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The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction is designed to facilitate the highest level of teacher performance while being 100-percent online through a non-thesis program. 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. It is a unifying theme for all courses and is particularly applicable to the Program Reflection as well as the action research process.
The objectives of the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction are aligned with the following National Board Teaching Standards:
The 30-credit graduate program requires each candidate to complete 24 credits of core coursework and 6 credits of elective coursework.
Core courses are offered
two-per-semester in 7-week sessions. This format allows the graduate
learner to focus on one class at a time.
Program can be completed in as few as 4
semesters, including summers (approximately 1 ½ years).
This course is a study of major educational disciplines, theory, and practical application for teachers as they use their knowledge and skills for effective classroom management. Graduate learners discover how to deal with disrespect, defiance,
disruption, bullying, violence, and many other problems they must handle.
This course provides graduate learners with an opportunity to gain an understanding of the action research process and to enhance their professional growth as research-practitioners. Participants engage in critical analysis of published professional
literature and professional reflection while developing an action research proposal that can lead to improvements in curricular and/or instructional design.
The Program Reflection is the final requirement in the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. This four-six page submission answers a series of targeted questions that require graduate learners to reflect upon their entire experience in the program.
This course is aligned with national standards for teacher competence in assessment and is designed to prepare teachers to effectively use multiple measures of assessment to inform teaching practices. Specific skills include developing and utilizing
assessments and interpreting assessment results.
This course explores elements needed to develop a productive learning environment for diverse learners and examines methods used to provide effective instruction to diverse students through the lens of collaboration and co-teaching and research-based
A major theme in the master’s program is Teacher as Agent of Change. The graduate learner has the dual opportunity of examining leadership concepts and of applying those concepts to successfully address current issues as they affect the school setting.
In addition, graduate learners examine and build on their own leadership capacity.
Curriculum is a multi-faceted field of study directly linked to instruction and assessment. Through this course, graduate learners view 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 reviewed, and current trends are examined. A strong effort is made to provide practical information with specific relevancy to each participant.
Educators need to be well-versed in current technologies. Effective teachers model and apply technology integration as they design, implement, and assess learning experiences to engage students and improve learning using technology. Through the use of
online web resources and collaborative tools, graduate learners study, evaluate, and find applications for technology in their classrooms.
This course examines human learning processes, factors that influence learning, and major learning theories. Graduate learners relate learning theory to effective teaching practices and conduct research.
Gannon University offers several online
courses that may be used as electives.
These courses are offered at a significantly reduced cost from the
tuition for the core courses. As always,
these courses are based on the “teacher friendly” model that Gannon University
has perfected. A listing of elective
courses can be found at www.gannon.edu/act48.
Electives can be taken when it is most
convenient for the student.
Gannon University offers several Pathway Programs. Pathway credits can fulfill the six-credit
elective requirement and be included as the first two courses for an advanced
certification. Pathway options include:
Students may use courses offered through Gannon University as M.Ed.
Transferring credits to a program is done at
the discretion of the program coordinator. Minimum requirements are that they
graduate courses from an approved institution
which have a grade of “B” or better and are recorded on an official transcript,
and which are no older than five years at the time of submission for
consideration. Generally, a maximum of
six credits from an accredited university may be accepted.
see the School of Education website for credit transfer procedures or contact
the Graduate School of Education Office at 814-871-7486.
We invite you to join us by video or phone for a virtual information session to learn more. Registration is required and a link will be sent via email before the session.
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Gannon's Online Engagement Coordinator facilitates our online
new student orientations, implements strategies to ensure that
online students are active in their online courses, and provides
general online student support through a variety of high-touch
methods to engage students and support student retention efforts.
Gannon online students can reach out with general questions about
online learning or how to remotely access Gannon's comprehensive
Undergraduate degree from Gannon University in Elementary and Special Education; 2002M. Ed. degree from Gannon University; 2008Teacher at Conneaut Lake Middle School
"Gannon University provided everything I needed to be effective in the classroom. From small classes, passionate and knowledgeable professors, and extraordinary opportunities to observe effective teachers, I was well prepared to teach many grade levels and subject areas. I was taught to be an agent of change and to advocate for my students. The education I received in Gannon's undergraduate and graduate education programs was invaluable to me as a student and continue to encourage me in my role as a teacher."
Phone: 814-871-7474Toll Free: 1-800-426-6668
Office Location:Gitnik Manse162 W. Sixth St.
Try the demonstration online course to preview how online learning works at Gannon University. Log in as "meddemo" for the username and "meddemo" in lowercase letters for the password.
Online instruction can be different from instruction in the
classroom. Before enrolling in an online
program at Gannon, you should first assess your readiness for
stepping into the online learning environment. Your results from
the online questionnaire will help you identify the requirements
necessary to succeed at online learning and areas you may need to
explore before starting your online program.
Stephen CorsiAssistant ProfessorGraduate Coordinator
Carmella CovellAssistant Professor
Leighann ForbesAssociate Professor
Jill MerrittAssociate Professor
Nancy MorrisAssistant Professor
Janice WhitemanAssociate Professor
Pamela BaldwinAdjunct Lecturer
Gregory BeardsleyAdjunct Lecturer
David BlozowichAdjunct Lecturer
Esther BubbAdjunct Lecturer
Jessica BurkeyAdjunct Lecturer
Michele CampbellAdjunct Lecturer
Stephen CorsiAdjunct Lecturer
Christina CostelloAdjunct Lecturer
Carmella CovellAdjunct Lecturer
Nicholas EmmanueleAdjunct Lecturer
Christina HoytAdjunct Lecturer
Ann JohnsonAdjunct Lecturer
Larry KesslerAdjunct Lecturer
Daniel MennowAdjunct Lecturer
Heidi NeelyAdjunct Lecturer
George OgekaAdjunct Lecturer
Patricia PollifroneAdjunct Lecturer
Carrie ReynoldsAdjunct Lecturer
Chelsey RhodesAdjunct Lecturer
Roberta SchrallAdjunct Lecturer
Catrina SinsAdjunct Lecturer
Rachel StillAdjunct Lecturer
Kimberly TimerAdjunct Lecturer
Aileen WatsonAdjunct Lecturer
Bradley WhitmanAdjunct Lecturer
Trisha YatesAdjunct Lecturer
Justin ZonaAdjunct Lecturer