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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 Teaching, Learning and Curriculum: 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” 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

    An Evening for Educators

    Drexel University Online recognizes all the hard work and dedication it takes to be an educator. Please join us for one of the following Teacher Appreciation Week events:

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.


    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.

    Early Childhood/Elementary (PreK-4) Certification 
    EDEX 542Fundamentals of Special Education3.0
    EDEX 544The Inclusive Classroom3.0
    EDEX 546Literacy and Content Skill Development PreK-83.0
    EDUC 506Assessment of Young Learners3.0
    EDUC 513Elementary Science Teaching Methods3.0
    EDUC 520Professional Studies in Instruction3.0
    EDUC 521Typical and Atypical Development in Early Childhood Education3.0
    EDUC 525Multi-Media Instructional Design3.0
    EDUC 529Early Literacy3.0
    EDUC 539Expressive Arts3.0
    EDUC 540Field Experience (Graduate Student Teaching with Seminar)3.0
    EDUC 555Social Studies Teaching Methods3.0
    EDUC 565Foundations in Instructing English Language Learners3.0
    MTED 517Mathematics Methods and Content (PreK-4)3.0
    Total Credits42.0

    View required content courses for each concentration
    View Course Descriptions

    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.


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2016-2017 is $894 per credit. (A 25% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1192 per credit)

    • This rate applies only to new online students.
      • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
    • 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: (EDUC 520, 542, 544, 546, 565, Methods)
    • Participating & Assisting: (EDUC 520, 542, 544, 546, 565, Methods)
    • Pre-Student Teaching: (2 weeks Up to 40 hours connected to Methods course prior to student teaching)
    • Graduate Student Teaching: (Capstone Experience 12 weeks)

    The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires approximately 130 hours of field experiences in addition to Graduate Student Teaching. Up to 40 hours of field experiences (except student teaching) may be transferred in from previous PK-12 school-based experiences.

    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 (PA requires FBI, Child Abuse, Criminal History, and TB) 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 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 Dependant Schools (DoDDS.)


    You must submit the required clearances to enter into PreK-12 schools in PA, another state, or an international school. Since the process of obtaining clearances can take up to 8 weeks, you're encouraged to begin the process within the first term at Drexel.

    PA requires that pre-service teachers must submit copies of all required clearances (FBI, PA Child Abuse, and PA Criminal Background) to the FPO by the second week of the first term. In addition, some school districts will require that you obtain the TB Skin test. You should retain all original copies and present them to the schools during all field experiences as well as fax them to the FPO at 215-571-4270. More information and clearance procedures.

    • Clearances (Out of State)
      For applicants not living in PA, please contact your State’s Department of Education or local School District to determine which clearances will be required in your state/school district to enter classrooms for all types of field experiences. Once obtained, follow the instructions above to submit them to Drexel’s School of Education.
    • Clearances (International)
      For applicants living overseas or planning to complete field experiences in an approved International or DoDDS school please obtain FBI and Criminal History background checks at the very least. Also please indicate your intentions within your application essay and contact the School of Education for more information regarding International Field Experiences at 215-895-6770.

    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 placments 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 (US 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

    2016-2017 Academic Year

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2016     

    September 19, 2016

    December 3, 2016

    December 5, 2016

    December 10, 2016

    Winter 2017 

    January 9, 2017

    March 18, 2017

    March 20, 2017

    March 25, 2017

    Spring 2017 

    April 3, 2017

    June 10, 2017

    June 12, 2017

    June 16, 2017

    Summer 2017 

    June 26, 2017

    September 2, 2017

    September 5, 2017

    September 9, 2017

    2017-2018 Academic Year

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2017     

    September 25, 2017

    December 9, 2017

    December 11, 2017

    December 16, 2017

    Winter 2018 

    January 8, 2018

    March 17, 2018

    March 19, 2018

    March 24, 2018

    Spring 2018 

    April 2, 2018

    June 9, 2018

    June 11, 2018

    June 15, 2018

    Summer 2018 

    June 25, 2018

    September 1, 2018

    September 4, 2018

    September 8, 2018

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