Please note that the information provided in the chart above is for general reference and is subject to change. Visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) website at www.pde.state.pa.us or call the PDE Bureau of Teacher Certification and Preparation at 717-787-3356 for the most current information about testing requirements for certification. Taking the wrong Praxis examinations will delay the certification process.
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.
Clearances and Background Checks
State and federal criminal background checks, a TB test, and a child abuse clearance are required to be eligible to complete the program. Applicants must complete and upload documentation of clearances prior to the start of their program. Visit Required Clearances for Working in Pennsylvania Schools for details.
Statement of Goals:
In the Statement of Goals, applicants should indicate their goals and objectives for obtaining teacher certification in their speciality area. 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.
A resume is required.
Courses from accredited institutions may be transferred into the Ed.M. program as long as they are current (no more than five years old) and relevant. The faculty advisor determines relevancy of any course that a student wants transferred. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.
Each student is assigned a faculty advisor at the time of admission. The advisor reviews the student's credentials and determines which, if any, of the required courses can be waived. In general, this waiver covers the beginning-level courses in the program. Waiving a specific requirement, however, does not reduce the total number of credits needed to graduate.
General Program Requirements:
Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 33
The graduate Secondary Education Program with a concentration in Science Education may be completed for certification only or certification plus a master's degree. All applicants are initially admitted to the master's program. After successfully completing the minimum requirements for certification, students may choose to leave the program with certification only or may elect to continue in the program and complete the additional credit hours and requirements to receive the master’s degree. The program requires a minimum of 25 credits for certification only and 33 credits for certification plus a master's degree.
Pedagogy and Core Courses (19 credits):
Additional Courses for M.Ed. (6 credits):
Internship: No internship is required.
Language Examination: No language examination is required.
Student teaching and its related seminar are the culminating events for this program.
Program Contact Information:
College of Education
Graduate Teacher Certification Advisor
Dr. Michael W. Smith
The Ed.M. program is uniquely designed so that teacher certification in Secondary Science Education or in various other content areas can be earned simultaneously with the master’s degree. It is open to those who hold a baccalaureate degree outside education but who do not have a public school teaching credential. Individuals seeking a Pennsylvania Intern and/or Instructional I certificate should apply. Applicants already holding an Instructional I or II certificate who are interested in a master’s degree should apply to the College of Education M.S.Ed. degree program.
Time Limit for Degree Completion: 4 years
Students are able to complete this degree program on either a full-time or part-time (8 credit hours or less per semester) basis. Evening classes on Main campus start at 5:00 p.m.
College of Education
The program is a state-approved teacher certification program. It meets the general requirements and state standards for academic certification as specified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
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:
The Secondary Science Education concentration prepares students to teach Science in grades 7 through 12, which constitutes the scope of the Instructional I certificate in this area. Coursework focuses intensively on teaching students from diverse backgrounds to achieve at high levels; the impact of linguistic and cultural variation on classroom instruction; the use of technology to support student learning; and urban schools.For a complete list of current specializations offered in the College of Education, visit http://education.temple.edu/gradteach/.
Graduates typically pursue teaching positions in middle and secondary school settings in grades 7 to 12.
Candidates may be eligible for a Pennsylvania Intern Certificate after completing supervised teaching and its prerequisites; passing required state licensure examinations; receiving a successful rating on the Pennsylvania Department of Education's PDE 430 form; and passing criminal background and child abuse clearance checks. The Intern Certificate allows the student to teach in public schools for up to three years. The Intern Certificate is issued only once and expires automatically in three years; no extensions are granted.
Instructional I Certificate:
Upon successful completion of the degree requirements and passing all required licensure examinations, candidates may apply for a Pennsylvania Instructional I Teaching Certificate.
Visit Pennsylvania Department of Education for updated requirements for teacher certification in Pennsylvania.
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.
Assistantships are available but limited, and are generally offered to doctoral-level students. Students who wish to apply should review requirements and application process available online at http://education.temple.edu/grad/fellowships-financial-aid
Updated by 11.19.13