California University of Pennsylvania

250 University Ave, California, PA 15419-1394

Program Details

This master’s degree in secondary education (Advanced Studies in Secondary Education- National Board Preparation) from California University of Pennsylvania is designed for working middle and high school teachers, or individuals who hold a teaching certificate.

This program starts in the fall and lasts for five semesters. Students are expected to finish certain degree requirements (two courses per semester, including summer) during this period of time. To successfully earn credits, faculty will online activities such as assign case studies, small group projects, discussion and debate, exams, and papers. Students are fully expected to participate in these activities, and can do so at any point during the day. Messages are posted at any time and students will be able to converse and post text, as well as see previous posts by fellow peers.

Courses will include advanced level classes such as Teacher Leadership, Advanced Classroom Management, and Instructional Design and Assessment. After completing this program, students will have a “jump start” if they wish to apply for National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) teaching because of how the program curriculum is designed. NBPTS has five core propositions to follow:

  • Teachers are committed to students and their learning
  • Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students
  • Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning
  • Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience
  • Teachers are members of learning communities
These propositions are items that all teachers should know and be able to do.

After graduating this program, students should be able to understand instruction strategies, research, technology, classroom management, leadership, and curriculum practices on a more advanced level. Some graduates have gone on to careers as principals, department chairs, reading specialists, curriculum specialists, and guidance counselors, as well as office administrative and service placement.

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    The Master of Arts teaching: advanced studies in secondary education program is open to students with a bachelor's, master's or doctorate degree who is employed as a classroom teacher (or has teacher certification) and has a 2.80 GPA (or 3.0 GPA last 48 credits) on a 4.00 scale.

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    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

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