With a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Carlow University you’ll be ready to thrive as a middle or high school teacher and to meet the unique needs of today’s students.

Students work on their assignment during class. All are seated at desks of 2-3 people.
Credits required: 

35 credits

Cost per credit: 


Time to degree:

As few as 12 months


Student Teaching In-Person 

Carlow University’s Secondary Certification Program prepares prospective teachers of grades 7 through 12 in the content areas of biology, chemistry, English, general science, mathematics, and social studies.

Carlow’s Scholar-Practitioner Framework emphasizes reflection in promoting teachers’ awareness of their own developing pedagogy and curricular insights to create positive learning environments for adolescent learners. The program aims to prepare culturally responsive and antiracist educators who are aware of the psychological, sociological, and political aspects of teaching and learning. This is all done through a purposeful progression of courses and field work that prepares future teachers to enter the classroom to meet the needs of today’s students.

Quick facts

  • Our program prepares just and merciful educators who are committed to removing barriers for students  
  • This program prepares students for Pennsylvania Department of Education teaching certification in Secondary Education 
  • Partnerships with area school districts allow for immersive and meaningful field work and student teaching 

Career opportunities for Masters in Secondary Education

With an M.Ed. in Secondary Education from Carlow University, you will be positioned to assume a middle school or high school teaching position in public, private, charter or parochial schools.  You may elect to work in nonprofit or out-of-school learning envioments supportng adolescents or young adults

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Meet our Alumni


Director of Special Education, Provident Charter School

"When deciding to attend graduate school, Carlow University was a natural choice, not only because of its familiarity, but also because of the various degree options."


Head Teacher, Child’s World Daycare

"I especially loved The Campus Laboratory School. It was a chance to experience the design of different classrooms, closely observe many teaching styles, and practice using different instructional strategies in a supportive environment."


Chemistry Teacher, Avonworth School District

"I want to take this moment and thank Dr. Keely Baronak and the whole Carlow team for the education and experiences I've gained from the MEd Secondary Education program. I'm excited to represent Carlow in my new home."

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You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work


Start terms:

Fall & Spring

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

Certification requirements

Upon completion of the course requirements in the program, you must successfully pass: 

  • Student teaching with a combined score of 4 or higher on both PDE 430 evaluation forms
  • Praxis Content Area exam in your discipline. 

Once you have met these requirements, you may apply for certification with the state.

You may qualify for the Carlow Noyce Program which offers up to $18,000 to graduate students pursuing teaching certification.

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