FAQ

Teaching MEd

For whom is the program designed?
Messiah College’s Graduate Program in Education is designed for:

  • those who have graduated from an accredited undergraduate institution;
  • those who wish to become competent educators who are capable of working with a range of learners in varied settings;
  • those who wish to effectively support all learners develop their leadership abilities in the field of education, and seek to build collaborative relationships within the education setting;
  • those who are interested in exploring how the Christian faith is related to the teaching profession;and
  • those who wish to be educated and prepared by experienced, Christian faculty members who are committed to educational excellence.
For whom is each M.Ed. degree track designed?
  • Special Education with Certification - Those holding valid Pennsylvania certification in early childhood education, elementary education, middle grades and reading specialist.
  • Special Education without Certification - Those holding valid Pennsylvania certification in special education and wanting a master's degree and preparation in a specialized area (Autism Spectrum Disorders, Emotional and Behavior Disorders, Specific Learning Disabilities) or those who have a desire for other reasons to study the field of special education.
  • TESOL with ESL Program Specialist Certification - Those holding any valid Pennsylvania certification who wish to earn a master's degree and ESL Program Specialist Certificate.
  • TESOL without ESL Program Specialist Certification - Individuals interested in a master's degree in TESOL who already have or do not need to pursue the Pennsylvania ESL Program Specialist Certificate.
  • Curriculum and Instruction - Individuals who may or not hold teaching certification and who want to enhance their effectiveness as education practitioners, leaders and collaborators.

Do I need to take the GRE?
No.

Is there a thesis requirement?
Students can choose to complete a thesis or a project as their capstone experience.

When/how will I be notified of my acceptance into the program?
Once your file is complete, your application will be reviewed. If an interview is warranted, you will be contacted for scheduling purposes. Once an admission decision has been made, you will be notified in writing.

What is the cost of the program?
Please visit our tuition and fees page for more details.

Is financial aid available for graduate students at Messiah?
Yes; in addition to the deferred billing for employer reimbursement option, there are other financial aid options available. Visit our financial aid page for more details.

How long may I take to complete the program?
Each track within the Master of Education program is designed to be completed in 2 to 2 1/2 years, but you may take up to six years to complete the program. (Students are expected to be continuously enrolled from the time they begin their program.)

May I transfer course credits into Messiah’s graduate program?
Yes. Read our transfer credit policy to learn more.

Who teaches Messiah’s graduate program in education?
All of the courses, whether online or in the classroom, are taught by experienced Messiah College faculty from the School of Business, Education and Social Sciences, who are active educators and accomplished scholars. Messiah’s faculty will mentor you to and encourage growth in your faith and your profession.

Visit our faculty profile page to learn more about the individual professors who teach in the graduate program in education.

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