The curriculum and instruction master's degree program is intended for individuals who possess a teaching certificate or those seeking to obtain certification. Both the early childhood education concentration and the middle level concentration have options that do not require students to hold certification and thus lead to a Pennsylvania teaching certificate. The degree is designed to enhance teaching and learning through exploration of theoretical principles and practical applications to educational settings. Based on the concentration you select and option within the concentration, the credit requirements vary. The M.Ed. without certification is a 36-credit M.Ed. program. Concentrations that lead to certification vary in their credit requirements.
In addition to the core courses, students will select one of the following concentrations of 18 credits:
Middle School with Certification
Secondary Geography/Earth Science
Secondary Modern Languages
Students in the early childhood, elementary, and middle school concentrations are all required to take TCH 609 Action Research. This course serves as the capstone experience, synthesizing theory and practice as participants engage in studying and subsequently conducting the action research process.
Student will choose the program cluster most closely related to their personal/educational needs.
Secondary Modern Languages Cluster
18 credits in language and methodology from 400- to 500-level courses (at least 12 credits at the 500-level). This cluster offers an option in French or in Spanish.
Student must demonstrate evidence of oral and written proficiency in the target language by taking the ACTFL OPI (oral proficiency interview) and the ACTFL written test. The minimum score on both tests must be at the advanced-low level. Any course in Spanish/French at the undergraduate level with a C or a D would have to be repeated. Student must complete the degree in accordance with the College of Education requirement of seven years. Completion of the master's will entail an oral exam and a Spanish/French Education research project of which the outcome will be reviewed by all Spanish/French faculty.