Students who are interested in majoring in education must officially declare the education major with the Office of the Registrar.  Those who wish to obtain teaching certification need to fulfill teaching certification requirements and complete a checklist with their student success advisor before being officially admitted to certification programs.

Declaration of Education as Major

Fill out a major declaration card (available online).

For secondary (Biology, Chemistry, Communication, English, Math, Social Studies) or language (Spanish) certification, declare your academic major as your first major and secondary education or language certification as your second major.

For early childhood and middle level education, declare early childhood or middle level education as your first major and add other certification or concentration.

Get the signature of the Dean of Education. You must include your SAT/ACT or Basic Skills tests with your form. The education department will forward the form to the Registrar once it is approved.

Formal Application to the Certification Track

(usually by the end of the sophomore year)

Fulfill the following requirements before formally applying to the certification track in early childhood, middle level or secondary education:

  • Complete 48 credits
  • Complete 2 math courses successfully (C- grade or above is required)
  • Complete 2 English courses (one in composition and the other in literature) (C- grade or above is required)
  • Pass basic skills test or submit passing scores on SAT or ACT
  • Maintain a GPA for 3.0 or above

When you complete these requirements, visit with your student success advisor in the Student Success Center and complete the form with him/her, which will be kept in your file.  Once you are formally admitted into the Pennsylvania (PA) Certification track, you will be allowed to apply for student teaching.