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Undergraduate Students

Students entering Seton Hill intending to earn an undergraduate degree in addition to teaching certification should apply to Seton Hill through the Office of Admissions.

Formal admission to the Education Certification Program can occur after 48 credits of study (60 for music education students) are earned and admission criteria are met.

Postbaccalaureate Students

Students entering Seton Hill having already earned an undergraduate degree and with the intention of earning teaching certification only should apply to Seton Hill through the Office of Graduate and Adult Studies.

Graduate Students

Certification opportunities are currently included with the degrees listed below: 

Elementary/Middle Level Education (M.A.)

Special Education (M.A.)

Formal Admission to the Education Certification Program

Students may be formally admitted to the Education Certification Program after they have earned 48 credits of study (60 credits for music education). To be formally admitted to the Education Program, all students must do the following:

  • Pass the state required PAPA (Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment)  tests or PRAXIS CORE (not required for most post baccalaureate students). (Students with qualifying SAT or ACT scores may be exempt from this requirement).
  • Achieve a B- or better in ED201or ED202, before progressing to methods courses.
  • Earn 3 credits in an English Composition course and 3 credits in an English Literature course with a C- or better (not required for postbaccalaureate students).
  • Earn 6 credits in two college level math courses: MA100 Structure of the Number System 1 and MA102 Structure of the Number System 2 with a C- or better in both (not required for postbaccalaureate students).
  • Have an overall GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Upon completion of the above, students will present evidence of completion of these requirements to their Education Advisor to apply for formal admission to the Program.

Retention in the Program

All students pursuing teacher certification will be reviewed by the education faculty at the end of each semester. To maintain standing in the Program, students must:

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Only courses with a C- or better will be accepted for certification.
  • Pass the Program's Professional Rubric. Two failing grades on this rubric may result in dismissal from the program.

Admission to Student Teaching

All students pursuing teacher certification will apply for student teaching in ED432 Pre-Student Teaching Clinical Lab. (Students in Art, Music, and Family and Consumer Sciences apply in the semester prior to that in which they intend to student teach.) In order to be approved for student teaching, all students must have:

  • Been formally admitted to the Education Program.
  • Maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Passed the Program's Professional Rubric.
  • Achieved a B- or better in ED432 Pre-Student Teaching Clinical Lab. (Students in Art, Music, and Family and Consumer Sciences must achieve a B- or better in their secondary methods course, namely, Art - ED315; Music - MU331; Family and Consumer Sciences - FC280/281.)
  • Received the recommendation of both the education and content area faculty.
  • Passed all state-required tests for their areas of teacher certification.