Master of Arts Teaching: Curriculum
The secondary education Master of Arts Initial Certification Track is designed for practicing professionals who wish to become certified teachers in their chosen field of study, for instance, a chemist becoming a chemistry teacher, or a history major becoming a social studies teacher. However, many students enrolled in the program are becoming certified in areas not related to their undergraduate work, such as an accountant becoming an English teacher.
There are two components to this program, the certification component and the master's degree component. In this program, you may apply for your Pennsylvania teacher certification at the completion of student teaching. If you only wish to become certified in one of the subject areas listed below, you will follow the same program, but you will not take the last two graduate courses.
If you do plan on earning the Master of Arts teaching degree, you will need to complete Methods of Action Research in Education and Thesis in Secondary Education, which you can take after you have become employed as a teacher.
Total number of credits: 48 graduate credits for master's degree. The number of undergraduate required courses varies by area of desired certification. Students may be credited with undergraduate courses completed in their certification area.
Get a description of each of Cal U's Master of Arts Teaching courses from our Course Catalog.
Below is a recommended framework of courses to earn your certification.