Shippensburg University

Introduction

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania is a regional state-supported institution. It is part of the State System of Higher Education of Pennsylvania, which is made up of 14 universities located in various geographic regions throughout the Commonwealth. Founded in 1871, Shippensburg University serves the educational, social, and cultural needs of students primarily from south central Pennsylvania. The university enrolls students from throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Mid-Atlantic region, the United States, and various foreign countries as well.


Shippensburgis a comprehensive university offering bachelor's and master's degree programs in the colleges of arts and sciences, business, and education and human services. The curricula are organized to enable students both to develop their intellectual abilities and to obtain professional training in a variety of fields. The foundation of the undergraduate curriculum is a required core of courses in the arts and sciences. These courses prepare students to think logically, read critically, write clearly, and verbalize ideas in a succinct and articulate manner; they also broaden students' knowledge of the world, past and present.


The university's primary commitment is to student learning and personal development through effective and innovative teaching and a wide variety of high-quality out-of-class experiences. The ultimate goal is to have students develop to their utmost the intellectual, personal, and social capabilities they need to perform as competent citizens prepared to embark on a career immediately upon graduation or after advanced study. The personal attention given each student at Shippensburg is reflective of the strong sense of community that exists on campus and the centrality of students within it. The university encourages and supports activities which give students many opportunities to apply the theories and methods learned in the classroom to real or practical situations, such as faculty-student research and student internships. Student life programs and activities complement the academic mission and further assist students in their personal, social, and ethical development.


Committed to public service and community-centered in its relationships to the region, the university works closely and collaboratively with other organizations at institutional, programmatic and individual levels to develop common goals, share resources and invest cooperatively in the future of the region.

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Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Shippensburg

The graduate program leading to the Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction is offered for fully certified elementary and secondary school teachers. ( [+]

Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction

 

The graduate program leading to the Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction is offered for fully certified elementary and secondary school teachers. (Certification is an option in the Early Childhood Cluster only.) Its purpose is to foster teacher growth through exploration of principles of theory and practice that enhance teaching. This degree program requires a completion of 36 graduate semester hour credits.

The Program

 

The curriculum & instruction master’s degree program fosters teacher growth through exploration of principles of theory and practice that enhance teaching. The program consists of a core of 18 credits that focus on four critical areas embedded in effective teaching: •    Curriculum & Assessment (3 crs.)•    Effective Teaching and Leadership (6 crs.)•    The Learner (6 crs.)•    Focus on Research (3 crs.)... [-]


Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (Early Childhood)

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Shippensburg

The Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction (C & I) includes options in early childhood education. [+]

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with Early Childhood Education emphasis

 

The Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction (C & I) includes options in early childhood education. The early childhood options are designed to provide advanced knowledge in child development from birth through age eight (or 3rd grade) and at least one period of that age span: infants and toddlers, preschool and kindergarten age, and primary school (grades 1 through 3) age.

 

 

Our Emphasis

 

Emphasis is placed on working with young children and their families. Graduate students in the early childhood options will apply knowledge of child development, families, and best teaching practices to a variety of educational settings including public school kindergarten and primary programs, preschool programs, Head Start, child care, parenting, and family support programs.... [-]


Master of Education in Reading

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Shippensburg

A graduate program leading to the Master of Education degree with specialization in reading is offered for fully certified elementary and secondary school teachers. A master’s degree also certifies the graduate as a reading specialist. [+]

Master of Education in Reading

 

A graduate program leading to the Master of Education degree with specialization in reading is offered for fully certified elementary and secondary school teachers. A master’s degree also certifies the graduate as a reading specialist.

 

 

Program Requirements

 

The program requires that candidates pass through various status categories from admission to graduation. The following describes those categories and the requirements. The status categories are: 1) Foundational Status, 2) Practicum Status, and 3) Program Completion.

 

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Master of Education in School Administration

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Shippensburg

Each year a number of teachers take the first step to secure certification as a school administrator. A knowledge base for administrators for the twenty-first century must include... [+]

Master of Education in School Administration

 

The skills necessary for effective administration of a school are learned, not intuitive. Each year a number of teachers take the first step to secure certification as a school administrator. A knowledge base for administrators for the twenty-first century must include inductive methods of analysis, reflection onteaching and learning, examination of exemplary programs in schools, and an understanding of emerging problems and the complexity of organizations.

