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Secondary English Education (BS)+ 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 yearsBy 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.

Secondary English Education + MS in Education at Cairn

Biblical Integration

Navigate diverse literary criticism with a biblical worldview.

Academic Opportunity

Explore education theory and methods courses in the freshman and sophomore years rather than later in the program.

Experienced Faculty

Learn from professors with extensive backgrounds in classroom teaching and student teacher supervision.

Personalized Education

Choose either a BS in Education (154 credits) or a BS in Bible (160 credits) for your bachelor's degree.

Hands-On Education

Prepare an Instructional Design Project on specific pedagogical principles.

Honor Program

Join the Honors Program and dive deeper into a specific literary time period, writing style, or educational method.

Career Preparation

Complete a Student Teaching assignments in multiple school settings related to your career goals (public or private, suburban or urban).

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Required Credits: 154

Curriculum Highlights: 

    • ENG 321 Advanced Composition
    • LIT 322 Adolescent Literature
    • EDU Teach Secondary English
    • EDU 656 Reading/Writing Across Curr

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.

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An Affordable Education

While the cost of a Cairn University education is competitive with similar institutions, we realize you may need financial assistance to take this journey.  You are not alone. 97% of our full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance. 

Meet Our Faculty

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Rebecca Cella

Director of Student Teaching and Field Placement; Program Advisor, Secondary Education; Assistant Professor, School of Education

Becky Cella teaches English composition, literature and arts of the Western world, and teaching English in the secondary school.

Prior to joining Cairn University, Ms. Cella taught English at International Christian High School and Esperanza Charter High School, as well as Sunday School at Riverstone Church in Yardley, PA.

She has been on missions trips to Belize and Liberia, West Africa, and has a passion for using effective classroom management to reach at-risk students. She and her husband, Matt, have two children: Gavin and Grayson.

Sheryl Vasso

Sheryl Vasso

Chair, MS in Education; Professor, School of Education

Dr. Vasso teaches on diverse topics in education, including models of teaching, educators and education in film, children’s literature, curriculum design, and assessment. She has taught at all levels from elementary to post-graduate, including teaching teachers on 5 different continents.

In addition to teaching at Cairn, she is founder and president of Words of Worth, Inc. In that ministry, she teaches and writes Bible studies on various topics and books of the Bible. She enjoys speaking for church and para-church organizations, national and international conferences, and for various schools providing professional in-services for educators.

What Our Students Have To Say

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Faith Rohrer

I have been blessed with many great professors in the Secondary English Education Program. They greatly encourage their students, wanting us to graduate fully prepared and confident in our teaching abilities. They integrate biblical ideas into what they teach us and even have us write biblical worldview lesson plans which benefit future teachers no matter what school they find themselves in.

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