Master's (M.Ed. or M.A.) Secondary Education & PA 7-12 Certification

M.Ed. or M.A. Secondary Education & Pennsylvania 7-12 Certification
M.Ed. or M.A. Secondary Education & Pennsylvania 7-12 Certification

The Secondary Education program is 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. We are accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer 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 (minimum) Secondary Education program prepares students for a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree and Pennsylvania Level I certification as secondary content-area teachers in the subject areas below:

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

 

Curriculum
COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CREDITS
Program of Study for M.Ed. and 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 credits)
TLT 440 Pre-professional Seminar 3
TLT 444 General Education Student Teaching and Seminar 3
     
Additional Course Work Required for M.A.: Content Area Knowledge (12 credits); 3 of these credits may be applied to Elective with advisor approval
 

Twleve content area 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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Additional Course Work to Add Dual Certification in Special Education 7-12 (15 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    

M.Ed. in Secondary and 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 above).

M.A. in Secondary Education and dual certification in General Education 7-12 and Special Education 7-12 is an option for 15 additional credits (57 credits total minimum).

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.

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