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Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction Online

The M. Ed. Program in curriculum and instruction is designed for the practicing educational professional and those individuals with education degrees interested in furthering their education. The online program is an exciting and innovative approach, geared to accommodate the busy schedules and demands encountered by today's professional educator.

Offered through the School of Education, the M.Ed. program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Our students and alumni are creative and ethical practitioners well prepared to meet the many educational challenges of the 21st century.

Our graduate faculty draws on a broad mix of academic expertise and field experience in their teaching and research. All faculty have worked extensively in the education field. Most importantly, they enjoy teaching. You can count on establishing close relationships with them, with plenty of personal interaction and guidance through your time as a Clarion student.

The 30-credit hour program can be completed in three years online (depending on the course offered each semester). The program may be completed through one of three exit options: a traditional thesis; an exit test; or, a portfolio presentation.

Course Selection (course descriptions)


ED 403            Field Experience and Methods in Environmental Education

ED 501            Seminar in Critical Educational Issues

ED 502            Creative Responses to Conflict

ED 506            Gender Issues in Education

ED 509            Observations and Analysis of the Urban Classroom

ED 517            Educational Computer Applications

ED 526            Sociology of Education

ED 523            Curriculum Development and Evaluation

ED 522            Analysis of Teaching

ED 533            Recent Developments in Elementary Social Studies

ED 537            Strategies and Problems of Teaching Elementary Mathematics

ED 568            Language and Literacy

ED 501            Seminar in Critical Educational Issues

ED 521            Instructional Leadership Skills

ED 520            Introduction to Research

ED 544            Classroom Assessment for Learning

ED 578            Professional Seminars

ED 599            Special Topics in Education

ED 617            Advanced Educational Technology

ECH 501         Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction

ECH 502         Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment

ECH 510         Leadership in Early Childhood and Care

SCED 536       Investigative Techniques and Process Approach to Modern Science Curricula

SPED 500       Contemporary Issues in Special Education

SPED 536       Advanced Methods for Individuals with Mild/Moderate Handicaps

SPED 596       Contemporary Education Practices and Directions

SPED 597       Collaboration and Cooperation: Improved Teaching and Learning Outcomes


Admission Requirements

The following items are required for admission to the program:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  2. Minimum QPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  3. Teaching Certification (2 copies)

Applicants who do not meet the 3.0 QPA requirement may be granted provisional admission at the discretion of the graduate faculty. Regular student status will be granted if the student maintains a 3.0 QPA in 12 credit hours.


Admission Process

All Clarion University graduate students must complete the following steps for admission:

  1. A completed application form
  2. Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  3. Three current professional recommendations, done on Clarion University's Application Evaluation/Recommendation Forms
  4. A resume
  5. Teaching Certification (2 copies)
  6. A $30 application fee


All forms are available on-line at:

They should be returned to:

Division of Graduate Studies

Clarion University of Pennsylvania

840 Wood Street

Clarion, PA 16214