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Graduate Bulletin

Graduate Teacher Certification Program, Ed.M.

Concentration: Secondary Science Education


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: April 1                                    [December 15 for international applicants]

Spring: November 1                            [August 1 for international applicants]

Summer:  April 1                         [December 15 for international applicants]

Applications are processed as they are received throughout the year.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 3

From Whom:  Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university faculty members and others who can provide insight into the applicant's academic competence.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

The Pennsylvania Department of Education expects that all individuals seeking teacher certification at the master's level, regardless of the discipline, have taken at least 6 credits of college-level mathematics and 6 credits of college-level English composition and literature in their undergraduate program.  Prospective students should contact an advisor to discuss course/program prerequisites for the Secondary Science Education concentration.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A baccalaureate degree in a science-related area (e.g., Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, General Science, or Physics) is required.

Statement of Goals:

In the Statement of Goals, applicants should indicate their goals and objectives for obtaining a master's degree and certification in a specialty area of Secondary Science Education:  Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, General Science, or Physics. 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.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE/MAT is required.  It is expected that the scores will generally be at or above the 50th percentile.

Applicants must also pass the PRAXIS I examination required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition, a criminal background check, a TB test, and a child abuse clearance are required.


A resume is required.

Transfer Credit:

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.

Test Waivers:

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.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 33

Required Courses:

Core Courses (18 s.h.)

ED 403: Effective Teaching: Theory and Practice

ED 411: Creating a High School Learning Community

ED 554: Characteristics of Computer Based Instruction

ED ADMIN 402: Action and Collaborative Research Seminar

SEC ED 471: Reading Problems in Secondary Schools

SPECIAL ED 666: Inclusive Education


URBAN ED 400: Introduction to Urban Schools

Specialized Pedagogy Courses (6 s.h.)

At least one course in teaching methods in the content/specialty area is required.  A second pedagogy course may be required in certain content areas, while other specialties allow an elective course approved by the advisor.

Student Teaching, Seminar, and Practicum (9 s.h.)

ED 406*: Supervised Teaching

ED 412*: Seminar in Supervised Teaching

ED 413: Practicum in Teaching

*  Must be taken simultaneously; only offered during the Fall and Spring semesters.

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

Student teaching and its related seminar are the culminating events for this program.

Program Contact Information:


Department Information:

College of Education

434 Ritter Hall
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Department Contacts:


Gwen Miller



Program Coordinator:

Dr. Saul Axelrod


Lead Professor for Secondary Science Education:

Dr. Joseph Schmuckler





Dr. Thomas J. Walker



About the Program

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 CITE Department’s M.S.Ed. degree program.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 4 years

Campus Location:


Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

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.

Department Information:

College of Education

434 Ritter Hall
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Interdisciplinary Study:

Not applicable.


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.

Study Abroad:



The graduate programs in Temple’s College of Education are consistently ranked in the top 25% of U.S. colleges and universities by U.S. News & World Report.


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

Areas of Specialization:

Five different areas of certification are offered through the Secondary Science Education concentration of the Ed.M. program.  Candidates can be prepared to teach Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, General Science, or Physics in grades 7-12, which constitutes the scope of the Instructional I certificate in this area.

Other areas of specialization include Career and Technical Education (Business, Computer, and Information Technology; Industrial Education; and Marketing Education); Elementary Education; Secondary Education (English, Mathematics, and Social Studies); Special Education; and World Languages (French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, and Spanish).

Job Placement:

Graduates typically pursue teaching positions in middle and secondary school settings in grades 7-12.


Intern Certificate:

Candidates may be eligible for a Pennsylvania Intern Certificate after completing supervised teaching and its prerequisites; passing both the PRAXIS I and II examinations; receiving a successful rating on the Pennsylvania Department of Education – 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 PRAXIS examinations, candidates may apply for a Pennsylvania Instructional I Teaching Certificate.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Students must matriculate within the first 9 credits of the program.

Financing Opportunities

Although some limited funding opportunities are available, assistantships are generally offered to doctoral-level students. Students who wish to apply for an assistantship should send a letter of interest, along with a resume, to Dr. T. J. Walker, Department Chair, Temple University, CITE Department, 351 Ritter Hall, College of Education, Philadelphia, PA 19122.

Updated 6.14.06