Master's Degree & Certification

Secondary Education (MEd)

Gain advanced learning experiences suitable for practicing teachers through our secondary education master’s program. Along with professional skills enrichment and development, you can earn certification in eight subjects.

Program Overview

Our master’s program in secondary education (grades 7–12) provides you with advanced learning experiences suitable for practicing teachers, along with opportunities for professional skills enrichment and development.

Earn your graduate degree with or without teaching certification in Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, English, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies (History), or Spanish**.

**Spanish certification qualifies students to teach pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

Program Options

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Earn grade 7-12 teaching certification in the following: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, English, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies (History), or Spanish. 

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Admissions Information

  • Complete the application form.
  • Copy of your Resume.
  • Personal Statement.
  • Have an official transcript sent from all previous graduate and undergraduate programs.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from colleagues, supervisors, or college professors.
  • Complete a writing sample. Contact the Writing Center at 610-499-4332 to schedule an appointment. The writing sample can be waived if you have an acceptable undergraduate GPA.

You will have an admissions interview with a faculty advisor.

We have rolling admissions, so you may enter the program in any semester.

Program Highlights

Gain the professional skills and preparation to advance your teaching career in 7–12 grades.

Personalized Learning

With a personalized learning approach, our program will help you meet your career goals to become a critical member of the secondary education teaching community.

Instruction for Working Educators

We have hybrid, online, and evening classes—perfect for working professionals. You can also complete the program part-time, enabling you to earn your degree on your own timetable.

Convenient Classes & Online Options

We structure our courses as professional learning communities, so your prior knowledge and work experience are integrated with engaged faculty with secondary education experience. You also work with fellow educators, learning from each other to develop leadership and collaborative skills to be an outstanding grade 7-12 educator.


Get to know our Secondary Education MEd faculty.

Richard E. Thurlow
Associate Professor

"My interests include brain development, literacy development, and applications of technology in research and instruction. My greatest excitement in teaching comes from the way that working with graduate students spills over to my teaching of undergraduates and vice versa."

Essence Allen-Presley
Director of The Widener Child Development Center

"I believe classroom culture should include opportunities to create community through social justice values, respect, and equality for everyone. Teachers must include students' needs and interests, their knowledge from personal experiences, interactions, opportunities to explore hands-on activities, social-emotional regulation through positive behavior supports, and self-constructed inquiry and knowledge through questioning."

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Recent Employers & Industry Connections

  • Ridley School District
  • Interboro School District
  • The School District of Philadelphia
  • Chester Community Charter School
  • Widener Partnership Charter School
  • Chester Upland School District
  • Chichester School District
  • Penn Delco School District

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Secondary Education teacher (Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Math, Physics, Social Studies/History, Spanish)
  • Middle or High School teacher
  • Teacher leader

Demand for Secondary Teachers

Many schools report that they have difficulty filling teaching positions for certain subjects, including math and science.

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Financial Aid

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Next steps to apply

We’re glad you made the decision to apply. All applications and supplemental materials are submitted through the online application system. There is a $35 application fee to apply to Widener.

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