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Curriculum and Instruction (C I)

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ROSE MARY ZBIEK, Director of Graduate Studies for Curriculum and Instruction
272 Chambers Building
814-863-1210
rmz101@psu.edu

 

Degrees Conferred:

Ph.D., M.S., M.Ed.
Integrated B.S. in Special Education/M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction
Integrated B.S. in Biology/M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction
Integrated B.S. in Chemistry/M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction
Integrated B.S. in Mathematics/M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction

 

The Graduate Faculty

 

This program provides advanced professional preparation in the special areas of bilingual education, curriculum and supervision, early childhood education, elementary education, instructional leadership, language and literacy education, science education, social studies education, and mathematics education.

Admission Requirements

Scores from the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) are required for admission. However, applicants for the doctoral degree are strongly encouraged to take the GRE. Moreover, students with excellent academic records who wish to be considered for fellowships, scholarships, and assistantships should take the GRE as a matter of course. At the discretion of an emphasis area, a student may be admitted provisionally for graduate study in a program without these scores. Requirements listed here are in addition to general Graduate Council requirements stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. Each IUG might have additional requirements. Applications must be submitted via the Graduate School. 

Students with appropriate course and professional backgrounds will be considered for admission, subject to the limitation of program facilities. For admission to the professional degree programs leading to the M.Ed., teaching or equivalent experience and at least 18 credits in education are recommended.

Master's Degree Requirements

M.Ed. and M.S. candidates are expected to complete C I 590(1) as well as a core of one course in each of three areas: learning/foundation (EDPSY 421, EDPSY 526, SCIED 552, C I 560), research (C I 400, C I 501, SCIED 558, STAT 500, EDSPY 400), and curriculum (C I 550, C&S 551, SCIED 550), or the equivalent. Through C I 590, students complete Scholarship and Academic Research Integrity (SARI) training. M.S. candidates are required to enroll in six credits of thesis research (C I 600 or 610) as they plan, conduct, and report a master’s research thesis. M.Ed. candidates submit a professional master’s culminating paper.  

Doctoral Degree Requirements

The completion of a core of competencies in curriculum, instruction, and supervision with at least one course in each area is expected of Ph.D. candidates. Additional course are requirements include courses in an emphasis area, in quantitative or qualitative research methods, and in supporting courses that extend or complement the emphasis area. Emphasis areas include curriculum and supervision; early childhood education; language, literacy and culture; mathematics education; and science education. All students complete Scholarship and Academic Research Integrity (SARI) training through C I 590(1). In addition, each student completes all Degree Requirements of the Ph.D. and produces and defends a doctoral dissertation.

To meet residency requirements, the Ph.D. candidate must spend at least two consecutive semesters enrolled as a full-time student at the University Park campus. For additional requirements, please see the Graduate School’s degree requirements for doctoral degrees: http://bulletins.psu.edu/graduate/degreerequirements/.

Student Aid

Graduate assistantships available to students in this program and other forms of student aid are described in the STUDENT AID section of the Graduate Bulletin.

Integrated B.S. in Special Education/M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction

The Special Education and Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in Language and Literacy Education Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate (SE/CI-LLED IUG) leading to certification as a Reading Specialist.

The Special Education and Curriculum Instruction with Emphasis in Language and Literacy Education Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate (SE/CI-LLED IUG) Degree Program consists of integration of required courses for a B.S. in Special Education with courses required for certification as a Reading Specialist and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in Language and Literacy Education (LLED). The five-year, SE/CI-LLED IUG is an option for highly qualified students seeking certification to teach Special Education in Pennsylvania in grades K-12. Students in this IUG will be taught how to design and deliver appropriate instruction based on individual needs and incorporate a variety of materials and strategies. Students are expected to complete courses required for the graduate level K-12 reading specialist integrated with their undergraduate experiences and coursework in Special Education and will complete a summer practicum in an on-campus reading clinic as well as a capstone Special Education teaching experience in their final semester. Completion of the IUG (along with earning a passing score on PDE required content tests) leads to a B.S. in Special Education, certification in special education and as a reading specialist in the state of Pennsylvania, and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction.

