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

This 33 credit (minimum) 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

 

The 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. 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.

The 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 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.Ed. track comprises the “core course work”, the “development of professional skills”, and "extended field experiences" for a total of thirty-three (33) credits.  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.

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