Master's in Education Programs

Holy Family University's School of Education offers graduate students a variety of study options to fit their career goals and interests. Our state-approved, accredited graduate programs are ideal for experienced teachers seeking additional certification or career changers who wish to become teachers.

Master of Education with Pennsylvania Certification, Level I in PK-4

This program provides individuals who have undergraduate degrees in fields other than education with the opportunity to pursue a career in teaching grades PK-4.

Master of Education

This degree is designed for educators seeking an opportunity to study new areas of education and areas of special interest. This program does not lead to Level I teacher certification. The 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. These requirements are in addition to the central core curriculum requirements.

Special Education

This program is designed for those with prior teaching certification in Pennsylvania seeking an additional certificate in Special Education PreK–8 or 7–12.

Advanced Practice Special Education

This program is designed for students who have certification in Special Education and wish to complete a graduate degree that includes advanced courses in Special Education. Students who have current Pennsylvania Level I or Level II Instructional Certification BEFORE they complete the included Autism courses are eligible for the PA Autism Endorsement.

Educational Leadership Leads to PA Principal certification

These programs are designed for those with a valid teaching certificate, at least three years of professional school experience, and a strong desire to accept the challenge as an educational leader in an elementary or secondary school. Candidates who have an earned master's degree can enter the program for Principal certification.

Reading Specialist

For the experienced teacher holding a teaching certificate, this program offers an opportunity to learn new ways to assist students in learning to read, write, and communicate effectively. Leads to PA Reading Specialist Certificate


Students will gain a strong foundation in theories of reading and writing in a first and second language, as well as practical knowledge about how to help ESL students succeed. This program is open to all applicants, but if you wish to obtain an ESL Program Specialist Certificate, you must hold a valid Pennsylvania Instructional I or II certificate.

Autism Endorsement

This endorsement program is intended to improve a teacher's skills in dealing with complex classroom settings to include autism spectrum disorders. Students in this program are exposed to current research and practice in assessment, instructional programming, social skills training, applied behavior analysis programs, inclusion and academic program development. The courses required for this program are open to all individuals with bachelor's degrees. However, only students who have current Pennsylvania Level I or Level II Instructional Certification BEFORE they complete the included Autism courses are eligible for the PA Endorsement. These courses may also be completed in conjunction with any non-initial certification Master of Education program.

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