Post-Bachelor's Teaching Certificate: Secondary Education

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate
Number of Credits to Completion: 33.0
Instructional Delivery: Online, Campus
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 2 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Aid eligible

Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 13.1205
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code:
25-2031
Gainful Employment Disclosure

These certificate programs are designed for individuals who hold a bachelor's degree and who seek to qualify for Pennsylvania teacher certification at the secondary level. The curriculum is designed for those changing careers as well as those who already serve as temporary, emergency, or substitute teachers and wish to earn a formal teaching credential. Students completing the certification program have the option to continue coursework to earn MS in Teaching, Learning & Curriculum degree. All graduate credits earned in this certificate program may be applied toward the Master's degree in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum.

The program will prepare students for a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate. Students also have the option of earning the Graduate Intern Teaching Certificate during the course of the program. The PA Graduate Intern Teaching Certificate feature is only available to students who want to teach in Pennsylvania.

For students intending to teach outside of Pennsylvania, through operation of interstate reciprocity agreements, a Pennsylvania teaching certificate may be converted to the analogous teaching certificate in another state. The School recommends prospective students contact the state's Department of Education to find out these transfer procedures before proceeding.

Certification Areas

Drexel University's Pennsylvania Department of Education-approved programs certify students who already hold Bachelor's degrees to be teachers in Secondary Education (7-12):

  • biology
  • chemisty
  • earth and space science
  • English
  • general science
  • mathematics
  • physics
  • social studies

Additional undergraduate content courses may be required. Learn more about undergraduate content course requirements for secondary certification in each subject.

Program Requirements and Sample Plan of Study

Secondary Biology Core Certification requirements
EDEX 542Fundamentals of Special Education3.0
EDEX 544The Inclusive Classroom (Field Experience required)3.0
EDEX 566Literacy and Content Skill Development 7-12 (Field Experience required)3.0
EDUC 514Science Teaching Methods (Field Experience required)3.0
EDUC 515Adolescent Learners in Secondary Schools (Field Experience required)3.0
EDUC 520Professional Studies in Instruction3.0
EDUC 522Evaluation of Instruction3.0
EDUC 525Multi-Media Instructional Design3.0
EDUC 540Field Experience (12 week Full time student teaching)3.0
EDUC 565Foundations in Instructing English Language Learners (Field Experience required)3.0
Total Credits30.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year (Part-Time)
Term 1Credits
EDEX 542Fundamentals of Special Education3.0
EDUC 520Professional Studies in Instruction3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 2
EDUC 515Adolescent Learners in Secondary Schools (Field Experience required)3.0
EDEX 544The Inclusive Classroom (Field Experience required)3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 3
EDEX 566Literacy and Content Skill Development 7-12 (Field Experience required)3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 4
EDUC 525Multi-Media Instructional Design3.0
EDUC 522Evaluation of Instruction3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Second Year (Part-Time)
Term 5
EDUC 514Science Teaching Methods (Field Experience required)3.0
EDUC 565Foundations in Instructing English Language Learners (Field Experience required)3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 6
EDUC 540Field Experience (12 week full time Student teaching experience)3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Total Credit: 30.0

Program Requirements and Sample Plan of Study

Secondary Chemistry Core Certification Requirements
EDEX 542Fundamentals of Special Education3.0
EDEX 544The Inclusive Classroom (Field Experience required)3.0
EDEX 566Literacy and Content Skill Development 7-12 (Field Experience required)3.0
EDUC 514Science Teaching Methods (Field Experience required)3.0
EDUC 515Adolescent Learners in Secondary Schools (Field Experience required)3.0
EDUC 520Professional Studies in Instruction3.0
EDUC 522Evaluation of Instruction3.0
EDUC 525Multi-Media Instructional Design3.0
EDUC 540Field Experience (12 week Full time Student Teaching required)3.0
EDUC 565Foundations in Instructing English Language Learners (Field Experience required)3.0
Total Credits30.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year (Part-Time)
Term 1Credits
EDEX 542Fundamentals of Special Education3.0
EDUC 520Professional Studies in Instruction3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 2
EDUC 515Adolescent Learners in Secondary Schools (Field Experience required)3.0
EDEX 544The Inclusive Classroom (Field Experience required)3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 3
EDEX 566Literacy and Content Skill Development 7-12 (Field Experience required)3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 4
EDUC 525Multi-Media Instructional Design3.0
EDUC 522Evaluation of Instruction3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Second Year (Part-Time)
Term 5
EDUC 514Science Teaching Methods (Field Experience required)3.0
EDUC 565Foundations in Instructing English Language Learners (Field Experience required)3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 6
EDUC 540Field Experience (12 week full time Student Teaching experience)3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Total Credit: 30.0

