Programs & Course Offerings
Teacher Certification Overview
Muhlenberg College has been educating teachers for more than 100 years. Starting with “The Saturday School for Teachers” in 1910, this highly regarded program has been a leader in providing outstanding teachers in all grades in compliance with the Pennsylvania Department of Education guidelines.
The Wescoe School teacher certification program is aligned with that provided by the traditional day program at Muhlenberg and has both our outstanding full-time faculty as well as highly qualified adjunct faculty as instructors. The Wescoe School offers certification areas in Pre-K-4, grades 4-8, and secondary grades 7-12.
Individuals seeking teacher certification in Pennsylvania must fulfill the requirements for a bachelor’s degree. Education is not offered as a major or minor at Muhlenberg, but rather as a certification program. If a candidate has not yet completed an undergraduate degree, the major courses may be taken concurrently with the education courses. The academic major must be in one of those offered at Muhlenberg. Pre-K-4 candidates may select any of those majors; however, 4-8 and secondary certification candidates may only major in specific academic areas based on the subject area in which they wish to teach. For grades 4-8 candidates, the majors include American Studies, English or Mathematics. For secondary grades, the majors include Biology, Chemistry, English, Environmental Education, French, German, History, Mathematics, Physics, or Spanish.
One of the many strengths of the Teacher Certification program at Muhlenberg is a strong commitment to field experience. Our candidates begin their fieldwork early in the sequence of courses and enjoy experiences in a variety of settings and range of grade levels. These experiences can help clarify goals and give invaluable opportunities leading up to the student teaching semester. The student teaching semester (15 weeks) is comprised of 4 courses: 2 separate student teaching experiences of 6 weeks each, and 3 weeks of on-campus seminars. With this program, students have the opportunity to build upon the fieldwork experiences and expand their contact with various schools and school districts. Although all Education courses are available at night, the candidate must have daytime availability for fieldwork (approximately 3 hours one day per week) and student teaching (full-time for 15 weeks).
All students receiving Pennsylvania certification will take a series of PRAXIS exams including the Praxis Core Academic Skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. Additional PRAXIS specialty tests will be taken according to the area of certification and major. The timing of various tests will be discussed during the interview process, but no test is needed prior to application.
In order to become certified, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires an overall GPA of 3.0 and passing scores on the PRAXIS exam. In addition, the Education Department at Muhlenberg requires a 2.75 GPA in education courses, and a 2.5 GPA in the major; however, foreign language certification requires a 3.0 GPA in the major. If a candidate has not yet reached this requirement, the Wescoe School will evaluate your transcript and indicate the number of courses needed to reach this level.
If you are interested in learning more about our program, please complete the online form or contact our office at 484-664-3300 to schedule an initial meeting with the Director of Teacher Certification. A copy of your resumé and any transcripts you may have will be helpful in assessing what courses you will need to take. Additionally, you might want to download these files: