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CERTIFICATIONS

Because Albright is a liberal arts college, we offer certification in education but not a degree in education. All certifications are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Early Childhood Education Certification
We currently offer a program leading to Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 4 Certification in Early Childhood Education. ECE candidates must also combine the education certification program with another major of their choice.

Middle Level Certification
The Middle Level certification program will prepare students to teach grades 4–8 with a specialization in one of the following content areas:

  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Math
  • Language Arts 

Secondary Certification
Candidates for secondary teacher certification, including foreign language and art certification, must fulfill the requirements to be eligible for certification in a content area as well as obtain a degree in that content area.

  • Art, K-12
  • Biology, 7-12
  • Chemistry, 7-12
  • English, 7-12
  • Foreign Language, K-12 (Includes French, Latin and Spanish)
  • Mathematics, 7-12
  • Physics, 7-12
  • Social Studies, 7-12 

Teacher Certification Requirements
The following are the general requirements for inclusion and retention in all Albright College teacher certification programs culminating in a professional semester that includes student teaching. Specific requirements (minimum GPA, PAPA and PRAXIS tests, course requirements) for teacher certification are revised for each entering class. Candidates for Pennsylvania teacher certification must consult with an Education Department adviser for current information regarding specific requirements.

  • Successful admission into an Albright Teacher Certification Program
  • Passing scores on all Pennsylvania required PAPA and PRAXIS tests.
  • A grade of C or above in all courses associated with earning the teaching certificate. A C- in any of these courses will require the student to repeat the course.
  • Recommendation of major department
  • Recommendation of Education Department
  • Formal admission to the professional semester by the Albright Teacher Education Committee in accordance with the screening and retention policies for teacher certification programs
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

All certification programs offer opportunities for extensive field and classroom experiences. Albright offers membership in the student organization of the Pennsylvania State Education Association.

Certification
Upon completion of all approved certification program and College graduation requirements, the candidate is eligible to apply for the Pennsylvania teaching certificate.

  • The Early Childhood Education Certification Program certifies teachers to teach nursery through 4th grade.
  • The Middle Level Education Certification Program certifies teachers to teach 4th through 8th grade.
  • Secondary School Certification Programs certify teachers in grades 7 through 12.
  • Foreign Language and Art Certification Programs certify teachers to teach in kindergarten through grade 12.

Art Education Certification Program
Candidates for teacher certification in art education complete the degree requirements for a major in art and the professional and general studies requirements for teaching certification. The art education certification is a K-12 program.
Course Requirements

  • Art Courses
    • ART 101 Drawing
    • ART 103 Design
    • ART 104 Survey of Art History
    • 100- or 200-level art history courses
    • ART 112 Painting
    • ART 113 Sculpture I
    • ART 114 Printmaking
    • ART 212 Painting II or ART 213 Sculpture II
    • ART 265 Computer Graphics
    • ART 400 Studio Topics
  • Professional Courses
    • EDU 214 Early Field Experience
    • EDU 202 Theories & Practices 
    • EDU 230 Communication Skills for Teachers
    • EDU 314 Field Experience II 
    • EDU 347 ELL Strategies for the Adolescent 
    • EDU 350 Educational Technology
    • EDU 440 Teacher as Researcher: Data Driven Instruction 
    • ART/EDU 337 Teaching Arts in the Elementary School
    • ART/EDU 338 Teaching Arts in the Secondary School
    • SPE 340 Inclusive Practice
    • SPE 341 Adolescents with Special Needs
    • Professional Semester
      • EDU 403 Professional Semester
      • EDU 411 Elementary Art Student Teaching
      • EDU 412 Secondary Art Student Teaching
  • General Studies courses required for PA Certification
    • English (2 units)
    • Literature
    • Composition (ENG 102)
    • Mathematics (2 units)
    • General Psychology (PSY 100)
    • Human Development (PSY 230)

