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Master’s Degree in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum - Pennsylvania Teaching Certification Program

Drexel University School of Education

Drexel​ ​University’s​ ​School​ ​of​ ​Education​ ​offers​ ​a​ ​number​ ​of​ ​post-baccalaureate​ ​and graduate​ teaching​ ​certification​ ​programs​ ​that​ ​prepare​ ​students​ to​ ​obtain​ ​their teacher​ ​certification​ ​in​ ​Pennsylvania​.

Whether​ ​you​ ​are​ ​interested​ ​in​ ​becoming​ ​a​ ​teacher​ ​in​ ​the​ ​state​ ​of​ ​Pennsylvania​ ​or broadening​ ​your​ ​knowledge​ ​to​ ​advance​ ​your​ ​career​ ​within​ ​the​ ​field​ ​of​ ​education, Drexel​ ​University’s​ ​School​ ​of​ ​Education​ ​Track​ ​1​ ​graduate​ ​degree​ ​program​ ​equips teachers​ ​with​ ​the​ ​skills​ ​to​ ​succeed​ ​in​ ​higher​ ​education​ ​or​ ​the​ ​workforce.

What ​Can ​You ​Do ​with ​a ​Master’s ​Degree Certification ​in ​Teaching, ​Learning, ​& ​Curriculum?

The​ ​MS​ ​in​ ​Teaching,​ ​Learning​ ​and​ ​Curriculum:​ ​Teacher​ ​Certification​ ​prepares students​ ​academically​ ​and​ ​practically​ ​for​ ​careers​ ​in​ ​K–12​ ​teaching​ ​or​ ​other educational​ ​settings,​ ​including​ ​capabilities​ ​to:

  • Demonstrate​ ​professional​ ​ethics​ ​and​ ​independent​ ​and​ ​creative​ ​teacher leadership
  • Understand​ ​the​ ​changing​ ​role​ ​of​ ​teachers​ ​in​ ​increasingly​ ​diverse​ ​societies
  • Demonstrate​ ​a​ ​strong​ ​academic​ ​background​ ​in​ ​all​ ​subject​ ​areas​ ​that​ ​meet PDE​ ​requirements​ ​including​ ​literacy,​ ​language​ ​and​ ​STEM​ ​areas
  • Demonstrate​ ​the​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​create​ ​and​ ​maintain​ ​a​ ​positive​ ​and​ ​democratic classroom​ ​climate​ ​for​ ​students
  • Demonstrate​ ​a​ ​thorough​ ​understanding​ ​of​ ​child​ ​development​ ​in​ ​their​ ​ability​ ​to develop​ ​and​ ​implement​ ​learning​ ​opportunities​ ​that​ ​are​ ​unique​ ​to​ ​every​ ​child

As​ ​a​ ​student​ ​nears​ ​program​ ​completion,​ ​Drexel’s​ ​Field​ ​Placement​ ​Office​ ​offers multiple​ ​resources​ ​to​ ​help​ ​prepare​ ​the​ ​student’s​ ​resume​ ​and​ ​professional​ ​network, including​ ​interviewing​ ​and​ ​job​ ​placement​ ​opportunities.

​Master’s ​Degree ​in ​Teaching, ​Learning, ​& Curriculum ​- ​Program ​Options

The​ Master​ ​of​ ​Science​ ​(MS)​ ​degree​ ​in​ ​Teaching,​ ​Learning​ ​and​ ​Curriculum​ ​(Track​ ​1) is​ ​offered:

  • Online:​ Drexel​ ​online​ ​programs​ ​offer​ ​the​ ​same​ ​faculty,​ ​curricula​ ​and​ ​degrees as​ ​Drexel's​ ​distinguished​ ​on-campus​ ​programs.​ ​The​ ​online​ teaching certification​ program​ ​is​ ​designed​ ​to​ ​be​ ​offered​ ​on​ ​a​ ​part-time​ ​basis​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​provide​ ​more​ ​flexibility​ ​while​ ​working​ ​to​ ​obtain​ ​a​ master’s​ ​in​ ​education​ ​with a​ ​teacher​ ​certification​.
    • Note​ ​that​ ​all​ ​coursework​ ​is​ ​online,​ ​but​ ​field​ ​experiences​ ​must​ ​be completed​ ​on​ ​site​ ​at​ ​an​ ​approved​ ​school​ ​district​ ​in​ ​your​ ​area.
  • On​ ​site:​ ​Held​ ​at​ ​Drexel’s​ ​Main​ ​Campus​ ​in​ ​Philadelphia,​ ​PA—The​ ​on-campus master’s​ ​degree​ ​in​ ​teaching​ ​and​ ​teacher​ ​certification​ program​ ​is​ ​offered​ ​in​ ​the evenings​ ​on​ ​a​ ​full-​ ​or​ ​part-time​ ​basis​ ​in​ ​Philadelphia.

