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Advanced Certifications

Graduate Education Certifications

Advanced Certifications

Candidates with duly accredited teacher certification may pursue advanced certification through the Master of Education program in English as a second language, reading, special education, the principalship, and/or supervision of curriculum and instruction. An endorsement is also available in online teaching and learning


Moravian University offers the following certifications:


Autism K-12 Endorsement

Candidates for the Endorsement must complete the following course sequence (12 credits) with a cumulative Quality Point Average of at least 3.00 with no more than three letter grades less than B–.

  • EDUC 643: Characteristics and Etiology of Autism Spectrum Disorders (Fall I)
  • EDUC 646: Collaboration with Families, Agencies, and the Community (Fall II)
  • EDUC 644: Assessment for Instructional Planning (Spring I)
  • EDUC 645: Instructional Interventions and Methods Across Settings (Spring II)

For additional information, contact Dr. Jean DesJardin, Autism K-12 Certification Officer, email desjardinj@moravian.edu


Social Emotional Behavioral Wellness Endorsement

Candidates for the Endorsement must complete the following course sequence (15 credits) with a cumulative Quality Point Average of at least 3.00 with no more than three letter grades less than B–.

  • EDUC 647 Social Emotional Wellness Learning and Youth Development (Fall I)
  • EDUC 646 Collaboration with Families, Agencies, and the Community (Fall II)
  • EDUC 648 Characteristics and Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences, Trauma, and Mental Illness on PreK-12 Students (Spring I)
  • EDUC 649 Behavioral and Mental Health Literacy (Spring II)
  • EDUC 650 Prevention and Intervention to Support Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness across Prek-12 Educational Environments (Summer I) 

For additional information, contact Dr. Jean DesJardin, Social Emotional Behavioral Wellness Certification Officer, email desjardinj@moravian.edu


ESL program guide

ESL Program Specialist Certification

Candidates for the certificate must complete the following course sequence (15 credits) with a cumulative Quality Point Average of at least 3.00 with no more than three letter grades less than B–.

  • EDUC 670 Language Acquisition and Development (Summer II)
  • EDUC 671 ESL Curriculum and Instruction (Spring)
  • EDUC 672 ESL Learner, Family, and Community (Summer II)
  • EDUC 673 ESL Assessment and Support (Fall)
  • EDUC 674 The ESL Specialist (Summer)

For additional information, contact Mrs. Doris Correll, ESL Certification Officer, email correlld@moravian.edu


M.Ed. or M.A.T. with Reading Specialist Certification K-12

Teachers who want to become school reading specialists may earn both the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree and Pennsylvania reading specialist certification by choosing a carefully-designed 39-credit program of study. Candidates already holding an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction or the equivalent may earn reading specialist certification by completing a seven course post-master’s degree sequence. Candidates interested in earning a graduate degree with Reading Specialist certification through Moravian University's graduate education program must possess a valid teaching certificate and complete the following courses:

  • EDUC 500 Teacher as Inquirer (Fall)
  • EDUC 506 Teacher as Researcher (Spring)
  • EDUC 606 Reading and Writing across the Curriculum (Fall, odd years)
  • EDUC 626 Comprehensive Literacy Practices, Pre-K-4 (Spring, odd years)
  • EDUC 627 Comprehensive Literacy Practices 4-8 (Fall, even years)
  • EDUC 629 The Literacy Specialist (Summer, even years)
  • EDUC 660 Literacy and Resistance in Secondary Schools (Spring, even years)
  • EDUC 670 Language Acquisition and Development (Summer)
  • EDUC 676 Literacy Assessment and Evaluation (Summer, odd years)
  • EDUC 700 Curriculum Development and Action Research (Spring)
  • EDUC 702 Reflective Practice Seminar (Fall)
  • EDUC 704-05 Literacy-Based Action Research Thesis (Spring)

For additional information, contact Dr. Huijing Wen, Reading Specialist Certification Officer, or email at wenh@moravian.edu


Principal Certification

Moravian University’s 30-credit post-graduate program is designed to prepare an exceptional new generation of principals to meet the demands of leading 21st-century schools. If you possess a valid teaching certificate, have a minimum of five years classroom teaching experience, and hold a Master of Education in curriculum & instruction or the equivalent, you may want to consider this certification.

