Pennsylvania Teacher Certification, both Instructional I (Provisional) and Instructional II (Permanent), may be obtained via the Graduate Program in Education. (All Pennsylvania teachers first obtain only Instructional Certification. They have six years to convert this to Instructional II Certification via further study and experience.)
A Pennsylvania certificate is automatically recognized as valid in more than half the states. La Salle’s teacher education requirements are commonly accepted for certification in the remaining states.
Certification programs are offered to post-baccalaureate students intending to pursue Pennsylvania Instructional I Certification in either Secondary Education 7-12, Early Elementary PreK-4 and Special Education PreK-8, or Middle-Level Education 4-8 and Special Education PreK-8. Post-baccalaureate certification candidates commonly take the M.A. degree as part of Secondary, Early Elementary and Special Education, or Middle-Level and Special Education certification. Completion of certification requirements and successful completion of the capstone course usually fulfills all degree requirements.
The developmental perspective of the M.A. program is reflected throughout the certification processes. Using this focus, the program provides training and experience leading to teacher certification for any one of the following types of students:
- Those already holding Instructional I or II certification in other areas and currently employed in full-time, tenure-track positions at an accredited school.
- Those currently employed as full-time, tenure-track teachers in private schools but not holding teacher certification.
- Those without teacher certification and without any teaching experience or current employment as a teacher.