Jul 30, 2021  
2019-2020 University Catalogue 
2019-2020 University Catalogue [Archived Catalogue]

Educational Program Design, MEd

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Sarah Eckert, Program Director
(215) 717-6092



Educators find themselves in an era of increased need to serve as content specialist and at the same time to deepen knowledge and skills around curriculum, instruction, and assessment. The MEd in Educational Program Design provides the opportunity for educators to explore, design and develop quality education programming– the ‘what, how, and why’ of a student’s educational experience.  We demystify curriculum, instruction, and assessment.  We build tools, share practices, and work together to create new and/or revise existing program structures to meet the diverse needs of your students. The MEd is designed to empower educators to become curricular leaders in their schools and districts, to best advocate for their students, classrooms, and schools.

The MEd in Educational Program Design consists of 30 credits (ten courses) in a flexible format offered at various locations, in-person, hybrid and online.  The ten total courses are comprised of five core courses (15 credits), an additional four course (12 credits) in an area of emphasis, and one elective (3 credits).

Core courses include:

  • EDPD 601 Assessment Design and Evaluation
  • EDPD 602 Curriculum Design
  • EDPD 603 Instructional Design
  • EDPD 604 Design of 21st Century Learning Environments
  • EDPD 605 Research Methods
  • EDPD 701 Capstone Project

The mix of core courses, coupled with four courses in an area of emphasis (the arts, literacy, inclusion, or education technology) and one elective allow educators to cultivate and apply strategies across multiple grade levels and disciplines.  We understand that your time is at a premium, including weekends, evening courses, and week-long summer intensives.  All coursework is project-based, practical, and hands-on, and is ready to bring back to your classroom. The curriculum in this program is based on best-practices and current thinking in education.

Program Objectives

Students in the MEd in Educational Program Design will:

  • Educators will learn to build, adjust and evaluate curriculum and instruction.
  • Educators will gain a theoretical and practical understanding of 21st century teaching and learning domains.
  • Educators will demonstrate the ability to design assessments of student performance.
  • Educators will develop content that is inclusive of all learners across diverse learning environments.

Program Requirements (30 credits)

Program Emphasis (9 credits)

Select 1 emphasis from:

Educational Technology

  • Select 3 courses from subject: ETEC, 500 level 9 credits


  • Select 3 courses from subject: INCL, 500 level 9 credits


  • Select 3 courses from subject: LITY, 500 level 9 credits

The Arts

  • Select 3 courses from subject: VPAS, 500 level 9 credits

Electives (3 credits)

  • Select 1 course from subjects: ETEC, INCL, LITY, PRES, VPAS 3 credits

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