Motivators and Educators

Early Childhood Education Certifications: Grades PK-4 or Grades PK-4 with Special Education PK-12*
Secondary Teacher Certifications Grades 7-12: Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies, Special Education PK-12*
PK-12 Teacher Certifications: Art, Modern Languages, Music, Special Education PK-12*

*Special Education can currently be paired with any of the other certifications as described above. The Pennsylvania Department of Education will continue to offer those special education certifications until December 31, 2021. Beginning on January 1, 2022, Special Education PK-12 certifications will be offered as a stand-alone certification option or as a dual-certification option to be paired with a certification listed above.

Anyone who holds a baccalaureate, masters or doctoral degree from an accredited institution and wishes to be considered eligible for a Pennsylvania teaching certificate should contact the Education Department to discuss our post-baccalaureate certification program. An individualized program of study to obtain the desired certification(s) will be developed.

Lycoming College’s education department truly embraces the tradition of a liberal arts education by offering a wide variety of enriching academic experiences and an opportunity to explore a liberal arts major to augment a teaching certification. From your freshman year through graduation, you’ll work closely with multiple advisors and dedicated professors to build a foundation of skills necessary for successful teaching. The faculty members of the education department create intimate and engaging discussion by keeping up to date with contemporary teaching trends and issues and offering viable solutions for sensitive classroom situations. Numerous research, scholarship, and study abroad opportunities make Lycoming students competitive in the teaching field and highly regarded in the classroom. Here, students transform into creative instructors and inspiring role models.

Student Opportunities

  • Attend weekly seminars, create a professional portfolio and participate in mock interviews with local school personnel.
  • Participate in a 14-week, full-time student teaching program, after completing about 150 hours of early field experiences starting in the freshman year and continuing each semester.
  • Participate in the Rural Alaska Student Teaching Program.
  • Conduct research alongside a faculty member and present at national and international conferences.
  • Be inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, a national education honor society.
  • Join Lycoming’s student chapter of the Pennsylvania State Education Association.
  • Take a May Term travel course to the Dominican Republic or Ireland.
  • Compete for a Noyce Teacher Scholarship for students who major in a STEM-related field and complete the teacher certification program.

Why Lycoming?

  1. Students earn a degree in an academic major while also working toward a teaching certificate, which will allow them to teach or pursue employment in their chosen field.
  2. Students connect theory to practical application in a classroom setting by participating in field experiences as a part of every education course they take, starting as early as their freshman year.
  3. Reciprocal agreements among states allow graduates to become certified in states other than Pennsylvania by applying directly to the Department of Education in that state.
  4. Students benefit from the close mentorship of two faculty advisors: a faculty member in their major field of study and a faculty member in the Education program.
  5. Teaching candidates are observed teaching in the field and provided with feedback by department faculty starting in their junior year.
  6. Small classes allow opportunities for active student engagement, stimulating classroom discussion, and close faculty mentorship.
  7. Departmental faculty hold the highest degrees in their fields, serve as consultants for local educational agencies, publish works in their fields, and collaborate with the Department of Education to place students in field experiences.