Master of Education

Chair: Debra Chiaradonna, Ph.D. 

 

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 

      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. 

 

CERTIFICATIONS IN:  

  • 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) 
  • Montessori   

 

EARLY  EDUCATION  

(For the current Early Childhood Education N-3 certification program outline, please see the 2010-2011 catalog for program and course descriptions; this 2012-2013 catalog refers to the new PreK-4 certification program.) 

M.Ed. in Early Education 

Chestnut Hill College’s master’s program in Early Education integrates theory and practice concerning the cognitive, social and educational development of young children grades PreK-4. The program reflects contemporary research and scholarship in early childhood education and incorporates strategies to meet the needs of special populations, such as students with disabilities and diverse cultures. The course of study also takes into consideration the strengths, needs and interests of individual candidates. 

   

OPTION I is designed for those whose undergraduate major is not in education and who seek Instructional I certification in Early Education PreK-4 as well as the Master of Education degree.  This program is 42 credits.  

 

Professional Methods and Assessment  

EDP4          501               PreK4 Child Development & Learning  

EDP4          503               Foundations, Curriculum, and Assessment 

EDP4          510               Teaching Reading with Trade Books 

EDP4          518               Education, Community & Family Partners 

EDSP          510              Introduction to Special Education 

EDSP          513               ESL Foundations and Methods  

 

Professional Requirements (15 credits) 

EDP4          507               Early Literacy and Language Arts 

EDP4            515             Math Methods and Assessment 

EDP4            517              Integrated Methods, Content, and Assessment 

EDSP          512               Instruction in an Inclusive Environment 

EDSP          511               Reading Intervention for Diverse Learners                    

 

Student Teaching and Seminar (6 credits) 

EDP4          601               Student Teaching  

EDP4          602               Professional Seminar 

EDUC         651               Research and Evaluation of Practice I (3 credits) 

 

Early Education - Pennsylvania Directors Credential  

Chestnut Hill College is approved to deliver the PA Director Credential. The PA Director Credential is designed to provide a standard by which to measure program and fiscal management and leadership abilities of early childhood and school-age directors and administrators. It is a requirement of Keystone STARS programs at the STAR 3 or 4/4A level. The Directors Credential requires three (3 credit) courses that encompass eight core knowledge areas and seventy-eight learning objectives. Whether you are currently directing a program or have plans to direct a program, the PA Director’s Credential courses provide a solid foundation for management positions within early childhood programs.  In Option II, the courses with the asterisk are the ones designated for the Director’s credential. 

 

OPTION II (36 credit hours) is designed for: 

•    Students with Instructional I certification in Early Childhood Education who seek the master’s degree; or 

•    Students with Instructional I certification in Early Childhood Education who wish to fulfill the academic requirements for Instructional II certification. 

•    Students who have an undergraduate degree and are pursuing a career in early childhood education, including leadership positions, and the Director’s credential. 

 

Professional Requirements (9 credits) 

EDSP          510               Introduction to Special Education 

EDP4            518             Education, Community & Family Partners  

EDSP            513             ESL Foundations and Methods 

EDUC         651               Research and Evaluation of Practice I 

 

Specialization Requirements I (12 credits) 

EDP4           604              Advanced Obs. and Recording of Child Dev.  

EDP4           606                            Advanced Authentic Assessment  

EDP4           608                 Advanced Working with Challenging Children 

EDP4           625                            Designing Environments for Infants and Toddlers 

 

Leadership Requirements II (12 credits) 

EDP4          612*             Leadership and Administration of Programs 

                                       For Young Children 

EDP4            614*           Issues in Supervision of Programs for Young 

                                        Children 

EDP4            616*           The Business of Childcare: Effective Management  

EDP4            618             Advocacy and Public Policy for Early Education 

 

Early Education Intern certification/M.Ed. programs 

 

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has yet to release the requirements for an Intern certification in Early Education – PreK-4.  The Intern certificate is when accepted candidates pass required PECT exams and have an offer of employment in a high needs school, and complete the program requirements in 3 years or less.  The major difference between a candidate accepted into an Intern program and a regular Early Education candidate is the requirement for mentoring throughout the first year of teaching on the Intern certificate. This mentoring becomes part of the student teaching requirement.  The candidate is responsible for all the PreK-4 certification requirements; even if some of the requirements are fulfilled through the completion of an approved Institute such as Philadelphia Teaching Fellows.  At present, for candidates currently accepted for Intern certificates; the following will be substituted for student teaching: 

 

EDP4          590               PTF/Intern Field Experience II (1.5 cr) 

