Elementary Education (M.Ed.) with Certification (Spring 2007)

Administered by the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Effective Spring 2007


Applicants must satisfy the general admission requirements for the School of Graduate Studies.

Meet with the program coordinator to clarify program requirements, review academic records and outline a plan for completing degree work.

All students must take the PRAXIS I - Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PSST):

Students may take the Miller Analogies Test. Waivers may be granted to students who score lower but have excellent academic records.

Students will be required to complete five days of classroom observation and 14 days of on-site, in-the-classroom participation working with a teacher(s).

Students will also complete and pass a screening examination, have three letters of recommendation on file, complete Act 34 and 151 clearances and possess recent TB test results.

Program leads to Instructional Level I Teaching Certificate in Elementary Education (K-6)


Students must maintain a minimum QPA for 3.0 throughout their program. Courses in which a B- or lower are obtained must be repeated with a grade of B or higher. Nine graduate credits may be transferred into the program from another accredited institution. Students must complete at least six to nine credits per calendar year (July 1 to June 30 of the proceeding year) for retention in the master's program.


Core courses (15 credits)

60.501 Major Philosophies of Education or 60.584 Curriculum Theory, Design and Development

Choose one of the following five courses:

60.504 Technology for Teachers

60.512 Educational Media and Software

60.515 Integrating Technology into Teaching

60.516 Computers and Curriculum

60.522 Internet for Teachers

60.506 Multicultural Education or 79.593 Human Diversity

60.514 Home, School and Community Relations or 60.502 School and Society

79.590 Research in Education or 62.590 Current Research and Development in ECE

Specialty Core (30 credits)

62.521 Elementary School Curriculum or 62.524 Knowledge and the Curriculum in the Elementary School

62.530 Environmental Education for Elementary Teachers

62.526 Methods and Materials in Science and Mathematics

62.527 Social Studies in the Elementary School

62.528 Language Arts in the Modern Elementary School

62.537 Methods and Materials in Language Arts and Social Studies

60.533 Measurement and Evaluation in the Elementary School or 79.501 Teaching, Learning, Assessment

63.540 Introduction to the Teaching of Reading

70.506 Introduction to Early Intervention or 70.516 Introduction to Exceptional Individuals


Practicum (6 credits)

62.594 Practicum - Students may have one or two teaching experiences: primary and intermediate, depending on their levels of expertise or certification. This may result in one eight-week experience or two eight-week experiences. Each student will develop a practicum proposal and have it reviewed by the program coordinator a semester prior to student teaching. A student may elect to take 12 credits at the undergraduate level if student teaching has not been previously taken. In either situation, the graduate student must prepare a plan for the practice of teaching portion of their program.

All students seeking a master's degree in elementary education with instructional level I teaching certificate (K-6) are required to demonstrate competency in writing skills by completing an in-depth research paper. This may take the form of a departmental paper or thesis. The research paper must follow the style format of the publication manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). A five-chapter format is preferred.

Departmental papers must be read and approved by the student's adviser and one other member of the graduate faculty. A thesis may be completed as a six-credit elective option or additional course work beyond the 51-credit minimum, making the candidate's total graduate program equal 57 credits. All theses must meet the requirements of the School of Graduate Studies.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires all certification applicants to pass the Praxis Series of Examinations (NTEs) for certification. It is the graduate student's responsibility to register, complete and earn a passing score on the examinations.

All program requirements are to be completed within six years after admission into the program, Courses older than six years will not meet degree requirements. All deficiencies, tests if applicable, monetary and academic requirements must be satisfied before the degree can be granted.