Graduate Education Programs

Our Graduate Education Programs lead to the degree of Master of Arts in Education (MA). The general purpose of the University is to provide its students with a liberal education - an education laying emphasis upon the training of the critical faculty; cultivation of a wide breadth of learning; development of the student's wholeness as an individual possessed of both body and soul. Villanova University offers several options for individuals interested in earning an MA in Education with or without PA Certification.  

All programs offer a full time or part-time option.

 

Master of Arts in Education

Program Overview

A full or part-time program offered for teachers seeking to obtain a Master of Arts degree (special note: this program does not lead to initial teacher certification).

Potential funding opportunities are available, including graduate assistantships in student life, student success and retention, and residence life here and at other local colleges and universities.

A minimum of 30 graduate credits is required for rthe Master of Arts in Education degree. A student may choose to take all 30 credits in Education or combine credits in Education with 9 graduate credits in a subject area or teaching field.  Students must complete three one-credit workshops from a list approved for Graduate Education.

Upon receiving approval of the Department of Education and Counseling, a MA student may also undertake the writing of a thesis in lieu of six semester-hour course credits.

Prior to being awarded the degree, MA students must present a digital exit portfolio or defend a thesis.

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Application Information

Applicants to the Master's program in Graduate Education, Teacher Leadership  or Higher Education must hold a bachelor's degree from an institution accredited by one of the regional accrediting agencies, with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.  

How to Apply

Applicants for the Degree Program should submit the following materials:

  • Application Requirements:

    • Online application form
    • Transcripts:
      • Step 1 - You may upload unofficial copies of your transcripts in the online application in order to receive an admission decision. However, those who are offered admission must complete the following process in order to enroll
      • Step 2 - Official transcripts of all previous college work undergraduate (and graduate where applicable), must be sent directly from your registrar's office to the Office of Graduate Studies at Villanova. (Applicants in their last year of undergraduate study who have not completed their bachelor’s degree should provide a transcript of all courses completed at the time of application and submit an official transcript when the undergraduate degree is completed.)
    • 3 recommendation letters: please use the form found on the online application.
    • Statement of professional goals (1-2 pages).
    • Short Resume.
    • $50 non-refundable application fee payable by credit card online. The fee is waived for students with a Villanova degree or with participation in an online information session.
  • Deadlines:
    • Fall Assistantship: February
    • Fall: Rolling until July 20
    • Spring: Rolling until December 1
    • Summer: Rolling until May 1
  • Funding available: Yes
    • Deadline February 1, for Fall admittance only. Click here for more information.
  • Credits and Tuition:
    • 30 credits
    • $770 per credit, plus $50 general fee per semester
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Curriculum

A description of each course can be found on the Graduate Studies Course Catalog and Course Sequence page.

I. Core Courses: Required

EDU 8561 - Advanced Trends and Issues in Special Education (Spring Semester)

EDU 8603 - Educational Research (Fall Semester)

EDU 8641 - Assessment and Analysis (Spring Semester)

EDU 8679 - Standards Aligned Sys & Curriculum (Fall Semester)

EDU 8673 - Philosophy Education (Fall Semester)

* Core courses must be completed prior to presenting exit portfolios.

II. 15 Elective Credits

Choose from any EDU 7000 or 8000 level courses. Sample courses are among the following:

EDU 8622 - Diag. & Remed of Read. Diff.

EDU 8626 - Learn Disabilities Read

EDU 8662 - Trends Social Studies

EDU 8663 - Teaching Problem Solving Math-Science

EDU 8676 - Technology in Teaching

EDU 8678 - Multicult, Gender and Inclusion in Schools

EDU 8631 - Meth of Teaching Writing

EDU 8627 - Teaching Language Arts

EDU 8664 - Politics of Education

EDU 8669 - Comparative Education

EDU 8670 - History of Western Education

EDU 8610 - Current Issues in American Education

EDU 7676 - Education Philosophy of St Augustine

EDU 8624 - Reading Secondary School

EDU 8656 - School Law

EDU 8651 - Social Issues & Schools

EDU 8673 - Philosophy of Education

EDU 8669 - Topics in Education, Culture & Society

Up to 9 credits may be taken in Teaching Content area (such as English, Math or Biology); up to 6 credits may be taken as workshops. 