Pennsylvania Principal Certification candidates must complete the following course sequence (30 credits) with a cumulative Quality Point Average of at least 3.00 with no more than three letter grades less than B–, Final Portfolio, and passing score on Praxis Principal K-12 examination. 

  • EDUC 617 Special Education: Identification & Effective Intervention  (Fall, even years)
  • EDUC 618 Effective Inclusionary Practices  (Spring, even years)
  • EDUC 622 School Law and Professional Ethics. (Fall, even years)
  • EDUC 655 Standards-Based Curriculum Design  (Fall, odd years)
  • EDUC 658 Building a Culture of Learning  (Spring, odd years)
  • EDUC 667 Teacher Supervision and Evaluation  (Spring, even years)
  • EDUC 668 Data-Driven Instructional Systems  (Summer, odd years)
  • EDUC 723 Organizational Leadership  (Summer)
  • EDUC 724 Principal Certification Practicum I  (Fall)
  • EDUC 725 Principal Certification Practicum II  (Spring)

For additional information, contact Dr. Pete Mayes at mayesp@moravian.edu


Supervisory Certification in Curriculum & Instruction K-12

Teachers who desire to go beyond the master’s degree may register for a series of courses designed to prepare them for Pennsylvania Department of Education district-wide supervisory certification in curriculum and instruction. Supervisory certification is designed to prepare candidates to supervise instruction, evaluate professional staff, and lead curriculum development and curriculum research efforts. 

Pennsylvania Supervisory Certification K-12 candidates must complete the following course sequence (24 credits) with a cumulative Quality Point Average of at least 3.00 with no more than three letter grades less than B–, Final Portfolio, and passing score on Praxis Supervisory Certification K-12 examination.

  • EDUC 508 - The Teacher as Evaluator  (Summer)
  • EDUC 622 School Law and Professional Ethics  (Fall, even years)
  • EDUC 655 Standards-Based Curriculum Design  (Fall, odd years)
  • EDUC 658 Building a Culture of Learning  (Spring, odd years)
  • EDUC 667 Teacher Supervision and Evaluation  (Spring, even years)
  • EDUC 668 Data-Driven Instructional Systems  (Summer, odd years)
  • EDUC 713 Facilitating School Improvement  (Summer)
  • EDUC 714 Supervisory Practicum I  (Fall)
  • EDUC 715 Supervisory Practicum II  (Spring)

For additional information, contact Dr. Pete Mayes at mayesp@moravian.edu


Special Education Certification

Candidates interested in earning a graduate degree with Pennsylvania Special Education certification must hold Pennsylvania Instructional I or II certification; demonstrate at least three years of effective content teaching at the Pre-K-4, 4-8, or secondary level or as a reading specialist; and complete the following courses: 

  • 610 Differentiating Instruction  (Fall, odd years)
  • 617 Special Education: Identification and Early Intervention  (Fall, even years)
  • 618 Effective Inclusionary Practices  (Spring, even years)
  • 623 Special Education Processes and Procedures  (Summer, even years)
  • 624 Educating Students with Disabilities and Exceptionalities  (Fall, even years)
  • 626 Comprehensive Literary Practices Pre-K-4  (Spring, odd years)
  • 660 Literacy and Resistance in Secondary Schools  (Spring, even years)
  • 670 Language Acquisition and Development  (Summer)
  • 676 Literacy Assessment and Evaluation  (Summer, odd years)

For additional information, contact Dr. Laurie Kahn at 610-861-7958, or email at kahnl@moravian.edu


Online Instruction Endorsement

The mission of the Endorsement in Online Instruction program is to prepare certified educators in all content areas to develop and deliver instruction in online and blended learning environments. Online instruction represents a paradigm shift in delivering and acquiring knowledge while considering the unique needs of learners being taught. That consideration honors the diverse nature of students in the classroom and grows from an understanding of the online and face-to-face communities being served.  Candidates interested in adding Pennsylvania endorsement for online instruction through Moravian University's graduate education program must possess a valid teaching certificate and complete the following courses:

  • EDUC 600 Best Practices in Online Teaching (Fall I)
  • EDUC 601 Online Teacher as Instructional Designer  (Fall II)
  • EDUC 602 Online Teaching for the Online Learner (Spring I)
  • EDUC 603 The Online Endorsement Capstone Practicum (Spring II)

For additional information, contact Dr. Tristan Gleason, Director of Graduate Education, email at gleasont@moravian.edu


Fore more information, call 610-861-1400 or email graduate@moravian.edu

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