The Master of Education Program with emphasis on Urban Education enhances the scholarly and professional development of classroom teachers. In this program, students examine the moral and ethical dimensions of teaching in cross-cultural settings. This program provides both historical and current knowledge of legislation, laws and research findings, existing and emerging theory, and methods of assessment—both individually and state-wide.

The Program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Make your teaching position matter by applying theory, fundamental techniques, and research based best practices. Explore various roles of educators by learning about the challenges of working with students, parents, other educators, and citizens in communities to help promote equity in education. 

Academic Advisor

Sister Margaret Anne Dougherty, RSM, Ph.D.

Coordinator, Graduate Programs in Education



Admissions Staff

Kelly Burr, M.Ed.

Coordinator of Graduate Admissions & Student Services,School of Graduate and Adult Education

610-796-8296 (phone) 610-796-8367 (fax)


Cynthia Mensch

Director of Schuylkill Center

1544 Route 61 Hwy S. Suite 6190

Pottsville, PA 17901



Dana Baker

Director of Philadelphia Center

1355 West Cheltenham Avenue

Melrose Park, PA 19027



Faculty Perspective

“The M.Ed. and graduate certification programs at Alvernia University employ a values-centered approach to prepare highly-qualified, caring educators and school leaders. Through coursework and field work, students become ready to address many needs of diverse populations we now see in today’s schools.” ~ Ellen Engler, B.S., M.S.Ed., Associate Professor of Education

What educators say about us

“The M.Ed. program at Alvernia University has provided an academically challenging experience which is relevant to my career as a teacher.” ~ Steph Snavely, M.Ed. ’10


“Alvernia University has challenged and broadened my views on education. People have been extremely helpful and friendly, unlike other institutions I attended in the past. It has a personal touch.”~ Sheila Nolt, M.Ed., '09
MED Urban Education Emphasis