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. The application deadline to the program is March 1st. Later applications may be accepted as program capacity allows. International students may be permitted to complete this program without certification if they have satisfied the teaching standards in their respective countries. Students in the program will pursue a Master of Science degree. The Master of Science degree requires 36 credits in course work. The program prepares grades 7-12 teachers who are planning to teach in various grades 7-12 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 who are pursuing a Master’s degree must complete the research and foundation course requirements and pass a capstone experience/ comprehensive examination. Students must pass the requisite Praxis II test(s), which are mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, prior to student-teaching.
International students may be permitted to complete this program, however, upon graduation, they will not be eligible for certification in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania due to state regulations. International students accepted into this program will be accepted on probation. They must take nine (9) graduate credit hours and achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.00 at the conclusion of these nine hours.
Below is the program of study for the Secondary Education Program:
All students who are pursuing a Master’s degree must complete the research and foundation course requirements and pass a capstone experience/ comprehensive examination. Eighty hours of field experience are required for the program.