Graduate Degrees and Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification

Welcome to the Albright College Graduate Program in Education

The graduate program in Education leads to a Master of Arts or a Master of Science degree in the concentration of General Education (which includes Secondary Education content areas). Candidates for a master’s degree may also pursue teacher certification. Courses taken for teacher certification are graduate-level and are credited to the master’s degree, which makes Albright’s master’s program unique. It offers a master’s program with teacher certification embedded within it. At the same time, Albright welcomes candidates who want only a certification or who are current teachers looking to pursue a master’s degree. All of our graduate courses qualify for ACT 48 credit.

For students who currently hold a teacher certification, the master’s program at Albright offers an individualized way of completing a master’s degree in a small college setting that allows for a more personal form of academic expression among one’s peers and instructors. Also, building upon and continuing Albright’s interdisciplinary arts tradition, the master’s degree includes a liberal arts strand of three courses. The program requires a minimum of 39 credits.

Degree Program Admission

A student files her/his application with the Graduate Division early during the semester immediately preceding actual enrollment in graduate classes.  The student may be granted degree program admission if s/he has a strong undergraduate academic record and appears to have potential for successful completion of a graduate program.  Degree program admission is based on the following criteria:

  • Completion of the baccalaureate degree at a regionally credited institution of higher education
  • An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 2.8 on a 4.0 scale (if student has below a 2.8, provisional status requirements must be met)
  • Completion of an application for admission
  • Submission of official transcripts
  • Two letters of reference
  • Submission of official test scores from the Graduate Record Examination General Test or Miller Analogies Test
  • Meeting with the Graduate Dean

Applicants seeking teacher certification must have met or be qualified to meet the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s certification requirements for teachers and must have completed the PRAXIS I (reading, writing, and math) examinations.

Provisional Status

Provisional status allows students to enroll in graduate courses in order to qualify for admission to the degree program.  A student may be granted provisional status if denied initial admission to the degree program, but specific requirements must be met before being granted full admission.

Non-Degree Status

A student may be declared non-degree status if he decides to apply for graduate study but does not plan to work towards a graduate degree.  This category usually includes students taking courses for professional development, for transfer to another institution, or for maintaining certification in their field (e.g., compliance with Act 48).  Applicants for non-degree status are required to verify receipt of a baccalaureate degree


For more information, please contact Dr. Rodney Warfield at (610) 921-7856 or rwarfield@albright.edu or request additional information.