- John Noakes, Ph.D., Associate Professor
- Jodi Bornstein, Ph.D., Associate Professor
- Christina L. Ager, Ph.D., Professor
- Peter Appelbaum, Ed.D. Professor
- Foram Bhukhanwala, Ph.D., Associate Professor
- Marc Brasof, Ed.D., Associate Professor
- Bruce Campbell, Ph.D., Associate Professor
- Peggy Hickman, Ph.D., Associate Professor
- Augusto Macalalag, Ph.D., Associate Professor
- Tanya Santangelo, Ph.D., Associate Professor
- Ellen Skilton, Ph.D., Professor
- Graciela Slesaransky-Poe, Ph.D., Professor
- Kathy A. Trainor, Ed.D., Instructor
- Kathy Wirth, Ed.D., Instructor
- Sarah Woldoff, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
About Arcadia’s Graduate Education Programs
Arcadia University School of Education’s mission is to ensure students and practitioners engage in rigorous and personally meaningful experiences that cultivate creative and critical understandings related to the processes of teaching and learning. We are committed to providing philosophical, theoretical, technological and instructional frameworks to promote exemplary inclusive practice, scholarly inquiry and social justice advocacy across diverse educational contexts.
Our mission is further defined by excellence, equity, engagement and entrepreneurialism through:
Engaging instruction which promotes life-long learning.
Developing and nurturing an inclusive community that reflects and affirms diversity.
Cultivating instructors and students who are active researchers and scholars enhancing personal knowledge and professionalism as well as contributing to collective pedagogic knowledge.
Promoting dynamic, collaborative learning communities in both Arcadia University and partner institutions.
Creating opportunities to explore the unknown, critique the known and contemplate as well as generate novel ideas and innovative concepts.
Establishing an entrepreneurial spirit to provide wide-ranging services to organizations, institutions and community groups locally and globally.
Advance your leadership as a practitioner-scholar committed to strategic inquiry in the field of education and related services. Receive mentorship from faculty committed to student engagement and ongoing research and practice in settings serving students, educators, families, and communities. Engage in a supportive cohort model while you attend conveniently scheduled classes that meet one night a week to allow for coursework completion in three years.
Certificates of Advanced Study
The Certificate of Advanced Study program is designed for teachers who have completed a master’s degree and want to pursue further systematic study in education to develop special interests or to gain strength in specific areas. The emphasis of the program is on self-directed learning and research and may lead to additional certification.
Select from a wide variety of specialized programs or define a master’s program that reflects individual personal and professional goals.
About the Master of Education (M.Ed.)
The Master of Education degree program focuses on educational processes in either general education or specialized areas. The majority of courses are taken in education, with up to 9 credits taken in another discipline when appropriate to the program. Students may also choose to pursue Pennsylvania Instructional Certification or Administrative Certification while earning the degree.
About the Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.)
The Master of Arts in Education degree program allows education students who have an interest in another academic discipline to specialize. Up to half the credits toward the master’s degree may be taken in the area of concentration. Special admission and degree requirements may vary according to the concentration selected.
Arcadia Graduate Certificate programs offer specialized areas for continued professional development. Choose from several areas to enhance and diversify your skill set. Courses emphasize best practice principles and the application of knowledge to decision making in everyday practice These innovative stackable credentials can stand alone or be combined and applied toward an individualized Modular Master’s program.
Teacher Education: PDE approved post-baccalaureate certification programs
The School of Education offers a wide range of exciting opportunities to pursue initial teaching certification. For those with career aspirations as a school leader, we offer certification programs in administrative K-12 and supervisory areas. Our programs promote learning the science and art of teaching from faculty committed to mentoring the next generation of teaching practitioners. Fully approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, students undergo authentic and rich fieldwork experiences through our partnerships with local schools and community organizations. Post-bacc certification program students may also choose to pursue a master’s degree program while earning certification.
Graduate Education Program Admission Requirements
- A graduate application, including personal statements, to be completed online.
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a recommended GPA of 3.0 or better.
- One official transcript from each college, university or professional school attended. Transfer credits included on a transcript must include grades earned; if not, an official transcript from the original school must be submitted. Transcripts must be sent from the issuing school in a sealed envelope and contain the appropriate signatures and seals to be considered official.
- Two letters of recommendation. The letters must be of a professional, not personal nature. If the student has been out of school five years or fewer, at least one letter must come from a professor.
