The English certification program requires students to take an array of courses in the field of education. Additionally, students in this program must demonstrate competency an array of English content areas: American and British literature, rhetoric, poetry, Shakespeare, and writing, speaking, and listening. English content competency must be demonstrated by taking and passing the PDE-required Praxis certification exam. Depending on degree held and background, additional English-related courses may also be required. All courses required for certification, including field experiences, must be completed with a grade of C or better prior to student teaching. The program requirements are listed on the Courses page.
An applicant must present a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher in the last 60 credits (approximately). A bachelor’s degree in an English-related field is encouraged but not required.
A minimum grade of C is required in all courses for certification; however, a 3.0 grade-point average is required to be eligible for student teaching and certification.
Master's Degree Track
All post-baccalaureate candidates have the option of placing themselves on track to earn a Master of Education degree in Teaching and Curriculum while concurrently working toward Pennsylvania certification. If this path interests you, you may seek more information during your initial intake meeting with the program coordinator.