The Teacher Education Program


Since its inception in 1924, Misericordia University has prepared thousands of excellent teachers for our nation's classrooms.


The College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences (CPSSS) and its Teacher Education Department (TED) sponsor undergraduate majors in Early Childhood/Special Education Program, which eventuates in two new state certifications (Pre-K to Grade 4 and Special Education); Middle Level Education Program (Grades 4-8) with a selection of five content area concentrations including Math/Science, Math/English, Math/Social Studies, Science/English, and Science/Social Studies; and five areas of Secondary Education (Grades 7 – 12) with Biology, Chemistry, English, History (Citizenship), and Mathematics.

At the graduate level, the Teacher Education Department offers a Masters of Science in Education degree. A candidate can specialize in one of three areas, two of which prepare a candidate to apply for PDE certification: Reading Specialist (K – 12), Special Education (K-8). A third specialization in Instructional Technology equips candidates with the knowledge and skills to use technology in educational settings.

Success Rates

All of the University's teacher education programs have been reviewed and approved by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Our program completers are candidates for Pennsylvania's Instructional I Certification.

The programs offered by the Teacher Education Department have earned "candidate status" awarded by the prestigious Council for the CAPE -- Accreditation of Educator Preparation (formerly NCATE), a national accrediting agency affiliated with the Commission on Higher Education of the United States Department of Education.

Additionally, as a prospective student or a person interested in our TED programs, you may be interested in the following facts:

  • All of our programs are founded on the University's respected liberal arts core program, where they develop critical thinking skills in rigorous coursework in Composition and Literature, Psychology, Sociology, Mathematics, History, Fine Arts, Philosophy, Science, and Religious Studies. Within the core, students develop professional writing and technology competencies.
  • Our Early Childhood and Special Education Programs are combined, thus allowing students to complete two state certifications during their four years at the University.
  • Our programs focus on diversity, ensuring that our program completers are prepared for the realities of our ation's classrooms. As freshmen, all of our students complete an urban education experience and all of our methods courses address diversity matters. They complete a full course related to ELL students (English Language Learners). Our Middle Level and Secondary Level Program students complete three three-credit courses that address how they can work in regular education with included students with disabilities.
  • As freshmen, our students start their field experiences in our area's public, private, and/or charter schools. During their four years, they complete two field experiences, three supervised course-related practicum experiences, and two supervised student teaching placements. In all, they spend about 750 hours in classrooms. Our students are welcome in every public, private, and charter school in the area.
  • The University can arrange student teaching placements in Ireland.
  • We directly address teaching and learning with technology. In our curriculum, we have a free-standing technology course and all of our methods courses use technology in various ways. We had the state's first assistive technology lab. Some of our graduates teach in cyber schools.
  • Based on our last several alumni surveys, our graduates feel well prepared to teach and to compete in graduate schools. Additionally, if they had it to do over, 100% or our graduates would return to Misericordia University and would again work to become teachers. The graduates of our graduate program also give us high marks.

Generally, those who complete our program do very well on state-required teacher certification tests. To review our current pass rates for each of our programs, visit the website of the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Teacher Education Pass Rates

Teacher Education Pass Rates 2000 to 2012

Year TED Early Childhood TED Elementary TED Special Education TED Sec ED Biology TED Sec Ed Chemistry TED Sec Ed Citizenship TED Sec Ed English TED Sec Ed Math TED Fundamentals
2000 N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A N/AN/ANot Given
2001100.00%94.44%100.00%66.67%No Takers100.00%100.00%100.00%Not Given
2002No Takers93.33%100.00%100.00%No Takers100.00%100.00%100.00% Not Given
200391.67%86.49% 100.00%No TakersNo Takers100.00%100.00%No Takers100.00%
200488.89%89.74% 100.00%100.00%0%*100.00%100.00%100.00% 100.00%
2005100.00%97.62%100.00%100.00% No Takers100.00%100.00% 100.00%100.00%
2006100.00%88.10%100.00%100.00% No Takers100.00%100.00% 100.00%100.00%
2007100.00%96.30%100.00%100.00% No Takers100.00%100.00% 83.33%100.00%
2008100.00%95.35%100.00%100.00% No Takers83.33%100.00%100.00%100.00%
2009100.00%85.71%100.00%100.00% No Takers100.00%100.00% No Takers91.43%
2010100.00%80.00%100.00%No Takers100.00%100.00%100.00% 66.67%96.00%
201194.12%61.76% 100.00%100.00%100.00%100.00%83.33% 100.00%86.54%

Praxis has not released 2012 data yet.

*One person took the Chem Secondary Ed test in 2004 and did not pass.

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Additional Information

For prospective students and other interested parties who need information on our programs, please browse through our Web pages to learn more about our programs. For complete information about our programs, please consult the university catalog. For additional information, please contact:

Susan Tomascik, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Co-Chair
(570) 674-6290
(570) 675-2441 (Fax)


Molly Vitale, Ed.D
Associate Professor and Co-Chair
(570) 674-6234
(570) 675-2441 (Fax)

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