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 36 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. Eighty hours of field experience are required for the program.
For additional information on the curriculum, please visit the Graduate Course Catalog.
Additional Certifications and Self-Improvement
Students who already possess secondary teaching certification may pursue additional secondary certifications. Courses required for the additional certifications will depend on the areas(s) in which certification is sought and on previous work. The student should consult the Director of Graduate Education Programs regarding specific requirements.