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Graduate Degrees at Gwynedd-Mercy College

At Gwynedd-Mercy College we believe that education is a life-long process that enriches the intellectual, moral and spiritual life of the individual and prepares him/her for an active role in society. That a solid liberal arts foundation is the best preparation for life and work. That the cultivation of compassion, intellectual inquiry, and dedication to truth, mercy and justice is essential in improving the human condition. That education is a process of transforming oneself and society. That individual attention in a caring environment promotes learning.

In U.S.News & World Report's 2011 edition of "Best Colleges", Gwynedd-Mercy College ranked in the first tier of its category, which is largely attributed to its high graduation and retention rates.

Our master degrees with programs from the Schools of Business, Education, and the Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing are designed to allow learners to succeed. Evening classes, instructors with real-world knowledge, small class sizes, convenient locations, stimulating classes that cut out the busy work and allow you to focus on learning - GMC knows how to make learning practical and relevant for graduate students.

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Nurse practitioners are licensed independent practitioners who can conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat common acute illnesses and injuries such as infections, manage chronic health problems such as high blood pressure and diabetes, order and interpret lab services and X-rays, prescribe pharmacologic therapy and nonpharmacologic interventions. The Adult Nurse Practitioner Program prepares advanced practice nurses as primary care providers to manage the health of individuals from adolescence through old age. The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program prepares advanced practice nurses as primary care providers to manage the health of individuals from the time they're newborns through age 21.
The role of a Nurse Educator encompasses the development, implementation and evaluation of curricula in collegiate nursing education programs and clinical environments to ensure society's access to safe, effective and state-of-the art nursing care.
The 39 credit MS is designed for working professionals in the education field who aspire to become principals. The primary purpose of this program is to take carefully selected candidates and provide them with a strong theoretical background and a heavy emphasis of practical application so that they may enter a school administrative career with all the "tools" and professional characteristics necessary to be a positive, effective educational leader and change agent.
The Master of Science in Educational Administration with Supervisory Certification in Curriculum and Instruction is a 36 credit hour accelerated program to prepare professionals for the curricular and instructional challenges that they will encounter in the evolving educational environment. The performance standards of this program will develop:
The 36 credit MSR is designed to improve the instruction of reading at the elementary, middle and secondary levels, thereby increasing the literacy level of those participating in basic education. Furthermore, the MSR will promote an understanding of the reading process and instructional techniques appropriate for those working to connect reading deficits and remediate reading disabilities in the school-age population as well as for those educators seeking to eliminate illiteracy among the adult population.
Focus on assisting in the growth and development of various individuals within the school environment. Primary responsibility of a counselor is to the students. Professional responsibilities extend to parents, school and community. Students will be eligible for certification as Elementary or Secondary School Counselors. Dual certification option available.
Focus on dealing with students with special needs in PreK-8th grade. Curriculum encourages reflective practice whereby teachers review their behavior in light of its effectiveness and in relation to the scientific research. Applicants who hold a content area certification in education may pursue Special Education Certification only or further concentration in Special Education by obtaining a Master of Science in Special Education.

(Minimum of 33 graduate credits; prior coursework evaluation may reduce program length).

Designed for students who have a bachelor's degree in a field other than education and who are seeking certification in this content area. Additional courses are required in the content area and are determined through an evaluation of undergraduate transcripts. There are two phases in this program:

(Minimum of 33 graduate credits; prior coursework evaluation may reduce program length).

Designed for students who have a bachelor's degree in a field other than education and are seeking certification in a secondary content area. Content areas offered are Biology, English, Mathematics and Social Studies. Additional courses are required in the content area and are determined through an evaluation of undergraduate transcripts. There are two phases in this program:

MS in Nursing: Clinical Nurse Specialist
Post-Masters Nurse Practitioner (this is a certification)
Master of Science in Education without certification
Master of Science in Education PreK-4 certification
Master of Science in Education grades 4-8 certification
Post Masters School Counseling (certification only)
This 37-credit degree program is designed to meet the needs of a variety of business professionals. The MSM degree program centers on development of managers who will gain theoretical and practical knowledge and skills that enhance their effectiveness as a leader in the workplace. Research is an ongoing, integral part of the MSM degree program. Each course represents one piece of the overarching research component.

The overall aim of the MSM degree is to produce versatile individuals who will be able to solve current and future problems in organizations, and meet the business needs of society as a whole. Among other skills, this graduate degree will allow students to analyze, evaluate and synthesize personal and corporate values from a balanced prospective; apply critical thinking to real life work problems through the application of theoretical and experiential knowledge; and utilize effective organizational and group communication skills.