Neumann University’s Graduate Programs in Education

Master’s, Certifications, and Endorsements

If you’re looking to sharpen your competitive edge and make yourself indispensable in the industry — you are in the right place. 

 

Whether you're already a certified teacher or whether you're looking to enter the field of education, Neumann University offers several respected and flexible graduate education programs that will help you cultivate and enhance your skills across a variety of school environments. 

 

Let’s explore how getting a master’s degree in education could serve as a launching pad for your dream career in the education field.

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Employment Outlook for Teachers in Pennsylvania − and Beyond

Obtaining a master’s degree in education not only heightens your skill level and increases your competitiveness, but it also increases your immediate earning potential.

Data collected by the National Center for Education Statistics show that teachers with master's degrees earn

26%

more than teachers who hold only a bachelor's.

Further, according to the National Council on Teacher Quality

88%

of “larger [school] districts in the country … offer an increase in pay to teachers who earn master’s degrees.”

So, if you think that teaching is the right career path for you, it makes sense to earn a graduate degree and take advantage of the opportunity to earn more money from the very start of your career.

National Average Salaries for Educators and Administrators

 
Special Education Teachers
$61,000
K-12 Principals
$96,000
Elementary School Teachers
$59,000
Instructional Coordinators
$66,000
Middle School Teachers
$59,000
Education Administrators
$94,000
High School Teachers
$61,000

Despite the national average salary for teachers being approximately $60,000, earnings climb thousands of dollars above the nationwide average in several regions including Pennsylvania at $67,398, Washington D.C., Maryland, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, California, Alaska, and New York. 

 

Getting a Master's Degree in Education = Increased Job Security

Did you know that those who hold a master’s degree not only earn more but are less likely to be unemployed compared to those who have a bachelor’s degree? 

 

In fact, data by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that those who obtain a graduate degree actually have a lower unemployment rate compared to those with less education — and that only 2.0 percent of professionals holding master’s degrees in the United States were unemployed in 2019.

 

In short, landing a job is one thing, but keeping that job is another issue altogether. To make yourself valuable, indispensable even, to employers, it’s crucial that you choose a master’s degree in education that’s going to give you the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in our ever-evolving educational landscape.

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Your Options are Vast: Which Education Program is Right for You?

When considering going back to school for a graduate education program, it’s critical that you choose the program that aligns with your career goals.

 

Take the short survey below, and narrow down which graduate education degree will prepare you for success in whatever area of education you see yourself in.

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Make Yourself Indispensable in the Field — Neumann University’s Master’s Degrees in Education

Graduate programs in Neumann University’s School of Education and Human Services are designed for both currently certified teachers looking to add a certification or enhance their skills, and for those who wish to enter the field of education and become a certified teacher. We also offer programs for those working in education related fields that do not require certification.

 

Through coursework, students will acquire a wide range of knowledge and skills designed to prepare them to become educators and leaders who value student diversity and can effectively apply educational theory, best pedagogical practices, instructional technology, and formative and summative assessment.

MS in Education Online (Autism, Online Instruction, or Instructional Coach endorsement tracks)

This program is for teachers who want to gain expertise in effectively designing, delivering, and assessing K-12 academic content in hybrid and virtual settings (12 credits).

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are the prerequisites?
    A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited, degree-granting institution and a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.
  2. Is the GRE required? 
    No (GRE) Graduate Record Examination is required.
  3. Is there a minimum GPA required? 
    Yes. We look for a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  4. How long is your program? 
    1 year; 36 credits
  5. What format do you offer? 
    Entirely ONLINE only.
  6. What do I need to apply? 
    Applications should submit the following:
    1. A completed Graduate Student Application online through www.neumann.edu
    2. Official transcripts from all institutions attended. WES or ECE evaluated if an international school
    3. Letter of intent outlining reasons for pursuing the Master of Science in Education degree
    4. Three names and telephone numbers of professional references
    5. TOEFL/IELTS Scores required only if English is not your native language
  7. Can I transfer credits? 
    Nine [9] credits may be transferred into the program with the approval of the Division Dean
  8. When does the program start? 
    Rolling Admissions (Spring, Summer, Fall)
  9. When is the application deadline? 
    Contact an Admissions Counselor
  10. What is the tuition per year or semester? 
    See tuition rates

MS in Education with Dual Teaching Certification (Early Elementary PK-4 and Special Education PK-12)

This program is for certified teachers who desire to add a special education (PK-12) teaching certificate with an Autism Endorsement (33 credits).

