Post-Bachelor's Teaching Certificate: Elementary Education

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate
Number of Credits to Completion: 42.0
Instructional Delivery: Campus
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 3 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Aid eligible

Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 13.1202
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code:
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This certificate program is designed for individuals who hold a bachelor's degree and who seek to qualify for Pennsylvania teacher certification at the elementary level (PreK - 4th grade). The curriculum is designed for those changing careers as well as those who already serve as temporary, emergency, or substitute teachers and wish to earn a formal teaching credential. Students completing the certification program have the option to continue coursework to earn their MS in Teaching, Learning & Curriculum degree. All graduate credits earned in this certificate program may be applied toward the Master’s degree in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum.  The coursework in this program will prepare students for a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate.

For students intending to teach outside of Pennsylvania, through operation of interstate reciprocity agreements, a Pennsylvania teaching certificate may be converted to the analogous teaching certificate in another state. The School of Education recommends prospective students contact their state’s Department of Education to find out these transfer procedures before proceeding.

Certification Area

Successful completion of Drexel University’s Pennsylvania Department of Education-approved programs will allow candidates to pursue Pennsylvania Instructional I certification in the area of Elementary Education (PreK-4).

Additional content area coursework (or equivalent) may be required and is determined by departmental review at the time of application.

Early Childhood/Elementary (PreK-4) Certification
EDEX 542Fundamentals of Special Education3.0
EDEX 544The Inclusive Classroom (Field Experience required)3.0
EDEX 546Literacy and Content Skill Development PreK-8 (Field Experience required)3.0
EDUC 506Assessment of Young Learners3.0
EDUC 513Elementary Science Teaching Methods3.0
EDUC 520Professional Studies in Instruction3.0
EDUC 521Typical and Atypical Development in Early Childhood Education (Field Experience required)3.0
EDUC 525Multi-Media Instructional Design3.0
EDUC 529Early Literacy (Field Experience required)3.0
EDUC 539Expressive Arts3.0
EDUC 540Field Experience (12 week Full time Student Teaching)3.0
EDUC 555Social Studies Teaching Methods3.0
EDUC 565Foundations in Instructing English Language Learners (Field Experience required)3.0
MTED 517Mathematics Methods and Content (PreK-4) (Field Experience required)3.0
Total Credits42.0
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