Program Requirements and Sample Plan of Study

Secondary Earth and Space Science Core Certification requirements
EDEX 542Fundamentals of Special Education3.0
EDEX 544The Inclusive Classroom (Field Experience required)3.0
EDEX 566Literacy and Content Skill Development 7-12 (Field Experience required)3.0
EDUC 514Science Teaching Methods (Field Experience required)3.0
EDUC 515Adolescent Learners in Secondary Schools (Field Experience required)3.0
EDUC 520Professional Studies in Instruction3.0
EDUC 522Evaluation of Instruction3.0
EDUC 525Multi-Media Instructional Design3.0
EDUC 540Field Experience (12 week Full Time Student Teaching required)3.0
EDUC 565Foundations in Instructing English Language Learners (Field Experience required)3.0
Total Credits30.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year (Part-Time)
Term 1Credits
EDEX 542Fundamentals of Special Education3.0
EDUC 520Professional Studies in Instruction3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 2
EDUC 515Adolescent Learners in Secondary Schools (Field Experience required)3.0
EDEX 544The Inclusive Classroom (Field Experience required)3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 3
EDEX 566Literacy and Content Skill Development 7-12 (Field Experience required)3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 4
EDUC 525Multi-Media Instructional Design3.0
EDUC 522Evaluation of Instruction3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Second Year (Part-Time)
Term 5
EDUC 514Science Teaching Methods (Field Experience required)3.0
EDUC 565Foundations in Instructing English Language Learners (Field Experience required)3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 6
EDUC 540Field Experience (12 Week Full Time Student Teaching required)3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Total Credit: 30.0

Program Requirements and Sample Plan of Study

Secondary English Core Certification Requirements
EDEX 542Fundamentals of Special Education3.0
EDEX 544The Inclusive Classroom (Field Experience required)3.0
EDEX 566Literacy and Content Skill Development 7-12 (Field Experience required)3.0
EDUC 515Adolescent Learners in Secondary Schools (Field Experience required)3.0
EDUC 520Professional Studies in Instruction3.0
EDUC 522Evaluation of Instruction3.0
EDUC 525Multi-Media Instructional Design3.0
EDUC 538English Teaching Methods (Field Experience required)3.0
EDUC 540Field Experience (12 week Full Time Student Teaching)3.0
EDUC 565Foundations in Instructing English Language Learners (Field Experience required)3.0
Total Credits30.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year (Part-Time)
Term 1Credits
EDEX 542Fundamentals of Special Education3.0
EDUC 520Professional Studies in Instruction3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 2
EDUC 515Adolescent Learners in Secondary Schools (Field Experience required)3.0
EDEX 544The Inclusive Classroom (Field Experience required)3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 3
EDEX 566Literacy and Content Skill Development 7-12 (Field Experience required)3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 4
EDUC 525Multi-Media Instructional Design3.0
EDUC 522Evaluation of Instruction3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Second Year (Part-Time)
Term 5
EDUC 538English Teaching Methods (Field Experience required)3.0
EDUC 565Foundations in Instructing English Language Learners (Field Experience required)3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 6
EDUC 540Field Experience (12 week Full Time Student Teaching required)3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Total Credit: 30.0

Program Requirements and Sample Plan of Study

Secondary General Science Core Certification Requirements
EDEX 542Fundamentals of Special Education3.0
EDEX 544The Inclusive Classroom (Field Experience required)3.0
EDEX 566Literacy and Content Skill Development 7-12 (Field Experience required)3.0
EDUC 514Science Teaching Methods (Field Experience required)3.0
EDUC 515Adolescent Learners in Secondary Schools (Field Experience required)3.0
EDUC 520Professional Studies in Instruction3.0
EDUC 522Evaluation of Instruction3.0
EDUC 525Multi-Media Instructional Design3.0
EDUC 540Field Experience (12 week Full Time Student Teaching required)3.0
EDUC 565Foundations in Instructing English Language Learners (Field Experience required)3.0
Total Credits30.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year (Part-Time)
Term 1Credits
EDEX 542Fundamentals of Special Education3.0
EDUC 520Professional Studies in Instruction3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 2
EDUC 515Adolescent Learners in Secondary Schools (Field Experience required)3.0
EDEX 544The Inclusive Classroom (Field Experience required)3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 3
EDEX 566Literacy and Content Skill Development 7-12 (Field Experience required)3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 4
EDUC 525Multi-Media Instructional Design3.0
EDUC 522Evaluation of Instruction3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Second Year (Part-Time)
Term 5
EDUC 514Science Teaching Methods (Field Experience required)3.0
EDUC 565Foundations in Instructing English Language Learners (Field Experience required)3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 6
EDUC 540Field Experience (12 week Full Time Student Teaching required)3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Total Credit: 30.0