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are the prerequisites?
    A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited, degree-granting institution and a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.
  2. Is the GRE required? 
    No (GRE) Graduate Record Examination is required.
  3. Is there a minimum GPA required? 
    Yes. We look for a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  4. How long is your program? 
    45
  5. What format do you offer? 
    On-Campus
  6. What do I need to apply? 
    Applications should submit the following:
    1. A completed Graduate Student Application online through www.neumann.edu
    2. Official transcripts from all institutions attended. WES or ECE evaluated if an international school
    3. Letter of intent outlining reasons for pursuing the Master of Science in Education degree
    4. Three names and telephone numbers of professional references
    5. Official TOEFL/IELTS Scores if English is not your native language
  7. When does the program start? 
    Rolling Admissions (Spring, Summer, Fall)
  8. When is the application deadline? 
    Contact an Admissions Counselor
  9. What is the tuition per year or semester? 
    See tuition rates

MS in Special Education with PK-12 Special Ed Certificate & Autism Endorsement

This program is for certified teachers who desire to add a special education (PK-12) teaching certificate with an Autism Endorsement (33 credits).

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do you accept International graduates in your program? 
    Yes
  2. What are the prerequisites?
    Bachelor’s degree, must currently be a certified teacher in a content area to gain additional certifications and a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.
  3. Is the GRE required? 
    No
  4. Is there a minimum GPA required? 
    Yes. We look for a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  5. How long is your program? 
    33 credits to include a 3-credit internship
  6. What format do you offer? 
    On-campus
  7. What do I need to apply? 
    Applicants should submit the following:
    1. A completed Graduate Student Application online through www.neumann.edu
    2. Official transcripts from each regionally accredited, degree-granting institution attended (WES or ECE evaluated if an international school)
    3. Letter of intent which outlines why you wish to pursue the degree and certification
    4. Three names and telephone numbers of professional references
    5. Interview with the Program Director
  8. Can I transfer credits? 
    Nine [9] credits may be transferred into the program with the approval of the Division Dean
  9. When does the program start? 
    Rolling Admissions (Spring, Summer, Fall)
  10. When is the application deadline? 
    Contact an Admissions Counselor
  11. What is the tuition per year or semester? 
    See tuition rates

MS in Early Elementary (Non Certification Track)

Students in this program will acquire the foundational skills to work with young children in grades PK-4.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do you accept International graduates in your program? 
    Yes
  2. What are the prerequisites?
    A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution
  3. Is the GRE required? 
    No
  4. Is there a minimum GPA required? 
    Yes. We look for a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  5. How long is your program? 
    39 credits. A 6-credit student teaching component is required
  6. What format do you offer? 
    On-campus
  7. What do I need to apply? 
    Applicants should submit the following:
    1. A completed Graduate Student Application online through www.neumann.edu
    2. Official transcripts from each regionally accredited, degree-granting institution attended (WES or ECE evaluated if an international school)
    3. Letter of intent which outlines why you wish to pursue the Master of Science in Early Elementary Education degree
    4. Three names and telephone numbers of professional references
    5. TOEFL/IELTS scores are required if English is not your first language
  8. Can I transfer credits? 
    Nine [9] credits may be transferred into the program with the approval of the Division Dean
  9. When does the program start? 
    Rolling Admissions (Spring, Summer, Fall)
  10. When is the application deadline? 
    Contact an Admissions Counselor
  11. What is the tuition per year or semester? 
    See tuition rates

MS in Early Elementary (with Certification)

This program is for graduate students who are seeking to change careers and want to become a licensed teacher in Pennsylvania.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do you accept International graduates in your program? 
    Yes
  2. What are the prerequisites?
    A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution
  3. Is the GRE required? 
    No
  4. Is there a minimum GPA required? 
    Yes. We look for a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  5. How long is your program? 
    39 credits. A 6-credit student teaching component is required
  6. What format do you offer? 
    On-campus
  7. What do I need to apply? 
    Applicants should submit the following:
    1. A completed Graduate Student Application online through www.neumann.edu
    2. Official transcripts from each regionally accredited, degree-granting institution attended (WES or ECE evaluated if an international school)
    3. Letter of intent which outlines why you wish to pursue the Master of Science in Early Elementary Education degree
    4. Three names and telephone numbers of professional references
    5. TOEFL/IELTS scores are required if English is not your first language
  8. Can I transfer credits? 
    Nine [9] credits may be transferred into the program with the approval of the Division Dean
  9. When does the program start? 
    Rolling Admissions (Spring, Summer, Fall)
  10. When is the application deadline? 
    Contact an Admissions Counselor
  11. What is the tuition per year or semester? 
    See tuition rates

MS in Special Education (Non Certification track)

