Elementary Education (M.S. Ed.)
This urban-focused, full-time, ten-month degree program prepares students to become reflective, collaborative, creative teacher leaders. Students simultaneously pursue certification in elementary education and earn their masterÆs degree.
In the Elementary Education Program, coursework and the supervised student teaching experience mutually inform each other. The student teaching fieldwork provides the context for learning to teach, and it grounds the intensive coursework in meaningful, practical experience and active research. Student teaching occurs in both the fall and spring semesters. Students may choose either a full-year placement in an urban public school or two semester-long placements, one in an urban public school and the other in a suburban public school, an independent school, or a charter school. Students are clustered within schools and each has a Penn mentor who visits weekly, responds to journal postings, and facilitates site meetings among the school teams.
In their graduate coursework, students work closely with faculty and field mentors in learning to teach. Throughout each term, students have one main assignment that cuts across courses. Graduate courses are integrally connected to field experiences through these integrative assignments. Active teacher research is a core element of the Elementary Education Program. This focus prepares students to sustain their professional growth through all phases of their careers. Program requirements include courses in sociocultural and psychological foundations of learning, and methods of teaching, as well as seminars on such topics as health and human sexuality, learners with special needs, classroom management, pedagogy, and curriculum development. Instructional technology is woven throughout the coursework. As students , capture and edit video, design websites, and explore educational software and productivity tools, they learn how to introduce this technology into classroom settings
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