(M.Ed.) Degree Tracks

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“Total employment is expected to increase by 10.5 million jobs from 2010 to 2020 . . . . Jobs requiring a master’s degree are expected to grow the fastest.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) program at Messiah College offers specialized tracks that provide graduate students with an educational experience that goes beyond traditional expectations of advanced learning. Of the degree tracks offered, those that lead to certification require on-campus instruction during two (2) one-week summer intensive courses. This intensive classroom experience fosters a sense of community among educators through building relationships inside and outside of the classroom. The convenience and flexibility of the program is designed to fit into the schedules of working graduate students.

Messiah College offers the following specialized M.Ed. degree tracks:

Special Education with a Pre-K to 8 Grade PA Teaching Certification Designed for teachers who hold current PA instructional certification in early childhood, elementary, middle grades, K-12 or Reading Specialists who want to develop the specific skills and competencies necessary to support and educate students with special needs. Students who successfully complete this graduate level coursework and field hours can apply to obtain the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Certification in Special Education (PDE, PreK-8).

Special Education with Grades 7-12 PA Teaching Certification Designed for teachers who hold current PA instructional certification in 7-12, K-12, or Reading Specialists who want to develop the specific skills and competencies necessary to support and educate students with special needs. Students who successfully complete this graduate level coursework and field hours can apply to obtain the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Certification in Special Education (PDE, Grades 7-12).

Special Education This track is for individuals who are certified in special education and are interested in enhancing their knowledge base through a concentrated area of study.
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This track is also for those individuals who do not hold special education certification, but who desire to study the field of special education for the purpose of working with individuals with disabilities in settings other than public schools.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL),with a Pennsylvania English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Specialist Certification, (K-12) This track is for students who hold any current Pennsylvania teaching certificate in any content area.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) This track is for students who want to work in English-teaching contexts that exist outside of the American K-12 educational system, in either local or international settings.

Curriculum and Instruction This track is for individuals who may or may not hold teaching certification and who want to enhance their effectiveness as education practitioners, leaders, and collaborators.