The Master of Education in Business/Workforce Development, offered by the Department of Technology Support and Training, is designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of individuals. This program includes a core of 15/18 credits plus 12/15 credits in one of three areas of specialization—Business, Computer, and Information Technology; Workforce Development; and Administrative. Within each area of specialization, students are encouraged to enroll in courses that meet their professional areas of interest.
The Business, Computer, and Information Technology Specialization is of interest to individuals desiring to enhance their knowledge of pedagogy, study current business issues and trends, and expand the use of technology in the learning environment. In addition, an opportunity is available for an individual to complete the requirements for initial Pennsylvania K-12 teaching certification in Business, Computer, and Information Technology (business education)—this opportunity requires the completion of additional course work beyond the 30 credits required for the M.Ed.
The Workforce Specialization is of interest to individuals desiring to broaden their understanding of business, to enhance their knowledge of industry training, and to update their understanding of new technologies used in the workforce.
The Administrative Specialization provides an option for candidates interested in positions as supervisor or director of career and technical programs. Content is based on certification standards established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. An enhancement of this specialization is the opportunity to complete the course requirements for Pennsylvania Department of Education certification as vocational supervisor or vocational director. Completion of the M.Ed. and fulfillment of PDE requirements leads to Vocational Supervisor Certification (PDE certification requirements include verification of appropriate teaching experience in a career and technical field, such as Agriculture, Business, Health, Trade and Industrial and/or Family and Consumer Science). Candidates interested in Vocational Director Certification must complete an additional 9 hours of coursework.
Courses can be taken on either a full- or part-time basis, with classes offered during the evening; a full schedule of course offerings is available in the summer. Needs of each student are addressed through individual attention, flexible scheduling, and opportunities for original research.
Upon admission to the School of Graduate Studies and Research, the student is assigned an advisor to assist in tailoring the program to meet individual goals. This flexibility is a key feature of the program.
Choose one of the following:
*Certification candidates must meet teacher certification requirements of IUP College of Education and Educational Technology.
Must meet Eberly College undergraduate core business education requirements (see current undergraduate catalog).
According to Pennsylvania commonwealth guidelines, students must be certified K-12 and not in separate areas.
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