In addition to engaging in the education and psychology coursework listed under Program Requirements, teacher certification candidates must also meet the following requirements. They must also align their major coursework to the State's requirements for teachers in their specific subject area. For information about courses required in the various certification areas, select the appropriate certification area to the left (English, Mathematics, etc.).
Teacher certification candidates must gain extracurricular teaching experience, ideally working with middle or high school students (through a summer teaching experience, such as Summerbridge, for example, or through a tutoring program). Certification candidates maymeet this requirement by:
a) [Preferred] Playing the role of a teacher, teaching assistant, or coach for at least sixty extracurricular hours, working with groups of children in a learning environment. During this time, the certification candidate should be engaged in planning, preparing for, and carrying out activities for groups of children.
b) Taking an additional education course for which fieldwork in a school or other learning setting is a requirement.
c) Extending the student teaching experience from the minimum requirement of twelve weeks to fourteen weeks, allowing an extra two weeks at the start of the experience to apprentice with their cooperating teacher before taking on full responsibility for teaching.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires that certification candidates meet the following course and GPA requirements. NOTE: Alumni/ae enrolled in the Teacher Education Program as post-baccalaureate students do NOT need to meet the math and English course requirements.
Second semester sophomores or post-bacc applicants must have an entrance GPA of at least a 3.0 (some exceptions apply). To be recommended for certification, students must have an exit GPA of at least a 3.0.
Students applying for certification must pass the following tests:
**When registering for a Praxis test on the ETS website, students must request that the score report be sent to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.**
For College Supervisors only:
For Student Teachers only: