The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires all public school teachers to hold a bachelor's degree and meet licensing requirements that vary based on the subject and grade level taught. Those who want to teach early childhood, elementary or special education can earn a degree in one of these fields. However, those who want to teach middle school or high school usually have to earn an education degree with a concentration in a subject area, such as biology, mathematics, English, social studies or world languages. Individuals can also find programs leading to certification to teach multiple grade levels or subjects, and all education degree programs usually have a student teaching requirement.
Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus
Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus is located in University Park. Its College of Education offers teacher certification programs to prepare students for careers in elementary school teaching, secondary school teaching or special education.
The bachelor's program in childhood and early adolescent education can lead to certification in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade education, or fourth grade through eighth grade education in either English or social studies. Secondary education students can choose from nine different subject areas that include biology, chemistry, earth and space science, English and communication, environmental education, general science, mathematics, physics and social studies.
The special education bachelor's degree program prepares students for careers working with pre-kindergarten through high school students with disabilities and behavioral problems. Special education students can also enroll in a dual degree program that leads to both a bachelor's degree in special education and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction.
Temple University is located in Philadelphia. Its College of Education offers numerous areas of concentration that prepare students for Pennsylvania state teacher certification. Bachelor's, master's and dual degree programs are available for aspiring teachers.
The early childhood and elementary education bachelor's program prepares participants to teach pre-kindergarten through fourth grade students, and special education is also covered. The bachelor's degree program in middle grades education prepares students to teach a variety of subjects to fourth through eighth graders. Students choose two middle school subjects to teach from the following options: language arts and mathematics, language arts and science, or mathematics and science. Students in the secondary education bachelor's program are prepared to teach science, math, English, social studies or world languages at the middle school and high school levels.
Designed to prepare individuals for elementary education and special education certification, the special education 4+1 program provides graduates with a bachelor's degree in early childhood and elementary education, as well as a master's degree in special education and certificates in both fields. Students holding an undergraduate degree and wish to pursue a master's in education can enroll in Temple's graduate certification program. They can specialize in career and technical, middle grades or secondary education.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus||4-year, public; small city|| BS in Childhood and Early Adolescent Education,
BS in Secondary Education,
BS in Special Education,
BS in Special Education/Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
| $18,454 (in-state),
|Temple University||4-year, public; large city|| BS in Early Childhood and Elementary Education,
BS in Middle Grades Education,
BS in Secondary Education,
Special Education 4+1 Program,
Master in Education and Teacher Certification
| $16,970 (in-state),
Source: *NCES College Navigator