English 7-12 Teaching Certificate, Post-Baccalaureate

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Earn Your English Teaching Certification in Just 24 Credits in this Post-Bachelor's Program

It's never too late to become an English teacher. If you earned your bachelor's degree in English or a related field, enroll in our post-baccalaureate English certificate program to earn the qualifications to start teaching in secondary education. Beginning your studies during the summer or fall semester, you can earn your teaching certification in just one calendar year including student teaching.

Our English 7-12 post-baccalaureate certificate program is perfect for those who have decided to become English teachers after completing a bachelor's degree in English. Also, if you are currently an MA student in English, this program can further help you maximize your career prospects in English Education. Candidates can receive certification while pursuing an MA degree in Composition and Literature, TESOL, or Literature.

What IUP Can Offer You

  • The ability to earn your English secondary education certification in just one year.

  • Extensive knowledge and track record in preparing public school teachers for success.

  • Experienced professors who are active researchers and publish frequently on English education.

  • The option to complete an English MA in conjunction with your certification coursework.

Course Schedule

Post-Baccalaureate English 7-12 Certificate Program (24 credits)

Core Courses (9cr)

CourseNumber Course Description Credits
EDUC552 Teaching English and Communication in the Secondary School 3
ENGL518 Young Adult Literature 3
ENGL614 Critical Pedagogy 3

Electives in Teaching, Learning, and Schools (6cr)

CourseNumber Course Description Credits
EDSP 704 Advanced Educational Psychology 3
EDEX 650 Exceptional Children and Youth 3

Professional Practice (9cr)

CourseNumber Course Description Credits
ENGL 698/001 Internship 3
ENGL 698/002 Student Teaching 6

Total Credit Hours (24cr)

Application Requirements

Students interested in the Post-Baccalaureate English 7-12 Teaching Certificate program will need to meet minimum application requirements as established by IUP's School of Graduate Studies and Research and follow all of the requirements in the College of Education's three-step process.

Prospective students must have earned three undergraduate credits in math, three undergraduate credits in English composition, and three undergraduate credits in English literature.

Before being accepted to the program, students will undergo a thorough transcript review and recommendation that ensures they have the qualifications required in English for IUP and by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to earn a teaching certification. While enrolled in the program, students must maintain a 3.0 grade-point-average to remain eligible for Pennsylvania state teaching certification.

Applications accepted year-round but are encouraged before April 1 to be considered for school placements.