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Graduate Majors

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Reading (33 credits)

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction (30 credits)

Excellence in Teaching: Certificate program or concentration area for M.Ed.

 

Graduate Certificate Program: Program Specialist, English as a Second Language (ESL) (15 credits)

 

Professional Development Center

 

Master of Science (M.S.) in Health Care Administration (45 credits)

 

Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership in Health Care Administration (15 credits)

 

Graduate Certificate in Public Health Administration ( On-line ; 15 credits)

Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (M.S.P.A.S.) (100 credits)

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Endorsement


Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Reading (33 credits)

Contact:
Jill Yurko, Ed.D., Program Director
(570) 208-5900, ext. 5685
e-mail: jillyurko@kings.edu

Graduate courses may be taken to fulfill the requirements for the degree program or they may be taken individually for personal or professional enrichment. Courses are offered during the evening in the fall and spring, in traditional 15-week semesters and certain accelerated sessions. Summer courses are offered in a variety of accelerated formats, both day and evening. Information about graduate course offerings is available from the King's College Graduate Division Office at (570) 208-5991 and on the King's College Graduate Division website ( www.kings.edu/admissions/graduate).

The Master of Education degree program in Reading offers a scholarship incentive program. All students enrolled in the program are automatically eligible for the incentive, and the scholarship incentive is applicable to all courses within the Reading program. For more information on the scholarship incentive program, see above under Financial Information.

1. Prerequisite: A Bachelor of Science or Arts and Teaching Certification
Teaching certification in elementary education, secondary education, or a K-12 specialty area (e.g., art, music, special education, etc.) is required to enter the master's of education program if the applicant intends to seek reading certification. A photocopy of the certification must be submitted with the other application materials.

2. Required Course Work (30 Credits)

  • Educ 505 -  ELL Adaptations (3 credits)

  • Educ 510 - Developmental Nature of Reading (3 credits)

  • Educ 515 - Reading in the Content Area (3 credits)
  • Educ 517 - The Organization, Administration & Supervision of Reading Programs (3 credits)
  • Educ 520 - The Writing Process K-12 (3 credits)
  • Educ 523 - Children's & Adolescent Literature in Reading Instruction (3 credits)
  • Educ 516 - Reading Disabilities: Diagnosis & Prescription (3 credits)
  • Educ 550 - Reading Clinic Practicum (3 credits; prerequisite: Educ 516)
  • Educ 500 - Educational Research for Teachers (3 credits)
  • Educ 575 - Reading Research Project (3 credits; prerequisite: Educ 500)

3. Elective Course Work (3 credits)

  • Educ 503 - Educational Statistics (3 credits)
  • Educ 518 - Computer Applications for Reading Programs (3 credits)
  • Educ 519 - Reading Instruction for the Exceptional Child (3 credits)
  • Educ 521 - Alternative Assessment (3 credits)
  • Educ 522 - Curriculum Development K-12 (3 credits)
  • Educ 524 - Seminar in Topics of Reading (3 credits)
  • Educ 525 - Independent Study (3 credits)
  • Educ 527 - Special Topics in Education (3 credits)
  • Educ 605 - ESL Instructional Materials, Technologies and Their Development (3 credits)

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Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction (30 credits)

Contact:
DeBorah Carr, Ed.D., Program Director

(570) 208-5900, ext. 5448

e-mail: deborahcarr@kings.edu

Graduate courses may be taken to fulfill the requirements for the degree program or they may be taken individually for personal or professional enrichment. Courses are offered during the evening in the fall and spring, in traditional 15-week semesters and certain accelerated sessions. Summer courses are offered in a variety of accelerated formats, both day and evening. Information about graduate course offerings is available from the King’s College Graduate Division Office at (570) 208-5991 and on the King’s College Graduate Division website ( www.kings.edu/admissions/graduate/).

The Master of Education degree program in Curriculum and Instruction offers a scholarship incentive program. All students enrolled in the program are automatically eligible for the incentive, and the scholarship incentive is applicable to all courses within the Curriculum and Instruction program. For more information, see above under Financial Information.

