Hirsh, Rae Ann

Education DEd, Curriculum and Instruction, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pa. MEd, Early Childhood Education, Carlow University, Pittsburgh, Pa.BS, Elementary and Special Education, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pa. Research Hirsh, R., Baronak, … Continued

Improve outcomes for students struggling with reading

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You can be a leader in the field of educational literacy with Carlow’s Master of Education Reading Specialist degree. The reading specialist certification and MEd programs lead to Pre-K-12 Pennsylvania Department of Education Reading Specialist Certification with a special Carlow dyslexia certificate.

As a reading specialist or literacy coordinator, you’ll learn to provide whole class, small group and tiered intervention support to students in all aspects of literacy instruction. 

Credits required:

25-31 credits

Cost per credit:

$600/credit

Time to degree:

As few as 12 months

Delivery:

On campus or online

Curriculum for MEd Reading Specialist

You’ll study how children learn to read with courses centered on the science of reading and examine different approaches to effective literacy assessment and instruction.

Coursework includes an examination of phonological awareness, the structure of language, teaching writing and digital literacy. The curriculum meets guidelines for the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s framework for the reading specialist, the International Literacy Association (ILA) and the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). Students will benefit from on-site practicums at Carlow’s Campus Laboratory School or regional schools and districts. 

Special workshops and guest speakers are a hallmark of the program through partnerships with Trying Together, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Fred Rogers Institute, Allegheny Intermediate Unit, Pittsburgh Public Schools, Provident Charter School, PBIDA, Warhol Museum and A+ Schools.

Quick facts

  • Structured literacy and IDA focus
  • Faculty instructors who serve as national LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) trainers
  • Partnerships with regional schools that enhance professional development

Certificate options

Add-on certificate

If you already have a teaching license, you can earn this MEd under our add-on certificate option. When applying, indicate your interest in the add-on certificate option.

Graduate Certificate in Reading Specialist (Pre-K-12)

This program is available as a graduate certificate which leads to an endorsement from PDE for already licensed teachers.

Career opportunities for Reading Specialist

School districts hire reading specialists to coordinate reading programs, support students and teachers, and work with intervention services.

Employment of instructional coordinators is projected to grow 6% from 2019 to 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. As states and school districts put greater emphasis on student achievement data, schools may increasingly turn to instructional coordinators to develop better curriculums and improve teachers’ effectiveness.

Admission requirements and application process

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work
Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success. No prerequisites or teacher licensure are required for this degree and certification.

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Learn to make a difference

MEd Reading Specialist graduate Alyson Woodall ’21 said Carlow’s Education Program has taught her how to make a difference. “Carlow has always been at the forefront of education by teaching education students the latest strategies and approaches for delivering effective classroom instruction. Carlow is challenging me to be a better teacher by showing me how to use research-based techniques that focus on how the brain learns to read.”

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Baronak, Keely

Education EdD, Special Education and Educational Leadership, West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.Va.MS, Special Education, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va.BA, Education, Bethany College, Bethany, W.Va. Research Sister Mary Paul Professional Development … Continued

Empowering young children: Master’s in Early Childhood Education

In the graduate Early Childhood Education program at Carlow University, you will examine the philosophical, developmental, racial and ethical factors that influence a young child’s growth and development. Courses focus on nurturing the dignity, worth and uniqueness of young children from birth to fourth grade. You’ll learn how to create healthy and nurturing environments and relationships where children can thrive and develop a love of learning. 

The program, rooted in constructivism and guided by child development pedagogy and early learning standards, will prepare you for initial teaching certification. 

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Professor Monique Hockman works with students, including Mary Opipery, left, (Class of ’22, biology)and Kinzie Walker (Class of ’22, biologry/perfusion) as they do redox titrations to determine the chemical composition of synthesized salt during a general chemistry II lab, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in AJ Palumbo Hall. (Rebecca Droke/Carlow University)
Credits required: 

36 credits

Cost per credit: 

$600/credit

Time to degree: 

As few as 12 months

Delivery: 

On campus or online

MEd in Early Childhood Education curriculum

You will learn inclusive practices, differentiated instruction, instructional and assistive technologies, birth-fourth grade curriculum strategies, universal design theory, the science of reading, best practices in dyslexia and culturally responsive education practices.  

You will take part in a variety of practicum experiences in your own classrooms and The Campus Laboratory School of Carlow University. Community partnerships in the Pittsburgh area offer workshops and activities with guest speakers.

Quick Facts

Alternate degree completion option

Accelerated

Fast track your way into this master’s program by taking graduate courses as a Carlow undergraduate student. Course credits count toward both degrees. Apply for the accelerated option after your sophomore year.

