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Education Degrees and Programs

The Undergraduate Education teaching curriculum begins with a comprehensive liberal arts education, supported by a foundation of educational history and philosophy, teaching and testing methods, and child development and psychology.

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    The Saint Francis University Education curriculum offers unique field experience observations embedded within each Education course.  Students connect theory to practice while engaging in authentic classroom experiences. As pre-service teachers near graduation, they have completed observation and teaching opportunities at various levels which will enhance their ability to secure a teaching position.

    • Majors
    • Minors
    • Teaching Certification Exams & Requirements
    Majors

    Education Majors

    Early Childhood Education (Pre-K - Grade 4) - Students receive a B.S. Education degree that qualifies them to teach all subjects. A Special Education concentration (Pre-K - Grade 8) is an optional program add-on. 

    Middle Childhood Education (Grades 4-8) - Students receive B.S. Education degrees with a concentration in their preferred subject. A Special Education concentration (Pre-K - Grade 8) is an optional program add-on. (*See Middle-level certifications starred below.)

    Secondary Education (Grades 7-12) - Students receive subject-specific B.S. degrees with a concentration in Secondary education. A Special Education concentration (Grades 7-12) is an optional program add-on.


    ***Middle-Level Certifications

    *The middle-level Math certification allows the candidate to teach all general subjects in grades 4–6 and be the teacher of record for math in grades 7 and 8.

    *The middle-level English/Language Arts certification allows the candidate to teach all general subjects in grades 4–6 and be the teacher of record for English/language arts in grades 7 and 8.

    *The middle-level Social Studies certification allows the candidate to teach all general subjects in grades 4–6 and be the teacher of record for social studies in grades 7 and 8.

    *The middle-level Science certification allows the candidate to teach all general subjects in grades 4–6 and be the teacher of record for science in grades 7 and 8.

    Minors

    Education Minors

    • Early Childhood/Reading Education Minor
    • Middle Childhood/ Secondary Education, Minor  
    • Open Education, Minor  
    • Special Education, Minor 
    Teaching Certification Exams & Requirements

    An applicant for a teaching certificate must complete, in addition to all legal requirements, a program of teacher preparation approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Certification programs offered by Saint Francis University have been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. 

    The PAPA, PECT, and Praxis Series provide tests and other services for Pennsylvania and other states to use as part of the teacher licensing and certification process.

    The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires that you pass basic skills testing to assess your ability in reading, writing, and mathematics by the end of your third semester.

    You must then pass the PECT or Praxis II exams, which consists of multiple tests that measure your knowledge of your respective teaching discipline, before you may student teach. Current certification testing requirements can be found on the PDE website.

    Important Links

    PAPA (Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment)

    PECT (Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests)

    Praxis II Testing Times and Deadlines

    Praxis Test Registration 

    Title II Required Reporting