Saint Joseph's University

MS in Secondary Education

Saint Joseph's University's Master of Science in Secondary Education program is a hands-on series designed to provide students with knowledge of theories and trends in education. Learn more about this graduate degree program, which is intended to lead to professional teacher certification.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Secondary Education

School Offering Program:

Saint Joseph's University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Individuals interested in this program may have experience working as teacher's assistants, substitute teachers, or school volunteers. Undergraduate training in psychology, human development, or leadership could prove helpful. Applicants to Saint Joseph's University's program should have earned at least a bachelor's degree in English, math, science, history or social studies; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Individuals who enroll in Saint Joseph's University's Master of Science in Secondary Education program have the opportunity to learn what it takes to teach English, science, math, history, or social studies to junior and senior high school students. They'll be able to examine proven methods for literacy education, exceptional student needs, classroom management, curriculum development, student assessment, and parent-teacher collaboration. In addition, courses are designed to cover professional ethics and field-specific legalities. Before the close of the series, participants will have the chance to complete one semester-long, full-time field experience, totaling 190 hours. This series is designed to include the training needed to earn professional certificate in the field.

Learning Format:


Total Credits Required:

36 credits

Financial Aid:

Financial assistance may be available in the form of student loans or grants. Active military, reservists and spouses of these military personnel may be eligible for tuition discounts for online degrees and graduate level certificate programs. Contact Saint Joseph's University to learn more.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Secondary Education:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Saint Joseph's University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Semester 1

  • EDU 550 / 550F: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives in Education (3 credit | 15 hours of observations)
  • EDU 557 / 557F: Adolescent Psychology (3 credits | 15 hours of observation)

Semester 2

  • SPE 550 / 550F: Foundations in Special Education (3 credits | 15 hours of observation)
  • EDU 646 / 646F: Language and Culture (3 credits | 15 hours of observation)

Semester 3

  • SPE 602 / SPE 602F: Diagnostic Assessment and Progress Monitoring (3 credits | 15 hours of observation)
  • EDU 647 / 647F: Literacy and Learning Across the Curriculum (3 credits | 15 hours of observation)

Semester 4

  • EDU 625 / 625F: Theory & Practice in Secondary Education (3 credits | 30 hours of observation)
    • In order to qualify for aid in this semester, the student would have to take a MS Elective course.

Semester 5

  • EDU 697: Secondary Teaching in Inclusive Environments (6 credits | 15 weeks of student teaching)
    • All certificate and content coursework must be completed prior to EDU 697, the student teaching capstone experience, EDU 625 cannot be taken during the capstone experience.
    • The first 2 weeks of student teaching will fulfill 70 hours of required field work.

M.S. Secondary Education ELECTIVE OPTIONS

(add any 3 electives to obtain 36 credit hours)

  • EDU 560: Using Technology for Instruction and Assessment (3 credits)
  • EDL 600: Educational Leader as Researcher and Reflective Practitioner (3 credits)
  • EDL 605: Critical Contemporary Educational Issues (3 credits)
  • EDL 610: Promoting Communication, Collaboration & Access to Community Resources (3 credits)
  • EDL 680: Law and American Education (3 credits)
  • SPE 612: Inclusive Classroom Practices (3 credits)
    • Has not been developed yet for online (anticipated roll out is for Spring 2012)

Post-Graduation Opportunities:

Career Paths:

Upon completion of this program, graduates could be able to seek professional teaching certification in Pennsylvania. Instructional opportunities could be found in public or private middle or high schools. With experience, secondary educators could be able to move into supervisory roles, such as lead teacher or department chairperson.

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