In addition to the admission requirements for the Curriculum and Instruction M.Ed., admission to the SE/CI-LLED IUG Reading Specialist program will be based upon having attained a minimum GPA of 3.5 in Special Education courses, with a grade of B or better in SPLED 412. Admission will be based on a recommendation by the Reading Specialist Program Coordinator in consultation with the Coordinator of Teacher Education in Special Education.

For the B.S./M.Ed. Degree in integrated Special Education B.S. and Curriculum and Instruction M.Ed., a minimum of 150 credits is required. Up to 12 credits can apply to both undergraduate and graduate degrees; half of these must be at the 500-level. Students who have been accepted into the IUG program but are unable to complete the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction may be awarded the B.S. in Special Education after having completed all degree requirements for the B.S.

Master of Education (IUG in Special Education/Curriculum and Instruction)

CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION M.Ed. (30 credits)
(IUG in Special Education/Curriculum and Instruction)

Core Areas (9 credits - choose one course from each area):
Curriculum: CI 550
Research: CI 501 or EDPSY 400
Learning: EDPSY 421, EDPSY 545, or HDFS 429

Emphasis in Language and Literacy Education with Reading Specialist (* denotes required courses)
EDLDR 563, EDPSY 526, *LLED 500, *LLED 501, *LLED 550, *LLED 595A

Note: A Master's paper is required for completion of the M.Ed.

A passing score on the state-required Reading Specialist Exam (qualifying score of 570) is required for Reading Specialist certification.

Integrated B.S. in Biology/M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction

This Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate (IUG) degree program combines the Bachelor of Science in Biology with the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Science Education emphasis.  The program is designed to be completed in five years. The program enables highly qualified and motivated students to delve deeply into a scientific content area and to pursue graduate level preparation in the theory and practice of teaching. Most students in this option intend to seek Pennsylvania teacher certification, and a semester of student teaching comprises part of their final year of studies. The IUG may also be suitable for a student who does not need to become certified, because they intend to teach in a private secondary school or a non-formal educational setting; in such cases, the second graduate semester will be a program of studies determined through consultation with the graduate advisor and customized for the student’s specific needs.   

 Students shall be admitted to the program no earlier than the beginning of the third semester of undergraduate study and no later than the end of the second week of the semester preceding the semester of expected conferral of the undergraduate degree. Application materials to be submitted include a current undergraduate transcript, statement of purpose, draft plan of study, two letters of recommendation, and concurrent submission of an application for master’s study to the graduate program in Curriculum and Instruction, Science Education emphasis area. In addition, a minimum GPA of 3.5 in Science and Education courses is required. Admission will be based on a recommendation by the Science Education Program Coordinator in consultation with the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Education in the Biology Department. Additional details about the graduate application procedure can be found above in the section, “Admissions Requirements.” Applications must be submitted via the Graduate School.

IUG students fulfill all degree requirements for a B.S. in the Eberly College of Science. If a student chooses to leave the program without completing M.Ed. requirements, he or she may still receive the relevant B.S. degree, after all B.S. requirements are completed. 

For the M.Ed. degree, students must earn at least 30 credits at the 400/500 level, at least 18 of them at the 500 level. One graduate semester is usually devoted to full time student teaching. Additional graduate coursework is completed in a second semester.  Courses required for the M.Ed. degree include a course in learning theory (e.g., SCIED 552(3)), a course in research methods (e.g., SCIED 558(3)), a course in curriculum (e.g., SCIED 550), and a course in research ethics (C I 590(1)).

Students pursuing teacher certification (the usual option) additionally complete a 500-level EDTHP course (3), C I 595(6), and C I 496(6). SCIED 558(3), C I 496(6), and C I 595(6) comprise the student-teaching semester course load. Students who are not pursuing teacher certification substitute 15 credits of other 400- or 500-level coursework for the student teaching semester; those courses are selected in consultation with their advisors, in order to address the students’ specific career aspirations.

124 credits are required for the B.S. degree and 30 credits for the M.Ed. degree.  The following courses may be double-counted toward both the B.S. and the M.Ed. degrees, up to a limit of 12 credits: EDTHP 500-level courses (3), SCIED 411(3), SCIED 412(3), and SCIED 500-level courses. Note that at least 50% of credits proposed for double-counting must be at the 500 level. In addition to the double-counted courses taken during the first four years, the timeline for the M.Ed. is one year that includes these specified courses. The program is designed to be finished in five years.

There are a number of other requirements for Pennsylvania teacher certification, including state-required tests and clearances, as well as coursework that can be completed at either the undergraduate or graduate level. Some courses, not enumerated above, that are usually required to satisfy teacher certification requirements include C I 280(3), SPLED 400(3), and C I 495C(3).  Please note that changes in Pennsylvania certification requirements are common; students should check the Certification FAQ page at the Penn State Science Education website for updates and clarification about the specific requirements that affect them, based on their admission date to the IUG program option. Note also that students in the IUG program option are not required to complete all Penn State teacher certification requirements in order to receive their B.S. and M.Ed. degrees, as long as they have completed the requirements for those degrees, as described in the undergraduate and graduate Bulletins. For example, a student who has completed all degree requirements but has not yet received a score for the Pennsylvania-required Biology content exam may be awarded both of his or her earned degrees.

Integrated B.S. in Chemistry/M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction

These Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate (IUG) degree programs combine the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Science Education emphasis. The programs are designed to be completed in five years. The programs enable highly qualified and motivated students to delve deeply into a scientific content area and to pursue graduate level preparation in the theory and practice of teaching.

 Students shall be admitted to the program no earlier than the beginning of the third semester of undergraduate study and no later than the end of the second week of the semester preceding the semester of expected conferral of the undergraduate degree. Application materials to be submitted include an undergraduate transcript, statement of purpose, draft plan of study, two letters of recommendation, and concurrent submission of an application for master’s study to the graduate program in Curriculum and Instruction, Science Education emphasis area. In addition, a minimum GPA of 3.5 in Science and Education courses is required. Admission will be based on a recommendation by the Science Education Program Coordinator in consultation with the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Education in the Chemistry Department. Additional details about the graduate application procedure can be found above in the section, “Admissions Requirements.” Applications must be submitted via the Graduate School.

 IUG students fulfill all degree requirements for a B.S. in the Eberly College of Science. If a student chooses to leave the program without completing M.Ed. requirements, he or she may still receive the relevant B.S. degree, after all B.S. requirements are completed. 

 For the M.Ed. degree, students must earn at least 30 credits at the 400/500 level, at least 18 of them at the 500 level. One graduate semester is devoted to full time student teaching. Additional graduate coursework is completed in a second graduate semester.  Courses required for the M.Ed. degree include SCIED 552(3), SCIED 558(3), a 500-level EDTHP course (3), C I 590(1), C I 595(12), and a 500-level course in curriculum (e.g., SCIED 550(3)). Of these, SCIED 558(3) and C I 595(12) comprise the student teaching semester course load.

 124 credits are required for the B.S. degree and 30 credits for the M.Ed. degree. The following courses may be double-counted toward both the B.S. and the M.Ed. degrees, up to a limit of 12 credits: EDTHP 500-level courses (3), SCIED 411(3) & SCIED 412(3), and SCIED 500-level courses. Note that at least 50% of credits proposed for double-counting must be at the 500 level. In addition to the double-counted courses taken during the first four years, the timeline for the M.Ed. is one year that includes these specified courses. The program is designed to be finished in five years.

 There are a number of other requirements for Pennsylvania teacher certification, including state-required tests and clearances, as well as coursework that can be completed at either the undergraduate or graduate level. Some courses, not enumerated above, that are usually required to satisfy teacher certification requirements include C I 280(3), SPLED 400(3), and C I 495C(3).  Please note that changes in Pennsylvania certification requirements are common; students should check the Certification FAQ page at the Penn State Science Education website for updates and clarification about the specific requirements that affect them, based on their admission date to the IUG program option. Note also that students in the IUG program option are not required to complete all Penn State teacher certification requirements in order to receive their B.S. and M.Ed. degrees, as long as they have completed the requirements for those degrees. For example, a student who has completed all degree requirements but has not yet received a score for the Pennsylvania-required Chemistry content exam may be awarded both of his or her earned degrees.

