Choosing to pursue a degree can be a tough decision that requires a lot of research and information. Our admission representatives and other staff members are ready to answer your questions about the program and what it’s like to be an online student at Saint Joseph’s University. We have compiled answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we hear about the online MS in Secondary Education. For other questions, please contact us at (215) 473-2695.
Are there any scholarships available?
Through a partnership with the National Science Foundation, Saint Joseph’s University students in the Math or Science certification subjects of the Secondary Education Master’s and OATCERT Programs may be eligible to apply through the Philadelphia Regional Noyce Partnership (PRNP) for a $15,000 scholarship. Find out more here.
Is a teaching or education background necessary to apply?
While you do not need a background in either of these areas to apply, this program is designed for candidates who have an undergraduate degree in the disciplines of English, Math, Science, or Citizenship. Students wishing to enroll in these programs who do not have 30 credits in the appropriate undergraduate coursework will be required to take pre-requisite or co-requisite course work.
When can I apply?
Applications for the master’s in secondary education program are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year. Request information below or contact a Program Manager at (215) 473-2695 for enrollment information.
How many sessions a year do you offer?
The program offers three sessions per year. Each session is 16 weeks in duration. You can start the program at one of three times per year: January, May, and August.
How many total credits are required?
The full master’s program requires 36 credits. Earning certification only requires 30 credits.
How many courses do I take per academic term?
Most adult students who work full-time take two courses course per 16-week session.
Is coursework completely online?
Yes, except for the required field experiences and one semester of student teaching, which you can do at your current teaching position, or, if you are not currently teaching, you can arrange at your choice of a public, private, or international institution.
What kind of certification can I get with this program?
You can earn the Online Accelerated Teacher Certification (OATCERT) in English, Math, Science or Citizenship, which is certified in the State of Pennsylvania and is recognized in most states.
Where can I learn more about what’s going on in the field of secondary education?
The Resources page offers articles about industry trends and innovation to keep you up to date.
For additional information or answers to more questions about the MS in Secondary Education, please call (215) 473-2695.