Curriculum

There are three semesters in the graduate programs at Messiah College, fall, spring, and summer. The Graduate Program in Education offers its courses in an 8-week online format during the fall and spring semesters.  

During the summer, courses are offered in an 8-week online format, as well as a one-week intensive format. The late summer intensive course requires students to be on campus for one full week and thereafter complete any further assignments for the course.

Curriculum List

Flow Chart of Graduate Programs in Education

Required Core Courses for M.Ed. all tracks (21 credits)
EDME 502 Advanced Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Education (3)
EDME 503 Adv. Instructional Design and Assessment (3)
EDME 504 Family and Community Partnerships (3)
EDME 505 Educational Leadership (3)
EDME 525 Curriculum and Learning (3)
EDME 545 Educational Research (3)+
EDME/COUN 551 Eff. Practices for Every Learner (3)*

Degree-seeking students must also successfully complete a comprehensive exam prior to graduating.

*Cross-list with M.A. in Counseling Program
+Effective Fall 2014, this course will be replaced with EDME/HIED 580 Educational Research Methods

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Special Education (18 credits; 39 total)
For those seeking initial special education certification (PDE, Pre-K-Grade 8)

EDME 526 Low Incidence Populations with field experience (3)
EDME 527 Positive Behavioral Support with field experience (3)
EDME 528 Infants, Toddlers, and Families with field experience (3)
EDME 529 High Incidence Populations with field experience (3)
EDME 530 Special Education Internship and Seminar (3)
EDME 531 Special Education Thesis/Project and Seminar (3)

Special Education (18 credits; 39 total)
For those seeking initial special education certification (PDE, Grades 7-12)

EDME 526 Low Incidence Populations with field experience (3)
EDME 527 Positive Behavioral Support with field experience (3)
EDME 537 Transition and Secondary Special Education (3)
EDME 529 High Incidence Populations with field experience (3)
EDME 530 Special Education Internship and Seminar (3)
EDME 531 Special Education Thesis/Project and Seminar (3)

Special Education without Certification (9 credits; 30 total)
For those not seeking initial special education certification
Concentration Course (Choose one of the following three courses)
EDME 522 Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
EDME 527 Positive Behavior Support with field experience (3)
EDME 529 High Incidence Populations with field experience(3)
Capstone Courses (both are required in the area of concentration)
EDME 530 Special Education Internship and Seminar (3)
EDME 531 Special Education Thesis/Project and Seminar (3)

TESOL with PA ESL Program Specialist Certification (PDE)(16 credits; 37 total)
EDME 518 Second Language Acquisition: Theories and Context (3)
EDME 520 Applied Linguistics: Grammar and Phonology in TESOL (3)
EDME 521 TESOL Methods and Assessment with field experience (3)
EDME 532 TESOL Internship and Seminar (4)
EDME 533 TESOL Thesis/Project and Seminar (3)

TESOL without ESL Program Specialist Certification (12 credits; 33 total)
EDME 518 Second Language Acquisition: Theories and Context (3)
EDME 520 Applied Linguistics: Grammar and Phonology in TESOL (3)
EDME 521 TESOL Methods and Assessment with field experience (3)
EDME 533 TESOL Thesis/Project and Seminar (3)

Curriculum and Instruction (9 credits; 30 total)
Electives: Select 6 credits (2 courses) from the following list:
EDME 518 Second Language Acquisition: Theories and Context (3)
EDME 520 Applied Linguistics: Grammar and Phonology in TESOL (3)
EDME 521 TESOL Methods and Assessment with field experience (3) (prereq EDME 518)
EDME 522 Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
EDME 526 Low Incidence Populations with field experience (3)
EDME 527 Positive Behavioral Support with field experience (3)
EDME 528 Infants, Toddlers, and Families with field experience (3)
EDME 529 High Incidence Populations with field experience (3)
EDME 536 Instructional Design and Assessment for Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3) (prereq EDME 522)
Required Capstone Course: 3 credits
EDME 534 Curriculum and Instruction Thesis/Project and Seminar (3)

Pennsylvania Department of Education - Certification Only

English as a Second Language Program Specialist (PDE, K-12)(16 credits)**
EDME 502 Advanced Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Education (3)
EDME 518 Second Language Acquisition: Theories and Context (3)
EDME 520 Applied Linguistics: Grammar and Phonology in TESOL (3)
EDME 521 TESOL Methods and Assessment with field experience (3)
EDME 532 TESOL Internship and Seminar (4)

Special Education Certification Only (PDE, PreK-8)(24 credits)
For those who already have initial certification in PreK-4, elementary education, middle grades and/or reading certification.
EDME503 Adv Instructional Design and Assessment (3)
EDME 504 Family and Community Partnerships (3)
EDME/COUN 551 Effective Practices for Every Learner (3)
EDME 526 Low Incidence Populations with field experience (3)
EDME 527 Positive Behavioral Support with field experience (3)
EDME 528 Infants, Toddlers, and Families with field experience (3)
EDME 529 High Incidence Populations with field experience (3)
EDME 530 Special Education Internship and Seminar (3)

Special Education Certification Only (PDE, Grades 7-12)(24 credits)
For those who already have initial certification in secondary education or reading.

EDME503 Adv Instructional Design and Assessment (3)
EDME 504 Family and Community Partnerships (3)
EDME/COUN 551 Effective Practices for Every Learner (3)
EDME 526 Low Incidence Populations with field experience (3)
EDME 527 Positive Behavioral Support with field experience (3)
EDME 529 High Incidence Populations with field experience (3)
EDME 530 Special Education Internship and Seminar (3)
EDME 537 Transition and Secondary Special Education (3)

Autism Spectrum Disorders Endorsement (PDE, K-12)(12 credits)**
For those who are already certified to teach in PA public schools
Requires 80 hours of field experience, 20 hours are embedded in each course
EDME 504 Family and Community Partnerships (3)
EDME 522 Autism Spectrum Disorders
EDME 527 Positive Behavioral Support with field experience (3)
EDME 536 Instructional Design and Assessment for Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3) 

** Students who earn these PDE Certifications will also receive the corresponding Messiah College Certificate (TESOL or Autism Spectrum Disorders)

Messiah College Certificates

Messiah College Certificate in TESOL (12 credits)
EDME 502 Advanced Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Education (3)
EDME 518 Second Language Acquisition: Theories and Context (3)
EDME 520 Applied Linguistics: Grammar and Phonology in TESOL (3)
EDME 521 TESOL Methods and Assessment with field experience (3)

Messiah College Certificate in ASD (12 credits)
EDME 504 Family and Community Partnerships (3)
EDME 522 Autism Spectrum Disorders
EDME 527 Positive Behavioral Support with field experience (3)
EDME 536 Instructional Design and Assessment for Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)


Special Education with Special Education Certification Pre-K-8 39 credits
Special Education with Special Education Certification Grades 7-12
39 credits
Special Education without Certification (Already Certified) 30 credits
TESOL with ESL Program Specialist Certification 37 credits
TESOL without ESL Program Specialist Certification 33 credits
Curriculum and Instruction 30 credits
English as a Second Language Program Specialist (PDE, K-12) 16 credits
Messiah College Certificate in TESOL 12 credits
Special Education Certification Only (PDE, Pre-K - 8)
24 credits
Special Education Certification Only (PDE, Grades 7-12)
24 credits
Autism Spectrum Disorders Endorsement (PDE, K-12)
12 credits
 Messiah College Certificate in ASD
12 credits