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Master's (M.Ed. or M.A.) Teaching and Learning

Master's in Teaching and Learning
Master's in Teaching and Learning

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  • Application requirements: Two letters of recommendation, undergrad and graduate transcripts, a minimum GPA of 3.0, personal statement, and résumé
  • Deadline(s): April 15 for summer semester summer, July 15 for fall semester start, December 15 for spring semester start
  • Course Requirements: 10 - 14 courses (30-42 credits)
  • Typical Course Load: Fall (2-3 courses), Spring (2-3 courses), Summer (2 courses)
  • Time to Completion: 18 months - 2 years 
  • Alumni Current Positions: Elementary and Secondary teachers.

Teachers seeking to take their skills and knowledge to the next level to develop innovative lessons and enhance their classroom learning environments can do so through Lehigh University’s Master’s degree in Teaching and Learning.  

The program is geared primarily toward practicing teachers and, in recognition of that, offers flexible options for completing the course work. Candidates can earn either a Master of Education in Teaching and Learning or a Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning, depending on their course of study. Degrees require the completion of 10-14 courses (30-42 credits) offered in person, online and in hybrid options, including summer institutes that are intensive eight-day courses. 

Lehigh’s experienced faculty work with master’s candidates to expand their understanding of how children learn and how to design materials and environments that will best serve all students, including those with special needs and English as Second Language (ESL). 

Typically, it takes one to three years to complete the program depending on whether students are full-time or part-time. A normal course load for working teachers would be one or two courses in the fall, one or two in the spring and two in the summer. 

Application requirements include providing undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate transcripts.  A grade point average of at least 3.0 is mandated for undergraduate work. Applicants should provide two letters of recommendation, a personal statement and a resume. Students can start in any semester, enrolling by July 15 for the fall, December 15 for the spring or April 15 for the summer session.  

For the Master of Education, students take core courses but also choose between three tracks: 

  • Technology in School Settings shows teachers how to effectively and imaginatively incorporate technology in educational settings. 
  • English as a Second Language expands the ability of educators to reach a broader student population, enabling them to become ESL specialists and ESL certified teachers in Pennsylvania.
  • Teaching Field Content is for educators looking to advance their knowledge and skills in their chosen teaching field, including science, history, English and mathematics. 

Master of Education candidates take 15 credits in core courses and 15 credits of electives. 16 credits is required for those seeking ESL teaching certification in Pennsylvania.

To earn a Master of Arts degree in Teaching and Learning, candidates take the Teaching Field Content track but must take 12 credits of the content-area courses outside of the College of Education with 300-level courses and above. 

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Teaching and Learning

The 30-credit Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree program comprises a 15-credit core (5 courses) and 15 -16 credits of electives. 16 credits is required for those seeking ESL teaching certification in Pennsylvania. The goal of the post-certification master’s in Teaching and Learning is to provide professionally oriented practicing classroom teachers an in-depth understanding of classroom learning environments and experience in classroom-based research methods. These classroom teachers will enhance their pedagogical knowledge and skills, the design of classroom learning environments, and develop innovative curricula and learning activities.

COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CREDITS
Core Coursework (15 credit hours)  
EDUC 403  Research 3
EDUC 471 Diversity and Multicultural Perspectives 3
TLT 401 Overview of Teaching and Learning 3
TLT 403 Instructional Design 3
TLT 480 Curriculum Theory and Design 3

Electives (15 credits, select courses from the tracks below)

Track 1: Technology in School Settings

   
TLT 458  Introduction to Multimedia Programming and Resource Development for Learning  3
TLT 460  Advanced Multimedia Programming and Resource Development for Learning 3
TLT 462 Special Topics in Development of Instructional Resources and Technologies for Learning 1-3
TLT 470 Technology for Teaching and Learning 3
TLT 472 Online Teaching and Learning 3
TLT 476 Assessment of Instructional Technologies 3
  Other electives as approved by advisor  
Track 2: English as a Second Language    
EDUC 391  Educational Linguistics 3
EDUC 419 Second Language Acquisition 3
EDUC 420 Contemporary Issues in English Language Learner Education 3
EDUC 422 Pedagogy for Second Language Learning 3
EDUC 423 Curriculum and Materials Design for English Language Learners 3
  Other electives as approved by advisor  

For those seeking PDE certification as as ESL teacher:

EDUC 424

Practicum in Second Language Teaching  1

Track 3: Teaching Field Content 

 
  Content-area course taken outside the College of Education (300 level and above)  
  Content-area course taken outside the College of Education (300 level and above)  
TLT 367 Environmental Education 3
TLT 368 Teaching and Learning with Geospatial Tools 3
TLT 494 Culminating Research Project  3
  Other electives as approved by advisor  
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Teaching and Learning

The 30-credit Master of Arts (M.A.) degree program comprises a 15 credit core (5 courses) and 15 credits of electives. The goal of the post-certification master’s in Teaching and Learning is to provide professionally oriented practicing classroom teachers an in-depth understanding of classroom learning environments and experience in classroom-based research methods. These classroom teachers will enhance their pedagogical knowledge and skills, the design of classroom learning environments, and develop innovative curricula and learning activities. For the Master of Arts degree, 12 credits of content-area courses must be taken outside the College of Education.

COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CREDITS
Core Coursework (15 credit hours)  
EDUC 403  Research 3
EDUC 471 Diversity and Multicultural Perspectives 3
TLT 401 Overview of Teaching and Learning 3
TLT 403 Instructional Design 3
TLT 480 Curriculum Theory and Design 3
Electives:  Teaching Field Content (15 credits)  
For the M.A.: Must include 12 credits of content-area courses taken outside the College of Education (300 level and above).  
  Content-area course taken outside the College of Education (300 level and above) 3
  Content-area course taken outside the College of Education (300 level and above) 1-3
  Content-area course taken outside the College of Education (300 level and above) 3
  Content-area course taken outside the College of Education (300 level and above) 3
EDUC 391 Educational Linguistics 3
EDUC 419 Second Language Acquisition 3
EDUC 420  Contemporary Issues in English Language Learner Education 3
EDUC 422 Pedagogy for Second Language Learning 3
EDUC 423 Curriculum and Materials Design for English Language Learners 3
TLT 367 Environmental Education 3
TLT 368 Teaching and Learning with Geospatial Tools 3
TLT 494 Culminating Research Project  3
  Other electives as approved by advisor  

Course descriptions can be found in the course catalog

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