Curriculum and Instruction

  • Program Overview

    The online Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Curriculum and Instruction is designed to facilitate the highest level of teacher performance.  The core courses focus on the mastery of teaching effectiveness for teachers in grades PreK through 12.  The teacher as agent of change is the conceptual framework for the M.Ed. and is a unifying theme for all courses.  Considerable dialogue has taken place in recent years about the need for positive change in American education.  The Gannon Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction enables the graduate learner to seize the opportunity to engage in a professional process of renewal.  Graduate learners are empowered to translate their knowledge and skills into the classroom.


    The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction is a 30-credit master’s degree.  Students take 8 core classes and six credits of electives.  Students can complete the electives at Gannon University or have the possibility of transferring credits from another accredited institution.  There is no thesis required.  A portfolio is completed at the end of the program.


    • Students can begin in any semester – Fall, Spring or Summer.
    • Core courses are offered two-per-semester in 7-week-long sessions.  This unique format allows the graduate learner to focus on one class at a time.
    • Electives can be taken when it is most convenient for the student.
    • The program can be completed in as few as 4 semesters, including summers.
    • Sample Schedule:
      • Spring:  Spring 1-GEDU 623; Spring 2-GEDU 612
      • Summer:  Summer 1-GEDU 637; GEDU 505
      • Fall:  Fall 1-GEDU 601; Fall 2-GEDU 609
      • Spring:  Spring 1-GEDU 604; Spring 2-GEDU 621 + Portfolio Submission
      • Summer:  Electives (if needed)

    You will Experience

    • 100% Online Program.  Adults who are tasked with many responsibilities have the opportunity to complete their coursework with much more flexibility than a traditional face-to-face program.
    • Tuition is $475/credit.  Gannon University does not charge class fees in addition to tuition costs.
    • The program is 30 credits.
    • No thesis required.   A portfolio is developed throughout the program and finalized at the end of the core coursework.
    • Adjunct faculty members are also educational practitioners.  This provides a pragmatic link between theoretical applications and present day instructional practices and regulations.  Gannon’s adjunct faculty is comprised of superintendents, principals, school psychologists, classroom teachers, and advanced certification directors.   They present a realistic and firsthand view of theoretical models that are valid and applicable in today’s classrooms.

    You Will Achieve

    The mission of the Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed.) program is to provide candidates exceptional professional education through integration of theory and pedagogy to prepare them to be agents of change within the disciplines of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. 

    Upon successful completion of this online degree program, graduates will be awarded the Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Gannon University.  Gannon has a commencement ceremony that all online graduates are welcome to participate in at our campus in Erie, PA, in May and December of each year.

    You Will Study

    GEDU 601 Action Research

    This course provides students with the opportunity to examine standard methods of conducting and reporting educational research. It is designed to provide the knowledge and practice needed to apply literature reviews and collection of data to problem solving and making informed decisions.

    GEDU 621 School Curriculum

    Through this course, the participants examine curriculum as a body of knowledge and a process by exploring the theory, history, purposes, and evolution in curriculum. Factors which shape curriculum are thoroughly discussed, and current trends are reviewed. A strong effort is made to provide practical information with specific relevancy to each participant.

    GEDU 623 Technology: Literacy and Integration

    Technology Literacy and Integration allows for researching, identifying, designing, evaluating and implementing appropriate technology based applications and tools through in class exercises, assigned project activities and use of online learning applications to ensure synthesis of portfolio requirements.

    GEDU 637 Learning Theory

    This course examines human learning processes, the nature and kinds of learning and major learning theories.






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