For​ ​graduate​ ​students​ ​that​ ​already​ ​have​ ​a​ ​master’s​ ​degree​ ​and​ ​are​ ​interested​ ​in taking​ ​graduate-level​ ​courses,​ ​Pennsylvania​ ​state​ ​requirements​ ​for​ ​obtaining​ ​your teaching​ ​certification​ ​includes​ ​a​ ​two-tiered​ ​certification​ ​system:​ Instructional​ ​I Certificate​ ​and​ Instructional​ ​II​ ​Certificate​.

Types ​of ​Teaching ​Certifications

Instructional​ ​I​ ​Certification

A​ ​candidate’s​ ​typical​ ​initial​ ​teaching​ ​certification​ ​is​ ​known​ ​as​ ​“Instructional​ ​I”.​ ​For graduate​ ​students​ ​considering​ ​a​ ​career​ ​change​ ​or​ ​to​ ​start​ ​a​ ​new​ ​career​ ​in​ ​the education​ ​field,​ ​the​ ​Instructional​ ​I​ ​Teaching​ ​Certification​ ​program​ ​would​ ​be​ ​the​ ​best graduate​ ​program​ ​option.​ ​This​ ​program​ ​would​ ​also​ ​apply​ ​to​ ​out-of-state​ ​graduate degree​ ​candidates​ ​looking​ ​to​ ​earn​ ​their​ ​initial​ ​certification​ ​to​ ​teach​ ​within​ ​the​ ​state​ ​of Pennsylvania.

The​ ​Instructional​ ​I​ ​certification,​ ​as​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​master’s​ ​degree​ ​in​ ​Teaching,​ ​Learning &​ ​Curriculum​ ​program​ ​at​ ​Drexel​ ​University,​ ​qualifies​ ​teachers​ ​to​ ​teach​ ​for​ ​a maximum​ ​of​ ​six​ ​years.​ ​Your​ ​master’s​ ​program​ ​advisor​ ​can​ ​help​ ​evaluate​ ​your incoming​ ​credentials​ ​to​ ​determine​ ​the​ ​best​ ​plan​ ​of​ ​study​ ​for​ ​you,​ ​including​ ​whether you​ ​qualify​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Instructional​ ​II​ ​certification.

Instructional​ ​II​ ​Certification

The​ ​Instructional​ ​II​ ​Certification​ ​is​ ​considered​ ​a​ ​“permanent”​ ​teaching​ ​certification.​ ​A teacher​ ​interested​ ​in​ ​advancing​ ​and​ ​applying​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Instructional​ ​II​ ​certification​ ​must have​ ​the​ ​following​ ​prerequisites:

  • Instructional​ ​I​ ​Certification
  • A​ ​minimum​ ​of​ ​three​ ​years​ ​and​ ​a​ ​maximum​ ​of​ ​six​ ​years​ ​of​ ​teaching​ ​experience on​ ​an​ ​Instructional​ ​I​ ​Teaching​ ​Certificate
  • 24​ ​semester-hour​ ​(or​ ​36​ ​quarter-hour)​ ​credits​ ​beyond​ ​a​ ​bachelor’s​ ​degree
  • Completion​ ​of​ ​an​ ​induction​ ​program​ ​(generally​ ​provided​ ​by​ ​a​ ​teacher’s​ ​school of​ ​employment)

Once​ ​a​ ​student​ ​has​ ​successfully​ ​completed​ ​the​ ​course​ ​of​ ​study​ ​and​ ​all​ ​exams required​ ​by​ ​the​ ​Pennsylvania​ ​Department​ ​of​ ​Education​ ​(PDE),​ ​Drexel​ will recommend​ the​ ​student​ ​to​ ​the​ ​PDE​ ​for​ ​issuance​ ​of​ ​the​ ​appropriate​ ​teaching certificate.

