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  • Master’s Degree in Middle-Level Teaching with Certification Track

    MS in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum: Teacher Certification Track – Middle-Level Education

    Drexel University’s online MS in Teaching, Learning, & Curriculum: Teacher Certification - Middle-Level Education is designed specifically for educators looking to teach grades 4-8. The program takes a holistic look at the role of an educator, focusing not only on general pedagogy but on skills such as creating an inclusive classroom, crafting a curriculum based on state competencies, and evaluation and assessment. This program will prepare you for a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate, which can be converted to the analogous teaching certificate in most states.

    What is a Master’s Middle-Level Education, Teaching, and Curriculum with Certification Track?

    Drexel’s online MS in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum: Teacher Certification Track – Middle Level Education is designed for educators interested in teaching grades 4-8 in one of the following subject areas:

    • English
    • Math
    • Science
    • Social Studies

    Drexel is one of the only universities in the country to offer a program specifically catered to middle-level education teachers, giving you the skills you need to best serve middle school students. Core courses focus on a mix of general pedagogy and subject-specific material with classes such as “Teaching the Middle School Child,” “The Inclusive Classroom,” and “Design for Learning with Digital Media.” Your remaining elective credits can be used to take a variety of classes in different subject areas or to earn add-on certifications in areas like Autism Spectrum Disorders, Teaching English as a Second Language, or Instructional Technology Specialist.

    This master’s in teaching online program will prepare you for a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate. Through interstate reciprocity agreements, a Pennsylvania teaching certificate may be converted to the analogous teaching certificate in most states. We recommend contacting your state’s Department of Education to find out more about these transfer procedures. Learn more about interstate reciprocity policies, eligibility, and requirements in other states.

    Master’s in Middle-Grade Education Program Features

    • Completely online courses – the only face-to-face requirements are student teaching and field experiences
    • Receive access to two years of post-program support, including classroom-based coaching, professional development programs, and notifications of job openings, along with resume, networking, and interviewing help
    • Work with Drexel’s field placement office to help secure appropriate school placements, no matter where you’re based
    • Your academic advisor will assist you throughout your studies with tasks such as creating a plan of study
    • Drexel’s teacher education programs are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education

    What are the Education Requirements for Middle-Level Teachers?

    To become a middle-level teacher in Pennsylvania, you need to earn a teaching certificate. The education requirements to qualify to earn a certificate include a bachelor’s degree (in education or another field) and completion of a teacher education program (if not part of your bachelor’s degree). The teacher education program, such as Drexel’s MS in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum, provides the skills needed to become an effective middle-level teacher. In addition, throughout the length of the program you will complete field experiences such as student teaching that will prepare you to be successful in a classroom of your own.

    Additional requirements need to be met to earn your teaching certification, such as passing required exams. These requirements vary by state. Learn more about state certification requirements.

    Master’s in Teaching Middle-Level Salary Expectations

    While the salaries for middle school teachers vary by state, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2018 median salary is $58,600. Visit our Teacher Salary Guide for more information on career outlook and salaries.

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    Curriculum

    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Core Courses  
    EDEX 542 Fundamentals of Special Education 3.0
    EDEX 544 The Inclusive Classroom (Field Experience Required) 3.0
    EDLT 525 Design for Learning with Digital Media 3.0
    EDUC 520 Professional Studies in Instruction 3.0
    EDUC 565 Foundations in Instructing English Language Learners (Field Experience Required) 3.0
    Middle Level Education (Grades 4 - 8) Courses  
    EDEX 546 Literacy and Content Skill Development PreK-8 (Field Experience Required) 3.0
    EDUC 507 Teaching the Middle School Child (Field Experience Required) 3.0
    EDUC 522 Evaluation of Instruction 3.0
    EDUC 540 Field Experience (12 week full time student teaching ) 3.0
    Concentration Courses  
    EDUC 562 Middle Years Social Studies Methods (Field Experience Required) 1.5
    EDUC 563 Middle Years Mathematical Methods (4-8) (Field Experience Required) 1.5
    EDUC 564 English/Language Arts Teaching Methods for the Middle Years (Field Experience Required) 1.5
    EDUC 567 Middle Years Science Methods 1.5
    Professional Electives 12.0
    Total Credits 45.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (graduate GPA will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA)
    • If you're pursuing Teacher Education Certification, you must meet the PA State content course requirements for your specific area of certification
      • Content course reviews are conducted at time of application
      • Coursework missing from your undergraduate background or below the minimum 3.0 GPA cumulative average may be taken concurrently with the graduate program

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    Tuition

    The tuition rate for the academic year 2019-2020 is $978 per credit. (A 25% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1303 per credit)

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

    Field Experience

    There are four types of field experiences in K-12 classrooms required for certification embedded throughout the program:

    • Observing: (EDEX 542, 544, 546, EDUC 520, 565, Methods)
    • Participating & Assisting: (EDEX 542, 544, 546, EDUC 520, 565, Methods)
    • Pre-Student Teaching: (2 weeks up to 40 hours connected to Methods course prior to student teaching)
    • Graduate Student Teaching: (Capstone Experience 12 weeks)

    The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires approximately 130 hours of field experiences in addition to Graduate Student Teaching. Up to 40 hours of field experiences (except student teaching) may be transferred in from previous PK-12 school-based experiences.