EDP4          595               PTF/Intern Field Experience II (1.5 cr) 

EDP4          704               PTF/Intern Student Teaching 

 

EARLY CHILDHOOD WITH MONTESSORI CERTIFICATE  

At Chestnut Hill College, the Montessori specialization offers an exciting alternative and an interesting perspective for those who desire to work with young children as well as experienced teachers.  Montessori education has a philosophy of child growth and learning that focuses on: 

  • designing an environment in which young children may live, learn and develop at their own pace.  
  • developing a curriculum that adapts to the individual needs of young children while fostering creativity, personal responsibility, and community participation.   
  • preparing students to gain specific insights and sensitivities toward the child’s total development: mind, body, and spirit.  

  

Program Options 

The Montessori education program consists of seven (7) courses plus a year-long internship. Courses are offered during the fall and spring semesters; some courses are available as one-week intensive sessions during the summer. The minimum amount of time to complete the program is two years. 

Students seeking Montessori certification have the following program options:  

  • Courses can be taken for graduate credit leading to a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education plus Montessori Certificate 
  • Graduate course credit plus Montessori certificate 
  • Montessori certification only (non credit) 

Note:  Courses can be taken for undergraduate elective credits with approval from the student’s advisor  

  

Option I: Master’s in Early Childhood with Montessori Credential 

Open to students who have a B.A./B.S. from an accredited institution and seek to obtain a Masters Degree (M.Ed.) in Early Childhood Education plus a Montessori Certificate.  A student interested in this certification program should apply for admission through the School of Graduate Studies’ admissions process as a master’s degree-seeking student. 

Matriculation into this certificate program requires a 3.0 GPA from an undergraduate degree program, official college transcripts, two letters of recommendation, resume, professional goals statement and application form. No standardized test is required for the Montessori certificate program. 

 

Consultation/ Interview 

An initial consultation with the Director of Graduate Admissions may be scheduled before or after submitting a formal application. Once an application has been submitted, an interview with the Director of the Montessori program is required along with a transcript review meeting with the Chair of the Division of Teacher Education and Leadership.   

 

To apply for the Master of Education in Early Childhood contact Graduate Admissions at 215-248-7097 or gradadmissions@chc.edu

 

Professional Requirements (9 credits) 

  • EDSP 513               ESL Foundations and Methods 
  • EDSP 510               Introduction to Special Education            
  • EDUC 651              Research and Evaluation of Practice I 
     

 Prerequisite    

In addition to the Montessori courses, the certificate requires a college-level course in child development.  If a student has not taken this course as an undergraduate, he or she may fulfill this requirement by taking a course in Early Childhood Development, Developmental Psychology, or Educational Psychology at Chestnut Hill College or another accredited college/university. 

  • EDP4 501 Early Education Development and Learning (graduate credit) or       MONC 027 (non-credit) or an equivalent course 
     

Specialization Requirements - Montessori (29 credits)   

  • EDMN 520 Montessori Philosophy and Educational Theory 
  • EDMN 521 Montessori:  Everyday Living  
  • EDMN 522 Montessori:  Sensorial   
  • EDMN 523 Montessori:  Math   
  • EDMN 524 Montessori:  Language    
  • EDMN 525 Montessori:  Natural and Social Science  
  • EDMN 526 Montessori:  Education for Peace (1 cr)  
  • EDMN 630/631 Montessori Internship/Seminar Fall (5 cr) 
  • EDMN 632/633 Montessori Internship/Seminar Spring  (5 cr) 
     

Option II: Montessori Certificate (Graduate Credits) 

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Open to students who have a B.A./B.S. from an accredited institution and seek to obtain graduate credits for the Montessori credential. A student interested in this certification program should apply for admission through the School of Graduate Studies’ admissions process listed above. 

Consultation/ Interview 

 

An initial interview with the Director of Graduate Admissions may be scheduled before or after the application is submitted. Once an application has been submitted, an interview with the Director of the Montessori program is required. For more information, contact Graduate Admissions at 215-248-7097 or gradadmissions@chc.edu  

 

Prerequisite   

In addition to the Montessori courses, the certificate requires a college-level course in child development.  If a student has not taken this course as an undergraduate, he or she may fulfill this requirement by taking a course in Early Childhood Development, Developmental Psychology, or Educational Psychology at Chestnut Hill College or another accredited college/university. 