Requirements for Certification in Early Childhood Education 

  • Completion of co-major (7 units): A liberal arts major area of the candidate’s choice
  • Specific units for Early Childhood Education 
    • English (2 units)
      • Literature (ENG 233)
      • Composition (ENG 102)
    • United States history (1 unit)
    • Mathematics (2 units)
    • Natural lab science (1 unit)
    • General Psychology (PSY 100)
    • Child Development (PSY240)
    • Family/Community/Schools (IDS215) 
    • Early Childhood Education courses
      • EDU 200 Early Childhood Education
      • EDU 220 Pro-Social Classroom
      • EDU 248 Integrated Arts
      • EDU 320 PK-4 Math
      • EDU 321 PK-4 Social Science
      • EDU 322 PK-4 Health & Science
      • EDU 323 Early Lit Foundations
      • EDU 324 Language Arts
      • EDU 327 English Language Learners
      • EDU 328 Practicum
      • EDU 350 Instructional Technology
      • EDU 420 Teacher as Researcher
      • SPE 380 Inclusive Classroom
      • SPE 381 Assessment/Adaptation
      • EDU 402 Professional Seminar
      • EDU 409 Student Teaching
      • EDU 410 Student Teaching

Requirements for Certification in Middle Level Education  

  • Specific units for Middle Level Education 
    • English (2 Units)
      • Adolescent Literature (ENG 234)
      • Composition (ENG 102)
    • U.S. Government, International Politics, or Comparative Politics (POL 101, 202 or 205)
    • Mathematics (2 units)
    • Biology Concepts (BIO 101)
    • General Psychology (PSY 100)
    • Human Development (PSY 230)
    • Physical Science
    • Earth and Space Science
    • US or Pennsylvania History 
    • Education courses
      • EDU 202 Middle Level Education
      • EDU 230 Communications Skills
      • EDU 340 Middle Level Math/Science
      • EDU 341 Middle Level Social Studies & Classroom Management
      • EDU 343 Middle Level Reading/Language Arts
      • EDU 347 ELL Strategies for Adolescents
      • EDU 348 Middle Level Practicum
      • EDU 349 Teaching the Struggling ML Reader/Writer
      • EDU 350 Instructional Technology
      • EDU 440 Teacher as Researcher
      • SPE 340  Inclusive Practice
      • SPE 341 Assessment/Adaptation
      • EDU 401 Professional Seminar
      • EDU 405 Student Teaching
      • EDU 406 Student Teaching 
  • Specific units for content tracks 
    • Language Arts Track
      • Survey of American Literature (ENG 204)
      • Grammar (ENG 226)
      • Language Arts Methods (EDU 344)
      • American literature course (ENG 210, 380, 384, 385, 386, 388)
    • Mathematics Track
      • Calculus I (MAT 131)
      • Calculus II (MAT 132)
      • Calculus III (MAT 233)
      • Foundations (MAT 250)
      • Statistics (MAT 310)
      • Linear Algebra (MAT 320)
      • Differential Equations (MAT 334)
      • Geometry (MAT 340) 
    • Science Track
      • General Biology I (BIO 201)
      • General Biology III (BIO 203)
      • Analytical Chemistry I (CHE 105)
      • Analytical Chemistry II (CHE 106)
      • Environmental Issues (EVS 101)
      • Astronomy (PHY 102)
      • General Physics I (PHY 201)
      • General Physics II (PHY 202)
    • Social Studies Track
      • Social Studies I
      • Social Studies II
      • Social Studies III
      • Social Studies IV

Secondary Education Certification Programs
Candidates for secondary teacher certification in a content area complete a degree in the appropriate related major and also must fulfill the following professional course requirements:

  • EDU 202 Theories and Practices
  • EDU 214 Early Field Experience
  • EDU 230 Communication Skills for Teachers
  • EDU 314 Field Experience II
  • SPE 340 Inclusive Classroom 
  • SPE 341 Adolescents with Special Needs 
  • EDU 345 Secondary Methods I
  • EDU 346 Secondary Methods II
  • EDU 347 ELL Strategies for the Adolescent 
  • EDU 350 Instructional Technology
  • EDU 440 Teacher as Researcher: Data Driven Instruction 
  • English (2 units)
      • Composition (ENG 102)
      • Literature
  • Math (2 units)
  • General Psychology (PSY 100)
  • Human Development (PSY 230)
  • Professional Semester
      • EDU 403 Professional Seminar
      • EDU 407 Secondary Student Teaching
    • EDU 408 Secondary Student Teaching
Secondary teacher candidates must consult Education Department faculty and major departments for information concerning specific course requirements for each certification area.