Accelerated Degree Program: Political Science + Secondary Education

Political Science (B.A.) + Secondary Education (M.Ed.)

This accelerated degree program (4+1) offers Political Science undergraduate majors in the College of Liberal Arts the exciting opportunity to complete their undergraduate degree AND a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education within five years. 

This M.Ed. meets the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s program requirements for Teacher Certification in Secondary Education – Social Studies 7-12 grades.


These four graduate courses are to be completed by the end of your senior year and will count towards both your undergraduate and graduate degree program requirements:  

  • EDUC 5402: Adolescent Development (3 credits)
  • EDUC 5605: Models of Teaching (3 credits)
  • SSES 5465: Methods and Materials in Secondary Social Studies (3 credits)
  • SSES 5466: Teaching for Understanding in Secondary Social Studies (3 credits)

Only students who have been accepted for the 4+1 Dual Degree program will be able to register for these classes. The graduate courses will be coded as undergraduate courses on your undergraduate transcript and undergraduate tuition will be applied. After you matriculate into the 4+1 Graduate program, the graduate level indicator will be added to these courses so that they may also count towards the M.Ed.

To apply for admission, submit an ONLINE APPLICATION today!