Elementary Prek-4, Middle School 4-8, Secondary 7-12 - Education M.S.

Format Offered: On campus; online available for secondary education


Elementary, middle and secondary education teachers must be able to meet the wide-ranging needs and learning levels of a diverse student population and have a firm comprehension of the varied subjects they teach. Assuring that graduates acquire this breadth of knowledge and practical experience is a principal characteristic of Saint Joseph’s Education Unit.

Preparing Teachers Who are Leaders and Advocates

Saint Joseph’s has a rich and proud history of preparing highly qualified teachers in the Jesuit tradition. Graduates are prepared to be reflective, principled educators who are deeply committed to furthering student achievement as well as teacher performance. This tradition reinforces ethical and moral leadership and teaching methods centered on value-based principles and advocates for social justice in education for underrepresented communities and students.

Graduate Programs Designed for You

The education unit at SJU offers a range of master's-level programs leading to initial instructional certification (Level I). Depending on focus, these master’s degree concentrations are designed for those who wish to build and strengthen their content area knowledge, instructional skills and understanding of students with language and learning differences. These programs are designed for candidates who have an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than education. Students wishing to enroll in these programs who do not have the appropriate concentration coursework may be required to take pre-requisite course work.

Programs offered include:

  • M.S. Education: Early Childhood/Elementary Education PreK-4
  • M.S. Education: Elementary/Middle Years (4-8) with combination of content area specializations including: social studies, science, mathematics, and English/literacy
  • M.S. Education: Secondary Education (7-12) with concentrations in:
  • Sciences: General Science, Chemistry, Biology, Physics
    • Foreign Languages (K to 12): French, Latin, German, Spanish, Italian
    • Mathematics
    • Citizenship Education
    • English
    • Art Education (K-12)

Specialized concentrations in reading specialist, English as a second language and special education (PreK-8, 7-12) may also be added as part of a master’s degree or post-master’s program. Please see the graduate teacher education programs leading to certification for more information.

One of the distinct advantages of Saint Joseph’s teacher education graduate programs is the choice and flexibility they offer to students wishing to pursue multiple areas of interest and add-on certificate options on the post master’s level. 

Scholarships Available for STEM Educators

Through a $1.45 million grant from the National Science Foundation's the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, Saint Joseph's University, and five partner institutions have increased their commitment to the recruitment, education and mentorship of STEM teachers in local secondary schools. Eligible students can apply to become a Noyce scholar and receive a scholarship to pursue secondary teacher certification at Saint Joseph's as well as opportunities for mentorship and professional development.