Secondary Education

Villanova University's teacher education program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to recommend candidates for Level I Certification in order to teach in Pennsylvania's public schools. For additional information, please see the Education Plans and Check Sheets below, as well as the Undergraduate Education Handbook.

The education plans and check sheets for students graduating in 2013 and 2014 are shown below.  Education plans and check sheets for students graduating in 2015 follow.

2013 and 2014 Graduation

2015 Graduation

About the Teacher Certification Program

The Secondary Education major requires 30 credits in Education courses, 3 one credit special education workshops, and from 36-56 credits in teaching area Liberal Arts & Sciences courses which the Department requires to satisfy the Pennsylvania Academic Standards in each teaching area. Education majors take the same classes as other Liberal Arts majors, and may qualify to graduate with a double major (see above check sheets). To complete the certification program, candidates must maintain a 3.0 GPA, pass required Praxis tests, and demonstrate their abilities in the classroom in a series of field experiences (complete details follow). Pennsylvania is one of 46 states party to an interstate agreement that enables certified candidates to teach in other states.

Mission of the Teacher Certification Program

Villanova's goal is not only to meet state requirements, but to graduate fully confident, inspired educators who will lead professional lives exemplifying the intellectual and moral ideals embodied in the University's mission. We invite you to read the Undergraduate Teacher Education Mission Statement in the Undergraduate Student Handbook.

Admission Requirements

Secondary Education candidates may apply for an education major in their first year. However, upon completing 47 credits, the student needs to apply to the Pennsylvania certification program within the Education Deparment. Application requirements include a minimal 2.8 GPA, six credits in English and mathematics respectively, two letters of recommendation from professors, and an essay. For a complete listing of requirements, see the Undergraduate Student Handbook.

Program Requirements

Secondary Education majors begin their observations in area schools with their first Education course, and continue these field experiences as a requirement for subsequent courses throughout the program. Observations encompass a variety of school settings, including urban, suburban, private and parochial schools. A Field Placement Coordinator helps candidates with placements and maintains ongoing relationships with cooperating school districts. As candidates advance in the program, they assume greater responsibility in the cooperating classrooms, from observation to small group instruction, to large group instruction and lesson planning. The culmination of these experiences is in the final semester of senior year, when candidates teach a full-time schedule under the guidance of their cooperating teacher and their Villanova supervisor. Villanova recommends graduates of the Secondary Education program to the Pennsylvania State Department of Education for their Level I Professional Certification when they have met the requirements. Some of these include graduating with a minimal 3.0 GPA, passing the required PRAXIS exams, satisfactory performance in their field experiences including a minimal B- in student teaching, and successful creation of a presentation electronic portfolio. For a complete listing of requirements, see the Undergraduate Student Handbook.  For student teaching requirements, see the Student Teaching Handbook.

Your Career as a Teacher

Villanova graduates are respected education professionals in this area and in neighboring states. This department and Career Services work cooperatively to help graduates secure employment in school districts of their choice. Pennsylvania teachers have a starting salary of just under $35,000, with average overall salaries of over $54,000. Schools in area districts also offer excellent benefits and opportunities for continuing education. Teaching offers a life of purpose and vision. The opportunity to educate future generations is a great responsibility. Teachers continue to lead the polls of America's most respected professionals. Villanova's graduates are prepared with a minimal 30 credits in their teaching areas, and with the addition of the solid liberal arts Core Curriculum, qualify for the federal designation of "Highly Qualified."

Title II Report

Title II of the Higher Education Act of 1998, section 207, requires colleges and universities to make public the results of the Praxis tests required to teach in Pennsylvania's public schools. Villanova teaching candidates must pass the Praxis I test of basic skills to enter the program, and have had a 100% pass rate (statewide pass rate ranged from 94% to 99%). The Praxis II subject assessment tests are required for state certification in the specific teaching areas. Following is a chart of Praxis II pass rates. For more information, contact Title II officer, Carol Thon, at 610.519.5593.