Secondary Education

Master of Education

The Master of Education in Secondary Education Program offers students six specializations for secondary school teachers and one program with initial certification:

  • Biology
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Curriculum & Instruction
  • Middle Level
  • Teaching (provides initial certification in several areas; see information and video below)

These programs are designed to:

  • Increase awareness of the problems of education in their broad setting.
  • Expand the knowledge and understanding of curriculum development and the instructional process.
  • Augment professional awareness through research.
  • Enhance scholarly growth and personal competency in one's specialized area.

Each of our M.Ed. programs follow the Danielson framework:

  • Area I: Curriculum - designed to provide for scholarly growth in a respective discipline.
  • Area II: Educational Environment - designed to explore the fundamentals underlying the education process and relate them to current practice in schooling.
  • Area III: Instruction - designed to investigate the criteria for decision-making and the structure and organization of curriculum and instruction.
  • Area IV: Professionalism - designed to pursue an understanding of how knowledge is gained, how to verify knowledge, and how to judge its value.

Master of Education in Secondary Education 

The Master of Education Degree in Secondary Education Program consists of a minimum of 30 semester hours. An electronic portfolio is required prior to graduation. All courses are three semester hours, except the thesis (optional) or practice teaching fieldwork. Specializations include Biology, English, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Middle Level.

Curriculum & Instruction

The specialization in Curriculum & Instruction is designed for secondary school teachers in all academic disciplines and for other professionals concerned with the education of adolescents and/or adults. In addition to in-depth training in curriculum and instruction, this program offers graduate students the opportunity to pursue advanced study in a variety of academic disciplines. Graduate courses in this specialization are selected from four major areas.

There is a 100% online option for the Curriculum & Instruction Program

Master of Education in Secondary Education with Initial Teaching Certification

The specialization in Teaching is designed to accelerate teacher certification for students who have already demonstrated content mastery. A student can earn a Master's degree simultaneously with a teaching certification. The Master's in Education with a Concentration in Teaching provides initial certification in the following areas: Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Space Science, English, General Science, German, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies, and Spanish. Please view the video below for more information. 

Clearances 

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Student Learning Outcomes

  • Teacher Certification Programs

    All initial teacher certification programs use the ten InTASC standards (required by CAEP accreditation) as their Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs). The ten InTASC standards are organized in 4 domains (The Learner and Learning, Content Knowledge, Instructional Practice, and Professional Responsibility).

    1. Learner Development - The teacher candidate will understand how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.
    2. Learning Differences - The teacher candidate will be able to use understandings of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards.
    3. Learning Environments - The teacher candidate will be able to work with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
    4. Content Knowledge - The teacher candidate will be able to understand the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content.
    5. Application of Content - The teacher candidate will be able to understand how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.
    6. Assessment - The teacher candidate will be able to understand and use multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher candidate's and learner's decision making.
    7. Planning for Instruction - The teacher candidate will be able to plan instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context.
    8. Instructional Strategies - The teacher candidate will be able to understand and use a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.
    9. Professional Learning and Ethical Practice - The teacher candidate will be able to engage in ongoing professional learning and use evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.
    10. Leadership and Collaboration - The teacher candidate will be able to seek appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.
  • MED in Secondary Education Curriculum and Instruction Non-Certification
    1. Knowledge Development: The candidate will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how knowledge is gained, how to verify knowledge, and how to judge its value.
    2. Instruction: the candidate will be able to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of instructional strategies that enhance instruction.
    3. Education Environment: The candidate will be able to explore the fundamentals underlying the education process and related them to current practice in schooling.
    4. Diversity and Equity: The candidate will be able to display an awareness of diversity as it relates to classroom curriculum, management and assessment.
    5. Decision Making: The candidate will be able to investigate the criteria for decision making and the structure and organization of curriculum and instruction.
    6. Professional Learning: The candidate will be able to engage in ongoing professional learning and use evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapt practice to meet the needs of each learner.

How Can I Receive More Information?

If you would like more information on Secondary Education M.Ed. Programs, please request information via the Office of Graduate Admissions. For information on the M.Ed. in Secondary Education with Initial Certification, email gradteach@kutztown.edu. For all other Secondary Education M.Ed. programs, email coates@kutztown.edu

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