Master of Education: Alternative Education

The Master of Education Alternative Education Program is fully accredited through the Council for Accreditation of Education Programs (CAEP; formerly NCATE).  Lock Haven University is accredited by the Middle States Association.

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Alignment
The program is aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards core propositions. The program provides
skill and knowledge sets indicative of an accomplished teacher. 

Enrollment Requirements
Students must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher  be accepted into the Alternative Education Program.The program has been approved by Lock Haven University, The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.


Enrollment Periods
Lock Haven University offers two enrollment periods: Fall and Spring Semesters. Students can enter the program during the summer sessions but will be officially enrolled in the following fall semester.
 Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and decisions are rendered after the receipt of all admissions documents.


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Admissions and Application Process
To complete the admissions procedure, students must submit;

    1. An online application
    2. Three letters of recommendation
    3. A writing sample
    4. Official college transcripts
    5. A copy of PA teaching certification (Optional)

Lock Haven University Graduates do not have to request transcripts; the Office of Graduate Admissions will do this for you.

Writing Sample

Review a pertinent scholarly journal article or report published in a recent professional journal.  Include the problem or issue, the author's viewpoint and supporting ideas. Also include your professional opinion in the final paragraphs of the essay. Your essay should not exceed 300 words. (You must submit a copy of the full text of the article along with your essay.)

Writing samples, letters of recommendation, statements of interest in principal certification and teaching certificate may be sent via email to or faxed to 570-484-2201.

The mailing address is:
Lock Haven University
Office of Admissions ATTN: Graduate
401 N Fairview St.
Lock Haven PA 17745


Transfer Credits
Students may transfer up to nine credits of graduate work from an accredited institution toward the Elective Requirements of the Master of Education program.  All transfer credits must be approved in writing by the Program Coordinator.  Transfer Credit Approval forms are available on the Registrar's website.