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.
This program is recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).
Degree Conferred: M.Ed.
Teaching Certificate 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.
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