Workshops: 1 Credit Each

The workshops, scheduled on Friday evenings and Saturdays, deal with specialized and current topics of interest to teachers.  Sample titles for education workshops include: "Digital Literacies," Soliciting Student Voice," "Multi-tier Systems of Support," and "Design Thinking in Education."

Workshop Offerings

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Master of Arts in Education with Teacher Leadership Concentration

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Education with the Teacher Leadership Concentration is designed for experienced educators who are interested in assuming greater responsibility for improving student engagement and learning in their school or in their community, while continuing to serve as classroom teachers. This program helps students to hone their instructional practice, strengthen their leadership skills, and develop their facility with data analysis and policy advocacy. Graduates are prepared for positions as lead teacher, professional learning community facilitator, department chairperson, curriculum specialist, mentor, and data coach. This program is a full aor part-time program and requires the completion of 30 credits and an exit portfolio.

This program does not lead to PA Certification

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Application Information

Applicants to the Master's program in Graduate Education, Teacher Leadership  or Higher Education must hold a bachelor's degree from an institution accredited by one of the regional accrediting agencies, with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.  

How to Apply

Applicants for the Degree Program should submit the following materials:

  • Application Requirements:

    • Online application form
    • Transcripts:
      • Step 1 - You may upload unofficial copies of your transcripts in the online application in order to receive an admission decision. However, those who are offered admission must complete the following process in order to enroll
      • Step 2 - Official transcripts of all previous college work undergraduate (and graduate where applicable), must be sent directly from your registrar's office to the Office of Graduate Studies at Villanova. (Applicants in their last year of undergraduate study who have not completed their bachelor’s degree should provide a transcript of all courses completed at the time of application and submit an official transcript when the undergraduate degree is completed.)
    • 3 recommendation letters: please use the form found on the online application.
    • Statement of professional goals (1-2 pages).
    • Copy of a valid teacher certificate for Teacher Leadership Concentration only.
    • Short Resume.
    • $50 non-refundable application fee payable by credit card online. The fee is waived for students with a Villanova degree or with participation in an online information session.
  • Deadlines:
    • Fall Assistantship: February
    • Fall: Rolling until July 20
    • Spring: Rolling until December 1
    • Summer: Rolling until May 1
  • Funding available: Yes
    • Deadline February 1, for Fall admittance only. Click here for more information.
  • Credits and Tuition:
    • 30 credits
    • $770 per credit, plus $50 general fee per semester
  • APPLY NOW:

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Curriculum

Concentration in Teacher Leadership

A minimum of 30 graduate credits is required for the Master's of Arts in Education with a concentration in Teacher Leadership.

I. Core Courses: Required

EDU 8603 - Educational Research (Fall Semester) OR

EDU 8641 - Assessment and Analysis (Spring Semester

EDU 8561 - Advanced Trends and Issues in Special Education (Spring Semester)

EDU 8679 - Standards Aligned Sys & Curriculum (Fall Semester)

EDU 8672 -  Instructional Leadership (Spring Semester)

EDU 8654 - Policy Analysis (Fall Semester)

* Core courses must be completed prior to presenting exit portfolios.

II. 15 Elective Credits

Choose from any EDU 7000 or 8000  level courses. Sample courses are among the following:

EDU 8622 - Diag. & Remed of Read. Diff.

