The Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Programs are part of the Lifelong Learning Program and are designed for a candidate who currently holds a bachelor's degree and would like to receive Pennsylvania teaching certification.
PreK-4 Early Childhood/PreK-8 Special Education Teacher Certification is designed for a candidate who currently has a bachelor's degree and would like to be certified to teach in the PreK-4 Early Childhood and PreK-8 Special Education classrooms.
Secondary Education Teacher Certification is designed for a candidate who currently has an undergraduate degree and would like to be certified to teach in the 7-12 classrooms. The undergraduate degree does not need to be in the desired certification field, but students will have to complete all requirements for the chosen subject area as well as all secondary education courses necessary for certification. These subject areas include:
Students seeking Pennsylvania teacher certification must successfully complete the teacher education program at Westminster along with current Praxis Series Examination requirements. Students seeking certification in other states can modify their program accordingly.
Admission into the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program is based upon a careful review of the following by the Adult and Graduate Studies Director and a representative from Westminster's Education Department:
- 3.0 GPA or higher in the undergraduate degree program
- Essay explaining why you want to teach
- Two letters of professional reference addressing candidate's potential as a teacher
- Official transcripts from all previous colleges attended
- An interview with the Director of Adult and Graduate Studies and Program Coordinator of Education
Admission into Westminster's Teacher Certification Program will be considered when the application, $35 non-refundable application fee, and all required documents are received by the Adult and Graduate Studies Office.