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The Department of Education at Moravian has one of the longest-established teacher education programs in a Pennsylvania liberal arts college. Through a program integrating academic and teaching concentrations with extensive experience in the schools, students are prepared for careers related to their academic majors as well as for careers in education.

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Courses

EDUCATION

  • Introduction to Education of English Language Learners
  • Adolescents and School: Developmental Issues
  • Young Adult Literature
  • Early Field Experience
  • Culture, Community, and Diversity: Introduction to Critical Teaching
  • Child Development and Cognition I: Pre-natal to Five
  • Child Development and Cognition II: Six to Nine Years
  • Data Driven Analysis and Decision Making in Early Childhood Education
  • Creative Expression (the Arts)
  • Music and Movement
  • Early Childhood Education Theories, Practices, and Family Partnerships
  • Movement, Health, and Safety Education for Young Children
  • Emerging Language and Literacy in Young Children: Birth to Age 5
  • Interventions for Middle Level Learners
  • Computer Technology in the Classroom
  • Including Students with Disabilities
  • Reflective Teaching in Secondary Schools
  • Processes and Structures
  • Literacy for the Developing Child, Age 5 to 9 Years
  • Pre-K to 4 Instructional Strategies for Math Thinking
  • Pre-K to 4 Instructional Strategies for Scientific Reasoning
  • Pre-K to 4 Social Studies
  • Social Studies for Middle Level Learners
  • Science for Middle Level Learners
  • Mathematics for Middle Level Learners
  • Literacy for the Middle Level Learner
  • Pre-Student-Teaching Field Experience
  • Curriculum and Instruction in the Secondary Content Areas
  • Curriculum and Instruction in Art Education
  • Teaching Music to Children
  • Teaching Music to Adolescents and Adults
  • Seminar for Early Childhood Educators: Advocacy, Ethics, Leadership, Collaboration
  • Issues in Middle Level Education
  • Student Teaching
  • Seminar in Secondary Teaching
  • Seminar for Art Student Teachers
  • Special Topics
  • Independent Study
  • Internship
  • Honors

MASTER OF EDUCATION IN CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

  • The Teacher as Inquirer
  • Contemporary Issues in Education
  • The Teacher as Researcher
  • The Teacher as Evaluator
  • New Technology in the Classroom
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Web Tools and the 21st Century Classroom
  • On-Line Curriculum Development
  • Desktop and Web Publishing Applications
  • Reading and Writing across the Curriculum
  • Digital Alternatives to Test Preparation
  • Teaching Grammar in the Context of Writing
  • Differentiating Instruction
  • Drama in Education
  • Literacy Seminar in New Zealand
  • English Education in London, Oxford, and Stratford-on-Avon
  • High Achieving Learners in the Regular Classroom
  • Special Education: Identification & Effective Intervention
  • Effective Inclusionary Practices
  • School Law and Professional Ethics
  • Literature Circles
  • The Literacy Specialist
  • Managing the Constructivist Classroom
  • Teaching Mathematics K-8 with a Problem Solving Approach
  • Assessment in Mathematics K-6
  • Making Meaning in Mathematics
  • Environmental Science Education
  • Sociology of Education
  • Standards-Based Curriculum Design
  • Urban Issues: Literacy and Resistance
  • Teacher Supervision & Evaluation
  • Data-Driven Instructional Decision-Making
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Language Acquisition and Development
  • ESL Curriculum and Instruction
  • ESL Learner, Family and Community
  • ESL Assessment and Support
  • World Language Curriculum and Instruction
  • Literacy Assessment & Evaluation
  • NBPTS Mentorship Practicum I & II
  • Contemporary Issues in Science Education
  • Digital Video Classroom Applications
  • Electronic Portfolio
  • Music Education - Jazz Institute
  • NEH Institute: Bach Across the Centuries: An Interdisciplinary View
  • Perspectives in Multicultural Education
  • Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science
  • Web Quests
  • Making History Live: New Approaches to History Teaching
  • Building a Culture of Learning
  • A Constructivist Approach to Teaching Mathematics
  • Comprehensive Literacy Practices Pre K-4
  • Comprehensive Literacy Practices for Grade 4-8
  • Conducting and Writing a Review of Educational Research
  • Reflective Practice Seminar
  • Curriculum Development and Action Research
  • Action Research Thesis

Certification Information

ESL Program Specialist Certification

Candidates interested in adding Pennsylvania certification for ESL Program Specialist through Moravian’s graduate education program must possess a valid teaching certificate and complete the following courses:

  • MEDU 670 Language Acquisition and Development
  • MEDU 671 Curriculum and Instruction
  • MEDU 672 Learner, Family, and Community
  • MEDU 673 Assessment and Support

Exit Requirement: 12 credits with no grade less than B and Final Portfolio.

