Graduate Bulletin

Education/Accomplished Teaching, M.S.Ed.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: April 1

Spring: October 1

Complete applications received by the stated deadline are guaranteed a decision for the upcoming semester. Applications received after the deadline are reviewed on a space-available basis. Time to decision is within 30 days of receipt of all required supporting materials, excluding Summer.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 2; see the Reference Report for Graduate Study.

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from those who can provide insight into the applicant's academic competence, at least one of which should be authored by a supervisor.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

No specific coursework is required.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the appropriate baccalaureate degree at Temple University.

Statement of Goals:

In the Statement of Goals, applicants should indicate their goals and objectives for obtaining a master's degree. The statement should be approximately 500-1,000 words in length and should include the following elements:  your specific interest in Temple’s program; your future career goals; any job-related experiences that are relevant to the program; and your academic and research achievements and interests. Teachers may wish to explain how they hope the knowledge and skills acquired through graduate study will ultimately affect teaching and learning in their classrooms.

Standardized Test Scores:

Non-native speakers of English must submit scores for the TOEFL. The minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted is 88 iBT or 575 PBT. Students who score between 88 and 100 iBT or between 575 and 600 PBT must take an English refresher course.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

Required Courses:
EDUC 5254:  Characteristics of Computer-Based Instruction
EDUC 8251:  Teacher Development: The Reflective Teacher
EDUC 8252:  Cultural Diversity and Learning Styles
EDUC 8289:  Capstone Seminar in Current Issues
EPSY 5529:  Tests and Measurements

Electives: Five elective courses taken within or outside the College of Education. Electives allow the student to tailor the degree to her/his needs and interests. The student can devise her/his own program of study or pick a concentration in such areas as Applied Behavior AnalysisAutism EndorsementInstructional TechnologyTeaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and Urban Education.

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 to remain in good standing in the program.

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

Capstone Course:
Students complete a program portfolio or program project as part of EDUC 8289:  Capstone Seminar in Current Issues.

Program Contact Information:

Department Information:

College of Education
Department of Teaching and Learning
351 Ritter Hall (09-10)
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091
phone: 215-204-6387
fax: 215-204-1414

Department Contacts:

Lead Professor for Accomplished Teaching:
Dr. Joseph Haviland

Dr. Michael W. Smith

About the Program

The Master of Science in Education with a concentration in Accomplished Teaching Program enables working teachers, both relatively new practitioners and veterans, to develop new knowledge and to reflect on and analyze their own practices in order to move their teaching to a higher level. A combination of core courses and electives supports and advances those who have chosen to make classroom teaching their profession while allowing them to explore individual interests and additional certifications. Courses are designed to meet the immediate needs of students and to be directly applicable to students' home schools and communities.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 4 years

Campus Location:


Some courses are offered online and at several off-campus locations in Bucks, Delaware, and Montgomery counties.

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester) through classes offered after 4:30 p.m.

Department Information:

College of Education
Department of Teaching and Learning
351 Ritter Hall (09-10)
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091
phone: 215-204-6387
fax: 215-204-1414

Interdisciplinary Study:

Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Study Abroad:



In 2012, the College of Education was ranked #47 by U.S. News & World Report.


The program is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and is approved as a teacher certification program by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Areas of Specialization:

Student are encouraged to select electives to tailor this program to their professional development needs and interests.

Job Placement:

Graduates are typically educators in current positions of teaching and leadership. This program is designed to enhance credentials and expand educators' knowledge and expertise.


Not applicable.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy:

Students may take up to, but not more than, 9 credits of graduate study in the program before being admitted to the program. The credits transfer into the program, if the student is admitted. Students completing certification courses before being admitted to the program are NOT guaranteed admission.

Financing Opportunities

Assistantships are available but limited, and are generally offered to doctoral-level students. Students who wish to apply should review requirements and the application process available online at

Updated 11.13.13