Advanced Studies in Secondary Education

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Master of Education: Advanced Studies in Secondary Education and Teacher Leadership - Credits: 30 (program code: 0972)

Program Description

Advanced studies in secondary education and teacher leadership is a graduate program for middle and high school teachers. The 30-credit Master of Education degree program is aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) and the national board certification process. In less than two years, students can earn a master's degree while becoming well informed about the national board certification process. The courses and activities use data from teachers' own practices to reflect on their work and the work of their students to develop a deeper understanding of student learning. At the completion of this program, graduates will have a "jump start" if they decide to apply for national board teaching certification.

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100 percent online delivery)


Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP, formerly NCATE).  Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education

Admission Criteria

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Students in the Master of Education: Advanced Studies in Secondary Education and Teacher Leadership 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

Program Website

For Additional Information

Phone: 866-595-6348

Program Coordinator

Michael Perrotti, Ph.D. (Marywood University), M.S.Ed. (Wilkes University), B.S.Ed. (Mansfield University)

Web Page:
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 Certificate (University of Texas at San Antonio), B.A. (Case Western Reserve University), Associate Professor

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

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