Dec 02, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Post-Baccalaureate 7-12 Secondary Education


Go to information for Education  for more details.

Department Contact:

Director: Mrs. Melissa Peppetti, mpeppetti@francis.edu, 814-472-3068

Program Description:

The post-baccalaureate teacher certification program is designed for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree and seek to qualify for Pennsylvania state teacher certification at the secondary level (grades 7-12). 

Accreditation Statement:

Saint Francis University programs that lead to teaching certification have been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education 

Certification Areas:

The Graduate Education department offers six content-specific areas of study in cooperation with the content area departments. Each leads to its own certification with required courses and Praxis exams:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish (Go to Post-Baccalaureate Spanish PK-12  for information on the Spanish K-12 certification.) 

Estimated Completion Time:

Typically 2+ years of part-time study

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must provide the following:

  • Online Application and $30 application fee made payable to Saint Francis University;
  • Two letters of professional recommendation;
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 is required. If candidate’s GPA is less than 3.0; he or she may be accepted on a provisional basis while taking up to nine (9) credits. The student must obtain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the first nine credits to be admitted to the program. If these requirements are not met the student will not be admitted to the program.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work completed.

Admission Deadline:

The program has rolling admission.

Progression and/or Retention Criteria:

  • A minimum average of 3.0 must be maintained throughout the program. If a student falls below the 3.0 requirement he or she will be placed on academic probation for the next semester. Student’s continued eligibility in the program will depend on the GPA in the semester following the low GPA. If the student’s GPA does not go above the 3.0, after being placed on probation, the student is subject to dismissal from the program.
  • Students must complete required clinical observations for each of the courses requiring clinical hours.
  • Student must successfully complete the student teaching in the content area.
  • Successful completion of required Praxis tests.

Note:

See Education  for information on student teaching, student learning outcomes for pre-service teachers, certification information, and more.

Total Credits Required:

  • Biology, post-baccalaureate teacher certification = 97 credits
  • Chemistry, post-baccalaureate teacher certification = 90 credits
  • English, post-baccalaureate teacher certification = 78 credits
  • Mathematics, post-baccalaureate teacher certification = 84 credits
  • Social Studies, post-baccalaureate teacher certification = 99 credits

Content Areas:


Biology: 58 credits


The post-baccalaureate Biology 7-12, Secondary Education program provides students with an in-depth, well-rounded biology education that will allow them to master the content needed to teach science in secondary education. Furthermore, students will take a full slate of education courses, to develop the teaching skills needed to communicate these concepts effectively. The secondary education program prepares candidates to apply for Pennsylvania Biology 7-12 certification.

Chemistry: 51 credits


The post-baccalaureate Chemistry 7-12, Secondary Education program provides students with an in-depth, well-rounded chemistry education that will allow them to master the content needed to teach science in secondary education. Furthermore, students will take a full slate of education courses, to develop the teaching skills needed to communicate these concepts effectively. The secondary education program prepares candidates to apply for Pennsylvania Chemistry 7-12 certification.

English: 39 credits


The post-baccalaureate English 7-12, Secondary Education program provides students with an in-depth, well-rounded English education that will allow them to master the content needed to teach English in secondary education. Furthermore, students will take a full slate of education courses, to develop the teaching skills needed to communicate these concepts effectively. The secondary education program prepares candidates to apply for Pennsylvania English 7-12 certification.

Mathematics: 45 credits


The post-baccalaureate Mathematics 7-12, Secondary Education program provides students with an in-depth, well-rounded math education that will allow them to master the content needed to teach math in secondary education. Furthermore, students will take a full slate of education courses, to develop the teaching skills needed to communicate these concepts effectively. The secondary education program prepares candidates to apply for Pennsylvania Mathematics 7-12 certification.

Social Studies: 60 credits


The post-baccalaureate Social Studies 7-12, Secondary Education program provides students with an in-depth, well-rounded history education that will allow them to master the content needed to teach social studies in secondary education. Furthermore, students will take a full slate of education courses, to develop the teaching skills needed to communicate these concepts effectively. The secondary education program prepares candidates to apply for Pennsylvania Social Studies 7-12 certification.