Earn your Master of Education Initial Certification degree at Holy Family University

Initial Teacher Certification, Pre K-4, M.Ed.

Specifically designed as a practitioner’s degree, for students who wish to acquire the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to work in a professional field.

Program Overview

  • Accelerated Program

This Accelerated Degree Program is designed to provide individuals, who have undergraduate degrees in fields other than education, the opportunity to pursue a career in teaching grades Pre K – 4. While earning your M.Ed. degree, you will also meet Pennsylvania state teacher certification requirements for Pre K – 4. Classes are offered in both a blended and online format as 8-week courses. Once completed you may choose to add on Grade 5 and Grade 6 certification through further testing.

Program Details

Upon completion of the program, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the cognitive, emotional, physical and social development of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, and children in the primary grades
  • Design and implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum for all children
  • Analyze the classroom environment to determine how it can be adapted to meet diverse needs of children
  • Develop and implement appropriate formative and summative assessment strategies

Career Paths

As a professional degree, the M.Ed. is intended for students who wish, upon graduation, to assume positions of leadership in a practical setting or positions requiring more advanced study than that available at the bachelor’s level (e.g., as an instructional technologist or as a district resource teacher). 

Internships & Employment

School districts working with our students and employing our graduates include:

  • Archdiocese of Philadelphia
  • Bensalem
  • Bristol Borough
  • Bristol Township
  • Centennial
  • Central Bucks
  • Cinnaminson
  • Council Rock
  • Mount Laurel
  • Neshaminy
  • New Hope-Solebury
  • Pennsauken
  • Pennsbury
  • Philadelphia


Program Information

Degree Awarded
  • Master of Education
Program Type
  • Certification
Program Location
  • Blended
  • Online

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"Our program is designed for working adults who have earned an undergraduate degree in another area and are passionate about becoming a certified teacher. Convenient class meeting schedules, accelerated course delivery, in-person individual attention, and a flexible cohort model help foster this transition." 

Janet McNellis 
Professor of Education | School of Education

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