Master of Education

Mission Statement

The Cedar Crest College Graduate Program is grounded in the premise that education provides the basis for leadership, advocacy, civic engagement, and global connectivity. The Education Department is committed to developing teachers who are steeped in instructional pedagogy, content knowledge and current research. Our graduates will be dedicated to becoming leaders in the profession and advocates for the learning community.
Cedar Crest College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The College is a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges of Teacher Education.

The Education Department

The Education Department is located on the Second Floor of Curtis Hall. The main telephone number for the Department is 610-606-4610. Teacher education candidates may use the computer labs throughout the campus. The Education Department Curriculum Library is in the lower level of the Cedar Crest College Library, and houses a large selection of child/adolescent literature and instructional materials for grades PreK-12.

Full-time faculty contributing teaching and research in the M.Ed. program include the following:


Degrees available in the Master of Education Program

A candidate may pursue one or more of the following degrees:

* It is recommended that secondary students hold a BS/BA or equivalent in the appropriate content area.
** Requires dual (simultaneous) certification in secondary, elementary education, or early childhood.


Graduate Program Objectives

Students completing the Master of Education program will be able to:

  1. Plan and implement quality learning experiences for all learners.
  2. Investigate critical issues and policies in the field of Education.
  3. Analyze and synthesize research in the field of Education.
  4. Demonstrate collaborative skills as a leader in the educational community.
  5. Create a learning environment that engages and respects the diversity of all learners in the global society.

General Admissions Requirements

Students are admitted to graduate programs at Cedar Crest College on the basis of individual qualifications. Requests for application materials and all correspondence relating to admission should be addressed to:

Cedar Crest College

School for Adult and Graduate Education

100 College Drive

Allentown, PA 18104-6196.

Phone: 610-740-3770

Email: sage@cedarcrest.edu

Fax: 610-740-3786


Online Application Materials: www.cedarcrest.edu/graduate

On campus, the main office for the School for Adult and Graduate Education (SAGE) is located in Blaney Hall, Room 105 and is open Monday--Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Students are encouraged to visit the campus to discuss their educational plans. Upon request a campus visit may be arranged along with an opportunity to meet with the Director of the M.Ed. program. For more information, please contact Dr. Jill Purdy at 610-606-4666, x3419 or jepurdy@cedacrest.edu.

A rolling admissions policy is in effect for this program. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a continuing basis throughout the year. Students may be admitted officially at the beginning of any academic semester, including summer.

Admission Requirements

  1. Submission of a completed application form.
  2. An applicant must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university and submit official transcripts to the School for Adult and Graduate Education.
  3. An applicant must provide two letters of recommendation from faculty at the most recently attended academic institution or contact the Director for other options.
  4. Submission of a two-page writing sample outlining the candidate’s goals and why the candidate is interested in pursuing a graduate degree in education at Cedar Crest College.
  5. An applicant should have a cumulative undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher. Applicants with a cumulative GPA below 3.0 may apply for admission. In such cases, the applicant may be granted provisional status, and must earn a minimum GPA of 3.0 during the first 9 credit hours of graduate work taken at Cedar Crest College. Applicants with a cumulative GPA below 3.0 should contact the Education Office (610-606-4610) to make an appointment to consult with the Director of the M.Ed. program.

Admissions Decisions

The Education Department will make final admissions decisions on the basis of the following criteria: GPA, writing sample, letters of recommendation, related experience and background. Candidates will be considered from a holistic perspective. The Education Department reserves the right to ask the prospective candidate for additional information. Candidates will be advised of their application status via mail within three weeks of their department review. Admission decisions are final and not subject to an appeal.

Matriculation

Matriculation is required for any student who plans to receive financial aid or a graduate degree. A student applies for matriculation by submitting a completed application for admission to the School for Adult and Graduate Education. After submitting a complete application, students receive a letter from the College informing them of the decision concerning their acceptance as a degree candidate. Students are matriculated into the program once they have registered for classes during their first semester of academic study.

Graduate programs may permit non-matriculated and visiting students to enroll in graduate courses on a case-by-case basis. In the event that a graduate course reaches its enrollment maximum, matriculated students are given preference over non-matriculated students.

