Graduate Intern Teaching Certificate
Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Baccelaureate
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
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.
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. Minimum coursework requirements include 33.0 credits (secondary) and 42.0 credits (PreK-4) of pedagogy, which may be incorporated into the graduate Teaching, Learning and Curriculum master’s degree program in the subject area of certification.
Intern teachers may obtain a full-time teaching position after they have been recommended for the Pennsylvania Department of Education Intern Teaching Certificate. To be recommended, students must be admitted into the Drexel graduate program, obtain at least a B in EDUC 520 Professional Studies in Instruction, EDEX 542 Fundamentals of Special Education, the appropriate methods course, and EDUC 540 Field Experience, and obtain the necessary scores on the appropriate sections of the Praxis Series assessment through Educational Testing Service (ETS) for Secondary Certification or PECT exams through Pearson Education for PreK-4 Certification.
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.