Master of Education (MEd) Certified Teacher Additional Certifications

schoolThis program is designed for professional educators who are lifelong learners, respectful of all individuals, dedicated to social justice, knowledgeable about current legal, social, and political issues, effective communicators, and skilled in understanding, interpreting, and applying research findings.

This program does not lead to Level I (PK – 4) teacher certification but is for individuals seeking an opportunity to study new areas of education and areas of special interest. Classes are offered in both a blended and online format, as 8-week courses.

What type of additional certifications does Holy Family University offer?

This Master’s degree offers experienced teachers the opportunity to develop expertise in a particular area of education.  In addition, many of the concentration areas offered through this program prepare students for additional certifications or endorsements.  Students who already have master degrees have the option of completing just the certification requirements in an area without completing the entire master's program.

This program helps Level I certified teachers complete the requirements for obtaining Level II teacher certification in Pennsylvania.  Additional certifications that graduates of the program may be eligible to apply for include:

  • Special Education
  • Reading Specialist
  • Education Administration (Pennsylvania Principal certification)
  • ESL Program Specialist
  • Autism Endorsement

Students may also choose to pursue a more general concentration, with courses pulled from more than one certification area. This does not lead to additional certification but it does provide students with a master’s degree and additional expertise in several areas.

What are the goals of the Master's of Education additional certification programs?

The goals of the MEd Additional Certification programs is to develop professional educators who are:

  • Lifelong learners
  • Respectful of all individuals
  • Dedicated to social justice
  • Knowledgeable about current legal, social, and political issues
  • Effective communicators
  • Skilled in understanding, interpreting, and applying research findings

Graduates of this master's program will be able to:

  1. Collaboratively work with others
  2. Describe and analyze language and its impact on learning
  3. Use research skills to propose solutions to current educational issues

Which types of careers can I work towards by having a Master's Degree in Education with an additional certification?

Many of our program’s graduates gain or continue employment as full-time teachers in public, parochial, or private schools.  These graduates often take on additional administrative roles and responsibilities including:

  • Special education teacher or supervisor
  • Assistant principal or principal
  • Reading specialist or supervisor
  • TESOL teacher
  • Curriculum coordinator
  • Instructional support personnel
  • District-level administrator


This Master of Education program offers a central core curriculum that is the basis for all concentrations. This core curriculum enables students to develop understandings and skills that can be applied in a variety of contexts. Concentration area requirements enable students to develop expertise in their area of interest.

Why should you choose Holy Family University for your Master's Degree in Education?

Holy Family University has been preparing teachers for Pennsylvania certification for over 60 years. The School of Education has established strong relationships with school districts across the region.  School superintendents and principals hold our graduates are in high esteem and are eager to hire them. Our experienced faculty are committed to the HFU core values and treat each student with respect and care.

This master’s program has been designed to better meet the needs of working professionals. All concentration options are offered through a completely online format.  In addition, some concentrations are also offered through a “blended” program format, which combine face-to-face meetings with online coursework.

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