Certification & Capstone

Certification tracks are assigned based on the content area and grade level placement in which you work in your school. Our program ensures that your coursework and mentoring aligns with requirements for earning teaching certification.


  • Pre-K-4th grade
  • Middle Years with concentration in
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • English
    • Social Studies
  • Secondary Mathematics
  • Secondary English
  • Secondary General Science
  • Secondary Physics
  • Secondary Biology
  • Secondary Chemistry
  • Secondary Social Studies
  • Secondary World Languages


Along with a general education certification, individuals working in special education classrooms may have the opportunity to earn either a Pre-K-8th or a 7th-12th grade special education certification through our dual certification program. A stand-alone special education certification is not an option in the State of Pennsylvania.

Dual certification requires completion of one of the General Education certification tracks above combined with either:

  • Elementary Special Education (Pre-K-8th grade)
  • Secondary Special Education (7th-12th grade)

Teachers who have earned PA certification and wish to add the special education certification may complete it in a 5-course, 1-year hybrid model. 

master’s capstone

Students in any of the M.S.Ed. degree options will be able to join a selected advocacy strand to complete their final master’s capstone research project. Advocacy strands have included:

  • Health advocacy
  • Legal advocacy
  • Financial advocacy
  • Digital filmmaking
  • Inquiry to practice
  • Policy and education reform