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What is the Master of Education Program at Manchester University? The Manchester Master of Education is designed to improve teaching and learning in area P-12 schools. With an emphasis on relevance and flexibility, Manchester’s program will address the emerging issues facing today’s educators.

What does relevance and flexibility mean? The Manchester curriculum will respond to what’s happening in education at the time, enabling students to apply what they learn in their own classrooms and schools. If teacher shortages arise in specific areas, Manchester can embed courses within its master’s program that will qualify teachers for needed licenses.

How will I grow professionally? You’ll become a more reflective practitioner. The Manchester master’s will help you develop a deeper understanding of the dynamics of collaboration, knowledge of best practices, and the ability to effectively apply action research and assessment strategies.

What are admissions requirements? Students must have a bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, though the undergraduate degree does not have to be in education. A teacher’s license is not required. For more details on requirements, please visit the Admission page.

Why Manchester? Manchester has a rich history of training quality educators. The Indiana Department of Education is designating the Manchester master’s a “model program.” And with about 20 percent of its undergraduate enrollment majoring in education, Manchester has experienced faculty to provide high-quality instruction.

Can I work on my master’s while I’m teaching? Absolutely. In fact, those are the people most likely to pursue the Manchester degree.

When will I take classes? Classes will be offered at night. However, most of the course work will be done online and as independent study, maximizing convenience for the working classroom teacher.

If I’m already teaching, how will this help me? First, you’ll learn how to be a better teacher. The program will provide practical professional development and training, and additional courses to enhance your license. A more versatile license increases your flexibility within your school corporation and it improves your marketability if you ever want to teach in a different school district. You’ll probably make more money, too, because a master’s degree will put you in a higher pay structure. And you’ll be required to renew your teacher’s license only every 10 years, instead of every five.

How does this affect the seminar courses I take through the Educational Service Centers? You can still take them, but if you pay Manchester tuition, the courses can count toward your master’s degree.

Can I earn an endorsement with my master’s? Manchester’s master’s program will allow a licensed teacher to earn an endorsement in high ability (gifted and talented). Additional licensure areas such as special education may also be offered.

What does it take to earn a master’s degree? Students must complete 33 credits with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0. The summative assessment for the graduate degree is an action research project or a curriculum development project, and a final portfolio.

When can I start? Classes will be offered beginning in fall 2010.

How much will it cost? Find current tuition and fees here.

How do I apply? Application can be made online by clicking here, by mail from the Office of Graduate Studies, Manchester University, 604 E. College Ave., North Manchester, IN 46962, or can be picked up in Room 133 of the Administration Building. Phone: 260-982-5051.

What if I have more questions? Contact graduateprograms@manchester.edu.

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