Initial Certification (non-degree) - Graduate Teacher Certification
The Graduate Teacher Certification Programs (non-degree) at Temple are based on the premise that people who completed undergraduate majors outside education can make an important contribution to educating today's youth. In fact, current trends in education emphasize the important role of subject matter experts in the teaching field.
Upon completion of a program in Career and Technical Educataion, Middle Grades Education, or Secondary Education, students are eligible for a Pennsylvania Instructional I Teaching Certificate. Earlier in the program, most students qualify for a Pennsylvania Intern certificate, a temporary teaching certificate that allows them to teach in Pennsylvania public schools for three years with all the rights and privileges of any professional employee.
The program does not award students the Master of Education degree. However, applicants are initially admitted to our Graduate Teacher Certification Master’s Program. After successfully completing the minimum requirements for Certification, students may choose to leave the program with certification-only or may elect to continue in the program and complete the additional credit hours and requirements to receive certification and a Master’s degree.
Students may choose from one of four programs for Teacher Certification. Please follow the links provided for detailed information about each program.
- Career and Technical Education (grade K-12) with concentrations in:
- Business, Computer, and Information Technology
- Industrial Education
- Marketing Education
- Middle Grades Education (grades 4-8) with concentrations in:
- Mathematics and Language Arts
- Science and Language Arts
- Mathematics and Science
- Secondary Education (grades 7-12) with concentrations in:
- Special Education (grades preK-8)
- Applied Behavioral Analysis/Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Mild Disabilities
- Severe Disabilities
Most students complete the program as part timers in about two years. Full time enrollment also is available and requires about one year to complete. Except for the semester of Supervised Teaching and some summer session courses, all classes are available in the evenings. The length of the program is between 21 and 24 semester hours, depending on the student’s teaching specialty. One semester of full-time supervised teaching is required. There is no required comprehensive examination.Students may earn no more than two grades of B- quality, nor more than one F, beginning with the semester during which they apply to the program. Students must achieve at least a 3.0 grade point average to graduate.
Admission is determined according to a Statement of Professional Plans and Goals, undergraduate and/or graduate grade point average, successful completion of the Praxis I examination, and two professional letters of recommendation.
Note: applicants are initially admitted to our Master’s Program. After successfully completing the minimum requirements for Certification, students may choose to leave the program with certification-only or may elect to continue in the program and complete the additional credit hours and requirements to receive certification and a Master’s degree.
Review the links to the program descriptions above for specific details on application requirements.
If you have additional questions about Temple’s initial teacher certification programs at the graduate level (degree and non-degree) or to check the status of your application, please contact:
Graduate Teacher Certification Advisor
phone: (215) 204-6026
office: 150 Ritter Annex