Acceptance of Transfer Credits

A candidate may transfer up to nine graduate credits from an accredited graduate program at another college or university. A student must earn a grade of “C-” or higher for graduate credits to transfer to the program. Depending upon the program of study a student selects, transfer credits may or may not decrease the total number of credits required to complete the degree.

Foreign Credit Evaluation

Coursework/degrees completed outside of the United States should be evaluated through a non-profit agency, such as World Education Services (www.wes.org). If your previous degree was completed at an international institution, please review the teacher certification requirements for “Foreign Educated Graduate” as published by the Pennsylvania Department of Education at http://www.pde.state.pa.us.

Degree Program Retention Policy

Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 to remain in the M.Ed. program. A student seeking a PDE teaching certification must achieve a “C-“ or better in all education courses, as per college policy. Accepted students are permitted to repeat a course one time to meet academic requirements. Provisional and visiting students must seek approval from the Director of the M.Ed. program prior to repeating a course. If the student fails to maintain academic standards, he/she is subject to dismissal from the program.

Leave of Absence Policy

Students wishing to take an authorized leave of absence from the M.Ed. program must do so in writing to the Director of the M.Ed. Program. If a student interrupts her/his certification process for more than one year, she/he will have to be readmitted under the most current requirements and must participate in an interview with the Program Director. Students seeking a teaching certification may be required to take additional coursework and/or participate in additional field experiences to update their knowledge of instructional practices.

Maximum Period of Candidacy

Students must complete the program in seven academic years beginning with the semester of matriculation.

Completion of the Graduate Program and Graduation

To successfully complete the M.Ed. a student must adhere to the following:

Graduate 2017-2018 Tuition and Fees

Education Graduate Tuition, per credit at the State Rate
All Undergraduate Evening/Weekend/Online courses $558.00

Undergraduate Tuition rate per credit, daytime students $1042.00

Audit Fee (non-refundable) per credit $185

Independent Study Tuition rate per credit (590 level) $483.00
Full-Time/Part-Time Student Activity Fee (Fall & Spring semesters) $20(graduate only)
Full-Time Technology Fee, per semester $100.00

Part-Time Technology Fee, per semester $50.00

Student Teaching Honorarium $400.00

Graduate Research Project Fee (non-refundable) (EDU 599) $100

Note: The College reserves the right to change the fees and charges when necessary.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are designed to promote the educational goals and objectives of the master’s degree program by providing students with opportunities to actively participate in a range of instructional and research experiences that serve to promote the mastery of knowledge and practice in the field of education. To this end, graduate assistants are placed with individual faculty and may assist in:

The development of classroom experiences for undergraduate students.

  1. Assisting faculty in the instruction of undergraduate coursework.
  2. Serve as an instructor in the event that assigned faculty is absent.
  3. Provide background information in the form of literature searches for faculty projects.
  4. Assist in collection and dissemination of research information.
  5. Serve as an instructor in “mini-topics” within the large class content where experiences and expertise warrant.

Student wishing to apply for a graduate assistantship are asked to do so as part of the admissions process. To be eligible to receive an assistantship, a student must:

  1. Have completed all undergraduate prerequisites for the master’s degree program.
  2. Submit an application requesting an assistantship to the Program Director.
  3. Successfully interview with the faculty member with whom the student will be placed.

Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis by the Program Director in consultation with the faculty to whom graduate assistants will be assigned. The number of assistantships available in any given semester and the stipend to be awarded to each graduate assistant is determined by the Program Director in consultation with the Dean of Adult and Graduate Education and the Provost. The decision of the Program Director in regard to award recipients is final and not subject to appeal.

Graduate Student Handbook

Each student has access to the Graduate Student Handbook prepared specifically for the M.Ed. in Education. The purpose of the handbook is to provide students with information pertaining to the curricular requirements, policies and procedures associated with the program. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves and understanding the information presented in the Graduate Student Handbook. Questions regarding the content of the handbook should be directed to either the student’s faculty advisor or the Director of the graduate program in Education.

