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Program Contact: Dennis Baughman, 717-771-8413, dpb3@psu.edu
Dennis P. Baughman, Ed.D. - Coordinator of the Master of Education in Teaching and Curriculum

Who: K-12 Teachers

What: Masters of Education in Teaching and Curriculum

  • 30 credits (27 credits of coursework and 3 credits of implementation experience)
  • Up to 10 transfer credits allowed
  • No GRE'S (Graduate Record Exam) unless Jr.-Sr. GPA is below 3.0
  • Coursework focuses on latest research-based knowledge and skills
  • Faculty drawn from skilled practitioners in south central Pennsylvania
  • Program designed in collaboration with York County educators
  • Flexible payment arrangements

When: Admissions Deadline Dates

  • Summer - March 1
  • Fall - July 1
  • Spring - November 1
  • You may begin any semester

Where: All courses offered at Penn State York

Program Objectives

The master of education degree in Teaching and Curriculum is designed to enhance the skills of teachers for public and private schools. The program focuses on three essential components – curriculum, instruction, and assessment – that contribute to the organization’s philosophy of learning, nurturance, and scholarship.  Courses are designed to reflect the standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

Through this program teachers will be able to:

  • Communicate more effectively with school-aged students, parents, colleagues, and administrators
  • Enhance their ability to conduct instructional programs that provide a sound intellectual and emotional climate for learning
  • Increase their competence in a variety of teaching methods and in the utilization of materials and content
  • Interpret and evaluate educational literature and research
  • Better describe and evaluate major issues and current trends in instructional curriculum practice and development

Admission Requirements

The master of education in Teaching and Curriculum has four important admission requirements.

First, candidates must have achieved an overall junior/senior grade-point average of 3.00 or higher.  For candidates applying for admission who have completed credits beyond the baccalaureate degree, we will evaluate the last (approximately) 60 credits completed.  Students must submit two copies of official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.

Second, candidates must submit two letters of recommendation.  These letters must be from former professors who can attest to the academic ability of the candidate.

Third, candidates must submit a 200-300 word personal statement that addresses their career goals and reasons for pursuing a graduate degree.

Finally, candidates must submit test scores from one of the following: Graduate Record Examination, Miller Analogies Test or Praxis examinations completed for certification.  In addition whose native language is not English must also achieve acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Students are required to submit a completed online application with the appropriate fee. 

Application Deadlines

Candidates may enter the program at the beginning of fall or spring semester or the summer session.  All information including test scores, must be received by July 1 for fall admission, November 1 for spring admission, and March 1 for summer admission.

Students are required to submit the following:

  • A completed online application with the application fee
  • Two copies of official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Two letters of recommendation 
  • A 200-300 word personal statement as described above
  • Test scores from one of the following: Graduate Record Examination, Miller Analogies Test, or Praxis Examinations
  • Students whose language is not English must submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Program Requirements

Prescribed Core Course Requirements - (18 Credits)

  • EDUC 505 Curriculum Foundations (3)
  • EDUC 506 Curriculum Development and Instructional Design (3) Prerequisite: EDUC 505
  • EDUC 520 Learning Theory for the Classroom (3) 
  • EDUC 539 Educational Assessment (3) Prerequisite: EDUC 520
  • EDUC 586 Educational Research Design (3) Prerequisite: EDUC 539
  • EDUC 591 Education Seminar (3) 

Education Elective Courses - (9 Credits)

Students select three elective courses in such areas as Instructional Skills, Curriculum Development, Special Needs Students, Classroom Climate, and Technology.

Implementation Experience Courses - (3 - 1 Credit)

Implementation experience courses are designed to offer guidance and support as students begin to use strategies in their own classrooms. Students will select one Core Course and follow that course with an implementation experience course. Also, students will follow-up two Education Elective Courses with two implementation experiences.

These one-credit implementation courses will meet for twelve and a half contact hours and will include required assignments that connect theory to practice.