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Teaching Certificates: Pennsylvania Level 1 Instructional Certification (Grades PreK-4, 4-8. and 7-12)

Waynesburg University is accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a teacher preparation program for individuals seeking certification at the PreK-4, 4-8 and 7-12 grade levels. Students are requested to counsel with their advisor or the Chair of the Education Department before their sophomore year regarding the general and professional education and academic subject matter requirements necessary for certification in Pennsylvania and in other states.

Students majoring in early childhood education or elementary/middle level education must follow the prescribed program as outlined in the curricula section of the catalog.

Students desiring to be certified to teach on the secondary level (grades 7-12) must choose a major in either biology, chemistry, English, history or mathematics and follow the required professional education and certification courses as outlined in the curricula section of the catalog. At Waynesburg University, the following secondary certificates are possible for teaching in the State of Pennsylvania: biology, chemistry, English, general science, mathematics, and social studies.

Upon successful completion of all degree requirements, including the student teaching experience and successful completion of the state-mandated PRAXIS II Subject Assessment and/or Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) for a given certification area, the Waynesburg University graduate will be eligible to apply to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for teacher certification.

Nontraditional students seeking an elementary or secondary teaching certificate, or teachers wishing to add an area to a certificate, should contact the Education Department so that a program of study can be designed to meet the needs of the applicant.