon and worked with 235 cooperating teachers. Currently, efforts are underway to increase partnerships with local schools, focusing on the Salem-Keizer and Gervais School Districts. Not only will GSE students spend more time in these schools, but GSE faculty will teach some of their content methods courses on-site, often with local teachers as co-instructors.
- Two Graduate School of Education faculty members were awarded nationally competitive grants and awards to further research, scholarship, and GSE programs during the 2011-2012 academic year, including a $20,000 grant for the Oregon Writing Project from the National Writing Project.
- In collaboration with Tokyo International University (TIU), the TIU Foundation, and Tokyo International University of America (TIUA), the GSE is assisting in recruiting and preparing its graduates to become Global Teaching Fellows (GTF). The Global Teaching Fellowship will employ qualified graduates of the GSE MAT program to teach English courses at Tokyo International University in Kawagoe and/or Tokyo, Japan. Nine positions were filled this spring, with a goal to hire five additional GTFs each year to maintain a staff of 20.
- After careful analysis, the Graduate School of Education revised its MAT program. The new face-to-face program (10 months) features intensive, coordinated, and distributed clinical practice in the K-12 schools during every week of the school year. Course offerings have been reconfigured into larger units of instruction to increase cohesiveness and attention to content-specific methods courses. To better align with our new MAT program and with changes in national standards, the Reading and ESOL endorsement programs are also being revised. The new ESOL program can be completed in three semesters and is available concurrently with the MAT. The Reading endorsement will be redesigned to highlight literacy leadership for experienced teachers. A few initial courses will be available to our pre-service teachers.
- The fall term of the full-time program will now feature a one-week immersion experience in an educational setting designed to increase GSE candidates’ exposure to diverse learners. Candidates may spend the week locally working with students in a homeless shelter, observing and teaching on a reservation, working with alternative education programs or community/social service programs. There are also opportunities for a structured academic experience exploring neighborhoods in south Chicago or Ecuador while observing in local schools.