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School of Education

The School of Education at Gwynedd-Mercy College prepares teachers to meet the educational challenges of the 21st Century. The undergraduate and graduate divisions of the school offer a variety of programs to meet the pre-service and in-service needs of education professionals. The teaching and learning processes and practices are changing rapidly due to research about how the brain responds to stimuli and how teachers can facilitate optimal learning experiences.

There are two undergraduate program options and six graduate program options in the School of Education. GMC also offers a teacher certification option for those who already retain a bachelor's degree and want to earn an Instructional I Certificate from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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In connection with the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education also offers a secondary certification in the following areas:

The Bachelor's Degree is granted through the School of Arts and Sciences. The School of Education offers the secondary methodology courses that provide the basis for Pre-Student Teaching and Student Teaching at the secondary level. In the methodology courses, students have the opportunity to engage in field work experiences to observe best practices in secondary education. During the first semester of their senior year, students are assigned to Pre-Student Teaching and during their last semester, students spend 16 weeks, full time, in a classroom.

This program offers students courses in philosophical foundations of middle level education, adolescent development, middle and high school methodology courses, as well as extensive coursework in Math and Science. Students are involved in the Teacher Apprentice Program (TAP) from their first semester on campus. Through TAP, studnets are assigned to a variety of schools every Wednesday. This gives them the opportunity to work with teachers in the field, observe best practices in Education, and hone their own professional skills. During the first semester of their senior year, students are assigned to Pre-Student Teaching and during their last semester, students spend 16 weeks, full time, in a classroom.
This program offers student courses in child development, early childhood education, methods courses in Reading, Science, Social Studies, and Math, as well as five courses that cover all aspects of Special Education at these respective grade levels. Students are involved in the Teacher Apprentice Program (TAP) from their first semester on campus. Through TAP, students are assigned to a variety of schools every Wednesday. This gives them the opportunity to work with teachers in the field, observe best practices in Education, and hone their own professional skills. During the first semester of their senior year, students are assigned to Pre-Student Teaching and during their last semester, students spend 16 weeks, full time, in a classroom.

(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:

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 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.
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:
Students work toward certification in PreK-Grade 4 (Early Childhood) education. After completing the program for certification, students continue coursework completing a M.S. degree in Education.
Designed to meet the needs of a variety of professional educators and teachers seeking an opportunity to study new areas of education. Teachers who have state certification (Instructional I or II) and are seeking an advanced degree find the program professionally enriching.
Focus on Special Education Certification only. Applicants must hold a state teaching certification.
Students work toward certification in Grades 4-8 with Mathematics and Science education. After completing the program for certification, students continue coursework completing a M.S. degree in Education. Designed for students who have a bachelor's degree in a field other than education and seeking certification in a secondary content area for teaching in the public schools of Pennsylvania. Certification includes a Math and Science concentration applicable to grades 7 & 8.
Focus on elementary or secondary school counseling certification. For those without a school counseling certification, a practicum is required for each level of certification. Students with a first school counseling certification from GMC (i.e., elementary or secondary counseling) are required to complete a practicum for a second certification area.