The Masters of Education (MEd) Curriculum and Instruction program at Carlow University is a dynamic 30 credit program that allows students to pursue one of four specific theme concentrations or endorsements/certifications to enhance the specialized skills needed to thrive in a 21st century learning environment. Students can also work with an advisor to customize a path in this program. The hybrid accelerated program is designed for practicing preschool, childcare, elementary, middle level, secondary, and special education teachers. Students attend onsite and online courses, but only attend campus one evening a week. The program can be completed in 1 or 2 years (student's choice).
Carlow is a CREATE lab satellite. Current educational technology is infused in all of our programs. The Curriculum and Instruction program has a designated Interdisciplinary Models of Teaching and Learning course that allows students to develop tech fluency skills as they develop an expertise with a specific educational technology tool specific to their discipline, interests, and teaching experience.
Students can pursue one of the following concentrations:
21st century classrooms use an integrated approach to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. This program prepares educational professionals to create innovative STEM learning environments for students of all ages through exploring CREATE lab technology tools such as: Finch Robots, Arts and Bots w/Hummingbird, GigiPan, Circuit blocks, and Hear Me. Graduate students learn how to choose appropriate tools to meet learning goals and build foundational STEM knowledge.
If you work with children and youth identified with an autism spectrum disorder, this program will prepare you to design and implement effective interventions for children, adolescents, and adults. Any teacher or other education professional who holds a current Level I or Level II certification and who successfully completes the four course sequence, is eligible for the Autism Endorsement from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). Students who successfully complete the four course sequence, but do not hold a current Level I or Level II certification are eligible for the Carlow issued certificate of completion but not the PDE Endorsement.
Early Childhood Leadership
(Early Childhood Supervision Certification and/or Director's Credential optional)
Are you looking for a master's degree that leads to a director's credential? Are you an experienced early childhood teacher looking to complete Early Childhood Supervision Certification K-6 to become a supervisor or director of an early childhood school/program or a PA Keys evaluator? The early childhood leadership concentration utilizes Carlow's expert early childhood education reputation and faculty to create leaders in the field who can make the changes necessary in PA's workforce to create healthy, safe, developmentally appropriate learning environments for young children and staff. Supervision Certification is optional. If certification is desired, please refer to the following admittance and certification guidelines.
Required for Supervision Certification Admittance: A degree in early childhood education or child development and five years of professional service in early childhood education, leadership potential, and collaborative working abilities are required. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is required. A supervision internship is required. The state issues the certification, Carlow University meets the course requirement of the certification. Candidates must also take the Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision PECT exam and apply on the TIMS website to receive the Supervisory Certification.
Online Learning Instructional Design
Are you interested in teaching online or creating effective online learning environments? The instructional design concentration develops 21st century technology skills for effective online teaching and learning. This program leads to a Carlow certificate in Online Learning and Instructional Design. The four-course sequence is designed to support development of content not online in online K-12 environments but also in business and industry. Instructional designers develop on-line content for support of personnel, on-boarding, and compliance training.
Interested in your own path?
Meet with an education advisor to create your own path of electives to meet the current needs of your teaching environment.