Dual-Degree Bachelor's and Master's Program (DBMD)
The Dual-Degree Program (also known as the 5-Year Program) offers the opportunity for undergraduate non-education majors to complete their undergraduate degree in their own college while simultaneously pursuing a Masters in Education degree and Pennsylvania Teacher Certification. Students planning to major in a liberal arts or a science and technology discipline who are interested in becoming certified teachers can apply during their sophomore year to this competitive fifth-year master’s degree program. Both degrees are earned in just five years.
Students who are admitted will take four graduate education courses (one each semester) beginning in the fall semester of the student’s junior year through the spring semester of their senior year. Courses are from a prescribed list (see Course Sequence below) and will be determined according to the student’s chosen specialization. Graduate courses taken while an undergraduate, will count for both the undergraduate and graduate degree. After satisfying all the program requirements, students are awarded a Master's in Education and are eligible to apply for an Elementary Education, Special Education or Secondary Education teacher certification.
What majors are included?
Students applying to the Dual-Degree program for Secondary Education Certification must have a major in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Geology, English, Foreign Languages, Geography and Urban Studies, or History.
How does the program work?
For additional information, please refer to:
Application to the DBMD
To be eligible for admission students must have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA in at least 45 credits of coursework taken at Temple. Students apply in the spring of their sophomore year through the College of Education’s internal application process. A complete application will include:
- A completed Application to the Dual-Degree Program [pdf] (or visit the Teaching & Learning Department in Ritter Hall 3rd Floor to obtain a paper copy).
- An official transcript: Academic Records Form for Graduate Study [pdf].
- A writing sample (may be from a graded paper).
- Recommendations from two faculty members, at least one of whom is a faculty member in the student’s major department. Reference Report for Graduate Study [pdf]
- A personal statement.
- Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Records, the Child Abuse History Clearance, the Federal Criminal History Record, the P.P.D. Tuberculin test. These are required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for anyone working with children. See Required Clearances for Working in Pennsylvania Schools.
A committee made up of three representatives from each of the participating colleges, including the program administrator, will review student applications in the spring of the student’s sophomore year.
Application to the Graduate School
To be eligible for the Master of Education in this program, students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate grade point average and earn a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in their graduate courses.
Applications are submitted to the Graduate School in the fall of the senior year for the next academic year. Applications include:
- Graduate School application (found on line)
- Temple transcript (available through TUPortal)
- PRAXIS I: Pre-Professional Skills Test scores
- (A GRE or MAT is not required)
To enter the 5th year, the successful applicant will have met prerequisite course requirements, have maintained a graduate GPA of at least 3.0, passed PRAXIS I, submitted required clearances, and been admitted to the Graduate School.
Submitting Your Materials
The College of Education strongly encourages applicants to complete the Graduate School online application (linked above), which will allow you to upload most of the required application materials. Unless specified otherwise, supplemental materials not included in the online application, may be submitted to:
Graduate Programs Office
Attn. Application Processing
College of Education, Temple University
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
150 Ritter Annex
Philadelphia, PA 19122
If you have additional questions about this program, please contact:
Christine Woyshner, Associate Professor
phone: (215) 204-6147