Education: Teacher Education & Certificate in Education (Minor)
Dickinson College offers programs leading to eligibility for certification in secondary education in the state of Pennsylvania. Completion of the requirements for initial certification in Pennsylvania will meet the minimum requirements for gaining initial certification in most other states. Certification can be obtained in the following areas: Biology, Chemistry, earth and space science, English, French, German, Latin (classical studies), Spanish, Mathematics, Physics and social studies (major in History, Political Science, Economics, or American Studies).
Students interested in seeking public school teacher certification complete the following nine courses leading to both eligibility for certification and a minor in Education:
EDUC 121, Social Foundations of American Education
EDUC 221, Educational Psychology
EDUC 350, Teaching English Language Learners in an Inclusive Classroom
Three of the following courses:
- EDUC 352, Issues and Trends in Teaching English
- EDUC 353, Issues and Trends in Teaching Foreign Languages
- EDUC 354, Issues and Trends in Teaching Social Studies
- EDUC 355, Issues and Trends in Teaching Science
- EDUC 356, Issues and Trends in Teaching Mathematics
EDUC 458, Curriculum Design
EDUC 459, Teaching Special Needs Students in an Inclusive Classroom
EDUC 461-462, Student Teaching
Advice to students new to the program
Students who are certain about becoming certified as teachers or who wish to explore education
as a career should select EDUC 121, Foundations of Education, during their
first year at Dickinson, preferably in the fall semester.
Students who wish to become biology teachers should select BIOL 120, 123, 124, or 129 in the first year fall semester and BIOL 122, 125, 126, or 127 in the first year spring semester. CHEM 131 and 132 should be taken as early in a student’s preparation as possible.
Students who wish to become foreign language teachers should begin language studies during the first
year. Students wishing to become
certified in more than one language, must first seek certification in Spanish,
German, French, or Latin as a primary certification area through Dickinson’s
program and then add the second language through PRAXIS testing.
For students seeking public school teacher certification: Students seeking public school certification in the areas for which Dickinson College is accredited by the Pennsylvania
Department of Education will complete the nine credits of coursework as listed in the Education Department. Sequence listed above.
For students seeking private school certification without completing the minor in Education: Students seeking private school certification only will
complete EDUC 121 and EDUC 221 earning a total of two credits in Education.
While this option provides limited preparation for the job market, it enables
students to earn Private Academic Certification from the Pennsylvania Department
of Education. Students must major in any of the disciplines in which the
Pennsylvania Department of Education offers certification. If students major in
one of the disciplines in which Dickinson offers certification, it is
recommended that they also complete EDUC 350 and EDUC 352 or 353 or 354 or 355
or 356 and 458.
For additional information about the program, refer to the Academic Bulletin: Education.
Suggested curricular flow through the minor
EDUC 352 or EDUC 353 or EDUC 354 or EDUC 355 or EDUC 356
Senior Year - Professional Semester
Most students are able to complete the program if they begin in their first or sophomore year at Dickinson. Some students stay an extra semester to complete the program.
Students are able to study abroad in any area of certification. Advance planning is essential.
Kappa Delta Pi: Students completing the minor in Education are
eligible for membership in Kappa Delta Pi during the second semester of their
sophomore year. The organization provides professional, leadership, and service opportunities. First-Year students are invited to participate in all events sponsored by KDP. Kappa Delta Pi members can qualify for scholarship assistance for a ninth semester of study or a stipend during student teaching.
Careers:Most students receiving certification pursue secondary school teaching as a career. Dickinson graduates enjoy a very good record of locating teaching
positions in Pennsylvania and many other states.
Further information: For additional information about the program students should contact the Chair, Professor Pamela Nesselrodt (email@example.com) or 717-245-1037. Early planning is essential.