12-Month Master's Degree in Secondary Education with Initial Certification at Kutztown University; Learn More at Oct. 28 Open House

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KUTZTOWN, Pa. – Kutztown University has accelerated its Master of Education in secondary education with initial certification to a 12-month program for graduate-level students (originally 15 months). The program is a hybrid, social justice-oriented teacher preparation program and is designed for individuals with undergraduate degrees interested in becoming teachers of diverse student populations in U.S. urban public schools.

The 36-credit program begins in summer of each academic year and can be completed in 12 months with winter and summer sessions. It is taught using a hybrid model including face-to-face, online and student teaching opportunities. Students' final semester includes a full-time placement in an urban secondary school within Reading or Allentown School Districts.

Students can earn a teaching certification in biology, general science, earth and space science, chemistry, physics, English, mathematics, social studies, Spanish or German.

The program is guided by and employs the Danielson Framework for Teaching. This framework includes:

  • Planning and Preparation: Demonstrating knowledge of content and 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 and showing professionalism.

Learn more by attending the upcoming virtual open house Wednesday, Oct. 28. Application deadline to apply for Summer 2021 is Nov. 15. Kutztown University values and respect all campus constituents, celebrates diversity and invites diverse applicants who are underrepresented in the field of education to apply, aligning with the university's commitment within its strategic plan and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (learn more).

More information can be found on the program website or by contacting Dr. Amber Pabon, program coordinator, at gradteach@kutztown.edu.