The Education Program
Becoming a Teacher
What does it mean to become a teacher? How does a student prepare to be an effective teacher? Students at the Saint Vincent Education Department learn and are engaged in the following:
- Successfully managing a classroom while establishing a sense of place where students experience an equitable and purposeful learning environment.
- Using the latest technologies to prepare students for the challenges of the future.
- Organizing and planning the day with a thorough amount of content knowledge and pedagogy skills.
- Using a variety of instructional strategies to address student’s differentiated learning styles.
- Displaying a sense of professionalism that permeates the classroom and personal lives.
If this type of work sounds interesting and exciting, Saint Vincent College’s Education Department is the place where you can explore the possibilities of your vision. Prepare for a teaching career with a degree in education!
Education Programs Offered
K-12 Certification - Art, Business Education Information Technology, Computer and Information Technology, Chinese, French or Spanish
Secondary Certification - Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Physics or Social Studies
Disability Studies: Special Education with or without Certification
Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, grades PreK-4
Bachelor of Science in Middle Grade Education, grades 4-8
Pennsylvania Teacher Reciprocity Agreements
Through the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement, Pennsylvania allows individuals who have completed a teacher preparation program, or who have already become teachers in other states, to be awarded Pennsylvania teaching certification through reciprocity. Requirements of candidates through reciprocity are the following:
- Been awarded a baccalaureate degree.
- Completed a state-approved teacher education program, including a supervised student teaching experience, leading to a comparable or broader certificate in the member state.
- Received the recommendation from the certification officer at the college or university on an application form designated by this Bureau.
- Complied with all ancillary requirements, including Pennsylvania tests and 3.0 GPA. Six credits in math and six credits in English are also required for full certification.
- Met all Pennsylvania requirements related to citizenship as well as moral, ethical and physical/mental fitness.
For more information about the process of earning teaching certification through reciprocity, explore the Pennsylvania Department of Education website
, or call 717-728-3224. Information about Interstate agreements can be found here: PDE Interstate Certification Agreement
Transferring a PA Teaching Certificate to Another State
Students holding a Pennsylvania teaching certification can also transfer their teaching certificate to any of the states listed below without completing a teacher education program within that state. Each state may have different testing and application requirements, but PA certified candidates can apply to transfer their certificate, and if need be, take the specific state’s licensure exam(s). Students need to check each state's department of education website for specific information on what is needed to transfer a PA certificate.
The following are member states of the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement who have signed reciprocity agreements with Pennsylvania.