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Clearfield certificate program links with Penn State Master of Education

8/1/2006 —

DuBois – Teachers and counselors looking to complete Pennsylvania Department of Education Act 48 hours can potentially double the educational benefit from Penn State DuBois.

The Master of Education in Teaching and Curriculum program, offered at Penn State DuBois, provides 36 credits of instruction. Courses offered at three locations - DuBois, Clearfield and St. Marys – can be applied toward the master's degree. Now, according to Diana Ricotta, Assistant Director of Continuing Education at Penn State DuBois, with the concentrated Chemical Dependency Prevention and Counseling certificate (Chem. Dep.) offering in Clearfield this fall, those seeking the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree can apply the Chem. Dep. certificate's coursework toward the M.Ed.'s electives. With this alternative, upon completion of the M.Ed. program, the professional educator would not only have a master's degree, but also a Chem. Dep. certificate.

Judy Schaut, M.Ed. adviser at Penn State DuBois, sees this opportunity as a great package, offering specific training in substance abuse, prevention and counseling.

"With the Act 48 requirement, teachers and counselors in Pennsylvania must take approved courses to keep their teaching certificates active," Schaut said. "Dovetailing the M.Ed. and Chem. Dep. programs is a double-benefit for the money," she added.

"It gives you a specialized area of expertise," Schaut said. "The educators are then able to assess risk factors, implement treatment plans, become knowledgeable about the multitude of resources and service providers, and then be able to assess the effectiveness of preventative and counseling programs."

In addition to the Chem. Dep. electives offered in Clearfield, graduate courses offered this fall include:

EDUC 506 CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT AND INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN (3 credits) Examination of theory, issues, organization, and problems of curriculum development and instructional designs. (Third Year M. Ed. Students); 5-7:45 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 5 & 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 14, Dec. 12; Instructor: Anju Jolly; Location: DEF Building, Penn State DuBois.

EDUC 520 LEARNING THEORY FOR THE CLASSROOM (3 credits) An application of learning theories from psychological, sociological, and physiological disciplines to educational settings for children and adolescents (First Year M. Ed. Students);
5-7:45 p.m. Thursdays, Sept 7 & 28, Oct 26. Nov. 16, Dec. 14; Instructor Carolyn Grasse-Bachman; Location: DEF Building, Penn State DuBois.

EDUC 586 EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH DESIGNS (3 credits) Identification of research designs appropriate to educational field and laboratory investigations and the development of a master’s project proposal. Prerequisite: EDUC 440 or EDUC 539; or TRDEV 418 and TRDEV 460 (Second Year M. Ed. Students); 5-7:45 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 6 & 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 15, Dec. 13; Instructor: Anju Jolly; Location: DEF Building, Penn State DuBois.

CN ED 404 GROUP PROCEDURES IN GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING (3 credits) The nature and functioning of groups in educational and agency settings. Provides prospective counselors with experience in the group process. Prerequisite: 6 credits in counselor education; 6 credits in psychology, sociology, or human development and family studies; 3:20-6 p.m. Thursdays; Instructor: William Allenbaugh; Location: DEF Building, Penn State DuBois.

CN ED 420 CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY: YOUTH AT RISK (3 credtis) Study of youth who are at-risk of developing chemical dependency including the characteristics and factors related to chemical dependency; prerequisite: CN ED 401; 6:10-8:50 p.m. Thursdays; Instructor: William Allenbaugh; Location: DEF Building, Penn State DuBois.

HD FS 411 THE HELPING RELATIONSHIP (3 credits) Theory and research related to interpersonal conditions which facilitate personal growth; intensive interpersonal competency training. Prerequisite: HD FS 311, HD FS 312W, or 6 credits in Human Development and Family Studies or psychology; 5:50-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays; Instructor: TBA; Location: Smeal Buiding, Penn State DuBois.

CN ED 401 FOUNDATIONS OF CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY COUNSELING (3 credits) An overview of diagnosis and assessment, models for chemical dependency prevention, counseling, and recovery; contexts of chemical dependency treatment. Prerequisite: 3 credits in general psychology; 6:25-9:20 p.m. Thursdays; Instructor: Bruce Simons; Location: Community Education Council, St. Marys.

CN ED 403 FOUNDATIONS OF GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING PROCESSES (3 credits) Factors in personal choicemaking; rationale for and elements of guidance and counseling processes in school, college, and rehabilitation settings. Prerequisite: 6 credits in psychology and/or sociology; 5:50-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays; Instructor: TBA; Location: Clearfield High School.

HLHED 443 ALCOHOL AND DRUG EDUCATION (3) Principles of integration and coordination of alcohol and drug education programs for health education and other social service professions. Prerequisite: permission of program; 5:50-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays; Instructor: TBA; Location: Clearfield High School.

For more information on the M.Ed. program or any other opportunities through Continuing Education at Penn State DuBois, or to register, contact Diana Ricotta, Assistant Director of Continuing Education, at (814)375-4718, or by email at dricotta@psu.edu Additional information on scheduling can be found at www.ds.psu.edu/ce

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