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Praxis Examinations

All education majors and minors must take and pass the PPST reading, writing, and mathematics sections of Praxis I prior to admission into the SJU Teacher Certification Program. Students should be alert to the required Praxis II exams for their selected certification area(s). See for information on the Praxis testing requirements.

The Five-Year Combined B.S./M.S. in Education with Certifications in Dual Major and Reading Specialist K-12; PreK-4 or 4-8 and Special Education K-8; or PreK-4 or 4-8 and Reading Specialist K-12

Saint Joseph’s University’s combined B.S./M.S. program in Education offers students an opportunity to complete two degree programs while gaining two or three certifications in their five years of study: PreK-or 4-8, Special Education K-8, and Reading Specialist K-12. For those seeking the Reading Specialist certificate, students will teach in the University’s Reading Clinic during the summer of their fifth year. To be eligible for the five-year program, students must have a 3.0 GPA. For more information on the five-year programs, contact the Department of Teacher Education or the Department of Special Education

Five-Year Combined B.S./M.S. in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, General Science, and Mathematics

This program allows a student to complete in five years the requirements for both the B.S. in one of the sciences or mathematics and the M.S. in Education with certification to teach at the secondary level. Interested students should consult the description of the program provided in the curriculum section of this catalog that deals with the content field in which they wish to major.

Obtaining a Teaching Certificate

Upon successful completion of all University degree requirements, students apply for PA Level I or Level II teaching certification to the Office of Certification, Accreditations and Partnerships. Upon approval and endorsement by the SJU Certification Officer, the Pennsylvania Department of Education approves and issues the appropriate Level I teaching certification. (For certification application and guidelines see Office of Certification, Accreditation and Partnerships home page.)

Preparation of Students for Catholic Schools

The Departments of Theology and Education, in consultation with representatives from the Office of Catholic Education of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, have developed special programs to prepare men and women who have a commitment to teach in Catholic elementary and secondary schools. One program combines an elementary education major with a theology minor; the other is a combination of a theology major with some education courses. Further information about these programs is available from the Chair of the Theology Department or the Department of Teacher Education.