Gannon University Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

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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 significant 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 48. Advanced Certification Program Options: Graduate learners can use the elective requirement to begin taking courses toward an advanced certification as a Reading Specialist (online courses plus practicums), ESL Program Specialist (online courses plus practicums), or a Principal (online courses plus practicums). In addition, participants who wish to become secondary teachers in Biology, English, History/Social Studies, or Mathematics may use the elective requirement toward an initial certification.

Master of Education: Curriculum and Instruction – Secondary Teacher Certification Program Coordinator: Janice M. Whiteman, M.Ed. Phone: (814) 871-7497 •

MISSION OF THE GANNON SECONDARY TEACHING PROGRAM The Secondary programs promote excellence in content knowledge, intellectual skills, and dispositions by emphasizing extensive practical field experiences, professional development, research, and practices that support the developmental needs of students.

OVERVIEW Students pursuing the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction can also seek preparation as a Secondary teacher certified in the content areas of Biology, English, Social Studies, or Mathematics. This program is designed for the professional who holds a bachelor’s degree and who seeks to obtain Pennsylvania Instructional I Teaching Certification in order to teach at the secondary level, grades 7-12. This program is designed to allow graduate learners to accomplish this while pursuing a master’s degree. Courses, except those that have a field experience component, are conveniently offered online to accommodate work and family schedules. Gannon University provides graduate learners with the tools to engage in leadership activities, instructional innovation, and ongoing assessment.


In each of the core courses, the graduate learner submits assignments that are labeled as portfolio evidence. These assignments are reviewed by the course instructor. At the conclusion of the core courses, the graduate learner submits a final, electronic reflection which is reviewed by the program coordinator. Individuals seeking initial teaching certification are also required to complete a professional portfolio. The professional portfolio is intended to demonstrate and document the professional educator’s knowledge, skills, abilities, performances, and professionalism. At the university level, portfolios must demonstrate the degree to which the teacher candidate has attained the outcomes designated by the School of Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Equally important, the professional portfolio is a tool for the interviewing process. Teacher candidates are required to complete more than 180 hours of field experiences and 14 weeks of student teaching. Student teaching is completed in an Erie area school district and requires the teacher candidate to be in an assigned classroom every day, all day for the full 14 weeks. Teacher candidates are encouraged to talk to their advisor early in the program so that they can take the proper course sequence and meet all certification and program requirements.

LEARNING OUTCOMES In addition to the learning outcomes in the Master of Education: Curriculum and Instruction program, graduate learners who are seeking initial teaching certification are able to: • Demonstrate knowledge of research-based educational belief systems and pedagogical/subject-matter content • Demonstrate a culture of learning • Assess and analyze student learning and make appropriate adjustments to instruction, including differentiation for diverse and exceptional learners and monitoring student progress • Establish and reflect on ongoing professional relationships with colleagues, students, parents, school districts, and the community to enhance student learning

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS – MASTER’S DEGREE • 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 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; provisional acceptance may be granted to individuals with a GPA of 2.8. • 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 • An interview with the program director