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 program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer an Online Teaching endorsement. 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).

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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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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

Example Courses
  • Strategies For Inclusive Classrooms
  • Advanced Instructional Technology
  • Advanced Standards - Aligned Instruction
  • Constructivist Instructional Strategies
  • Field Project - Research And Evaluation
  • Online Technologies In Education
  • Field Project - Leadership
  • Advanced Classroom Management
  • Instructional Design And Assessment


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Advanced Studies in Secondary Education Faculty

Dr. Keith Hepner

Dr. Marcia Hoover
Associate Professor

Dr. Connie Monroe
Department Chair

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

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

Dr. Joseph Zisk