English Major, Secondary Education Certification

Secondary Education Certification

Degree BA, English

Department Chair Rebecca Steinberger, PhD

The secondary education program in English (ENG/SECED) is designed to prepare junior high school and secondary school teachers of English. Our ENG/SECED program has been continually refined to keep pace with developments in the profession. It is fully approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and leads to a teaching certificate valid in Pennsylvania (grades 7–12) and transferable to many other states. A unique aspect of the program is that it prepares teachers to deal effectively with students with disabilities who are likely to be included in their classes.

ENG/SECED majors have two advisors, one in teacher education and one in English. Each semester students must meet with both advisors. Pre-service teachers in ENG/SECED must successfully complete the university’s liberal arts core curriculum, the major in English, and a series of generic teacher education department (TED) courses.

ENG/SECED majors must also satisfactorily complete a series of field experiences that begin during the second semester of the first year and continue every semester until graduation. By graduation, our pre-service teachers will have spent at least 700 hours in community classrooms. During their final semester, students must complete a 15-week student teaching assignment (two separate placements). All field experiences and teaching assignments are arranged by the university. Transportation to and from field experience and student teaching assignments is the responsibility of the student.

Students who successfully complete the ENG/SECED program are eligible for recommendation by the university to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for state teacher certification. The university’s recommendation and the successful completion of other requirements established by the state, including meeting the pass scores specified by the state on the national teacher examination, qualify graduates for an “Instructional I” certificate. Once certified in Pennsylvania, our graduates usually have no difficulty becoming certified in other states.