The Master of Education (MEd) program prepares teachers to be effective and innovative leaders in classrooms, schools, and communities.
The MEd in Education is designed for
in-service and substitute teachers holding an Instructional I or II
certificate (or the equivalent if certified to teach in a state other
than Pennsylvania) and/or other professionals who are teaching at places
Head Start, Alternative and Charter Schools or Community Colleges, where
certification is not required.
Build and maintain a supportive professional and academic network by moving through your sequence of classes as a group. You will take one six-credit course per semester for a total of six semesters and complete your program in two years.
Courses offered during the Fall and Spring semesters meet one day a week from 5:15 to 8:45 p.m. (Cohorts that begin in even-numbered years meet on Mondays, and cohorts that begin in odd-numbered years meet on Wednesdays.) Summer classes meet two nights per week during a five-week period.
MEDU-761 Community and CultureMEDU-762 Instruction in the Inclusive Classroom MEDU-763 Teacher as ResearcherMEDU-764 Educational Change and TechnologyMEDU-765 Curriculum and InstructionMEDU-766 Teacher as Leader
Total credits: 36
See IUP’s Graduate Catalog for complete course descriptions.
Students who successfully complete the M.Ed. program may apply for IUP’s Principal Certification Program, which is offered at IUP’s main campus in Indiana, Pa.
(Offered in Fall semester only)Prerequisite: Formal program acceptance
This team-taught thematic unit is designed to prepare graduate students with a strong theoretical and practical knowledge base of the community and the culture in which the school resides. The unit also emphasizes indirect educational variables such as community, cultural, and language diversity that directly affect all public school learners. Upon completion of this thematic unit, students will possess higher levels of self-efficacy and will be empowered to engage with the school, the community, and the culture in an educational and societal context.
(Offered in Spring semester only)Prerequisites: MEDU 761
This team-taught thematic unit is designed to prepare graduate students with a strong theoretical and practical knowledge base which supports instruction of all diverse learners included in a general education classroom. Research proven strategies, especially those that relate to cognitive, humanist, and behavioral views of instruction, classroom management, and motivation of diverse learners included in elementary, middle, and secondary classroom will be explored. Students will learn how to use a model of reflective thinking to assess the effectiveness of instruction and improve the outcomes for all students. *
*This course has been redesigned to meet PDE’s new Inclusive Classroom requirements.
(Offered in Summer I semester only)Prerequisites: MEDU 761, MEDU 762
This team-taught thematic unit will provide educators with the ability to use various research methods that will help them obtain practical knowledge that can be incorporated into their daily educational practices. These research skills are intended to (a) improve educators’ awareness of and relationships to students’ lives and (b) stimulate the formation of relevant and sound educational strategies that incorporate their findings into the classroom in ways that recognize, validate, and build upon their students’ prior socialization, knowledge, and “meaning-making” strategies. This thematic unit will familiarize educators with the conceptual frameworks, methods, and research traditions from both quantitative and qualitative perspectives.
(Offered in Fall semester only)Prerequisites: MEDU 761, MEDU 762, MEDU 763
This team-taught thematic unit is designed to prepare graduate students with a strong theoretical and practical knowledge base focusing on a number of educational changes occurring in twenty-first century schools. Topics include (but are not limited to) the possibilities and challenges of technology and the information highway, school organization, program design, instructional strategies, assessment practices, and the roles and relationships of educators, families, and communities.
(Offered in Spring semester only)Prerequisites: MEDU 761, MEDU 762, MEDU 763, MEDU 764
This team-taught thematic unit is designed to prepare graduate students with a strong theoretical and practical knowledge base of a variety of instructional design and delivery strategies. Through critical inquiry, students will explore the organizational, academic, political, and social issues of curriculum and instruction. This thematic unit fosters and supports the concept of the teacher as a reflective practitioner. Students will be encouraged to link theory and practice through the relationship of projects and actual day-to-day classroom practice. The many facets of instructional design and delivery will also invite and support development of various individual and group projects.
(Offered in Summer I semester only)Prerequisites: MEDU 761, MEDU 762, MEDU 763, MEDU 764, and MEDU 765
What are the attributes of a teacher leader? What impact does adult development have on classroom teaching strategies? These two questions provide the overall focus for this team-taught thematic unit. It will present a variety of teacher leadership models as well as the theories related specifically to teachers and adult development. Where practical, students will plan and implement short-term projects in an educational setting that relate to these two variables and/or will develop simulations to enhance their understanding of these theories and models.
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