Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Introduction

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Comprising four colleges - Business, Education, Liberal Arts and Sciences and Visual and Performing Arts - Kutztown University of Pennsylvania offers a wide range of outstanding academic programs to prepare individuals for successful careers.

Located on 289 acres, the campus is adjacent to the Borough of Kutztown in Berks County, Pennsylvania.

In 2012, enrollment at the university includes 9,804 students from more than 20 states and nations. About half of the undergraduates live in residence halls; the rest live at home or in nearby apartments. A well-rounded program of athletic, cultural, and social events and activities satisfies nearly every taste.

We have 362 tenured/tenure-track instructional faculty and boast a favorable 20:1 student-faculty ratio. Eighty-eight percent of our faculty have doctorates or terminal degrees.

Kutztown University was founded in 1866 as Keystone Normal School. The school became Kutztown State Teachers College in 1928, Kutztown State College in 1960 and achieved university status in 1983. (read more about the history of KU)

KU is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and approved by the Pa. Department of Education (PDE). Professional accreditations include the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Kutztown University is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The Board of Governors oversees the State System which includes Pennsylvania's 14 public universities. The Council of Trustees is the local governing body for Kutztown University. The Officers of Administration for the university are the president and members of the president's cabinet.

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Master of Education, Certificate in Secondary School Counseling

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Kutztown

The Master of Education in Secondary School Counseling - Certification Program is a comprehensive certification program designed to prepare students for a career as a Professional School Counselor in a private or public school setting for grades 7-12. [+]

Master of Education, Certificate in Secondary School CounselingThe Master of Education in Secondary School Counseling - Certification Program is a comprehensive certification program designed to prepare students for a career as a Professional School Counselor in a private or public school setting for grades 7-12.The program consists of 51 semester hours. Upon successful program completion, and qualifying scores on the PRAXIS examination, specialist certification as a Secondary School Counselor is granted through the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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Master of Education, Licensure in Elementary School Counseling

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Kutztown

The Master of Education in Elementary School Counseling - Licensure Program is designed to develop the competencies necessary for an individual to function as a counselor in an elementary school setting. [+]

Master of Education, Licensure in Elementary School CounselingThe Master of Education in Elementary School Counseling - Licensure Program is designed to develop the competencies necessary for an individual to function as a counselor in an elementary school setting. The program is structured to enable students to develop personal awareness of self as a counselor, knowledge of counseling and educational concepts, and skills in counseling elementary school students. Included in this program is an emphasis on developing assessment and research skills and using research findings in school counseling.This program consists of 60 semester hours. Upon successful program completion and qualifying scores on the PRAXIS examination, specialist certification as an Elementary School Counselor is granted through the Pennsylvania Department of Education.Upon program completion, students will also have met the academic requirements of 60 credits for the Pennsylvania Licensed Professional Counselor Examination. This particular license is not mandatory for practice as a Professional School Counselor, but may be required in a clinic, agency, hospital, or other counseling setting.... [-]


Master of Education Certificate in Elementary School Counseling

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Kutztown

The Master of Education in Elementary School Counseling - Certification Program is designed to develop the competencies necessary for an individual to function as a counselor in an elementary school setting. The program is structured to enable students to [+]

Master of Education Certificate in Elementary School CounselingThe Master of Education in Elementary School Counseling - Certification Program is designed to develop the competencies necessary for an individual to function as a counselor in an elementary school setting. The program is structured to enable students to develop personal awareness of self as a counselor, knowledge of counseling and educational concepts, and skills in counseling elementary school students. Included in this program is an emphasis on developing assessment and research skills and using research findings in school counseling.This program consists of 51 semester hours. Upon successful program completion and qualifying scores on the PRAXIS examination, specialist certification as an Elementary School Counselor is granted through the Pennsylvania Department of Education.... [-]


Master of Education in Reading

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Kutztown

Programs of Study: The Master of Education in Reading Program is a nationally recognized program of study, approved by the International Reading Association (July 2007) and the National [+]

