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 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 credits are taken from the Gannon core and six credits are earned as electives. The program is designed to be convenient and flexible for teachers. Graduate learners complete two Gannon core courses (6 credits) each semester for four semesters. Courses are offered online in 7 week sessions, and graduate learners take only one course at a time. Graduate learners complete the electives online whenever it is most convenient for 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 with a minimum cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; provisional acceptance may be granted in some instances • A completed application for admission including three letters of recommendation from persons qualified to judge the applicant’s character and scholarly/professional abilities • Evidence by previous academic record that the applicant has the general ability and preparation necessary to pursue graduate study successfully
CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS Transfer of credits: Transferring credits to a program is done at the discretion of the program coordinator. Minimum requirements are that they are graduate courses from an approved institution which have a grade of “B” or better and are recorded on an official transcript, and which are no older than five years at the time of submission for consideration. No credits may be transferred in place of the core courses. Core Courses and Portfolio (24 credits) GEDU 505 Classroom Management (3 credits) GEDU 601 Action Research (3 credits) GEDU 602 Portfolio (0 credits) GEDU 604 Educational Tests and Measurements (3 credits) GEDU 609 Inclusive Classroom Practices (3 credits) GEDU 612 Leadership, Current Issues and the Teacher as Agent of Change (3 credits) GEDU 621 School Curriculum (3 credits) GEDU 623 Technology Literacy and Integration (3 credits) GEDU 637 Learning Theory (3 credits) Electives (6 credits) Gannon University Elective Cohort Gannon University Elective Cohort offers 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. 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 aligned with practical application. 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.