 

 

The Program

 

To provide for teachers who wish to move into educational leadership and/or who wish to prepare for a doctoral program in educational leadership, the College of Education and Human Services offers a master of education degree program in educational leadership that includes certification as a principal and/or supervisor. Post-master’s programs are also available leading to the certification of K-12 principals and supervisors and the superintendent’s letter of eligibility.... [-]


Master of Education in School Counseling

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Shippensburg

The Department of Counseling and College Student Personnel teaches the skills necessary for the professional practice of counseling work. [+]

Master of Education in School Counseling

 

As society has become more complex, people in need of assistance have come to rely upon trained specialists to assist with self-sufficiency and healing. The complex stresses of today demand that helpers be specialized and highly trained.The Department of Counseling and College Student Personnel teaches the skills necessary for the professional practice of counseling work. With our emphasis on personal growth, we encourage each student to gain competencies, values, and beliefs that will enhance and facilitate the helping process. Our program also facilitates the conceptualization of a professional role, which is not only relevant for the present, but also flexible enough to grow as new knowledge and development occurs.... [-]


Master of Education in Special Education

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Shippensburg

The program is designed to conform to the Special Education Standards of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and to the standards and regulations for graduate education... [+]

Master of Education in Special Education

 

Shippensburg University’s special education program is working to meet the needs of a changing society. The program is designed to conform to the Special Education Standards of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and to the standards and regulations for graduate education at Shippensburg University, National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).Faculty members are highly sensitive to the impact of cultural diversity on the growth and development of children. While these factors are important in the development of curriculum in any educational program, they are especially critical in the educational planning for students with disabilities. The curriculum consistently demands the critical examination by students of the assumptions, both implicit and explicit, made in the selection and use of measurement instruments and instructional procedures and materials for any particular child.... [-]


Master of Public Administration

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Shippensburg Harrisburg + 1 more

The MPA program through Shippensburg University is offered both on campus and in Harrisburg at the Dixon University Center [+]

Master of Public Administration

 

Well-trained public administrators are needed today at all levels of government. Fiscal constraints and public demands for responsive government make effective management a necessity. Some MPA graduates hold elective office while others hold policy-making positions in the civil service or other government positions. There is also a market for managerial skills in private and nonprofit agencies and in large corporations.

 

 

The Program

 

The MPA program through Shippensburg University is offered both on campus and in Harrisburg at the Dixon University Center. We normally offer three courses per semester on campus and two at the Dixon University Center on Front Street. We also have limited course offering during the summer.... [-]


Master of Social Work

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Millersville Shippensburg

The Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program is designed for students whowant to either further their education in social work or join the social work profession. [+]

Master of Social Work

 

The Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program is designed for students whowant to either further their education in social work or join the social work profession. The program is jointly offered by Shippensburg and Millersville universities and was developed to support both the full-time student and the working professional.

 

Why choose Social Work?

Are you are looking for flexibility from your advanced degree? Few occupations can match social work, which offers a wide-range of opportunities and settings.Social workers can be found in public agencies, private businesses, hospitals, clinics, schools, nursing homes, private practices, police departments, courts, and numerous other exciting work settings. Social workers assist individuals, families, and communities. They can be managers, supervisors, and administrators. They work atall levels of government. They are also educators. Social workers are therapists and researchers. And many are also elected political leaders and legislators.... [-]


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Master of Science in Applied History

Campus Full time Part time 18 - 48  September 2017 USA Shippensburg + 1 more

The graduate program in applied history is a flexible program designed to provide educators, public historians, and individuals wishing to pursue advanced graduate work with practical professional training. [+]

Master of Science in Applied History

 

Shippensburg University’s graduate program in applied history is designed for college graduates seeking advanced historical training and educators seeking professional development opportunities. Students may also pursue a dual master’s degree in applied history and library science (M.A./M.S.L.S.) offered in coordination with Clarion University.The graduate program in applied history is a flexible program designed to provide educators, public historians, and individuals wishing to pursue advanced graduate work with practical professional training. Our faculty work one-on-one with students to design a program of study to meet their personal and professional needs.... [-]


Master of Science in Counseling

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Shippensburg

The Department of Counseling and College Student Personnel teaches the skills necessary for the professional practice of counseling and college student personnel work. [+]

Master of Science in Counseling

 

As society has become more complex, people in need of assistance have come to rely upon trained specialists to assist with self-sufficiency and healing. The complex stresses of today demand that helpers be specialized and highly trained.The Department of Counseling and College Student Personnel teaches the skills necessary for the professional practice of counseling and college student personnel work. With our emphasis on personal growth, we encourage each student to gain competencies, values, and beliefs that will enhance and facilitate the helping process. Our program also facilitates the conceptualization of a professional role, which is not only relevant for the present, but also flexible enough to grow as new knowledge and development occurs.... [-]


MSc in Biology

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Shippensburg

The biology master’s program at Shippensburg University has an emphasis in ecology and environmental biology, with expanding opportunities for study in other sub-disciplines. [+]

Master of Science in Biology

 

The biology master’s program at Shippensburg University has an emphasis in ecology and environmental biology, with expanding opportunities for study in other sub-disciplines. Successful students are poised to seek new fields of endeavor, advance in their current professions, or prepare themselves for continuing academic training or educational opportunities through thesis or non-thesis degree options.