Master of Education in ReadingPrograms of Study:  The Master of Education in Reading Program is a nationally recognized  program of study, approved by the International Reading Association (July 2007) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (March 2006). This program of study adheres to the International Reading Association Code of Ethics.IMPORTANT NOTES:• The Reading Specialist certificate may be obtained in the Master of Education in Reading and Reading Specialist programs only as an added certificate to a valid Pennsylvania Instructional I or II teaching certificate. The teaching certificate needs to be in an area which includes coursework in reading. (e.g., secondary education, elementary education, special education, early childhood).•  Effective January 1, 2011: The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has enacted legislation which is reflected in Chapter 49-2 requirements regarding certification programs. Chapter 49-2 requirements for the Accommodations and Adaptations of English Language Learners (ELL) stipulate at least 9 credits (270 hours) of coursework in Special Education and at least 3 credits (90 hours) of coursework in English as a Second Language. All certification candidates who enroll in a certification program after January 1, 2011 will need to meet the PDE requirements unless they have met these requirements in a previous certificate. Please know that the Foundation and Application Level coursework in the Graduate Reading program already has embedded 3 credits (90 hours) in Special Education.M.Ed./ Reading Specialist CertificationRequirements... [-]


Master of Education in School Counseling

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Kutztown

The Master of Education Degree in Counseling assists graduate students in developing the competencies necessary for a position as a counselor in school settings. The program is structured to enable graduate students to develop personal awareness of self as a [+]

Master of Education in School CounselingThe Master of Education Degree in Counseling assists graduate students in developing the competencies necessary for a position as a counselor in school settings. The program is structured to enable graduate students to develop personal awareness of self as a counselor, knowledge of counseling and educational concepts, and skills in counseling students at a variety of age levels. Included in this program is an emphasis on developing assessment and research skills and using research findings in school counseling.Please note:The faculty members of the Department of Counseling and Human Services reserve the right to terminate the training or supervision of any candidate who shows himself/herself incapable of achieving an acceptable standard of personal and/or professional behavior. This standard also applies to candidates for admission.Master of Education in Counseling TracksThere are three four programs associated with a Master of Education in Counseling:... [-]


Master of Education in Secondary Education

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Kutztown

The Master of Education in Secondary Education Program at Kutztown University offers students seven specializations for secondary school teachers and persons in related positions: [+]

Master of Education in Secondary EducationThe Master of Education in Secondary Education Program at Kutztown University offers students seven specializations for secondary school teachers and persons in related positions:● Biology● English● Mathematics● Social Studies● Curriculum & Instruction● Middle Level● TeachingThis program is designed to:● Increase awareness of the problems of education in their broad setting● Expand the knowledge and understanding of curriculum development and the instructional process● Augment professional awareness through research● Enhance scholarly growth and personal competency in one's specialized areaProgram of StudyThe Master of Education Degree in Secondary Education program consists of a minimum of 30 semester hours. An electronic portfolio is required prior to graduation. All courses are three semester hours, except the thesis (which is optional) or practice teaching fieldwork. Each of the specializations has four areas of study.Biology, English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Middle Level● Area I: Curriculum - designed to provide for scholarly growth in the respective discipline.● Area II: Educational Environment - designed to explore the fundamentals underlying the education process and to relate them to current practice in schooling.● Area III: Instruction - designed to investigate the criteria for decision-making and the structure and organization of curriculum and instruction.● Area IV: Professionalism - designed to pursue an understanding of how knowledge is gained, how to verify knowledge, and how to judge its value.Curriculum & InstructionThe specialization in Curriculum & Instruction is designed for secondary school teachers in all academic disciplines and for other professionals concerned with the education of adolescents and/or adults. In addition to in-depth training in curriculum and instruction, this program offers graduate students the opportunity to pursue advanced study in a variety of academic disciplines. Graduate courses in this specialization are selected from four major areas:● Area I: Curriculum - designed to provide in-depth knowledge of instructional strategies and to enhance the effectiveness of instruction.● Area II: Educational Environment - designed to explore the fundamentals underlying the education process and to relate them to current practice in schooling.● Area III: Instruction - designed to investigate the criteria for decision-making and the structure and organization of curriculum and instruction.● Area IV: Professionalism - designed to pursue an understanding of how knowledge is gained, how to verify knowledge, and how to judge its value.Online option for Curriculum & Instruction programThis degree is broad in nature and gives the educators many options in each of the four categories. The Department of Secondary Education has designed the program so that the required courses and electives in each category are offered online. Not every course in the program is offered on line but faculty have decided which classes lend themselves to an online platform. The Masters in Curriculum and Instruction is a 30-credit program that includes an electronic portfolio as the capstone assessment.... [-]


Master of Education Licensure in Secondary School Counseling

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Kutztown

The Master of Education in Secondary School Counseling - Licensure Program is a comprehensive program designed to prepare students for a career as a Professional School Counselor in a private or public school setting for grades 7-12, and/or a career as a counselor in the social service field. [+]

