Effective January 2013, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
will implement new certification standards. Students graduating before
that time must complete 72 credits and will, upon satisfactory
completion of all elements of the Education Program as described herein,
be eligible for certification to teach grades K-6.
Students graduating in January 2013 or later are required to
complete 66 credits and will upon satisfactory completion of all
elements of the Education Program as described herein, be eligible for
certification to teach grades Pre-K-4.
Current undergraduate majors that offer teacher certification at
the 5-8 or high school level are: Art, Biology, Chemistry, English,
French, History/Social Studies, Mathematics, and Spanish. Students must
complete all requirements for the subject area major and take a series
of education courses (known as a concentration) to prepare them to teach
at the middle and/or secondary level. Certification is available for
either grades 5-8 or 9-12. The certification in Art is for grades K-12.
Students choosing any of these subject areas will receive a
baccalaureate degree in the subject area they choose and be eligible to
apply for the specified certification.
The College reserves the right to change any requirements at any
time in order to comply with state regulations. Starting in September
2006, the Pennsylvania Department of Education embarked on a multi-year
program of changes to the guidelines for Early Childhood, Elementary,
and Special Education. Any student entering the College in 2006 and
after is required to meet the standards set by PDE for their graduation
Eligibility for Acceptance
It is strongly recommended that students interested in education
express that interest by the end of the first semester of their first
year in order to receive proper advising by the Director of Teacher
Education. Because of the significant credit requirements of these
programs, students may declare a major as early as their first semester.
After earning 42 credits, including at least one course in writing,
English literature, and one of the two college-level math courses (must
be at or above the level of College Algebra, MAT-0110) as required by
the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and at least two required Education
courses with a cumulative GPA of 2.80, a student may apply for formal
acceptance into the Certification Program (as distinguished from simply
declaring one’s major). Rosemont will consider applications from
students who have the reasonable expectation of obtaining a 3.000 GPA
during their junior year.
Students who do not achieve a minimum GPA of 3.000 or higher upon
graduation cannot apply for certification under the guidelines
established by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Students who do not
qualify for formal admission to the Certification Program may continue
in the Education major. However, they are required to sign a document
indicating that they are aware that, absent meeting ALL certification
requirements, they will not be eligible for employment as a teacher in
the public schools of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Additional criteria for acceptance include the following: an
interview with the Director of Teacher Education, and all appropriate
mandated clearances including Act 34 child abuse clearances.
All students seeking certification must take and pass all sections
of the PRAXIS test required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for
certification in their chosen area prior to applying for certification.
Students aspiring to teach in the elementary schools of the
Archdiocese of Philadelphia are strongly encouraged to complete 18
credits in Catholic theology or religious education.
Student Teaching Eligibility
All students in the Teacher Education Program must complete
professional courses and student teaching during either semester (fall
or spring) of their senior year. To be eligible for this semester, the
Complete the prerequisite professional courses with a 3.000
average; earned a minimum grade of B- or higher in all required
education courses; has documented and approved field experience which
meets the state mandated minimum number of hours; and has all current
clearances, including Act 34 child abuse clearances.
The College reserves the right to change any of the above
requirements at any time to comply with state regulations or with
college degree requirements. The college further reserves the right to
remove a student from a student teaching placement for unsatisfactory or