Be a high school or middle school teacher!

You have real life experience to make a positive impact on students, and you have earned a B.A. or B.S.

In secondary education, a teacher earns certification in a subject area. Teaching certificates are issued by the state with coursework required in both subject areas (i.e. Chemistry, English etc.) and teacher education courses.

  • Career Preparation: Secondary Teacher - Grades 7-12
  • Certification Areas: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, English, General Science, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies, and languages (Spanish,French, German & Chinese), and Dual Certification in Special Education & Subject Area

Accelerated Program - Complete Your Certification in 1 Year

If you already have an undergraduate degree in a subject areas, and pass the coinciding subject area certification test, you can qualify for accelerated program and earn your PA teaching certification in 1 year as a secondary teacher.

Course Work for 1 Year Accelerated Program Teacher Certification in Secondary Education (Grade 7-12)
  • Spring - SPED 550, PSED 516, and one content area course
  • Summer - PSED 520, PSED 524, PSED 510
  • Fall - PSED 521, PSED 551, and one content area course
  • Spring - Student teaching PSED 518, PSED 519, 499

All About M.Ed. in Professional Education at ESU

What do students learn to do?

  • Teach grades 7-12 the subject you major in.
  • Use technology to create interactive lessons in face-to-face and online environments that keep students engaged and interested in their learning.
  • Design instructional units with the Understanding by Design Framework so that learners focus on the understanding what really matters.
  • Create lessons using culturally relevant pedagogy, multiple means of engagement, representation and action expression.
  • Practice strategies to empower your diverse learners through the growth mindset, personalized learning, and social-emotional support.

Will I be prepared to teach in different settings?

At ESU, you will have experiences teaching face-to-face, online, and blended. The current challenges are opportunities to grow and meet more learning needs. Gain an innovator's mindset as a future teacher to lead your students!

All About M.Ed. in Professional Education at ESU

What do students learn to do?

  • Teach grades 7-12 the subject you major in.
  • Use technology to create interactive lessons in face-to-face and online environments that keep students engaged and interested in their learning.
  • Design instructional units with the Understanding by Design Framework so that learners focus on the understanding what really matters.
  • Create lessons using culturally relevant pedagogy, multiple means of engagement, representation and action expression.
  • Practice strategies to empower your diverse learners through the growth mindset, personalized learning, and social-emotional support.

Will I be prepared to teach in different settings?

At ESU, you will have experiences teaching face-to-face, online, and blended. The current challenges are opportunities to grow and meet more learning needs. Gain an innovator's mindset as a future teacher to lead your students!


Innovative Faculty

ESU's faculty have a history of teaching and leading innovative education. They have been key leaders in developing project-based schools, online education programs, and instituted initiatives in their respective educational organizations.


Hands-on Service Learning

In PSED 520 Seminar I and PSED 521 Seminar II, you will complete 40 hours of field experience where you will be placed in a middle school or high school based on your subject area.

  • You’ll spend time observing the classroom and teach a few lessons.
  • Then, when you student teach, your last semester, you will be placed in a school full time.
  • Gradually, you will take over all responsibilities of the classroom with an experienced cooperating and an ESU supervisor to support you. You will implement many of the empowering strategies that you have learned in your course work.
Megan Whitney student teaching in a junior high physical science classroom. She is guiding her students in collaboration.

Hands-on Service Learning

In PSED 520 Seminar I and PSED 521 Seminar II, you will complete 40 hours of field experience where you will be placed in a middle school or high school based on your subject area.

  • You’ll spend time observing the classroom and teach a few lessons.
  • Then, when you student teach, your last semester, you will be placed in a school full time.
  • Gradually, you will take over all responsibilities of the classroom with an experienced cooperating and an ESU supervisor to support you. You will implement many of the empowering strategies that you have learned in your course work.
Megan Whitney student teaching in a junior high physical science classroom. She is guiding her students in collaboration.

Applying to the Graduate Teacher Preparation Program

When you apply for certification, you actually want to apply to the Professional Education M.Ed. Program. We recommend you finish your M.Ed. after you have been certified and begin your career as a teacher.

  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 write in your goal statement that you are seeking teacher certification in a specific content area.
Why can't I get my specific my program immediately?

You have experiences that are unique to you, so everyone's program is slightly different. There are content and education courses, and for certification you need both. Step #1 is very important so that you are aware of the classes you need.

What courses do I need?

Download the Graduate Teacher Preparation Guide. You will see the education courses needed. You may have undergraduate or transfer courses that meet the competencies. You should have your transcript evaluated so you are only taking what is needed for certification.

When you apply for certification, you actually want to apply to the Professional Education M.Ed. Program. We recommend you finish your M.Ed. after you have been certified and begin your career as a teacher.

  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 write in your goal statement that you are seeking teacher certification in a specific content area.
Why can't I get my specific my program immediately?

You have experiences that are unique to you, so everyone's program is slightly different. There are content and education courses, and for certification you need both. Step #1 is very important so that you are aware of the classes you need.

What courses do I need?

Download the Graduate Teacher Preparation Guide. You will see the education courses needed. You may have undergraduate or transfer courses that meet the competencies. You should have your transcript evaluated so you are only taking what is needed for certification.


Learn more about Graduate Teacher Preparation and ESU.


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Contact Us

For additional information regarding the programs offered in the Professional & Secondary Education department, please contact the secretary at ccooper12@esu.edu.

Contact Information

Campus Address
Stroud Hall 209 P
Phone:
(570) 422-3363
Title of Department Leader
Graduate Coordinator
Name
Mary (Liz) Azukas
Phone:
(570) 422-3352