Integrated B.S. in Mathematics/M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction

The Mathematics and Curriculum Instruction with Emphasis in Mathematics Education Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate (MATH/CI-MTHED IUG) Degree Program consists of the integration of required courses for a B.S. in Mathematics Systems Analysis Option, a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in Mathematics Education (MTHED), and Pennsylvania certification for Mathematics Grades 7-12.

The MATH/CI-MTHED IUG is a five-year program for highly qualified students seeking to teach mathematics at the secondary level. A hallmark of the program is its strong statistics strand in combination with its mathematics core. In addition to developing advanced understanding of mathematics and statistics, students will learn how to develop and implement lessons and to incorporate technology and research in instruction designed to reach all students. 

Students are expected to complete courses required for the certification program integrated with their undergraduate and graduate experiences and will likely complete one summer in residence. Completion of the IUG (along with earning a passing score on Pennsylvania Department of Education required test[s]) leads to a B.S. in Mathematics, certification in Mathematics Grades 7-12, and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction.

Students shall be admitted to the program no earlier than the beginning of the third semester of undergraduate study and no later than the end of the second week of the semester preceding the semester of expected conferral of the undergraduate degree. Admission to the MATH/CI-MTHED IUG Mathematics Grades 7-12 program will be based upon having attained a minimum GPA of 3.5 after completing at least 60 credits of the program, with a grade of C or better in all courses. Application materials to be submitted include a current undergraduate transcript, statement of purpose, draft plan of study, two letters of recommendation, and concurrent submission of an application for master’s study to the graduate program in Curriculum and Instruction, Mathematics Education emphasis area. Admission will be based on a recommendation by the Mathematics Department in consultation with the Mathematics Education faculty in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

For the B.S./M.Ed. Degree in integrated Mathematics B.S. and Curriculum and Instruction M.Ed., 129 credits are required for the B.S. degree, 30 credits are required for the M.Ed., and 41 credits are required for field experiences and additional courses required for secondary mathematics certification in Pennsylvania. A maximum of 12 credits, at least half of which are at the 500-level, may be dual-counted toward the B.S. and M.Ed. The following courses can be used in both the B.S. and the M.Ed. degrees:  two MATH 400-level electives, STAT 501, STAT 502. Students can complete the B.S. in Mathematics and not advance to the M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction degree if they desire. Students who have been accepted into the IUG program but are unable to complete the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction may be awarded the B.S. in Mathematics after having completed all degree requirements for the B.S. The M.Ed. requires one full year beyond the B.S., including student teaching in the graduate year.


Master of Education

CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION M.Ed. (30 credits)
(IUG in Mathematics/Curriculum and Instruction)

Core Areas (9 credits - choose one course from each area): ?Curriculum: CI 550 or equivalent;
Research: STAT 500 or equivalent; Learning: EDPSY 421 or equivalent


Emphasis in Mathematics Education (* denotes required courses) includes *CI 590; *STAT 501; MATH 485, MATH 486, or MATH/CMPSC 451; *MTHED 511 or equivalent; *MTHED 524; at least one additional 400-level MATH course other than 401, 405, 406, 441, 470, or 471; at least one additional 400- or 500-level MTHED course.


Note: A Master's paper is required for completion of the M.Ed.


A passing score on the state-required Mathematics Content Exam is required for Mathematics Grades 7-12 certification.

Courses

Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 599 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION (C I) course list

CURRICULUM AND SUPERVISION (C & S) course list

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (E C E) course list

LANGUAGE AND LITERACY EDUCATION (LL ED) course list

MATHEMATICS EDUCATION (MTHED) course list

SCIENCE EDUCATION (SCIED) course list

SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATION (SS ED) course list

 

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2016

Blue Sheet Item #: 45-01-141

Review Date: 08/23/2016

Faculty linked: 6/5/14; Head updated: 9/24/15

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