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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.
Since most of our students are already balancing work and family responsibilities, we schedule many of our classes in the evenings or on weekends, and at multiple off-campus locations, in addition to the Saint Francis University campus, in order to provide students with a greater degree of flexibility. Evening classes are offered in fall, spring and two summer sessions.
Students may apply at any time; applications are accepted and processed by the department year-round. A student may enroll in up to six credits while his/her application is being completed and processed.
For admission requirements and application forms, please click on the MEd Admissions Application link at the left.
No, only official transcripts sent directly from the outside institutions will be accepted.
No. However, you will not receive a teaching certificate at the completion of the Master of Education degree program.
With the approval of the Education Department Chair, students may transfer up to six hours of graduate credits from another college or university. Students must submit this request in writing and forward a course description and an official transcript from the respective college or university to the Education Department. Saint Francis University WILL NOT accept course transfers or substitutions that are of a workshop nature. Courses taken seven years prior to the request for transfer will not be considered. Credit for graduate work completed at other institutions will be given only for courses in which the student received a "B" grade or better.
Yes. At the student’s request and upon his/her successful completion of the course(s), the Saint Francis University Graduate Education department will report Act 48 credits to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Student must complete a Request to Report Act 48 credits form and return to the office.
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No, the Saint Francis University degree programs and certification programs are separate programs. For instance, if you wish to enroll in the post-baccalaureate certification program to teach secondary education, you will be taking a combination of both undergraduate and graduate courses. Some courses are available at the graduate level and the credits may count towards a master's degree.
Yes. Your current school district will need to submit your request for Title II certification to PDE. You can obtain your official transcripts from the Registrar's Office at Saint Francis University.
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