Post Baccalaureate Certification Programs


  • K-12 and 7-12 subject area certifications
  • at least 100 hours field experience
  • PDE, NCATE, Middle States accreditation

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The McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies includes a broad range of teaching, clinical and research equipment in support of its graduate training mission. The facility includes multimedia classrooms and a curriculum lab with excellent resources for students, including an Ellison machine, a laminator, and computer facilities.


The Student Activities Office is my home away from home!

Year: Junior

Major: Special Education and Early Childhood Education

Hometown: Hawthorne, New Jersey

Activities on campus: Admissions Ambassador, Education Club, Tutor, SAC Squad, Student Activities Intern, Service Chair for Zeta Phi Delta, & Team Leader for Campus Ministry Alternative Breaks

Favorite Marywood moment: My favorite Marywood moment is a tie between winning Homecoming Court last year, joining Zeta Phi Delta, and presenting at the National Association for Campus Activities Conference.

Favorite place on campus: My favorite place on campus is Nazareth Hall. Our dining hall is there as well as the Fireplace Lounge and Latour Room, where I get to put on amazing Student Activities events. The SAC office is in Nazareth Hall as well, and that's become my home away from home.

Favorite thing about being an Ambassador: My favorite thing about being an ambassador is getting to share all of my favorite things about Marywood with prospective families and students.

Fun fact: I swam with sea turtles.

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Specific Program Requirements

Eligibility for certification is determined by fulfillment of Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) requirements. State regulations in Chapter 49 of the Pennsylvania Code, 22 PA Code 49.18 require that those seeking their initial or first Instructional I Certificate must demonstrate that they have successfully completed a teacher certification exam in these areas:

The PRAXIS (Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers) Series:

  • PRAXIS I - Pre-professional skills tests (PPST) - Reading, Writing, Mathematics*
  • Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (not required for 7-12 certification areas)*
  • PRAXIS II - Specialty Area (required in each area of certification)**

* Required for initial certification only ** Required for initial and advanced certification

For certification as a Home & School Visitor, PDE will accept Praxis tests OR an intermediate (LSW) or clinical (LCSW) Pennsylvania license in place of Praxis tests.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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