Teaching, Learning and Curriculum

Major: Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 13.1399
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-9039


About the Program

The MS in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum program provides two options: (Track I) earning a master's degree while completing requirements to pursue initial Pennsylvania teacher certification for grade level PreK-4 or a variety of secondary subject areas (grades 7 - 12); or (Track II) earning a master's degree to enhance an existing career as a classroom teacher. Students in Track II select an area of concentration from among a variety of options, providing an opportunity for intensive study in teaching, learning, and curriculum. Concentration options include educational leadership; global and international education; instructional technology or higher education. Other concentration options are also available for individuals who already possess a PA Instructional I certification including reading specialist and teaching english as a second language (TESL).  Students may also customize their own concentration based on their interests and professional needs.

Track I: Initial Pennsylvania Teacher Certification

This track incorporates current research on teaching and provides in-depth preparation in pedagogy, curriculum development, teaching students with special needs, implications of learner and task characteristics for instructional design, scaffolding instruction for diverse learners, the latest techniques in evaluation of instruction, and use of interactive technology in instruction. The student is provided opportunities to synthesize theoretical and practical knowledge through field study.

Successful completion of the core pedagogy courses, subject area content courses and state licensure exams allows for recommendation for PA Instructional I certification.

Track II: Advanced Studies in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum

This track is designed to provide students with advanced teaching knowledge and skills well beyond that required for initial Pennsylvania certification. Graduates will be prepared to function in a variety of roles as instructors, instructional leaders or researchers in local, state, national and international organizations, foundations, associations, corporations and private educational institutions. The program also provides a strong foundation for doctoral level studies.

Program Goals

Graduates of the MS in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum will:

  • Possess advanced knowledge related to effective instruction in a variety of educational settings.
  • Demonstrate skills in developing, analyzing, implementing, and evaluating existing and new instructional strategies and practices in a variety of educational institutions/organizations.
  • Exhibit outstanding leadership, organizational, cross cultural, inter-personal and advocacy skills including the ability to communicate effectively with internal and external groups.
  • Have in-depth knowledge of both public and private (non-profit and for-profit) institutions as well as small and large institutions.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MS in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum will follow the University standards for admission to graduate study including receipt of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with an earned GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Undergraduates who meet the rigorous requirements for participation in a Bachelor’s and Master Dual Degree Program may also be considered. Ideally, a successful candidate will possess a public school teaching certificate or, in the case of an undergraduate pursuing the BS/MS track, complete teacher certification requirement in conjunction with the MS degree.

Prospective students can learn about specific admission requirements by visiting the Graduate Admissions at Drexel University website.

Degree Requirements 

Track I: Initial Pennsylvania Teacher Certification

A minimum of 45.0 credits is required for students with or without prior certification for the Master of Science degree.

Core Courses
Completion of the following 33.0 (secondary certification) credits or 42.0  (PreK-4) credits of core pedagogy courses allows for recommendation for PA Instructional I certification. View the requirements on the Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate: Elementary Pre-K-4 and Secondary Concentrations page for additional information on requirements for specialization in subject areas.

Secondary Education Core Courses
EDEX 542Fundamentals of Special Education3.0
EDEX 544The Inclusive Classroom3.0
EDEX 566Literacy and Content Skill Development 7-123.0
EDUC 514Science Teaching Methods3.0
EDUC 515Adolescent Learners in Secondary Schools3.0
EDUC 520Professional Studies in Instruction3.0
EDUC 522Evaluation of Instruction3.0
EDUC 525Multi-Media Instructional Design3.0
EDUC 540Field Experience3.0
EDUC 558Reading in the Content Areas3.0
EDUC 565Foundations in Instructing English Language Learners3.0
Professional Electives12.0
Total Credits45.0
Elementary Education (PreK-4) Core Courses
EDEX 542Fundamentals of Special Education3.0
EDEX 544The Inclusive Classroom3.0
EDEX 546Literacy and Content Skill Development PreK-83.0
EDUC 506Assessment of Young Learners3.0
EDUC 513Elementary Science Teaching Methods3.0
EDUC 520Professional Studies in Instruction3.0
EDUC 521Typical and Atypical Development in Early Childhood Education3.0
EDUC 525Multi-Media Instructional Design3.0
EDUC 529Early Literacy3.0
EDUC 539Expressive Arts3.0
EDUC 540Field Experience (Graduate Student Teaching with Seminar)3.0
EDUC 555Social Studies Teaching Methods3.0
EDUC 565Foundations in Instructing English Language Learners3.0
MTED 517Mathematics Methods and Content (PreK-4)3.0
Professional Elective3.0
Total Credits45.0

Track II: Advanced Studies in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum

Students will complete a total of 45 credit hours consisting of seven core courses, two research courses, and six concentration courses in an approved area.  

