Master of Education (M.Ed.) Curriculum | Gratz College

Master of Education (M.Ed.) Curriculum

Our Masters Education (M.Ed.) program is customizable to fit your educational and career goals.  Other than the three-course core, students can design the remainder of their own curriculum.

All courses are three credits, unless otherwise noted.

Required Core Courses: (9 credits)
•    EDU 516: Principles in Instructional Design
•    EDU 518: Legal & Ethical Issues in the 21st Century Classroom
•    EDU 522: Effective Learning Assessment

Suggested curricula by focus:

Understanding that creativity and technology are foundational constructs of modern education, the Creativity & Technology track prepares educators to meet the needs of the 21st century learner. Combining effective pedagogical practices with current models of creativity and technology, the Creativity & Technology track offers a roadmap for infusing its students with ingenuity and resourcefulness.

EDU 540: Foundations of Creativity and Innovation Theories
EDU 541: The Creative Educator
EDU 542: Creative Pedagogy
EDU 543: Designers of Learning
EDU 544: Creative Technologies

Electives: (6 credits, student choice)

Electives (6 credits, student choice)

Acknowledging the turbulence of today’s world, the Climate, Culture, & Management track focuses on creating an overarching learning climate of safety and trust.   Combining instructional excellence with strategies to promote respect, conflict resolution, and tolerance, the Culture, Climate & Management track focuses on both the social and educational needs of the school and the learner.

EDU 554: Contemporary Issues in Classroom Management
EDU 555: Culture & Family Dynamics
EDU 559: Teaching Tolerance in the Classroom
Electives: (6 credits, student choice)
Seeking to best meet the professional needs of its students, the Integrated Curriculum track allows the educator to create an individualized course of study from the concentration offerings found in the Creativity & Technology, Dimensions in Identity, Early Childhood Education tracks, and Culture, Climate, and Management tracks. 

5 courses chosen from any of the Creativity & Technology, Dimensions of Learning, or Early Childhood Education track concentration offerings

Electives: (6 credits, student choice)
Honoring the high goals of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Early Childhood education track offers a framework of excellence. From effective practices in documentation, to the building of effectual family relationships and developmentally appropriate instruction, students in the Early Childhood Education track will be prepared to act as standard bearers within the early childhood community.
EDU 533: Integrated Learning
EDU 543: Designers of Learning
EDU 555: Culture & Family Dynamics
EDU 560: Leadership & Advocacy
EDU 563: Play as the Foundation of Learning

Elective: (6 credits, student choice)

Merging current pedagogy with the deep traditions of Jewish education, the Jewish Instructional education track serves those wishing to improve their skills and knowledge base as they pertain to all Jewish instructional settings.

•    JED 510: Fundamentals & Orientations in Jewish Education
•    6 credits, Jewish Education Methods courses  (student choice)
•    9 credits,  Jewish Education Methods, Jewish Studies (student choice)

Electives: (9 credits student choice: Jewish Education, Jewish Studies, Holocaust & Genocide, Non-Profit Management, General Education )
Prerequisite/Co-Requisite: College level Hebrew 3 or exam exemption

(15 Credits)
Based on the Danielson© Framework for Teaching, the Certificate in Distinguished Teaching & Learning affords the opportunity to improve one’s educational practices, while also building a professional portfolio to be used for personal reflection and teacher evaluation.  The 5 course certificate includes:


EDU 593: Knowledge of Instruction, Students, & Resources
EDU 594: Environment, Culture, & Space
EDU 595: Classroom Interaction & Engagement
EDU 596: Professional Responsibilities

Elective chosen from M.Ed. offerings.

Required Core Courses (6 credits, student choice)
EDU 516: Principles in Instructional Design
EDU 518: Legal & Ethical Issues in the 21st Century Classroom
EDU 522: Effective Learning Assessment

Concentration Courses (9 credits, student choice)
EDU 540: Foundations of Creativity and Innovation Theories
EDU 541: The Creative Educator
EDU 542: Creative Pedagogy
EDU 543: Designers of Learning
EDU 544: Creative Technologies

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