Secure your career in higher education.

Master of Education in Teaching and Learning (M.Ed.) is a non-licensure program that will enable candidates to develop critical thinking skills while honing their sensitivity toward demographic, economic, cultural and societal differences. The 36-hour credit graduate program is designed to enhance current position and develop skills for future positions. Based in the liberal arts tradition, the program is designed to meet the educational needs of individual students by promoting breadth, depth, and the integration of knowledge. It will assist students in developing intellectual concepts, sophisticated learning skills, moral values, and good citizenship.

The program will enable a career change for fields other than education that will enable the candidate to take on leadership roles in a school or organization.

Qualifications

  • Applicants must possess:
  • a baccalaureate degree from an American college or university accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting associations, or the equivalent from an international college or university
  • an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 (students falling below this level may submit other evidence of their ability to successfully complete a graduate program)
  • Applicants may be admitted to the M.Ed. graduate program in one of the following categories:
  • Regular Admission: Applicants are admitted under this category when they have satisfied the admissions criteria detailed above.
  • Conditional Admission: Applicants are admitted under this category when they have a marginal undergraduate record. Applicants will be permitted to take a maximum of six graduate credits in this admission category. Upon completion of six graduate credits, a conditionally admitted student will either be admitted or denied admission into the M.Ed. program based on his/her performance.
  • Provisional Admission: Applicants who do not meet all of the criteria for Regular Admission, but show reasonable promise for success in the M.Ed. program, may be admitted provisionally. Students will be permitted to begin graduate studies while completing admissions deficiencies.

Why Bethany

Earn Your Master's Degree in a Traditional Liberal Arts Setting
Gain Real-World Experience through Graduate Assistantship Opportunity

Mid-to-High-Level Careers in Education

  • Higher Education Professor
  • District Administrator
  • Principal
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Childcare Director
  • Educational Director at a Museum or Nonprofit
  • Educational Policy Analyst or Developer
  • School and Career Counseling
  • Instructional Coordination
  • Training and Development Specialist
  • Academic Advisor

Meet the Faculty

Joseph Petrella

Chair of the Education Department


M.A., Ed.D., University of Pittsburgh

B.S., Saint Vincent College

jpetrella@bethanywv.edu

Edward F. Shephard

Associate Professor of Education


M.A., D.Ed., Indiana University of Pennsylvania

B.A., California University of Pennsylvania

304.829.7176

eshephard@bethanywv.edu

Education Courses

Take accelerated education classes that provide a comprehensive knowledge of educational concepts and challenge you to grow as a professional. At Bethany, you’ll find a curriculum that distinctively prepares you for a successful education career.

Your courses may include:

  • EDUC 646 Foundations of Literacy and Language Systems
    This course focuses on the beginnings of the development of literacy in children including the fundamentals of reading and writing as processes and how children come to understand and use those processes in differing settings. Research-based instructional strategies for supporting the development of children’s literacy are explored, including alphabet and print awareness, phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.
  • EDUC 654 Research and Data-Driven Decision Making
    This course is designed to inform the learner of using research and data to make decisions in their institution. The learner will explore strategies for putting into practice data-informed, decision-making processes. The learner will research how and why data driven decision making has been credited with improving teacher quality, improving curriculum, promoting parental involvement, & narrowing the achievement gaps amongst various student populations.
  • EDUC 652 Program Planning and Assessment
    This course will provide the learner with opportunities to research a variety of education institutions at all levels to gain an understanding of program planning and assessment. The learner will discover the variety of Stakeholders at all levels within and outside the organization, including students, administrators, employers, legislators, and the public, expect institutions to demonstrate that their programs accomplish desired goals and that processes are in place to support data-driven improvement.
  • EDUC 657 Teaching the Adult Learner
    This course will investigate the characteristics of the adult learner. Adult learners have traits that set them apart from ‘traditional’ school or college learners. All adults come to courses with a variety and range of experiences, both in terms of their working life and educational backgrounds. This impacts on how and why they participate in learning. Multiples stages of an adult learner’s life will be investigated which will include their perspectives on learning, motivation, and diverse backgrounds.
  • EDUC 660 Educational Leadership and Supervision of Higher Education Facilities
    This course will provide an overview of administrative theory, tools, and technology; educational leadership; legal issues; organizational and community relationships; political structures; and program development, evaluation, and accountability. Duties of the trustees and administrators in relation to the daily operations of a higher education facility will be explored.