Graduate Research Project in Education

All students earning the Master of Education in the Art of Teaching will complete a research project through EDU 599 Graduate Research Project in Education. The purpose of this course is for the student to reflect on his/her growth as an educator, conduct research and to demonstrate the learning of the following program goals: plan and implement quality learning experiences for all learners, investigate critical issues and policies in the field of education, analyze and synthesize research in the field of education, demonstrate professional and collaborative skills as a leader in the educational community, and create a learning environment that engages and respects the diversity of all learners in a global society. The student will register for EDU 599 in his/her final semester. See Graduate Handbook for more information.

Advising

Advising is an important element of any advanced degree program. A student accepted to the M.Ed. program will be assigned an academic advisor who will work with the student in planning the program of study.
Faculty advisors are assigned by the Director of the M.Ed. program based upon a review of student interests and faculty availability. Students wishing to request a specific faculty advisor must submit this request in writing to the Program Director.

A student who wishes to change her advisor should schedule a meeting with her current advisor to discuss her concerns. After this meeting, the student must notify the Program Director, in writing, of her desire to change advisors. When a new advisor is identified, the student will be notified via e-mail. If a student is uncomfortable discussing her concerns directly with her current advisor, the student should contact the Program Director.
Programs of Study for M.Ed. Degrees

The following pages specify the course requirements for the following concentrations leading to the Master of Education: The Art of Teaching; Master of Education with Early Childhood, Secondary, Special Education or English as a Second Language Certification.

Please note that the curriculum checklists for any teaching certification include all the PA Department of Education requirements. Requirements are subject to change by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Master of Education:
The Art of Teaching (30 credits)
Core Courses (15 credits):

EDU-505 Law and Policy in American Education (3cr)

EDU-525 Research Design and Methodology (3cr)
EDU-582 Technology for Educators
One of the following courses: EDU 516: Diversity and Multicultural Education, EDU 583: Teachers as Leaders, or EDU 581: School and Community Partnerships
EDU-599 Graduate Research Project in Education (3cr)


Electives (18 credits):

ECE-501 Foundations of Early Childhood (3cr)
ECE-502 Assessment and Intervention (3cr)
ECE-505 Issues and Advocacy in Early Childhood (3cr)
ECE-530 Teaching Methods for Early Childhood Education I (3cr)
ECE-531 Teaching Methods for Early Childhood Education II (3cr)
EDU-508 Integrating the Arts in the Elementary and Middle School Classroom (3cr)
EDU-511 Literacy I (3cr)

EDU-514 Reading in the Content Area (3cr)

EDU-516 Multicultural & Diversity Education (3cr)
EDU-540 Differentiated Reading Instruction (3cr)

EDU-550 Educational Planning and Classroom Management (3cr)
EDU-559 Curriculum and Instruction for the English Language Learner (3cr)
EDU-560 Special Topics in Education (3-12cr)
EDU-581 Community and School Partnerships (3cr)
EDU-583 Teachers as Learners (3cr)
EDU-586 Creating A Digital Environment (3cr)
ESL-553 Assessing English Language Learners (3cr)
ESL-555 Developing Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity (3cr)

ESL-556 Second Language Acquisition and Language Development (3cr)

ESL-558 Approaches to ELL’s (3cr)
SPE-510 Intensive Reading, Writing, and Mathematics (3cr)

SPE-515 Pervasive Development Disorders (3cr)

SPE-520 Evidence Based Approaches (3cr) 

SPE-533 Screening, Assessment, and IEP Development(3cr)

SPE-542 The Exceptional Child: Special Education Process (PreK-8) (3 cr)
SPE-543 The Exceptional Child: Special Education Process and Transition (7-12) (3cr)
SPE-544 Adaptations and Modifications and Assistive Technology (3cr) 

SPE-546 Collaborative Partnerships (3cr) 

SPE-547 Classroom Management (3cr) 

SPE-548 Low Incidence Disabilities (3cr) 

SPE-550 Subject Area Content Access (3cr)

Candidates seeking additional PDE teaching certifications should meet with their advisor for specific program requirements.

