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 tudies (major in History, Political Science, Economics, or
American Studies). Students who are
interested in enrolling should refer to the sequence of courses required for a
minor in education with eligibility for teacher certification on the
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 fall semester and BIOL 122,
125, 126, or 127 in the spring semester.
CHEM 131 and 132 should be taken
as early in a student’s preparation as possible.
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.
How to Complete the Program
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 in the Education Department Sequence.
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.
should take EDUC 121 Social Foundation of Education in their first year and
EDUC 221: Educational Psychology in either the second semester of their first
year or in the first semester of their second year. Most students are able to
complete the program if they begin in their first or second 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
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 S. Nesselrodt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-245-1037.
Early planning is essential.