Education B.A./M.A. Options (5-Year)

Program Description

The Department of Education BA to MA builds on our successful undergraduate major by offering several options leading to a Master’s of Arts degree. For years, the traditional school-as-factory model has set the tone for most teacher education programs. In contrast, La Salle’s Master of Arts in Education program offers unique alternatives that view each child as an individual learner with needs that often can’t be met through an industrialized approach to education. This assembly-line method of schooling encourages teachers to ignore individual differences and the interlocking parts of a child’s education. Worse still, it causes them to think in terms of stereotypes of grade, label, and subject.

La Salle-prepared educators are not semi-skilled production workers. La Salle-educated teachers command a comprehensive understanding of the child or adolescent as a very individual learner. They know how to keep the differences of their students in mind and they know how to develop state-of-the-art instruction that works in the “real world” of the school. This focus on the individual as learner is the very embodiment of the expert teacher.

La Salle-educated teachers also are grounded in analytic techniques that promote their ability to analyze the meaning and effects of educational institutions, develop critical understanding of educational thought and practice, and provide resources for the development of educational policy-making skills. This develops genuinely reflective professional practitioners who are capable of leading and innovating rather than merely following orders.

This 5-year program allows students to dive deeper into these techniques, creating a better and more complete educator. Students may apply for any of the Five-Year/MA programs upon admission to LA Salle as an undergraduate, or decide later in their program, prior to earning their bachelor’s degree, to pursue a Five-Year/MA program. Our 5th year students are also able to use up to three undergraduate courses (9 credit hours) towards their Master’s, enabling them to finish with just one additional year of school.

We hope you are interested in applying. To apply, please fill out the Five Year Admissions Requirements form to get started. 

UG/Grad Dual Counted Courses

The following Undergraduate classes may be double-counted toward the 5-year BA/MA program, up to a total of 9 credits.

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Equivalent

EDC 307 (6 credits)

EDC 602 AND EDC 613

EDC 401 (6 credits)

EDC 602 AND EDC 613

EDC 306

EDC 604

EDC 326

EDC 604

EDC 224

EDC 604

EDC 324

BLS 601

Why take this major?

In addition to the various reasons for pursuing an Education major, the 5-year BA/MA options in Education offer the following advantages:

  • BA/MA students will be able to earn an advanced degree in only 5 years of college.
  • BA/MA students will be able to “double count” some upper-level undergraduate courses for both their BA and MA.
  • BA/MA students will continue to be eligible for financial aid and housing during their 5th
  • Students with their M.A. in Education are placed into a higher salary bracket at many places of employment.

Program Goals

As students progress through the program, each will gain skills in the following areas:

Professional Learning Stance 

  • Address practice through the lenses of learning and inquiry stances  
  • Develop critical habits of mind to address assumptions of practice by evaluating and interrogating significance, perspective, evidence, connection and supposition  

21st Century Communication Skills  

  • Use effective and articulate expression of thoughts and ideas effectively using multiple modalities and technologies in multiple and diverse settings   
  • Use active and effective listening skills to surface underlying meaning, values, attitudes and intentions  
  • Infer message effectiveness and impact before, during and after delivery  

Social Justice and Leadership  

  • Engage in respectful collaboration to address professional and community issue 
  • Display an awareness and sensitivity to ethnically, linguistically, cognitively, physically, socially diverse group 
  • Demonstrate a belief in educational equity ​ 

Student Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the program, students will accomplish the following student learning outcomes that are aligned with Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs):

  • SLO 1:  Examine assumptions within disciplinary decision-making (ILO:  Broader Identities #2-Reflective Thinking and Valuing)   
  • SLO 2:  Use evidence as a basis for disciplinary decision-making (ILO:  Expanded Literacies #2-Critical Analysis and Reasoning)   
  • SLO 3:  Communicate effectively using the conventions of the discipline (ILO:  Effective Expression #1-Oral and Written Communication)   
  • SLO 4:  Collaborate effectively to solve disciplinary problems (ILO: Active Responsibility #3-Collaborative Engagement)  

Program Contact Information

Dr. Kimberly Lewinski, Graduate Director
lewinski@lasalle.edu
215-951-1362
112 Hayman Hall

