Make a Difference. Learn. Teach. Commit.

A teacher teaching secondary school studentsIf you are interested in making a positive difference in the lives of junior high or high school students, you want to teach. At ESU, you major in a content area, and concentrate in Secondary Education. When you graduate, you will have a degree in your chosen content area and a concentration, which is the path to be certified in secondary education (Grades 7-12.). You will have two advisers: one in the major area and one in the department of Professional and Secondary Education (PSED).

ESU’s teacher certification program is nationally accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, and has received the "gold standard" as Nationally Recognized.
Here are Orientation Overview Slides.

Major Steps in the Process

  1. Declare your major: Choose a content area and choose a concentration in Secondary Education. You will have specific courses that you will need to take with your major. Here are most of the education courses needed for students preparing to teach secondary education in the Undergraduate Teacher Preparation checklist.
  2. TEC Approval: Meet with your PSED adviser every semester. Before Teacher Educational Council (TEC) approval you must have met all the requirements.
    • Basic Skills Requirements: There are different ways to meet the basic skills. Download the basic skills worksheet to help you. For further information see the PDE Certification testing Page , and Composite Score Calculator (Excel) to help you determine passing scores. There are different tests or courses that you can take, but all need to report math, reading and writing scores.
    • Course Requirements: Complete 40-60 credits; have a 3.0 GPA; 2 math classes; 1 literature course & 1 composition course
    • Clearances: Obtain clearances
    • TK 20: Complete an application, disposition survey and upload materials
  3. Courses: Take the entry level courses. Maintain a 3.0 QPA.
  4. Field Experiences: Many education courses have “field experiences.” You must have complete clearances. Review information at the Field Experience office.
  5. Content Certification test - recommendation: Pass Certification tests otherwise you will need to before you are certified. Certification Tests: ETS - PA.
  6. Student teach: To student teach all content and education course work should be complete. The Field Experience Office finds placements when you have fulfilled requirements. Please review the Field Experience requirements and timelines.
  7. Finishing Up - Successful Student teaching!
    Apply for graduation.
    Get Certified: Have a 3.0 QPA (or meet exceptions); make sure that you fulfilled all requirements; apply to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for Certification in your content area or another state.

Professional Licensure Disclosures and Distance Learning State Authorization: Applicants who are applying to programs that may lead to licensure in states other than Pennsylvania must be aware of the various state professional licensure requirements. Please see ESU's professional licensure disclosures, Evaluation of Conduct Record, and check licensure requirements by occupation and state at CareerOneStop.

Contact Us

For additional information regarding the programs offered in the Professional & Secondary Education department, please contact the secretary at

Contact Information

Campus Address
Stroud Hall 209
(570) 422-3363
(570) 422-3942 (Fax)
Title of Department Leader
Department Chair
Beth Sockman
(570) 422-3621