Master of Education

Chair: Debra Chiaradonna, Ph.D. 

Program Objectives 

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 programs 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 assisting students develop the professional skills and attitudes to educate a diverse community of learners. The division’s conceptual framework is to prepare competent, caring and culturally responsive teachers and leaders for 21st century learners. The division 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. 

 

Program Offerings 

Graduate students in education may be admitted into one of three programs:  

  • M.Ed. with PDE-approved certification(s) programs  
  • M.Ed. without completing a PDE certification program  
  • PDE-approved certification or endorsement program(s) only – no M.Ed. degree  

Masters of Education Degree

 

EARLY EDUCATION (Nationally recognized by NAEYC) 

  • PreK-4 Education  
  • Dual: PreK-4 Education & Special Education PreK-8  
  • Early Education with Montessori Certification Preparation     

ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION (Nationally recognized by AMLE) 

  • Elementary/Middle Education 4-8  
  • Dual: Elementary/Middle Education 4-8 & Special Education PreK-8  

SECONDARY EDUCATION 

  • Secondary Education (Students select content area) 
  • Biology  
  • Chemistry  
  • General Science  
  • English  
  • Mathematics  
  • Social Studies  
  • Foreign Languages (Spanish or French)  
  • Dual: Secondary Education & Special Education 7-12  

SPECIAL EDUCATION* (Nationally recognized by CEC) 

  • Special Education PreK-8  
  • Special Education 7-12  

READING Specialist Certification Preparation, K-12 (Nationally recognized by IRA) 

(Prior Certification Required) 

 

EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP with K-12 School Principal Certification Preparation 

     Accelerated Format (Nationally recognized by ELCC) 

 

Note: The minimum number of credits for any M.Ed. is 33 

Certificate/Certification Preparation Programs 

  • PreK-4 Education  
  • Dual: PreK-4 Education & Special Education PreK-8  
  • Early Education with Montessori Certification Preparation  
  • Elementary/Middle Education 4-8  
  • Dual: Elementary/Middle Education 4-8 & Special Education PreK-8  
  • Secondary Education (Students select content area)  
  • Biology  
  • Chemistry  
  • General Science  
  • English  
  • Mathematics  
  • Social Studies  
  • Foreign Languages (Spanish or French)  
  • Dual: Secondary Education & Special Education 7-12  
  • Instructional Technology Specialist K-12  
  • School Principal K-12

Prior Certification Required

 

  • Special Education PreK-8  
  • Special Education 7-12  
  • Reading Specialist K-12   

Endorsement Programs 

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders  
  • Instructional Coach (courses scheduled to begin Spring 2015)  

Intern Certification/M.Ed. Programs 

The Intern certificate is when accepted candidates pass required Pennsylvania Department of Education certification exams and have an offer of employment and complete the program requirements in 3 years or less.  Mentoring throughout the first year of teaching is required on the Intern certificate. This mentoring becomes part of the student teaching requirement.     

  • Early Education - PreK-4 
  • Early Education - PreK-4 and Special Education PreK-8
  • Middle Level Education - Elementary/Middle Education 4-8
  • Middle Level Education - Elementary/Middle Education 4-8 and Special Education PreK-8
  • Secondary Education (content) 
  • Secondary Education (content) and Special Education 7-12 

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)     

See 2014-2015 SGS catalog for detailed information.

 

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. 

  

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. 

  

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.  

   

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. The courses will be experiential in nature with an emphasis on field studies.  

 

Please consult the current course schedule for specific dates and times of these courses.