(currently not open to new applicants)
This program meets the needs of two groups of students with four-year baccalaureate degrees: 1) those new to the field of teaching seeking an Instructional I Certificate in Elementary Education and 2) experienced teachers seeking the Instructional II Certificate. Both options lead to the M.Ed. in Elementary Education.
Option 1: M.Ed./Initial (Instructional I) Teacher Certification in Elementary Education—This cohort program begins with one year of part-time study. In the fall and spring of year two, students are enrolled full time in field-based courses that combine traditional instruction in methods courses with faculty-supervised opportunities to teach children in elementary school (kindergarten through sixth grade). Upon successful completion of the program, candidates are recommended for initial teacher certification in Elementary Education in Pennsylvania. With an additional 9 credits and a total program of 45 credits, students earn the M.Ed. in Elementary Education.
Option 2: M.Ed./Second (Instructional II) Certification in Elementary Education—is for practicing teachers certified in elementary or another field. The 27 credits for certification are offered to a cohort of students in three consecutive summers of 9 credits each. Students pursue the remaining 9 credits required for the M.Ed. on an individual basis, but within five years of their start date. Total program is 36 credits.
For postbaccalaureate students seeking an Instructional I Certificate and the master’s degree.
Students follow school calendar and all IUP/PDE requirements for certification
Students complete the following 9 semester hours within five years of their enrollment date to complete the M.Ed. in Elementary Education.
Note: Pennsylvania Department of Education requires initial certification students to have two mathematics content courses and two English courses (one in writing/composition, one in literature) prior to applying for an Instructional I. Option 1 students may use their 6 credits of graduate-level electives to meet this requirement.
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