  • EDP4 Early Education Development and Learning (graduate credit) or       MONC 027 (non-credit) or an equivalent course 

 

Specialization Requirements - Montessori (29 credits)    

EDMN 520 Montessori Philosophy and Educational Theory 

  • EDMN 521 Montessori:  Everyday Living  
  • EDMN 522 Montessori:  Sensorial   
  • EDMN 523 Montessori:  Math   
  • EDMN 524 Montessori:  Language   
  • EDMN 525 Montessori:  Natural and Social Science  
  • EDMN 526 Montessori:  Education for Peace   (1 cr) 
  • EDMN 630/631 Montessori Internship/Seminar Fall (5 cr) 
  • EDMN 632/633 Montessori Internship/Seminar Spring  (5 cr) 

  

Option III:  Montessori Certificate Only (Non- Credit) 

Applicants who have a high school diploma, a bachelor's degree or masters degree from an accredited institution may enroll in the CHC Montessori Teacher Education Program as non-credit students.  When choosing this option, students will receive only the American Montessori Society Credential and will not, upon completion nor in the future, receive any undergraduate or graduate college credit for the coursework. Students must follow the same attendance policy and completion of required assignments.   

 

Applicants must submit official transcripts from high school, undergraduate and graduate programs, two letters of recommendation, resume, professional goals statement and non-credit application form. No standardized test is required for the Montessori certificate program. All Montessori Program applicants must interview with the Program Director. Students interested in this option should contact the Montessori Program Director at 215-249-7123 or colaiannij@chc.edu. 

 

Prerequisite   

In addition to the Montessori courses, the certificate requires a college-level course in child development.  If a student has not taken this course as an undergraduate, he or she may fulfill this requirement by taking a course in Early Childhood Development, Developmental Psychology, or Educational Psychology at Chestnut Hill College or another accredited college/university. 

  •  EDP4 Early Education Development and Learning (must have bachelor’s to take graduate credit) or MONC 027 (non-credit) or an equivalent course 

  

Specialization Requirements - Montessori  

MONC 020 Montessori: Philosophy & Educational Theory    (45 hrs) 

MONC 021 Montessori: Everyday Living                                    (45 hrs) 

MONC 022 Montessori: Sensorial                                              (45 hrs)  

MONC 023 Montessori: Math                                                       (45 hrs) 

MONC 024 Montessori: Language                                             (45 hrs)  

MONC 025 Montessori: Natural and Social Science               (45 hrs) 

MONC 026 Montessori: Education for Peace                            (15 hrs) 

MONC 030 Montessori Fall Internship                                        (270 hrs)  

MONC 031 Montessori Fall Seminar                                           (30 hrs)    

MONC 032 Montessori Spring Internship                                   (270 hrs) 

MONC 033 Montessori Spring Seminar                                     (30 hrs) 

  

AMS CREDENTIAL 

Students holding a Bachelor’s degree or higher will be awarded a full Early Childhood Credential from the American Montessori Society upon successful completion of all program requirements. Students who are high school graduates but do not have a four-year college degree will receive an Associate Early Childhood Credential.  

 

M.Ed in Early Education with Special Education Certification 

Chestnut Hill College’s master’s program in Early Education with special education certification integrates theory and practice concerning the cognitive, social and educational development of young children grades PreK-4 as well as young students in grades PK-8 with disabilities. The program reflects contemporary research and scholarship in early childhood education and incorporates strategies to meet the needs of special populations, such as students with disabilities and diverse cultures. The course of study also takes into consideration the strengths, needs and interests of individual candidates. This is a dual-certification program and thus integrates the requirements of both PreK-4 and PK-8 special education. This dual-certification program also integrates student teaching so that a second practicum is not required.  

 

Professional Methods and Assessment  

EDP4          501               PreK4 Child Development & Learning  

EDP4          503               Foundations, Curriculum, and Assessment 

EDP4          510               Teaching Reading with Trade Books 

EDP4          518               Education, Community & Family Partners 

EDSP          510              Introduction to Special Education 

EDSP          513               ESL Foundations and Methods  

 

Professional Requirements (15 credits) 

EDP4          507               Early Literacy and Language Arts 

EDP4            515             Math Methods and Assessment (2 cr) 

EDP4            517              Integrated Methods, Content, and Assessment (4cr) 

EDSP          512               Instruction in an Inclusive Environment 

EDSP          511               Reading Intervention for Diverse Learners                    

 

Special Education Requirements 

EDSP          600               Foundations of Special Education 

EDSP          605               Educ. Practice for Students with LD/BD  

                                           (high incidence disabilities) 

EDSP          615               Early Intervention for Children and Their Families 

EDSP          630               Educ. Practice for Students with Physical and  

                                           Cognitive Disabilities (Low Incidence) 

EDSP          635               Classroom Management for Students w/Disabilities 

 