Master of Education: Early Childhood Certification, PreK-4 (49 credits)
Prerequisites:

3 credits in Child Psychology or Educational Psychology
Required Courses:

EDU-505 Law and Policy in Education (3cr)

EDU-550 Educational Planning and Classroom Management (3cr) 

ECE-501 Foundations of Early Childhood Education (3cr)

ECE-502 Assessment and Intervention: PreK-4 (3cr) 

ECE-505 Issues and Advocacy in Early Childhood Education (3cr) 
ECE-530 Teaching Methods for Early Childhood Education I: Content Areas (3cr)

ECE-531 Teaching Methods for Early Childhood Education II: A Model for Integration (Prereq. EDU 530) (3cr)

EDU-508 Integrating the Arts across the Curriculum (3cr)

EDU-511 Literacy I: PreK-4 (3cr)

EDU-520 Pre-Student Teaching Field and Observation Experience (1cr)
EDU-540 Differentiated Reading Instruction (Co or Prereq. EDU 511) (3cr)


EDU-559 Curriculum and Instruction for English Language Learner (3cr)

SPE-520 Evidence Based Approaches (3cr)

SPE-542 The Exceptional Child: Special Education Process (3cr)
SPE-544 Adaptations, Modifications and Assistive Technology (3cr)SPE-550 Subject Area Content Access (3cr) 

EDU-572 Student Teaching: Elementary (3cr) (Capstone) 

EDU-574 Professional Education Seminar (3cr) (Capstone)

Please Note: All courses and field work must be completed prior to student teaching and professional seminar. The student may not take any other classes during the student teaching semester. The student will earn certification once state required exams are passed.

Master of Education/5 Year Program

The B.S./M.Ed. program allows students to complete a baccalaureate degree and a Master of Education degree in five years. Contact the Education Department for more information. In this program, the student can earn a B.S. in Early Childhood Education, an initial teacher certification, an English as a Second Language Specialist Certification, and Master Degree in the Art of Teaching, in five years. Students progress through the program with the careful oversight of an advisor.

Special Education Certification PreK-8, (27-40 credits)

Students must complete hold a teaching certification or complete the certification requirements in Elementary (K-6) or Early Childhood (PreK-4) to be eligible for Special Education certification.

Prerequisites:

EDU-150/550 Educational Planning and Classroom Management (3cr) or the equivalent

SPE-242/542 The Exceptional Child: Special Education Process (3cr) or equivalent

SPE -245 Field Experience IV (1cr)
SPE-344/SPE 544 Adaptations, Modifications and Assistive Technology (3cr) or equivalent EDU-359/EDU 559 Curriculum and Instruction for the English Language Learner (3cr


Certification Courses:

SPE-510 Intensive Reading, Writing, and Mathematics (3cr)

SPE-515 Pervasive Developmental Disorders (3cr)

SPE 520 Evidence Based Approaches (3cr) or equivalent
SPE-533 Screening, Assessment, and IEP Development (3cr)

SPE-546 Collaborative Partnerships (3cr)

SPE-547 Classroom Management (3cr)

SPE-548 Low Incidence Disabilities (3cr)

SPE-550 Subject Area Content Access for Students (3cr) 

SPE-575 Special Education Student Teaching(3cr)
Students seeking certification in special education will be required to take the specialty test through PECT. No other courses may be taken during the practicum (SPE-575).

Master of Education: Secondary Certification (40 credits)
Prerequisites:

3 credits in Child Psychology or Educational Psychology
Required Courses:

EDU-505 Law and Policy in Education (3cr)

EDU-514 Reading in the Content Areas (3cr)

EDU-520 Pre-Student Teaching Field and Observation Experience (1cr)

EDU-521 Assessment in Secondary Education (3cr)
EDU-525 Research Design and Methodology (3cr)

EDU-550 Educational Planning and Classroom Management (3cr)

EDU-559 Curriculum and Instruction for the English Language Learner (3cr)

EDU-582 Technology for Educators (3cr)
Curriculum, Assessment and Learning Experiences for Secondary Mathematics & Science (EDU 546), Social Studies (EDU 547), English (EDU 548) or World Language (3cr)
SPE-520 Evidence Based Approaches (3cr)
SPE-543
The Exceptional Child: Special Education Process and Transition (3cr)
SPE-544 Adaptations, Modifications and Assistive Technology (3cr)
EDU-573 Student Teaching: Secondary (3cr) (Capstone) 

EDU-574 Professional Education Seminar (3cr) (Capstone)

Please Note: All courses and field work must be completed prior to student teaching and professional seminar. The student may not take any other classes during the student teaching semester. The student will earn certification once state required exams are passed.

