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Master’s in Secondary Education Curriculum

After completing our Master's degree in Secondary Education, you will be prepared with a Pennsylvania teacher's certification, including direct reciprocity in 33 states and indirect reciprocity in 17 other states, and will possess leadership experience pertinent to public or private school settings in a multitude of environments.

Master's degree in Secondary Education with Certification (OATCERT)
36 Credits; 5 semesters of coursework + 1 semester of student teaching

  • EDU 550 Historical and Contemporary Perspectives in Education (3 credits)
  • EDU 557 Adolescent Psychology (3 credits)
  • SPE 550 Foundations in Special Education (3 credits)
  • EDU 646 Language and Culture (3 credits)
  • SPE 602 Diagnostic Assessment and Progress Monitoring (3 credits)
  • EDU 647 Literacy and Learning Across the Curriculum (3 credits)
  • EDU 625 Theory & Practice in Secondary Education (3 credits)
  • EDU 691 Secondary Teaching in Inclusive Environments (6 credits)

Electives (choose three)

  • EDU 560 Using Technology for Instruction and Assessment (3 credits)
  • EDL 600 Educational Leader as Researcher and Reflective Practitioner (3 credits)
  • EDL 605 Critical Contemporary Educational Issues (3 credits)
  • EDL 610 Promoting Communication, Collaboration & Access to Community Resources (3 credits)
  • SPE 612 Inclusive Classroom Practices (3 credits)
  • EDL 680 Law and American Education (3 credits)

OATCERT Certification Only (27 Credits)
27 credits; 3 semesters of coursework + 1 semester of student teaching

  • EDU 550 Historical and Contemporary Perspectives in Education (3 credits)
  • EDU 557 Adolescent Psychology (3 credits)
  • SPE 550 Foundations in Special Education (3 credits)
  • EDU 646 Language and Culture (3 credits)
  • SPE 602 Diagnostic Assessment and Progress Monitoring (3 credits)
  • EDU 647 Literacy and Learning Across the Curriculum (3 credits)
  • EDU 625 Theory & Practice in Secondary Education (3 credits)
  • EDU 691 Secondary Teaching in Inclusive Environments (6 credits)

NOTE: All certification and content coursework must be completed prior to EDU 691, the student teaching capstone experience; EDU 625 cannot be taken during the capstone experience.
View the Secondary Education Course Descriptions

Field Experiences

Program candidates seeking teaching certification are required to complete 190 cumulative hours of approved and documented field experiences in the classrooms of certified teachers prior to their own student teaching.

The instructor of each OATCERT course will establish the procedures and the number of hours required. In addition, participants in EDU 551 Psychology of Teaching and EDU 625 Practical Issues in Secondary Education (Methods) will deliver a mini-lesson of at least 30-40 minutes in length during their field experience. Course instructors will provide specific directions for completing written or teaching assignments related to the fieldwork.

Candidates who are not currently teaching will be responsible for securing their own placements with certified teachers in their content area. Candidates who are currently teaching may complete the field experience requirement, including the mini-lessons, in their own classrooms.

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