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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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Post Baccalaureate Certification Programs at Marywood

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Patricia S. Arter, Ed.D.
Director of Students On-Campus Achieving Results (SOAR) program

Tammy B.H. Brown, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Graduate Reading Program and ESL Program

Joseph A. Polizzi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education and Educational Leadership

Christine L. Fryer, Ed.D.
Chairperson of the School of Education, Clinical Assistant Professor
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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.


I couldn't be happier with where my life has taken me and I have my experiences at Marywood to thank for that.

I graduated from Marywood in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in special education and middle school math/science. While at Marywood, I participated in alternative spring break service trips to places like West Virginia, New York City, and Guatemala. These experiences led me to participate in a year of service after I graduated. I became an AmeriCorps member in Palm Beach County, Florida where I worked at Believers Academy, an emotional/behavioral high school. My main focus was to help students improve their reading skills, but I also helped with job skills, such as creating a resume and filling out an application. I also worked numerous community-based service projects throughout the year including Habitat for Humanity, Surfers for Autism, and Special Olympics. 

The students and staff that I worked with during my year of service were so amazing and truly touched my heart. The following school year, I transitioned from an AmeriCorps member to a full-time math and science teacher at Believers Academy. I couldn't be happier with where my life has taken me and I have my experiences at Marywood to thank for that.


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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