Student Teaching and Seminar (6 credits) 

EDSP          651               Student Teaching  

EDSP          652               Professional Seminar 

EDUC         651               Research and Evaluation of Practice I (3 credits) 

 

Early Education w/Special Education Intern certification/M.Ed. programs 

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has yet to release the requirements for an Intern certification in Early Education (PreK-4) /Special Education – PreK-8.  The Intern certificate is when accepted candidates pass required PECT exams and have an offer of employment in a high needs school, and complete the program requirements in 3 years or less.  The major difference between a candidate accepted into an Intern program and a regular Early Education/Special Education candidate is the requirement for mentoring throughout the first year of teaching on the Intern certificate. This mentoring becomes part of the student teaching requirement.  The candidate is responsible for all the PreK-4/PK-8 certification requirements; even if some of the requirements are fulfilled through the completion of an approved Institute such as Philadelphia Teaching Fellows.  Passing of PECT exams may also reduce the number of credits needed to complete the program, please see the Chair of the Division of Teacher Education and Leadership for more information. At present, for candidates currently accepted for Intern certificates; the following will be substituted for student teaching: 

 

EDSP            590             PTF/Intern Field Experience I (1.5 cr) 

EDSP            595             PTF/Intern Field Experience II (1.5 cr) 

EDSP            704             PTF/Intern Student Teaching 

 

ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION 

Chestnut Hill’s graduate program in Elementary/Middle Education is designed to be flexible and to meet the needs of graduate students with varying academic backgrounds, certification status and professional goals who seek to work with students in grades 4-8. 

 

OPTION I:  M.Ed. in Elementary/Middle Level Education with certification in Grades 4-8 (42 credits) is designed for those whose undergraduate major is not in education, but who are seeking Instructional I certification. The K-6 Elementary Education Program will not be accepting  students who have not completed any education courses either at the undergraduate or post-bac levels.  If students have completed education courses prior to August of 2011 and think they can meet the existing requirements before August of 2013, please see Dr. Chiaradonna, Chair of Division of Teacher Education and Leadership for a complete review and program of study.  

 

Certification in Grades 4-8 as well as the Master of Education degree with certification requires a choice of the following concentrations:  English/Reading/Language Arts (ERLA); Social Studies; ERLA with Math; ERLA with Science; Math & Science. The concentration knowledge will be determined by undergraduate degree courses, professional experience and passing of Praxis II exams.  The education courses are designed to support all concentration areas because the certification covers grades 4-6 as well as 7-8. The Praxis II exam will determine the concentration area recommended for certification at the completion of the program. 

 

Professional Foundation Requirements (18 credits) 

EDML        506               Adolescent Development & Learning 

EDML        507               The Emerging Middle School 

EDSP          510               Introduction to Special Education 

EDSP           511                 Reading Interventions for Diverse Learners 

EDSP            512              Assessment and Instruction for Diverse Learners 

EDSP           513                 ESL Foundations and Methods 

EDML        518               Classroom Management and Assessment         

 

Professional Methods and Assessment Requirements (15 credits) 

EDML           510            Reading Methods for Middle Grade Learners   

EDML           511            Writing Methods for Middle Grade Learners 

EDML        515               Science Methods for Middle Grade Learners (2 cr)* 

EDML          516              Math Methods for Middle Grade Learners (2 cr)*        

EDML        517               Social Studies for Middle Grade Learners (2 cr)* 

* Note: Offered as a 15 week block, 5 weeks each.  

 

Student Teaching and Seminar (6 credits) 

EDML            601                Student Teaching  

EDML            602                Professional Seminar 

EDUC          651                   Research and Evaluation of Practice I 3 credits 

 

OPTION II: M.Ed. in Elementary/Middle Education (36 credits) for 

•    Students who already have Instructional II certification in Elementary Education who wish to acquire a master’s degree; or 

•    Students who have Instructional I certification in Elementary Education who wish to fulfill the academic requirements for Instructional II certification.. 

 

Professional Requirements (12 credits) 

EDUC         651               Research and Evaluation of Practice I 

EDUC         615               Technology in Education 

EDSP          510               Introduction to Special Education 

EDUC         526               Current Issues in Education 

 

Specialization Requirements II (12 credits) 

EDSP           511                 Reading Intervention for Diverse Learners 

EDSP          512               Assessment and Instruction for Diverse Learners 

EDSP           513                 ESL Foundations and Methods 

EDML        507               The Emerging Middle School 

EDML        518               Classroom Management and Assessment         

 

Specialization Requirements I (12 credits) 

EDML           510            Reading Methods for Middle Grade Learners   

EDML           511            Writing Methods for Middle Grade Learners 

EDML           515             Science Methods for Middle Grade Learners (2 cr)* 

EDML          516              Math Methods for Middle Grade Learners (2 cr)*        

EDML          517              Social Studies for Middle Grade Learners (2 cr)* 

* Note: Offered as a 15 week block, 5 weeks each.  

