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.