Post-Bachelor's Teaching Certificate: Elementary Education

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate
Number of Credits to Completion: 42.0
Instructional Delivery: Online, Campus
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 2 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Aid eligible*

Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 13.1202
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code:

*The current plan of study for this program would only allow for federal financial aid (including Federal Direct Student Loans) for terms that are at least a minimum of 4.5 credits for graduate courses and 6.0 credits for undergraduate courses. This is based on current regulations from the U.S. Department of Education.

About the Program

This certificate program is designed for individuals who hold a bachelor's degree and who seek to qualify for Pennsylvania teacher certification at the elementary level (PreK to 4th grade). 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 their MS in Teaching, Learning & Curriculum degree. All graduate credits earned in this certificate program may be applied toward the MS in Teaching, Learning & Curriculum. The coursework in this program will prepare students for a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate.

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 of Education recommends prospective students contact their state’s Department of Education to find out these transfer procedures before proceeding.

Program Goals  

  • Professionalism: Upon completion of the program, the teacher candidate is able to: 
    • Make ethical, sound decisions based on Pennsylvania Professional Code of Conduct
    • Demonstrate leadership in the classroom, school community, and profession that is focused on positive and innovative change
    • Seek ongoing professional growth and development in the field to improve practice
    • Demonstrate a growth mindset and take responsibility for student learning and academic growth
    • Partner with parents in the education of their children
  • Diversity: Upon completion of the program, the teacher candidate is able to: 
    • Use culturally responsive pedagogy to create equitable learning experiences for all students 
    • Use critical self-reflection to understand one’s own identity in the context of a classroom of diverse learners 
    • Create an inclusive classroom environment with high expectations for all learners
  • Reflective Practice: Upon completion of the program, the teacher candidate is able to: 
    • Demonstrate the ability to self-reflect on their professional practice
    • Use data and classroom-based evidence to inform and improve professional practice
  • Pedagogical Content Knowledge: Upon completion of the program, the teacher candidate is able to: 
    • Demonstrate strong content knowledge in all subject areas that are developmentally appropriate and aligned with NAEYC standards and program outcomes 
    • Deliver effective developmentally informed instruction that is culturally and linguistically sensitive to the children in the class
    • Use appropriate means of ongoing assessment that is developmentally appropriate and sensitive to the unique capabilities of young children, and utilize assessment information to make appropriate modifications to the curriculum that will demonstrate children’s progress and ensure optimal learning opportunities for all children
    • Integrate tools of technology in teaching and learning that are appropriate for the developmental levels of children and that expand, enrich, implement, individualize, differentiate, and extend the overall curriculum.  
    • Construct well-written, research-based, developmentally appropriate lesson plans that reflect active teaching and learning
  • Classroom Climate: Upon completion of the program, the teacher candidate is able to: 
    • Create a safe, positive, and productive learning environment that supports and facilitates learning for all students
    • Build a sense of community in a collaborative climate based on developmentally appropriate prosocial skills where students work collaboratively and have a shared sense of ownership
  • Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Upon completion of the program, the teacher candidate is able to: 
    • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of child and/or adolescent development and the learning sciences.
    • Use differentiated instruction to meet the diverse learning needs of one’s students
    • Use developmentally informed teaching practices 

Pennsylvania Certification 

Successful completion of Drexel University’s Pennsylvania Department of Education approved programs will allow candidates to pursue Pennsylvania Instructional I certification in the area of Elementary Education (PreK-4).

Additional content area coursework (or equivalent) may be required and is determined by departmental review at the time of application.

Program Requirements

Early Childhood/Elementary (PreK-4) Certification
EDEX 542Fundamentals of Special Education3.0
EDEX 544Inclusive Practices (Field Experience required)3.0
EDEX 568Literacy and Content Skill Development PK-123.0
EDLT 525Design for Learning with Digital Media3.0
EDUC 513Elementary Science Teaching Methods3.0
EDUC 520Professional Studies in Instruction3.0
EDUC 521Typical and Atypical Development in Early Childhood Education (Field Experience required)3.0
EDUC 522Evaluation of Instruction3.0
EDUC 529Early Literacy (Field Experience required)3.0
EDUC 539Expressive Arts3.0
EDUC 540Field Experience (12 week Full time Student Teaching)3.0
EDUC 555Social Studies Teaching Methods3.0
EDUC 565Foundations in Instructing English Language Learners (Field Experience required)3.0
MTED 517Mathematics Methods and Content (PreK-4) (Field Experience required)3.0
Total Credits42.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
EDEX 5423.0EDEX 544*3.0EDEX 5683.0EDUC 5133.0
EDUC 5203.0EDLT 5253.0EDUC 521*3.0EDUC 5223.0
 6 6 6 6
Second Year
EDUC 529*3.0EDUC 540**3.0EDUC 5553.0EDUC 5393.0
MTED 517*3.0 EDUC 565*3.0 
 6 3 6 3
Total Credits 42

Field Experience required


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