 

Elementary/Middle Education Intern certification/M.Ed. programs 

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has yet to release the requirements for an Intern certification in Elementary/Middle Level Education – 4-8.  The Intern certificate is when accepted candidates pass required PECT exams and have an offer of employment in a high needs school, and complete the program requirements in 3 years or less.  The major difference between a candidate accepted into an Intern program and a regular Elementary/Middle Education candidate is the requirement for mentoring throughout the first year of teaching on the Intern certificate. This mentoring becomes part of the student teaching requirement.  The candidate is responsible for all the Elementary/Middle certification requirements; even if some of the requirements are fulfilled through the completion of an approved Institute such as Philadelphia Teaching Fellows.  At present, for candidates currently accepted for Intern certificates; the following will be substituted for student teaching: 

 

EDML        590               PTF/Intern Field Experience I (1.5 cr) 

EDML           595            PTF/Intern Field Experience II (1.5 cr) 

EDML           704            PTF/Intern Student Teaching 

 

M.Ed. in Elementary/Middle (Grades 4-8) with Special Education PK-8 

Certification in Grades 4-8 as well as the Master of Education degree with special education certification requires a choice of the following concentrations:  English/Reading/Language Arts (ERLA); Social Studies; ERLA with Math; ERLA with Science; Math & Science. The concentration knowledge will be determined by undergraduate degree courses, professional experience and passing of PECT exams.  The education courses are designed to support all concentration areas because the certification covers grades 4-6 as well as 7-8. The PECT exams in special education in PK-8 will also be required to be passed prior to being recommended for certification. This program is a dual-certification program, thus only one student-teaching experience will be required.  

 

Professional Foundation Requirements (18 credits) 

EDML        506               Adolescent Development & Learning 

EDML        507               The Emerging Middle School 

EDSP          510               Introduction to Special Education 

EDSP           511                 Reading Interventions for Diverse Learners 

EDSP            512              Assessment and Instruction for Diverse Learners 

EDSP           513                 ESL Foundations and Methods 

EDML        518               Classroom Management and Assessment         

 

Professional Methods and Assessment Requirements (15 credits) 

EDML           510            Reading Methods for Middle Grade Learners   

EDML           511            Writing Methods for Middle Grade Learners 

EDML        515               Science Methods for Middle Grade Learners (2 cr)* 

EDML          516              Math Methods for Middle Grade Learners (2 cr)*        

EDML        517               Social Studies for Middle Grade Learners (2 cr)* 

* Note: Offered as a 15 week block, 5 weeks each.  

 

Special Education Requirements 

EDSP          600               Foundations of Special Education 

EDSP          605               Educ. Practice for Students with LD/BD  

                                         (high incidence disabilities) 

EDSP          615               Early Intervention for Children and Their Families 

EDSP          630               Educ. Practice for Students with Physical and  

                                         Cognitive Disabilities (Low Incidence) 

EDSP          635               Classroom Management for Students w/Disabilities 

 

Student Teaching and Seminar (6 credits) 

EDSP          651               Student Teaching  

EDSP          652               Professional Seminar 

EDUC         651               Research and Evaluation of Practice I (3 credits) 

 

Elementary/Middle Education w/Special Education Intern certification/M.Ed. programs 

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has yet to release the requirements for an Intern certification in Elementary/Middle Education (Grades 4-8) /Special Education – PreK-8.  The Intern certificate is when accepted candidates pass required PECT exams and have an offer of employment in a high needs school, and complete the program requirements in 3 years or less.  The major difference between a candidate accepted into an Intern program and a regular Elementary/Middle Education/Special Education candidate is the requirement for mentoring throughout the first year of teaching on the Intern certificate. This mentoring becomes part of the student teaching requirement.  The candidate is responsible for all the 4-8/ PK-8 certification requirements; even if some of the requirements are fulfilled through the completion of an approved Institute such as Philadelphia Teaching Fellows.  Passing of PECT exams may also reduce the number of credits needed to complete the program, please see the Chair of the Division of Teacher Education and Leadership for more information. At present, for candidates currently accepted for Intern certificates; the following will be substituted for student teaching: 

 

EDSP          590               PTF/Intern Field Experience I (1.5 cr) 

