Please note: These programs are no longer accepting new first year students.

(see below for information regarding our Master of Education (MEd) with Secondary Certification)


The secondary education undergraduate program will prepare you to teach one or more content areas in grades 7 through 12, in a variety of settings. You will learn current educational theories and effective teaching practices, participate in field experiences, which require you to observe and/or participate in teaching activities at multiple schools, and student teach. 

Carlow has an excellent history of placing students in schools for observations and student teaching. Students have easy access to Pittsburgh's extensive systems of public, parochial, and private schools, including The Campus School of Carlow University and the opportunity to complete student teaching in Ireland. With more than 150 hours of classroom observation and 450 hours of classroom teaching, you will be prepared to handle situations impossible to simulate in a university classroom.

As a Secondary Education undergraduate (bachelor's) student, you will major in the area you intend to teach (biology, chemistry, English, general science, mathematics, or social studies). 

Special Features of Carlow's MEd Secondary Education Program:

1. Experiential learning

Out-of-school learning and non-formal education competencies will be embedded in this unique program. Program participants will complete a three-week practicum in nonprofit or community-based organizations, including museums and outdoor learning centers.

2. CREATE Lab emerging technologies

Carlow University is a Satellite of CMU’s CREATE Lab. All program participants will complete a course EDUC 728, Interdisciplinary Models, where technology fluency and emerging technologies will be highlighted.

3. Immersive school-based placements

A three-semester program sequence (fall, spring, and summer) allows immersive placements in high schools during the academic year. As a result, program participants will have an option to be employed in high-need teaching fields under the PA intern process.

4. Practicum Experience

Practicum supervisors will be on-site school partners in department chair and administrative positions in high schools  


The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics expects jobs for teachers at most levels to grow faster than the average for all careers through 2020. Most openings are expected to result from the retirement of many experienced teachers. Job prospects should be best in rural and inner-city schools and for teachers in certain subjects, including math, chemistry, physics, bilingual education, and world languages. 

Through the course of this innovative program, you will become an initially or a permanently certified teacher, prepared for creating, shaping, and sustaining transformational learning environments that focus on your students and their individual potential for success. 


IMPORTANT NOTE FOR ALL CERTIFICATION STUDENTS: At the end sophomore year, students must officially apply to the department of education through their advisor. In order to apply, students must have 48 credits, have at least a 3.0 GPA; successfully passed SKW 101, SKQ 101, a math course, and a literature course; AND students must also pass the PAPA (Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment) or the CORE ETS Fundamental Skills Tests in reading, writing, and math.


Upon completion of the course requirements in the program, the student must successfully pass student teaching with a combined score of 4 or higher on both PDE 430 evaluation forms. The student must pass the Praxis Content Area exam in his/her discipline. Once the student has met these requirements, he/she may apply for certification at the following website: 

TIMS Website:


Master of Education (MEd) Secondary Certification

The Master of Education with a concentration in Secondary Certification is designed for candidates who hold bachelor degrees in one (or more) of the content areas they wish to teach: Biology, Chemistry, English, General Science, Mathematics, and Social Studies.  This is a 36-credit degree for Secondary certification.  This is a 39-credit degree to graduate with the M.Ed.

Required courses:

HPL 700 Foundations of High Performance Learning, 3 credits

HPL 710  Learner Centrality in the Context of Performance, 3 credits

HPL 720  Cognition/Brain-based Learning, 3 credits

HPL 740 Learning Theory, 3 credits

SPED 712 Foundations of Special Education, 3 credits

SPED 736 Instructional Support in the Subject Areas, 3 credits

SPED 751 Assessment, 3 credits

ED 727 Teaching ELL Pre-K through 12, 3 credits

SE 711 Content Area Literacy, 3 credits

SE 750 Secondary Curriculum and Methods, 3 credits

Required course for prospective teachers seeking certification/licensure:

SE 709 Student Teaching in Secondary Education, 6 credits 

Required course for graduation:

ED 731 Creative Inquiry, 3 credits


Ann Bisignani, MPM

Marilyn Llewellyn, PhD

Patricia McMahon, PhD

Undergraduate Course information available here