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Secondary Teacher Certification - Post Baccalaureate

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You have earned a B.A. or B.S. and now you want to teach. In secondary education, a teacher is certified in subject area, so coursework entails both subject area (your area i.e. Chemistry, English etc.) and teacher education courses.

The content specialist (i.e. English, Math etc…) will identify what content courses will transfer and what content courses are still needed to meet teacher state requirements. Most of your subject area courses will be taken through the corresponding department, and most of your education courses will be taken through Professional & Secondary Education.

Career Preparation: Secondary Teacher - Grades 7-12

Why ESU?

Value and Accredited: ESU’s teacher certification program is nationally accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, has received the "gold standard" as Nationally Recognized and is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Experienced Professors and Teachers: Full time and part-time faculty, who are still active in schools care about helping you become a great teacher!

Work towards your M.Ed.: Nine courses (27 credits) count toward your master's in education. Many students continue onto the M.Ed. after obtaining teaching job.

Major Steps for successful completion of the Certification Process

  1. Transcript Evaluation - Determine the content courses you need: Send an email to the PSED Secretary, Ms. Carolyn Cooper Chambliss, ccooper12@esu.edu for a transcript evaluation. State your interest in obtaining teacher certification as a post baccalaureate student and the content area of interest.
  2. APPLY: Apply to the Graduate M.Ed. Program in Professional and Secondary Education, and √ that you want teacher certification.
  3. Plan: Once you are accepted into the program, please meet with your advisor to design a plan of study for your certification. You will create a written plan for your customized path to certification. Download the Teacher Education Course List.
  4. CONSTANT CONTACT: Stay in contact with your advisor every semester to ensure you are meeting requirements for PDE certification.
  5. Screen-In: You must screen-in before taking PSED 520, which is after you have taken SPED 510, PSED 516, SPED 550, and designated content courses. Learn about screening-in:
    • Screen-In
    • Email the PSED secretary Ms. Carolyn Cooper Chambliss to schedule your screen-in time midsemester ccooper12@esu.edu.
  6. Content Certification test: Pass Certification tests as soon as you are able since it is a PDE requirement before certification.
  7. Student Teaching (PSED 518 & 519): Two semesters before student teaching, register with the Field Experience Office, Stroud 214. You will student teach full-time for a semester. If your eligible for an Internship, you will complete the Internship rather than traditional student teaching.
  8. Get Certified: Have a 3.0 QPA (or meet requirements), Student teach, Pass Certification Tests Apply to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for Certification for your content area.