EDSP            595             PTF/Intern Field Experience II (1.5 cr) 

EDSP            704             PTF/Intern Student Teaching 

 

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION AND READING SPECIALIST CERTIFICATION, K-12  (36 credits) 

Chestnut Hill College’s graduate program in Elementary Education with Reading Certification is designed to meet the requirements of PDE state reading certification programs and is also sufficiently flexible to provide educational opportunities for graduate students with varying professional goals. This program is designed for: 

•    Students who already have Instructional II certification and wish to acquire a master’s degree with Reading Certification; 

•    Students who already have Instructional I certification and wish to satisfy the requirements for Instructional II and Reading Certification; 

•    Students who wish to gain Reading Specialist Certification only. Courses with an asterisk (*) fulfill this requirement. 

 

M.Ed. in Elementary Education with Reading Specialist Certification 

Professional Requirements (2 courses) 

EDRG         605*             Foundations of Reading 

EDUC         651               Research and Evaluation 

 

Specialization Requirements I (6 courses) 

EDRG           615*           Reading and Writing in the Elementary School 

EDRG         620*           Reading and Writing in the Secondary School 

EDRG         630*            Assessment & Evaluation of Rdg Difficulties 

EDRG         635*            Remediation of Reading Difficulties  

EDRG         695*             Literacy Leadership 

EDRG         701*             Reading Practicum I Clinical Experience 

 

Accommodations and Adaptations Requirements (4 courses) 

EDSP           510              * Introduction to Special Education        

EDSP           511              * Reading for Diverse Learners 

EDSP          512*             Assessment & Instruction for Diverse Learners 

EDSP           513              * ESL Foundations and Methods  

  

Electives if Needed: 

EDRG          640                 Technology in Reading/Writing  

 

Note: Students with certification in special education MAY not need the accommodations and adaptations requirements; therefore they will have nine credits of electives for the degree. Please see advisor or Dr. Chiaradonna, Chair of Division of Teacher Education and Leadership for more information and transcript evaluation.  

 

 M.Ed. in Elementary Education with Special Education (PreK-8) certification.  

Chestnut Hill College’s graduate program in Elementary Education with Special Education Certification is designed to meet the state requirements for certification in special education for those students with Instructional I certification in Elementary Education. 

 

This program is designed for: 

•    Students who already have Instructional I certification and wish to acquire a master’s degree with certification in special education; 

•    Students with either of the above who seek to obtain certification in special education (24 credits). Courses with an asterisk (*) fulfill this requirement. Students with secondary or early childhood certifications may need to take other courses to fulfill the N-12 equivalency. Determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis. 

 

Accommodations and Adaptations Requirements 

EDSP           510              Introduction to Special Education 

EDSP          511               Reading Interventions for Diverse Learners 

EDSP          512               Assessment and Instruction for Diverse Learners 

EDSP          513               ESL Foundations and Methods 

 

 Professional Education Requirements (18 credits) 

EDSP          600               Foundations of Special Education 

EDSP          605               Educ. Practice for Students with LD/BD  

                                           (high incidence disabilities) 

EDSP          615               Early Intervention for Children and Their Families 

EDSP          630               Educ. Practice for Students with Physical and  

                                           Cognitive Disabilities (Low Incidence) 

EDSP          635               Classroom Management for Students w/Disabilities 

EDSP          706               Special Education Practicum/Seminar PreK-8 

 

Professional Specialization Requirements (12 credits) 

EDUC         526               Current Issues in Education 

EDLR          635               School Law          

EDSP          645               Assistive Technology 

EDSP          655               Culturally Responsive Practices for Special Education 

EDUC         651               Education Research 

 

SECONDARY EDUCATION 

Chestnut Hill College offers an M.Ed. in Secondary Education, including certification in the areas of Biology, Chemistry, English, Foreign Languages: Spanish, French, and Latin (K-12), and General Science, Mathematics, and Social Studies (7-12). In addition, the Division of Teacher Education and Leadership offers an M.Ed. in Secondary Education with Special Education (7-12) certification . 

   

The secondary education pedagogical courses listed below are numbered both in the undergraduate and graduate programs. Please be advised that graduate credits are designed for post-baccalaureate students who are seeking certification in secondary education (Grades 7-12 or K-12 (foreign language certifications)) with undergraduate degrees other than education (biology, chemistry, citizenship, English, foreign language (Spanish, French or Latin), general science,  math and social studies). Additional requirements may be necessary for students taking these courses for graduate credit.   

