Teaching requires knowledgeable, creative, and committed professionals who make strong decisions on behalf of their students. Through advanced studies in education, graduate students become more knowledgeable, skilled and confident teacher leaders. They also learn to support their colleagues, to be lifelong learners, and to lead by example. Courses and research experiences in the graduate program are designed to prepare reflective educational leaders.
The program is also designed to develop advanced knowledge in research, curriculum, supervision, and adapting instruction to meet the needs of all learners. In the M.Ed. and M.S.Ed. programs, students build upon their undergraduate programs of study in individualized tracks. Each graduate student completes a common core of courses, professional education courses according to student background, and a concentration, which may be in children’s literature P-12, or history at the secondary education level, or in preparation for reading specialist certification (for those already certified in another area). Other areas of specialization may be individually developed with assistance from the student’s advisor. The minimum number of semester hours required for the degree is 33 (or 30 if the thesis option is completed). *Some courses are offered summers only.
Mansfield University offers two degree choices in Education at the graduate level: M.Ed., Elementary and the M.S.Ed., Education. The M.Ed. is chosen by those pursuing a master’s degree with an elementary emphasis, and the M.S.Ed. is chosen by those pursuing a master’s degree with a secondary emphasis. With either degree, students will be placed in a curricular track based on 1) whether or not certification in an area of education is already held, and 2) the area of specialization they are pursuing through the master’s degree.
The principal accrediting agencies for Mansfield University are: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).