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  • Post-Bachelor's Teaching Certificate - Grades PreK-4 Education

    Drexel's accredited online Teaching Certification program is designed for those who hold a Bachelor's degree and seek to qualify for state Teacher Certification for grades PreK-4. This program, consisting of a blend of online coursework and field experiences, is designed for career-changers as well as those who already serve as temporary, emergency, or substitute teachers and wish to earn a formal teaching certification.

    All graduate credits earned in this program may be applied toward the MS in Early Childhood Education: PreK-4th Grade Teacher Certification Track.

    The program requires certain undergraduate content courses in subject areas required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in addition to the graduate level Core Pedagogy courses. Your academic advisor will review all of your transcripts to determine which additional content courses you must complete. These courses can be taken either through Drexel or at another accredited institution.

    Teaching Outside of Pennsylvania

    This program will prepare you for a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate. Through operation of interstate reciprocity agreements, a Pennsylvania teaching certificate may be converted to the analogous teaching certificate in another state. We recommend contacting your state’s Department of Education to find out these transfer procedures before proceeding. Learn more about interstate reciprocity policies, eligibility, and requirements in your state.

    Program Features

    • A flexible, completely online format that fits easily into your busy work and personal schedule. The only face-to-face requirements are the various field experiences and student teaching, conveniently arranged in an appropriate school in your area.
    • Drexel University is proud to be a partner of the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® PENNSYLVANIA Scholarship Program
    • Named one of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” for preparing today’s educators by U.S. News & World Report
    • Drexel’s teacher education programs are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education
    • A highly interactive online learning method and small class sizes allow extensive interaction with faculty and other classmates
    • Drexel is an approved program provider for the Pennsylvania Department of Education Teacher Intern Certificate. If you are interested in this option please contact DUonline@drexel.edu for more information.

    CAEP Accredited Provider

    The Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) accredits Drexel University School of Education educator preparation programs. CAEP promotes excellence in educator preparation through quality assurance and continuous improvement. Drexel University meets rigorous national standards for education preparation set by the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation.

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    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Required Courses
    EDEX 542 Fundamentals of Special Education 3.0
    EDEX 544 The Inclusive Classroom (Field Experience required) 3.0
    EDEX 568 Literacy and Content Skill Development PK-12 3.0
    EDLT 525 Design for Learning with Digital Media 3.0
    EDUC 513 Elementary Science Teaching Methods 3.0
    EDUC 520 Professional Studies in Instruction 3.0
    EDUC 521 Typical and Atypical Development in Early Childhood Education (Field Experience required) 3.0
    EDUC 522 Evaluation of Instruction 3.0
    EDUC 529 Early Literacy (Field Experience required) 3.0
    EDUC 539 Expressive Arts 3.0
    EDUC 540 Field Experience (12 week Full time Student Teaching) 3.0
    EDUC 555 Social Studies Teaching Methods 3.0
    EDUC 565 Foundations in Instructing English Language Learners (Field Experience required) 3.0
    MTED 517 Mathematics Methods and Content (PreK-4) (Field Experience required) 3.0
    Total Credits 42.0

    View required content courses for each concentration
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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
      • Students with a GPA under a 3.0 will be considered on a case by case basis
    • Students pursuing teacher certification must meet the PA State content course requirements for their specific area of certification. Content course reviews are conducted at time of application. Coursework missing from a student's undergraduate background or below the minimum 3.0 GPA cumulative average may be taken concurrently with the graduate program.

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two letters of recommendation (professional or academic)
    • Resume
    • Essay describing why you're interested in pursuing the program
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2022-2023 is $1047 per credit. (A 25% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1396 per credit)

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

    Field Experience

    There are four types of field experiences in K-12 classrooms required for certification embedded throughout the program:

    • Observing: EDEX 542, 544, 546, EDUC 520, 565, Methods
    • Participating & Assisting: EDEX 542, 544, 546, EDUC 520, 565, Methods
    • Pre-Student Teaching: 30 Hours for Each Required Methods Course
    • Graduate Student Teaching: Capstone Experience 12 weeks

    You should not take it upon yourself to arrange any field experience on your own, however, you can list your desired school district on all field placement applications. Once you submit all required clearances and the appropriate Observation or Field Placement Application (listing a preferred district), a Field Experience Coordinator from Drexel's School of Education's Field Placement Office (FPO) will make every effort to arrange a school-based, appropriate field placement related to your area of certification in a location reasonably close to where you live or work, providing that the requested school meets PA State requirements. The FPO must receive a confirmation for all field experiences from the School District's Field Placement office prior to allowing students to enter into any school classroom.

