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MS in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum: Teacher Certification

The MS in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum is a customizable program that prepares teachers to be creative teacher leaders in their schools. The program integrates technology, experiential learning and educational research and theory to prepare students to meet state teacher certification requirements and become successful teachers. Student teaching in elementary and secondary classrooms enhances the coursework, enabling students to apply their knowledge in a real-world setting.

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be recommended for certification from the PA Department of Education. Through the interstate reciprocity agreement among the states, graduates of this program can become certified to teach in almost any state in the nation.

Locations and Delivery Options

The MS in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum is offered:

Online. The online option is designed for students who have completed a bachelor's degree and wish to pursue teacher certification.* Please note that all coursework is online, but field experiences must be completed on site at an approved school district in your area.

On site at Drexel’s Main Campus in Philadelphia, PA—The on-campus program is offered in the evenings on a full- or part-time basis in Philadelphia. The online program is offered on a part-time basis.

Online Program

Drexel University has been offering online courses since 1996 and is the winner of the 2010 Sloan-C Award for Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Education, offering a convenient way to earn a reputable, accredited degree with no fixed class hours.

Drexel online programs offer the same faculty, curricula and degrees as Drexel's distinguished on-campus programs.

Certification Areas

Through this program, students may 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 certification is available as an add-on certification with additional coursework.


The MS in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum: Teacher Certification is a rigorous program. We understand the commitment it takes to juggle studies with life commitments, so we’ve set up multiple resources to support students as they work toward their education and career objectives.

Academic Advisement

Drexel’s programs are customized to meet students’ needs. Every student is assigned an academic advisor to help navigate the program, select courses, resolve academic issues and connect with fellow students.

Field Placement Office

The School of Education’s Field Placement Office provides candidates assistance in applying for and securing all field placements required for observations and student teaching. Candidates have the opportunity to request where they will complete their field experiences.

Additionally, the office assists candidates in obtaining state-required background clearances. The Field Placement Office can also help by answering questions regarding school district procedures and field placement procedures. This office is responsible for organizing the mandatory student teaching orientation.


Blackboard provides updated information on everything related to the program. Through the site, students can:

  • access course information
  • get field experience clearance forms
  • check policies and procedures
  • view certification requirements
  • network with classmates, faculty, and program advisors
  • join discussion boards and share news
  • check job postings
  • access archived presentations
  • access online tutorials

If you would like to speak to the academic advisor for this program, please visit the Academic Advisor Directory.

Program Outcomes

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

Teacher candidates will:

  • 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

Career Opportunities

As a student nears program completion, Drexel offers multiple resources to help prepare the student’s resume and network:

  • The EDUC 540 course provides strategies related to interviewing and constructing an education-based resume and also provides an opportunity to further develop a professional teaching portfolio, which will be formally evaluated by the course instructor.
  • Drexel’s Field Placement Office sends regular notifications to both current students and alumni regarding upcoming job fairs and teaching position openings nationwide.
  • The School of Education holds an annual “Professional Job Search” Week every winter to support candidates in the educational job search. The week includes workshops on resume writing, mock interviews and visits from hiring schools and districts.