Education 35 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 Coordinator (814) 871-5726 MISSION OF THE GANNON MASTER OF EDUCATION IN CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION PROGRAM The Mission of the Gannon Master of Curriculum and Instruction program is to provide candidates exceptional professional education through integration of theory and pedagogy to prepare them to be Agents of Change within the disciplines of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. 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 it is most convenient to them. In each of the core courses, the graduate learner will submit assignments that are labeled as portfolio evidence. These assignments will be reviewed by the course instructor. At the conclusion of the core courses, the graduate learner will submit a final, electronic reflection which will be reviewed by the program coordinator. TEACHERS AS AGENTS OF CHANGE – A RATIONALE The Teacher as Agent of Change is the conceptual framework for the M.Ed. It is a unifying theme for all courses and is particularly applicable to the evidence in the portfolio as well as the action research process and dispositions. Considerable dialogue has taken place in recent years about the need for positive change in American education. The Gannon Master of Education enables the graduate learner to seize the opportunity to engage in a professional process of renewal. Graduate learners are empowered to translate their knowledge and skills into applied action research in the classroom. ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS • • • • A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and fulfillment of requirements for admission to the graduate program at Gannon University Final,official transcripts from all colleges attended A completed application for admission including three letters of recommendation Evidence by previous academic record that the applicant has the general ability and preparation necessary to pursue graduate study successfully CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS Core Courses and Portfolio (24 credits) GEDU 505 GEDU 601 GEDU 602 GEDU 604 GEDU 609 GEDU 612 GEDU 621 GEDU 623 GEDU 637 Electives Classroom Management (3 credits) Action Research (3 credits) Portfolio (0 credits) Educational Tests and Measurements (3 credits) Inclusive Classroom Practices (3 credits) Leadership, Current Issues and the Teacher as Agent of Change (3 credits) School Curriculum (3 credits) Technology Literacy and Integration (3 credits) Learning Theory (3 credits) (6 credits) Gannon University Elective Cohort Gannon University Elective Cohort offers elective courses online that can fulfill the M.Ed. elective requirements. These courses are offered at a significantly reduced cost from the tuition for the core courses. As always, these courses are based on the teacher friendly model for which Gannon University is known. The courses are taught utilizing the Gannon University practitioner model that emphasizes theory allied to practical application. Cohort students have first enrollment priority for these courses, but teachers requiring Act 48 credits are also be invited to enroll. The courses stress the needs of Pennsylvania’s educational community and are linked to school district initiatives. For further information go to www. gannon.edu/Act 48.