EDU 8626 - Learn Disabilities Read

EDU 8662 - Trends Social Studies

EDU 8663 - Teaching Problem Solving Math-Science

EDU 8676 - Technology in Teaching

EDU 8678 - Multicult, Gender and Inclusion in Schools

EDU 8631 - Meth of Teaching Writing

EDU 8627 - Teaching Language Arts

EDU 8664 - Politics of Education

EDU 8669 - Comparative Education

EDU 8670 - History of Western Education

EDU 8610 - Current Issues in American Education

EDU 7676 - Education Philosophy of St Augustine

EDU 8624 - Reading Secondary School

EDU 8656 - School Law

EDU 8651 - Social Issues & Schools

EDU 8673 - Philosophy of Education

EDU 8669 - Topics in Education, Culture & Society

 

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Master of Arts in Education with Higher Education Concentration

Program Overview

The Higher Education concentration is designed to prepare students for careers in college and university settings, the public policy sector, as well as organizations engaged in research, advocacy, and action pertinent to higher education.  This degree requires the completion of 30 credits, including 18 in required courses and 12 in elective courses and complete an exit portfolio or successfully defend a thesis. 

Potential funding opportunities are available, including graduate assistantships in student life, student success and retention, and residence life here and at other local colleges and universities.

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Application Information

Applicants to the Master's program in Graduate Education, Teacher Leadership  or Higher Education must hold a bachelor's degree from an institution accredited by one of the regional accrediting agencies, with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.  

How to Apply

Applicants for the Degree Program should submit the following materials:

  • Application Requirements:

    • Online application form
    • Transcripts:
      • Step 1 - You may upload unofficial copies of your transcripts in the online application in order to receive an admission decision. However, those who are offered admission must complete the following process in order to enroll
      • Step 2 - Official transcripts of all previous college work undergraduate (and graduate where applicable), must be sent directly from your registrar's office to the Office of Graduate Studies at Villanova. (Applicants in their last year of undergraduate study who have not completed their bachelor’s degree should provide a transcript of all courses completed at the time of application and submit an official transcript when the undergraduate degree is completed.)
    • 3 recommendation letters: please use the form found on the online application.
    • Statement of professional goals (1-2 pages).
    • Short Resume.
    • $50 non-refundable application fee payable by credit card online. The fee is waived for students with a Villanova degree or with participation in an online information session.
  • Deadlines:
    • Fall Assistantship: February
    • Fall: Rolling until July 20
    • Spring: Rolling until December 1
    • Summer: Rolling until May 1
  • Funding available: Yes
    • Deadline February 1, for Fall admittance only. Click here for more information.
  • Credits and Tuition:
    • 30 credits
    • $770 per credit, plus $50 general fee per semester
  • APPLY NOW:

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Curriculum

A minimum of 30 graduate credits is required for the Master's of Arts in Education with a concentration in Higher Education.

I. Core Courses: Required

EDU 8670 - History of US Higher Education

EDU 8603 - Educational Research (fall)  

EDU 8673 - Philosophy of Education (fall)

EDU 8645 - Contemporary Issues in American Higher Education 

EDU XXX - 3 1-credit workshops focused on Higher Education 

EDU XXX - Leadership & Administration of Higher Education (spring)

* Core courses must be completed prior to presenting exit portfolios.

Elective courses (12 credits):

EDU 8696 - Independent study/ Leadership Practicum 

EDU 8678 - Multiculturalism, Gender, and Inclusion in Schools

EDU 8654 - Policy Analysis 

EDU 8561 - Advanced Trends and Issues in Special Education

EDU 8664 - Politics of Education

EDU 8669 - Comparative Education 

EDU 8656 - School Law

EDU 8869 - Topics in Education, Culture and Society

EDU 8500 - Theory and Purpose of the University 

EDU XXX  - Additional 1-credit workshops 

     Workshop Offereings                 

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Master of Arts in Education with PA Certification

Program Overview

The Masters of Arts Degree Plus Pennsylvania Teacher Certification Program is designed for those individuals without a background in education who wish to pursue a career in teaching.  The program requires thirty-four credits which include courses, field experiences including observations in the schools, and student teaching.  Students upon successful completion of the program and passing the Praxis testing will earn PA secondary (7-12 grades) teaching certification.

The track is normally completed in two semesters and two summer sessions (12 months) however there is a part-time option. Both options require 12 weeks of full time student-teaching.   for secondary teacher certification only.

Our program is designed to aid the student in:

  • building on a strong foundation in subject matter;
  • developing a strong foundation in professional knowledge;
  • defining one's philosophy of teaching and of classroom management;
  • learning to apply research to improve teaching practice; and
  • understanding current realities in schools in the area.

