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School of Adult and Graduate Education

Master of Education

For Certified Teachers or Those Seeking Initial Certification

Be prepared to tackle the challenges of tomorrow’s classrooms with advanced teaching techniques, cutting-edge technology training, leadership, research experience and more. Choose from one of four unique concentrations and let your passions lift your career to the next level.

The Art of Teaching 

All Bachelor’s Degrees Welcome | Certification Add-On Available

What’s the next level? The master level. This concentration offers total confidence and expertise in all aspects of teaching and learning through individualized attention and highly-relevant coursework—including educational policy and advocacy, working with diverse student populations, community partnerships and so much more. Designed for certified, practicing teachers and non-certified educators seeking leadership positions.

Core Courses


Courses of Your Choice
Reading Courses
with the option to earn Reading Specialist Certification
ESL Courses
with the option to earn ESL Certification

Early Childhood Certification (PreK-4)

Earn your master’s and your certification at the same time. This concentration provides the opportunity to focus on the unique qualities and challenges of the early and elementary student, with a strong emphasis on serving all young learners. Perfect for public and private school teachers, as well as those looking to serve at the administrative level of a preschool.

Special Education Certification (PreK-12)

Special Education expertise is in high demand. Meet the needs of your community with the collaborative and pedagogical strategies needed to foster success and growth within this growing population of students. This certification includes early field experience with supervision from both a Cedar Crest Special Education faculty member and a mentor in the school district.

Secondary Education Certification (7-12)

Looking to earn initial certification and already have your bachelor’s? This is a great place to start. Learn to educate and inspire culturally, linguistically and developmentally diverse students while mastering teaching concepts and technology in the classroom. Choose from one of the following certification areas*: 

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Math
  • Social Studies
  • English
  • Spanish (K-12)

*While it is not required that you have a bachelor’s degree in your preferred subject, please note that each certification area has certain undergraduate coursework requirements.

Zaheda Hasham ’23, Master of Education- Art of Teaching

When I first decided to come to Cedar Crest, I was taking a leap away from an established and successful career to chase a dream. It was scary. But before I even enrolled, the professors and staff were giving me sound and genuine advice and guidance. The sincerity of that support was what originally brought me to Cedar Crest, but that support from classmates and professors remained a constant throughout my experience. The program without question prepared me professionally, but it was the people who made the experience so wonderful. Classes and curricula and content exist everywhere. Being surrounded and supported by people who genuinely care about your success does not. That was my experience at Cedar Crest, and it played no small part in my success.”

Tyler Peters ’23, Master of Education- Early Childhood Education