Secondary Education

Dr. Lafferty

Villanova University's Secondary Teacher Education program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to prepare candidates for the 7-12 Instructional Level I Certification required to teach in Pennsylvania's public schools. 

Student may choose from one of the following content areas;

Biology, Chemistry, Physics, General Science, Mathematics, English, Social Studies, French, Latin, Spanish

Course sheets are listed in below in blue.

All student seeking PA teacher certification must take and pass the Praxis exam for their content area.  Please go to https://www.ets.org/praxis/pa/requirements/ to learn about the testing process and testing required. 

*Please check with your home state for the teacher certification process as each state is different.

About the Teacher Certification Program

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.

 

Mission Statement

The goal of the Villanova Teacher Education Program is to prepare confident, inspired, and caring educators who will lead professional lives exemplifying the intellectual and moral ideals embodied in the Catholic mission of Villanova University. The teacher certification program draws special inspiration from St. Augustine, who portrays teaching and learning in his classic work, De Magistro, as the joint venture of teachers and students united in mind and heart in the pursuit of truth.

Each of our secondary education teacher certification programs are designed with the purpose of preparing candidates to not only meet the Pennsylvania Department of Education certification requirements, but to be highly qualify teachers in their selected content area.  Our rigorous curriculum provides candidates with the knowledge specific to their content area as well as professional education.

The teacher education program seeks to nurture in students the capacity for critical thinking as well as the dispositions of intellectual curiosity, humility, and a commitment to social justice reflected in the ability to advocate for one’s students. As reflective practitioners whose work is grounded in theory, graduates of our programs are well prepared to serve the diverse and individualized needs of their students, inspiring them to lifelong learning.

How to Declare as an Education Major

Secondary Education candidates may declare to be an education major in their first year.  The Declare Major form can be found on the Office of Undergraduate Studies Student Forms and Policy page.

Students need to apply to the Pennsylvania Certification Program within the Department of Education and Counseling as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, PDE, and first step in becoming a certified teacher.  

PDE requires students to have:

·         completed 48 credits

·         a minimal 3.0 GPA

·         six credits in English

·         six credits in mathematics

·         two recommendations from professors 

Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA to student teach.  

Certification Testing Information

To be recomended for certification students must:

  • Have a final 3.0 GPA
  • Pass the state-required Praxis exams
  • Satisfactory performance in their field experiences including a minimal B- in student teaching
  • Successful creation of a presentation electronic portfolio

 

To obtain PA Instructional I Teacher Certification students must take and earn qualifying scores* on the PAPA/Basic Skill Test and on all Subject Area tests for specific instruction areas.
*PA uses the GPA sliding scale.

 

Basic Skills Tests:

You may not need to take the Basic Skills, PAPA Test if your SAT/ACT meet the required scores.  Please see below.  If SAT/ACT scores to not meet the qualifying score then students must take the Basic Skills Tests.

 

Praxis testing is done through ETS testing service.  Below are the current tests required by the state of Pennsylvania. 

To Be Certified in

You Need to Take

Test Code

Qualifying Score

Biology 7–12

Biology: Content Knowledge

5235

147

Chemistry 7–12

Chemistry: Content Knowledge

5245

154

Citizenship Education 7–12

Citizenship Education: Content Knowledge

5087

148

Communication 7–12

Speech Communication: Content Knowledge

5221

145

English 7–12

English Language Arts: Content Knowledge

5038

167

General Science 7–12

General Science: Content Knowledge

5435

146

Mathematics 7–12

Mathematics: Content Knowledge(Online graphing calculator provided.)

5161

160

Physics 7–12

Physics: Content Knowledge

5265

140

Social Studies 7–12

Social Studies: Content Knowledge

5081

157

All Languages must take Fundamental Subjects Content Test (5511) and their Language

French PK–12

French: World Language and

Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.)

5174

162

5511

150

Latin PK–12

Latin and

Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.)

5601

152

5511

150

Spanish PK–12

Spanish: World Language and

Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.)

5195

168

5511

150

Student Teaching Handbook

Transferring your PA Instructional I Certificate to Another State

Pennsylvania participates in the Interstate Agreement - National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification.  However, each state may have a few additional requirements.   Below is a chart of states and their requirements.

It is recommended you check your home state’s department of education for the most up to date requirements in the second semester of your junior year.

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 over $41,000, with average overall salaries of over $60,000. 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 at least 36 credits in their teaching areas, and with the addition of the solid liberal arts Core Curriculum, qualify for the federal designation of "Highly Qualified."

 

Course Sheets for Secondary Education Content Areas

Biology

Certification Testing Requirements

Individuals seeking Instructional I certification in Pennsylvania must pass the state required Praxis examinations.

Required tests:

  • PAPA – May not be needed if SAT/ACT scores meet required cut off scores
  • Biology 7-12 Praxis Test 5235

https://www.ets.org/praxis/pa/requirements/

Chemistry

 

Certification Testing Requirements

Individuals seeking Instructional I certification in Pennsylvania must pass the state required Praxis examinations.

Required tests:

  • PAPA – May not be needed if SAT/ACT scores meet required cut off scores
  • Chemistry 7-12 Praxis Test 5245

https://www.ets.org/praxis/pa/requirements/

English

 

Certification Testing Requirements

Individuals seeking Instructional I certification in Pennsylvania must pass the state required Praxis examinations.

Required tests:

  • PAPA – May not be needed if SAT/ACT scores meet required cut off scores
  • English 7-12 Praxis Test 5038

https://www.ets.org/praxis/pa/requirements/

Foreign Languages

 

Certification Testing Requirements

Individuals seeking Instructional I certification in Pennsylvania must pass the state required Praxis examinations.

Required tests:

  • PAPA – May not be needed if SAT/ACT scores meet required cut off scores
  • Fundamental Subjects Praxis Test 5511
  • French PK-12 Praxis 5174
  • Latin PK-12 Praxis 5601
  • Spanish PK-12 Praxis 5195

https://www.ets.org/praxis/pa/requirements/

General Science

 

Certification Testing Requirements

Individuals seeking Instructional I certification in Pennsylvania must pass the state required Praxis examinations.

Required tests:

  • PAPA – May not be needed if SAT/ACT scores meet required cut off scores
  • General Science 7-12 Praxis Test 5435

https://www.ets.org/praxis/pa/requirements/

Mathematics

 

Certification Testing Requirements

Individuals seeking Instructional I certification in Pennsylvania must pass the state required Praxis examinations.

Required tests:

  • PAPA – May not be needed if SAT/ACT scores meet required cut off scores
  • Mathematics 7-12 Praxis Test 5161

https://www.ets.org/praxis/pa/requirements/

Physics

 

Certification Testing Requirements

Individuals seeking Instructional I certification in Pennsylvania must pass the state required Praxis examinations.

Required tests:

  • PAPA – May not be needed if SAT/ACT scores meet required cut off scores
  • Physics 7-12 Praxis Test 5265

https://www.ets.org/praxis/pa/requirements/

Social Studies

 

Certification Testing Requirements

Individuals seeking Instructional I certification in Pennsylvania must pass the state required Praxis examinations.

Required tests:

  • PAPA – May not be needed if SAT/ACT scores meet required cut off scores
  • Social Studies 7-12 Praxis Test 5081

https://www.ets.org/praxis/pa/requirements/

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 PAPA 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, Nancy Franz, at 610.519.5593.