The Division of Teacher Education and Leadership
Master of Education
Acting Chair: Debra Chiaradonna, Ph.D.
Division of Teacher Education and Leadership Mission
The Division of Teacher Education and Leadership combines a sound liberal arts education with specific training in educational and child/adolescent development, in curriculum and leadership methods and materials, and in extensive fieldwork. The mission is to build on the intellectual and holistic foundation of the mission of Chestnut Hill College by “Preparing Competent, Caring, and Culturally Responsive Educators and Leaders for 21st Century Learners” with the commitment for teaching and life long learning.
MASTER’S DEGREE, CERTIFICATION, and CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
• M.Ed. in ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
Including certifications in Elementary Education, Elementary/Middle Education, Reading Specialist and Special Education N-12
NOTE: The current M.Ed. in Elementary Education and Elementary Education Certification Programs (K-6) end August 15, 2013.
Students who have not completed any education courses must choose between the new PreK-4 or Elementary/Middle Level certification programs beginning the 2011-2012 academic year. Only those students who have an approved elementary certification program of study will be allowed to complete the current K-6 certification program.
• M.Ed. in EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Including certification in Early Childhood Education (N-3), PreK-4 Education, Early Childhood Education with Montessori Education Certificate
NOTE: The current M.Ed. in ECE and Certification Programs (N-3) end August 15, 2013.
Students who have not completed any education courses will need to choose between the new PreK-4 or Elementary /Middle Level certification programs beginning the 2011-2012 academic year. Only those students who have an approved early childhood N-3 certification program of study will be allowed to complete the certification program.
• M.Ed. in EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP - ACCELERATED FORMAT - Off-Campus Program
Including certification as K-12 School Principal
• M.Ed. in SECONDARY EDUCATION
Including: grades 7-12 Biology, Chemistry, English; grades K-12 Foreign Languages (Spanish, French, and Latin), General Science, Mathematics, and Social Studies. In addition, the Division of Teacher Education and Leadership offers an M.Ed. in Secondary Education with a Literacy Professional designation and an M.Ed. in Secondary Education with Special Education certification.
- PreK-4 Education
- Elementary Education, K-6 (must be completed by 8/15/13)
- Middle Level Education (Grades 4-8)
- Early Childhood Education, N-3 (must be completed by 8/15/13)
- Reading Specialist (K-12)
- Secondary Education (7-12) Biology, Chemistry, English, Foreign Languages (Spanish, French, and Latin), General Science, Mathematics, and Social Studies.
- School Principal (K-12)
- Special Education (PreK-8 and 7-12)
GRADUATE PROGRAM CERTIFICATE STATUS
Graduate students in education may be admitted into one of three programs: 1) PDE approved certification program(s) only – no M.Ed. degree; 2) M.Ed with PDE approved certification(s) programs or 3) M. Ed. without completing a PDE certification program. Students who elect to complete a PDE approved certification(s) programs only need to check with the financial aid office to determine eligibility for aid. The federal government has disallowed aid for any graduate student who already has an instructional certification (completed either at undergraduate or post-bacc level) and is not seeking a degree. Students who do not have an instructional certification may at the graduate level qualify for aid for either the first certification or completing a dual-certification program (both at once that does not allow the completion of one before the other). Students seeking to complete either one or more PDE approved certification(s) within the M.Ed. program may qualify for aid. For most students and situations, the M.Ed. degree requires only the research course in addition to the certification courses. For some who need electives for the degree, that would vary depending on a review of transcripts. Students accepted into one or more certification programs only will receive a certificate of completion once the student teaching and all required courses have been completed and the candidate has been recommended for certification. Students in the M.Ed. program will receive a diploma and upon request a certificate of completion of the certification(s) program.
The Masters in Education (M.Ed.) programs are designed to meet the professional needs of individuals seeking initial or advanced degree and/or certification(s) programs in education and leadership. The primary purpose of Chestnut Hill College’s graduate program in education is to enhance the quality of teaching and prepare candidates for leadership roles, such as school principals and reading specialists. The mission of the Division of Teacher Education and Leadership is to build on the intellectual and holistic foundation of the Mission of Chestnut Hill College by helping students develop the professional skills and attitudes to educate a diverse community of learners. The department seeks to foster a deep commitment to teaching and lifelong learning.
The graduate programs integrate knowledge of theory and practice with field experiences that include student teaching for initial certifications, and comprehensive practicum work for advanced preparation. The specific curriculum programs offer breadth of knowledge and in-depth specialization. Individuals have the opportunity to acquire beginning or advanced knowledge in one or more specialties, to develop greater competence in their disciplines, and to discover innovative and effective approaches to the educational process. The overall objective of these programs is to contribute significantly to the improvement of instruction in the classroom, the leadership in schools, and support services to meet the needs of all children.