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The 4+1 Program in Education

Bachelor’s degree + Master’s degree + Teacher certification in 5 years

The 4+1 Graduate Program in Education leads to a Master of Arts or a Master of Science degree for Albright undergraduate education students who wish to complete both the bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. This sequential degree program also enables students to earn teacher certification as part of the curriculum.

Applications to the 4+1 program should be submitted to the Graduate Office by the end of the junior year.  However, an earlier decision helps in the preparation and scheduling of undergraduate courses. Scheduling is critical because the first two graduate courses are taken in the spring term of the senior year. As an incentive, those two graduate classes, when taken with at least one undergraduate class, are tuition-free since they are included in the spring undergraduate tuition and financial aid package.

Finishing the program with a Master's degree not only exhibits your dedication and commitment to teaching at the beginning of your career, but you’ll also start at a higher salary bracket than a counterpart with only an undergraduate degree complementing their certification.

The course sequence is as follows:

Spring of Senior Year
EDU 515 Advanced Human Development
EDU 630 Secondary Assessment

First Summer
EDU 547 ELL for Adolescents
EDU 612 School Law
EDU 525 Current Trends & Issues in Historical Perspective
SPE 540 The Inclusive Secondary Classroom 

Fall of Fifth year
EDU 510 Statistics and Research Design
EDU 646 Secondary Methods II
SPE 541  Assessment & Adaptation:  Adolescents with Special Needs
LSS Liberal Studies Strand course

Interim of Fifth Year
EDU 614 Field Experience II

Spring of Fifth year
EDU 702 Graduate Student Teaching
EDU 704 Graduate Student Teaching
EDU 707 Secondary Professional Seminar

Second Summer
EDU 520 Curriculum Development
EDU 701 Graduate Research Project

Requirements to apply for the 4+1 Program:

  • Complete Graduate Application Packet including two recommendation letters
  • Must meet guidelines for teacher certification programs, including C or better in all education and content courses and a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Letter of admission to Education Department on file
  • GRE or MAT score needed prior to start of program (Application can be submitted prior to test date)

For more information:

Email Dr. Joseph Yarworth, Graduate Coordinator at jyarworth@albright.edu or Call the Graduate Office at 610-921-7856