Initial Teacher Certification Options (Graduate)
For applicants who already hold a bachelor’s degree in any field but would like to explore the possibility of becoming a certified classroom teacher, we offer three post-baccalaureate paths: Graduate Teacher Certification-only, Graduate Teacher Certification + Master’s, and the Transition to Teaching (E = MC2 ) program.
Option 1: Master's Program (Certification + Master’s)
Students who complete the Teacher Certification Master's program earn a teaching certificate in Middle Grades Education, Secondary Education, Special Education, or Career & Technical Education while also earning a Masterís of Education degree.
Option 2: Certification-only Program
Students who wish to gain only PA Certification in Middle Grades Education, Secondary Education, Special Education, or Career & Technical Education without earning a Master's degree will take decreased coursework.
Option 3: Transition to Teaching (E = MC2) Program
E=mc², Educating Middle-Grades Teachers for Challenging Contexts, is a program designed to train midcareer and early retiree mathematics and science professionals as middle-grade teachers. E=mc² provides an accelerated path to Pennsylvania teaching certification that also enables professionals to begin the program while maintaining their current jobs. Participants receive practical and rigorous preparation to meet the needs of individual middle school students, with program academic coursework thoroughly integrated with field-based experiences.
Applicants who want their first teaching certificate, but do not currently hold a bachelorís degree should explore our Undergraduate Initial Teacher Certification Options.