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Master’s Degree in Education: Advanced Studies in Teaching & Learning

Drexel University School of Education

Now​ ​more​ ​than​ ​ever,​ ​there​ ​is​ ​a​ ​growing​ ​demand​ ​for​ ​teachers​ ​with​ ​advanced​ ​skill sets​ ​to​ ​successfully​ ​create​ ​and​ ​implement​ ​progressive​ ​curricula,​ ​being​ ​able​ ​to carry​ ​out​ ​effective​ ​instruction​ ​and​ ​make​ ​actionable​ ​assessments​ ​in​ ​education.

Drexel's​ ​Master​ ​of​ ​Science​ ​(MS)​ ​degree​ ​in​ ​Teaching,​ ​Learning​ ​and​ ​Curriculum: Advanced​ ​Education​ ​Studies​ ​trains​ ​certified​ ​teachers​ ​to​ ​develop​ ​and​ ​implement effective​ ​instructional​ ​strategies,​ ​including​ ​specialized​ ​concentration​ ​sets.

What ​Can ​You ​Do ​with ​an ​Advanced ​Studies Degree ​in ​Education?

For individuals with or without a teaching certificate who are interested in advancing the boundaries of their profession, the MS in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum: Advanced Teaching provides a competitive credential.

Graduates acquire a marketable skill set that will qualify them for a broad range of career opportunities such as instructors, instructional leaders, or leaders in local, state, national and international organizations in the following areas:

  • K–12 public and private schools
  • Higher education institutions
  • Local community centers
  • International outreach centers
  • State agencies
  • U.S. government
  • Human service agencies

Why ​Pursue ​a ​Master’s ​Degree ​in ​Education ​for Advanced ​Studies?

The​ ​goal​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Teaching,​ ​Learning​ ​and​ ​Curriculum​ ​course​ ​of​ ​study​ ​is​ ​to​ ​provide in-service​ ​teachers​ ​with​ ​the​ ​skills​ ​to​ ​design​ ​a​ ​framework​ ​for​ ​evaluation​ ​and assessment​ ​using​ ​educational​ ​applications​ ​and​ ​research​ ​in​ ​a​ ​variety​ ​of​ ​educational settings.

Students​ ​may​ ​pursue​ ​this​ ​program​ ​to​ ​expand​ ​professional​ ​horizons​ ​or​ ​as​ ​a gateway​ ​to​ ​prepare​ ​to​ ​enter​ ​into​ ​a​ ​terminal​ ​degree​ ​program.​ ​Credits​ ​earned​ ​within the​ ​program​ ​can​ ​be​ ​used​ ​toward​ ​the​ ​PA​ ​Department​ ​of​ ​Education's​ ​Instructional​ ​II certification.

Master’s ​Degree ​in ​Advanced ​Education Studies: ​Program ​Options

The​ master’s​ in​ ​Teaching,​ ​Learning​ ​and​ ​Curriculum:​ ​Advanced​ ​Studies​ ​program​ ​is offered​ ​entirely​ ​online.​ ​There​ ​are​ ​no​ ​set​ ​class​ ​times,​ ​so​ ​students​ ​can​ ​participate around​ ​their​ ​own​ ​schedules.

Drexel’s​ ​online​ ​programs​ ​offer​ ​the​ ​very​ ​same​ ​faculty,​ ​curriculum,​ ​and​ ​degree​ ​as Drexel's​ ​distinguished​ ​on-campus​ ​programs.​ ​Drexel​ ​University​ ​is​ ​a​ ​winner​ ​of​ ​the ​Sloan-C​ ​Award​ ​for​ ​Excellence​ ​in​ ​Institution-Wide​ ​Online​ ​Education.

Advanced ​Education ​Studies: ​Concentrations ​& Specializations

At​ ​the​ ​concentrations​ ​stage,​ ​students​ ​have​ ​an​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​match​ ​their​ ​degree​ ​to their​ ​career​ ​goals​ ​through​ ​in-depth​ ​study.​ ​With​ ​the​ ​approval​ ​of​ ​the​ ​academic advisor,​ ​students​ ​can​ ​customize​ ​their​ ​own​ ​concentration​ ​(18​ ​credits)​ ​from education​ ​classes​ ​or​ ​select​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​following:

