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Graduate PA Intern Teaching Certification

The Graduate PA Intern Teaching Certification Program is designed exclusively for candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree and desire to work as a Pennsylvania classroom teacher in an area closely aligned to their degree area while simultaneously taking graduate course work through Drexel University to become fully certified with the Pennsylvania Instructional I Teaching Certificate, e.g., a Biology degree for biology certification, an Engineering degree for mathematics or physics certification, etc.   Most degrees permit a candidate to pursue PA Intern Teaching Certification in the area of PreKindergarten – Grade 4 (PreK-4) certification.

The Graduate PA Intern Teaching Certification Program is not appropriate for students who cannot teach within a Pennsylvania school or who reside overseas.

Eligibility and Requirements

In order to be eligible for the Graduate PA Intern Teaching Certification Program, candidates must have an earned baccalaureate degree in a related field to their desired area of PA Intern Teaching Certification, a minimum 3.0 GPA and be able to pass the Praxis II Content Exam(s) required for PA certification for their desired certification area.

There are rules and conditions set forward by the PA Department of Education (PDE) for maintaining eligibility for PA Intern Teaching Certification, including continuous enrollment in an approved teacher education program once a PA teaching certificate is issued.  

Please see the PDE website for the web version of the PDE Intern Handbook.

Plan of Study

Specific plans of study vary depending on a candidate’s background and the area(s) of certification being sought.  Please contact the School of Education at 215-895-6770 to arrange an interview with an advisor.