If you’re looking to become a teacher in Pennsylvania but hold a bachelor’s degree in a different field, the Pennsylvania Intern Certification option is an alternative route you can take that will allow you to become a certified teacher in a short period of time. Here is a look at the programs offered and what you need to know to apply.
Program Mission and Overview
The Pennsylvania Intern Certification program allows prospective teachers to choose from 38 colleges and universities across the state to complete teaching requirements, which includes the completion of 24 credit hours of coursework. Candidates must complete the program within three years to obtain an Instructional I Certificate.
Eligibility and How to Apply
Candidates interested in participating in the program must:
- Have a bachelor’s degree in the area they would like to teach.
- Have at least a 3.0 GPA. Candidates may enter with a 2.8 GPA as long as they receive a passing score on the PRAXIS I Pre-professional Skills Test in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. These candidates must raise their GPA to 3.0 by the completion of program coursework.
- Have at least six credits of college-level math and six credits of college-level composition and English literature.
- Pass the PAPA Reading, Writing and Mathematics test and the Pennsylvania Teacher Certification Testing Program in the selected specialty area.
A teaching job is not required to enroll, though the equivalent of 12 weeks of teaching is required to complete the program. Interested applicants may apply through one of the approved institutions.
Program costs vary depending on the institution candidates choose to attend.