 

 

Degree Requirements

 

The Master of Science in Biology degree program requires the completion of 31 semester hour credits. BIO 515 How to Research, Write & Publish a Scientific Paper and BIO 593 Biometry are required. The remaining courses are chosen with advisement.At least 21 credits must be earned in biology courses (including courses offered by the Marine Science Consortium at Wallops Island). The remainder may be selected, with advisement, from courses in chemistry, physics, math, education, computer science, or geography/earth science. Up to 9 transfer credit hours may count towards this total. A maximum of 12 credits must be earned in 400 level courses.... [-]


MSc in Communication Studies

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Shippensburg

The Master of Science in Communication Studies degree is a 30-credit program delivered in flexible course of study to accommodate the varied academic backgrounds and career objectives of students. [+]

Master of Science in Communication Studies

 

The Communication Studies master’s program provides professional growth opportunities in the dynamic areas of strategic public relations and digital media. The Department of Communication/Journalism is dedicated to educating its graduate students in the key areas of mass communication writing and web publishing, communications research and analysis, and theory and ethics. The program allows students to strengthen an existing communications career, to prepare for advanced communications studies, or to begin a new journey into the evolving world of today’s communication industries.

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MSc in Computer Science

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Shippensburg

The Master of Science in Computer Science degree program is designed to accommodate students from different backgrounds. Students with a bachelor’s degree or at least a minor in computer science will find a traditional M.S. in Computer Science. [+]

Master of Science in Computer Science

 

Interested in a master's degree in computer science but earned a bachelor's degree in another field? The Master of Science in Computer Science degree program is designed to accommodate students from different backgrounds. Students with a bachelor’s degree or at least a minor in computer science will find a traditional M.S. in Computer Science. Students who wish to transition from math, science, or engineering into computer science may be fully enrolled in the program after taking three prerequisite undergraduate courses. Ship undergraduates may obtain an advanced degree through a 4+1 B.S./M.S. option.

 

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MSc in Geo-environmental Studies

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Shippensburg

Graduates of the program are at every level of government, teaching at every level of education, and working with many types of consulting firms and industry. [+]

Master of Science in Geoenvironmental Studies

 

Employers in the field increasingly recognize the need for broadly trained environmental scientists who can bridge the gap between the social science (geography, planning, land use) and physicalscience (geology, hydrology, geomorphology) aspects of natural systems. To this end, the master’s program in geoenvironmental sciences is designed to produce broadly trained scientists with a holistic understanding of the environment, with an emphasis on geotechnology (GIS and GPS) and practical experience (field research, internships).

Thesis

 

The thesis option is available for those students who plan to continue their education or who are interested in developing a research topic.... [-]


MSc in Organizational Development and Leadership

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Shippensburg Harrisburg + 1 more

The Master of Science Degree in Organizational Development and Leadership is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with several opportunities... [+]

Master of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership

 

The Organizational Development and Leadership program is designed for those students pursuing leadership positions in various career fields. Its objective is to apply the critical view of organizations from social scientific perspectives and enhance students’ understanding of how organizations operate and change over time. The performance and role of leadership in formal and informal settings is an integral part of the program. In addition, students will have the opportunity to develop skills and increase their knowledge in selected discipline areas.

 

 

 

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MSc in Psychological Science

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Shippensburg

The Master of Science in Psychological Science offers a Research, Applied, or General/Reading track. [+]

Master of Science in Psychological Science

 

The Master of Science in Psychological Science offers a Research, Applied, or General/Reading track.The Research Track is appropriate for those seeking degrees beyond the master’s level. This track allows students to specialize in a subarea of psychology via elective selection and completion of a thesis (Thesis I and II). The thesis requirement will increase students’ potentials for acceptance into doctoral level programs and is required for the degree.

 

The Applied Track is appropriate for graduates who are trying to secure employment in industry, government, or non-profit upon graduate with the master’s degree. Students have opportunities to take courses with more applied emphases (e.g., Human Factors, Cognitive Science, Statistics). Students are required to successfully complete two semesters of Field Experience (Field Experience I andII) for the degree. Field Experience includes on-site meetings as well as real-world experience in industrial settings.The General/Reading Track is designed to meet the needs of those seeking credentials or advancement in their current place of employment. Students will take basic required scientific courses, fulfill cluster requirements, and take additional coursework to broaden their scope. Their competence will be demonstrated by passing a comprehensive exam. Passing the comprehensive exam is required for the degree.It should be clearly understood that this program does not provide training or accreditation for those interested in employment in counseling or clinical psychology upon completion of a master’s degree.Students are initially accepted into the General Track. At the end of the first year, students may move into the Research Track by finding a faculty member willing to support their thesis work. There is a formal application process into the Applied Track at the end of the first year, as well. The selection process for the Applied Track is competitive and space is limited. Students not accepted into the Applied or Research Tracks at the end of their first year will complete the General Track program.A full-time credit load is 9 credits each semester; more than 9 credits per semester is strongly discouraged. The ideal entrance for completion within two years is fall semester.... [-]