Secondary Education and Special Education MEd

Through the MEd in Secondary Education and Special Education program in the College of Education, students gain the tools to teach in diverse urban contexts and address the challenges facing students and educators in urban environments. This graduate program teaches students how to create inclusive and nurturing classroom environments for all students, including those with disabilities, learning deficits and language differences, as well as those from different cultures.

Applicants to Secondary Education programs who are interested in earning certification through a full-time, urban-focused STEM teacher residency program may also explore Temple’s Teacher Residency program.

Who might be interested?

The Secondary Education and Special Education MEd program is designed for individuals choosing to change careers after earning a bachelor’s degree in another field, to prepare them for initial teacher certification in secondary education (grades 7 through 12) and special education (grades 7 through 12).

Classes & Curriculum

This combined MEd degree program may be completed on a part- or a full-time basis, with evening classes that accommodate the schedules of working professionals. Though the logistics of field experience could change in any given semester, students usually spend seven full days in the classroom over the course of a semester. During the student-teaching semester, students must spend every day in the classroom for 14 weeks.

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Concentrations

This graduate program offers a combined Secondary Education and Special Education MEd with dual certification in Special Education. Students may choose from the following concentration areas in Secondary Education.

  • English Education

    Explore ways to engage secondary students in the creation and interpretation of literary and non-literary works. Identify structures and functions of language by becoming familiar with U.S. texts and histories, European and non-Western literary genres, and learn how to place reading and writing within the larger context of films, plays, videos and other forms of expression. Learn how to create inclusive classrooms that foster learning for all students, including those with disabilities, learning deficits and language differences.

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  • Mathematics Education

    Gain knowledge of the interests and abilities of students at different levels of mathematics achievement. Focus on problem-solving skills, mathematical thinking processes, and methods of actively engaging children and young adults in their own learning. Learn how to create inclusive classrooms that foster learning for all students, including those with disabilities, learning deficits and language differences.

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  • Science Education

    Build a strong foundation in at least one science discipline. Graduate with an understanding of the nature of science and its complex relationship to the society in which it functions and serves. This program offers concentrations in biology, chemistry, earth science, general science and physics. Learn how to create inclusive classrooms that foster learning for all students, including those with disabilities, learning deficits and language differences.

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  • Social Studies Education

    Develop the skills necessary to create an informed citizenry with respect for diversity in a democratic society. Focus on critical thinking about curriculum frameworks and materials; curriculum development grounded in teaching for understanding; and sensitivity around areas such as race relations, gender, war and peace, equality of economic and social opportunities, and global interdependence. Learn how to create inclusive classrooms that foster learning for all students, including those with disabilities, learning deficits and language differences.

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  • World-Foreign Languages Education

    Learn a combination of fluency in your target language and the ability to implement best practices in foreign language pedagogy. Focus on a foreign language and developing intercultural understanding in order to escape a narrow cultural perspective. Through the experiences in this program, you will gain a deeper understanding of the nature of language and culture. Learn how to create inclusive classrooms that foster learning for all students, including those with disabilities, learning deficits and language differences.

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Teacher Certification

This program prepares you to successfully complete state certification exams, allowing you to apply for a Pennsylvania Instructional I Teaching Certificate. Learn more about certification.

Fieldwork 

In addition to state certification exams and student teaching, you must complete field experiences as part of your coursework. Field placements are designed to give you teaching experience working with children in educational and non-educational settings. The majority of field experiences require students to spend seven full days over the course of a semester in the classroom. During the student teaching semester, students are required to spend every day in the classroom for 14 weeks.

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Master of Education program offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2017–2018 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $916.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,261.00 per credit

Student Clubs & Organizations

Find peer support and leadership opportunities while tackling the challenges of your program. You'll also find opportunities to give back to the community, either locally or globally. Students can join the 

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Questions

For more information about this program, the College of Education, how to apply for admission, and your application status, contact Enrollment Management.

Enrollment Management
Ritter Annex 150
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: 215-204-8011
Email: educate@temple.edu

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