Additional Admission Requirements for Teacher Certification Programs
- Students holding a B.A. or B.S. degree in Education who are seeking an initial post-bacc teaching certification (Instructional I) must submit passing scores from a provider of one of the approved basic skills assessment tests: PAPA, CORE, SAT or ACT.
- Proof of any Pennsylvania teaching certificates, if applying for an add-on certification program.
Application Deadline/Rolling Admission
Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year.
Students accepted into programs with rolling admission must notify the School of Education, in writing, of their intent to delay enrolling in courses and provide a date on which they expect to begin coursework. For deferred admission policies for the Doctor of Education, please refer to that program listing.
Tuition and fees for graduate education programs can be found at https://www.arcadia.edu/admissions/financial-aid-scholarships/graduate-students/graduate-tuition-fees
Visit www.arcadia.edu/international for detailed information on admission requirements and application procedures. Official results from the TOEFL or IELTS are required for all students for whom English is a second language except for non-native speakers of English who hold degrees or diplomas from post-secondary institutions in English-speaking countries (e.g. the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand). A course-by-course evaluation of all transcripts by an independent evaluation service based in the United States also is required.
Arcadia offers Pennsylvania Department of Education approved teacher preparation programs at the undergraduate (bachelor’s) and graduate (post-baccalaureate) level. Pennsylvania teachers, supervisors and administrators are required to hold a Pennsylvania certificate in order to be employed in the Commonwealth’s public schools. The certificates are issued by the Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher quality, Division of Certification Services, and certify that an individual has met the required degree, coursework, assessment, and experience requirements.
Academic Policies and Procedures for Graduate Education
In addition to the Graduate Academic Policies and Procedures, the following program-specific policies apply to all students. These policies also apply to non-degree-seeking graduate students enrolled in courses within certification and certificate programs.
A student must obtain permission from his or her adviser to retake a graduate education certification course. If a failing grade is received (“C–” or below), the course may be repeated one time only with the adviser’s permission.
A grade of “B” or better is required in any culminating activity/capstone/practica/internships/student teaching in both degree and/or certification programs.
All students registering for Education courses and/or enrolled in Education programs that have field experiences and/or assignments must be compliant with the School of Education’s background checks/clearances policy. Some programs or courses may not require background checks/clearances and students should familiarize themselves with the policy.
Programs and Courses
Graduate CertificatePennsylvania Administrative CertificationTeacher Certification
Doctor of EducationMaster of Arts in EducationMaster of Education
- Art Education, Certification (K-12)
- Biology Education, Certification (7-12)
- Chemistry Education, Certification (7-12)
- Dual Certification in PreK-4 Early Childhood and Special Education PK-8
- Early Childhood Education PreK-4, Certification
- English Education, Certification (7-12)
- General Science, Certification (7-12)
- Mathematics Education, Certification (7-12)
- Reading Specialist, Certification (K-12)
- Social Studies, Certification (7-12)
- Special Education, Certification (7-12)
- Special Education, Certification (PreK-8)
- Applied Behavior Analysis, M.Ed.
- Art Education, M.Ed.
- Curriculum Studies, M.Ed.
- Educational Leadership, M.Ed.
- Integrative STEM Education
- Language Arts, M.Ed.
- Literacy Studies: TESOL and Reading, M.Ed.
- Mathematics Education, M.Ed.
- Modular Master’s
- Reading Education, M.Ed.
- Secondary Education, M.Ed.
- Special Education, M.Ed.
- AE 400 The Uses of Theory in Art Education
- AE 408 Curriculum Design in Art Education
- ED 5XX Certification Area Methods Course
- ED 470 Graduate Student Teaching Practicum, Early Childhood Education, PreK-4
- ED 471 Graduate Student Teaching, Secondary
- ED 474 Graduate Student Teaching Practicum, Art Education (K–12)
- ED 503 General Foundations of Education in the U.S.
