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Master of Education Degrees and Programs

  • Why Study MEd at SFU?

    1. Multiple levels of study. Our Graduate Education programs are designed to help current teachers advance to the next level of mastery within their profession and to prepare non-teaching professions to enter the field of education.

    2. Small class size. We strongly believe that a small-group learning environment and one-on-one attention are beneficial for students at the graduate level. These factors contribute toward creating a comfortable, dynamic atmosphere where students and professors can engage in a dialogue of ideas.

    3. Faculty engagement. We take great pride in giving students the individual attention needed to make this a successful and meaningful journey. Our faculty promote student development through active participation and making connections between theory and research-based practice.

    4. Specialized programs. In addition to traditional MEd degrees, we offer administrative certifications, specialized endorsement programs, and a variety of subject-specific post-baccalaureate programs.

    • MEd Degrees
    • Administrative Certifications
    • Additional Programs
    • Post-Baccalaureate Programs
    • Required Student Forms
    • The MEd Mission
    MEd Degrees

    Master of Education Degrees

    • Education, M.Ed.
    • Education/Leadership, M.Ed.
    • Education/Reading Program (MED/R), M.Ed.
    • Principal and Special Education Supervisor Certification Program
    • Superintendent/Intermediate Unit Executive Director Letter of Eligibility Certification

    See requirements: Visit the academic catalog and scroll to the School of Arts & Letters to view degree requirements. 

    Administrative Certifications

    Administrative Certifications

    • Principal Certification
    • Special Education Supervisory Certification
    • Reading Specialist Certification
    • Superintendent/Intermediate Unit Executive Director Letter of Eligibility Certification
    Additional Programs

    Master of Education Endorsement Programs

    • Autism Spectrum Disorder Endorsement: The Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Endorsement is designed for candidates interested in completing a competency-based sequence of courses at a baccalaureate degree level or higher. This endorsement provides an additional level of specific training and experiences for professional who provide educational services for the population of students presenting with various autism spectrum disorders. Learn more
    • Instructional Coach Endorsement: The Instructional Coach Endorsement is one method of professional development that has shown potential to improve the knowledge, skills and practices of teachers, thus enhancing student achievement. Instructional coaching as a professional development activity involves a highly skilled professional (the coach) working with other professionals (the teachers) in a collegial manner to raise instructional practice to the highest possible level. Learn more
    • English as Second Language (ESL) Program Specialist: The ESL Program Specialist Certificate is designed for candidates with an Instructional I certificate who are interested in completing a competency-based sequence of courses at a post baccalaureate level. This certificate provides an additional skill-level of specific training and experiences for professionals who will provide educational services for the population English language learners who are acquiring English as a second language. Upon completion it enables professional educators holding this certificate to address the complex needs of English language learners in various classrooms and schools in the k-12 settings. 
    • Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate: The TESOL certificate program is designed to demonstrate that candidates have completed a competency-based sequence of four courses at the post-baccalaureate level. This certificate provides an additional skill-level of specific training and experiences for professionals who provide TESOL educational services for the growing population of English Language Learners (ELLs) enrolling at Saint Francis University and other global institutions. It will allow professional educators holding this certificate to address the complex needs of English Language Learners in various classrooms, school settings and teaching English abroad. Educational professionals achieving this certificate will have demonstrated competencies related to research-based assessment, TESOL curriculum, instruction, culture/diversity, second language acquisition and program management for ELL students. The certificate will be applicable for those professionals serving students across all English language proficiency levels. 

    See requirements: Visit the academic catalog and scroll to the School of Arts & Letters to view degree requirements.

      Post-Baccalaureate Programs
      • Post-Baccalaureate Program: Non-Traditional Certification
        • Biology
        • Chemistry
        • English
        • Mathematics
        • Social studies
        • Spanish
        • Special education Pk-8

      See requirements: Visit the academic catalog and scroll to the School of Arts & Letters to view degree requirements.

      Required Student Forms

      Application Form

      Other Forms

      The MEd Mission

      The Mission for the Education Department of Saint Francis University is to provide a curriculum for pre-service and in-service educators that will develop and reinforce reflective practices. We believe that our students must develop the skill to guarantee a learning environment in which all children can learn and achieve their own kind of individually configured excellence—an environment that nurtures the unique talents and creativity of children; understands, respects, and incorporates the diversity, abilities, and experiences of children into the learning process; and cultivates the personal commitment of their students to enduring habits of life-long learning.

      The education program at Saint Francis University will strive to instill the belief that teaching and learning comprise a holistic process that connects ideas and disciplines to each other and to the personal experiences, environments, and communities of students. Consequently, the process of teaching must be dynamic and reciprocal, responding to the many contexts within which students learn. Such teaching demands that teachers integrate their knowledge of subjects, students, the community, and curriculum to create a bridge between learning goals and learners' lives.