  • Adult Education and Organization Development
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Education Policy
  • Educational​ ​Administration​ ​(please​ ​note​ ​that​ ​this​ ​concentration​ ​does​ ​not​ ​include​ ​school​ ​principal certification.)
  • Global​ ​and​ ​International​ ​Education
  • Instructional​ ​Technology (students may begin coursework toward the 28.5 credit Instructional Technology Specialist certification program)
  • Higher​ ​Education
  • Learning Technologies
  • Multisensory Reading Instruction Level 1 (Wilson® certification)
  • Reading​ ​Specialist​ ​add-on​ ​PA​ ​Certification​ ​(option​ ​for​ ​Wilson​ ​Multisensory​ ​Certification​ ​requiring​ ​a​ ​total of​ ​49​ ​credits)
  • Teaching​ ​English​ ​as​ ​a​ ​Second​ ​Language​ ​(add-on​ ​PA​ ​ESL​ ​Specialist​ ​Certification)

One of the key features of the Teaching, Learning and Curriculum—Advanced Teaching program is its flexibility and the broad range of opportunities to which it can be applied. Students​ ​may​ ​consider​ ​areas​ ​such​ ​as​ ​autism​ ​spectrum​ ​disorders, educational​ ​policy,​ ​and​ ​evaluation​ ​and​ ​assessment.

Advanced ​Education ​Studies: ​Concentrations ​& Specializations

Admissions Criteria

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (graduate GPA will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA)

Required Documents

With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting Drexel Online's Completing Your Application Guide.

Master’s ​Degree ​in ​Education ​Advanced ​Studies Program: ​Courses ​& ​Curriculum

Coursework​ requirements​ ​as​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Advanced​ ​Teaching,​ ​Learning​ ​& Curriculum​ ​degree​ ​program​ ​at​ ​Drexel​ ​University​ provides​ ​an​ ​overview​ ​of​ ​current teaching​ ​trends​ ​and​ ​explores​ ​how​ ​these​ ​trends​ ​can​ ​be​ ​applied​ ​effectively​ ​to​ ​a broad​ ​range​ ​of​ ​educational​ ​opportunities.​ ​An​ ​additional​ advanced​ ​studies education​ research​ ​component​ ​allows​ ​the​ ​student​ ​to​ ​better​ ​understand​ ​how curriculum​ ​helps​ ​inform​ ​one’s​ ​teaching​ ​practice.

A​ ​small​ ​and​ ​focused​ ​number​ ​of​ ​core​ ​courses​ ​and​ ​an​ ​expansive​ ​selection​ ​of concentration​ ​courses​ ​enable​ ​students​ ​to​ ​spend​ ​more​ ​time​ ​on​ ​an​ ​area​ ​of​ ​study​ ​that is​ ​important​ ​to​ ​them.​ ​The​ ​Teaching,​ ​Learning​ ​and​ ​Curriculum​ for​ ​Advanced Education​ ​Studies​ program​ ​consists​ ​of​ a​ ​minimum​ ​of​ 45​ ​credits​ ​in​ ​the​ ​following areas:

  • Five core courses
  • Two policy, law, and organization courses
  • Two research courses
  • A concentration of six courses

At​ ​the​ ​concentrations​ ​stage,​ ​students​ ​have​ ​an​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​match​ ​their​ ​master’s degree​ ​to​ ​their​ ​career​ ​goals​ ​through​ ​in-depth​ ​study.​ ​With​ ​the​ ​approval​ ​of​ ​the academic​ ​advisor,​ ​students​ ​can​ ​customize​ ​their​ ​own​ ​concentration​ ​(18​ ​credits) from​ ​education​ ​classes​ ​or​ ​select​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​following:

  • Global​ ​and​ ​International​ ​Education
  • Instructional​ ​Technology
  • Higher​ ​Education
  • Reading​ ​Specialist​ ​add-on​ ​PA​ ​Certification​ ​(option​ ​for​ ​Wilson​ ​Multisensory Certification​ ​requiring​ ​a​ ​total​ ​of​ ​49​ ​credits)
  • Teaching​ ​English​ ​as​ ​a​ ​Second​ ​Language​ ​(add-on​ ​PA​ ​ESL​ ​Specialist Certification)
  • Educational​ ​Administration*

*Note​ ​that​ ​this​ ​concentration​ ​does​ ​not​ ​include​ ​school​ ​principal​ ​certification.

For full course details of the MS in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum: Advanced Studies curriculum, please visit the Drexel University Course Catalog.

How ​to ​Apply ​to ​the ​Advanced ​Education Studies ​Program

The master's of sciecne in Special Education is offered 100% online. You can get started by filling out the Drexel Online application.