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Important Feature of the Program

Certification candidates who have completed an undergraduate degree at Moravian College or at another institution should arrange to meet with Dr. Dilendik in the Education Department and with a counselor in the Division of Continuing Studies for an explanation of the program and an evaluation of their undergraduate transcripts. The following guidelines will be used when developing programs for post baccalaureate students:

  • Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, as evidenced by an official transcript.
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 overall and 3.0 in the academic major is required for admission to Moravian's teacher certification programs. Applicants with an undergraduate or post-graduate grade point average in the major of less than 3.0 may, at the discretion of the major department, be asked to repeat courses sufficient to obtain a 3.0 average.
  • Moravian College's teacher certification programs are field-based to provide as much pre-student teaching experience as possible. Students who are unable to participate in field experiences in the schools because of work commitments will be required to complete a minimum three week , full day experience in a May term semester prior to being approved for student teaching.
  • All applicants will be required to obtain a passing score (as determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education) on the Pre-Professional Skills and Listening subtests of the Praxis Exam before registering for the student teaching sequence.
  • All courses required for certification must be completed at Moravian College unless prior approval is obtained from the Education Department advisor or from the major department.
  • When an applicant is seeking a secondary (7-12), art (K-12), music (K-12), or foreign language (K-12) certificate, the determination of the completion of the major will be made by the appropriate academic department. Applicants may be required to complete any courses included in Moravian's major which are not on their undergraduate or post-graduate transcripts. An academic department may also require that a minimum number of courses in the major be taken at Moravian, regardless of the applicant's undergraduate or post-graduate record, and may require that the applicant participate in the teaching or laboratory activities of the department.
  • Applicants must provide a minimum of two letters of recommendation from current or past employers, from former instructors, or from others qualified to speak to the candidate's suitability for teaching.
  • The Teacher Education Committee will determine the length and nature of the student teaching experience to be required of post-baccalaureate students based on the students' prior classroom experiences and the quality of the documentation provided. In general, students who are already certified, or who have had substantial and ongoing teaching experience, may be exempted from student teaching with the proper documentation. Students who have had substantial and documented teaching experience in a relatively unrelated area may be asked to complete a partial student teaching assignment. Students who have had no formal teaching experience will be required to complete the entire student teaching semester.

 

 

 

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Education Department Moravian College / 1200 Main Street, Bethlehem PA, 18081
Dr. Joseph Shosh, Department Chair – phone: (610) 861-1482 / fax: (610) 861-1696 / email: jshosh@moravian.edu