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GCIS 697 Directed Project 1 credit GCIS 698 Directed Research 3 credits Prerequisite: GCIS 602 The course tracks the completion of an independent project. Passing a final oral examination covering the student’s project area and related subject areas and documenting the research project are part of its requirements for satisfactorily completing the course. The content of the independent project can be either an 1. in-depth scholarship culminating in a publishable-quality manuscript (hereafter referred to as a ‘research project’) or 2. the study and development of a prototype-level application culminating in a publishable-quality technical report (hereafter referred to as a ‘technical project’). The project content represents a researched and creative expression of the student’s advanced capability as a result of the graduate program. The directed research project must be proposed and approved prior to the commencement of the independent project work. GCIS 699 Directed Research 3 credits Co-requisite: GCIS 698 The course complements GCIS 698 for larger research projects satisfying Plan B of the Project Requirement. GCIS 799 Thesis 3-6 credits Prerequisite: GCIS 602 The course tracks the completion of an independent research project and the final oral examination covering the student’s project area and related subject areas. The content of the independent, in-depth scholarship culminates in a publishable-quality manuscript (here after referred to as a ‘research project’). The thesis work represents a researched and creative expression of the student’s advanced capability as a result of the graduate program. The thesis must be proposed and approved prior to the commencement of the independent project work. The credits may be taken as a six-credit block, or as two 3-credit blocks.

Education MISSION OF THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION The mission of the Graduate Department in the School of Education at Gannon University is to provide professional educators a practitioner-oriented instructional program that is steeped in academic excellence, visionary leadership, ethical practices, and collegiality.

Master of Education: Curriculum and Instruction - Online Director: Dr. Francis S. Grandinetti Phone: 814-871-7533 Email: grandine002@gannon.edu

OVERVIEW

Gannon University offers the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction online. The Master’s degree is a 30 credit, non-thesis, portfolio-based program. Twenty-four (24) credits are taken from the Gannon core and six (6) credits are earned as electives. The program is designed to be convenient and flexible for teachers. Students complete two Gannon core courses (6 credits) each semester for four semesters. Courses are offered online in 7 week sessions and students take only one course at a time. Students complete the electives online whenever and wherever it is most convenient to them. Students in the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction are required to complete a portfolio. The portfolio enables students through action research to develop projects that will impact their classroom, school, and/or school district. As a result of these projects, students have made significant changes in schools and have emerged as leaders in their respective districts.

OBJECTIVES

The School of Education offers a program leading to a Master of Education degree designed to facilitate the highest level of teacher performance. The core courses focus on the mastery of teaching effectiveness for teachers in grades K through 12. The objectives enable the teacher to: • Develop the verbal skills and strategies that produce mastery of positive communication • Acquire skills that increase student thinking and self-esteem through the instruction process • Use instructional strategies to reach the learning style preferences of students


Gannon University Graduate Catalog 2013-2014