Teachers Developing the Dreams of Tomorrow
You have earned a B.A. or B.S. and now you want to teach. Through your work, have real life experiences to draw on to give meaning to your future students!
In secondary education, a teacher earns certification in a subject area. Teaching certificates are issued by the state with coursework required in both subject area (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, French, General Science, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies, Spanish, Dual Certification in Special Education & Content Area
- 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.
Work towards your MEd: Nine courses (27 credits) count toward your master's in education. Many students continue onto the M.Ed. after obtaining teaching job.
Experienced Professors and Teachers that CARE about your progress to becoming a strong educator!
Be prepared to teach online, blended and traditionally! We have professors that are experienced in all the different learning environments as teachers, learners and scholars.
- 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.
- 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!
- Can I earn my MEd?By the time you finished with certification, you will have completed work for your level 1 teacher certification in a content area. Then, you can apply most graduate credits (Student teaching does not count toward and M.Ed) To finish your MEd, contact your adviser to help plan which track is best for you. Most complete the professional education track.
Major Steps for successful completion of the Certification Process
- Transcript Evaluation: Determine the content courses you need: Send an email to the PSED Secretary, Ms. Carolyn Cooper Chambliss, firstname.lastname@example.org for a transcript evaluation. State your interest in obtaining teacher certification as a post baccalaureate student and the content area of interest.
- 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.
- Plan: Once you are accepted into the program, please meet with your adviser to design a plan of study for your certification. You will create a written plan for your customized path to certification. Download the Graduate Teacher Preparation Guide. Review all pages. Complete with your adviser.
- Constant Contact: Stay in contact with your adviser every semester to ensure you are meeting requirements for PDE certification.
- Screening: Please look over the screening process and requirements. You must screen before taking PSED 521, which is after you have taken SPED 510, PSED 516, SPED 550, and designated content courses. Learn about screening by talking to your adviser.
- Content Certification Test: Pass content test as soon as you are able since it is a PDE requirement before certification. It is recommended that you do this before student teaching.
- 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. Student teaching credits do not count toward your M.Ed. If your eligible for an Internship, you will complete the Internship rather than traditional student teaching. The Field Experience Office finds placements when you have fulfilled requirements. Please review the Field Experience requirements and timelines.
- 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.
- Finish your M.Ed. (optional): Contact your adviser to make a plan best for you. Many complete the professional education track.