Typically, applicants will have an undergraduate major in an academic subject area which they intend to teach (English, Math, etc.)  If candidates want to teach a subject in which they did not earn a degree, prerequisite coursework will be necessary before entering the Master's plus Certification program.  

We also encourage you to contact the Department  to discuss your particular situation.

Program Coordinator

Dr. Teresa G. Wojcik, teresa.wojcik@villanova.edu 610-519-4620

 

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Curriculum

The following details the 34-credit Master of Arts in Education plus Teacher Certification course sequence.  All courses will be completed in a 12-month period beginning with a summer session.  A description of each course can be found in the Graduate Studies Course Catalog.

Course Name

Course          Number

Credits

Summer I

 

 

Critical Perspectives in Special Education

EDU 8400   

3

Summer II

 

 

Multiculturalism, Gender, and Inclusion in Schools

EDU 8678 

3

Summer III

 

 

Development of the English Language Learner

EDU 8675

3

Fall

 

 

Philosophy of Education

EDU 8673

3

Adolescent Psychology

EDU 8618

3

History of American Education

EDU 8671

3

Teaching Methods in the               Humanities, Math &            Science, or Language

EDU     8550/8540/8530   

3

Spring

 

 

Educational Research

EDU 8603

3

Curriculum and Assessment

EDU 8614

3

Graduate Student Teaching

EDU 8628

6

Student Teaching Seminar

EDU 7321

1

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Application Information

Applications are considered on a rolling basis and require the following:

• At least an undergraduate degree in a secondary school teaching area, or the equivalent coursework*

• 3.0 GPA or higher

*Additional prerequisite courses (or the Praxis II) may be necessary based on your coursework’s alignment to PA standards. Please email a copy of your unofficial transcript to the Program Director, Dr. Teresa G.Wojcik, to determine if you will need additional coursework prior to applying. (teresa.wojcik@villanova.edu)

** The state of Pennsylvania requires that certified teachers are U.S. Citizens.

  • Application Requirements:
    • Online application form
    • Transcripts
    • 3 recommendation letters (At least one academic)
    • Statement of goals
    • $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Deadlines:
    Summer and Fall admittance only:
    • If applying for a Graduate Assistantship the deadline is February 1
    • Summer Admission:  Rolling until May 1
    • Fall Admission:  Rolling until July 20 
    • Students interested in enrolling on a part-time basis should contact Dr. Teresa Wojcik directly.

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Content Area Courses


TEACHING AREA COURSES REQUIRED

Below you will find teaching area coursework required  by Villanova University for an undergraduate seeking teaching certification in Pennsylvania.  For students applying to the Masters Plus Certification Program  with a major in their preferred teaching area from an accredited university other than Villanova, we will evaluate your transcript in comparison with these prerequisites.  If your undergraduate major is different than your preferred teaching area, additional prerequisite courses will probably be necessary.  Each case is considered individually. See the undergraduate course catalog for a description of the courses, or contact us to discuss your individual situation.

Biology

  • AST 1050 Planet Earth I
  • BIO 2105 General Biology I
  • BIO 2106 General Biology II
  • BIO 3255 Introductory Ecology
  • BIO 3055 Animal Physiology
  • BIO 3155 Comparative Anatomy
  • BIO 3351 Genetics
  • BIO 3905 Vascular Plants
  • BIO 4285 Developmental Biology
  • BIO 4505 Molecular Biology
  • CHM 1151 General Chemistry I
  • CHM 1103 General Chemistry Lab I
  • CHM 1152 General Chemistry II
  • CHM 1104 General Chemistry Lab II
  • CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHM 2201 Organic Chemistry Lab I
  • CHM 2212 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHM 2202 Organic Chemistry Lab II
  • PHY 1100 General Physics I

Chemistry

  • PHY 2410/2411 University Physics: Mechanics/Lab
  • PHY 2412/2413 University Physics: Electricity and Magnetism/Lab
  • CHM 1311/1301 Inorganic Chemistry I/Lab
  • CHM 1512/1502 Quantitative Analysis/Lab
  • CHM 3211/3201 Organic Chemistry I/Lab
  • CHM 3212/3202 Organic Chemistry II/Lab
  • CHM 3411/3401 Physical Chemistry I/Lab
  • CHM 3511/3501 Instrumental Analysis/Lab
  • CHM 4611/4603 Intro to Biochemistry/Lab
  • Chemistry Elective

English

  • ENG 2250 Ways of Reading (Junior Seminar)
  • ENG 3150 Chaucer
  • ENG 3250 Shakespeare
  • ENG 3501 - ENG 3699 British Lit after 1800
  • ENG 4001 Major American Writers I **
  • ENG 4002 Major American Writers II **
  • ENG 2000 Advanced Expository Writing OR ENG 2030 Tutoring Writers
  • ENG 2101 British Literary Tradition
  • ENG 2400 Western World Literature I OR ENG 2401 Western World Literature II
  • ** ENG 4001 OR 4002 may be replaced with ENG 2103 (Amer Lit Trad 1) or ENG 2104 (Amer Lit Trad 2), respectively
  • ENG 5000 Senior Seminar
  • Core Literature and Writing Seminar


    English/Diversity I African American Literature

  • ENG 2501 Tradition I OR ENG 2502 Tradition II OR
  • ENG 4500 American Slave Narrative


    English/Diversity II Women's Literature

  • ENG 2300 Women in Literature OR ENG 4636 Contemporary American Women's Poetry OR ENG 4640 Contemporary American Women's Literature

French

  • FRE 1111-1112 Introductory French I & II
  • FRE 1121-1122 Intermediate French I & II
  • FRE 1131 Conversation & Composition
  • FRE 1132 Adv. Conversation & Composition
  • FRE 1141 Phonetics
  • FRE 1133 Advanced Grammar
  • FRE 3922 20th Century Novel or FRE 3923 Post World War II Writers
  • FRE 2218 Franco Writers and Cultural Identity
  • FRE 2142 Savoir Vivre in France
  • FRE 3212 Le Tour de France
  • FRE 3512 Paris, Capital the 19th Century
  • FRE 3950 Research Seminar

    TOTAL MINIMUM CREDIT HOURS:

9 additional elective credits (beyond intermediate level) - Upon completion of FRE 1121, students must take advanced courses until they have completed 30 credit hours.

General Science

  • AST 1050 Planet Earth I (can be elected by Bio Majors)
  • AST 1051 Planet Earth Lab I
  • AST 1052 Planet Earth II (can be elected by Bio Majors)
  • AST 1053 Planet Earth Lab II
  • BIO 2105 General Biology I
  • BIO 2106 General Biology II
  • BIO 3351 Genetics
  • BIO 3255 Introductory Ecology
  • BIO 4485 Marine Biology
  • CHM 1151 General Chemistry I (Bio Majors)
  • CHM 1103 General Chemistry Lab I
  • CHM 1152 General Chemistry II (Bio Majors)
  • CHM 1104 General Chemistry Lab II
  • PHY 1100 General Physics I (Bio Majors)
  • PHY 1101 General Physics Lab I
  • PHY 1102 General Physics II (Bio Majors)
  • PHY 1103 General Physics Lab II

German

  • GER 1111-1112 Introductory German I & II
  • GER 1121-1122 Intermediate German I &II
  • GER 1131 Conversation & Composition
  • GER 1132 Adv. Conversation & Comp.
  • GER 2142 German Civilization
  • GER 3212 Survey of German Literature II
  • GER 3213 Survey of German Literature III
  • GER 3950 Research Seminar
  • GER 3920 Austrian Literature
  • GER 3921 20th Century Drama
  • GER 3922 20th Century Prose I
  • GER 3923 20th Century Prose II
  • 12 additional elective credits (beyond intermediate level) - Upon completion of GER 1121 students must take advanced courses until they have completed 30 credit hours.

Italian

  • ITA 1121-1122 Intermediate Italian I & II
  • ITA 1131 Conversation and Composition I
  • ITA 1132 Conversation and Composition II
  • ITA 2142 or 2143 Italian Culture I or II
  • ITA 3970 Research Seminar
  • Note: Total minimum credit hours - Upon completion of 1121, students must take advanced courses until they have completed 30 credit hours. Two of the advanced courses should be in Italian language and literature.

Latin

  • LAT 3150 The Latin Language
  • LAT 1001 & 1002 Introductory to Latin I & II
  • LAT 2031 & 2032 Intermediate Latin I & II
  • LAT 4051 Cicero
  • LAT 4150 Caesar
  • LAT 5250 Vergil
  • LAT 3050 Prose Composition
  • LAT 3001 Readings in Authors
  • LAT 4350 Livy
  • LAT 4450 Tacitus
  • LAT 4550 Suetonius
  • LAT 5050 Plautus and Terence
  • LAT 5350 Ovid
  • LAT 5450 Horace

    One of the following electives may be applied to meet the above requirements specialization:
  • CLA 2032 Classical Mythology
  • CLA 2051Cities of Ancient Greece
  • CLA 2052 Rome: The Ancient City
  • CLA 3040 Studies in the Classics

Mathematics

  • MAT 1500 Calculus I
  • MAT 1505 Calculus II
  • MAT 2500 Calculus III
  • MAT 2600 Foundations of Mathematics
  • MAT 2705 Differential Equations with Linear Algebra
  • MAT 2930 History of Mathematics
  • MAT 3300 Advanced Calculus I
  • MAT 3400 Linear Algebra
  • MAT 3500 Modern Algebra I
  • MAT 4310 Stat Methods
  • MAT 5110 Topics in Geometry

Physics

  • CHM 1151 General Chemistry I
  • CHM 1103 General Chemistry I Lab
  • CHM 1152 General Chemistry II
  • MAT 1500 Calculus I
  • MAT 1505 Calculus II
  • MAT 2705 Differential Equations and Linear Algebra
  • PHY 2410 University Phy: Mechanics
  • PHY 2411 Lab: Mechanics
  • PHY 2412 Univ Physics: Elec &Mag
  • PHY 2413 Lab: Elec & Magnetism
  • PHY 2414 Univ Physics: Thermo
  • PHY 2415 Lab: Thermodynamics
  • PHY 2416 Modern Physics
  • PHY 2417 Lab: Modern Physics
  • Physics Elective/Lab
  • Physics Elective/Lab
  • Physics Elective/Lab

Social Studies

  • ECO 1001 Principles of Microeconomics OR
  • ECO 1002 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • GEO 1001 Internat'l Approaches to Geography
  • PSC 1100 Intro to American Government
  • PSC 1200 Intro to International Relations
  • PSC 1000 General Psychology
  • SOC 2100 Cultural Anthropology
  • SOC 3600 Race & Ethnic Relations
  • HIS 1050 Themes in Modern World History
  • HIS 2000 Investigating US History I
  • HIS 2001 Investigating US History II
  • One European History course before 1750
  • One European History course after 1750
  • HIS 2296 Chang. Roles of Women in Amer. Soc.
  • HIS 3360 Women in the Pre-Modern West
  • HIS 3361 Women in Modern Eur. Society
  • HIS 4090 Women in the Middle East
  • HIS 4528 Women in Modern Science & Tech.
  • HIS 2291 Afri Amer Hist During Slavery
  • HIS 2292 Afri Amer Hist Since Emancipation
  • Latin American History, Middle Eastern History, African History or Asian History

Spanish

  • SPA 1111-1112 Intro. to Spanish I & II
  • SPA 1121-1122 Intermediate Spanish I & II
  • SPA 1131 Conversation & Composition
  • SPA 1132 Adv. Conversation & Composition
  • SPA 1138 Adv. Grammar
  • SPA 2100 Literature and Cultural Experience
  • SPA 2142 Spanish Culture
  • SPA 2143 Latin American Civilization
  • SPA 2211 Survey of Peninsular Literature
  • SPA 2212 Survey of Spanish-American Lit
  • SPA 3950 Research Methodology

Recommended: SPA 7400 Spanish Teaching Methodology
Total Minimum Credit Hours

0  additional elective credits (beyond intermediate level) - Upon completion of SPA 1121 students must take advanced courses until they have completed 30 credit hours.

