Mercyhurst College

Mercyhurst University

Secondary Education


Office of Graduate Studies

501 East 38th Street

Erie, MI 16546

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Secondary Education (Master of Science)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master of Science in Secondary Education: Pedagogy and Practice program offers graduate-level coursework for both individuals already certified as secondary education teachers, as well as those with a bachelor degree in fields other than secondary education who wish to pursue secondary certification in English, math, science or social studies. This urban-based program focuses on the pedagogical links of teaching as art, science and social justice, as well as teaching as theory, research and practice. Coursework will be offered in educational research, foundations, learner diversity, cross-curricular best assessment and teaching practices, as well as content-specific teaching methodologies in math, science, social studies, and English. In Pennsylvania all teachers, from novice to expert, are required to continue their education beyond a bachelor’s degree, and to attain 24 graduate credits within the first five years of teaching. Mercyhurst continues to be at the cutting edge in developing teacher-leaders who have a rich background in action research. This program satisfies the Pennsylvania certification requirements and continuing teacher professional development. Individuals completing this program will be qualified to pursue doctoral programs in educational leadership.


Mercyhurst University is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

International Student Requirements:

Students must submit official, notarized scores from the T.O.E.F.L. (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam as part of their admission application. Minimum score requirements are 550 for the paper-based exam, 213 for the computer-based exam, and 79-80 for the Internet-based exam. International students must also provide Mercyhurst with assurance that they possess adequate financial support for the period of graduate studies. This documentation must be provided through submission of an affidavit of financial support. An I-20 form will not be issued until the affidavit of financial support is received and accepted. All documents and credentials submitted must be translated into English. Mercyhurst recommends that international students contact World Evaluation Services (WES), the foremost organization that specializes in transcript and credential evaluation, to provide such translations.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 30

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $616 ($1,848 for 3-credit course) USD

In State Tuition (per year): 18480 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 18480 USD

Classification: Baccalaureate College—General

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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