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. A minimum of 12 credits of PSED regular courses (not workshops) must be taken.
National accreditation(s) of the program:
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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 as officers in the State Department of Education.
Program of Study
Within the framework of course flexibility and needs assessment, the individual will take experiences from the following:
- Area of Concentration — 12 semester hours
- Professional Education — 9 or 15 semester hours
- Required Courses — 9 semester hours;
- PSED 516 The Learner and the Learning Process,
- SPED 551 Inclusionary Practices, and
- ELED 570 Introduction to Research.
- Total required is 31 or 36 semester hours, depending on the option selected.
The areas of concentration available at East Stroudsburg University currently include any academic area, administration, affective education, curriculum, middle school, reading, health, special education, and other areas by arrangement. Teachers interested in securing a master's degree and/or certification as a principal will find this program especially attractive.
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 6 graduate credits from an accredited institution in any area not offered at the university 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.
The extended study option requires 36 graduate credits and successful completion of a comprehensive assessment portfolio. 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.
Those 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. Candidates are required to present three copies of their Problem for an oral review. Candidates must also successfully pass a written comprehensive examination.