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Elementary education with special education majors can also fulfill the requirements for two teaching certifications: Elementary Pre K – 4 and Special Education Pre K – 8. 

Student Teaching

As part of the preparation for certification, you will participate in a 14-week student teaching program, during which you will plan and employ lesson designs under the guidance of a cooperating teacher at a school in a local area school district. (Student teaching requirements may differ for current teachers who are earning additional certifications.)

"I would have never thought that I would enjoy teaching middle school until my student teaching placement in 6th, 7th and 8th grade math. The students are in a transition stage that makes every day fun and challenging yet so rewarding. It was the best thing I've ever done!"

- Leah Scott, a student in the Elementary/Middle Level/Special Education B.A./M.A.Program. Leah plans to graduate with her master’s in 2016.

Why Certification is Important

In most of the U.S., teachers must be certified to teach in public schools. Specific requirements for teacher certification vary on a state-by-state basis. Seton Hill's teacher certification program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for certification preparation. If you plan to teach in another state, Pennsylvania has signed an Interstate Certification Agreement with other states/jurisdictions. For more information, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education site.