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Teacher Certification


Do you have a bachelor's degree but think about a change of career that would positively impact the lives of others? Consider becoming a professionally certified teacher in as little as three semesters with PennWest Edinboro's Fast Track Teacher Certification program.

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Students Need You.

There will be approximately 4,600 openings for teachers in the state of Pennsylvania every year through 2022. Nationally, there will be 170,000 new teaching jobs.

Why Edinboro Stands Out.

Edinboro enjoys a legacy of excellence in the field of education, with programs accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Our Fast Track Teacher Certification program enables you to become a professionally certified teacher in as little as three semesters, with many courses offered fully online.

If you have a bachelor's degree in a content area such as Art, Biology, Chemistry, English, History/Social Studies, Math, Physics or Science, you are a good candidate for this program. Take additional master's level courses as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and you may be able to earn your certification to teach at the middle or secondary level in as little as one year.

Candidates seeking certification in Secondary Biology, Chemistry, Math or Physics are eligible to apply to be an Edinboro Noyce Teaching Scholar.

How Edinboro Supports You.

You'll have the opportunity to earn this degree through a combination of online, on-campus and field experiences.

Coursework will include best practices in teaching students with exceptionalities, engaging multicultural classrooms and incorporating technology into your curriculum. Several courses carry over to Edinboro's M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership.

Under the supervision of faculty mentors, you will be prepared for the rigorous process of becoming a certified educator in the state of Pennsylvania.

Nationally Recognized Programs.

Both our bachelor's and master's degree education programs have been recognized by Online Colleges Database and OnlineU. In addition, U.S. News and World Reports has recognized our online graduate programs as among the best in the country.

Need Financial Assistance?

Teacher certification students at PennWest Edinboro are not eligible for graduate-level loans unless they are also admitted into a master's degree program. If you have exhausted the maximum amount at the undergraduate level, you will not be eligible for Stafford Loan Funding. Additional information about financial aid is available through the Office of Financial Aid at (814) 732-2821 or toll-free (888) 611-2680.

Your Future

Down the road, you may want to pursue a leadership position in your school or district. These Edinboro programs can help you get there:

Questions About This Program?

School of Graduate Studies
140 Butterfield Hall
Email: gradadmissions@pennwest.edu
Phone: 814-732-2856

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