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Top University in Harrisburg, PA, to Become a Teacher

Students interested in studying teaching in Harrisburg, PA, have only a few schools to choose from. Read about the top local school's degree programs, tuition and ranking info to find the right one for you.

School and Ranking Information

To obtain teacher certification in Pennsylvania, students must obtain the appropriate degree, take part in a minimum of 150 hours of field experience and complete a student teaching requirement. Five schools within 25 miles of Harrisburg, PA, offer degrees in teaching and school administration. The following school earns the top spot among these five schools based on rankings, low tuition rates and program offerings.

  • Winner: York College of Pennsylvania is a private, not-for-profit, 4-year school in the Harrisburg, PA, area that offers the largest selection of academic degree programs of the five schools. One of the most popular programs at York in 2014 was teaching. The school offers bachelor's and master's degrees in teaching and school administration.

School Info Chart

Category York College of Pennsylvania
Rankings Tied for 87th in Regional Universities in the North (2015)*
Location Harrisburg, PA
School Type 4-year, private
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $17,010**
Teaching Degrees Offered Bachelor's, Master's
Teaching Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013 143**
Most Popular Teaching Degree level in 2013 Bachelor's (127 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 58%**
Noteworthy Education students can complete their student teaching in Pennsylvania or through a special rural education program with Burke County Public Schools in North Carolina.

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report; **NCES College Navigator

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York College of Pennsylvania

  • Approximately 93% of York faculty members have terminal degrees in their fields
  • York offers dual degree in early childhood and special education
  • Students interested in education can participate in activities sponsored by the Student Education Association

Founded in 1787, York College of Pennsylvania offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in a number of fields including education, law and nursing. This small college has a 16:1 student-to-teacher ratio and about 5,200 students enrolled.

York College of Pennsylvania offers a variety of undergraduate teaching and school administration programs, including early elementary, middle level and secondary education. Student teaching requirements are completed in the last semester of undergraduate education degree programs, also called the 'professional semester'.

York also offers a Master of Education with three track options. The educational leadership track leads to certification as a K-12 principal. The reading specialist track leads to certification as a K-12 reading specialist while the special education option leads to certification in special education.


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