    You should not take it upon yourself to arrange any field experience on your own, however, you can list your desired school district on all field placement applications. Once you submit all required clearances (PA requires FBI, Child Abuse, Criminal History, and TB) and the appropriate Observation or Field Placement Application (listing a preferred district), a Field Experience Coordinator from Drexel's School of Education's Field Placement Office (FPO) will make every effort to arrange a school-based, appropriate field placement related to your area of certification in a location reasonably close to where you live or work, providing that the requested school meets PA State requirements. The FPO must receive a confirmation for all field experiences from the School District's Field Placement office prior to allowing students to enter into any school classroom.

    For Graduate Student Teaching, you're required to spend a total of 12 weeks, full-time, under the supervision of a certified cooperating teacher and university supervisor. At a minimum, 6 of the 12 weeks of student teaching must be located within a public or charter school. Once Drexel's FPO locates an acceptable site, you'll work with the school's principal, university supervisor, and certified cooperating teacher regarding meeting the course's objectives/goals. You'll videotape yourself teaching and periodically send tapes to the Field Experience Coordinator for evaluation. In addition, you'll be required to complete the required hours of regular in-class observations and fieldwork in most core Pedagogy courses.

    Drexel students are also able to complete student teaching at Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS.)

    Clearances

    You must submit the required clearances to enter into PreK-12 schools in PA, another state, or an international school. Since the process of obtaining clearances can take up to 8 weeks, you're encouraged to begin the process within the first term at Drexel.

    PA requires that pre-service teachers must submit copies of all required clearances (FBI, PA Child Abuse, and PA Criminal Background) to the FPO by the second week of the first term. In addition, some school districts will require that you obtain the TB Skin test. You should retain all original copies and present them to the schools during all field experiences as well as fax them to the FPO at 215-571-4270.

    • Clearances (Out of State)
      For applicants not living in PA, please contact your State’s Department of Education or local School District to determine which clearances will be required in your state/school district to enter classrooms for all types of field experiences. Once obtained, follow the instructions above to submit them to Drexel’s School of Education.
    • Clearances (International)
      For applicants living overseas or planning to complete field experiences in an approved International or DoDDS school please obtain FBI and Criminal History background checks at the very least. Also please indicate your intentions within your application essay and contact the School of Education for more information regarding International Field Experiences at 215-895-6770.

    International Students

    If you wish to complete the field experience requirement outside of the United States, you must contact the School of Education's Field Placement Office to be aware of the international deadline and procedures to submit your field placement application. All field experiences must be completed in a U.S. accredited school, or an approved international school whereby English is the language spoken in all classrooms, and the school is following PA Department of Education and US Department of Education guidelines. You should not choose field placements which include working with students with special needs or students whose first language is not English.

    Typically students living overseas student teach in a U.S. affiliated school, such as on an Army base, under the guidance of a U.S. fully certified teacher at the grade level and subject appropriate for the intended area of certification. The cooperating teacher needs to be certified in the U.S. with a minimum of 3 years teaching experience in the area of certification being pursued. All international field placements will be arranged by the School of Education's Field Placement Coordinator.

    • All PA certification candidates living overseas must submit the original PDE required Health form signed by a US Licensed Physician or US Licensed Physician's Assistant prior to completing the TIMS certification application.
    • PreK-4 students can only take the PECT exams in the USA, Canada, Puerto Rico or Virgin Islands.

    Any student (U.S. Citizen or otherwise) living overseas or planning to move overseas should contact their advisor to discuss their situation prior to enrolling in the program or completing courses and certification requirements. 

    Academic Calendar

    2019-2020 Academic Year

    Term

    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2019

    September 23, 2019

    December 7, 2019

    December 9, 2019

    December 14, 2019

    Winter 2020

    January 6, 2020

    March 16, 2020

    March 17, 2020

    March 21, 2020

    Spring 2020

    March 30, 2020

    June 8, 2020

    June 9, 2020

    June 13, 2020

    Summer 2020

    June 22, 2020

    August 30, 2020

    September 2, 2020

    September 5, 2020

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