Master’s in Early Childhood Education career opportunities

With a Master’s in Early Childhood Education, you can become a preschool or elementary teacher, lead teacher in a child care center, early childhood consultant, lecturer or preschool administrator.

Employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers is projected to grow 6% from 2014 to 2024, according to career planning site Myplan.com.

Admission requirements and application process 

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work
Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

Students must complete Pennsylvania Department of Education requirements to gain initial teaching certification.

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Have an incredible experience

MEd graduate Heidi Lemon ’21 recommends Carlow for anyone looking for a unique educational experience. “Going through the education program at Carlow was an incredible experience. Each staff member taught me proficiency in their content area. The staff are the most caring individuals that I have ever encountered. I made lifelong friendships through this program.”

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Become an inclusive, caring leader for young children with a Master’s in Early Childhood Supervision

You can make a difference for the next generation with a Carlow University master’s degree in Early Childhood Supervision. The program prepares early childhood leaders for positions in child care centers and elementary programs serving children from birth through sixth grade. Most principals are not prepared for Pre-K through kindergarten and early elementary leadership, which is this program’s focus.

Carlow will train you to become an effective, ethical agent of systemic change who can tackle implicit bias, racism and equity issues in the early childhood field, and connect you with like-minded educators.

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Credits required:

33 credits

Cost per credit:

$600/credit

Time to degree:

As few as 18 months

Delivery:

On campus or online

Master’s in Early Childhood Supervision curriculum

Carlow’s program is designed for working adults using a hybrid eight-week course format delivered over three semesters. Course topics include professional development and supervision, planning and administering early childhood programs, and supervising programs in early childhood education.

Quick facts

  • Complete your degree in 3 semesters
  • Accelerated 8-week course format offered online and on campus
  • Adult learner-friendly schedule with evening courses
  • Access to an early learning lab and professional development workshops
  • Networking opportunities with early childhood leaders across Pennsylvania
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Career opportunities for MEd in Early Childhood Supervision

Many school districts across the country report vacancies or a lack of qualified applicants for school leadership roles, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. With this degree, you will be prepared for careers in advanced leadership and administrative positions in early child care centers, schools, district offices and nonprofit groups, including early childhood administrator, K-2 principal, Pre-K Counts evaluator, early childhood curriculum director and early childhood mentor.

Admission requirements and application process

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work
Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

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Olivia Miller, ’21, biology major and runner on the track & field/cross country team.

Become a leader.

Pam Zimmerman (MEd ’03) liked the exposure to a variety of leadership pathways she received in the Early Childhood Supervision program. “The program not only gave me the background needed to be a leader in the field but also gave me the confidence to take on leadership roles in (local) agencies. I was invited to many leadership opportunities across the state and outside of my community where I connected with other early childhood leaders.”

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Become a highly qualified educational leader

Carlow’s Master of Education in Educational Leadership will prepare you for advanced leadership positions in public, private or nonprofit educational institutions. You’ll be prepared to become a leader with the knowledge, skills and disposition needed to respond to educational challenges with an equity lens. 

Carlow’s collaboration with area schools gives students access to meaningful internship experiences alongside mentor principals as they lead schools, design strategic plans, use data to make informed decisions and engage with stakeholders to implement initiatives that best serve a diverse student body.

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Credits required:

30 credits

Cost per credit:

$600/credit

Time to degree:

As few as 12 months

Delivery:

On campus or online

MEd in Educational Leadership with Principal Certification curriculum

The curriculum uses project-based applications of skills and competencies and includes specialized coursework in improvement science, systems thinking and building networked communities.

Quick facts

  • Experience a yearlong internship with a mentor principal
  • Pursue extensive professional development opportunities 
  • Continue to work while completing your degree 
  • Take advantage of discounted tuition available for Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh & Greensburg employees

Certificate option

Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership with Principal Certification Prep

If you have already earned an MEd and are looking to add a principal certification we offer an add-on certificate.

Career opportunities for Master’s in Education Leadership 

Leadership skills are always in demand, making the career outlook for education management bright. A Carlow master’s degree will help you achieve your goals as a principal, program director or administrator.

Employment of training and development specialists is projected to grow 9% from 2019 to 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job prospects are best for those with experience developing online and mobile training programs. BLS projects employment of elementary, middle and high school principals to grow 4% from 2019 to 2029.

Admission requirements and application process 

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work.
Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall & Spring

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success. You’ll also need to have three years of successful classroom or educational experience prior to program admission

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A certificate to fit your schedule

Director of Pupil Services at Bentworth School District Bob Niziol is thankful a mentor suggested Carlow’s Principal Certification Program. “The hybrid model is a unique program aspect I thoroughly appreciated; it capitalized on many learning models and gave me options of face-to-face and virtual instruction. All of the instructors are very familiar with current educational research and have a vast amount of varied experience.”

