M.Ed. Alternative Education

An advanced degree in alternative education/innovative instruction will equip you with the knowledge and critical skill base necessary to work with the growing population of at-risk youth in non-traditional school settings.

What You'll Study

Alternative Education/Innovative Instruction Core Coursework

Alternative Education/Innovative Instruction Core Coursework:

  • Introduction: Inquiry and Educational Change
  • Designing Assessments Using Performance Standards
  • Classroom Environments/Helping Skills
  • Alternative Education: An Introduction to Theory & Practice
  • Curriculum Issues
  • The Role of Cognition and Social Skills in the Classroom

In addition to the core sequence, you will complete a two course sequence in Action Research & Reflective Practice and an Advanced Field Experience requirement. You may also choose to use your 9 credit hours of advisor-approved elective credits for a concentration in either Instructional Technology or Early Childhood Education.

Instructional Technology Concentration

This concentration will provide you with the management skills required to deliver a stable, functional-technology assisted teaching and learning environment. Topics covered include:

  • Copyright and Management of Digital Assets
  • Management Instructional Technology
  • Special Topics Courses Focused on Technology
Early Childhood Education Track

This concentration will supplement the core coursework with critical skills and knowledge that pertain directly to young children. Topics covered include:

  • Assessment, Evaluation, and Observation
  • Childhood Play: Theory & Practice
  • Leadership in Early Childhood Programs
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Program Highlights

  • Professional Preparation: Alternative Education professionals are among the most highly skilled and innovative educators. The Master of Education in Alternative Education degree will better prepare you to:
    • Work with the most challenging of students in any instructional setting
    • Provide school-wide leadership on at-risk student issues
    • Implement innovative curriculum approaches that address issues such as state standards
    • Understand and work with specialized educational needs, emotional needs, and problems, motivational difficulties, learning style differences, disruptive behaviors, and conduct disorders
    • Understand the relationship between theories and practice in working with at-risk students
  • Online Coursework with On-Site Supervision: The 36-credit program is designed for teachers, social workers, counselors, and administrators in alternative settings, correctional settings, urban schools, and regular education settings.
  • Strong Curriculum: Courses include a combination of theory and practice, with a focus upon building knowledge and skills relevant to daily classroom challenges.

Want to Know More?

Department of PreK-Grade 8 and Professional Studies

Dr. Nathaniel Hosley
706 Robinson Learning Center, Lock Haven University
(570) 484-2973

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