Graduate Degrees and Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification
Albright College Graduate Program in Education
Albright’s 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 Albright program 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. The program requires a minimum of 30 credits. Albright College will match the graduate tuition rate of Kutztown University beginning in fall 2018. Please see the School of Professional Studies tuition page for additional information.
Degree Program Admission
Student file applications with Albright’s Graduate Division early during the semester, immediately preceding actual enrollment in graduate classes. Students may be granted degree program admission if they have strong undergraduate academic records and appear to have potential for successful completion of a graduate program. Degree program admission is based on the following criteria:
- Completion of a 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 allows students to enroll in graduate courses in order to qualify for admission to the degree program. Students may be granted provisional status if denied initial admission to the degree program, but specific requirements must be met before full admission is granted.
Students may be declared non-degree status if they apply for graduate study but do 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 baccalaureate degrees.