Degree Earned

Students will earn their M.A. in Education, along with their choice of one of the following:
Special Education Certification (PreK-8 or 7-12)
Secondary Education Certification (7-12)
Instructional Coaching Endorsement
Autism Spectrum Disorders Endorsement

Number of Courses Required for Graduation

Major: Variable (See Recommended Course Sequence below)

Total: Variable (See Recommended Course Sequence below)

Number of Credits Required for Graduation

Major: Variable (See Recommended Course Sequence below)

Total: Variable (See Recommended Course Sequence below)

GPA Required for Graduation

Major: A 3.0 minimum is required for admission to the M.A. program. GPAs lower than this may require additional documentation during the application process.

Cumulative: 2.0

Progress Chart

Level One - Core Courses

12 courses and 2 modules required

Universal Required Courses (4 Courses)

Students must complete the following 4 courses.

ILO 8.1: Written Communication

ENG 110 - College Writing I: Persuasion

ILO 5.1: Information Literacy

ENG 210 - College Writing II: Research

ILO 1.1: Understanding Diverse Perspectives

FYS 130 - First-Year Academic Seminar **

NOTE. The following students use Level 2 Capstone Experience in Major instead of FYS 130: Honors, BUSCA, Core-to-Core, Transfer, and Non-Traditional/Evening.

ILO 2.1: Reflective Thinking and Valuing

REL 100 - Religion Matters

Elective Core Courses (4 Courses)

Students must complete 1 course in each of the following 4 ILOs.

ILO 3.1a: Scientific Reasoning

Choose course within ILO

ILO 3.1b: Quantitative Reasoning

Choose course within ILO

ILO 6.1: Technological Competency

Choose course within ILO

ILO 8.1a/12.1: Oral Communication/ Collaborative Engagement

Choose course within ILO

Distinct Discipline Core Courses (4 Courses)

Students must complete 1 course in each of the following 4 ILOs. Each course must be from a different discipline. (A "discipline" is represented by the 3- or 4-letter prefix attached to each course.)

ILO 4.1: Critical Analysis and Reasoning

Choose course within ILO

ILO 9.1: Creative and Artistic Expression

Choose course within ILO

ILO 10.1: Ethical Understanding and Reasoning

Choose course within ILO

ILO 11.1: Cultural and Global Awareness and Sensitivity

Choose course within ILO

Universal Required Modules (2 Courses)

Students must complete the following 2 non-credit modules.
The Modules are not required for Transfer Students, Core-to-Core Students, or BUSCA Students. BUSCA students are required to take modules if/when they pursue a bachelor’s degree.

ILO 7.1a

Health Literacy Module

ILO 7.1b

Financial Literacy Module

Major Requirements

Major requirements include 4 Level Two ILO requirements, fulfilled through the major.

Students in this major must complete Variable (See Recommended Course Sequence below) courses in total in order to graduate. Variable (See Recommended Course Sequence below) courses will be from this major program.

Level Two (4 Courses)

Students must complete 1 course/learning experience in each of the 4 commitments.

ILO 2.2: Broader Identity (Capstone Course/Experience)

Fulfilled within major

Choose one ILO from 3.2a, 3.2b, 4.2, 5.2, 6.2, 7.2a, or 7.2b: Expanded Literacies

Fulfilled within major

ILO 8.2b: Effective Expression (Writing-Intensive Course)

Fulfilled within major

Choose on ILO from 10.2, 11.2, or 12.2: Active Responsibility

Fulfilled within major

All Other Required Courses

Variable (See Recommended Course Sequence below)

Free Electives

In addition to the requirements listed above, students must take enough courses to the fulfill graduation credit requirements for their School and major.

5th year students can complete their class in a year to a little over, depending on what classes are transferred in.

