Master of Education in Teaching and Curriculum

School of Behavioral Sciences and Education

The 30-credit Master of Education degree in Teaching and Curriculum is designed to enhance the skills of teachers for public and private schools. The program focuses on three essential components – curriculum, instruction, and assessment – that contribute to the organization’s philosophy of learning. The Teaching and Curriculum Program is unified by its vision of critical thinking, democracy, diversity, life–long learning, nurturance, and scholarship. Courses are designed to reflect the standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). The program is offered at Penn State Harrisburg and other selected Penn State campuses.

Through this program, teachers will be able to:

  • Communicate more effectively with school-aged students, parents, colleagues, and administrators;
  • Enhance their ability to conduct instructional programs that provide a sound intellectual and emotional climate for learning;
  • Increase their competence in a variety of teaching methods and in the utilization of materials and content;
  • Interpret and evaluate educational literature and research;
  • Better describe and evaluate major issues and current trends in instructional curriculum practice and development.

Students may choose a general program of study in Teaching and Curriculum at all locations where the program is offered or may choose from a variety of areas of specialization at Harrisburg, including early childhood education, English as a second language, language arts, math education, or principal certification.

Degree Conferred: M.Ed.

Program Requirements for Admission

Requirements More Information
GPA Candidates must have achieved an overall junior/senior grade point average of 3.00 or higher on a 4.0 scale. For candidates applying for admission who have completed credits beyond the baccalaureate degree, we will evaluate the last (approximately) 60 credits completed.
Supporting Materials
  • Two letters of recommendation from former professors who can attest to the academic ability of the candidate
  • Personal statement (200-300 word) that addresses their career goals and reasons for pursuing a graduate degree
  • Test scores from one of the following:

Application Deadline

This program has rolling admission, that is, no specific deadline. Note that it may take 4-6 weeks to receive transcripts and process an application.

Application Process

Gather supporting materials and begin the standard graduate application.

The Curriculum

The Master of Education degree in Teaching and Curriculum provides students with two alternatives: (1) course work with a master’s project (EDUC 587) or (2) course work that includes a capstone course (EDUC 591). Both programs require the completion of 30 credits: 18 credits of core courses and 12 credits of electives. Individuals who select the capstone course option must complete all other degree requirements prior to enrolling in the capstone course. Students may complete the degree requirements for either of the two options with the approval of their adviser.

At least 18 credits must be at the 500-level or higher.

Prescribed Core Course Requirements

Educational Foundations

  • EDUC 505 CURRICULUM FOUNDATIONS (3)

Curriculum Development and Instructional Design

  • EDUC 506 CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT AND INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN (3) Prerequisite: EDUC 505
  • EDUC 403 CURRICULUM FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD (3) (Early Childhood only) Prerequisite: EDUC 505

Learning Theory

  • EDUC 520 LEARNING THEORY FOR THE CLASSROOM (3)

Measurement and Evaluation

  • EDUC 539 EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT (3). Prerequisite: EDUC 520
  • EDUC 404 YOUNG CHILDREN’S BEHAVIOR: OBSERVATION AND EVALUATION (3) (Early Childhood only) Prerequisite: EDUC 520

Educational Research Designs

  • EDUC 586 EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH DESIGNS (3). Prerequisite: EDUC 539

Culminating Course/Project

  • EDUC 587 MASTER’S PROJECT (3) or
  • EDUC 591 EDUCATION SEMINAR (3)

Electives

Students are required to take up to 12 credits of elective course work. Students may take all of those credits in education or select up to 6 credits of electives in a field other than education.

Transfer Credits

Only degree students can receive transfer credit. A maximum of 10 graduate-level credits may be counted toward the degree, as long as the credits are from an accredited institution and are approved by the faculty adviser, the program coordinator, and the Graduate School. Courses taken as a non-degree student are considered transfer credits. All course work being considered for transfer must have been completed within the last five years, must be of at least B quality (grades of B- are not transferable), and must appear on an official graduate transcript.

Students who transfer from other Penn State graduate degree programs will have their credits evaluated on an individual basis.

Grade-Point Average and Time Limit

A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 is required to maintain good academic standing in the program and to graduate from the program.

All course work must be completed within eight years from admission into the program.

Program Notes

Most courses during the fall and spring semesters are two-and-one-half hours long and are scheduled one evening per week for 15 weeks. During the summer session, most courses are scheduled during the morning or afternoon, two times a week for six weeks. Some night classes are offered in the summer, though not as frequently. The required core courses in the program also may be delivered via the Web.

Teacher Certification Program

Penn State Harrisburg also offers initial teacher certification programs for post-baccalaureate students in secondary English, mathematics, and social studies. Courses required for initial certification do not count toward the master's degree.

Those wishing to pursue the elementary teacher certification should enroll as undergraduates, even if they already hold a baccalaureate degree.

For a list of courses, visit the online bulletin.