Content Area Requirements:

To be certified in secondary education a student must possess an academic major or the equivalent of an academic major in at least one of the content areas: Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Mathematics, Political Science or Spanish. Students should consult with their advisor for specific information about the coursework required in each content area.

Special Education Certification, 7-12 (27-40 credits)

Students must complete the certification requirements or hold a secondary certification (7-12) to be eligible for Special Education certification.:

Prerequisites:
EDU-150/550 Educational Planning and Classroom Management(3cr) or equivalent

SPE-243/543 The Exceptional Child: Special Education Process and Transition (3cr) or equivalent

SPE-245 Field Experience IV (1cr)
SPE-344 or SPE 544 Adaptations, Modifications and Assistive Technology (3cr) or equivalent

EDU-359 or EDU 559 Curriculum and Instruction for the English Language Learner (3cr)

Certification Courses:

SPE-510 Intensive Reading, Writing, and Mathematics (3cr)
SPE-515 Pervasive Developmental Disorders (3cr)

SPE-520 Evidence Based Approaches (3cr) or equivalent
SPE-533 Screening, Assessment, and IEP Development (3cr)

SPE-546 Collaborative Partnerships (3cr)

SPE-547 Classroom Management (3cr)

SPE-548 Low Incidence Disabilities (3cr)

SPE-550 Subject Area Content Access (3cr) 

SPE-575 Student Teaching in Special Education (7-12) (3cr)
Students seeking certification in special education will be required to take the specialty test through PECT. No other courses may be taken during the practicum (SPE-575).

English as a Second Language Certification (PreK-12) (17 credits)
Required Courses: 

ESL-551 English as a Second Language Field Experience I (1cr/30 hours)
ESL-553 Assessing English Language Learners (3cr)
ESL-554 English as a Second Language Field Experience II (1cr/30 hours)
ESL-555 Developing Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity (3cr) 

ESL-556 Second Language Acquisition and Language Development (3cr)

ESL-558 Approaches to Educating ELL’s (3cr)

EDU-559 Curriculum and Instruction for the English Language Learner (3cr)

Praxis/PECT Examinations
Students should adhere to Praxis/PECT deadlines posted in Education Department and in Student Handbooks.
Information may be obtained on-line at praxis@ets.org or at (PECT) www.pa.nesinc.com.
Students should consult with their advisors if they have any questions regarding to the Praxis/PECT examination process. Software and study guides for the Praxis II may be purchased directly from the Educational Testing Service, or at area bookstores. Students holding a B.S. and a B.A. are not required to take Basic Skills exams.
Early Childhood/Elementary
PECT-PreK-4- 3 modules: 8006, 8007 and 8008
Special Education (PreK-8)-PECT:
2 modules: 8011 and 8012

Secondary Content Area PRAXIS:

0235 Biology Content Knowledge (computerized 5235) 

0245 Chemistry Content Knowledge (computerized 5245)

5038 English Language, Literature and Composition Content Knowledge
5161 Mathematics Content Knowledge (graphing calculator needed)
0081 Social Studies Content Knowledge (computerized 5081) 

5195 Spanish Content Knowledge (contains listening section) and 0511 Fundamental Subjects (computerized 5511)


Special Education (7-12) PECT:
2 modules 8015 and 8016

Reading Specialist
0301, (computerized 5301)

Kappa Delta Pi International Honorary Society in Education, Omega Chi Chapter
The purpose of the Education Honor Society is to promote excellence in and recognition of outstanding contributions to education. The Cedar Crest College Omega Chi Chapter was first established in the Spring of 2000. The charter members were initiated into the society on April 30, 2000.

To apply for membership in the Omega Chi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, a student must meet the following criteria:

An email will also be sent to education students who are eligible each spring.
Application materials are submitted online per the email directions.

 



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