Secondary (Grades 7-12) Certification with M.Ed.

The Program in Urban Education leading to a Master of Education Degree with Secondary (Grades 7-12) Teaching Certification curriculum is 56 credits. The Education faculty uses various course formats to help you learn, including case studies, lecture/discussion, group projects and simulation exercises to ensure what you gain in one course will reinforce and build on what you learn in others.

Students with any bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university are eligible for entry into the program. The following undergraduate credit hours are required for acceptance: Composition (3 credits), American or British Literature (3 credits), Mathematics (6 credits), and Content Evaluation or Praxis II. Also, the Praxis I - Reading, Praxis I - Writing, Praxis I - Mathematics, and Content Knowledge Praxis II must be passed prior to acceptance.

Curriculum Overview (56 Credits)

Note: Up to 6 graduate credits earned at another institution may be accepted for the Alvernia equivalent below at the discretion of the department.

Secondary Education Teaching Certification (Grades 7-12):
MED 501 Standards-based Planning & Instruction* - 3 credits
MED 503 Adolescent Development & Secondary Schools Today - 3 credits
MED 505 Introduction to Special Needs Students* - 3 credits
MED 515 Differentiated Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms - 3 credits
MED 522 Practicum I (30 hours) - 1 credit
MED 523 Practicum II (30 hours) - 1 credit
MED 540 Assessment & Evaluation in Today’s Schools - 3 credits
MED 545 Social Development & Behavior Support in Inclusive Classrooms - 3 credits
MED 548 Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners - 3 credits
MED 615 Literacy Learning in the Content Areas - 3 credits
MED 665 Teaching Strategies for Secondary Educators - 3 credits
MED 668 Pre-Student Teaching Practicum (70 hours) - 1 credit
MED 670 Student Teaching - 6 credits
MED 672 Student Teaching Seminar: Professional & Legal Topics for Today’s Teachers - 2 credits

*This class is to be taken prior to those listed below it.

Additional Requirements for Master of Education
COR 520 Ethics & Moral Leadership - 3 credits
MED 518 Quantitative Research Methods - 3 credits
MED 520 Educators as Researchers (Pre-requisite: MED 518) - 3 credits
MED 610 School Law & Social Advocacy - 3 credits
MED 680 Research Seminar (Pre-requisite: MED 520) - 3 credits
MED XXX Elective - 3 credits

Contact Admissions:


Upcoming Information Sessions

Academic Advisor

Sister Margaret Anne Dougherty, RSM, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Graduate Programs in Education



Admissions Staff

Kelly Burr, M.Ed
Coordinator of Graduate Admissions & Student Services
School of Graduate and Adult Education

   540 Upland Avenue
   Reading, PA 19611
   Phone: 610-796-8296
   Fax: 610-796-8367

Cynthia Mensch
Director, Alvernia University
Schuylkill Center

   1544 Route 61 Hwy S. Suite 6190
   Pottsville, PA 17901

Dana Baker
Director of Philadelphia Center
School of Graduate and Adult Education

   1355 West Cheltenham Avenue
   Melrose Park, PA 19027

secondary (grades 7-12) certification with m.ed.

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