Prepare for a fulfilling teaching career through Widener’s undergraduate secondary education (grades 7-12) certification program, where you’ll learn how to teach adolescents while gaining mastery in your chosen subject area.
Prepare for a fulfilling teaching career in grades 7-12 through Widener’s undergraduate secondary education certification program. You’ll learn the ins and outs of being a teacher through the Center for Education while concurrently majoring in your chosen content area in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Our program makes you eligible to earn grade 7-12 Pennsylvania teaching certification in Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, English, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies (History), and Spanish.
You'll major in the College of Arts & Sciences subject area of your choice, all while working toward your Pennsylvania Instructional I teaching certification in Secondary Education 7-12.
View the academic catalog for major options within the humanities, social sciences, and sciences through the College of Arts & Sciences.
Earn certification in your chosen subject area(s): Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, English, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies (History), and Spanish.
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Eight education courses are required for secondary certification, including appropriate courses in teaching methods for the selected certification area.
In addition, students must adjust his or her subject-matter academic work to meet the requirements for a full-time, 14-week student teaching experience during the senior year. This student teaching experience, open to seniors only, is under the supervision of a professor from the teacher education program and also experienced teachers from local cooperating schools.
Once enrolled, the following requirements must be completed before admission to the undergraduate teacher certification program:
Satisfactory score on the SAT, ACT, or Basic Skills Tests
Completed Application to Teacher Certification
Completion of Electronic Portfolio up to and including Transition Point 2.
Attainment of minimum GPA of 3.0
Castle Branch Account for Federal and State Criminal clearances.
Our undergraduate program in secondary education gives you the skills and preparation to teach adolescents in grades 7-12 in your chosen subject area.
Strong Content Area Foundation
Gain a strong teaching foundation by earning a degree in your chosen content area through the College of Arts & Sciences while you learn how to teach adolescents through your course studies at the Center for Education. Plus, we’ll guide you through the requirements for secondary education certification in your particular subject.
Small Class Sizes
Our class sizes are small, giving you the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with faculty at both the Center for Education and the College of Arts and Sciences. Our faculty are committed to engaging students in the learning process through active, hands-on learning, which optimizes your learning experience to meet your personal and professional goals.
You'll develop field experience gradually throughout your college experience, starting with one-on-one tutoring and small-group instruction and culminating with whole-class instruction through a semester-long student teaching placement. By the time you graduate, you’ll feel comfortable and confident in the classroom. Furthermore, the Pennsylvania teaching license is portable and readily accepted in other states surrounding Widener.
"My interests include brain development, literacy development, and applications of technology in research and instruction. My greatest excitement in teaching comes from the way that working with graduate students spills over to my teaching of undergraduates and vice versa."
"My teaching focuses upon cognitive processing and application. In this regard, critical literacy complements the cognitive learning process. Critical literacy is the ability to actively read a text that promotes an understanding of social concepts and human relationships."
"I believe classroom culture should include opportunities to create community through social justice values, respect, and equality for everyone. Teachers must include students' needs and interests, their knowledge from personal experiences, interactions, opportunities to explore hands-on activities, social-emotional regulation through positive behavior supports, and self-constructed inquiry and knowledge through questioning."
Schools report that they have difficulty filling teaching positions for certain subjects, including math, science, and English. This means teachers with certification in those subjects have better job prospects.
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