For​ ​more​ ​information​ ​regarding​ ​certification​ ​descriptions​ ​and​ ​requirements,​ ​students should​ ​visit​ ​the​ Drexel​ ​University​ ​Course​ ​Catalog.

MS ​in ​Teaching, ​Learning, ​and ​Curriculum Program ​Requirements

GPA​ ​Requirements

The​ ​School​ ​of​ ​Education​ ​requires​ ​that​ ​students​ ​have​ ​a​ ​“B”​ ​average​ ​(3.0​ ​GPA)​ ​in content​ teaching​ ​certification​ ​courses​ ​needed​ ​for​ ​teacher​ ​certification​ ​in​ ​addition​ ​to​ ​a grade​ ​of​ ​“B”​ ​or​ ​better​ ​in​ ​each​ ​core​ ​pedagogy​ ​course​ in​ ​accordance​ ​with​ ​the​ ​teacher certification​ ​requirements.

Clearance​ ​Requirements

All​ ​post-baccalaureate​ ​and​ ​graduate​ ​students​ ​are​ ​required​ ​to​ ​obtain​ ​and​ ​submit copies​ ​of​ ​the​ ​following​ ​clearances​ ​to​ ​the​ ​School​ ​of​ ​Education​ ​at​ ​the​ ​time​ ​of acceptance​ ​to​ ​the​ teacher​ ​certification​ ​program​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​participate​ ​in​ ​classroom observations​ ​and​ ​student​ ​teaching​ ​in​ ​Pennsylvania.​ ​All​ ​students​ ​(Pennsylvania​ ​and Non-Pennsylvania)​ ​must​ ​obtain​ ​the​ ​FBI​ ​clearance.​ ​Non-Pennsylvania​ ​students should​ ​contact​ ​their​ ​state's​ ​department​ ​of​ ​education​ ​or​ ​school​ ​district​ ​office​ ​for​ ​a​ ​list of​ ​clearances​ ​required​ ​in​ ​their​ ​state.

Act​ ​48​ ​Requirements

To​ ​maintain​ ​Instructional​ ​I​ ​and​ ​Instructional​ ​II​ ​Certifications,​ ​the​ ​PDE​ ​requires​ ​a teacher​ ​to​ ​complete​ ​the​ ​minimal​ ​equivalent​ ​of​ ​6​ ​semester-hour​ ​(or​ ​9​ ​quarter-hour) credits,​ ​180​ ​credits​ ​of​ ​professional​ ​development,​ ​or​ ​a​ ​combination​ ​of​ ​credits​ ​and professional​ ​development​ ​hours​ ​every​ ​five​ ​years.​ ​College​ ​credits​ ​must​ ​be​ ​acquired from​ ​an​ ​accredited​ ​four-year,​ ​degree-granting​ ​college​ ​or​ ​university.

Note:​ ​For​ ​those​ ​working​ ​to​ ​acquire​ ​Instructional​ ​II​ ​Certification,​ ​the​ ​24​ ​semester credits​ ​or​ ​36​ ​quarter​ ​credits​ ​needed​ ​to​ ​apply​ ​for​ ​Instructional​ ​II​ ​may​ ​also​ ​count towards​ ​Act​ ​48​ ​requirements.​ ​Undergraduate​ ​credits​ ​from​ ​a​ ​community​ ​college​ ​may not​ ​be​ ​counted​ ​toward​ ​Act​ ​48​ ​credits​ ​for​ ​Instructional​ ​II​ ​Certification.

For​ ​more​ ​information​ ​and​ ​to​ ​apply​ ​credits​ ​to​ ​your​ ​state​ ​record,​ ​visit​ ​the​ ​PA Department​ ​of​ ​Education​ ​Act​ ​48​ ​Continuing​ ​Professional​ ​Education.

​Elementary​ ​Certification​ ​(Grades​ ​Prek-4)

The​ ​PA​ ​Educator​ ​Certification​ ​Tests​ ​(PECT)​ ​are​ ​required​ to​ ​obtain​ ​your​ ​Elementary (Grades​ ​PreK-4)​ teacher​ ​certification​ ​in​ ​Pennsylvania​.​ ​Students​ ​will​ ​be​ ​required​ ​to take​ ​the​ ​appropriate​ ​assessment​ ​exam​ ​for​ ​each​ ​area​ ​of​ ​certification​ ​they​ ​wish​ ​to obtain.

