Academic Catalog

Education, M.S.Ed.

Program Description

The M.S.Ed. in Education program option provides a 36 credit-hour course of study consisting of methodologies, educational philosophy, literacy, research and application. Students will not receive teacher certification from the State of New York with this option. This program is a companion program to the M.S.Ed. in Elementary Education.

Professional Dispositions

The Department of Education at Medaille College prepares students to enter the world of teaching birth through grade twelve. We believe that a major component of professional teacher education (both in Medaille College classrooms and in P-12 schools) includes preparing students to fulfill professional habits of conduct. As part of the learning and preparation processes, students must understand and engage in professional behaviors that adhere to both policy and guiding principles required in private and public schools and community agencies. The development of values such as commitment, responsible behavior, professional communication/collaboration, confidentiality, and integrity/honesty are essential for sustained employment within the professional workforce. Prospective educators are expected to view and assume these professional dispositions as a crucial component of their academic training.

The Professional Dispositions aligned with Medaille College and the Department of Education provide a framework for these professional behaviors. Instructors and staff will demonstrate and work with our students to assure that they understand and are able to demonstrate the dispositions in every class and learning experience. When interacting with administrators, professors, teachers, peers and students (while on all Medaille campuses and during field experiences), teacher candidates must exhibit their professional commitment to becoming an excellent teacher through engagement, words and actions. A full list of expected behaviors is located in program handbooks.

Students will sign an acknowledgement of these professional dispositions upon entrance to their program.

Degree earned: M.S.Ed.
Total number of credits: 36
Certification: None

Required Courses

Students must perform to an acceptable standard in all courses. Failure to do so will result in the student taking and/or retaking the course(s) designated to improve weak areas. Furthermore, New York State Department of Education (NYSED) outlines that students must receive a grade of B- or above for all courses indicated below as meeting content core or pedagogical core requirements, otherwise, the course must be repeated.

As a requirement for graduation, all students in the Advanced Certificate program must attain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

ECI 510Research in Education3
ECI 535Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Fostering Culturally Inclusive Classrooms (Pedagogical Core)3
ECI 610Transitions From Education's Roots To The Present (Pedagogical Core)3
EDU 693Elementary Education Portfolio3
EDL 550Developmental Literacy: Emergence To Fluency (Pedagogical Core)3
EDL 571 (Pedagogical Core)
EDL 650Assessment and Evaluation of Literacy (Pedagogical Core)3
EDU 500The Core of Education (Pedagogical Core)3
EDU 502Education Methods Of Teaching: Math, Science (Content Core Course)3
EDU 503Education Methods Of Teaching: The Arts, Language Arts and Social Studies (Content Core Course)3
EDU 504Early Field Experience/Seminar: Physical Education, Family/Consumer Services (Content Core Course)3
EDU 506Child Abuse Awareness/Save Seminar0
ESP 600Foundations of Special Education (Pedagogical Core)3
Total Hours33

Department of Education Graduate Dismissal Policy

A teacher candidate may be immediately suspended or dismissed from Medaille College’s Department of Education for a crime or act indicating lack of “good moral character,” such as

  • physical or sexual abuse of a student or minor;
  • sale, possession, or use of illegal drugs;
  • any crime committed either on any school property or while in the performance of teaching duties; or
  • other acts which bring into question the teacher candidate’s “good moral character.”