Secondary Education (Grades 7-12) Certification

Curriculum Overview

Most courses are offered in modular fully online or “blended plus” (approximately 50-75% online) formats. A 40-hour Practicum which can be done on a full time or part-time basis and is then followed by a full day, 12 week Student Teaching experience to complete the program.   Up to 6 graduate or undergraduate credits earned at another institution may be accepted for the Alvernia equivalent below at the discretion of the department.

Courses Required for Secondary Education Teaching Certification (Grades 7-12):
ED 203  Social Foundations of Middle Level and Secondary Learners - 3 credits
ED 204  Human Development and Learning - 3 credits
MED 505  Introduction to Special Education - 3 credits
MED 515  Differentiated Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms - 3 credits
MED 545  Social Development & Behavior Support - 3 credits    
MED 574  Foundations of English as a Second Language - 3 credits
MED 615  Literacy Learning through the Content Areas - 3 credits
MED 665  Teaching Strategies for Secondary Educators - 4 credits (includes 40 hours of fieldwork)
MED 670  Student Teaching (12 weeks full-time) - 6 credits
MED 672  Student Teaching Seminar - 2 credits

Total credits in Teaching Certification Program: 33 credits

Additional Requirements for Master of Education
COR 520  Ethics and Moral Leadership - (3 credits)
MED 518  Quantitative Research Methods - (3 credits)
MED 520  Educators as Researchers - (3 credits)
MED 610  School Law - (3 credits)
MED 680  Research Seminar - (3 credits)

Total credits in M. Ed Program:  15 credits

Contact Admissions:


Academic Advisor

Sister Margaret Anne Dougherty, RSM, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Graduate Programs in Education



Admissions Staff

Kelly Burr, M.Ed
Coordinator of Graduate Admissions & Student Services
School of Graduate and Adult Education

Phone: 610-796-8296
Fax: 610-796-8367

Cynthia Mensch
Director, Alvernia University
Schuylkill Center

1544 Route 61 Hwy S. Suite 6190
Pottsville, PA 17901

Dana Baker
Director of Philadelphia Center
School of Graduate and Adult Education

1355 West Cheltenham Avenue
Melrose Park, PA 19027

secondary education (grades 7-12) certification

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