For​ ​more​ ​information​ ​about​ ​examinations​ ​and​ ​registration,​ ​visit​ ​the​ PA​ ​Educator Certification​ ​Tests​ ​(PECT).

Secondary​ ​Certification​ ​(Grades​ ​7-12)

All​ ​post-bachelor’s​ ​students​ ​seeking​ ​Secondary​ ​(Grades​ ​7-12)​ teaching​ ​certifications in​ ​Pennsylvania​ ​are​ ​required​ ​to​ ​pass​ ​the​ ​Praxis​ ​II​ ​Series.​ ​Students​ ​must​ ​pass​ ​the appropriate​ ​Praxis​ ​II​ ​Content​ ​Knowledge​ ​test(s)​ ​for​ ​each​ ​area​ ​of​ ​certification​ ​they wish​ ​to​ ​obtain.

For​ ​more​ ​information​ ​about​ ​examination​ ​and​ ​registration,​ ​please​ ​visit​ ​the​ Praxis Series.

Note:​ ​PA​ ​state​ ​teacher​ ​certification​ ​requires​ ​U.S.​ ​citizenship​ ​or​ ​a​ ​declaration​ ​of intent​ ​to​ ​become​ ​a​ ​U.S.​ ​citizen.​ ​Students​ ​not​ ​living​ ​in​ ​the​ ​U.S.​ ​should​ ​contact​ ​the School​ ​of​ ​Education​ ​at​ ​215.895.6770​ ​for​ ​specific​ ​requirements​ ​for​ ​international​ ​field experiences,​ ​PECT​ ​or​ ​Praxis​ ​exams,​ ​and​ ​certification​ ​application​ ​requirements before​ ​matriculating​ ​into​ ​the​ ​program.

Teaching, ​Learning, ​and ​Curriculum: ​Teacher Certification ​Courses ​& ​Curriculum

The​ ​MS​ ​in​ ​Teaching,​ ​Learning​ ​and​ ​Curriculum:​ ​Teacher​ ​Certification​ program​ ​at Drexel​ ​University​ ​offers​ ​a​ ​curriculum​ ​that​ ​reflects​ ​the​ ​latest​ ​trends​ ​and​ ​practices​ ​in teaching​ ​and​ ​learning.​ ​Students​ ​must​ ​successfully​ ​complete​ ​a​ ​minimum​ ​of​ ​45 credits​,​ ​allowing​ ​them​ ​to​ become​ ​certified​ ​to​ ​teach​ ​in​ ​the​ ​following​ ​areas:

  • Elementary​ ​education​ ​(PK–4)
  • Secondary​ ​education​ ​(7–12)
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth​ ​and​ ​space​ ​science
  • English
  • General​ ​science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Social​ ​studies
  • Special​ ​Education*

*Note:​ ​Certification​ ​is​ ​available​ ​as​ ​an​ ​add-on​ ​certification​ ​with​ ​additional​ ​coursework

All​ ​graduate​ ​students​ ​must​ ​also​ ​select​ ​professional​ ​electives​ ​with​ ​guidance​ ​from​ ​one of​ ​our​ ​master’s​ ​program​ ​advisors.​ ​Professional​ ​electives​ ​may​ ​be​ ​taken​ ​from​ ​any graduate​ ​course​ ​offered​ ​at​ ​the​ ​University​ ​providing​ ​the​ ​student​ ​has​ ​adequate preparation​ ​and​ ​it​ ​is​ ​deemed​ ​appropriate​ ​by​ ​the​ ​program​ ​advisor.​ ​The​ ​professional electives​ ​may​ ​comprise​ ​a​ ​combination​ ​of​ ​the​ ​School​ ​of​ ​Education's​ ​master​ ​electives and/or​ ​approved​ ​transfer​ ​credits.

