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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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Amy Paciej-Woodruff, Ph.D.​
Assistant Professor, Higher Education Administration

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

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

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 opened a brand new Planet Fitness location as General Manager.

After graduating from Marywood in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science/Physical Activity, I immediately entered the professional fitness world as a personal trainer and fitness instructor at Planet Fitness in the Philadelphia area.  Shortly thereafter, I was offered a chance to open a brand new Planet Fitness location as General Manager. 

Opening a new location from the ground up was a difficult and time consuming task.  However, my four years at Marywood gave me the tools and confidence I needed to tackle this challenge.  The education I received in the classroom provided me with the knowledge needed to train clients and effectively manage a fitness club.  Being a four-year member of Marywood’s Lacrosse team has also taught me great leadership and interpersonal skills which are applied daily, and will continue to help me as my career grows.

Wherever my career takes me, whether it is in fitness club ownership, or personal training, I know that everything I learned at Marywood will be with me every step of the way.

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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