1. Prerequisite: A Bachelor of Science or Arts

2. Required Core Course Work (15 Credits)

  • Educ 580 - Curriculum Theory and Design (3 credits)
  • Educ 582 - Current Issues and Trends in Education (3 credits)
  • Educ 584 - Interactive Learning (3 credits)
  • Educ 586 - Inclusionary Classroom Practices (3 credits)
  • Educ 590 - Educational Research and Statistics (3 credits)

3. Concentration Area Course Work (15 credits)

   PK-4 Elementary Education

  • Educ 510 - Developmental Nature of Reading (3 credits)
  • Educ 625 - Instructional Methods, Technologies and their Development in the Elementary Classroom (3 credits)
  • Educ 630 - Elementary Mathematics and Science Instruction (3 credits)
  • Educ 521 - Alternative Assessment (3 credits)
  • Educ 635 - Master’s Project (3 credits; prerequisite: Educ 590)

   English as a Second Language

  • Educ 600 - Basics of English Grammar, First and Second Language Acquisition and Instructional Strategies for Second Language Acquisition (3 credits)
  • Educ 605 - Instructional Materials, Technologies and their Development (3 credits)
  • Educ 610 - Assessment and Evaluation of Student, Program, Instruction, Family Involvement and Support Services (3 credits)
  • Educ 615 - Cultural and Linguistic Diversities, Approaches and Collaborative Methods for Developing Cultural Awareness (3 credits)
  • Educ 620 - Master’s Project (3 credits; prerequisite: Educ 590)

   Mathematics Education

  • Educ 640 - Mathematics Curriculum and Instruction (3 credits)
  • Educ 642 - Mathematics Instructional Materials, Technologies and their Development (3 credits)
  • Educ 644 - Advanced Studies in Mathematics (3 credits)
  • Educ 647 - Assessment in Mathematics (3 credits)
  • Educ 650 - Master’s Project (3 credits; prerequisite: Educ 590)

   Science Education

  • Educ 660 - Science Curriculum and Instruction (3 credits)
  • Educ 662 - Science Instructional Materials, Technologies and their Development (3 credits)
  • Educ 664 - Advanced Studies in Science (3 credits)
  • Educ 667 - Assessment in Science (3 credits)
  • Educ 670 - Master’s Project (3 credits; prerequisite: Educ 590)

  Social Studies Education

  • Educ 680 - Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction (3 credits)

  • Educ 682 - Social Studies Instructional Materials, Technologies and their Development (3 credits)

  • Educ 684 - Advanced Studies in Social Studies (3 credits)

  • Educ 687 - Assessment in Social Studies (3 credits)

  • Educ 690 - Master’s Project (3 credits; prerequisite: Educ 590)

  Excellence in Teaching

  • Educ 535 - Master’s Project (3 credits; prerequisite: Educ 590)
    Electives (choose four courses; 12 credits)

  • Educ 530 - Standards Aligned System (SAS) 

  • Educ 532 - Assessment Educ 536 - Literacy in the Content Area

  • Educ 537 - Classroom Set-up and Management

  • Educ 538 - Differentiating Instruction

  • Educ 539 - Exceptional Learners: Gifted and Special Education

  • Educ 540 - School Law for Today’s Teacher

  • Educ 541 - Developing Collaboration with Parents

  • Educ 542 - ELL Learners 

  • Educ 5xx - Other courses, as offered.

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Graduate Certificate Program: Excellence in Teaching

Contact:

DeBorah Carr, Ed.D., Program Director

(570) 208-5900, ext. 5448

e-mail: deborahcarr@kings.edu

The 15-credit (five course) graduate certificate program in Excellence in Teaching is designed for individuals who:

  • are working in public, private or parochial schools within the Commonwealth;
  • are seeking Act 48 credits or courses for personal and professional enrichment;
  • are graduate students seeking elective credits to transfer into their degree programs.

The graduate certificate program in Excellence in Teaching offers a scholarship incentive program.  All students enrolled in the program are automatically eligible for the incentive, and the scholarship incentive is applicable to all four courses within the certificate program.  For more information, see above under Financial Information.

Course Schedules

Courses are offered on main campus during the fall, spring and summer semesters.  Information about graduate course offerings is available from the Graduate Division Office at (570) 208-5991 and on the King’s College Graduate Division website (www.kings.edu/admissions/graduate/).

Admission Requirements

To be admitted into the graduate certificate program, applicants must have completed a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree with an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or better.  Applicants must submit an application form, an application fee of $35, official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended, and two letters of recommendation.

