Secondary Education Certification

Secondary Education Certification Master of Arts Teaching (M.A.T.)

About Secondary Education

Enroll in a program known for over 160-years of top-quality teacher training.

Share your professional expertise through teaching or switch fields to embark on a new career. This graduate program at California University of Pennsylvania leads to Pennsylvania Level I teacher certification and a Secondary education graduate program.

Cal U's teaching programs are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition, Cal U education programs have been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Discover our comprehensive graduate degree.

  • Complete your master's degree with secondary education certification in one of nine subject areas within five semesters.
  • Master the latest pedagogical advances and best practices with degree courses specific to your discipline.
  • Graduate career-ready with a resume full of fieldwork and student teaching

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: SECONDARY EDUCATION

Flexible Schedule: A combination of online courses, on-site field experiences and a two-day, on-campus summer residency gives secondary education graduate students the flexibility to continue working while earning their degree.

Experiential Learning: Before beginning the full-time student teaching component of this program, master's students gain hours of fieldwork in local school districts. This helps them excel in student teaching and stand out in the secondary education job market.  

Top Accreditation: This graduate degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Cal U's education programs have also been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). See CAEP reporting measures of program impact and outcomes.

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9 
secondary education certifications to choose from.
15 
weeks of full-time student teaching in a real classroom.
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Program Benefits

The graduate program in secondary education will prepare you to be a passionate and effective teacher in middle and high schools. Degree courses will give you mastery of the latest practices and theories in education while deepening your subject-area expertise. You'll also gain extensive hands-on training through fieldwork and student teaching.

  • Study curriculum development techniques and how to use the Standards Aligned System (SAS).
  • Learn top strategies in classroom management.
  • Master classroom technology.
  • Explore ideas specific to your chosen discipline.
  • Gain real-world teaching experience.
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Graduate Outcomes

Cal U's superior reputation as a teaching university combined with a strong alumni network of practicing teachers and school administrators means our graduates secure top education jobs in school districts in Pennsylvania and across the country.

 
Secondary Education Teaching - Master's Degree
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On-campus Summer Residency

Each summer, Cal U secondary education graduate students meet on campus for an intensive two-day residency where students get face-to-face instruction, interact with their peers and teach sample lessons.

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Experienced Faculty

Learn best practices in education from experienced professors. All core secondary education faculty have doctorate degrees, and most have taught in public schools at the middle or high school level.

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Innovative and Applicable Courses

Our rigorous curriculum is constantly evolving in response to the latest trends and practices in secondary education. For example, you will explore new methods of integrating technology into learning experiences - including how to develop your own apps - in our popular technology in education classes.

Secondary Education Courses M.A.T. Program

The courses in this professional graduate degree program are delivered online and during a two-day, on-campus residency. Students are assigned to field experience placements during their first four semesters. The fifth semester is dedicated to student teaching. All students are required to have current school clearances to participate in field experience and sign up for courses.

Example Courses
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  • Classroom Management in 7-12 Ed
  • Introduction to Behavior Analysis
  • Standards-Based Instruction in 7-12 Ed.
  • Technology Integration in 7-12 Ed.
  • Instructional Strategies in 7-12 Ed.
Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements (Regular)  

  • Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.80 or higher (Students with a GPA below 2.80 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • International Graduate Applicants


Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements.  Those admitted conditionally based on missing document/s have up to a maximum of two semesters to satisfy these requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree with a GPA under 2.80 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Unofficial transcripts

Program Requirements

    • Depending on the area of certification chosen, the department will provide guidance if any foundation undergraduate courses need to be completed before applying for student teaching
  • Clearances:  Students are responsible for updating clearances annually through the Office of Field Experience.  In addition, clearances must be on file before applying for student teaching  - Acts 24, 34, 114, and 151

 

How to Apply:

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 (gradschool@calu.edu) or fax (724-938-5712)

 

For additional information:
Email: gradschool@calu.edu   
Phone: 724-938-4187

Out of State Students:
All students who will be seeking certification outside of Pennsylvania are responsible for securing and following the certification requirements in the state in which they intend to apply for certification.  

 

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Secondary Education Faculty

Dr. Keith Hepner
Professor

hepner@calu.edu

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Dr. Marcia Hoover
Professor; field coordinator, Department of Secondary Education and Administrative Leadership

hoover_m@calu.edu

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Dr. Connie Monroe
Professor and chair, Department of Secondary Education and Administrative Leadership

monroe@calu.edu

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Dr. Susan Morris-Rutledge
Associate Professor and ESL Program Coordinator

morrisrutledge@calu.edu

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Dr. Michael Perrotti
Coordinator of Graduate Secondary Ed Programs and Assistant Professor

perrotti@calu.edu

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Dr. Joseph Zisk
Professor; director, Teaching and Learning Center

zisk@calu.edu

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Please Note: All students who will be seeking licensure/certification outside of Pennsylvania should consult the State Authorization web page for more information.