MEd Concentrations + Graduate Certificates
In addition to the core requirements, MEd students select one concentration area to complete their 30 total credits. Concentrations can be taken as a stand-alone certificate for individuals not seeking a master’s degree.
Concentrations/certificates are 5 courses (15 credits) in one of the following areas:
• Educational Technology – Every child in every classroom, every teacher in every school, and every person in every community is affected by educational technology. Educational technology enables students to analyze, synthesize and evaluate information, and express ideas in compelling ways that will prepare them for the demands of the 21st century. Learn to integrate technology into teaching and learning, coordinate technology, manage technological resources, and explore the benefits of technology for instruction. Help students create digital projects that fulfill curricular needs and learn to integrate technology as an effective teaching tool.
• Inclusion – Student diversity is one of the major features that characterize classrooms today. Teachers are expected to educate and develop proficiencies across diverse populations of students including those with developmental and learning disabilities; sensory challenges; and a wide range of cultural, ethnic, racial, gender, socio-economic, and primary language backgrounds. Learn how to best educate all students, regardless of the nature of diversity or special need.
• Literacy – Literacy is the foundation for student achievement. The most effective teachers integrate literacy-based learning experiences into their classrooms with the goal of empowering students to learn and critically think across all subjects. Learn effective ways to help students become better readers, writers, communicators, and learners of standards-based curriculum across all content areas through traditional and creative forms.
• Museum + Primary Sources – Optimizing the potential for students to become lifelong learners and contributors to society are the goals of every educator. Establishing a curriculum that integrates learning within informal environments and traditional educational settings is one path to reaching this goal. Learn how to develop the skills to research, analyze and integrate museum content, artifacts, and primary sources into units of instruction, helping students to better understand the world and their place in it.
• The Arts – Current neuroscience and cognitive science research establishes that arts education can help boost test scores across disciplines and lend support for the need for arts in schools. A substantive arts education includes comprehensive experiences in the visual and performing arts. Learn how the process of creating can provide learning and innovation skills such as creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration. This concentration is designed for K-12 teachers in all subjects.
• TI:ME – This program is offered in partnership with Soundtree and the Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME), a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation that serves to assist music educators in applying technology to improve teaching and learning in music. These courses fulfill part of the requirements for the Technology Institute for Music Educators certification. Learn about the variety of systems for educators designed to integrate musical instruments, audio components, video production tools, computers and software that can be used to support music curriculum.