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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​ ​(12-16​ ​credits)​ ​from education​ ​classes​ ​or​ ​select​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​following:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Education Policy
  • Educational​ ​Administration​ ​(​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
  • Human Resource Development
  • Learning Technologies
  • Multisensory Reading Instruction Level 1 (Wilson® certification)
  • Reading​ ​Specialist​ ​add-on​ ​PA​ ​certification​ ​(option​ ​for​ ​Wilson®​ ​certification​ ​requiring​ ​a​ ​total of​ ​46​ ​credits)
  • Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness certification
  • 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:

  • Core courses
  • Policy, law, and organization courses
  • Capstone courses
  • Concentration courses

Capstone Courses

Students in the MS in Teaching Learning and Curriculum program complete a research capstone course where they are introduced to various types of research designs and learn to be both consumers and producers of research. Following completion of the research course, students will complete a capstone experience by selecting one of the two-course multi-disciplinary sequence options below:

  • Thesis (Part I and II) - Students who select this option will be required to complete a master’s thesis which consists of a well-written research paper, comprised of five chapters that posits a research question and uses logical arguments & data to address/answer a gap in research
  • Lesson Study (Part I and II) - Students who select this option will be required to complete a research-based lesson design and analysis project
  • Practitioner Course (Part I and II) - Students who select this option will be required to complete a master’s project. Examples include: A reform initiative narrative, program or grant proposal, white paper or policy analysis, or program evaluation

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 of Science in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum: Advanced Studies program is offered 100% online. You can get started by filling out the Drexel Online application.