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Graduate Teacher Education

Philosophy

The graduate education program wants to attract experienced and dedicated classroom teachers who wish to become educational leaders. While it is expected that graduates of the programs will be highly valued by their school districts and communities, the program is not designed to help classroom teachers become school administrators or to prepare teachers for roles outside their classrooms. The programs respect and value classroom teachers; through it, we hope to empower these valued professionals and enable them to take the lead in making important educational decisions.

National reports indicate that our society wants classroom teachers to become more involved in the leadership and management of schools and of their profession. Teachers are willing to accept these new responsibilities; they are willing to take the lead in planning, implementing, and evaluating the educational programs needed in our nation's schools. But good intentions are not enough. Our graduate education program is designed to help teachers gain the knowledge necessary and develop the skills required to function as leaders.

Graduate Education Program Goals

Cited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for its "innovative programmatic and curricular design," the graduate education program breaks away from traditional programming. It reflects and respects the learning styles and schedules of adult learners.” We focus on the following goals:

Graduates of the graduate education programs (GEP) (instructional technology, reading specialist, special education) will demonstrate the ability to:

 

  1. Establish mutually respectful relationships with administrators, colleagues, students, and parents based on a solid values system that emphasizes mercy, justice, service, and hospitality.
  2. Effectively communicate with various school communities regarding current educational issues and trends and the principles of teaching and learning, which make schools effective and efficient.
  3. Design, organize, and manage system-wide curriculum that prepares students within areas relating to the goals of quality education.
  4. Coordinate district-wide subject area activities and subject area curriculum development.
  5. Conduct evaluations of curriculum and instruction and apply the results to encourage and facilitate curricular and instructional improvements.
  6. Use an understanding of how learning occurs as the basis for making curricular and instructional decisions that support the intellectual, social, and personal growth of all students.
  7. Use an understanding of individual and group motivation, instructional practices, and assessment to create school environments that foster effective and efficient curricular and instructional practices and procedures, and that enable all students to master curriculum and meet high standards.
  8. Use the tools of research and inquiry to gather and apply information needed to make educational decisions.
  9. Identify how educational technology can be used to facilitate and improve teaching and learning processes.

Graduate Certifications

Our graduate specializations have been reviewed and approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Students who complete the programs may be eligible for state certifications, as long as they meet other requirements established by PDE.

In light of the recent changes in Pennsylvania's certification guidelines (Chapter 49-2), modifications to the special education certifications may be necessary.

Our graduate certifications include:

Instructional Technology Specialist (K – 12)

Reading Specialist (K – 12)

Special Education Program

More detailed information regarding the Graduate Teacher Education program is available in the Undergraduate/Graduate Catalogue. You may also call Dr. Steve Broskoske at 570-674-6761, e-mail sbroskos@misericordia.edu or David Pasquine at 570-674-8183, e-mail dpasquin@misericordia.edu