Education: Master of Arts, Master of Science, Post Baccalaureate Certificates
How many courses do I need to take? How long does this take?
The complete graduate education program is 10 courses (units) in duration. Each class lasts 5 weeks. You may transfer in a maximum of 6 courses (units) if you have previously taken classes.
Can I take these courses online?
Yes, courses are available in online asynchronous and synchronous format. You may also take the program face-to-face, if that is your preference, once COVID-19 restrictions pass.
How much does the program cost?
The price per course (unit) is $1975. This cost is inclusive; there are no additional fees. Books will be a separate cost. Currently, you are able to submit paperwork to qualify for our “grad match” program: this program will reduce tuition for our teachers to what Pennsylvania reimburses (currently $1450/course).
When can I start?
There are eight opportunities throughout the year to begin this master’s program in the School of Professional Studies. Our eight sessions are Fall 1, 2, and 3, Spring 1, 2, and 3, and Summer 1 and 2.
What happens when the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania makes changes to master’s of education programs?
The education department is aware of programmatic changes by the Commonwealth and is prepared to incorporate these changes into our program. We are committed to working with each student individually to complete their degree.
What should I know about the graduate education program?
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.
To meet your graduate degree needs, we offer varied specialties with our master’s degree, and we also have numerous post-baccalaureate certifications for your professional advancement.
Graduate Degree Options:
Masters: Education in PreK-4
Masters: Education in Secondary Education
Masters: Education in Special Education
Masters: Education w/Teacher Certification in PreK-4
Masters: Education w/Teacher Certification in K-12
Masters: Education w/Teacher Certification in Secondary Ed
Masters: Education w/Teacher Certification in Special Ed
Post Baccalaureate Certifications for Education: Art K-12; Biology 7-12; Chemistry 7-12; Physics 7-12; English 7-12; French K-12; Spanish K-12; Latin 7-12; Mathematics 7-12; Social Studies History Concentration 7-12; Social Studies Political Science Concentration 7-12; PreK-4; Special Education K-6; Special Education 7-12
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.
Degree Program Admission
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
- Meeting with the Chair of the Education Department
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.