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Secondary Education, M.Ed.: Teaching with Initial Certification

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. The program is designed for individuals with undergraduate degrees, interested in becoming teachers of diverse student populations in U.S. urban public schools. The program is guided by and employs the Danielson Framework for Teaching. This framework includes:

  • Planning & Preparation- Demonstrating knowledge of content & pedagogy
  • Classroom Environment – Demonstrating knowledge of students
  • Instruction – Designing curriculum and planning instruction
  • Professional Responsibilities – Reflection on teaching, maintaining records, communicating with families, participating in professional communities, growing & showing professionalism
Program Snapshot

Earn Initial Teaching Certification

  • Subject areas of certification grades 7-12:
    • Sciences: General Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth & Space Science
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Social Studies
  • Subject areas of certification grades PK-12:
    • Spanish
    • German

Cohort Model

  • Begins in the Summer of each academic year
  • Progress through the program as one group

Instructional Design

  • 36 total credits
    • 5 semester (12 months including winter & summer semesters)
  • Hybrid Model 
    • Face-to-Face: 15 credit hours
    • Online: 15 credit hours
    • Student Teaching: 6 credit hours

Student Teaching

Final semester in full-time placement in an urban secondary school within Reading or Allentown School Districts.

Find the program timeline and course descriptions here.

Admissions Requirements & Deadlines

  • Requirements:
    • Apply online: apply here
    • Official transcripts for all previous colleges or universities
    • Clearances
    • Demonstrate evidence of content-area knowledge:
      • undergraduate/graduate content area courses
      • passing Praxis II score
      • professional work experience
    • Participate in a Zoom interview after applying
    • Attend a virtual open house and orientation

  • Deadlines:

    More information about application deadlines for the upcoming cohort are forthcoming.

Upcoming Open House Dates

Details about upcoming open houses will be added as they are scheduled.

How Can I Receive More Information?

If you would like more information on the M.Ed. in Secondary Education with Initial Certification program, please email program coordinator Dr. Amber Pabon at gradteach@kutztown.edu. For questions regarding the application or the sending of clearances, please contact Ms. Kelly Hish in Graduate Admissions at khish@kutztown.edu. Questions regarding cost and tuition should be directed to the Office of Student Accounts at studentaccounts@kutztown.edu

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