Required Course Work (choose five courses; 15 credits)

Educ 530 - Standards Aligned System (SAS) 

Educ 532 - Assessment

Educ 536 - Literacy in the Content Area

Educ 537 - Classroom Set-up and Management

Educ 538 - Differentiating Instruction

Educ 539 - Exceptional Learners: Gifted and Special Education

Educ 540 - School Law for Today’s Teacher

Educ 541 - Developing Collaboration with Parents

Educ 542 - ELL Learners 

Educ 5xx - Other courses, as offered

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Graduate Certificate Program: Program Specialist, English as a Second Language (ESL) (15 credits)

Contact:

 

DeBorah Carr, Ed.D., Program Director

(570) 208-5900, ext. 5448

e-mail: deborahcarr@kings.edu

 

The 15-credit (five course) ESL Program Specialist graduate certificate program is designed for individuals who:

  • are working as ESL teachers in public schools within the Commonwealth;
  • are working in public schools within the Commonwealth;
  • are seeking Act 48 credits or courses for personal and professional enrichment;
  • are graduate students seeking elective credits to transfer into their degree programs.

This program is approved by The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). Upon successful completion, students will receive certification as a Pennsylvania Program Specialist, English as a Second Language (ESL). Courses are offered on the campus of King's College in Wilkes-Barre through an accelerated weekend format. Each three-credit course runs for two consecutive weekends, with classes held at the following times:

  • Friday, 5:00-9:00 p.m., and
  • Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.;

Information about graduate course offerings is available from the King's College Graduate Division Office at (570) 208-5991 and on the King's College Graduate Division website ( www.kings.edu/admissions/graduate).

The graduate certificate program in ESL offers a scholarship incentive program. All students enrolled in the program are automatically eligible for the incentive, and the scholarship incentive is applicable to all five courses wtihin the certificate program. For more information, see above under Financial Information.

1. Prerequisite: A Bachelor of Science or Arts and Teaching Certification
Teaching certification in elementary education, secondary education, or a K-12 specialty area (e.g., art, music, special education, etc.) is required to enter the ESL certificate program if the applicant intends to seek certification as a Program Specialist, English as a Second Language (ESL). A photocopy of the teaching certification must be submitted with the other application materials.

*ESL Program Specialist Certification applicants whose native language is not English are required to take and pass the ACTFL English Language OPI Test.

2. Required Course Work (15 Credits)

60 hours of field experience required

  • Educ 600 - Second Language Acquisition (3 credits)
  • Educ 601 - ESL Clinical Field Practicum (3 credits)
  • Educ 605 - ESL Instruction: Theory and Practice (3 credits)
  • Educ 610 - ESL Assessment: Theory and Practice (3 credits)
  • Educ 615 - Dimensions of Culture (3 credits)

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Professional Development Center

Denise Reboli, Ph.D, Program Co-Director
(570) 208-5900, ext. 5498
e-mail denisereboli@kings.edu

DeBorah Carr, Ed.D., Program Co-Director
(570) 208-5900, ext. 5448
e-mail: deborahcarr@kings.edu

King's College has created the Professional Development Center to give K-12 teachers opportunities for meaningful professional development, with convenient scheduling formats and affordable tuition. PDC classes are three-credit graduate-level courses offered by experienced instructors on the main campus of King's College (unless otherwise noted).

Regular tuition for the 2011-2012 academic year is $695 per course. Students who register two weeks or more before class start are eligible for a $25 discount.

The Professional Development Center is a collaborative effort with the Education Department and the Graduate Division at King's College, and teachers and administrators at schools within the Wyoming Valley. Instructors and course offerings are selected by members of an advisory board chaired by Dr. Nicholas Holodick, professor of education, associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty, and director of the Professional Development Center.

Courses taken through the Professional Development Center may not normally be used for degree credit in the King's master's of education program. Courses may be used in transfer for degree credit at other institutions, at the discretion of the individual institution. Act 48 credit is automatically processed by King's for all students who complete graduate courses, including PDC courses.

Information about graduate course offerings is available from the King's College Graduate Division Office at (570) 208-5991, by e-mail at gradprograms@kings.edu and on the King's College Graduate Division home page ( www.kings.edu/admissions/graduate).

