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M.Ed. in Education


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Program Objectives:
The master's degree program in education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. This program encourages students to view themselves as researchers of teaching and learning and as professionals whose continued growth can best be met through inquiry, reflection, and sustained dialogues with peers. It affords practitioners the opportunity to share effective classroom practices while reading, interpreting, and analyzing current research and professional literature. Students must choose and complete course requirements within a specified concentration area. Use the "Courses" link on the left of your screen to see a list of graduate courses.

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Admission Requirements:
Clarion University's general admission requirements apply, with the following additions

blue bulletA baccalaureate degree from an acceptably accredited college or university.
blue bulletUndergraduate minimum QPA is 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale).
blue bulletThree faculty and/or professional recommendations; recommendation forms should document applicant's potential and/or effectiveness in the areas of teaching ability and/or professional performance.
blue bulletThe applicant must have teacher certification. If the applicant does not meet this requirement, the graduate faculty of the department shall determine existing deficiencies and how they must be met. Certification requirements must be met before any graduate work begins. Submit two copies of evidence of certification.
blue bulletAdmission to provisional status may be granted at the discretion of the graduate faculty if the applicant's QPA is less than 3.0/4.0 scale. Regular status may be granted upon completion of 12 semester hours of graduate study with a minimum of 3.0/4.0 average.


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Transfer Credits:
If you have obtained credits from another university, click here to learn about how to transfer those credits to Clarion University of PA.


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Degree Requirements: Total Credits - 30-33 semester hours

blue bullet Core Competencies - 12 semester hours
blue bullet Concentration - 12-16 semester hours
blue bullet Electives - 6 semester hours

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Core Courses: 12 semester hours

blue bullet Research—ED 520: Introduction to Research - 3 s.h.
blue bullet Pedagogy—ED 522: Analysis of Teaching or ED 563: Reading Pedagogy - 3 s.h.
blue bullet Curriculum—ED 523: Curriculum Development and Evaluation - 3 s.h.
blue bullet Professional Seminar—ED 578: Professional Seminar - 3 s.h.

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blue bullet Curriculum and Instruction
blue bullet Early Childhood
blue bullet Literacy
blue bullet Mathematics Education
blue bullet Science Education
blue bullet Technology

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Electives: 6 semester hours
Electives can be from any of the concentration areas. To be selected from appropriate 400- or 500-level courses as approved by the advisor. A maximum of three credits of 400-level courses approved for graduate credit may be counted toward the degree. Please note that 400-level courses taken for undergraduate credit cannot be repeated for graduate credit. A maximum of 3–6 thesis credits may be substituted as electives.

Mathematics concentration elective courses (6 s.h.) – see mathematics concentration listing for electives.

Written comprehensive exam required, except for the mathematics concentration which requires a Mathematical Portfolio.

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Graduation Requirements:

Students must complete 30 credit hours (33 credits for mathematics concentration) of required and advisor approved elective courses with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00/4.00. Additionally, students are required to complete a written comprehensive exam representing the following core competencies: research, pedagogy, and curriculum.

In addition, in relation to the core competencies, content from the studentfs area of specialization will be incorporated within these areas. Mathematics concentration requires a Mathematical Portfolio.