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Degree Options & Requirements

Option 1: MA in Education

This program of studies prepares students to earn a Master of Arts in Education. The course of studies is typically available to teachers, but is open to other individuals who desire to earn a graduate degree credential in education. A thesis option is available for students interested in pursuing a doctorate degree. 

Option 2: MA in Education and PK-4 Teacher Certification

Rosemont College offers a MA with PK-4 certification or post-baccalaureate PK-4 certificate only. This course of study prepares students to earn a master's degree and/or the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Instructional I Certification (PK-4) in accordance with the state requirements.

Option 3: MA in Literacy with K-12 Reading Specialist Certification

Rosemont College offers a MA in Literacy with K-12 Reading Specialist Certification or a post-baccalaureate Reading Specialist (K-12) certificate only. This specialized program of study is designed for teachers who hold a current PA Instructional I or II teaching certificate and want to become experts as reading teachers or literacy leaders in their schools and communities.

This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and is aligned with the PA Reading Specialist Competencies and the International Literacy Association’s Standards for Reading Professionals.

Option 4: MA in Educational Leadership with K-12 Principal Certification 

Rosemont College offers a MA in Educational Leadership with K-12 Principal Certification or a post-baccalaureate Principal (K-12) certificate only. This administrative program of study was developed for teachers who hold a current PA Instructional I or II teaching certificate, with a minimum of three years of experience, and aspire to become school principals or assistant principals. Candidates for this program will gain the knowledge, expertise, and skills to become inspiring and effective educational leaders in their schools and communities.

This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and was developed to meet the PDE Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership (PIL) Standards.

Option 5: ESL Program Specialist Certification

Rosemont College offers an ESL Program Specialist Certification for teachers with a valid Pennsylvania Instructional I or II teaching certificate. The successful completion of this program prepares candidates to teach English as a Second Language to improve educational opportunities for English language learners in K-12 school settings. The program consists of 16 credits and 60 hours of field experiences. 

 

This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and addresses the required ESL Program Specialist guidelines and essential competencies to meet the linguistic, sociocultural, and academic needs of this growing population.

Option 6: Act 48 Credits

Rosemont’s graduate education program offers its courses year-round due to the fact that educators must maintain their certificates in “active” status by earning six collegiate credits or six PDE-approved in-service credits or 180 continuing education hours or any combination of the above every five calendar years.  [Each college credit is equal to 30 continuing education hours.]  All coursework (credits and/or hours) must be directly related to the educator’s certification type, and/or area of assignment, unless enrolled in administrative program, and/or approved by the school board.