Note: Two of the above advanced courses should be in Spanish language and literature.

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Teacher Leadership Certificate

Certificate Program Overview

Villanova University and the Department of Education and Counseling offer a program in teacher education which can be taken either post-baccalaureate or post-Master's Degree.  The Teacher Leadership Certificate* (TLC) is designed for professionals who possess a bachelor's degree, or M.Ed., M.A.T, M.A. or M.S. degrees in education or other fields.

The TLC is a fifteen (15) credit program designed for individuals who wish to develop their leadership ability for use in the classroom or in such expanded roles as lead teacher, team leader, curriculum developer, department chairperson, new teacher mentor or special project leader. It is intended for teachers who want to apply their knowledge and skill to the larger school community, yet may not want to leave their classrooms to do so.

The Teacher Leadership Certificate program benefits professionals seeking academic credits for a variety of reasons including:

  • Post-baccalaureate credits toward Level II certification
  • A post-master's graduate certificate
  • Transfer these credits into another master’s program
  • First step towards a doctoral degree
  • Earn Act 48 credits while you earn your Teacher Leadership Certificate

*This is not a PDE certification.

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Application Information

  • Application Requirements:
    • Online application form
    • Transcripts
    • Statement of Goals
    • $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Deadlines:
    • Fall: Rolling until July 20
    • Spring: Rolling until December 1
    • Summer: Rolling until May 1
  • Funding available: No
  • Credits and Tuition:
    • 15 credits
    • $770 per credit, plus $50 general fee per semester
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Curriculum

I. Core Courses: Required

EDU 8672 - Instructional Leadership

EDU 8654 - Education Policy Analysis

EDU 8664 - Politics of Education

II. 6 Elective Credits 

Chooses from any of the regular EDU graduate level courses.  Sample courses are among the following:

EDU 8622 - Diag. & Remed of Read. Diff.

EDU 8626 - Learn Disabilities Read

EDU 8662 - Trends Social Studies

EDU 8663 - Teaching Problem Solving Math-Science

EDU 8676 - Technology in Teaching

EDU 8678 - Multicult, Gender and Inclusion in Schools

EDU 8631 - Meth of Teaching Writing

EDU 8627 - Teaching Language Arts

EDU 8664 - Politics of Education

EDU 8669 - Comparative Education

EDU 8670 - History of Western Education

EDU 8610 - Current Issues in American Education

EDU 7676 - Education Philosophy of St Augustine

EDU 8624 - Reading Secondary School

EDU 8656 - School Law

EDU 8651 - Social Issues & Schools

EDU 8673 - Philosophy of Education

EDU 8669 - Topics in Education, Cultur

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Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in Education

Program Overview

Graduate Certificate in Education is a 15 credit graduate certificate designed for:

  • post-baccalaureate students planning careers in education or related fields. 
  • current graduate students interested in improving their teaching skills and advancing in  their chosen related field.
  • current teachers who are working toward Level II certification (Level II certification requires a total of 24 credits. The additional 9 credits can be taken in a chosen subject area or can be counted towards the completion of a MA in Education).
  • current teachers wishing to advance toward a MA in Education.

Program Objectives

  • Demonstrate appropriate techniques for evaluating student achievement.
  • Provide pedagogical and practical techniques to help students attain performance goals.
  • Instruct students in planning lessons to meet curriculum goals.
  • Educate students in the uses of classroom technology.
  • Allow students to select elective courses in specific areas related to their individual needs, such as in special education, social studies, current issues and ethics, comparative education and the history or philosophy of Education.
  • Inform students of Pennsylvania state standards, curriculum goals, and practices; show how these relate to classroom performance objectives.