- ED 505 Cultural Foundations of Education
- ED 505B Cultural Foundations of Education: Gender and Sexuality Focus
- ED 510 Interpreting Educational Research
- ED 510B Arts-based Educational Research
- ED 511 Stage 3 Fieldwork
- ED 512 Differentiated Instruction in the Inclusion Classroom
- ED 514 Assessment in the Classroom
- ED 517 Human Development: The School Years, K–12
- ED 521 The Teacher and the Classroom, Elementary
- ED 523 The Teacher and the Classroom, Secondary
- ED 526A Learning and Assessment in Elementary Mathematics
- ED 526B Learning and Assessment in Secondary Mathematics
- ED 552 Issues and Methods in Elementary School Science
- ED 553 Issues in Science for Secondary Teachers
- ED 560 Public History
- ED 561 Workshops
- ED 562A Teaching Citizenship and Social Science, K-6
- ED 562B Teaching Citizenship and Social Science, 7-12
- ED 563 Reading Specialist Professional Seminar
- ED 564 Creative Expression
- ED 565 Introduction to Instructional Technology
- ED 566D Instructional and Assistive Technologies
- ED 568A Digital Tools for Data-Driven Decision Making
- ED 568B Web-Based Resources for Teaching and Learning
- ED 568C Using Technology in the Design of Global Collaboration
- ED 569 Multimedia and Information Technologies in Education
- ED 569A Designing Collaborative Internet Activities for Today’s Class
- ED 569B Technology Leadership I
- ED 569C Technology Leadership II
- ED 580 Introduction to Inclusive Education
- ED 581 Disability Studies and Special Education Law
- ED 582 Supporting Students with High Incidence Disabilities
- ED 583B Fieldwork
- ED 583E Fieldwork in Special Education
- ED 583S Fieldwork in Special Education
- ED 584 Supporting Students with Low Incidence Disabilities
- ED 585 Positive Behavioral Approaches
- ED 589 Independent Research
- ED 591 The Profession of Special Education
- ED 592 Graduate Student Teaching Dual Practicum: PreK-4/Special Ed
- ED 595 Literacy Seminar/Language and Literacy Project (LLP)
- ED 599 Culminating Masters’ Project
- ED 601 Literacy Foundations
- ED 605 Writing to Improve Literacy
- ED 606 Strategic Instruction for Emergent and Content Literacy, K-6
- ED 606S Strategic Instruction for Emergent and Content Literacy, 7–12
- ED 607 Strategic Instruction for Adolescent Readers and Writers, 7-12
- ED 608 Literature for Children
- ED 610 Seminar in Children’s Literature
- ED 613A Infant Toddler Growth and Development
- ED 613B Infant Toddler Assessment
- ED 613C Infant Toddler Mental Health Prevention and Intervention
- ED 613D Communication, Consultation and Collaboration in Infant-Toddler Mental Health
- ED 618 Instructional Strategies in Early Childhood
- ED 620 Planning of Early Childhood Programs
- ED 621 Communication Strategies for Effective Early Childhood Programs
- ED 622 ESL: Teaching Multilingual and Multicultural Literacies
- ED 623 ESL Multilingual and Multicultural Assessments
- ED 624 ESL: Understanding Language Learning
- ED 625 ESL: Language, Diversity and Schooling
- ED 626 Designing and Leading K-12 ESL Programs in the 21st Century
- ED 627 Approaches to Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)
- ED 628 TESOL and Technology Culminating Project
- ED 629 Theory and Practice of TESOL
- ED 633 School Law
- ED 634 Managing Organization and Change
- ED 635 Supervision: Principles and Theories
- ED 637 Instructional Leadership
- ED 638 School Finance
- ED 639 A,B,C Practicum: Principal K-12
- ED 645 Negotiations and Dispute Resolution
- ED 647 Leading Schools with Data-Driven Decision Making
- ED 648 The Superintendency
- ED 649 A,B,C Practicum: The Superintendency
- ED 652 Pathways to Proficient Reading
- ED 653 Pathways to Literacy Leadership
- ED 660 Character Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
- ED 661A Concepts and Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
- ED 662 Teaching Methods for Students with Autism
- ED 663 Special Topics in Autism
- ED 665 A,B,C Internship: Supervisory Curriculum and Instruction
- ED 666 A,B,C Internship: Supervisory Special Education
- ED 667 A,B,C Internship: Pupil Personnel Services
- ED 670 Transition Planning and Services
- ED 676 Teacher Practice in a Connected World
- ED 677 Seeking Equity in Connected Learning and Teaching
- ED 678 MakerEd and Project Based Learning
- ED 680A Intro to ABA Studies
- ED 681A Educational Research & Experimental Design
- ED 682A Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Change
- ED 683A Behavior Analysis and Principles of Development
- ED 684A Behavioral Consultation in Homes, Schools and Communities
- ED 685A Ethics and Professionalism
- ED 686A ABA Training & Supervising Human Service Staff