Education Degrees and Certifications

M.A.T. with PK-4 Certification

M.A.T. with Secondary/PK-12 Education Certification

M.S. in Higher Education Administration

M.S. in Reading Education

M.S. in School Leadership with Principal Certification

M.S. in Special Education

M.S. in Administration and Supervision of Special Education

The School of Education offers educator certification in the following disciplines:

Biology 7-12

Communication (Theatre) 7-12

Curriculum and Instruction Supervisor PK-12

Early Childhood and Elementary Education PK-4
Endorsement-Autism Spectrum Disorders PK-12
English 7-12

Home and School Visitor PK-12
Mathematics 7-12

Music PK-12

Principal PK-12

Program Specialist – English as a Second Language (ESL) PK-12
Reading Specialist PK-12

Social Studies 7-12
Spanish PK-12

Special Education PK-8/PK-4 (dual)

Special Education 7-12/Mathematics (dual)

Special Education 7-12/English (dual)

Special Education PK-8 or 7-12 (second certification)

Special Education Supervisor PK-12

Superintendent Letter of Eligibility PK-12

Pennsylvania Department of Education Requirements

The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires that certain criteria be met prior to acceptance into certification or degree programs.

NOTE: Requirements discussed in this catalog regarding admission to a program, prerequisite and requisite courses, student teaching approval, and recommendation for certification and graduation are subject to change.

All applicants interested in pursuing a graduate program in education must complete an application to the University.

All applicants must meet with the chair of the School of Education or designated faculty member prior to admission. Teacher certification candidates will also meet with the Director of Professional Field Experience.

All applicants seeking certification must meet the following requirements:

Application Letters of Recommendation Baccalaureate Q.P.A
Initial Certification Program* x x 3.00
Advanced Certification Program* x x 3.00

*A minimum of one-half of a student’s coursework must be taken at Marywood in order to receive a recommendation for certification.

Pennsylvania considers the education of its children to be among the highest priorities of state government and has dedicated many resources toward that end. Educators prepare for their responsibilities in the schools of the Commonwealth through the completion of: (1) A state-approved education program with a minimum 3.00 GPA that includes a student teaching (for instructional certificates) or field experience/internship (for administrative certificates). (2) Pennsylvania required tests. (3) Application materials (with fee) documenting that all certification requirements have been met. Program completers must be of good moral character and apply for a certificate using the Teacher Information Management System (TIMS) online system on the commonwealth’s web site

Professional Contribution

Most degree programs in education include a closure experience. This experience is referred to as a Professional Contribution (PC). Depending on the program, the PC may be a professional project, thesis, exhibit, portfolio, internship, applied research, or action research. Degree candidates work under the guidance of a faculty mentor and give a public presentation of their Professional Contribution. The Professional Contribution for programs leading to initial instructional certification is the student teaching experience.

The School Leadership Academy

The School Leadership Academy provides current and aspiring school leaders with a distinctive approach to ensuring school success. The overall goal of the program is to develop building level and district level administrators (District Superintendent, Principal, Special Education Supervisor, Curriculum and Instruction Supervisor) who are motivated to serve children, families, teachers, and communities by applying solid research and best practices of the discipline to their role.

A dynamic part of the Marywood program is that each semester we offer a careful hybrid program that incorporates Powerful Learning Experiences (PLE) that brings together all School Leadership Academy once per term for a timely topical discussion that addresses the standards and is led by a prominent scholar or practitioners in the field with a panel made up of local principals and program alumni.