 

For Certification Level I, see steps listed under Requirements for Instructional I Certification. All students seeking secondary certification are required to meet the exit competencies identified earlier. 

Graduate students who are seeking the M.Ed. in Secondary Education in addition to secondary certification will take the following graduate courses: 

 

M.Ed. Secondary Certification with Instructional I certification:  

Professional Requirements  (15 credits)  

EDSC         501*                 Adolescent Development & Learning (cross-listed with EDML 501) 

EDSC         503*                 Foundations of HS Education 

EDSC         601/602           Student Teaching/Professional  

                                              Seminar  in Secondary  School/Seminar 6 cr. 

EDUC          651                 Research and Evaluation of Practice I 

 

Specialization Requirements  (6 credits)   

EDSC         510*                  Secondary Methods & Assessment 

 

Practicum limited to 3 credits, one course   

EDSC         519*            Practicum: Special Methods in Biology/Chem/GenSci 

EDSC         521*              Practicum: Special Methods in Foreign Language 

EDSC         520*              Practicum: Special Methods in Mathematics 

EDSC         517*              Practicum: Special Methods in English  

EDSC         518*              Practicum: Special Methods in Social Studies     

 

Accommodations and Adaptations Requirements (12 credits)  

EDSP          510*             Introduction to Special Education           

EDSP          511*             Reading Interventions for Diverse Learners 

EDSP          512*             Assessment and Instruction for Diverse Learners 

EDSP          513*             Teaching ESL Methods 

 

M.Ed. in Secondary Education (7-12)  with Special Education 7-12 

Certification in grades 7-12  as well as the Master of Education degree with special education certification requires a choice of the following concentrations:  English, Social Studies, Biology, Chemistry, General Science, Foreign Language, or Mathematics. The concentration knowledge will be determined by undergraduate degree courses, professional experience and passing of Praxis II exams.  The PECT exams in special education in 7-12 will also be required to be passed prior to being recommended for certification. This program is a dual-certification program, thus only one student-teaching experience will be required.  

 

Professional Foundation Requirements (18 credits)  

EDML        506               Adolescent Development & Learning 

EDSC           503*            Foundations of HS Education 

EDSP          510               Introduction to Special Education 

EDSP           511                 Reading Interventions for Diverse Learners 

EDSP            512              Assessment and Instruction for Diverse Learners 

EDSP           513                 ESL Foundations and Methods 

 

Specialization Requirements  (6 credits)    

EDSC         510*                  Secondary Methods & Assessment 

 

Practicum limited to 3 credits, one course   

EDSC         519*              Practicum: Special Methods in Biology/Chem/GenSci

EDSC         521*              Practicum: Special Methods in Foreign Language 

EDSC         520*              Practicum: Special Methods in Mathematics 

EDSC         517*              Practicum: Special Methods in English  

EDSC         518*              Practicum: Special Methods in Social Studies     

 

Special Education Requirements  

EDSP    600      Foundations of Special Education 

EDSP    605      Educ. Practice for Students with LD/BD  

                            (high incidence disabilities) 

EDSP     615     Early Intervention for Children and Their Families 

EDSP    630      Educ. Practice for Students with Physical and  

                            Cognitive Disabilities (Low Incidence) 

EDSP    635      Classroom Management for Students w/Disabilities 

 

Student Teaching and Seminar (6 credits)  

EDSP    651      Student Teaching  

EDSP    652      Professional Seminar 

EDUC   651      Research and Evaluation of Practice I (3 credits) 

 

Secondary Education Intern certification/M.Ed. programs 

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has approved CHC for all Intern certificates in Secondary Education. An Intern program is when accepted candidates pass required PRAXIS II exams; have the3 equivalent of a major in one of the secondary education areas and have an offer of employment in a high needs school, and complete the program requirements in 3 years or less.  The major difference between a candidate accepted into an Intern program and a regular Secondary Education candidate is the requirement for mentoring throughout the first year of teaching on the Intern certificate. This mentoring becomes part of the student teaching requirement.  The candidate is responsible for all the Elementary/Middle certification requirements; even if some of the requirements are fulfilled through the completion of an approved Institute such as Philadelphia Teaching Fellows.  At present, for candidates currently accepted for Intern certificates; the following will be substituted for student teaching: 

 

EDSC          590                  PTF/Intern Field Experience I (1.5 cr) 

EDSC           595                 PTF/Intern Field Experience II (1.5 cr) 

EDSC           704                 PTF/Intern Student Teaching 

 

M.Ed. in Secondary Education with Special Education 7-12 Certification:   

Chestnut Hill College’s graduate program in Secondary Education with Special Education Certification is designed to meet the state requirements for certification in special education for those students with Instructional I certification or completing a dual program by August of 2013.   

