History/Social Studies Teacher Certification Behrend Coursework

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



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

History majors need to make sure that at least one of their 400-level courses is in US history and that at least one of their 400-level courses is in non-Western history.  History majors should take HIST 010, HIST 011, and HIST 301W as their 9 credits of supporting courses in the major.  History majors should also take PL SC 482 as the 400-level PL SC course required for the major.

History majors must also take the following courses that can be counted toward general education or BA degree requirements, or as electives. Taking such courses can easily be completed within the 124 credits needed to complete a Penn State Behrend history degree in four years.

ANTH 045 Cultural Anthropology

ECON 102 Introductory Micro Economics

ECON 104 Introductory Macro Economics

PL SC 001 Introduction to American National Government

PL SC 003 Introduction to Comparative Politics

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.



Robert Speel, Penn State Behrend, Political Science

John Rossi, Penn State Behrend, History

Emily Artello, Penn State Behrend, Academic and Career Planning Center

Jessica Albert, Edinboro University