The School of Education's PreK-4 elementary education teacher certification programs are designed for individuals who seek to qualify for state teacher certification to teach at the elementary level.
All coursework and clearances noted below are required to obtain a recommendation for Pennsylvania certification to teach Elementary (grades PreK-4).
Please note: The PA Graduate Intern Certification (GIC is NOT available for ELEM—grades PreK–4. The Sequence of Procedures (see revised Sequence of Procedures PreK–4) document outlines the steps needed to be recommended for the PA Instructional I Teaching Certification.
Preliminary Information about the program:
I. Undergraduate Content Courses
PA State required undergraduate content courses - minimum 3.0 GPA required
English Composition, Literature, U.S. History/PA History, Linear Math/ Precalculus, Economics, Intro to Probability/Statistics, Environmental Issues, Chemistry/Physics/Astronomy, General Biology I, Health/Wellness/Nutrition and Psychology.
II. PA Educator Certification Tests (PECT) Required for Grades PreK-4 Students who began Spring 2011-12 or later
April 2012, the Pa Department of Education (PDE) changed the required Teacher Examinations from the Praxis Series to the PA Educator Certification Tests (PECT) for Grades PreK–4. These new tests will be administered by Pearson Evaluation Systems. The PECT exams are available as Computer-based tests taken at testing centers located throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and Canada only. The Praxis Series will eventually be phased out; however during the switch to the new system, PDE will accept the Praxis I & II series for Grades PreK–4 for a while since many pre-service teachers already began taking the Praxis series.
Please be advised that if you have already taken the Praxis I: PPST in Reading, Writing, & Mathematics, you must complete the Praxis II exams series required for Grades PreK-4 certification (see Praxis Information below).
If you begin Drexel’s program during the Spring 2012 term or later you should take the PECT series for PreK–4. Registration for the PECT series will begin Feb 2012.
For more information about the PECT examinations and registration please go to: http://www.pa.nesinc.com/
For PECT exam Preparation Materials: (Study Guides, Practices Test, Videos, and Tutorials) go to http://www.pa.nesinc.com/prep_materials.asp
PreK–4: PA Educator Certification Tests (PECT) (after April 2012)
You should plan to complete your PAPA Exams (Pre-service Performance Assessment) as soon as you feel prepared. For some, this will be during their first term at Drexel, while others may need to first complete their content courses, particularly in the area of mathematics and science. Required PECT exams are listed below and also on your curriculum sheet. All students must pass the PAPA—Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment exams (Modules 1, 2, & 3) prior to applying for their Student Teaching Field Placement, however it is strongly suggested to take and pass the PAPA prior to attending Drexel (if applicable) or within your first term.
The PA (PECT) exams, test codes, and qualifying scores required for Post-bac or MS TLC students seeking Grades PreK–4 Certification:
|PreK–4 Core & Professional Knowledge Modules:||Computer-based Test Code||Qualifying Score|
|Module 1: Child Development, Learning & Assessments; Collaboration & Professionalism||006||25|
|Module 2: Language & Literacy Development||007||31|
|Module 3: Mathematics, Science & Health||008||31|
Please have your PECT scores sent directly to Drexel and PDE by including Drexel's school recipient code, 2194, and the Pa Department of Education's code # 8033 on your score sheet at the time of exam.
III. Praxis Exams (only for ELEM PreK–4 Students who began program before Spring 2012)
You should plan to complete your Praxis Exams (national teacher exams) as soon as you feel prepared. For some, this will be during their first term at Drexel, while others may need to first complete their content courses, particularly in the area of mathematics and science. Required Praxis exams are listed below and also on your curriculum sheet. All students must pass the PPST Praxis I exams prior to applying for their Field Placement, however it is strongly suggested to take and pass the PPST prior to attending Drexel or within your first term. Please visit the Praxis website at http://www.ets.org/praxis for test preparation, testing sites and dates, and registration.
The PA Praxis exams, test codes, and qualifying scores required for Grades PreK–4:
|Praxis Exam Name||Paper-based Test Code||Computer-based Test Code||Qualifying Score|
|Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge||0511||5511||150|
|Early Childhood Education||0020||5020||530|
Please list Drexel University (recipient code: 2194) as a school recipient for the Praxis I exam results when registering for these exams through ETS. If seeking certification in PA, please be sure to list PA Department of Education (recipient code: 8033) as a score recipient of Praxis II exam results.
III. Core Pedagogy Courses (42 graduate credits)
Minimum “B” grade in all core pedagogy required for certification.
|EDUC 506||Assessment of Young Learners||3.0|
|EDUC 513||Science Teaching Methods: PK4||3.0|
|EDUC 517||Math Methods & Content: PK4||3.0|
|EDUC 520||Professional Studies in Instruction||3.0|
|EDUC 521||Typical and Atypical Child Development||3.0|
|EDUC 525||Multimedia in Instructional Design||3.0|
|EDUC 529||Early Literacy||3.0||EDUC 539||Expressive Arts||3.0|
|EDUC 540||Graduate Student Teaching and Online Seminar||3.0|
|EDUC 542||Fundamentals of Special Education||3.0|
|EDUC 544||The Inclusive Classroom||3.0|
|EDUC 546||Literacy & Content Skill Development||3.0|
|EDUC 555||Social Studies Teaching Methods: PK4||3.0|
|EDUC 565||Foundations in Instructing English Language Learners||3.0|
Completion of ALL of the above requirements allows for recommendation for PA Instructional I certification in Elementary grades PreK–4.
All PA candidates seeking teacher certification are required to obtain the following clearances in order to participate in classroom observations and student teaching. Non-PA candidates may need similar clearances to do so in their state and should contact their state's department of education or school district office for a list of clearances required in their state.
Master of Science in the Teaching Learning & Curriculum (initial Certification track) Program
Students who wish to complete a M.S. degree (45 graduate credits) have an opportunity to explore interests in areas outside of the required pedagogy courses for certification. In addition to 42 credits in core pedagogy, students must complete a minimum of 3 graduate credits in professional electives. For more information, please contact a School of Education academic advisor at 215-895-6770 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Master of Science in the Teaching Learning & Curriculum (initial Certification track) degree is awarded for successful completion of 45 graduate credits (revised 7/2011).
More information on the Elementary Education Teacher Certification in is available on the Teacher Education website.