Secondary English Education+ MS in Education Dual-Level Program

Learn the proper pedagogy for teaching English for 7–12 grade alongside of a personal study and critique of various forms of literary expression.

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Why Secondary English Education + MS in Education?

The Secondary English program curriculum is designed to develop reflective educators who engage students actively in their own learning and foster critical thinking skills. The curriculum includes three integrated components: a body of general studies to develop a depth in English content knowledge; education courses to align learning theory, curricular design and subject-specific methodology practices in English; and performance-based school placements for applied, contextual practice in a secondary English classroom. By completing this program in conjunction with the MS in Education, you will receive more in-depth training and be better prepared to be an effective educator in your classroom.

How it Works:

This dual-level program allows you to condense what would be six years of study (four-year bachelor’s + two-year master’s) into just five years by starting master-level courses as early as your junior year. You’ll be able to complete all requirements for both degrees in as few as five years without taking summer courses. By completing this program, you will be able to teach in both public and private schools, as this program prepares you to receive the Pennsylvania Instructional I Secondary English Education (7–12) certification and Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) English (7–12) certification.

You will also continue to receive your undergraduate scholarships and tuition aid for all five years of study, which will save you thousands of dollars.

Why Secondary English Education + MS in Education at Cairn?

  • Navigate diverse literary criticism with a biblical worldview.
  • Choose either a BS in Education (154 credits) or a BS in Bible (160 credits) for your bachelor’s degree.
  • Join the Honors Program and dive deeper into a specific literary time period, writing style, or educational method.
  • Explore education theory and methods courses in the freshman and sophomore years rather than later in the program.
  • Learn from professors with extensive backgrounds in classroom teaching and student teacher supervision.
  • Prepare an Instructional Design Project on specific pedagogical principles.
  • Complete a Student Teaching assignments in multiple school settings related to your career goals (public or private, suburban or urban).

Career Paths

  • High School English Teacher (Public, Christian, Other Private, International)
  • Middle School English Teacher (Public, Christian, Other Private, International)
  • Instructional Coach
  • Curriculum Designer
  • Special Education 7-12 and/or TESOL K-12 classroom teacher, support personnel, or co-teacher.