After​ ​successful​ ​completion​ ​of​ ​the​ ​required​ ​content​ ​courses,​ ​core​ ​education,​ ​field experiences,​ ​Praxis​ ​and/or​ ​PECT​ ​exams,​ ​and​ ​receipt​ ​of​ ​the​ ​application​ ​and​ ​all supportive​ ​documents,​ ​Drexel’s​ ​certification​ ​officer​ ​will​ ​recommend​ ​the​ ​candidate​ ​for Pennsylvania​ ​Instructional​ ​Certification.

Students​ ​on​ ​Track​ ​I​ ​who​ ​do​ ​not​ ​wish​ ​to​ ​pursue​ ​PA​ ​Instructional​ ​I​ ​Certification,​ ​or who​ ​do​ ​not​ ​qualify​ ​for​ ​PA​ ​Instructional​ ​I​ ​certification,​ ​may​ ​complete​ ​the​ ​Master​ ​of Science​ ​(MS)​ ​degree​ ​in​ ​Teaching,​ ​Learning​ ​&​ ​Curriculum​ ​without​ ​a​ ​concentration​ ​by completing​ ​15.0​ ​credits​ ​of​ ​Core​ ​Pedagogy​ ​and​ ​30.0​ ​credits​ ​of​ ​MS​ ​Electives.

For​ ​full​ ​course​ ​details​ ​for​ ​the​ ​MS​ ​in​ ​Teaching,​ ​Learning​ ​and​ ​Curriculum:​ ​Teacher Certification​ ​curriculum,​ ​visit​ ​the​ Drexel​ ​University​ ​Course​ ​Catalog.​

Field ​Experience ​& ​Student ​Teaching

The​ ​School​ ​of​ ​Education​ ​takes​ ​great​ ​pride​ ​in​ ​the​ ​level​ ​of​ ​extensive​ ​clinical​ ​and field-based​ ​experiences​ ​that​ graduate​ ​program​ candidates​ ​have​ ​prior​ to​ ​completing their​ ​teacher​ ​certification,​ ​including​ ​up​ ​to​ ​20​ ​hours​ ​in​ ​a​ ​PK-12​ ​classroom​ ​(depending on​ ​the​ ​specific​ ​course​ ​requirements).

Additionally,​ ​students​ ​are​ ​required​ ​to​ ​complete​ ​up​ ​to​ ​60​ ​hours​ ​of​ ​pre-student teaching​ ​immediately​ ​prior​ ​to​ ​student​ ​teaching.​ ​This​ ​allows​ ​candidates​ ​the opportunity​ ​to​ ​put​ ​into​ ​practice​ ​their​ ​learned​ ​pedagogical​ ​skills​ ​in​ ​preparation​ ​for​ ​their student​ ​teaching​ ​experiences.

Once​ ​completed,​ ​both​ ​online​ ​and​ ​on-campus​ ​students​ ​are​ ​required​ ​to​ ​complete​ ​a full-time,​ ​minimum​ ​12-week​ ​student​ ​teaching​ ​field​ ​placement​ ​in​ ​a​ ​carefully​ ​selected public​ ​or​ ​charter​ ​school​ ​under​ ​the​ ​immediate​ ​supervision​ ​of​ ​a​ ​highly​ ​competent cooperating​ ​teacher.​ ​This​ ​unique​ ​student​ ​teaching​ ​opportunity​ ​encourages​ ​students to​ ​demonstrate​ ​instructional​ ​skills​ ​and​ ​curriculum​ ​management​ ​in​ ​a​ ​professional setting.

Since​ ​this​ ​is​ ​a​ ​full-time​ ​program​ ​commitment,​ ​student​ ​teachers​ ​are​ ​encouraged​ ​to​ ​be free​ ​of​ ​external​ ​responsibilities,​ ​as​ ​they​ ​will​ ​serve​ ​as​ ​a​ ​full-time​ ​member​ ​of​ ​the​ ​staff in​ ​the​ ​school​ ​to​ ​which​ ​they​ ​have​ ​been​ ​assigned.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​a​ ​mandatory​ ​requirement​ ​of all​ ​students​ ​seeking​ ​a​ ​teacher​ ​certification.

How ​to ​Apply ​to ​the ​MS ​in Teaching,​ ​Learning, and​ ​Curriculum​ ​Program​ ​or​ ​Get​ ​Your​ ​Teacher​ ​Certification

Students have multiple options to apply to the Master's of Science in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum: Teacher Certification program: