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  Dec 13, 2017
 
 
    
2015-2016 Graduate Studies Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accelerated M.S. Degree Programs in Education


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Accelerated Program in Special Education2

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.

Provisional admission to the program is contingent upon successful satisfaction of the following requirements:

  • completion of 60 credit hours of undergraduate work;
  • cumulative GPA of 3.20;
  • passed teacher-candidacy; and
  • good record of professional dispositions and behaviors.

An accelerated student may register for a maximum of 12 hours of graduate work while still classified as an undergraduate student.  Generally, an accelerated undergraduate student may register for three or six graduate credit hours per semester.  An accelerated student is limited to a maximum of 15 credit hours during any semester that he/she is registered for a graduate level course.  Exception to the 15 credit hours limit should be approved by the Dean of the college.  Undergraduate students enrolled in an accelerated program are not permitted to be enrolled in graduate courses during their student teaching.

In order to maintain the enrollment in an accelerated graduate program, an undergraduate student must:

  • maintain a 3.00 cumulative undergraduate GPA;
  • maintain a 3.00 in “Education” courses and “Teaching Area” courses;
  • maintain a 3.00 cumulative graduate GPA;
  • maintain a good record of professional dispositions and behaviors; and
  • pass all Praxis Series or PECT test(s) required for the initial certificate prior to taking graduate work in their 5th year.

Failure to meet these performance standards will negate the provisional acceptance into the accelerated program.  To ensure timely completion of the program, students are encouraged to adhere to the program of study offered by the Education Department.  The completion of the graduate course work may require summer and intersession course and field work.

 

Accelerated MS in Secondary Education

A student pursing a non-education undergraduate major that could lead to PDE certification may apply for admission to the Accelerated M.S. in Secondary Education program.  The student should review specific graduate admissions criteria and contact his/her advisor to receive a list of undergraduate courses required for PDE certification.  The student should make application to the Accelerated M.S. program during the spring semester of their junior year.  The application deadline to the program is March 1st.  Later applications may be accepted as program capacity allows. 

Provisional admission to the program is contingent upon successful satisfaction of the following requirements by a date established by the Education Department:

  • cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.20; and
  • good record of professional behaviors.

A non-education major accepted into the Accelerated M.S. program will take two graduate courses (six graduate credits) during the senior year.  The six graduate credits taken as an undergraduate will contribute toward both the B.A. or B.S. and M.S. degrees.  The student will need to have Act 24, Act 34, Act 151, the FBI fingerprint clearances, and a valid TB test results prior to enrollment in graduate courses that have a field component. 

In order to maintain the enrollment in an accelerated graduate program, an undergraduate student must:

  • maintain a 3.00 cumulative undergraduate GPA;
  • maintain a 3.00 cumulative graduate GPA;
  • maintain a good record of professional dispositions and behaviors; and
  • pass all Praxis Series or PECT test(s) before beginning the graduate student teaching.

To be eligible to receive the M.S. degree, a non-education undergraduate major accepted into the Accelerated M.S. program must meet undergraduate requirements for initial certification; complete with a grade of C or above minimum 6 credits of English (3 credits Composition and 3 credits Literature) and minimum 6 credits of Math.  Students should consult with their undergraduate advisor, as well as with the Director of Graduate Programs for Education to chart out a program completion plan.

2Current students will need to consult with their undergraduate advisor, graduate program director and receive approval of the Dean of the college to be admitted to an accelerated program.

On Campus Students Enrolling in Scranton Education Online Courses

The following guidelines apply to students who are enrolled in campus-based graduate programs and are seeking to enroll in courses offered through Scranton Education Online.

These guidelines are used only in academic circumstances determined to be exceptional by the faculty mentor.

  • The student must have a minimum GPA of 3.50;
  • The student must have prior written approval of their faculty mentor, the Graduate Program Director, and the Department Chair;
  • Graduate Assistants may enroll in SEOL courses only during Summer A and Summer B semesters;
  • The student may be enrolled in a maximum of 3 on-line credit hours per semester, and no more than 6 on-line credit hours during the length of the program of studies.

International students are responsible for assuring that they are in compliance with their student visa.

 

 

 

 

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