Preparing educators with the tools to teach diverse classrooms.
The M.Ed. in Secondary Education: Teaching with Initial Certification is a hybrid, social justice-oriented teacher preparation program with an emphasis on urban school contexts. The program is designed for individuals with undergraduate degrees interested in becoming teachers in U.S. public schools.
Teacher candidates progress through the program as a cohort of learners and teachers. This one-year, 36-credit program begins in the summer semester and ends in the spring. Coursework is completed over five semesters, including the winter semester. 15 credits are completed online, 15 in-person, and 6 through in-person clinical experience.
Teacher candidates can earn initial teaching certification for grades 7-12 in the following content areas:
The program is guided by and employs the Danielson Framework for Teaching:
Clinical experience takes place in the final spring semester of the program. Our teacher candidates will be assigned full-time placement in an urban secondary school within the Reading or Allentown school districts.
Admission to the program requires candidates to demonstrate competency in their content area. We have provided worksheets below to detail the expectations of each content area. Applicants can use these forms to get a sense of where they stand and may attach a completed form with their application (optional). Faculty will evaluate applications to determine an admissions decision based on the criteria in the worksheets, in addition to other admissions requirements. It is possible that a candidate may be admitted conditionally pending the completion of additional courses.
Applications are closed for the Summer 2022 cohort. Information for applying to the Summer 2023 cohort is forthcoming.
Please review our FAQ page here. If you would like more information, please send inquiries to the department at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions regarding the application, please contact the Graduate Admissions office at email@example.com. Questions regarding costs and tuition should be directed to the Office of Student Accounts at firstname.lastname@example.org.