Chatham University

Chatham University Education

The Teacher Preparation Program offers teacher certification programs that include both classroom study and extensive field experiences, culminating in a minimum semester-long student teaching experience. You can choose from education majors in Liberal Arts: PreK-4 Education, as well as certification options in Art Education for grades K-12, and Secondary Certification in English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Biology, Physics, and Chemistry for grades 7-12.

Students in secondary and K-12 certification areas must complete a major in the academic discipline: English, mathematics, history, physics, biology, chemistry, and art. Students also complete professional education coursework and field experiences, and candidates complete student teaching in grade levels representative of the candidate’s license.

Certification

In addition to Chatham University’s requirements for an academic degree, candidates seeking teacher licensure in Pennsylvania must also meet all requirements set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Certification requirements are set by the state of Pennsylvania and subject to change.

Chatham prepares undergraduate and graduate students for certification in five areas: early elementary (N-4), secondary (7-12), art (K-12), and environmental (K-12). In addition, certification in special education (K-12) is available at the graduate level through the Master of Arts in Teaching. Certification in music (K-12) is available through Carnegie Mellon University. The curriculum for each area of certification is designed specifically to prepare the student to be successful at the appropriate level.

As part of the coursework for each undergraduate education class, a student is required to complete a field placement, spending two-and-one-half to three hours per week, for approximately 12 weeks, in actual classroom settings to observe or demonstrate the techniques covered in the Chatham class.

In addition to field placements, the student is required to complete a student teaching assignment at the appropriate level under the supervision of a master teacher and a Chatham faculty member. Student teaching is a 14-week assignment. The time spent in student teaching affords on-the-job experience to practice and demonstrate what has been learned through coursework, as well as to develop an effective individual teaching style. To be admitted to student teaching, candidates must successfully complete the three PAPA Pearson pre-professional exams that are part of the Teacher Certification Process. Undergraduate students must also apply to the Teacher Certification Program upon completion of 48 credit hours as well as successfully passing the three PRAXIS preprofessional tests.

As the student nears completion of the certification course requirements, important information regarding the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requirements will be made available.