Advanced Studies in Secondary Education and Teacher Leadership

Advanced Studies in Secondary Education and Teacher Leadership Online Masters of Education (M.Ed.), Online Teaching Endorsement Option

About Advanced Studies in Secondary Education and Teacher Leadership

Earn your master's degree online while continuing to teach full time.

California University of Pennsylvania's 100% online master's degree in advanced studies in secondary education and teacher leadership is a fully accredited program designed for highly motivated full-time teachers in either middle or high school.

 Ranked among the top universities in Pennsylvania for teacher education, Cal U offers courses and activities that let you use data from you own teaching practice as you reflect on your work and the work of your students to develop a deeper understanding of student learning.

Deepen your understanding to expand your teaching.

As a graduate of this master's degree program, you will gain applicable insights into:

  • Instructional strategies, action research and instructional technology.
  • Differentiated instruction, classroom management and assessment strategies.
  • Teacher leadership, curriculum design and reflective practices.

Program Highlights: Secondary Education and Teacher Leadership

Fully Online: Earn a high-quality master's degree in secondary education from the comfort of your home. Asynchronous online classes enable you to complete your coursework at any time during the week and from anywhere.

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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Best Online 
Cal U's education programs have been consistently rank in the "Best Online Programs" by U.S. News & World Report.
165 Years 
For more than 165 years, Cal U has been dedicated to world-class teacher education. 
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Degree Benefits

As an online M.Ed. student at Cal U, you will benefit from:

  • Meaningful and practical courses that will help you in the classroom.
  • Collaboration and communication with teachers nationwide who enter the program and complete courses together as a group (cohort).
  • Informed and practiced faculty members who bring decades of experience and research to each course assuring that classes include best practices in the classroom.
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Graduate Outcomes

 

At the completion of this program, you will be ready for your level 2 professional certificate. Also, you will have a "jump start" if you decide to apply for National Board of Professional Teaching Standards teaching certification. In addition to classroom teaching, secondary education graduates can expand their career opportunities by completing the field experience and adding and the Pennsylvania Online Teaching Endorsement to their certificate. This program attracts teachers in Pennsylvania and across the United States.

Secondary Education and Teacher Leadership Online Master's Degree
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Exceptional Faculty

Cal U's distinguished M.Ed. faculty is committed to improving teaching and human development in a diverse, rapidly changing and increasingly technological society. They are among the best scholars and practitioners in the secondary education field, cumulatively contributing to hundreds of scholarly books, magazines and journals. They are often acknowledged for their in-depth knowledge, teaching excellence and accessibility to students.

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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 and teacher leadership. From constructivist instructional strategies to online technologies in education and more, you'll learn to incorporate best practices and innovative teaching methods into your curriculum.

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Fieldwork

In this M.Ed. program you will apply knowledge that promotes the success of every student through an educational leadership field experience that has school-based field experiences and other reflective application projects in your own classroom. You can also complete the optional online teaching field experience to be able to add the Online Teaching endorsement.  

Secondary Education and Teacher Leadership Online Master's Degree Courses

As a master's degree student, you'll be expected to complete your degree requirements in five semesters - two courses each semester, including summer sessions. Classes will use participation in online activities, including small group projects, case studies, papers, exams, discussion and debate, as the basis for earning credits. All coursework can be used to complete continuing education requirements under

Curriculum

 

Course Credits
ADP 664 Field Project/Leadership 3
ADP 673 Field Project/Research & Evaluation 3
MSE 720 Advanced Standards-Aligned Instruction 7-12  3
MSE 740 Advanced Instructional Technology 3
MSE 745 Advanced Classroom Management 3
MSE 750 Online Technologies in Education 3
MSE 755 Constructivist Instructional Strategies 3
MSE 761 Assessment 3
MSE 766 Instructional Design and Assessment 3
MSE 771 Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms in 7-12 3
Total 30
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
  • Copy of teaching certification
  • International Global Online 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
    • Copy of teaching certification

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: calugo@calu.edu  
Phone: 1.866.595.6348

 

Education and Teacher Leadership - Master's Degrees

Master's

Advanced Studies in 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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