 

This program is designed for: 

•          Students who already have Instructional II certification and wish to acquire a master’s degree with certification in special education; 

•          Students who already have Instructional I certification and wish to satisfy the requirements for Instructional II and certification in special education; and 

•          Students with either of the above who seek to obtain certification in special education (24 credits).  Minimum number of credits for degree is 36. 

 

Accommodations and Adaptations Requirements (12 credits)  

EDSP    510      Introduction to Special Education 

EDSP    511      Reading Interventions for Diverse Learners 

EDSP    512      Assessment and Instruction for Diverse Learners 

EDSP    513      ESL Foundations and Methods 

             

Professional Special Education Certification Requirements (18 credits)  

EDSP    600      Foundations of Special Education 

EDSP    605      Educ. Practice for Students with LD/BD  

                            (high incidence disabilities) 

EDSP    630      Educ. Practice for Students with Physical and 

                            Cognitive Disabilities (Low Incidence) 

EDSP    635      Classroom Management for Students w/ Disabilities 

EDSP    640      Transition Needs for Secondary Students       7-12         

EDSP    706      Special Education Practicum/Seminar 7-12 

 

Professional Specialization Requirements ( 6-12 credits)  

EDUC   526      Current Issues in Education 

EDLR    635      School Law 

EDSP    645      Assistive Technology 

EDSP    655      Culturally Responsive Practices for Special Educ. 

EDUC   651      Education Research (required)  

 

Secondary Education w/Special Education Intern certification/M.Ed. programs  

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has yet to release the requirements for an Intern certification in Special Education – 7-12.  The Intern certificate is when accepted candidates pass required Praxis II Secondary Education (specific content area) and Special Education PECT exams and have an offer of employment in a high needs school, and complete the program requirements in 3 years or less, The major difference between a candidate accepted into an Intern program and a regular Secondary Education/Special Education candidate is the requirement for mentoring throughout the first year of teaching on the Intern certificate. This mentoring becomes part of the student teaching requirement.  The candidate is responsible for all the Secondary Education/Special Education certification requirements; even if some of the requirements are fulfilled through the completion of an approved Institute such as Philadelphia Teaching Fellows.  Passing of PECT exams may also reduce the number of credits needed to complete the program, please see the Chair of the Division of Teacher Education and Leadership for more information. At present, for candidates currently accepted for Intern certificates; the following will be substituted for student teaching: 

 

EDSP            590          PTF/Intern Field Experience I (1.5 cr) 

EDSP            595          PTF/Intern Field Experience II (1.5 cr) 

EDSP            704          PTF/Intern Student Teaching 

 

EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP PRINCIPAL CERTIFICATION   

Accelerated and Summer Intensive Format 

 

DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM 

The Graduate Program in Educational Leadership is designed to provide educators with the skills and concepts necessary to function as principals in K-12 settings. Establishing a positive school climate, developing school goals, supervision and evaluation of teaching and non-teaching staff members and building community support for schools are some of the skills developed in this program. Curriculum development and assessment will be a major focus for all candidates. This program will be offered in an accelerated format in fall and spring semesters (two eight-week sessions each semester) and in the regular six-week intensive format in the summer I and summer III sessions. The courses will be experiential in nature with an emphasis on field studies. The role of technology in educational leadership will be stressed. 

 

ACCELERATED AND INTENSIVE SUMMER PROGRAM FORMAT  

This program is designed for the working education professional who wishes to complete the program as quickly as possible. In the accelerated format, classes meet on Saturdays or in the early evening one to two times a week in the accelerated eight-week sessions. Distance education through the use of the Internet is an integral part of the program, which may reduce on-campus time. A final four-credit practicum is required. By taking one course each eight-week fall and spring session, and the intensive sessions (regularly scheduled six-week summer sessions for Summer I and III), you will be able to gain certification in as little as 15 months and an M.Ed. in 24 months.  Students who begin in the program must stay enrolled in order to complete the required courses on schedule.  If students decide to skip a semester, the courses they need may not be offered the following term. Please consult with your advisor for any changes in your program.  

 

The Educational Leadership accelerated and intensive summer format compares to the regular schedule as follows: 

 

Fall 1 and 2 = Fall Semester 

Spring 1 and 2 = Spring Semester 

Summer 1 and 2 = Summer Semester, Sessions I & III 

 

Classes usually meet once each week or on Saturdays during each eight-week session and six-week session. Please consult the current course schedule for specific dates and times of these courses.