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Which Degree or Certification is Right for Me?

Which Degree or Certification is Right for Me?



DEGREE OPTIONS


Undergraduate Degrees

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (BS)

The BS degree is for those seeking the first college degree typically focusing on an area related to science.

Masters Degrees


MASTER OF ARTS (MA)

The MA degree is for those seeking to enhance their research and scholarship in the mastery of specific knowledge and skills in a non-science area of focus.

MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING (MAT)

The MAT degree is for those seeking to obtain teacher certification and Master's degree through an extensive internship experience.

MASTER OF EDUCATION (MED)

The MEd degree is for those seeking to increase skills and knowledge in professional practice.

MASTER OF SCIENCE (MS)

The MS is for those seeking to enhance their research and scholarship towards mastery of specific knowledge and skills in an area of focus.

Doctoral Degrees


DOCTOR OF EDUCATION (EDD)

The EdD is considered a professional and research degree and is for those individuals who want to prepare for advanced and scholarly proficiency in administrative or specialized positions in education.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PHD)

The PhD degree is for those individuals seeking to enhance their knowledge and skills in a specific content in order to conduct original and independent research of significance in the chosen field.

CERTIFICATION OPTIONS


Pennsylvania State Teaching Certificate (Instructional I Certificate)

The Instructional I Certificate is the initial teaching certificate in a specific area (e.g., PreK-4, Secondary subject area) and is valid for a specific number of service years during which specific requirements must be completed.

Pennsylvania State Administrative Certificate

This certificate is for those seeking positions as K-12 principals or superintendents.

Pennsylvania State Supervisory Certificate

This certificate is a Single Area Supervisory Certificate for grade levels K-12 within a specified instructional or educational service area of the curriculum or school program, for example: supervisor of mathematics; supervisor of reading; or supervisor of special education.

Professional Certificate

Professional certificates are granted at a national level through an outside organization and are specific to an area of focus.

MINORS


Undergraduate Minor

This is a series of 18 credits in a specific area of concentration.

Graduate Minor

This is series of 24 graduate credits in a specific area of concentration.