Areas of Certification
Lycoming College offers the following certification programs approved by the PA Department of Education:
- Early Childhood Education Grades PK-4
- Early Childhood Education Grades PK-4 with Special Education PK-8*
- Secondary Education 7-12
- Social Studies – with a certification and major in Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, or Philosophy
- Secondary 7 – 12 with Special Education 7-12*
- K-12 Certification Areas
- Modern Language (French, German and Spanish)
- K-12 Certification Areas with Special Education*
* In accordance with Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) regulations, students seeking certification in Special Education must also acquire training in general education using a dual endorsement model. Lycoming College students have a choice between dual Special Education endorsement with the
- Grades PK-4 program (Special Education PK-8)
- Secondary grades 7-12 programs (Special Educations 7-12)
- K-12 Certification Areas (Special Educations 7-12)
The dual certificate program reflects the Council for Exceptional Children's (CEC) Code of Ethics and professional expectations. Student competencies are derived from PDE, CEC, and NAEYC standards for effective and competent professional practice.
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.
Students in secondary and K-12 certification areas must complete a major in the academic discipline. Students also complete professional education coursework and field experiences, and candidates complete student teaching in grade levels representative of the candidate's license.
In addition to Lycoming College's requirements for an academic degree, candidates seeking teacher licensure in Pennsylvania must also meet all requirements set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Certification requirements are set by the state of Pennsylvania and subject to change. Contact the teacher certification officer for current certification requirements.
Please refer to Teacher Education Handbook for criteria in each program.
Successful completion of the program requirements and passing scores on the required PRAXIS exams allow students to be certified to teach in the specific content area. All certification programs require a 3.0 or better GPA at completion of program and graduation in order to receive certification.
Reciprocal agreements among states allow students to become certified in states other than Pennsylvania by applying directly to the Department of Education in that state. In these states teachers can be hired with their Pennsylvania certificate and will then have to meet the individual requirements for certification in that specific state.
Significance of a PA Teaching Certificate
When you graduate, we encourage you to apply for a Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate. Once you acquire a teaching certificate here, obtaining a comparable certificate in another state is easier, because Pennsylvania has a certification agreement with at least 45 other states. For more information on the states involved in this agreement, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education on the web.
If you decide to get certified in another state, it is your responsibility to be familiar with the certification requirements for that state. For up-to-date information on certification requirements and important contact, please visit 50 States’ Certification Requirements, a website updated by the University of Kentucky.
Post-Baccalureate/Teacher Intern Certification Routes
Anyone who holds a baccalaureate, masters or doctoral degree from an accredited institution and wishes to be considered eligible for a Pennsylvania teaching certificate must consult with the Education Department. An individualized program of study, which complies with the PDE and Lycoming College program approval requirements for elementary, special education, PK-4, PK-4 with Special Education PK-8, K-12 or 7-12 secondary certification with special education, will be developed. Individuals with a baccalaureate, masters or doctoral degree can also consider the internship program. Please see Post Bacc section of the Teacher Education Handbook for more information.
Lycoming College is an approved provider for the Pennsylvania Department of Education Act 48 professional development requirements. These requirements are for teachers certified for Pennsylvania. Courses for credit qualify for PA Act 48 standards; non-credit coursework does not qualify. Students must supply their unique PA Act 48 Professional Personal ID (PPID) number in order to have their credit course posted. Students should log into the PA Department of Education website (www.pde.state.pa.us) to obtain this ID number.