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Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Programs

 

The Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Programs at Westminster College in PA are designed for a candidate who currently holds a bachelor's degree and would like to receive a Pennsylvania teaching certification.

 

PreK-4 Early Childhood/PreK-8 Special Education


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


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:
 
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • French
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Social Studies 
  • Spanish

Students seeking PA 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 requirements by the Post-Baccalaureate Program Coordinator of Westminster College School of Education:

  1. A total college-level GPA of 3.0 or higher in the undergraduate degree program. NOTE: Applicants with a minimum 2.8 GPA will be accepted into the Post-Baccalaureate program. Applicants must demonstrate academic aptitude by the end of the first semester in the program by reaching an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  2. Essay explaining rationale and philosophical motivation to teach
  3. Two letters of professional reference addressing the applicant's potential as a teacher candidate
  4. Official transcripts from all previous colleges attended
  5. A virtual interview with the Post Baccalaureate Program Coordinator of the School of Education