M.Ed. Secondary Education & Pennsylvania State 7-12 Certification (M.A. and Dual Special Education 7-12 certification options available)

M.Ed. Secondary Education & Pennsylvania State 7-12 Certification
M.Ed. Secondary Education & Pennsylvania State 7-12 Certification

These programs are designed for the college graduate who, as an undergraduate, specialized in a field other than education and who is capable of beginning his or her study of professional practice at an advanced level.

Pennsylvania certification is widely accepted nationwide under reciprocity agreements with many other states. We are accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer secondary teacher certification. The focus of our program is the development of the teacher candidate’s understanding of the aims and curricula of secondary schools, the purposes and methods employed in teaching all learners (including those with special needs and ELL), basic principles of research and testing, and the techniques of gathering and analyzing educational data.

The teacher candidate completes a specified program, bears major responsibility for a teaching experience in a supervised practicum, and participates in methodology seminars, being supervised throughout by Lehigh University faculty members.

Our 33 credit M.Ed. program of study prepares students for Pennsylvania Level I certification as secondary content-area teachers in one of the subject areas below and leads to eligibility for a master’s degree in secondary education:

Biology 7-12

English 7-12

Physics 7-12

Chemistry 7-12

General Science 7-12

Social Studies 7-12

Earth and Space Science 7-12

Mathematics 7-12

 

Master of Education and Pennsylvania State 7-12 General Education Certification: Our program leading to the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree and general education 7-12 certification can be completed in 33 credits (minimum). Dual certification in general education 7-12 and Special Education 7-12 is an option for 15 additional credits (45 credits total, with 3 of these credits applied toward the elective). The M.Ed. track comprises the “core course work”, the “development of professional skills”, and "extended field experiences" for a total of thirty-three (33) credits. 

Master of Arts and Pennsylvania State 7-12 General Education Certification: Our program leading to the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree and general education 7-12 certification can be completed in 42 credits (minimum).  Dual certification in general education 7-12 and Special Education 7-12 is an option for 15 additional credits (57 credits total, with 3 of these credits applied toward the elective).  The M.A. track adds a block of twelve (12) credits of advanced work in a teaching specialty (content area knowledge). For example, a science teacher may select course work from the natural and physical sciences. Other areas of emphasis include English, history, mathematics.

Curriculum
COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CREDITS
Program of Study for General Education 7-12 Certification Only (33 credits)
Core Coursework (15 credits)
SPED 332  Education and Inclusion of Individuals with Special Needs   3
TLT 404  Diversity, Families, and School Collaborations in K-12 3
TLT 405   Principles and Applications of K-12 Assessment 3
TLT 407  Instructional Design for K-12 Classrooms 3
TLT 409 K-12 Classroom Environment and Management  3
Development of Professional Skills (12 credits)
Content-area teaching methods course with the approval of your adviser (one of the following):
TLT 431   Social Studies in Middle Level and High School Education  3
TLT 434 English in Middle Level and High School Education 3
TLT 436   Science in Middle Level and High School Education 3
TLT 438 Mathematics in Middle Level and High School Education 3
Plus:      
TLT 432 Reading and Critical Thinking in Middle Level and High School Education 3
SPED 465 Advanced Inclusionary Practices in K-12 3
TLT XXX  Elective (with advisor approval)  3
  Extended Field Experiences 6
TLT 440  Pre-professional Seminar 3
TLT 444  General Education Student Teaching and Seminar  3
Extended Field Experiences:
TLT 440 Pre-professional Seminar 3
  General Education Student Teaching and Seminar 3
Content Area Knowledge (12 credits) (M.A. Only)
 

Twleve credits are required for M.A. degree and these courses must be taken from Lehigh departments outside

of the College of Education at the 200 level and above

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In order to be eligible for secondary certification, by the time a student finishes the program he or she must have demonstrated competence in the subject matter area of that certification. Each student upon admission meets with the content-area specialist in the field in which that student seeks secondary certification. The content-area specialist, who is a faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences, reviews the student’s transcripts and compares that student’s coursework with the content-area guide sheet approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). Following this audit, the content-area specialist will identify what additional coursework in the content-area is needed, if any. The student is responsible for completing this coursework prior to applying for secondary certification.

Additional Dual Certification in Special Education and General Education 7-12 (Dual Certification)
COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CREDITS
SPED 418  Alternative Curricular Approaches 3
SPED 421 Academic Interventions: Secondary Level  3
SPED 423  Transition to Post-school Life 3
SPED 432 Positive Behavior Support 3
SPED 452 Assessment in Special Education 3
Extended Field Experience (3 credits)  
Dual certification in General Education 7-12 and Special Education 7-12 will require the following to replace TLT 444:  
TLT 442 General Education and Special Education Student Teaching and Seminar 3

 

Pennsylvania Department of Education Requirements for Teacher Certification

It is important for individuals considering teaching as a career to be aware of the fairly rigorous academic, health, and personal character requirements for teacher certification that are required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for teacher candidates statewide: 

Curriculum can be found in the course catalog.

Application Requirements & Deadlines