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MS in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum: Teacher Certification

The MS in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum: Teacher Certification offers a program that reflects the latest trends and practices in teaching and learning.  Students must successfully complete a minimum of 45 credits.

For the MS in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum: Teacher Certification curriculum, visit the Drexel University Course Catalog.

Professional Electives

All students must select professional electives with the advice of a program advisor.
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.

Certification Requirements

Candidates seeking initial certification must complete all required content courses with a grade of “B” or better while maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA in the content courses with no grade lower than a “C.”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 I Certification.Note: PA state teacher certification requires U.S. citizenship or a declaration of intent to become a U.S. citizen.

Field Experiences

The School of Education takes great pride in the level of extensive clinical and field-based experiences that its pre-service teacher candidates have prior to certification. Students in teacher certification programs have many opportunities to experience the classroom setting and gain ample exposure and experience necessary for a successful and rewarding career in education.

Nearly every pedagogy-based course (EDUC 521, 515, 565, 540, EDEX 544, 546 and 566) will have at least one clinical, field-based experience requiring up to 20 hours in a PK–12 classroom, depending on the course requirements.

In addition, 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.

Student Teaching

Student teaching is a full-time, minimum 12-week field placement in a carefully selected public or charter school under the immediate supervision of a highly competent cooperating teacher. It approximates full-time teaching and is a culminating experience that provides the opportunity to demonstrate and practice what was learned in the professional education courses.

The minimum 12 weeks devoted to student teaching is a full-time commitment. Student teachers are encouraged to be free from outside responsibilities as if they were a full-time member of the staff in the school to which they have been assigned. This is a requirement of all students seeking certification.

The required seminar component, which is linked to the school-based field experience, is conducted under the course EDUC 540: Student Teaching/Graduate Field Experience.

Student Teaching Field Placement Application Requirements

Prerequisites: EDUC 520, EDEX 542 and appropriate Pre Student Teaching/Methods course(s) and field experiences with a minimum grade of “B.”

The student must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA in graduate coursework.

The student must complete all UG content requirements listed in RED on the Graduate Advisement Sheet with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 with no grade lower than a “C.” The student must also submit a Plan of Study to the advisor indicating their plan to complete appropriate methods, remaining core pedagogy and undergraduate content courses prior to student teaching.

The student must complete the field placement application by the appropriate deadline (typically one year in advance of the student teaching experience). This includes required clearances, an introductory letter, a resume and a recommendation from a School of Education professor.

Once a field placement is confirmed by the School of Education’s Field Placement Office, the student will register for EDUC 540: Student Teaching/Graduate Field Experience (3 credits).

International Field Placements

Students who are contemplating completing the field experience requirement outside of the U.S. must contact Drexel’s Field Placement Office for information regarding the placement options and processes.