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Curriculum, Educational Foundations (MEd)

To qualify for the master of education degree in educational foundations, candidates must meet the following degree requirements for a total of only 30 credits within a total of 6 calendar years from the date of matriculation:

  • Research (3 semester hours)
  • Foundations and Professional Core (27 semester hours)

Sample Courses 

View a selection of courses students typically take as an educational foundations graduate student.

ED 503 Educational Measurement

Explores the role of measurement, testing, and evaluation in education. Topics included are the principles of test construction, issues relating to the reliability of measurement instruments, methods of assessing the validity of test procedures and instruments, and techniques of item analysis. In addition, the course provides students with background information regarding the various sources of information about standardized tests, and specifically reviews major testing tools used in intelligence, aptitude, and standard academic achievement areas. Other topics include the measurement of interests and attitudes, personality, social development, and alternate assessment. Readings and discussions also focus on the issues of the ethics of educational evaluation, testing, and methods for disseminating and reporting test information.

ED 506 School Law and Child Rights

Provides public school personnel with a basic working knowledge of the legal structure of public education. The course also acquaints educators and nonteaching educational professionals with information on the current state of pressing legal issues affecting education. Where possible, particular attention is paid to school systems within Pennsylvania. A special concern of this course is the rights of children within the legal system.

ED 508 History and Philosophy of Education

This course surveys the history of schooling with a particular focus on schooling in the United States together with the philosophies that influenced them. It focuses on how such philosophies still influence decision making in present approaches to schooling. In addition, it aims at developing analytic skills that tie in theory to educational practice. 


For more information about courses and requirements for the MEd degree in educational foundations, please refer to our course catalog.

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