Secondary Teaching Certificate

College of Education and Social Work

The Department of Professional and Secondary Education offers a nondegree program for post-baccalaureate students seeking secondary teaching certification. Students must apply through the Office of Graduate Studies and Extended Education for the certification program and meet admission requirements specified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for the University. (See “Formal Admission to Teacher Education for Certification.”) The program consists of six education courses, including a methods course offered by the academic area, plus a full semester of student teaching. Students must have academic course work in their subject area discipline(s) equivalent to an undergraduate B.S.Ed. from West Chester University. Undergraduate transcripts will be evaluated by the content area department to assess any additional course work that may be needed in the academic discipline.

Courses required for certification:

EDA 511Inclusion & Collaboration3
EDF 589Sociological Foundations Of Education3
EDP 531Principles Of Educational Testing3
EDP 550Advanced Educational Psychology3
EDS 505Field Experience For Secondary Teachers3
EDR 515Teaching Reading with Child's and Adolescent's Lit3
EDT 500Integrating Ed Tech For Effective Instruction3
LAN 586Teaching ELLs PK-123
Select a subject area methods course3
Total Credits Required30

(Note: Some course work taken for certification may count for the M.Ed. in secondary education.)

Candidates must show evidence of completion of required ETS Praxis I and II tests to student teach. They must pass all Praxis tests to become program completers and qualify for Pennsylvania certification. See the department for current requirements.

The PDE has recently issued new program guidelines for secondary education. Candidates must meet with an adviser to ascertain new requirements.