Professional & Secondary Ed


Professional and Secondary
Education Office
206C Recitation Hall
FAX: 610-436-3102

Secondary Teaching Certification

The Department of Professional and Secondary Education offers a non-degree program for post-baccalaureate students seeking secondary teaching certification. Students must apply through the Office of Graduate Studies for the certification program and meet admission requirements for the University. Students must have or complete the equivalent of the WCU undergraduate major in the area in which they seek certification and must have an undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or greater.

The program consists of seven education courses, including a methods course offered by the academic area, plus a full semester of student teaching. Undergraduate transcripts will be evaluated by the content area department to assess any additional course work that may be needed in the academic discipline. (Note: Some graduate course work taken for certification may count for the M.Ed. in Secondary Education). For further information regarding teacher education, click this link.

Secondary Areas of Certification


Policy for Teacher Certification only (Level 1)

Post Baccalaureate – Secondary Education

For those persons who hold a baccalaureate degree but have not fulfilled initial (Level 1) certification requirements.

Admission Policy

  • Applicant must submit a formal application for admission into an initial (Level I) certification only program.
  • Applicant must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher.
  • Applicant must be recommended for admission by their academic major.

Admission Procedures


  • Students must confer with the Department of Professional and Secondary Education and with the appropriate academic department.
  • Degreed students have two options for pursuing Level I certification.
    • Students taking undergraduate coursework only apply through adult and continuing studies in the registrar’s office.
    • Students taking graduate coursework to meet certification requirements apply through the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Applications are reviewed by the Department of Professional and Secondary Education to determine if the minimum requirements (e.g., a 2.8 or higher GPA) are met.
  • Prior to the end of the first semester of coursework, the applicant must submit their Approved Program of Study (APS) form to the certification office (302 Recitation Hall) The Program of Study must include a list of all coursework required for completion of Level I certification and must be signed by the student, the academic advisor, the professional education adviser, and the certification officer.
  • Copies of official transcript(s)
    • Additional Requirements for Certification

      • Apply for a formal admission when specific requirements met.
      • Maintain a 2.8 GPA or higher in all courses completed at West Chester University.
      • Receive a grade of “C” or higher in all required education courses including the subject – specific methods course.
      • Receive a grade of “C” or higher in student teaching.
      • Pass the ETS Praxis II examinations: specific subject matter examinations (see your academic adviser).
      • Graduate students must meet the requirements set by the graduate office and listed in the Graduate Catalog. The requirements include maintaining an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.