Master of Arts Teaching

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 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: 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, 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 of Educator Preparation (CAEP, formerly NCATE)

Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education

Admission Criteria



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.

Program Website

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)

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 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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