Established in 1866 as a school to prepare teachers, Kutztown was authorized to award the bachelor's degree in 1926. Teacher education, including elementary and secondary education and a variety of special fields, such as art education and library science, has always played an important part in the development of the institution. On January 8, 1960, the governor of the commonwealth approved legislation making Kutztown a center of learning that would offer the youth of Pennsylvania the best possible education in the arts and sciences as well as in teacher education. The year before, Kutztown State College had been authorized to grant master's degrees in art education and elementary education.
Under the new statement of mission, the College began to develop a richness and breadth that encompasses the liberal arts and sciences, the fine and performing arts, teacher education, and other professional programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In 1983, Kutztown State College became Kutztown University.
Total enrollment is 9,078; 950 were graduate students. Most of the graduate students (68 percent) are studying part-time, and 71 percent are women.
The Location and Community
With access to both the Lehigh and Schuylkill River Valleys, Kutztown University is located in the heart of the Pennsylvania Dutch country of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. A short drive of 7 miles via Pennsylvania Route 737 provides easy access to Interstate Highway 78, connecting New York City and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Kutztown is equidistant (16 miles) from Reading and Allentown, Pennsylvania, along Route 222. Commercial bus transportation is available from Kutztown to Reading, Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington, D.C. The University is located 25 miles west of Lehigh Valley Airport and 18 miles east of Reading Airport.
Programs of Study and Degree Requirements
The College of Graduate Studies at Kutztown University offers a variety of programs leading to the M.Ed., M.A., M.L.S. (Master of Library Science), M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration), M.P.A. (Master of Public Administration), and M.S. degrees. Certification programs are also offered.
The Master of Education degree is offered in art education; elementary education; reading; instructional technology; elementary and secondary school counseling; student affairs in higher education; and secondary education with cognate areas in biology, curriculum and instruction, English, mathematics, and social studies.
The Master of Science degree is offered in computer and information science and telecommunications.
The Master of Arts degree is offered in counseling psychology and English.
It is possible to earn a graduate degree at Kutztown University while concurrently completing course work for teaching certification or extending a valid teaching certificate to include new fields. Pennsylvania maintains cooperative agreements with many states so that earning certification in Pennsylvania means that the candidate will be eligible for certification in some other states.
Facilities & Resources
The Rohrbach Library is the focal point of academic life at Kutztown University. The library houses collections of books, periodicals, pamphlets, newspapers, maps, microforms, nonprint media, and electronic resources. At present, the collection consists of 500,484 volumes, representative federal and state documents, 39,000 maps, 15,706 periodicals and newspapers, 18,113 units of nonprint media, and 1,323,162 units of various kinds of microforms. The library provides electronic access to several full-text databases and reference resources over the University's network. The map collection is one of the finest in the state and includes Braille maps, city plans, and topographic and raised relief maps. The library has a state-of-the-art facility with network access to the Web and the Internet and has installed Endeavor's Voyager integrated library system.
The Curriculum Materials Center provides a wide range of the newest teaching and learning resources for examination, evaluation, and curriculum revision.
The Audiovisual Center, located on the ground floor of the library, administers a comprehensive collection of audiovisual materials and equipment. In addition, the Audiovisual Center houses a microcomputer laboratory, microcomputer software collection, and a materials production area.
Rohrbach Library provides numerous services to faculty and students. These include the circulation of open-collection and reserve materials, online database searching, interlibrary loan services, document delivery services, motion enhancement services, and electronic reference services.
The Rohrbach Library staff is responsible for developing and organizing the library collections and for administering programs of library orientation and bibliographic instruction. Librarians meet frequently with classes from all areas of curriculum to discuss specialized research tools.
Expenses and Aid
Basic tuition and fees for the academic year for full-time Pennsylvania resident students taking 9-15 credits are $3,944 per semester. Resident students taking fewer than 9 credits are billed at $429 per credit. Out-of-state students are assessed $5,710 for full-time study or $644 per credit for fewer than 9 credits. (Tuition and fees are subject to change.)
Various types of financial aid, in the form of grants and loans, are available to eligible graduate students who are enrolled either full-time or half-time (at least 6 hours). Financial aid in the form of Stafford loans is available to eligible students. Students should direct inquiries for information to the Financial Aid Office. A number of graduate assistantships are available. A stipend, accompanied by a tuition waiver, is offered to qualified students. Graduate assistants must take at least 9 semester hours for a full academic load. No more than 15 hours of course work are permitted for any one semester. Under supervision for a maximum of 20 hours each week, graduate assistants assume responsibilities that are related to their professional interests.
Housing for graduate students in University residence halls is offered only during the summer session and on a space-available basis. Students should direct inquiries for information to the Office of Housing and Residence Life. Privately owned apartments and houses are available near the campus.
