Preparation, Certification & Accreditation

Professional Preparation

  • Work effectively with mixed ability groupings of students
  • Work effectively with at-risk and academically marginal students
  • Utilize best practice approaches to meeting the needs of students
  • Use formative and summative assessment techniques to develop and implement an academic and/or behavior plan
  • Develop and implement curriculum for alternative settings that meets student needs
  • Assist students with non-academic needs that have impact upon their performance in school
  • Conduct action research on problems directly related to the issues graduate students face in their classroom or work environment on a daily basis
  • Work effectively as a team member in serving students
  • Understand the importance of theoretical underpinnings in their work with students
  • Understand the transferability of knowledge, skills and abilities from the alternative setting to other work settings
  • Implement change within an organization
  • Evaluate student progress on an ongoing basis
  • Evaluate alternative education program progress

Applying for PA Level II Instructional Certification

Lock Haven University M.Ed. programs in Teaching & Learning and Alternative Education include 2 courses to address the PDE requirement of 6 specific credit hours in the area of SAS.


The Master of Education program in Alternative Education is fully accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). 

The program is aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and can assist education professionals prepare for the National Board Certification if so desired. Aside from the certification process the program provides skill and knowledge sets indicative of an accomplished teacher.