Program Requirements and Sample Plan of Study

Secondary Mathematics Core Certification Requirements
EDEX 542Fundamentals of Special Education3.0
EDEX 544The Inclusive Classroom (Field Experience required)3.0
EDEX 566Literacy and Content Skill Development 7-12 (Field Experience required)3.0
EDUC 515Adolescent Learners in Secondary Schools (Field Experience required)3.0
EDUC 520Professional Studies in Instruction3.0
EDUC 522Evaluation of Instruction3.0
EDUC 525Multi-Media Instructional Design3.0
EDUC 540Field Experience (12 week Full Time Student Teaching required)3.0
EDUC 565Foundations in Instructing English Language Learners (Field Experience required)3.0
MTED 519Teaching Secondary Mathematics (Field Experience required)3.0
Total Credits30.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year (Part-Time)
Term 1Credits
EDEX 542Fundamentals of Special Education3.0
EDUC 520Professional Studies in Instruction3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 2
EDUC 515Adolescent Learners in Secondary Schools (Field Experience required)3.0
EDEX 544The Inclusive Classroom (Field Experience required)3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 3
EDEX 566Literacy and Content Skill Development 7-12 (Field Experience required)3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 4
EDUC 525Multi-Media Instructional Design3.0
EDUC 522Evaluation of Instruction3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Second Year (Part-Time)
Term 5
MTED 519Teaching Secondary Mathematics (Field Experience required)3.0
EDUC 565Foundations in Instructing English Language Learners (Field Experience required)3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 6
EDUC 540Field Experience (12 Week Full Time Student Teaching required)3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Total Credit: 30.0

Program Requirements and Sample Plan of Study

Secondary Physics Core Certification Requirements
EDEX 542Fundamentals of Special Education3.0
EDEX 544The Inclusive Classroom (Field Experience required)3.0
EDEX 566Literacy and Content Skill Development 7-12 (Field Experience required)3.0
EDUC 514Science Teaching Methods (Field Experience required)3.0
EDUC 515Adolescent Learners in Secondary Schools (Field Experience required)3.0
EDUC 520Professional Studies in Instruction3.0
EDUC 522Evaluation of Instruction3.0
EDUC 525Multi-Media Instructional Design3.0
EDUC 540Field Experience (12 week Full Time Student teaching required)3.0
EDUC 565Foundations in Instructing English Language Learners (Field Experience required)3.0
Total Credits30.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year (Part-Time)
Term 1Credits
EDEX 542Fundamentals of Special Education3.0
EDUC 520Professional Studies in Instruction3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 2
EDUC 515Adolescent Learners in Secondary Schools (Field Experience required)3.0
EDEX 544The Inclusive Classroom (Field Experience required)3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 3
EDEX 566Literacy and Content Skill Development 7-12 (Field Experience required)3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 4
EDUC 525Multi-Media Instructional Design3.0
EDUC 522Evaluation of Instruction3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Second Year (Part-Time)
Term 5
EDUC 514Science Teaching Methods (Field Experience required)3.0
EDUC 565Foundations in Instructing English Language Learners (Field Experience required)3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 6
EDUC 540Field Experience (12 week Full Time Student Teaching required)3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Total Credit: 30.0

Program Requirements and Sample Plan of Study

Secondary Social Studies Core Certification Requirements
EDEX 542Fundamentals of Special Education3.0
EDEX 544The Inclusive Classroom (Field Experience required)3.0
EDEX 566Literacy and Content Skill Development 7-12 (Field Experience required)3.0
EDUC 515Adolescent Learners in Secondary Schools (Field Experience required)3.0
EDUC 520Professional Studies in Instruction3.0
EDUC 522Evaluation of Instruction3.0
EDUC 525Multi-Media Instructional Design3.0
EDUC 540Field Experience (12 week Full Time Student Teaching required)3.0
EDUC 556Secondary Social Studies Methods (7-12) (Field Experience required)3.0
EDUC 565Foundations in Instructing English Language Learners (Field Experience required)3.0
Total Credits30.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year (Part-Time)
Term 1Credits
EDEX 542Fundamentals of Special Education3.0
EDUC 520Professional Studies in Instruction3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 2
EDUC 515Adolescent Learners in Secondary Schools (Field Experience required)3.0
EDEX 544The Inclusive Classroom (Field Experience required)3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 3
EDEX 566Literacy and Content Skill Development 7-12 (Field Experience required)3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 4
EDUC 525Multi-Media Instructional Design3.0
EDUC 522Evaluation of Instruction3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Second Year (Part-Time)
Term 5
EDUC 556Secondary Social Studies Methods (7-12) (Field Experience required)3.0
EDUC 565Foundations in Instructing English Language Learners (Field Experience required)3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 6
EDUC 540Field Experience (12 Week Full Time Student Teaching required)3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Total Credit: 30.0
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