Students have two pathways to become licensed secondary teachers in a content area:
- Traditional - Grades 7-12 by subject
Students set their own pace in this 42-credit program
- Accelerated - REACH to Teach (39 credits) by subject area, completed in 16 months
Students in this accelerated program are in a cohort, take one less course and receive a 9-credit tuition waiver. Admission requirements are higher.
Both pathways prepare students to become licensed secondary teachers in content areas such as Biology, Chemistry, English, History and Social Studies, Math and Spanish. They meet the new State Board of Education policy, which requires a minimum of 15 graduate credits of content or content pedagogy, either as part of or in addition to a master's degree.
The student will:
- Be a critical thinker and effective-problem-solver who is concerned with the social, emotional and intellectual issues of all children and adolescents in contemporary educational settings
- Apply advanced pedagogy in curriculum, instruction and assessment to engage all students in reaching their potential as people and as learners
- Develop the capacity to influence and advance positive change for students, professionals and the profession in a complex global society
- Graduate admission application and nonrefundable admission fee
- Conferred bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
- A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.67. For REACH to Teach, applicants need a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and one of the following:
- Passing scores on the Praxis Core
- SAT scores of 1100 or higher (with a minimum score of 450 for verbal and math)
- ACT minimum scores of 22 for verbal, 19 for math
- Academic undergraduate major or equivalent major of at least 30 credits in English, History, Math, General Science, Biology, Chemistry, Family and Consumer Science or World Language; or 39 credits of interdisciplinary courses as evaluated by the University of Saint Joseph licensure officer; or a minimum of 18 undergraduate credits in one area of licensure with the remaining undergraduate credits in other related area of licensure taken before acceptance to the School of Education.
- Two sealed official transcripts of all undergraduate work and any prior graduate work
- Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the candidate's suitability as a prospective teacher or to work with children and families, accompanied by the School of Graduate and Professional Studies cover form. Note: Recommendations must be obtained from individuals who are not family members, personal friends or members of the USJ School of Education.
- Immunization record using the USJ Health Service form available on the University website
- Meeting with the licensure officer once transcripts are received. Call 860.231.5335 to make an appointment.
- An essay to assess written communication skills in English and suitability for the program. The essay should be no longer than three pages, typed, doubled-spaced.
- A professional interview with a faculty member of the School of Education
- A planned program of study developed by the candidate and the faculty advisor, approved by the chair of the Department of Education
Students must earn a grade of B or better in their first attempt in their first two classes to remain in the program. They must earn a B or better in all courses for continuous progression throughout the program.
Eligible candidates for this master of arts degree take a comprehensive exam in March or July. The application for the comprehensive exam is available from the School of Education. It is the candidate's responsibility to obtain his/her faculty advisor's signature and to submit the application to the office manager of the School of Education by the due date.