Testing Requirements for Application

Applications are considered on a rolling basis and require the following:

• At least an undergraduate degree in a secondary school teaching area, or the equivalent coursework*

• 3.0 GPA or higher

• Submitted scores from the Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) --Note: this requirement is waived for candidates holding a Master’s degree.

• Online application

• All official transcripts from colleges or universities attended to VU’s Office of Graduate Studies

• Three letters of Recommendation (At least one academic)


*Additional prerequisite courses (or the Praxis II) may be necessary based on your coursework’s alignment to PA standards. Please email a copy of your unofficial transcript to the Program Director, Dr. Connie Titone, to determine if you will need additional coursework prior to applying. (connie.titone@villanova.edu)

** The state of Pennsylvania requires that certified teachers are U.S. Citizens.


Cert/Masters for Archdiocese of Phila. Teachers

Villanova University offers a part-time certification program for teachers in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that includes courses in the foundation of Education and methods of teaching designed specifically for those interested in obtaining secondary teacher certification.

Beginning in the summer, this program permits teachers to complete the certification sequence in 2 years, taking one course each semester and one each of two summers. Students may also continue with more course work and obtain a Master’s degree.

Educators in the Diocese receive a 40% tuition discount.