Master of Education Licensure in Secondary School CounselingThe Master of Education in Secondary School Counseling - Licensure Program is a comprehensive program designed to prepare students for a career as a Professional School Counselor in a private or public school setting for grades 7-12, and/or a career as a counselor in the social service field.This program consists of 60 semester hours. Upon successful program completion and qualifying scores on the PRAXIS examination, specialist certification as a Secondary School Counselor is granted through the Pennsylvania Department of Education.Upon program completion, students will also have met the academic requirements of 60 credits for the Pennsylvania Licensed Professional Counselor Examination. This particular license is not mandatory for practice as a Professional School Counselor, but may be required in a clinic, agency, hospital, or other counseling setting.... [-]


Master of Public Administration

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Kutztown

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program provides a broad understanding of the principles, processes, goals, and problems of administering public services, with special emphasis on the political realities of public sector management. [+]

Master of Public AdministrationThe Master of Public Administration (MPA) program provides a broad understanding of the principles, processes, goals, and problems of administering public services, with special emphasis on the political realities of public sector management. The program equips students with specialized knowledge and technical skills in budgeting, planning, personnel administration, research and other essential management techniques.  The program benefits professionals employed or seeking employment in government agencies (at all levels), health care and other not-for-profit organizations, and private enterprise. In eastern Pennsylvania there is a large number of occupations for which public administration expertise is essential, especially those in "third sector" industries which depend upon effective interface with government agencies and skillful handling of governmental processes and regulations.Successful completion of thirty-six (36) semester hours of credit is required for the Master of Public Administration degree. All students accepted into this program must complete all requirements within six (6) calendar years.When pursuing a Master's Degree in Public Administration, the Department of Political Science requires students to complete 36 semester hours in specialized courses. The courses include:... [-]


Master of Social Work

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Kutztown

The Master of Social Work Program at Kutztown University focuses on the needs of the family in its social environment. During their study, MSW students are actively engaged with faculty experts in both exploring and enhancing their knowledge as it is related to the [+]

Master of Social WorkThe Master of Social Work Program at Kutztown University focuses on the needs of the family in its social environment. During their study, MSW students are actively engaged with faculty experts in both exploring and enhancing their knowledge as it is related to the strengths and needs of the family in all its diverse forms. Students, faculty and human service providers collaborate to provide service to families at risk, intervene with families in crisis, connect clients to causes and change the social environment to support the families of today and the families of tomorrow.Students develop a clear understanding and ability to practice generalist social work in their foundation year of study. The advanced year provides a concentration, developing depth, breadth, and specificity in knowledge on the family in its social environment. Students develop further specialization through elective course offerings and a 960-hour agency-based practicum experience. This specialized program of study is achieved through each student's choice of six, 1-credit elective courses from a broad range of topics, from therapeutic interventions to agency administration and policy development.The 64 credit (44 credit for advanced standing) MSW program may be completed in a variety of face to face and on-line formats for full and part-time schedules including a weekend executive design.MSW Program GoalsThe MSW program is tailored to help students prepare to meet specific goals:· Integrate Theory into Practice: To help graduates use critical thinking and integrate liberal arts and professional knowledge, values and skills into the development of a generalist perspective for social work practice with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations.· Celebrate Diversity: To help graduates recognize the value of human diversity, acquire knowledge related to diverse populations for professional practice, and acquire skills for change to redress economic and social injustice.· Conduct Policy Practice: To prepare graduates to understand social policy and its impact upon professional practice and to participate in efforts to assure that policy responds to human needs.· Assume Professional Identity: To motivate graduates to assume responsibility for continuing professional growth and development.· Incorporate Family-in-Environment Practice Perspective: To produce advanced generalist practitioners with a knowledge concentration in family in environment who are able to respond with multi-level practice to the needs of the institution of the family so that its members realize their fullest potential for personal fulfillment and social contribution.· Gain Specialized Knowledge: To promote an effective, efficient and humane social service delivery network in the program service area through community need-driven, specialized knowledge.· Conduct Autonomous Practice: To graduate autonomous practitioners with a clear professional identity, including commitment to the NASW Code of Ethics and identified needs for future professional growth.Career OpportunitiesGraduates of the  KU MSW are eligible for professional state licensure. For career opportunities in the field of Social Work click on the following link: Social Work Careers... [-]