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This master's degree is designed for secondary (junior, middle, senior high) school teachers who wish to further develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for growth in teaching effectiveness, and for teachers seeking Pennsylvania elementary and/or secondary principal certificates, or New Jersey principal or supervisory certificates.

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The Department of Professional and Secondary Education is composed of faculty members who have had a wide range of experiences that enrich the program. Faculty members have served as elementary and secondary schoolteachers, supervisors, guidance counselors, elementary and secondary school principals, superintendents of schools, and central office administrators.

Program of Study

The M.Ed. program has been designed to meet the varied needs and goals of educators. All M.Ed. candidates take the same 7 required courses (21 credits) that serve as a foundation. Candidates then choose one of three tracks in which to take the remaining 5 courses (15 credits).

  • Required Courses — 21credits
    • PSED 510 Teacher, School and the Community
    • PSED 516 The Learner and the Learning Process
    • PSED 554 Foundations of Curriculum Construction
    • PSED 515 Educational Data
    • PSED 584 Middle and High School Curriculum or ELED 592 Elementary School Curriculum
    • PSED 588 School Law
    • PSED 590 Supervision of Instruction
  • Track 1, a concentration in Professional Education, allows the teacher to create an individual plan of 5 courses that are focused in one area.
  • Track 2, a concentration in Educational Leadership, prepares the candidate for Principal Certification.
  • Track 3, a concentration in Advanced Pedagogy, prepares the candidate for National Board Certification.
  • Total required is 36 credit hours.

In Track 1, candidates who elect to write an Independent Research Problem will enroll for 30 graduate credits of course work and 1 graduate credit for their Problem upon approval of adviser.  Candidates are required to present three copies of their Problem for an oral review.  Candidates must also successfully pass a written comprehensive examination.

Students may acquire a general area of concentration by planning the program with an adviser and including courses suited to the needs and interests of the candidate. It is also possible to arrange for the transfer of six graduate credits from an accredited institution with pre-approval from the Graduate Program Coordinator. Affective Education Workshop courses can be taken as a concentration in the Master of Education program (12 credits); if not taken as a concentration, the maximum allowed is six credits of such workshop courses as they relate to your program. Pre-approval is necessary.

Successful completion of a comprehensive assessment portfolio and oral review are required. Candidates with a quality grade point average of 3.0 to 3.25 are required to take and pass a written comprehensive exam in addition to the portfolio.