Core Courses
EDUC 530Advanced Techniques in Instruction & Assessment3.0
EDLT 532Designing Virtual Communities for Staff Development - Non-Field Experience3.0
EDUC 609Language & Culture in Education3.0
EDUC 714Instructional and Curriculum Leadership3.0
EDUC 813Educational Issues Seminar3.0
Select two courses from the following list:6.0
Education Policy: Concepts, Issues, and Applications
School Law and Politics
Program Evaluation in Organizations
Research Courses
EDUC 700Classroom Research for Teachers I4.5
EDUC 701Classroom Research for Teachers II1.5
Concentration Courses *18.0
Total Credits45.0

Students choose from the following concentration options with the approval of a graduate academic advisor and the program director:

  • Educational Administration
  • Global and International
  • Instructional Technology
  • Higher Education
  • Customized Concentration (including other Drexel academic departments) e.g., ESL Program Specialist, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Educational Policy, Evaluation and Assessment

 Students choose from the following concentration options with the approval of a graduate academic advisor and the program director:

  • Educational Administration (qualified candidate may begin course work toward the 24 credit School Principal K-8 Certification program)
  • Global and International Education
  • Higher Education
  • Instructional Technology (qualified candidate may begin course work toward the 28.5 credit Instructional Technology Specialist Certification program)
  • Reading Specialist (qualified candidate may begin course work toward the 31.0 credit Reading Specialist Certification program)
  • Customized Concentration (including other Drexel academic departments) e.g., ESL Program Specialist, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Educational Policy, Evaluation and Assessment

