Employees of Lancaster and Lebanon county public and private K–12 schools can now take graduate courses in Education at a reduced rate at Lebanon Valley College (LVC). Dr. Jennifer Kanupka, Chair and Associate Professor of Education at LVC, announced that through an expanded partnership between LVC and Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU13) educators across the two counties can benefit from a 15% or 25% graduation tuition discount depending on their program of choice. 

“We are excited to provide Lebanon and Lancaster county educational employees with a discount to further their education and enhance their skills and knowledge,” said Kanupka. “These experienced school employees working with our regional students will benefit from the extensive professional and academic experiences of LVC’s Education faculty, and strong alumni support in many area school districts.”

Lebanon Valley College has graduated thousands of teachers during its 159-year history, including numerous educators who have become principals, superintendents, and trained specialists. All LVC Education programs are accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

LVC and IU13 have a history of successful collaborative programs to support local students and educators. Last year, LVC opened their doors to students in the IU13 School-to-Work program to provide community-based training in real work settings for high school students with disabilities. LVC also provides a tuition benefit for IU13 employees enrolled in LVC’s Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness certificate program to help build student resiliency by facilitating social, emotional, and behavioral wellness to address non-academic barriers to learning. And most recently, hosting Lancaster-Lebanon Principals’ Collaborative Meetings.

LVC will offer a 25% graduate tuition discount to any individual working in a school in Lancaster or Lebanon county in five of its graduate certificate programs: Comprehensive Curriculum and Assessment for PreK-12, Integrative STEM Education, Modern Band, Online Teaching and Learning, and Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness. The partnership includes a 15% discount for anyone working in a Lancaster County or Lebanon County public or nonpublic school on standard tuition for LVC’s Master of Education or Master of Music Education programs.

“We are pleased to partner with Lebanon Valley College and to support local K-12 educators as they pursue an advanced degree in Education, stated Dr. Lauren Beal, Associate Program Director for Educational Partnerships for IU13. “Lebanon Valley College is a valuable community partner, and this program is another example of their dedication to education.”

Eligibility requirement and other details about the program are posted on IU13’s website under Tuition Discount Programs.

Please contact Cherie Van Zant ’92, P’26, associate director of graduate & professional studies, at vanzant@lvc.edu with any LVC-related questions.

 

About LVC’s Included Certificate Programs

The Comprehensive Curriculum and Assessment for PreK-12 Certificate is designed to provide educators with the skills to understand, create, implement, and assess successful curriculums and assessment in their educational institutions.

The Integrative STEM Education Certificate enables educators to develop an integrated STEM pedagogy to inspire their students by helping them make connections across disciplines and understand real-world applications. Educators will gain the tools and best practices to integrate K-12 STEM concepts, design a standards-based curriculum, apply for funding, and develop a digital portfolio of teaching evidence.

The Modern Band Certificate will help teachers develop a music curriculum that inspires and engages students through self-selected popular music. The coursework emphasizes performance, composition, and improvisation as key teaching and learning tools for students of all ages.

The Online Teaching and Learning Certificate requires four courses to teach educators how to design an online environment, deliver effective online instruction, assess online learning, and be a professional in an online learning environment.

The Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness Certificate will help educators recognize and make decisions about how to support students experiencing social or emotional difficulties. The certificate is designed on the Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness Program Endorsement Guidelines from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).

 

About IU13

Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU13) is an education service agency dedicated to delivering services to school districts and communities across the state.

IU13 is a leader in recognizing the needs of schools and implementing programs to meet those needs, with a core compelling purpose of improving student learning.

IU13 serves the 22 public school districts in Lancaster and Lebanon counties, as well as students in nonpublic schools, preschoolers, and adult learners throughout Pennsylvania.

IU13 also administers the Harrisburg location of the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN). PaTTAN, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, works in partnership with families and education agencies to support programs and services to improve student learning and achievement.