Curriculum and Instruction

  • Program Overview

    The online Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree 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.  It is a unifying theme for all courses and is particularly applicable to the portfolio evidence as well as the action research process.  Considerable dialogue has taken place in recent years about the need for positive change in American education.  The Gannon Master of Education enables the graduate student to seize the opportunity to engage in a professional process of renewal.  Graduate students are empowered to translate their knowledge and skills into applied action research in the classroom. 

    Teachers as Agents of Change and National Board Standards

    The Teacher as Agent of Change incorporates the propositions of the National Board Standards Five Propositions.  Each proposition is expanded with NBPTS and portfolio standards that clearly describe what the graduating M.Ed. Candidate will be able to know and do as a result of his/her graduate studies. 

    The objectives of the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction are aligned with the following National Board Teaching Standards:

    • Teachers are committed to their students and learning.
    • Teachers know the subject they teach and how to teach the subject to students.
    • Teachers manage and monitor student learning.
    • Teachers think systemically about practice and learn from experience.
    • Teachers are members of learning communities.


    • Students can begin in any semester – Fall, Spring or Summer.
    • Core courses are offered two per semester in 7-week-long sessions.
    • Electives can be taken when it is most convenient for the student.
    • Program can be completed in as few as 4 semesters, including summers (approximately 1 ½ years).

    What Makes Us Different

    • The entire M.Ed. program is completed ONLINE.
    • Tuition is $460/credit* with no additional fees.
    • The M.Ed. is a 30 credit, non-thesis, portfolio-based program.
    • The electives may be used to begin an additional certification such as Principal Certification, Reading Specialist Certification, Supervisor of Curriculum or ESL. 

    *2014-2015 Academic Year

    Program Options

    • Master of Education: Curriculum and Instruction


    This program requires the student to take 24 credits of core courses and 6 credits of electives, bringing the total number of credits for the degree to 30.

    Core Courses:

    GEDU 505 Classroom Discipline

    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 discipline.

    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 602 Portfolio Submission

    The final development, presentation, and evaluation of the portfolio project.

    GEDU 604 Educational Tests and Measurements

    This course explores the various statistics and assessments that teachers utilize in the classroom.

    GEDU 609 Inclusive Classroom Practices

    This course will explore the essential questions needed to develop a productive learning environment for diverse learners

    GEDU 612 Leadership and Current Issues:The Teacher as Agent of Change

    A major theme in the master’s program is ‘teacher as agent of change.’ The concept of teacher as agent of change is very important in this course because the graduate student will have the dual opportunity of examining leadership concepts and applying those concepts to successfully addressing current issues as they affect the school setting. Finally the graduate student will have an in depth opportunity to examine and build on their own leadership capacity and that of their students.

    GEDU 621 School Curriculum

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

    GEDU 623 Technology: Literacy and Integration

    Technology Literacy and Integration will allow 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.

    Elective Options:

    Gannon University Elective Cohort:

    Gannon University offers a number of 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. The courses will be taught utilizing the Gannon University practitioner model that emphasizes theory allied to practical application. These courses stress the needs of Pennsylvania’s educational community and can be linked to school district initiatives. A listing of elective courses can be found at


    Gannon University offers several Pathway Programs. Pathway credits can fulfill the six credit elective requirement and also be included as the first two courses for an advanced certification. Pathway options include:

    • Principal Certification Pathway
    • Reading Specialist Certification Pathway
    • District-Wide Supervisory Certificate Pathway
    • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
      Specialist Certificate Pathway

    Gannon University Courses:

    Students may continue to use courses offered through Gannon University as M. Ed. electives.


    Graduate students may transfer six credits to fulfill the elective requirement. The six elective credits may be traditional, online or blended courses. See the School of Education website for credit transfer procedures.



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