Depending on when an Accelerated Education student passes Praxis II, he/she may register for a maximum of 12 hours of graduate coursework while still classified as an undergraduate student. Generally, an undergraduate student may register for one graduate level course each semester. With the recommendation of the graduate program director, an accelerated student may register for two graduate level courses in a single semester. An accelerated student may not register for a graduate level course the semester that he/she is student teaching. Normally, an accelerated education major will student teach in the fall semester of the senior year and take two graduate courses (six graduate credits) during the spring semester of the senior year. The graduate credits taken as an undergraduate will contribute toward both the B.S. and M.S. degrees. The student will need to have Act 34, Act 151, the FBI fingerprint clearances, and a valid, positive TB test result.
An Accelerated Education student will not be regularly admitted to an Education graduate program of study if he/she does not provide evidence of a valid teaching certificate.
A student pursuing a non-education undergraduate major that could lead to PDE certification may apply for admission to the Accelerated M.S. in Secondary Education program. The student should review specific graduate admissions criteria and contact his/her advisor to receive a list of undergraduate courses required for PDE certification. The student should make application to the Accelerated M.S. program no later than March 1, of the junior year. A non-education major accepted into the Accelerated M.S. program will take two graduate courses (six graduate credits) during the senior year. The six graduate credits taken as an undergraduate will contribute toward both the B.S. and M.S. degrees. To be eligible to receive the M.S.degree, a non-education undergraduate major accepted into the Accelerated M.S. program must meet all undergraduate requirements for initial certification; and must pass all Praxis Series tests required for initial certification. The student will need to have Act 34, Act 151, the FBI fingerprint clearances, and a valid, positive TB test result.