Master - Secondary Education: OATCERT Certificate

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If your ambition is to teach middle school through high school students, typically, you will need to obtain a certification to do so. In addition to earning a credential such as the Online Accelerated Teacher Certification (OATCERT) from Saint Joseph's University, you may also consider earning the Master of Science in Secondary Education by adding only three additional classes. . For pertinent facts about this program, read further.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The Secondary Education Master's Degree with Online Accelerated Teacher Certification (OATCERT) program is designed to help you educate students in diverse school systems, including city, suburban, private, and public. Your studies will span topics such as literacy, curriculum planning, utilizing technology in the classroom, as well as educating young people who have special needs. For one of your final program courses, you'll have the opportunity to serve as a student teacher under supervised conditions; this experience then counts toward your required field hours. Upon successful completion of the program, offered online, you should have the qualifications necessary to apply for a secondary teacher certification.

What Are the Prerequisites?

To maximize the benefits of this program, you'll first need to have an interest in teaching at the secondary level (7th through 12th grades). You will be required to provide proof of a bachelor's degree in areas such as general science, citizenship, English, or mathematics. Applicants to Saint Joseph University's programs should have earned at least a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

To graduate from this Saint Joseph's University program, 36 credits are required. Eight core courses will account for 27 of those credits; these alone will lead to the teaching certification. Three elective courses, three credits each, will round out the total required number of 36 credits.

Master's Degree in Secondary Education with Certification (OATCERT) Core Course Requirements (27 credits)

Course CodeCourse Name
EDU 550Historical and Contemporary Perspectives in Education (3 credits)
SPE 550 Foundations in Special Education (3 credits)
EDU 557Adolescent Psychology (3 credits)
SPE 602Diagnostic Assessment and Progress Monitoring (3 credits)
EDU 625Theory and Practice in Secondary Education (3 credits)
EDU 646Language and Culture (3 credits)
EDU 647Literacy and Learning Across the Curriculum (3 credits)
EDU 697Secondary Teaching in Inclusive Environments (6 credits)
Elective Examples include:
EDL 600Educational Leader as Researcher and Reflective Practitioner (3 credits)
EDL 605Critical Contemporary Educational Issues (3 credits)
EDL 680Law and American Education (3 credits)

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

When you have completed your Online Accelerated Teacher Certification program, you may be qualified to work in junior high school, middle school, and high school settings. Some likely career choices might include:

  • High School Teacher (English/Mathematics/Science/History)
  • Junior High Teacher (English/Mathematics/Science/History)
  • High School Teacher (English/Mathematics/Science/History)
  • Middle School History Teacher (English/Mathematics/Science/History)
  • Supervising Teacher
  • Department Chairperson