Secondary (Grades 7-12) Certification

Although the elementary guidelines have changed in Pennsylvania, those for secondary teacher certification have remained the same with the exception of one additional course for a total of 10 education courses. Additional coursework is required in the cognate courses and major. 

  • A bachelor’s degree in Biology, Chemistry, English, Environmental Science, French, German, History, Mathematics, Natural Science, Physics, or Spanish
  • Required Cognate Courses
    • 2 courses in mathematics
    • Writing Composition
    • British or American Literature
  • Education Courses:
    • History and Politics of American Education
    • Educational Psychology: Adolescent Learning and Development
    • Introduction to Special Education
    • Integrating Curriculum and Instruction for Adolescent Learners
    • Theory and Practice of Teaching English Language Learners
    • Content Area Curriculum for Adolescent Learners (Major concentration)
  • Professional Semester:
    • Assessment and Evaluation
    • Studies in Professional Education
    • Student Teaching I
    • Student Teaching II

Teacher Certification Frequently Asked Questions
Teacher Certification Brochure

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