Teachers Developing the Dreams of Tomorrow
You have earned a B.A. or B.S. and now you want to teach. 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.
The content specialist (i.e. Chemistry, English etc…) will identify which content courses will transfer and which content courses are still needed to meet teacher state requirements for subject certification. Most content courses will be taken through the corresponding department, and most education courses will be taken through Professional & Secondary Education.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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 and Checklist. 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.
- 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.
- 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): You have completed work for your level 1 teacher certification in a content area. Now, you can apply most graduate credits to finish your M.Ed. Contact your adviser to help plan which track is best for you. Many complete the professional education track.