MA in Education

As a teacher, you’re eager to make a difference in your classroom, school district, and community. Our MA in Education provides quality professional opportunities that will help you influence decision-making and prepare you to handle a wide range of instructional and non-instructional tasks. EMU at Lancaster is an approved PDE Act 48 provider.

An Ethic of Care

The EMU general education framework is drawn from the biblical text Micah 6:8, which calls us to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. The teacher education program is committed to culturally responsive teaching, peace building, and restorative approaches in which critical caring within relationships is paramount. We expect our candidates to reflect a willingness to list and attend differentially to student needs and to promote school environments where students are treated with respect and learn to treat one another with respect. Regardless of cultural, intellectual, or gender differences, an ethic of care respects the multiple tales and capacities of all individuals and preserves the dignity of all persons. We aim to prepare teachers who will successfully pursue an ethic of care as they build student-oriented classroom communities focused on student learning.

Reflective Practice

Critical reflection is the process of analyzing, reconsidering, and questioning experiences within a broad context of issues related to social justice, curriculum development, learning theories, politics, and culture. Critical reflection requires an acknowledgement that teaching can empower or oppress. With an intentional focus on critical reflection, teachers can begin to question their assumptions about power structures within the classroom, create conditions where all voices are heard and where educational processes are open to negotiation, and create connections between educational outcomes and students’ values and experiences. It is through the application of critical reflection that caring teachers will have the courage and competence to become effective agents for just learning communities.


The philosophical base for the teacher education program is further informed by the theory of constructivism that seeks to integrate theory and practice, recognizing the importance of both practice grounded in theory and theory practically applied. Constructivists share the notion that learners are actively constructing their own understand of concepts and are not mere recipients of knowledge that is passed along to them. We work to enhance the individual learning capacity of each student, while at the same time, acknowledge the sociocultural contexts of learning. This awareness of the social, cultural, political embeddedness of teaching-learning is essential and fosters the growth of transformative leaders, who not only engage in the realities of what exist but who also actively engage in social and cultural transformation.
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Where do our students come from?

Annville Cleona High School
Brownstown Elementary School
Bucher Elementary School
Clermont Elementary School
Coatesville Area School District
Cocalico School District
Conestoga Valley School District
Donegal High School
Donegal School District
Eastern Lancaster County School District
Ephrata Area School District
Ephrata Area School District
Ephrata Mennonite School
Fauquier County Public Schools
Hempfield School District
Hershey Christian School
Hinkletown Mennonite School
J. E. Fritz Elementary
Kraybill Mennonite School
La Academia Partnership Charter School
Lampeter Elementary School
Lancaster Country Day School
Lancaster County Career & Technology Center
Lancaster Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13
Lancaster Mennonite School
Landisville Primary Center
Lititz Area Mennonite School
Locust Grove Campus of Lancaster Mennonite School
Manheim Christian School
Manheim Township High School
Mayfield Intermediate School
Mountville Elementary School
Neff Elementary School
New School of Lancaster
Northside Elementary School
Palmyra Area Middle School
Paradise Elementary School
Park Elementary School
Penn Manor School District
Phoenix Academy (PA
Quakertown Christian School
Quarryville Elementary School
Reading Senior High School
Reynolds Middle School
River Rock Academy
Rosslyn Academy
School District of Lancaster (PA
Smoketown Elementary School
Solanco School District
Walton Rural Life Center
Warwick Area School District
Warwick High School
West Shore School District
Wilson School District
York Academy
York Academy Regional Charter School
York Country Day School
York County School of Technology

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Apply now to either the MA in education program, certificate or certification at EMU at Lancaster. Questions about transcripts and other details? Read our program FAQ or contact our helpful staff with questions.

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