Program Highlights & Benefits
100% online format
1 - 3 year completion time
Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) offered for students with select qualifications and expertise
Take up to 12 Master's level credits and apply them to a M.Ed. degree in PreK-4 Education, Secondary Education, or Special Education
Students who have a strong interest in the field of education and are seeking career opportunities that would not require formal state certification.
What You Learn
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to utilize a variety of instructional strategies, develop instructional plans, set goals, establish and maintain purposeful/equitable classroom environments, and demonstrate integrity/ethical behavior/professional conduct as stated in the Pennsylvania Code of Professional Practice and Conduct for Educators.
How You Learn
Online Format: This is an online program. No face-to-face class meetings are required, but students will be engaged in an active and engaging online classroom environment that includes assignments, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities done electronically. You will finish two courses (up to 3 if approved) every 8 weeks. Following this schedule, you will complete the program in approximately 1-3 years depending on how many credits are transferred. If your goal is to become certified in PreK-4 Education, Secondary Education, or PreK-12 Special Education, you will have the opportunity to take up to 12 Master’s level credits that can be transferred into Point Park’s M.Ed. with PreK-4 Certification, M.Ed. with Secondary Certification, or M.Ed. in Special Education with PreK-12 Certification programs.
With a B.A. in Instructional Studies degree, you will have the option to pursue career opportunities in various areas, such as daycare and early learning centers, paraprofessionals in public schools, private schools not requiring PDE certification, extended school programs, community centers, profit and non-profit organizations focused on children, youth, and families, and youth service agencies.
There is a large number of general elective credits as a part of this degree, therefore, a generous amount of transfer credit can be applied.
|POLS||Political Science Elective||3|
|SOC/SOCW||Sociology/Social Work Elective||3|
|EDUC 101||Technological Literacy||3|
|EDUC 220||Family & Community Diversity||3|
|EDUC 222||Assessment Adaptation||3|
|EDUC 228||Educational Psychology||3|
|EDUC 250||English Language Learners||3|
|SPED 180||Special Ed & Inclusive Practices||3|
|SPED 280||Post. Behav Intervention||3|
|SPED 281||High Incidence Disabilities||3|
|SPED 282||Low Incidence Disabilities||3|
|Total Credit Hours:||45|