MEd in Curriculum and Instruction

Fully online and asynchronous master’s degree program for educators and practitioners working across learning contents.

We prepare you to develop high-impact learning experiences for student learners by developing activities that are engaging, equitable, and empowering, and which will build your students’ skills in complex thinking, collaboration, and communication.

As part of this program, you will receive two distinct yet complementary graduate certificates: the STEAM Education Certificate and the Critical Technology in Digital Media for Learning Certificate.

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Program Facts

Degree Type

Master of Education (MEd) in Curriculum and Instruction

Enrollment Term

Fall, Spring, or Summer

Format

Online

Credits

30

Application Deadline

Summer start: March 1 (priority)
Fall start: July 1 (priority)
Spring start: November 22 (priority)

Admissions Requirements

No GRE exam required

Time Commitment

Full-time or part-time

Program Overview

Program Details

Our MEd in Curriculum and Instruction degree develops practicing teachers’ ability to create and facilitate cross-disciplinary (transdisciplinary) learning experiences that emphasize critical thinking, problem-based learning within real-world contexts, collaboration, creativity, and personal expression. These advanced teaching skills are represented in learning standards in most states, including Pennsylvania. Students’ experiences will be framed by equity-oriented teaching practices.

The program addresses the gap in professional learning and training for teachers to teach STEAM and critical technology and digital media skills.

One Degree. Two Certificates.

Students completing this program will earn a master’s degree and graduate certificates in STEAM Education and Critical Technology and Digital Media for Learning. Students have the option of taking a literacy courses in place of the CriT-DML courses but this option does not result in a second certificate.

State Certifications for Current Teachers

  • Fulfills the Act 48 continuing education requirements of the Pennsylvania State Department of Education (PDE).
  • Students will receive the PDE STEM Endorsement.

This program does not confer state certification for pre-service teachers. Students seeking initial teacher certification should complete our school’s Master of Arts in Teaching or Instructional I Certificate programs.

Degree Requirements

  • 30 credits of coursework, including all STEAM courses and required general education courses
  • Digital capstone project to be evaluated by program faculty

Curriculum

Students must take these two courses:

  • TLL 2405: Introduction to Action Research
  • EDUC 2100 Education and Society

After taking these four courses, students will satisfy the academic requirements to earn the Graduate Certificate in STEAM Education:

  • TLL 2008: STEAM: Instructional Design
  • TLL 2007: STEAM: Transdisciplinary Learning Approaches
  • TLL 2009: STEAM: Assessment
  • TLL 2010: STEAM: Implementation

After taking these four courses, students will satisfy the academic requirements to earn the Graduate Certificate in Critical Technology and Digital Media for Learning:

  • EDUC 2301 Online Pedagogy and Praxis
  • EDUC 2300 Digital Media for Learning
  • EDUC 2302 Critical Digital Literacies, Schooling, and Identity
  • EDUC 2303 Technology in Context

Prerequisites

  • Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree.
  • Applicants must have a site of practice (e.g. classroom, after school program, out-of-school learning experience etc.) and/or students or learners to work with when designing and assessing curriculum.
  • Applicants must have at least 1-year teaching or related professional experience in K-12, higher education, informal learning contexts (e.g. museums, after school programs, libraries, etc.), or other educational contexts.

Upcoming Info Sessions

Continuing Education for Educators Info Session (Virtual)

March 4, 2024 | 6-7pm

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General Info Session (Virtual)

March 4, 2024 | Noon-1 PM

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General Info Session (Virtual)

March 18, 2024 | Noon-1 PM

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Career Pathways

The MEd for Curriculum and Instruction is tied to opportunities for career advancement for current educational practitioners across a range of contexts. For classroom teachers, the State of Pennsylvania requires early-career teachers to complete a minimum number of credit hours of graduate-level work in order to gain their Level 2 teacher certification. In addition, many school districts offer pay incentives for teachers with a master’s degree.

The program also satisfies the requirements of the PA Department of Education’s STEM Endorsement.

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