Education - Elementary Prek-4, Middle School 4-8, Secondary 7-12 (Certification only)

Elementary, middle and secondary education teachers must be able to meet the wide-ranging needs and learning levels of a diverse student population and have a firm comprehension of the varied subjects they teach. Assuring that graduates acquire this breadth of knowledge and practical experience is a principal characteristic of Saint Joseph’s Education Unit.

Programs Tailored to Your Goals

The Teacher Education Department at SJU offers a range of certification programs leading to initial instructional certification (Level I). Depending on focus, these certification program concentrations are designed for those who wish to build and strengthen their content area knowledge, instructional skills and understanding of students with language and learning differences. These programs are designed for candidates who have an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than education. Students wishing to enroll in these programs who do not have the appropriate concentration coursework may be required to take additional content courses in the discipline seeking to complete the requirements to apply for and earn certification in Pennsylvania. Prospective students interested in the Elementary Education Middle School or Secondary Education concentration are encouraged to schedule a pre admissions appointment with the Graduate Education Advisor.

Programs offered include:

Graduate Teacher Certification

  • Elementary Education PK-4
  • Elementary Education Middle School Grades 4-8


  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics and Language Arts
  • Mathematics and Science
  • Science
  • Science and Language
  • Social Studies & Language
  • Science and Social Studies
  • Social Studies

Secondary Education 7-12


  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Citizenship Education (History/Social Studies)
  • English
  • General Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Disclosure Regarding Licensure-Track Programs