General Science Education

Coordinator

  • Peter Appelbaum, Ed. D., Director of Disciplinary and Transdisciplinary Studies
  • Erica Davila, Ph.D., Director of Middle and Secondary Certification Programs

Master’s Degree and Teacher Certification

About the Secondary Education Master’s Degree Program

This program is designed to allow students seeking certification in secondary areas to attain a master’s degree concurrently. The degree is not required for certification, and individual requirements for certification may vary based on academic experience. The program must be planned with an adviser to ensure that degree and/or certification requirements are satisfied.

Master of Education Degree Requirements (M.Ed.) General Science Education

Secondary Education Concentration

(a minimum of 30 credits)

1. Foundation Courses (6–9 credits) chosen with the adviser from the following:

  • ED 503 General Foundations of Education in the United States

One additional foundation chosen from ED 501–510

2. Concentration Courses (15–18 credits) chosen with the adviser from the following:

  • ED 512 Differentiated Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms
  • ED 514 Assessment in the Classroom
  • ED 517 Human Development: The School Years, K–12
  • ED 523 The Teacher and the Classroom, Secondary
  • ED 580 Introduction to Inclusive Education
  • ED 553 Issues in Science for Secondary Teachers
  • ED 607 Strategic Instruction for Adolescent Readers and Writers 7-12
  • ED 565 Introduction to Instructional Technology

3. Electives (3–9 credits) chosen with the adviser

4. Culminating Activity. (3 credits)

  • ED 596 Curriculum Development Project. Designed in consultation with academic adviser when completing Degree Candidacy.

Please Note: All students completing a graduate Education degree are required to complete a Degree Candidacy Form with their academic adviser after completing 15 Arcadia graduate credits. Degree Candidacy is the academic program plan required for the degree and must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies.

All graduate forms can be found on the graduate forms page at www.arcadia.edu/gsforms.

Teacher Certification General Science 7–12

  • ED 503 General Foundations of Education in the United States
  • ED 512 Differentiated Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms
  • ED 523 The Teacher and the Classroom, Secondary
  • ED 553 Issues in Science for Secondary Teachers
  • ED 565 Introduction to Instructional Technology
  • ED 580 Introduction to Inclusive Education
  • ED 606 Strategic Instruction for Emergent and Content Area Literacy
  • ED 622 ESL: Multicultural and Multilingual Literacies
  • ED 471 Graduate Student Teaching Practicum: Secondary 7–12 (6 credits; credits not applicable to master’s degree) OR ED 583B Fieldwork (for students holding a valid Pennsylvania Instructional I or II certificate) (3 credits; credits not applicable to master’s degree)

Additional Certification Requirements

1. Successful completion of all subject area coursework required to meet the general and specific certification standards of the Pennsylvania Department of Education. This will be determined by the coordinator.

2. A grade of “B” or better in the Graduate Student Teaching Practicum.

3. Completion of all Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) is required prior to enrolling for the Student Teaching Practicum.

4. Proficiency in the skills of teaching as demonstrated through program fieldwork.



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