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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, with reciprocity in most 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 at your choice of public, private or international institution

  • 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 

  • EDL 600 Educational Leader as Researcher and Reflective Practitioner (3 credits)
  • EDL 605 Critical Contemporary Educational Issues (3 credits)
  • ITS 605 Technology Applications for Learning Environments (3 credits)
  • ITS 655 Delivering Instruction Using Peripherals (3 credits)
  • EDL 680 Law and American Education (3 credits)

NOTE: Additional IT courses may be available on a per term basis.

OATCERT Certification Only (27 Credits)
27 credits; 3 semesters of coursework + 1 semester of student teaching at your choice of public, private or international institution

  • 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, which is not offered during a Summer semester; EDU 625 cannot be taken during the capstone experience and is not available during the Summer semester.

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. You may choose your student teaching location at a public, private or international school, but it is suggested that students arrange this at the beginning of the semester.

The instructor of each OATCERT course will establish the procedures and the number of hours required. In addition, participants in 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.

To learn more about this program you can request more information or call (866) 758-7670 to speak with an admissions representative right away.

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