M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction with Reading Specialist Certification K-12

Candidates interested in earning a graduate degree with Reading Specialist certification through Moravian’s graduate education program must possess a valid teaching certificate and complete the following courses:

  • MEDU 500 Teacher as Inquirer
  • MEDU 506 Teacher as Researcher
  • MEDU 606 Reading and Writing Across Curriculum
  • MEDU 626 Comprehensive Literacy Practices Pre K-4
  • MEDU 627 Comprehensive Literacy Practices 4-8
  • MEDU 629 The Literacy Specialist
  • MEDU 660 Literacy & Resistance in Secondary Schools
  • MEDU 670 Language Acquisition & Development
  • MEDU 676 Literacy Assessment & Evaluation
  • MEDU 700 Curriculum Development & Action Research
  • MEDU 702 Reflective Practice Seminar
  • MEDU 704-05 Literacy-Based Action Research Thesis

Exit Requirement: 39 credits with 3.0 or better GPA, Final Portfolio, and passing score on Praxis Reading Specialist examination.

Reading specialist certification also offered separately for those already possessing a graduate education degree.

Pennsylvania certification for Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction K-12

Candidates must possess a valid teaching certificate, have a minimum of five years classroom teaching experience, and hold an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction or the equivalent. Advance standing may be awarded for appropriate educational leadership coursework completed in an accredited graduate education program as long as those courses have been completed within seven years and are consistent with the objectives of Moravian’s Master of Education program. Note that a minimum of two letters of reference for educational leadership certification from college/university professors and school district administrative personnel must be sent to the Comenius Center office.

The following requirements must be fulfilled in order to complete supervisory certification at Moravian College:

  • MEDU 508 Teacher as Evaluator
  • MEDU 622 School Law & Professional Ethics
  • MEDU 655 Standards-Based Curriculum Design
  • MEDU 658 Building a Culture of Learning
  • MEDU 667 Teacher Supervision & Evaluation
  • MEDU 668 Data-Driven Instructional Systems
  • MEDU 714 Supervisory Practicum I
  • MEDU 715 Supervisory Practicum II

Exit Requirement: 24 credits with no grade less than B, Final Portfolio, and passing score of Praxis Supervisory Certification K-12 examination.

Pennsylvania Principal certification K-12

Candidates must possess a valid teaching certificate, have a minimum of five years classroom teaching experience, and hold an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction or the equivalent. Advance standing may be awarded for appropriate educational leadership coursework completed in an accredited graduate education program as long as those courses have been completed within seven years and are consistent with the objectives of Moravian’s Master of Education program. Note that a minimum of two letters of reference for educational leadership certification from college/university professors and school district administrative personnel must be sent to the Comenius Center office.

The following requirements must be fulfilled in order to complete principal certification at Moravian College:

  • MEDU 617 Special Ed: Identification & Effective Intervention
  • MEDU 618 Effective Inclusionary Practices
  • MEDU 622 School Law & Professional Ethics
  • MEDU 655 Standards-Based Curriculum Design
  • MEDU 658 Building A Culture of Learning
  • MEDU 667 Teacher Supervision & Evaluation
  • MEDU 668 Data-Driven Instructional Systems
  • MEDU 723 Organizational Leadership
  • MEDU 724 Principal Certification Practicum I
  • MEDU 725 Principal Certification Practicum II

Exit Requirement: 30 credits with no grade less than B, Final Portfolio, and passing score on Praxis Principal K-12 examination.


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Facilities

The Education Department is located on the third floor of the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex building. The Model Teaching Classroom (room 302) is used exclusively by the education department. It is equipped with the latest in educational technology and classroom materials. In addition there is a student work room with a computer, scanner, color printer, and dye cut materials. The Education Department also provides student access to additional resource materials, video equipment, digital cameras, a Macintosh microcomputer lab for software preview, and duplicating and laminating equipment. Students also have access to equipment in the Collier Hall of Science, the music center, the language laboratory, the Writing Center, the Monocacy Hall academic computing laboratory, and the campus network. A curriculum library and children’s book collection are maintained in Reeves Library.


Opportunities

Students are encouraged to explore international opportunities that complement their degree program at Moravian College. The College sponsors a number of study-abroad programs for the summer or semester periods. Students interested in overseas opportunities are encouraged to discuss options with their academic advisor early in their degree program and consult with the International Studies Office on program availability. Certified teachers may continue their education at Moravian College by enrolling in the master’s program. Field placement is available in area public and private schools and community institutions. Students may be eligible for election to the national education honor society, Kappa Delta Pi.


Faculty

All full-time faculty in the Education Department have had extensive experience in elementary or secondary schools. The department is fortunate to have experienced educators in other academic departments who support the teacher education program by teaching content and methods courses and by assisting with student teaching supervision.


Adjunct Faculty
  • Lisa Ann Smitreski Draper 
  • Carolyn Evans
  • Tom Evans
  • Jeff Jacoby
  • Barbara Kozero 
  • Lynn Malok
  • Cathie Meholic
  • Beverly Morgan
  • Ronald Szabo
  • Virginia Wanner
  • Steve Weiss
  • Emily Young