How to Apply / Application
The Graduate Office coordinates the admissions process. All applications and instructions should be obtained from the College of Graduate Studies Office. The payment of a nonrefundable $35 fee must accompany the completed application. Brochures and other information describing graduate programs are available from the departments listed on the reverse of this page. Descriptions of programs and courses also are available in the graduate catalog or at the graduate Web site.
Kutztown University welcomes applications for graduate study from citizens of other nations. International applicants may be required to produce a notarized translation of their transcripts. At the discretion of the Graduate Dean, translations and evaluations provided by recognized international educational service agencies may be accepted. If a translator or agency is used, the cost of such service is the sole responsibility of the applicant. As for all other applicants, international students must submit test scores from the general portion of the GRE. Scores from the special subject areas are not required; however, past experience has indicated that submission of academic area scores is generally to the advantage of the foreign student. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of ALL international students for whom English is not their first language. A minimum test score of 550 is required for admission to the Graduate College. Individual academic departments or programs may require higher TOEFL scores.
Who to Contact
College of Graduate Studies
Kutztown, Pennsylvania 19530
Web site home page
Graduate Programs and Faculty
• Art Education. John H. White, Program Coordinator (610-683-4520); Susan Allport-Schneider; Nicholas N. Bowen; James G. Chaney; Anna Kuo; James Malenda; Thomas F. Schantz; Barbara J. Schulman; George W. Sorrels Jr.; Marilyn Stewart; Peter W. Traugott.
• Business Administration. Eileen Hogan, Program Coordinator (610-683-4576); Okan Akcay; Dan Benson; Alfred Esposto; Philip R. Evans; Thomas Grant; Keshav Gupta; David Haas; John Hamrick; Roger Hibbs; Donald Kreps; James Ogden; Paul Sable; Norman C. Sigmond; Abdulwahab Sraiheen; David D. Wagaman; James Williams; Girma Zelleke.
• Computer and Information Science. William Bateman, Program Coordinator (610-683-4410); Robert J. Buff; Linda Day; Henry G. Gordon; Deepak Khanna; Vivian G. Mosca; Thomas L. Pirnot; Oskars Rieksts; Joseph C. Thomas; Francis J. Vasko.
• Counselor Education/Counseling Psychology. Margaret A. Herrick, Program Coordinator (610-683-4204); Emmanuel Akillas; Deborah Barlieb; Jo Cohen-Hamilton; Kelly Kenney; Sandra McSwain; Anita M. Meehan; Avidan Milevsky; George K. Muugi; Stephen Oross; G. Dennis Rains; Judith Rauenzahn; Robert Ryan; Thomas A. Seay; Ronald W. Stoffey; Robert M. Voytas; C. Bruce Warner.
• Electronic Media. David Kintsfather, Program Coordinator (610-683-4492); Leonard J. Barish; Joseph R. Chuk; Helen E. Clinton; Darrell D. Dahlman; Daryl Fairchild; Andrew R. Skitko Jr.
• Elementary Education. Elsa Geskus, Program Coordinator (610-683-4262), assessment, language arts; Jorie Borden, language arts, student teaching; Jeanie H. Burnett, reading, gifted education; Sandra A. Chambers, reading, language arts; Sandra Fisher, early childhood; Ben Frankel, assessment, research; Sally Knappenberger, social studies, discipline; Charles E. Marple, social studies, international education; Alicia Montoya, multicultural education, research, language arts; T. Kelley Neyhart, math education, urban education; Lisa Potylycki, language arts; Mary Ellen Swoyer, language arts, children's literature; Teresa Sychterz, children's literature.
• English. Guiyou Huang, Program Coordinator (610-683-4353); Dennis Bonser; Edwin E. Christian; Mary Theresa Hall; Judith Kennedy; David C. Laubach; James I. McNelis III; James W. Nechas; Elaine Reed; Louis A. Schwartz; Heather Thomas; Raymond D. Tumbleson.
• Instructional Technology. Lynn Milet, Program Coordinator (610-683-1598); Robert A. Gray; Charles F. Roth Jr.
• Library Science. Kathryn Holland, Program Coordinator (610-683-4300); Daniel R. Cates; Eloise Long.
• Public Administration. Paula A. Holoviak, Program Coordinator (610-683-4449); Gary B. Brey; Jack Treadway; Cheryl H. Wilf.
• Reading. Beth M. Herbine, Program Coordinator (610-683-4271); Jeanie H. Burnett; Sandra Chambers; Edward J. Earley; Linda J. Gibbs.
• Secondary Education. Kathleen A. Dolgos, Program Coordinator (610-683-4259); Joseph Elias; Joseph E. McSparran; Theresa M. Stahler; Dale Titus.
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