Social Studies Teacher Certification

 

Penn State Behrend has worked out an agreement with Edinboro University that allows Behrend political science and history majors to complete all their social studies content coursework at Behrend and then to complete graduate-level coursework at Edinboro in order to obtain Pennsylvania teacher certification in secondary social studies. The Edinboro education coursework and student teaching can potentially be completed within one calendar year, with an additional semester needed in order to obtain a master's degree.

Edinboro University Admission Requirements

Penn State Behrend Coursework

Edinboro University Coursework

Additional Requirements

Contacts

 

Edinboro University Admission Requirements

1. Complete a graduate application (gradschool.edinboro.edu)

2. Application fee of $30

3. Submit an official transcript

4. Minimum 2.80 undergraduate GPA

** For students with a GPA below 2.80, a score from the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the aptitude test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required. Additional information may be requested after a review of your transcripts.

All admission materials should be sent to:

Edinboro University
School of Graduate Studies & Research
Biggers House
148 Meadville Street
Edinboro, PA 16444

If you have any questions, contact Ms. Jessica Albert at jalbert@edinboro.edu, (814) 732-1353.

Financial Assistance:
Teacher certification students at Edinboro University are not eligible for graduate-level loans unless they are also admitted into a master’s degree program. If you have exhausted the maximum amount at the undergraduate level, you will not be eligible for Stafford Loan Funding. Additional information about financial aid is available through the Office of Financial Aid, (814) 732-2821 or toll-free 1-888-611-2680.

 

Penn State Behrend Coursework

Political Science majors must take PL SC 482 (American State and Urban Politics) as one of the courses in their major. In addition, of the three additional 400-level courses required for the major, be sure at least one is in the subfield of American government, and at least one is in the subfields of either comparative or international politics.

Political Science majors must also take the following courses that can be counted toward general education, toward BA degree requirements, or as electives. Taking such courses can easily be completed within the 120 credits needed to complete a Penn State Behrend political science degree in four years.

ANTH 045 Cultural Anthropology

ECON 102 Introductory Micro Economics

ECON 104 Introductory Macro Economics

HIST 010 World History I (non-western civilizations)

HIST 011 World History II

HIST 020 American Civilization to 1877

HIST 021 American Civilization since 1877

PSYCH 100 Introduction to Psychology

PSYCH 221 Introduction to Social Psychology

SOC 001 Introduction to Sociology

C I 295 Introductory Field Experience for Teachers

GEOG  6 credits

 

Edinboro University Coursework

Professional Education Courses for Certification:

SPED725 Seminar in Mild to Moderate Disabilities

SPED710 Seminar in Exceptionalities

SEDU702 Teaching in Contemporary Multicultural Classroom

SEDU607 Content Literacy in Mid./Sec. School

SEDU700 Educational Assessment in Mid./Sec.

SEDU731 Selection, Utilization and Prod. of Inst. Materials

SEDU774 Contemporary Problems in Public Education

SEDU675 Teaching Methods for Mid./Sec. Classrooms

SEDU695 Student Teaching

SEDU475 Field Experience

Courses in addition to 600 & 700 level listed above needed to complete Masters in Education of

Middle/Secondary Instruction:

SEDU692 Seminar on Teaching Adolescents

EDUC788 Research in Education

SEDU786 Secondary & Middle School Instruction

SEDU797 Action Research in Education

 

Additional Requirements

While attending Penn State Behrend:

  • Consult with your academic adviser throughout your Penn State Behrend career to meet undergraduate requirements.
  • Obtain PA Child Abuse History Clearance
  • Obtain PA Criminal History Record Check
  • Obtain FBI Criminal History—Fingerprinting
  • Apply to Edinboro University, final semester of senior year. Graduate with a Bachelor’s degree from Penn State Behrend.

 

Contacts

Robert Speel, Penn State Behrend, Political Science
814-898-6206

John Rossi, Penn State Behrend, History
814-898-6441

Emily Artello, Penn State Behrend, Academic and Career Planning Center
814-898-6260

Jessica Albert, Edinboro University
814-732-1353