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Master of Science (M.S.) in Health Care Administration (45 credits)

Fevzi Akinci, Ph.D., Program Director
(570) 208-5900, ext. 5786
E-mail: fevziakinci@kings.edu

The Master of Science in Health Care Administration is designed to provide adult part-time students with the business and community-health administration skills they need to assume leadership positions in the field of health care. Graduate courses may be taken to fulfill the requirements for the Master of Science degree program. They may also be taken individually for personal or professional enrichment.

Course Schedules
Courses are offered on main campus during the fall and spring both in the evening in traditional 15-week semesters and on Saturday mornings in an accelerated format. Summer courses are offered in an accelerated format, either in the evening or on Saturday mornings. Certain graduate courses are now available to be taken entirely on-line through Moodle. Information about graduate course offerings is available from the Graduate Division Office at (570) 208-5991 and on the King's College Graduate Division website ( www.kings.edu/admissions/graduate ). See also the graduate program website.

Alumni Association
The graduate program in Health Care Administration has a separate Alumni Association. The Association offers new students the opportunity to have a program graduate assigned to them as a mentor, to guide them through the program. The Association also offers graduates of the program the opportunity to network with each other. For more information, see the graduate program website.

1. Required Course Work (36 credits)

  • HCA 500 - Introduction to Health Services Systems (3 credits)
  • HCA 501 - Health Policy (3 credits)
  • HCA 502 - Human Resources Management (3 credits)
  • HCA 504 - Health Care Economics (3 credits)
  • HCA 505 - Epidemiology for Health Care Managers (3 credits)
  • HCA 507 - Health Care Financial Management (3 credits)
  • HCA 511 - Quantitative Business Methods for Health Care (3 credits)
  • HCA 531 - Understanding Organizational Ethics (3 credits)
  • HCA 541 - Managerial Accounting for Health Care Administration (3 credits)
  • HCA 571 - Health Care Marketing (3 credits)
  • HCA 572 - Health Law (3 credits)
  • HCA 576 - Operations Management in Health Care (3 credits)

2. Elective Course Work (6 credits)

  • HCA 521 - Community Health Administration (3 credits)
  • HCA 570 - Topics in Health Care Administration (3 credits)
  • HCA 573 - Health Care Management and Information Systems (3 credits)
  • HCA 575 - Health Promotion (3 credits)
  • HCA 591 - Directed Study in Health Care Administration (3 credits)
  • HCA 595 - Leadership and Executive Skills for Health Care Managers (3 credits)
  • HCA 599 - Health Care Administration Internship (3 or 6 credits)

3. Capstone Course (3 credits)

  • HCA 596 - Leadership for Quality Management in Health (3 credits)

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Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership in Health Care Administration (15 credits)

Fevzi Akinci, Ph.D., Program Director
(570) 208-5900, ext. 5786
E-mail: fevziakinci@kings.edu

The Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership in Health Care Administration is designed to provide adults who may already have a master's degree or who may not wish to complete a degree program with basic business and management skills in the field of health care.

Course Schedules
Courses are offered on main campus during the fall and spring both in the evening in traditional 15-week semesters and on Saturday mornings in an accelerated format. Summer courses are offered in an accelerated format, either in the evening or on Saturday mornings. Certain graduate courses are now available to be taken entirely on-line through Moodle. Information about graduate course offerings is available from the Graduate Division Office at (570) 208-5991 and on the King's College Graduate Division website ( www.kings.edu/admissions/graduate).

Admission Requirements
To be admitted to the graduate certificate program, students must have completed a Bachelor of Science or Arts with an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or better. Applicants must submit an application form, official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended, and two letters of recommendation. A meeting with the program director is also required.

Students who complete the graduate certificate program and then choose to enter the master's program may transfer the certificate courses into the degree program.

Required Course Work (15 credits)

  • HCA 501 - Health Policy (3 credits)
  • HCA 507 - Health Care Financial Management (3 credits)
  • HCA 571 - Health Care Marketing (3 credits) 
  • HCA 572 - Health Law (3 credits)
  • HCA 595 - Leadership and Executive Skills for Health Care Managers (3 credits)

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Graduate Certificate in Public Health Administration (On-line; 15 credits)

Fevzi Akinci, Ph.D., Program Director
(570) 208-5900, ext. 5786
E-mail: fevziakinci@kings.edu

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health Administration is designed for anyone working in the field of Public Health Administration. The entire program is offered on-line through Moodle and may be taken at the student's convenience.