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Empower high school students: Master’s in Secondary Education

Enhance your undergraduate degree with Carlow’s Master’s in Secondary Education, and you’ll be ready to inspire the next generation of students as a middle or high school teacher.

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Credits required: 

35 credits

Cost per credit: 

$600/credit

Time to degree:

As few as 12 months

Delivery: 

On campus or online

Secondary Education degree curriculum 

The curriculum pairs coursework and practical field experiences to prepare highly effective educators for the demands of 21st-century classrooms. Eight-week sessions make the program more accessible for working students. A three-semester program sequence allows placements in local high schools. 

The Interdisciplinary Models course highlights technology fluency and emerging technology via Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab, where you will have access to robotic technology.

Quick facts

  • Choose your content area: art, biology, chemistry, English, general science, math or social studies/history
  • Train in restorative practices, trauma-informed teaching practices, and culturally and linguistically relevant pedagogy
  • Earn your degree in 1 year or 2 years

An MEd to fit your schedule.

“Carlow’s Masters program was designed for adults like myself who worked full time while taking classes at night. The professors and advisors helped shape my teaching methods so I may guide my students to become critical thinkers. I experienced in class great scaffolding and leadership techniques from the professors. As a result, my students understand that I care for their well-being and not just their grades.”

— Meloni DiPietro-Guthoerl, MEd ’09

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Alternate degree completion options

Accelerated

Fast track your way into this master’s program by taking graduate courses as a Carlow undergraduate student. Course credits count toward both degrees. Apply for the accelerated option after your sophomore year.

Career opportunities for Masters in Secondary Education

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports employment of high school teachers is projected to grow 4% from 2019 to 2029. Rising student enrollment should increase demand for high school teachers in many regions, according to the BLS.

With an MEd in Secondary Education from Carlow University, you will be positioned to assume a middle school or high school teaching position in public, private, charter or parochial schools.  

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Be great for your community.

Terrel Williams, BA ’17, MEd ’22, uses his Carlow education to help troubled minority youth with mental and behavioral health issues. “I always reach down to pull people up if I can. Carlow’s education department inspires me to be great to help others become great.”

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Admission requirements and application process

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work
Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall & Spring

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

Certification requirements

Upon completion of the course requirements in the program, you must successfully pass: 

  • Student teaching with a combined score of 4 or higher on both PDE 430 evaluation forms
  • Praxis Content Area exam in your discipline. 

Once you have met these requirements, you may apply for certification with the state.

You may qualify for the Carlow Noyce Program which offers up to $18,000 to graduate students pursuing teaching certification.

People really care here.

MEd graduate Chay Tyler ’21 said it was important for him to attend a smaller school for college, and now his graduate degree. “I prefer smaller universities where you don’t get lost. I remember the faculty presentation about Carlow. You could tell people really cared here, and it was important for me to know that.”

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Find your education degree at Carlow

Whether your interest is in art education, childhood development or special education, Carlow University’s education programs will prepare you for a successful career and professional licensure. You’ll learn from national experts in the field and get hands-on experience with local apprenticeship programs and at Carlow’s Campus Laboratory School. If you’re an established educator, you can further your career with a variety of graduate and certificate programs. Education courses are offered in a combination of on campus and online formats.

Prepare for your principal certification

Carlow’s Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership with Principal Certification Prep will prepare you for the required licensure test in Pennsylvania. You’ll be prepared to become a school leader with the knowledge, skills and disposition needed to respond to educational challenges with an equity lens. 

Carlow’s collaboration with area schools will give you access to meaningful internship experiences alongside mentor principals.

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Credits required:

18 credits

Tuition Cost:

$600/credit

Time to completion:

As few as 12 months

Delivery:

On campus or online

Principal Certification curriculum

The curriculum includes specialized coursework in improvement science, systems thinking and building networked communities. Test-prep resources and seminars are aligned to the licensure exam. Principal certification in Pennsylvania requires a master’s degree. If you already have a master’s degree, completion of these 18 credits and the state licensure exam results in certification. The 18 credits may also be completed as part of the full master’s degree in educational leadership.  

Completion of courses results in graduate credits that can either be transferred into a full educational program or account for required licensure continuing education units.

Quick facts

  • Be prepared for Pennsylvania licensure exam
  • Complete internships with mentor principals
  • Learn through innovative coursework

Career opportunities for certified principals

The career outlook for education management is bright. With your state license, you can become a principal, program director or administrator. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment of elementary, middle and high school principals is projected to grow 4% from 2019 to 2029.

Admission requirements and application process

You can apply for free online and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work
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Start terms:

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An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

Principal Certification faculty & staff

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