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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 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 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.

Advanced Certification Program Options: Students can use the six credit 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). In addition, students who wish to become secondary teachers in Biology, English, History/Social Studies, or Mathematics may use the six credit 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, whiteman002@gannon.edu

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 which support the developmental needs of students.

OVERVIEW

Students pursuing the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction can also seek preparation as a Secondary certified teacher 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. Graduate learners in the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction are required to complete assignments labeled as portfolio evidence. The portfolio assignments enable graduate learners through action research to develop projects that will impact their classroom, school, and/or school district. As a result of these projects, graduate learners have the potential to make significant changes in schools and to emerge as leaders in their respective districts. Individuals seeking initial teaching certification are also required to complete a professional portfolio. The portfolio is intended to demonstrate and document the professional educator’s knowledge, skills, abilities, performances, and professionalism. At the university

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