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What Can I Study?


EducationEducation

Teaching requires knowledgeable, creative, and committed professionals who make informed decisions on behalf of their students. Through advanced studies in education, the M.S., Ed., graduate students become more knowledgeable, skilled and confident teacher leaders. They also learn to collaborate with colleagues, to be lifelong learners, and to lead by example. Courses and research experiences in the graduate program are designed to prepare reflective teacher leaders. These programs are also designed to develop advanced knowledge in research, curriculum, supervision, and adaptive strategies meeting the needs of all learners.

The Education and Special Education Department offers a degree in Master of Science (M.S.), Education, with a concentration in Reading Specialist Added Certification K-12 .  The M.S. is chosen by those graduate students pursuing a master’s degree with secondary emphasis or by those pursuing a master’s degree with a K-12 emphasis. The minimum number of credit hours required for this degree is 33 (or 30 if the thesis option is completed).

Special Education

EducationThe Mansfield University Special Education Program is nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children at the Initial Teacher Preparation level. The certification concentration is designed for educators who are certified at the initial level in another education field. The graduates of this concentration are prepared to meet the special education certification requirements in Pennsylvania. Students in the non-certification concentration will not be prepared for certification in Pennsylvania. The non-certification concentration for candidates from education and related fields not seeking special education certification provides the opportunity to develop an understanding of special education programs and services for individuals with exceptional learning needs.

The Education and Special Education Department offers the degree program Master of Education (M.Ed.), Special Education with two concentrations, Certification and Non-Certification. The M.Ed. is chosen by those pursuing a master’s degree with a special education emphasis. The minimum number of credit hours required for this degree is 33 (or 30 if the thesis option is completed).

Organizational Leadership

Organizational LeadershipThis interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership is designed to provide an online program that will allow students in the region and elsewhere to enhance their knowledge about leadership and apply leadership skills in real-world settings. The program will: 

  1. Focus on the theoretical foundations of leadership and facilitate development of skills at the post-baccalaureate level for emerging leaders either working or aspiring to work in local, regional, national and international organizations.
  2. Promote a view of leadership development that is grounded in the values of the Mansfield University creed: Character, Scholarship, Culture, and Service. Graduates will demonstrate attributes such as integrity, a focus on scholarship, a commitment to enhancing the community, and a willingness to serve others for the greater good.
  3. Create an online leadership learning environment that promotes inclusion, respect, collaboration, meaningful group interaction, and opportunities for application of leadership skills.

Nursing

NursingThe Master of Science in Nursing program is designed for professional nurses who seek an advanced nursing degree while maintaining current employment. Students may choose either the educator or leadership / administrator track. Graduates are qualified to teach in nursing education programs and staff development departments within health care agencies, or to manage nursing care delivery services in health care settings. The Master of Science in Nursing program is offered online. Ideally, students take two courses for six semesters to complete the program in two calendar years.

Based on the application of adult learning theory, best practices, and evidence-based teaching, the MSN curriculum is designed to prepare its graduates, not only to function as nurse educators or nurse administrators, but also to retrieve, analyze, and utilize data obtained from a variety of sources and apply research skills and principles learned in the research courses throughout their professional careers.

Students soon find that they are experts in accessing online information because they are expected, as part of each course, to critically assess and evaluate the information retrieved from any source. Because the curriculum follows national guidelines in terms of an evidence-based practice format, students read and explore the latest literature in the field and discuss how the findings are applicable to current practice. 

School Library & Information Technologies

School LibraryThe mission of the School Library & Information Technologies graduate program is to empower school librarians with the skills and knowledge to assume an essential leadership role in their schools as teachers, instructional partners, information specialists, and program managers of library and information services. In developing the program three core documents guided curriculum design: Information Power, the national standards; the Standards forPennsylvania School Library Certification and Practice, the state school library association standards; and the Pennsylvania Department of Education Library Science Standards for the Preparation of Public School Educators. These guidelines represent the best thinking in the profession and reflect the emerging role of the school librarian as a critical educational leader.

To be successful, a school librarian will:

  1. provide leadership in planning and managing the use of electronic technologies and information retrieval,
  2. teach students to access, apply, and evaluate information to solve problems,
  3. partner with teachers to design, implement, and assess curriculum and instruction to meet academic standards,
  4. select and manage resources to meet the literacy and information needs of students and the curriculum
  5. build and oversee a school library program that promotes literacy and information literacy as keys to authentic, lifelong learning for students, and
  6. have knowledge of and apply federal laws, state laws and case law to school library practice. 

Non-degreeNon-Degree at the Graduate Level

Non-degree students at Mansfield University take graduate level coursework for several different reason: 1) Personal or professional enrichment, 2) GPA did not meet the minimum requirements for graduate degree program, 3) Continuing education credits to meet Act 48 requirements, and 4) Transferring course credit to another institution. 

If you are interested in non-degree at the graduate level, then please visit the Non-degree webpage.