Additional Courses

Education (EDUC)

  • EDUC 400 DIVERSITY AND CULTURAL AWARENESS PRACTICES IN THE K-12 CLASSROOM (3)
  • EDUC 401 EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (3)
  • EDUC 402 LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT, SELF-EXPRESSION, AND LITERATURE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (3)
  • EDUC 405 (DF) EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: INFANCY AND TODDLERHOOD (3)
  • EDUC 406 HUMAN SEXUALITY (3)
  • EDUC 408 ADMINISTRATION OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAMS (3). Prerequisite: EDUC 401
  • EDUC 410 THE CHILD AND SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS (3)
  • EDUC 412 EARLY LITERACY INTERVENTION I (3). Prerequisite: permission of the program
  • EDUC 413 EARLY LITERACY INTERVENTION II (3). Prerequisite: EDUC 412
  • EDUC 418 POSITIVE CLASSROOM CLIMATE FOR POSITIVE ATTITUDES ABOUT LEARNING (3). Prerequisite: permission of program
  • EDUC 422 LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS (4)
  • EDUC 425 LITERACY ASSESSMENT (3). Prerequisite: permission of the program
  • EDUC 432 Children's Literature in Teaching Writing (3)
  • EDUC 436 INCLUSION PRACTICES IN EDUCATION (3). Prerequisite: permission of program
  • EDUC 440 EDUCATIONAL STATISTICS AND MEASUREMENTS (3)
  • EDUC 450 CURRENT TOPICS IN EDUCATION (1-15)
  • EDUC 452 TEACHING WRITING (3)
  • EDUC 460 FIELD STUDY IN ECOLOGY (4). Prerequisite: EDSCI 454
  • EDUC 462 COMPUTERS FOR CLASSROOM TEACHERS (3).
  • EDUC 463 THE INTERNET AND K-12 EDUCATION (3). Prerequisite: EDUC 462 or approval of program
  • EDUC 464 TECHNOLOGY AND THE LEARNING PROCESS (3). Prerequisite: EDUC 462 or EDUC 463 or permission of program
  • EDUC 466 FOUNDATIONS OF TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (3). Prerequisite: permission of program
  • EDUC 467 ENGLISH LANGUAGE STRUCTURE FOR ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE TEACHERS (3). Prerequisite: EDUC 466 or permission of program
  • EDUC 468 LANGUAGE ACQUISITION FOR ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE TEACHERS (3). Prerequisite: EDUC 466 and EDUC 467, or permission of program
  • EDUC 469 TEACHING METHODS AND ASSESSMENT OF ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (3). Prerequisite: EDUC 466, EDUC 467, EDUC 468, or permission of program
  • EDUC 471 BEST PRACTICES IN LITERACY (3). Prerequisite: EDUC 320 or EDUC 321
  • EDUC 472 TEACHING READING THROUGH THE CONTENT AREAS (3)
  • EDUC 474 ADVANCED WHOLE LANGUAGE (3). Prerequisite: EDUC 471
  • EDUC 476 THE EFFECTS OF ENVIRONMENT ON CHILD DEVELOPMENT (3)
  • EDUC 484 SCHOOL LAW FOR TEACHERS (3). Prerequisite: permission of program
  • EDUC 495C EARLY CHILDHOOD FIELD EXPERIENCE (1)
  • EDUC 495 INTERNSHIP (1-15). Prerequisite: prior approval of proposed assignment by instructor
  • EDUC 496 INDEPENDENT STUDIES (1-18)
  • EDUC 497 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-9)
  • EDUC 501 HISTORY OF AMERICAN EDUCATION (3). Prerequisite: approval of program
  • EDUC 503 CULTURAL AND ETHNIC GROUPS EDUCATION (3). Prerequisite: approval of program
  • EDUC 508 TEACHING GIFTED STUDENTS IN HETEROGENEOUS GROUPS (3). Prerequisite: approval of program
  • EDUC 560 CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT (3)
  • EDUC 571 GREAT TEACHERS (3)
  • EDUC 572 COMPARATIVE EDUCATION: WORLD PERSPECTIVES (3)
  • EDUC 583 PROBLEMS IN TEACHING: SELECTED SUBJECT AREAS (3)
  • EDUC 584 ANALYSIS OF RESEARCH: SELECTED TOPICS (3). Prerequisite: EDUC 586
  • EDUC 589 PROBLEMS IN URBAN EDUCATION (3)
  • EDUC 590 COLLOQUIUM (1-3)
  • EDUC 596 INDIVIDUAL STUDIES (1-9)
  • EDUC 597 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-9)
  • EDMTH 441 GEOMETRY AND MEASUREMENT ACROSS THE K-12 CURRICULUM (3)
  • EDMTH 442 ALGEBRA AND FUNCTIONS ACROSS THE K-12 CURRICULUM (3)
  • EDMTH 443 DATA ANALYSIS AND PROBABILITY ACROSS THE K-12 CURRICULUM (3)
  • EDMTH 444 NUMBERS AND OPERATION ACROSS THE K-12 CURRICULUM (3)
  • EDMTH 455 CURRENT ISSUES IN MATHEMATICS EDUCATION (3)
  • SCIED 455 FIELD NATURAL HISTORY FOR TEACHERS (3)
  • SCIED 457 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE EDUCATION (3)

 

Accreditation and Licensure

This program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), whose "performance-based system of accreditation fosters competent classroom teachers and other educators who work to improve the education of all P-12 students. NCATE believes every student deserves a caring, competent, and highly qualified teacher."

Penn State Harrisburg had an overall passing rate of 94% for all Praxis tests as compared to a statewide passing rate of 93%. (2011-12 Praxis Exam Pass Rates)

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