Post Baccalaureate Certification Programs

Certification

  • 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.

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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