Graduate Intern Teaching Certificate

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate
Number of Credits to Completion: 33.0 (secondary); 42.0 (Pre-K)
Instructional Delivery: Campus, Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 1 - 3 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Not aid eligible
Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 13.1202; 13.1205
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code:
25-2021; 25-2022; 25-2031

About the Program

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Graduate Intern Teaching Certificate program must complete an interview with a teacher education advisor before completing a graduate application. During this interview the applicant’s transcripts are evaluated in relation to Pennsylvania state standards for the specific certification area. If coursework is dated, a content exam or additional coursework may be required. Life experience that demonstrates knowledge of the content area will be considered. Additional coursework in the content area may be required to meet certification standards. In addition, applicants must meet the general admission requirements for graduate studies at Drexel University.

Program Requirements

Graduate Intern Teaching Certificate applicants for secondary certification must have a bachelor’s degree in an area related to that in which they intend to become certified. Before a candidate can move from a PA Intern Teaching Certificate to full certification, the PA Instructional I Teaching Certification, all coursework for the full teaching certificate must be met. Minimum coursework requirements for full teacher certification include 33.0 credits (grades 7-12 teacher certification areas) and 42.0 credits (PreK-4 teacher certification) of pedagogy coursework. This coursework may be incorporated into the graduate Teaching, Learning and Curriculum master’s degree program in the subject area of certification.

Drexel's PA Intern Certificate teachers may obtain a full-time teaching position after they have been recommended by the School of Education for the Pennsylvania Department of Education Intern Teaching Certificate. As candidate is required to be continually enrolled at Drexel once the non-renewable PA Intern Certificate is issued until the candidate is fully certified, and as the PA Intern Teaching Certificate is only valid for a maximum of three years, Drexel prefers to recommend candidates for the PA Intern Teaching Certificate after a school or school district has indicated to the candidate that they wish to hire the candidate without full teacher certification (PA Instructional I). Successful completion of the appropriate sections of the Praxis Series assessment through Educational Testing Service (ETS) for Grades 7-12 Certification areas or PECT exams through Pearson Education for PreK-4 Certification are also required to be recommended for a PA Intern Teaching Certificate. Drexel has final decision as to whether or not to recommend a candidate for a PA Intern Certificate regardless of a candidate's credentials.

In situations where a candidate is offered a teaching position prior to completing EDUC 540 Field Experience (the graduate version of student teaching), the Intern must register for EDUC 540 in the next available term. The PA Intern's classroom setting needs to be appropriate to the area being pursued for certification. A Drexel University Supervisor will be appointed and the Intern's first 12 weeks classroom teaching will serve as the Intern's student teaching placement. 

It is strongly recommended that students admitted into the Drexel graduate program minimally and successfully complete EDUC 520  Professional Studies in InstructionEDEX 542  Fundamentals of Special Education, the appropriate methods course, and EDUC 540  Field Experience prior to requesting a PA Intern Teaching Certificate. A grade of B or better is required in order for all Drexel pedagogy courses (EDUC and EDEX courses) to be be considered successfully completed.

Completion of all required pedagogy coursework with at least a B in each and a B average in required content courses and passing the appropriate Pennsylvania state licensing exams will satisfy requirements for Pennsylvania Instructional I Certification.

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