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Master of Arts Teaching

 Master of Arts Teaching: Secondary Education – Credits: 33-45 (program code: 0500)

  • Concentration: Art K-12 Certification (program code: 0521)
  • Concentration: Biology 7-12 Certification (program code: 0560)
  • Concentration: Chemistry 7-12 Certification (program code: 0590)
  • Concentration: Communications 7-12 Certification (program code: 0525)
  • Concentration: Earth Science 7-12 Certification (program code: 0563)
  • Concentration: English 7-12 Certification (program code: 0501)
  • Concentration: Spanish K-12 Certification (program code: 0540)
  • Concentration: Mathematics 7-12 Certification (program code: 0548)
  • Concentration: Physics 7-12 Certification (program code: 0530)
  • Concentration: Social Studies 7-12 Certification (program code: 0580)

Program Description

This program prepares individuals to apply for initial certification in the following areas: art K-12, biology 7-12, chemistry 7-12, communications 7-12, earth science 7-12, English 7-12, Spanish K-12, mathematics 7-12, physics 7-12 and social studies 7-12. It is designed for individuals with a background in each area or those individuals wishing to make a career change into secondary teaching. However, anyone can be admitted regardless of previous degree. This program is designed for practicing professionals who wish to become certified teachers in their chosen fields of study, such as a chemist becoming a chemistry teacher, or a history major becoming a social studies teacher. However, many of the students enrolled in the program are becoming certified in areas not related to their undergraduate work. In this program, you may apply for your Pennsylvania teacher certification at the completion of student teaching. During the program, you may apply for a Pennsylvania intern certificate if you have a school district willing to hire you full time. Contact the program coordinator for more information about the intern certification.

Delivery Mode

Online with two-day on-campus residency component

Field observations/experiences and student teaching are conducted in school settings.

Program Accreditation

Council for the Accreditation ofEducator Preparation(CAEP, formerly NCATE)

Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education


EDU 650 Supporting English Language Learners*
ESP 610 Special Education Foundations and Collaboration* 
ESP 613 Evidence-based Practices for Secondary Inclusion* 
ESP 701 Introduction to Behavior Analysis* 
MSE 641 Orientation to 7-12 
MSE 642 Standards-based Instruction in 7-12 Education 
MSE 643 Content Area Literacy in 7-12 Education 
MSE 644 Instructional Strategies in 7-12 Education 
MSE 645 Technology Integration in 7-12 Education 
MSE 646 Assessments and Interventions in 7-12 Education 
MSE 647 Classroom Management in 7-12 Education 
MSE 65X Methods of (Content) Teaching 

*Chapter 49 requirements mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Courses are allowed to be satisfied with previously taken undergraduate courses subject to approval of the program coordinator.

In addition to their courses, teacher candidates will need to do in-school field observations and a full semester of student teaching.


Students in the Master of Arts Teaching program receive academic and professional advisement from the program coordinator and program faculty. Each student is assigned to an academic adviser from the time he/she is accepted into the program of study. Advisers work with students to discuss, monitor and provide advisement as it relates to their program of study.

How to Apply

  • Complete the Graduate School Application online
  • Submit the non-refundable $25 Application Fee
  • Mail official transcript to:
    • School of Graduate Studies and Research
      California University of Pennsylvania
      Box 91, 250 University Ave.
      California, PA 15419
  • Submit unofficial transcripts and other documents by mail (using the address above, email (, or fax (724-938-5712)

Application Questions

Phone: 724-938-4187

For Additional Information

Phone: 724-938-4187

Program Coordinator

Michael Perrotti, Ph.D. (Marywood University), M.S.Ed. (Wilkes University), B.S.Ed. (Mansfield University)
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           Phone: 724-938-4487

Program Faculty

Keith Hepner, Ed.D. (University of Pittsburgh), M.Ed., B.S. (California University of Pennsylvania), Professor

Marcia Hoover, Ed.D. (West Virginia University), M.Ed., B.S. (California University of Pennsylvania), Associate Professor

Connie Monroe, Ph.D. (University of Dayton), M.A. (Regis University), Post baccalaureate Teaching Certification (University of Texas at San Antonio), B.A. (Case Western Reserve University), Associate Professor

Joseph Zisk, Ed.D (Temple University), M.S. (Drexel University), M.Ed., B.S. (California University of Pennsylvania), Professor

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