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Teacher Certification for Secondary Schools

Dual major in English/Secondary Education (pending approval). Students majoring in English may dual major in Secondary Education to obtain an Instructional I, Secondary Education (12) Teaching Certificate. Students seeking this certification are urged to apply for the Education minor during the spring semester of their first year. While students continue meeting with their English advisor, they will also be assigned an advisor from the Education Department who will guide them through their required Education courses. The Education advisor will also assist students seeking teacher certification in formally applying for the teacher certification program, usually in the spring semester of their sophomore year. Students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher to be accepted into the teacher certification program. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher to obtain teacher certification upon graduation.

Pennsylvania’s Secondary (referred to as "secondary" or "7-12") preparation program guidelines require a professional core of courses, early and varied field experiences (190 hours), and student teaching. In addition to the subject-specific content requirements for secondary programs that are met by the student’s major, candidates for the 7-12 teaching certificate in Pennsylvania must complete a prescribed sequence of coursework, which includes the specific requirements for Accommodations and Adaptations for Diverse Learners in Inclusive Settings and Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners under §49.13(4)(i)).

Below is the recommended program for students who will be eligible for a PA Level I teaching certificate AFTER August 31, 2013 pending approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. (For students who will eligible for a PA Level I teaching certificate prior to August 31, 2013, please consult the catalogue for the year of admission to Saint Joseph's University.

EDU 150/150F

Schools in Society FYS

EDU 157/157F

Adolescent Development

SPE 160/160F

Introduction to Special Education

SPE 310/310F

Assessment: Identification and Progress Monitoring

SPE 203/203F

Teaching in Inclusive Environments

EDU 246/246F

Literacy, Language and Culture

EDU 247

Literacy in the Content Area

EDU 410/410F

Instructional Techniques for English

EDU 497

Student Teaching 7-12 (12 cr)

In order to meet the certification requirements for English, students are required to take a course in linguistics. Any of the following courses will meet that requirement:

LIN 101

Introduction to Linguistics

LIN 317


LIN 340

"Can You Hear Me Now?": Contexts of Social Discourse

LIN 401

Bilingualism and Language Diversity