King's College has been certified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to offer a course in principles of epidemiology that presents concepts, principles, and methods generally used in the surveillance and investigation of health-related events. After completing HCA 505 Epidemiology for Health Care Managers, student will receive a certificate in Principles of Epidemiology from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Admission Requirements
To be admitted to the graduate certificate program, students must have completed a Bachelor of Science or Arts with an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or better. Applicants must submit an application form, official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended, and two letters of recommendation.

Students who complete the graduate certificate program and then choose to enter the master's program may transfer the certificate courses into the degree program.

Required Course Work (15 credits)

  • HCA 500 - Introduction to Health Services Systems (3 credits)
  • HCA 505 - Epidemiology for Health Care Managers (3 credits)
  • HCA 521 - Community Health Administration (3 credits)
  • HCA 575 - Health Promotion (3 credits)
  • HCA 595 - Leadership and Executive Skills for Health Care Managers (3 credits)

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Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (M.S.P.A.S.) (100 credits)

Contact:
Diana Easton, M.P.A.S., PA-C  Program Director

(570) 208-5900, ext. 5728

e-mail: dianaeaston@kings.edu

Admissions Coordinator

(570) 208-5853

e-mail: PAadmissions@kings.edu

A Physician Assistant is a dependent, mid-level health professional licensed by the state to practice medicine as delegated by and under the supervision of a physician. Physician Assistants perform physical exams, diagnose illnesses, develop and carry out treatment plans, order and interpret lab tests, assist in surgery, provide patient education and prescribe medications. PAs are employed in virtually all types of health care settings, including private offices, clinics, and hospitals. PAs can practice in almost any field of medicine, including family practice, surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry and orthopedics, to name just a few.

The King’s College Department of Physician Assistant Studies has over 30 years of experience in preparing students for the PA profession. Faculty members provide sophisticated didactic and clinical training in all areas of general medicine. King’s College has graduated over 900 Physician Assistants, who practice throughout the U.S.

Mission & Goals

MISSION STATEMENT

To provide students with a primary care based foundation of knowledge, technical skills, critical thinking and moral values to become competent and cost-effective healthcare providers.

PROGRAM GOALS

1. Identify for admission those students with the academic background, interpersonal skills, and maturity necessary to complete the training in the PA Program.

2. Maintain accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

3. Develop and maintain a comprehensive didactic and clinical curriculum that will prepare students to successfully complete Board Certification and become competent health care providers.

4. Promote an interdisciplinary approach to medicine which utilizes effective oral and written communication between members of the healthcare team and the patient.

5. Promote a comprehensive approach to health and disease by emphasizing primary care, health maintenance, and disease prevention.

6. Promote life-long learning in students and graduates and foster education between providers, students, and patients.

7. Promote information literacy and technological competency to be effective healthcare providers.

8. Promote moral values and ethical behavior as a healthcare provider.

 

The Degree Program
Unlike the other King’s College graduate programs, the M.S.P.A.S. program offers classes during the day and is a full-time program.  Students may enter the professional phase of the King’s College Physician Assistant Program in one of two ways. Students may enter by applying to our 5 year BS/MS major as an undergraduate student. Students in the 5 year BS/MS major must complete 6 semesters of pre-professional course work. For these students, the first three years are considered the pre-professional phase.  The pre-professional phase of the PA Program consists of core classes at King’s and the pre-requisite sciences required to enter into the professional phase of the Program.  Students in the pre-professional phase must meet or exceed the “progression criteria”, which includes completion of Clinical Experience Hours, in order to enter the professional phase of the PA program. The pre-professional phase is not part of the PA Program’s continued accreditation status awarded by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Admission to the five-year major is done through the undergraduate admissions office at King’s College.  Students may also enter the professional phase as graduate students into the two-year master’s (M.S.P.A.S.) degree program.  These students who already have abachelor's (or higher) degree apply to the two-year master’s program through the Centralized Application System for Physician Assistants (CASPA).  For information, contact:

CASPA
P.O. Box 70958
Chevy Chase, MD  20813-0958
(270) 497-1895
www.caspaonline.org

Applicants who have received a bachelor degree from King’s College are not required to apply though CASPA. They can call the PA Program at 570-208-5853 to request a King’s Alumni Application. These applicants will be required to meet the same minimum criteria as the CASPA applicants, but will be recognized during the initial scoring process. These applicants do not have to pay the CASPA application fee when applying to the King’s Physician Assistant Program.

