Loudin Receives Thesis of the Year Award

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Sabrina Loudin of Buckhannon is the recipient of West Virginia Wesleyan’s Master’s in Education 2010 Thesis of the Year award.   Loudin recently graduated from Wesleyan with a master’s degree in reading.  The completion of an action research based thesis is required as part of the MEd program.  Loudin’s research project, The effect of the “Words to Write, Tools to Teach, Something to Say” curriculum on first-grade students’ writing skills, received the highest score on the thesis evaluation rubric.

Loudin conducted the action research in her first-grade classroom at Washington District Elementary School in Upshur County.  As a teacher, Loudin believes that early instruction in writing skills is crucial to the long-term success of her students.  Her research focused on determining the effectiveness of an instructional program which she implemented with the students in her classroom.  The results of her research indicated that many students improved various aspects of their writing skills during the time period in which the program was implemented; thus, Loudin recommends this curriculum as an effective method for improving students’ writing skills.

According to Loudin, “Research shows that writing is a complex process and many teachers have little training in writing instruction.  Therefore, I would recommend that teachers make every effort to improve their writing curriculum by reading about research-based writing instruction and attending classes on how to effectively teach writing.”

Wesleyan’s Master’s of Education program began in May 2007 with a single specialization in multi-categorical special education.  In 2008, the College expanded the education graduate program to include a master’s in education:  specialization in reading.  Individuals who already possess initial teaching certification may add these additional certification areas with or without completing the Master’s degree, or simply take any individual courses for professional development credit.  Last fall, the college added a Post-Baccalaureate Accelerated Teaching Certification Master’s degree program.  This program serves individuals who already possess an undergraduate degree and now wish to pursue initial teaching certification in one of seven secondary-education content areas: art, biology, chemistry, English, mathematics, physics, and social studies.

All undergraduate and graduate programs in Wesleyan’s Education Department are accredited by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the West Virginia Board of Education.  Wesleyan participates in the Interstate Certification Project, whereby a number of states certify teachers graduating from Wesleyan’s Department of Education.

For more information about Wesleyan’s Master’s of Education programs, contact Susan Aloi at (304) 473.8580 or aloi_s@wvwc.edu.