The Secondary Education major requires 37 credits in Education courses 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 education plans). To complete the certification program, candidates must maintain a 3.0 GPA, pass state required 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.
**Please contact the Department's PDE Program Coordinator, Nancy Franz, for up-to-date Pennsylvania Department of Education requirements.