The deadline for application to the King’s College PA Program is October 1st.  Applicants are strongly encouraged, however, to apply as early as possible, since it may take CASPA up to four-six weeks to process an application and forward it to King’s.  The enrollment process and seat availability are determined by the number of undergraduate BS/MS students who matriculate successfully.  Candidates should check with CASPA and/or our website (www.kings.edu/paprog) for availability of enrollment.

 The term “professional phase” refers specifically to the 24 month training program during which the student trains to be a physician assistant.  The professional phase consists of ten and one half months of didactic instruction followed by thirteen and one half months of clinical rotations.  Upon completion of this phase, students will graduate with a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistants Studies and are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).  This phase was awarded continued accreditation by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for Physician Assistants, Inc. (ARC-PA) in 2010.  The term “PA Program” refers only to the professional phase of the training at King’s College.

For more information, see the Program’s website ( www.kings.edu/paprog) or call the King’s College Physician Assistant Program Office at (570) 208-5853.

Program Prerequisitesfor the M.S.P.A. S. Major

 .   Completion of a bachelor's (or higher) degree.

  • Completion of prerequisite science courses, preferably with labs: anatomy and physiology (8 credits), general biology (8 credits), chemistry (8 credits), and microbiology (4 credits). No grade less than a C- (1.75) will be accepted for any prerequisite science courses.
  • A minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.2 and a minimum cumulative science GPA of 3.2 for applicants applying to begin the program in Fall 2014.
  • Completion of 500 clinical experience hours, either voluntary or paid. Of these 500 hours, a minimum of 300 must be direct patient care while the remainder can be indirect. In addition, students must have physician assistant shadowing experiences.

For more information on the specifics of admission requirements or procedure, see the Program’s website (www.kings.edu/paprog).

The Curriculum
This master's program is 24 months in duration, beginning with 10.5 months of didactic instruction in all areas of general medicine. Direct patient encounters begin early and are greatly expanded during the final 13.5 months of clinical rotations. Full-time program faculty members, along with clinical preceptors, including physicians, physician assistants, pharmacists, and other health care professionals, present the curriculum and coordinate and monitor the clinical experiences.

The master's program does not allow exemption from any courses, clinical skills, laboratories or clinical education, laboratories or clinical education, regardless of prior experience, degree or credential. Also, due to the rigorous nature of the PA program during both the didactic and the clinical phases of training, it is inadvisable for students to hold a job during their professional training. Employment demands will not justify an excused absence from any academic or clinical requirements of the Program nor will any special accommodations be made.

Students must matriculate through all aspects of the two-year curriculum and must successfully complete all program requirements in order to graduate.

Summer Semester Prior to Admission
Medical Terminology is a required self-study module that must be passed prior to entrance into the Professional Phase of the program. The grade from this module is incorporated into a course grade in the fall semester.

  • PA 451C Medical Terminology

Year One

Fall Semester

  • PA 451 - Physical Diagnosis I (3 credits)
  • PA 553 - Clinical Medicine I (4 credits)
  • PA 473 - Diagnostic Methods I (3 credits)
  • PA 475 - Behavioral Sciences I (3 credits)
  • PA 581 - Basic Medical Science I (5 credits)

Spring Semester

  • PA 454 - Clinical Medicine II (5 credits)
  • PA 564 - Specialty Medicine I (5 credits)
  • PA 474 - Diagnostic Methods II (5 credits)
  • PA 582 - Basic Medical Science II (3 credits)

Intersession Semester

  • PA 500 - Specialty Medicine II (4 credits)
  • PA 510 - Research Methods (2 credits)

Summer Semester

  • PA 511 Clinical Rotation I (6 credits)
  • PA 515 Clinical Rotation II (6 credits)

Year Two

Fall Semester

  • PA 520 Clinical Rotation III (6 credits)
  • PA 525 Clinical Rotation IV (6 credits)

Spring Semester

  • PA 530 Clinical Rotation V (6 credits)
  • PA 535 Clinical Rotation VI (6 credits)

Spring/Summer Semester

  • PA 540 Clinical Rotation VII (6 credits)
  • PA 547 Clinical Rotation VIII (6 credits)
  • PA 549 Clinical Rotation IX (6 Credits)
  • PA 554 Capstone (4 credits)

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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Endorsement

Contact:
Lee Evans
(570) 208-5900, ext. 5449
e-mail: leeevans@kings.edu

The 12-credit (four course) graduate endorsement program in Autism is designed for individuals who:

  • are working in public, private or parochial schools within the Commonwealth
  • are seeking Act 48 credits or courses for personal and professional enrichment

The graduate endorsement program in Autism offers a scholarship incentive program.  All students enrolled in the program are automatically eligible for the incentive, and the scholarship incentive is applicable to all four courses within the certificate program.  For more information, see above under Financial Information.

Course Schedules
Courses are offered on main campus during the fall, spring and summer semesters.  Information about graduate course offerings is available from the Graduate Division Office at (570) 208-5991 and on the King’s College Graduate Division website (www.kings.edu/admissions/graduate/).  Courses requires an additional 20 hours per course field experience.

Admission Requirements
To be admitted into the graduate endorsement program, applicants must have completed a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree with an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or better.  Applicants must submit an application form, an application fee of $35, official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended, and two letters of recommendation.

1 in every 88 children has been diagnosed with autism.  King's College has developed a program for educators to enhance their skills to meet the needs of this growing population.  Participants will learn techniques for implementation in the regular classroom environment, self-contained learning environments, and the community.  The King's College Graduate Program offers four courses in an accelerated weekend format the moves educators progressively through a tiered level of learning with an additional eighty (80) hours of field experience.  The tiers begin with the Etiology of Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD), and continue with ASD assessment, ASD instructional and intervention methodology and practice, and community collaboration for school-aged and adults.

Listed below you will find the course descriptions for the four courses required for the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Endorsement Certificate.

Educ 700 – ASD: Etiology (3 credits)

This course is an introduction and overview of characteristics and learning traits of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The course is an examination of the common manifestations of ASD including the psychological, physiological, behavioral, social, communication, and educational characteristics of individuals who have been identified on the spectrum as having Autism, Pervasive Developmental disorder, Rhett's disorder, Asperger’s syndrome and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder. The classification system, assessment strategies / issues, approaches, and interventions related to individuals with ASD will be explored.  Focus will be on causes, diagnosis and intervention. The theoretical, prevalence, and scientific hypothesis related to the etiology of ASD will be researched and explored.

Educ 705 – ASD:  Instruction & Intervention (3 credits)

This course is designed to focus upon the various methodologies and intervention strategies that are currently being used to instruct students with ASD. The positive features and the limitations of each research-based method will be examined for integrity and validity.  In addition to methodology, classroom management, intervention strategies, accommodations, and adaptations that are successful in the general education setting will be introduced. These accommodations are used to ensure to provide for least restrictive environments in education and the community settings along with the use of augmentative and alternative communication. 

Educ 710 – ASD: Assessment(3 credits)

This course will create a framework for understanding and implementing effective interventions for children and adolescents with ASD in consideration of their cultural values and beliefs.  The role of the families and collaborative, interdisciplinary models of service delivery will be examined.   Effective research-based assessment and interventions will be reviewed utilizing current research regarding neuro-developmental issues in autism.  This course requires a 20 hour practicum consisting of a field experience in a school and community based agency setting providing direct clinical, instructional, and social interaction with individuals with ASD. These experiences will take place in regular and specialized settings in order to ensure the student an opportunity to observe and participate in the assessment and instructional levels.

Educ 715 – ASD: Community Collaboration  (3 credits)

This course is designed to promote the collaboration process between, schools, family, and community. Schools can no longer rely on just the educational system to deliver the services needed to the diverse student populations in our schools. Advocacy reaches out not only to the educational community but also to officials involved with law enforcement, health care (including first responders) and individual groups that connect with the family needs. The course will also emphasis the importance of the transition process in the schools in identifying  instructional programs to meet the unique individual needs of each student for school to work partnerships. Legal mandates and requirements will be examined.

DEFINITION OF AN ENDORSEMENT CERTIFICATE

Program Endorsement documents knowledge in new and emerging areas where formal certification does not exist. The Program Endorsement is intended to improve a teacher’s skills in dealing with complex classroom settings. These endorsements are added to existing Level I or Level II Certificates but are not required to perform service in these areas. Requires 80 hours of field experience.

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