Master of Arts in Education with a Concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorder Endorsement

30 credits

Core Courses

EDC 503 Cognitive, Social, and Emotional Development

EDC 510 Human Diversity

EDC 602 Educational Technology (Equivalent Courses: EDC 307/401)

EDC 604 Foundations of Schooling (Equivalent Course: EDC 306)

EDC 613 The Role of the Developmentally Oriented Teacher (Equivalent Courses: EDC 307/401)

EDC 751 Transformative Pedagogy:  A Capstone Experience

Concentration Courses 

EDC 655 Dimensions of Autism

EDC 657 Systems Approach with Families and Educators

EDC 665 Communication Strategies for Teachers of ASD Children and Youth

EDC 667 Implementing the IEP in the Inclusive Classroom

Course Sequences

Undergraduate Program: Pre-K-4/Special Education

Undergraduate: EDC 306, EDC 307, 401 (nine credits)

Summer I: EDC 503

Summer II: EDC 510

Fall I: EDC 655

Fall II: EDC 657

Spring I: EDC 665

Spring II: EDC 66,7 EDC 751

Master of Arts in Education with a Concentration in Instructional Coach Endorsement

30 credits

Core Courses

EDC 503 Cognitive, Social, and Emotional Development

EDC 510 Human Diversity

EDC 602 Educational Technology (Equivalent Courses: EDC 307/401)*

EDC 604 Foundations of Schooling (Equivalent Course: EDC 306)*

EDC 613 The Role of the Developmentally Oriented Teacher (Equivalent Courses: EDC 307/401)*

EDC 751 Transformative Pedagogy: A Capstone Experience

Concentration Courses In Instructional Coach Endorsement

EDC 505 Introduction to Instructional Leadership

EDC 615 Advanced Instructional Design

EDC 652 Leadership and Educational Change I

EDC 653 Leadership and Educational Change II

Course Sequences

Undergraduate Program: Pre-K-4/Special Education

Undergraduate: EDC 306, EDC 307, 401 (nine credits)

Summer I: EDC 503

Summer II: EDC 510

Fall I: EDC 505

Fall II: EDC 615

Spring I: EDC 652

Spring II: EDC 653, EDC 751

Master of Arts in Education with Special Education Certification

33 credits

Core Courses 

EDC 503 Cognitive, Social and Emotional Development 

EDC 655 Dimensions of Autism 

EDC 751 Transformative Pedagogy 

Certification Courses 

EDC 510 Human Diversity 

EDC 619 Literacy Difficulties: Diagnosis and Instruction 

EDC 643 Adjusting and Adapting Instruction 

EDC 644 Assessment 

EDC 645 Planning and Instruction for Students with Special Needs (summer practicum) 

EDC 661 Teaching All Students in Inclusive Settings (summer practicum) 

EDC 667 Implementing the IEP in the Inclusive Classroom 

BLS 601 Techniques of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Equivalent Courses: EDC 324/325) 

Course Sequences

Undergraduate Program: Middle Level (4-8)/AMST

Undergraduate – EDC 325 (3 credits) 

Summer I – EDC 643, EDC 503

Summer II – EDC 645, EDC 661 (Summer Practicum)

Fall – EDC 510, EDC 655  

Winter – EDC 644

Spring – EDC 619, EDC 667,  EDC 751 

Master of Arts in Education with Secondary Education 

36 credits 

Core Courses 

EDC 503 Cognitive, Social, and Emotional Development 

EDC 510 Human Diversity 

EDC 604 Foundations of Schooling (Equivalent Course: EDC 306) 

EDC 613 The Role of the Developmentally Oriented Teacher  

EDC 751 Transformative Pedagogy: A Capstone Experience 

Certification Courses  

EDC 602 Educational Technology 

EDC 617 Reading in the Content Area 

BLS 601 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Equivalent Course: EDC 324) 

EDC 647 Developing and Adjusting Instruction for Secondary Learners 

EDC 648 Secondary Education Summer Practicum 

EDC 668 Secondary Education Supervised Teaching   OR 

EDC 689 Secondary Education Student Teaching 

EDC 680 Secondary Education Special Methods of Teaching (taken with EDC 668 or EDC 689) 

Course Sequences 

Undergraduate Program: Education Minor and Content Area Major* 

Undergraduate: EDC 306, EDC 324 (6 credits) 

Summer I: EDC503, EDC 647 

Summer II: EDC 648 

Fall: EDC 510 EDC 613, EDC 617 

Winter Intersession: EDC 602 

Spring: Student Teaching - EDC 668 or 689 and EDC 680  

Summer EDC 751 

Course Descriptions

All course descriptions may be found in the main menu under Undergraduate > Courses: A-Z