Secondary or K-12 Teaching Certification

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  • Program Overview

    Students pursuing the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction can also seek preparation as a Secondary or K-12 certified teacher in the content areas of Biology, English, History/Social Studies or Mathematics.

    This program is designed for the professional who holds a Bachelor’s degree and who seeks to obtain Pennsylvania Instructional I Teaching Certification in order to teach at the secondary level. This program is designed to allow students to accomplish this while pursuing a master’s degree. Courses, except those that have a field experience component, are conveniently offered evenings or online to accommodate work and family schedules. Gannon University provides students with the tools to engage in leadership activities, instructional innovation and ongoing assessment.

    Students in the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction are required to complete a portfolio. The portfolio enables students through action research to develop projects that will impact their classroom, school and/or school district. As a result of these projects, students have made significant changes in schools and have emerged as leaders in their respective districts.

    Students seeking teaching certification are also required to complete a professional portfolio. The portfolio is intended to demonstrate and document the professional educator’s knowledge, skills, abilities, performances and professionalism. At the university level, portfolios must demonstrate the degree to which the teacher candidate has attained the outcomes designated by the School of Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Equally important, the professional portfolio is a tool for the interviewing process.

    Teacher candidates are required to complete 180 hours of field experiences and 14 weeks of student teaching. In some instances, student teaching can be conveniently arranged in a school district close to the candidate's residence. Students are encouraged to talk to their advisor early in the program so that they can take the proper course sequence and meet all certification and program requirements.

    Program Options

    • Secondary Teacher Certification