Education Faculty

Jennifer Adams, EdD (Harvard University). Associate Professor. Comparative and international education; Poverty and education; Child welfare; Educational policy.
Ayana Allen, PhD (Texas A&M University ). Assistant Professor. Urban education; Identity construction in school contexts; Urban school transformation.
Kristen Betts, EdD (George Washington University). Clinical Professor. Higher education administration and governance, online blended education, instructional design and educational technology, program assessment and evaluation.
Jamie Callahan, EdD (George Washington University). Clinical Professor. Leadership; Sociological explorations of emotions occurring in organizational contexts; Organizational development; Contextual issues confronting organizations, such as organizational leadership, organizational culture, and communities of practice.
Holly Carpenter, PhD (Arizona State University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Higher education policy development and implementation, community college/university articulation, and online education.
José Luis Chávez, EdD (University of Southern California). Clinical Professor. Higher education leadership and administration.
Rebecca Clothey, PhD (University of Pittsburgh). Assistant Professor. Comparative and international education, education of ethnic and linguistic minorities, sociology of education.
James Connell, PhD (Louisiana State University) Clinical Director and Research Fellow, A.J. Drexel Autism Institute. Associate Professor. Identifying the variables that influence adult behavior change in community settings; autism intervention; widespread dissemination of evidence-based interventions in school and community settings.
D. Brent Edwards, PhD (University of Maryland). Assistant Clinical Professor. Global and international education
Salvatore V. Falletta, EdD (North Carolina State University). Associate Clinical Professor. Human Resource intelligence (i.e., HR research and analytics practices); HRD assessment, measurement, and evaluation models and taxonomies; organizational diagnostic models; web-based employee and organizational survey methods, and computational modeling.
Aroutis N. Foster, PhD (Michigan State University). Associate Professor. Educational psychology and educational technology, especially the following: Motivation; Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK); Immersive Interactive Digital Environments (simulation, games, virtual realities.
Kathy Geller, PhD (Fielding Graduate University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Educational leadership and management.
Rajashi Ghosh, PhD (University of Louisville, Kentucky). Associate Professor. Mentoring and leader development, workplace Incivility, workplace learning and development.
Roger Geertz Gonzalez, PhD (Pennsylvania State University). Associate Clinical Professor. Civic engagement, college student identity development, indigenous higher education, comparative higher education access policies.
John M. Gould, PhD (University of Pittsburgh) Harrisburg EdD Educational Leadership & Change Program. Associate Clinical Professor. Change leadership, curriculum re-design, the impact of technology on learning.
Mary Jo Grdina, PhD (Case Western Reserve University). Associate Clinical Professor. Undergraduate studies, science education, curriculum design.
Dominic F. Gullo, PhD (Indiana University) Associate Dean of Research. Professor. Studying the relative and long-range effects of early schooling experiences in prekindergarten and kindergarten on children's achievement and social adaptation to school routine.
Penny Hammrich, PhD (University of Minnesota) Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. Professor. Urban education; science education; genetics; gender equity; science knowledge for conceptual teaching; sport science.
Paul Harrington, PhD (University of Massachusetts, Boston) Director, Center for Labor Markets and Policy. Professor. Teen and young adult job access; economic outlook, college labor market; workforce development, planning, and development; vocational rehabilitation and job market transition.
Elizabeth Haslam, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Clinical Professor. Educational field coordinator, instructional design, qualitative evaluation, writing across the curriculum.
Michael J. Haslip, PhD (Old Dominion University). Assistant Professor. Early childhood education, social and emotional learning, child guidance strategies, effects of public pre-school attendance.
Marlene Hilkowitz, M.Ed (Temple University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Science education; Curriculum development; Student engagement
Deanna Hill, JD, PhD (University of Pittsburgh). Assistant Clinical Professor. Higher education, international education, education law, education policy
Erin Horvat, PhD (University of California, Los Angeles) Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Professor. Urban education, access and equity, high school dropout, parent involvement/family involvement, community engagement in research.
Jennifer Katz-Buonincontro, PhD (University of Oregon). Associate Professor. Educational administration, leadership development, survey & instrument design.
Kristine Kelly, PhD (University of Wisconsin, Madison). Assistant Clinical Professor. Sociology of gender and development; anthropology of policy; comparative and international education; qualitative research methods; Vietnam and Southeast Asia.
Valerie Klein, PhD (Amherst College). Assistant Clinical Professor. Mathematics learning and teaching; teacher's use of formative assessment in mathematics; creating opportunities for rich problem solving in the classroom; examining teachers growth and change; qualitative research methods.
Vera Lee, EdD (University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Clinical Professor. Practitioner Research in online courses to explore inservice/preservice teachers’ emerging understandings about issues of diversity; the development of information/digital literacies of urban youth; English language learners.
Bruce Levine, JD (New York University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Educational policy, school law, public-private partnerships, intersection of business and education.
Kristine Lewis-Grant, PhD (Temple University). Associate Clinical Professor. Experiences of students of African descent at predominantly white colleges and universities, college access and college student development, youth civic engagement in urban school reform, qualitative research and evaluation.
William Lynch, PhD (University of Maryland). Professor. Curriculum and educational leadership, educational technology, distance learning policy development, higher and adult education.
Constance Lyttle, PhD, JD (University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University). Associate Clinical Professor. Legal rights of gifted and talented children and children with disabilities; inclusive education of exceptional children; special education mediation; special education IEP/IFSP facilitation; resolution session facilitation
Kenneth Mawritz, PhD (University of Pittsburgh). Assistant Clinical Professor. Educational administration
Joyce Pittman, PhD (Iowa State University of Science and Technology). Associate Clinical Professor. Curriculum and instruction K-16; teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL); instructional design business education and administration; industrial and career technology; oral and written communication; research methodology; instructional and assistive technology assessment; online learning pedagogy
Kathleen Provinzano, PhD (Marywood University). Associate Clinical Professor. Educational administration.
Fredricka K. Reisman, PhD (Syracuse University) Director of the Torrance Center for Creativity and Innovation. Professor. Mathematics education, learning mathematics, mathematics pedagogy, teacher education, heuristic diagnostic learning and teaching, theory and research in creativity and applied creativity.
Lori Severino, EdD (Neumann University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Special education, differentiated instruction, reading, Wilson language, multi-sensory instruction, reading comprehension, assessment, adolescent literacy.
Jason Silverman, PhD (Vanderbilt University). Associate Professor. Teaching and learning of advanced mathematical ideas (algebra and calculus); improving teachers' ability to orchestrate and sustain inquiry-based and discussion-based instruction; technology in mathematics education.
Brian Smith, PhD (Northwestern University). Professor. Design of computer-based learning environments; Human-computer interaction; Design sciences.
Toni A. Sondergeld, PhD (University of Toledo). Associate Professor. Cognitive and affective assessment development; program/grant evaluation; high stakes testing measurement; STEM education; urban education
Nancy Butler Songer, PhD (University of California, Davis) Dean, School of Education. Distinguished Professor. STEM education, urban education, educational assistance
Mary Jean Tecce DeCarlo, EdD (University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Clinical Professor. Early literacy development, learning differences, knowledge construction, urban education.
Sarah P. Ulrich, EdD (Saint Joseph’s University). Associate Clinical Professor. Emphasis in cross-cultural, language and academic development.
Sheila Vaidya, PhD (Temple University). Professor. Educational psychology, school psychology, research design.
Christina Vorndran, PhD (Louisiana State University). Associate Clinical Professor. Behavior analysis, single subject research methods, functional analysis
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