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Curriculum and Instruction

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  • Program Overview

    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:

    • 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.

    Admission Requirements

    • A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and fulfillment of requirements for admission to the graduate program at Gannon University
    • Final, official transcripts from all colleges attended with a minimum cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; provisional acceptance may be granted in some instances
    • A completed application for admission including three letters of recommendation from persons qualified to judge the applicant’s character and scholarly/professional abilities
    • Evidence by previous academic record that the applicant has the general ability and preparation necessary to pursue graduate study successfully


    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).

    Core Courses

    GEDU 505 Classroom Management (ONLINE)

    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.  

    GEDU 601 Action Research (ONLINE)

    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.

    GEDU 602 Program Reflection (ONLINE)

    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.

    GEDU 604 Educational Tests and Measurements (ONLINE)

    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.

    GEDU 609 Inclusive Classroom Practices (ONLINE)

    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 strategies.

    GEDU 612 Leadership, Current Issues, and the Teacher as Agent of Change (ONLINE)

    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.

    GEDU 621 School Curriculum (ONLINE)

    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.

    GEDU 623 Technology Literacy and Integration (ONLINE)

    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.

    GEDU 637 Learning Theory (ONLINE)   

    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.  

    Elective Options

    Gannon University Elective Cohort

    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

    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:

    • Principal Certification
    • Reading Specialist Certification
    • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Specialist Certification
    • District-Wide Supervisory Certificate in Curriculum and Instruction
    • Secondary Teacher Certification

    Gannon University Courses

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

    Transfer Credits

    Transferring credits to a program is done at the discretion of the program coordinator. Minimum requirements are that they are 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.

    Please see the School of Education website for credit transfer procedures or contact the Graduate School of Education Office at 814-871-7486.

  • Virtual Information Sessions

    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.

  • State Authorization

    View Gannon's State Authorization for more information on SARA and state authorization. Have a complaint about a distance education program or courses? Read the state contact information document to learn more about filing a complaint.

    Student Success

    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 student services.

  • Stephanie Billig

    MED Testimonial Billig

    Undergraduate degree from Gannon University in Elementary and Special Education; 2002
    M. Ed. degree from Gannon University; 2008
    Teacher 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." 

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    Office Location:
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    162 W. Sixth St.


  • Online Demonstration Course


    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 Learning Readiness Assessment

    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.