    For Graduate Student Teaching, you're required to spend a total of 12 weeks, full-time, under the supervision of a certified cooperating teacher and university supervisor. At a minimum, 6 of the 12 weeks of student teaching must be located within a public or charter school. Once Drexel's FPO locates an acceptable site, you'll work with the school's principal, university supervisor, and certified cooperating teacher regarding meeting the course's objectives/goals. You'll videotape yourself teaching and periodically send tapes to the Field Experience Coordinator for evaluation. In addition, you'll be required to complete the required hours of regular in-class observations and fieldwork in most core Pedagogy courses.

    Drexel students are also able to complete student teaching at Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS.)


    Drexel University policy requires that School of Education Faculty, Staff, and Students who may come into contact with minors, either through field-based supervision or research experience in school settings, to obtain and present to the Field Placement Office (FPO) the following clearances prior to entering a PK-12 school setting.

    Some schools and/or school districts may require clearances on file to be valid through the end of a field experience within a year of date of issuance. Non-PA students may need to obtain additional clearances for their state of residency prior to engaging in a field experience.

    Although the process may seem lengthy, it is extremely important when considering the safety and welfare of PK-12 school children. Schools and districts take clearance policies very seriously. A candidate may not enter a PK-12 building for purposes of conducting a field experience without the proper clearance information.

    Please submit all clearance items electronically via StuTeach@drexel.edu with the subject heading: "Clearance Submission" followed by your full name.

    Specifically, students conducting field experiences within PA State borders are required to obtain and submit:

    • FBI Federal Criminal History Record (Act 114)
      Use Service Code 1KG6RT for Colleges/Universities Teacher Education Program. Information about how to obtain your FBI clearance is available at the PA Department of Education. Upon registering for the fingerprint check, you will be assigned an unique Universal Enrollment ID (UEID). Please email your UEID to the Field Placement Office at StuTeach@Drexel.edu so that we may access your FBI clearance electronically. Be sure to process this clearance through the PA Department of Education and not another government agency requiring a FBI Clearance, e.g., Department of Public Welfare or Department of Banking.
    • Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Training (Act 126)
      Teacher candidates must complete the mandated reporter training and forward a copy of the certificate to the FPO. The online training can be found at the PA Child Welfare Resource Center.
    • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Records Check (Act 34)
      Request your record through the PA Access To Criminal History (PATCH) system and forward it to the FPO.
    • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151)
      Information related to background checks/clearances can be found at PA Child Welfare. The clearance document is to be forwarded to the FPO.
    • Arrest / Conviction Report and Certification Form (Act 24)
      Teacher candidates must complete and forward the PDE-6004 form to the FPO to have on file. Please note that individual schools may also request a candidate to sign a form for their files. Forms can be found at the PA Department of Education.

    Although Background Checks and Clearances are viable for five (5) years from date of issuance for Drexel students who remain continuously enrolled, some school districts and schools require the Background Checks and Clearances to be valid within the year of their dates of issuance. It is your responsibility to maintain updated clearances in such situations. Also, some districts and schools may also require proof of a clear Tuberculin skin test.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the FPO at StuTeach@drexel.edu.

    International Students

    If you wish to complete the field experience requirement outside of the United States, you must contact the School of Education's Field Placement Office to be aware of the international deadline and procedures to submit your field placement application. All field experiences must be completed in a U.S. accredited school, or an approved international school whereby English is the language spoken in all classrooms, and the school is following PA Department of Education and US Department of Education guidelines. You should not choose field placements which include working with students with special needs or students whose first language is not English.

    Typically students living overseas student teach in a U.S. affiliated school, such as on an Army base, under the guidance of a U.S. fully certified teacher at the grade level and subject appropriate for the intended area of certification. The cooperating teacher needs to be certified in the U.S. with a minimum of 3 years teaching experience in the area of certification being pursued. All international field placements will be arranged by the School of Education's Field Placement Coordinator.

    • All PA certification candidates living overseas must submit the original PDE required Health form signed by a US Licensed Physician or US Licensed Physician's Assistant prior to completing the TIMS certification application.
    • PreK-4 students can only take the PECT exams in the USA, Canada, Puerto Rico or Virgin Islands.

    Any student (U.S. Citizen or otherwise) living overseas or planning to move overseas should contact their advisor to discuss their situation prior to enrolling in the program or completing courses and certification requirements. 

    Academic Calendar

    2022-2023 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2022

    September 19, 2022

    December 3, 2022

    December 5, 2022

    December 10, 2022

    Winter 2023

    January 9, 2023

    March 18, 2023

    March 20, 2023

    March 25, 2023

    Spring 2023

    April 3, 2023

    June 10, 2023

    June 12, 2023

    June 17, 2023

    Summer 2023

    June 26, 2023

    September 2, 2023

    September 4, 2023

    September 9, 2023


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