Teaching Excellence - MS

Program Code: MSQTE
Master of Science

Availability: online

Introduction

The Master of Science in Teaching Excellence is a 30-credit online program designed for certified teachers in grades K-12 to hone their skills as master educators. The online program offers a highly innovative and customizable path to a master's degree while also allowing teachers to fulfill ACT 48 requirements. One of the fastest and most flexible programs in the region, the master's in Teaching Excellence incorporates evidence-based pedagogy, professional development, and educational scholarship for teachers to pursue a master's degree personalized to their personal and professional goals and interests, or the recommendations of their school district. In addition to the core courses and electives in this program, students can receive credit toward their master's from PLS 3rd Learning coursework, teaching experience, coursework for PDE endorsements, or transfer credits from other graduate programs.

Mission Statement

The Master of Science in Teaching Excellence prepares students to attain Pennsylvania Certification in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, English, Math and Social Studies. Students in this program demonstrate strong pedagogical skills, leadership and service toothers throughout the program. Graduate students approach teaching using a reflective-practitioner approach that requires strong content knowledge, leadership, hands-on experiences in the field and rigorous research skills. Courses adhere to the Pennsylvania Department of Education objectives listed for development of highly qualified teachers.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university and provide official transcripts.
  • Applicants must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Applicants are required to supply one letter of recommendation from a supervisor or faculty member.
  • Applicants must submit a succinct personal statement that discusses professional goals in reference to the teaching profession.
  • International or non-native speaking students must submit official, notarized scores from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam and must meet the minimum score requirement of 550 for the paper-based test and 79-80 for the internet-based test.
  • Criminal background checks, including finger printing, and child abuse clearances are required for matriculating into the program. Students are financially responsible for this process. Adverse results at any time can prevent a student from matriculating into the program being placed for observation hours or student teaching clinical, or recommended for graduation.

Thesis

All students must complete a thesis based on some topic related to education. Approval of topics must be granted by the program director. In order to participate in graduation, student will be expected to defend their thesis project prior to the commencement date. Many students will need to gain approval through IRB prior to gathering their da ta. Please refer to the IRB section under Academics for a description on the processes and requirements.

Internship/Cllnlcal

To obtain a PDE endorsement, candidates must complete a three-credit internship. Students who register for courses with a clinical experience are required by PA state law to obtain ACT 24/82,ACT 34, ACT 114, and ACT 151 clearances, a clear TB test, and the Mandatory Reporter Training Course. Copies of these clearances must be presented to the course instructor during the first week of class and submitted to the Education Office. Clearances must be updated every 36 months.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

 

Upon completion of the requirements for the master of science degree in Teaching Excellence, the graduate will possess knowledge, skills and abilities in the following competencies:

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  • Plan, implement, manage, and access 21st century student learning in the classroom.
  • Identify and adopt effective instructional strategies to meet the intructional needs and levels of all learners.
  • Critically analyze primary literature related to education and conduct scholarly research in the classroom.
  • Demonstrate personal ethical and professional standards in the school setting.
Program Requirements:

To obtain the Master of Science in Teaching Excellence degree students must successfully complete all requirements, including a minimum of 30 graduate credits, while maintaining a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average. To obtain a Pennsylvania Department of Education endorsement, students must complete a PDE application and have successfully passed all required coursework. Candidates will apply for the add-on instuctional endorsements through the PDE Teacher Information Management Information System (TIMS) https://www.mypd eapps.pa.gov/.

Teaching Excellence Curriculum

The graduate program in Secondary Education operates on a semester calendar. Summer, fall and spring semesters can be completed in a recommended, predetermined sequence. However, multiple start points are available.

Summer

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Fall

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Spring

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Students can select from these courses or any course with an EDU prefix.