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Program Details

Lock Haven University offers a Master of Education with an alternative education emphasis for the professional needs of those teaching outside the traditional public school setting. The alternative education movement grew exponentially during the 80's and 90's as a direct result of, and in response to, high dropout rates, truancy, school failure, substance abuse, juvenile delinquency and other factors. Alternative education continues to thrive as social problems including school violence and family dysfunction create new challenges for communities across the country.

The aim of alternative education is to provide students who did not thrive and succeed in the traditional school setting with another opportunity to receive an education. Students develop specialized skills to serve this population’s unique needs. The goal of the Alternative Education program is to prepare graduate students with the knowledge and skill base required to work with at-risk youth in non-traditional school settings. Teachers, social workers, counselors, and administrators in alternative settings, correctional settings, urban schools and regular education settings will find the degree to be an asset in their work and of value to the students they serve. The program is designed to be completed in two years by taking two courses per semester, including summers. The program may be completed earlier by taking additional courses beyond the two per semester.

The Alternative Education program makes it possible for education professionals to engage in reflective practice while improving teaching and program development skills. The program encourages exploration of methods, research, and epistemologies that focus on both the learner and systemic changes that will benefit all students. Students will develop skills, knowledge, and competencies that will benefit them in both alternative and regular education settings. The curriculum is a rigorous combination of theory, practice and research courses. The curriculum includes the most recent theoretical advances, proven best practices, promising practices and quantitative, qualitative and action research approaches.

Students will participate in a rigorous program that includes the most recent theory, practice, and fresh approaches to working with children to improve education outcomes. The design of the program is aimed to provide immediate impact on schools and programs as teachers implement the issues and practices discussed and researched in the degree sequence.

Courses are arranged within the curriculum so that foundational courses are presented first. Scaffolding the curriculum permits students to continuously build upon previously acquired knowledge and skills. The curriculum allows for breadth and depth through this approach, which includes a 24-credit core and a 12-credit elective category.

Accreditation & Licensing

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The Master of Education program in Alternative Education is fully accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).