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Application Information

Requirements

The program is open to post-baccalaureate students who submit a satisfactory undergraduate transcript from an accredited institution of higher education. The GRE or MAT is not required for admission, but students must meet minimum GPA requirements. Candidates must also be of good character and legal standing. No letters of recommendation will be required.

  • Application Requirements:
    • Online application form
    • Transcripts
    • $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Deadlines:
    • Fall: Rolling until July 20
    • Spring: Rolling until December 1
    • Summer: Rolling until May 1
  • Funding available: No
  • Credits and Tuition:
    • 15 credits
    • $770 per credit, plus $50 general fee per semester
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Curriculum

Curriculum and Certificate Requirements

The number of credits required is 15; nine (9) credits must be fulfilled by the three required courses.

Required Courses (3):

EDU 8616 - Methods of Teaching (Optional for State-Certified Teachers)

EDU 8679 - Standards Aligned Systems and Curriculum

EDU 8561 - Advanced Trends in Special Education

Electives (2):

EDU 8610 - Current Issues in Education

EDU 8662 - Trends in the Social Studies

EDU 8669 - Comparative Education

EDU 8670 - History of Education

EDU 8673 - Philosophy of Education

EDU 8678 - Multiculturalism, Gender, and Inclusion in Schools

Additional Elective Option:

With the approval of the Chairperson of the Department of Education and Counseling, Education certificate students who are degree or certificate candidates in another Villanova Graduate Liberal Arts and Sciences program may use one course in that program to satisfy one elective in the Education certificate.

NOTE: No transfer credits from other institutions will be accepted for the Education certificate.

Admission Requirements

The program will be open to post-baccalaureate students who submit a satisfactory undergraduate transcript from an accredited institution of higher education. The GRE or MAT is not required for admission, but students must meet minimum GPA requirements. Candidates must also be of good character and legal standing. No letters of recommendation will be required.

This is not a PDE Certification Program and does not lead to PA Teaching Certification.

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Graduate Assistantships - Education

Full-time Graduate Assistantships

The Department of Education and Counseling offers a limited number of graduate assistantships for full-time students. These are awarded by the Dean of the Graduate School in consultation with the department chairperson and the graduate assistant coordinator. The full-time assistantship is awarded on a competitive basis and currently provides a stipend, payable in nine installments, and a waiver of all tuition and fees for a minimum of 9 and a maximum of 12 credits per semester. In return, the graduate assistant is required to work in the Department 20 hours each week and, with the exception of a Resident Assistantship, may not take additional employment on campus or elsewhere. The graduate assistant may request an extension of this position for the second year in the program. The graduate assistantship position may be used for a maximum of 48 credits.

Graduate assistants in good standing may enroll for summer study with a waiver of tuition, but no summer stipends are provided. The waiver of tuition requires 70 hours of service for six credits and 35 hours of service for three credits over the course of the summer at the discretion of the Department.

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Part-time Graduate Assistants

The Department of Education and Counseling offers a limited number of student positions as tuition scholars (TS), also known as part-time graduate assistants. These are awarded by the Dean of Graduate Studies in consultation with the department chairperson and the graduate assistant coordinator on a competitive basis and provide tuition remission for six credits per semester. The student is required to work in the Department 7 hours each week and may request an extension of this position for the second year in the program. Tuition scholars  are not guaranteed, but typically are offered a full-time graduate assistantship position their second year.

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Graduate Assistant Application Information

The deadline for Education Graduate Assistant & Tuition Scholars applications is February 1st. Please note that all graduate assistant applicants must be accepted and matriculated by the February 1st deadline or they will not be considered for an assistantship.

*Education GA Application 11.2016.pdf

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Tuition Reduction for Teachers and School Administrators

Villanova University offers tuition reductions to teachers and other educators who enroll in most graduate programs in the arts and sciences.

40% for those employed as teachers, counselors or administrators by Catholic schools;
20% for those employed as teachers, counselors or administrators by non-Catholic schools.

 

Please contact us to make an appointment to visit our department at your convenience. You can also email us at edhus@villanova.edu

You may wish to attend  a Virtual Information Session.

We look forward to meeting you.