This program prepares students to teach in a variety of special education settings supporting learners with intellectual, physical, cognitive, and/or behavioral exceptionalities.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do you accept International graduates in your program? 
    Yes
  2. What are the prerequisites?
    Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  3. Is the GRE required? 
    No
  4. Is there a minimum GPA required? 
    Yes. We look for a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  5. How long is your program? 
    33 credits to include a 3-credit internship
  6. What format do you offer? 
    On-campus
  7. What do I need to apply? 
    Applicants should submit the following:
    1. A completed Graduate Student Application, in print online through www.neumann.edu
    2. Official transcripts from each regionally accredited, degree-granting institution attended (WES or ECE evaluated if an international school)
    3. TOEFL/IELTS Scores if English is not your first language
    4. Letter of intent which outlines why you wish to pursue the degree and certification
    5. Three names and telephone numbers of professional references
    6. Interview with the Program Director
  8. Can I transfer credits? 
    Nine [9] credits may be transferred into the program with the approval of the Division Dean
  9. When does the program start? 
    Rolling Admissions (Spring, Summer, Fall)
  10. When is the application deadline? 
    Contact an Admissions Counselor
  11. What is the tuition per year or semester? 
    See tuition rates

MS in Education with an Emphasis on Social Emotional Learning

This program is for teachers who currently hold a valid Pennsylvania teaching certification and wish to pursue a graduate degree with a focus on social-emotional learning. This program will be offered in a cohort fashion at approved off-campus locations throughout the Delaware Valley.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who is the program director? Abby Morgan
  2. What are the prerequisites?
    A Bachelor's Degree and a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.
  3. Is the GRE required? 
    No (GRE) Graduate Record Examination required
  4. Is there a minimum GPA required? 
    Yes. We look for a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  5. How long is your program? 
    36 credits
  6. What format do you offer? 
    Off-site at Thomas Stretcher & Associates, Phoenixville, PA
  7. Can I transfer credits? Nine [9] Credits may be transferred into the program with the approval of the Division Dean
  8. What do I need to apply? 
    Applicants should submit the following:
    1. A completed Graduate Student Application, in print online through www.neumann.edu
    2. Official transcripts from each regionally accredited, degree-granting institution attended. WES or ECE evaluated if an international school
    3. A copy of current teacher certification. (When pursuing additional certifications)
    4. Letter of intent which outlines why you wish to pursue the Master of Science in Education Degree.
    5. Three names and telephone numbers of professional references
    6. Official TOEFL/IELTS scores if English is not your native language
  9. When does the program start? 
    Rolling Admissions (Spring, Summer, Fall)
  10. When is the application deadline? 
    Contact Admissions Counselor
  11. What is the tuition per year or semester? 
    See tuition rates

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Increase Your Competitive Edge — Education Certification and Endorsement Programs at Neumann University

Certification Only Options (without a master's degree)

Special Education (PK-12)
Special Education (PK -12)

This program prepares candidates to teach in a variety of special education settings supporting learners with intellectual, physical, cognitive, and/or behavioral exceptionalities. Students completing the program are eligible to add the state-approved Autism endorsement to their teaching certificate.

Autism (PK-12)

This program prepares teachers and other certified school personnel to develop the skills and proficiency required to educate the increasing number of students in today’s schools being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Neumann’s Autism Endorsement Program provides appropriate assessment and research-based strategies with an emphasis on skill development and behavioral modification for students of all ages who have been diagnosed on the autism spectrum.

Online Instruction (Online)

The K-12 Online Instruction program provides K-12 teachers with the knowledge, awareness, and skills to effectively and ethically design, deliver, and assess K-12 academic learning content in hybrid and virtual settings.

Instructional Coach

The goal of the Instructional Coach Endorsement Program is to provide candidates with the skills to be effective instructional coaches and prepared to deliver job-embedded professional development with the goal of improving teaching and learning environments.   This endorsement program consists of 12 credits and can be completed alone or in conjunction with the M.S. in Education. 

Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness (PK-12) Endorsement

The goal of this program is to make explicit how social, emotional, behavioral health integrated into academics improves attendance, graduation rates and prospects for employment, increases capacity for learning, mastery of subject material, commitment to school, time devoted to school work and standardized test scores while reducing suspensions and grade retention. The endorsement may be incorporated into the Social Emotional Learning, M.S.

*For any certification and endorsement programs, Neumann University’s program is good for certification in Pennsylvania only. These programs do not meet certification requirements in other states.

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The Field of Education Needs Leaders Like You – Connect with Neumann University Today!

 

At Neumann University, we understand that making the decision to pursue a master’s degree in education is a major investment, plain and simple. 

 

Armed with the respected graduate degree in education from Neumann University, you will enter the education field with the sought-after skills needed to transform the lives of your students — in the classroom and beyond. 

 

If you are ready to make yourself indispensable to employers and nurture the skills needed to be a fantastic educator, then we encourage you to connect with us and take the first step in boosting your career.

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