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Master of Education in Elementary Education

(currently not open to new applicants)

This program meets the needs of two groups of students with four-year baccalaureate degrees: 1) those new to the field of teaching seeking an Instructional I Certificate in Elementary Education and 2) experienced teachers seeking the Instructional II Certificate. Both options lead to the M.Ed. in Elementary Education.

Option 1: M.Ed./Initial (Instructional I) Teacher Certification in Elementary Education—This cohort program begins with one year of part-time study. In the fall and spring of year two, students are enrolled full time in field-based courses that combine traditional instruction in methods courses with faculty-supervised opportunities to teach children in elementary school (kindergarten through sixth grade). Upon successful completion of the program, candidates are recommended for initial teacher certification in Elementary Education in Pennsylvania. With an additional 9 credits and a total program of 45 credits, students earn the M.Ed. in Elementary Education.

Option 2: M.Ed./Second (Instructional II) Certification in Elementary Education—is for practicing teachers certified in elementary or another field. The 27 credits for certification are offered to a cohort of students in three consecutive summers of 9 credits each. Students pursue the remaining 9 credits required for the M.Ed. on an individual basis, but within five years of their start date. Total program is 36 credits.

Option 1: M.Ed. in Elementary Education/Initial Elementary Certification.

For postbaccalaureate students seeking an Instructional I Certificate and the master’s degree.

Program Requirements

A. Elementary Core Courses (18 cr.)

ELTC 660 History, Philosophy, and Ethics in Elementary Education 3 cr.
EDEX 560 Family Perspectives on Disabilities 3 cr.
ELTC 665 Issues in Elementary Education and Pedagogy 3 cr.
ELED 642 Mathematics in Elementary School 3 cr.
LTCY 600 Foundations of Literacy Instruction 3 cr.
ELED 655 Developmental Influences on Children’s Learning 3 cr.

B. Field-Based Courses (18 cr.)

Students follow school calendar and all IUP/PDE requirements for certification

LTCY 664 Issues and Trends in the Language Arts 3 cr.
ELTC 661 Integrated Curriculum in the Elementary School 3 cr.
ELTC 670 Practicum I (Social Studies, Citizenship,Multicultural Education, and Diversity) 3 cr.
ELTC 664 Assessment of Student Learning and Elementary Curriculum 3 cr.
ELED 743 Resource Materials in Elementary Science 3 cr.
ELTC 675 Practicum II (School Law andProfessional Practice) 3 cr.

Students complete the following 9 semester hours within five years of their enrollment date to complete the M.Ed. in Elementary Education.

C. Research Requirement (3 cr.)

GSR 615 Elements of Research (required) 3 cr.

D. Electives (6 cr.)

Two Education Electives (500 level or higher) 6 cr.

Note: Pennsylvania Department of Education requires initial certification students to have two mathematics content courses and two English courses (one in writing/composition, one in literature) prior to applying for an Instructional I. Option 1 students may use their 6 credits of graduate-level electives to meet this requirement.

Option 2: M.Ed. in Elementary Education/Second Certification. Plan for Certified Teachers Seeking an Instructional II Certificate

A. Elementary Core (27 cr.)

ELTC 660 History, Philosophy, and Ethics in Elementary Education 3 cr.
ELTC 661 Integrated Curriculum in the Elementary School 3 cr.
ELTC 664 Assessment of Student Learning andElementary Curriculum 3 cr.
ELTC 665 Issues in Elementary Education and Pedagogy 3 cr.
ELED 655 Developmental Influences on Children’s Learning 3 cr.
LTCY 644 Issues and Trends in the Language Arts 3 cr.
LTCY 648 Creativity and the Elementary School Child 3 cr.
EDEX 560 Family Perspectives on Disabilities 3 cr.
ELED 642 Mathematics in Elementary School 3 cr.

B. Research Requirement (3 cr.)

GSR 615 Elements of Research (required of all graduate students) 3 cr.

C. Education Electives (6 cr.)

Two Education Electives (500 level or higher) 6 cr.
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