Diverse Needs Strategist

Three areas of emphasis are built into the concentration area: (1) TESL, (2) At-Risk Populations and (3) Special Education.

MA in Education: Diverse Needs Strategist: Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

NOTE: Course requirements may change as the program evolves. Candidates are accountable for completing the program of study listed in the catalog for the year in which they entered the program.

A. Program Core (12 hrs.)

[Recommended early in program]

  • EDCC 501 Creating Cultures of Change (3 hrs.)
  • EDCC 521 Peacebuilding & Conflict Resolution (3 hrs.)
  • EDCC 531 Social & Ethical Issues in Education (3 hrs.)

[Recommended later in program]

  • EDCC 551 Action Research in Educational Settings (3 hrs.) (Prerequisite: Admission to Candidacy)

B. Concentration Area (24 hrs.)

  • +EDSL 551 Methods of Teaching ESL/FL (3 hrs.)
  • +EDSL 571 Language Acquisition and Grammar (3 hrs.)
  • +EDSL 581 Language and Culture (3 hrs.)
  • EDDA 511 Teaching Diverse Learners (3 hrs.)
  • EDCI 511 Teaming and Collaboration (3 hrs.)
  • EDLA 501 Foundations of Literacy (3 hrs.)
  • EDLA 511 Literacy Assessment (3 hrs.)
  • EDPC 601 Practicum: TESL (3 hrs.)
  • +**EDSL 591 ESL Assessment and Support (3 hrs.) (substitutes for EDLA 511)

C. Reflective Practice (3 hrs.)

  • EDPC 611 Action Research Project: TESL (3 hrs.)

NOTE: In addition, candidates who have not reached a level of proficiency in a foreign language at Intermediate Level II must take additional hours of foreign language to achieve that level. Candidates who have had equivalent course work may substitute elective replacements.

*For TESL licensure, students must take an English linguistics course and a specialized practicum to meet licensure requirements. A 14-week internship (7 hrs.) is required for candidates seeking TESL as an initial license.

**Required in Pennsylvania

+Pennsylvania Department of Education certification as approved through Intermediate Unit 13

MA in Education: Diverse Needs Strategist: At-Risk

A. Program Core (12 hrs.)

[Recommended early in program]

  • EDCC 501 Creating Cultures of Change (3 hrs.)
  • EDCC 521 Peacebuilding & Conflict Resolution (3 hrs.)
  • EDCC 531 Social & Ethical Issues in Education (3 hrs.)

[Recommended later in program]

  • EDCC 551 Action Research in Educational Settings (3 hrs.) (Prerequisite: Admission to Candidacy)

B. Concentration Area (15 hrs. required + 6 hrs. electives= 21 hrs.)

  • EDCI 511 Teaming and Collaboration (3 hrs.)
  • EDDA 631 Research in Risk and Resiliency (3 hrs.)
  • EDDA 501 At-Risk Issues in School and Community (3 hrs.)
  • EDDA 511 Teaching Diverse Learners (3 hrs.)
  • One course in literacy (3 hrs.)
  • Electives- (6 hrs.) chosen from other MA in Education concentrations

C. Reflective Practice (3 hrs.)

  • EDPC 611 Action Research Project: At-Risk Populations (3 hrs.)

MA in Education: Diverse Needs Strategist: Special Education

A. Program Core (12 hrs.)

[Recommended early in program]

  • EDCC 501 Creating Cultures of Change (3 hrs.)
  • EDCC 521 Peacebuilding & Conflict Resolution (3 hrs.)
  • EDCC 531 Social & Ethical Issues in Education (3 hrs.)

[Recommended later in program]

  • EDCC 551 Action Research in Educational Settings (3 hrs.) (Prerequisite: Admission to Candidacy)

B. Concentration Area (12 hrs. required + 9 hrs. electives = 21 hrs.)

  • EDDS 611 Curriculum and Instructional Support for Special Education Students (3 hrs.)
  • EDCI 511 Teaming and Collaboration (3 hrs.)
  • EDDA 511 Teaching Diverse Learners (3 hrs.)
  • EDDS 511 Foundations and Procedural Issues in Special Education (3 hrs.)
  • Electives- (9 hrs.) Chosen from other MA in Education concentrations

C. Reflective Practice (3 hrs.)

  • EDPC 611 Action Research Project: Special Education (3 hrs.)