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The M.Ed. in Secondary Education: Teaching with Initial Certification is an online/in-person hybrid, social justice-oriented teacher preparation program with an emphasis on urban school contexts. The program is designed for those 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. Summer and winter courses are all online.
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.
A review of criminal background checks is a part of the process to complete student teaching and be certified to teach in Pennsylvania. Accepted students are required to submit these clearances within the first 30 days of the program. Failure to submit clearances will cause you to be unenrolled from your Summer Session 2 courses. If you are aware that an item may come up on criminal background checks, we advise you to reach out to the Secondary Education department or the College of Education Dean’s office to discuss this as soon as possible.
Please note that only current KU students can utilize the campus Human Resources office and Health & Wellness center for fingerprinting and TB testing.
A passing Praxis II Subject Assessment test score in the appropriate content area is required to start the program. This test measures the academic skills and subject-specific content knowledge needed for teaching.
You may still apply if you have not taken the test yet, but a passing score must be obtained prior to the start of your first semester in the program. Accepted students who do not obtain a passing score will be dismissed from the program.
Here are the current Subject Assessment tests and score requirements for each content area:
|Certification Area||Required Test(s)||Score(s)|
|Biology 7-12||Biology (5236)||154|
|Chemistry 7-12||Chemistry (5246)||146|
|Earth & Space Science 7-12||Earth & Space Sciences (5572)||154|
|English 7-12||English Language Arts (5038)||167|
|General Science 7-12||General Science (5436)||141|
|Mathematics 7-12||Mathematics (5165)||159|
|Physics 7-12||Physics (5266)||145|
|Social Studies 7-12||Social Studies (5081)||157|
Applications for the Summer 2024 cohort will be accepted soon. Please see details below. The 2024 cohort will begin taking classes in May 2024 and successful students will receive their Master’s degree in May 2025, with a teaching certificate granted by the Pennsylvania Department of Education shortly thereafter. Interested applicants should attend an open house, although this is not a requirement to apply. We strongly suggest applying for the November 13 or February 5 deadline.
First Round Applicants (Recommended)
Second Round Applicants
More details on upcoming open houses will be posted.
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