Jul 16, 2024  
2022-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2024 Graduate Catalog

Curriculum and Instruction, Secondary Geography/Earth Science Concentration, M.Ed.

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Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed.)

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:

  • Early Childhood
  • Elementary Education
  • Middle School
  • Middle School with Certification
  • Secondary Biology
  • Secondary Geography/Earth Science
  • Secondary History
  • Secondary Mathematics
  • Secondary Modern Languages

Students in the early childhood, elementary, and middle school concentrations are all required to take TCH 609 Research Informed Practices . This course serves as the capstone experience, synthesizing theory and practice as participants engage in studying and subsequently conducting the action research process.

Cluster Requirement (18 crs.)

Student will choose the program cluster most closely related to their personal/educational needs.

Secondary Geography/Earth Science Cluster

18 credits in geography/earth science from 400- and 500-level courses. While there are numerous 400-level courses available, students must adhere to the university policy regarding the maximum number of 400-level credits that may be taken.


GEO 517 , GEO 530 : GIS I is a prerequisite


GEO 490 /GEO 594  (including Marine Science Consortium)

GEO 533 : GIS I is a prerequisite

Maximum of 15 credits.

Three credits may be taken with advisement from geography/earth science, biology, history, political science, chemistry or international studies.

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