Teaching Degrees in Pennsylvania

Those interested in pursuing a teaching degree in Pennsylvania should know some important information, including:

  • The impact of a master’s degree
  • Scholarships and grants
  • Pennsylvania teacher certification

Also included here is a list of additional resources and a comprehensive directory of fully- accredited teaching degrees in Pennsylvania.

Teaching Degrees in Pennsylvania

To obtain a teaching certification in Pennsylvania one needs a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. There are over 90 accredited and approved teacher preparation programs offered through colleges and universities in Pennsylvania. Approximately 45 percent of Pennsylvania teachers possess a master’s degree. Master’s-level teachers in Pennsylvania earn on average $7,220 more per year than those with a bachelor’s degree.

Teaching Scholarships and Grants in Pennsylvania

Among the many scholarships and grants available for obtaining a teaching degree in Pennsylvania are:

California University of Pennsylvania Scholarships
California University offers an abundance of scholarships, with at least ten providing funding specifically for teacher degrees.

Career in Teaching Scholarship
The Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees offers a Career in Teaching Scholarship that awards a $2,000 grant to one high school senior planning to pursue a degree in education.

Future Technology Teacher Scholarship
The Pennsylvania Technology Student Association provides a $1,500 scholarship for prospective technology education students.

Penn State College of Education Scholarships
The Penn State College of Education has over 100 scholarship opportunities available to students seeking education related degrees.

Pennsylvania State Education Association
The Lucy Valero Scholarship fund is open to any students pursuing a teaching degree in Pennsylvania.

TEACH Early Childhood – Pennsylvania Scholarship Program
The TEACH Grant provides scholarship funding for those seeking a teaching degree in Pennsylvania for early childhood education.

Wilson College Scholarships
Wilson College maintains several scholarship and grant funds based on merit or need.

Pennsylvania Teacher Certification

Obtaining a teacher certification license in Pennsylvania is fairly straightforward. Candidates must obtain either a bachelor’s degree or Master’s in Teaching degree, and then complete the Basic Skills and appropriate PECT to demonstrate their competence in the area in which they wish to teach. An alternate pathway does exist, in which candidates enroll in a state-approved American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) program.

Minimum Certification requirements include:

  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Passing score on appropriate PECT in the course area in which the candidate wishes to teach.
  • Criminal background checks, FBI fingerprinting, and Child Abuse Clearances.

Important Note: Pennsylvania has reciprocity agreements with several other states, by means of their participation in an Interstate Agreement defined by the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification. The credentials that must be satisfied for reciprocity are defined by the PA Department of Education.

Professional teaching licenses in Pennsylvania must be renewed via continuing education every five years. Pennsylvania maintains a Professional Education Record Management System (PERMS), which allows teachers to track the availability of courses that will assist in renewing their license. To renew their certification, they must, over the course of the license, complete one of the following:

  • Six credits from an accredited university
  • 180 approved continuing education credits
  • Six PDE-approved in-service credits

Additional Resources about Teaching in Pennsylvania

The following resources provide additional information about earning a teaching degree and working as a teacher in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Department of Education
Provides information on the state’s department of education, education related policies and teaching in the state of Pennsylvania.

Teacher Certification Reciprocity
Provides information for teachers certified in other states that wish to transfer to Pennsylvania to teach.

Pennsylvania State Education Association
The PSEA is a teacher member organization that represents teachers and professionals in education.

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