Secondary Education, MS

The Department of Education offers a variety of programs for individuals currently in the field of education as well as for individuals wishing to enter the field. The programs include preparation for initial certification for a number of positions as well as for second certifications.

The Secondary Education program offers courses and fieldwork for students seeking an initial Pennsylvania Instructional I certificate, grades 7-12, in a specific academic area.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

A minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.00 is expected for admittance to graduate study. An applicant whose undergraduate GPA falls below the level of 3.00 must submit other evidence of his/her ability to successfully complete a graduate program, such as grades in other post-baccalaureate courses/programs, scores from examinations (e.g. Graduate Record Examination), or a record of successful completion of progressively higher work responsibilities.

International students may be permitted to complete this program without certification if they have satisfied the teaching standards in their respective countries.

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The Master of Science in Secondary Education degree requires 34 credits in course work.  The program prepares grades 7-12 teachers who are planning to teach in various grades content areas, including Biology, Chemistry, Communication, History, Political Science, English, General Science, Mathematics, Modern Language, Latin and Physics.  Applicants who do not possess an undergraduate degree in the outlined above content areas may be required to take additional undergraduate course work.

All students pursuing a master’s degree must complete research and foundation course requirements and pass a capstone experience/ comprehensive examination. Prior to student-teaching, Students must pass the requisite Praxis II test(s), which are mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Seventy hours of field experience are required for the program.

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    Why Choose Scranton?

    Nationally Ranked

    US News & World Report rated The University of Scranton among the 10 top master’s universities in the North in its “America’s Best Colleges” ranking.

    Jesuit Education

    As one of the 27 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, The University of Scranton is dedicated to developing the whole person.

    Dedicated Faculty

    Gain practical knowledge from faculty that bring significant work experiences to the classroom experience.

    Mission Statement of the Department of Education

    The mission of the Education Department at The University of Scranton is to prepare professional students for successful employment and/or for the pursuit of advanced degrees in a variety of education related fields. Rooted in the Ignatian pedagogical tradition of preparing men and women to be teachers and educational leaders in developing the knowledge, skills, and methods necessary for collaborating with schools and communities to enhance the human prospect and realize a more just world.

    Beyond the Classroom

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    Graduate Assistants, who assist faculty in the delivery of course content, receive a stipend as well as tuition scholarships.

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    Capstone Experience

    The comprehensive examination is the capstone experience for students near the end of the program of study.

    Program Elements


    Students achieving certification in any of the areas offered can expand their certification areas by taking targeted state examinations.

    Filling a Growing Need

    An advanced degree often provides an additional educational certification as well as incremental increase on a school's pay scale.


    The University of Scranton's education programs are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Program completers who fulfilled all program requirements and received a passing score on certification examinations are eligible for certification in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

    Combined/Accelerated Degree Option

    A student enrolled in any of the Education Department’s undergraduate programs may apply for admission to an accelerated graduate program leading to a second instructional certification during their sophomore year.  The application deadline to the program is March 1st.  Later applications may be accepted as program capacity allows.  Full admission to the graduate program requires an earned Bachelors of Science in education and submission of application for initial teacher certification to PDE. For additional information, please visit the Graduate Course catalog.

    Meet the Program Director

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    Maria Oreshkina, Ph.D.

    Chair, Director of Graduate Programs Associate Professor


    M.S., Moscow Pedagogical State University Ph.D., Moscow Pedagogical State University Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville


    (570) 941-6244

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