Teacher Certification

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Approximately one-third of all East Stroudsburg University students are enrolled in a teacher certification program. Graduates receive the degree of Bachelor of Science and are eligible for certification to teach in the schools of Pennsylvania.

The programs of the Faculty of Education are nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Education and approved by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The curricula have been planned so that the graduate may be recommended for certification to teach in most other states without further course requirements. Information and advisement on certification is available in the office of the Dean of the College of Education: call (570) 422-3377 or e-mail Sue Watach at swatach@po-box.esu.edu.

All students are required to take the Praxis I (Academic Skills Assessment) and Praxis II (Subject Assessment) tests. This series is an Educational Testing Service (ETS) program that is used to qualify students for entry into various stages of the program and as part of the certification process. The Praxis I tests must be taken prior to 60 credits. The Praxis II tests must be taken and passed prior to student teaching or certification. Additional information on the Praxis Series, including registration information, may be obtained by visiting the Praxis website, or calling (609) 771-7395. You may also contact the Office of Field Experiences and Partnerships at (570-422-3471). Current information on Pennsylvania's requirements for tests and passing scores can be accessed by visiting the Praxis website.

Graduates are eligible to receive an Instructional I certificate (provisional) which is valid for a period of six years of teaching in Pennsylvania. During the first 3 years of full-time teaching, Instructional I holders must complete 12 graduate credits, a total of 24 graduate credits must be earned by the completion of the sixth year of teaching.

The Instructional II certificate is issued after three years of satisfactory teaching in Pennsylvania and upon the completion of twenty-four semester credit hours of collegiate study at a state approved baccalaureate degree-granting institution or through in-service programs approved by the Department of Education. Act 48 requires that all teachers continue growing professionally by completing 2 university courses or 180 hours of professional development every 5 years to maintain an active certificate. (Information on Act 48 at ESU) For further information, please contact the Office of Continuing Education at (570) 422-3468 or e-mail Geryl Kinsel at gkinsel@po-box.esu.edu.

Graduate work is offered leading to the Master of Education degree in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Special Education, Reading, and Instructional Technology. Advanced graduate studies are also available for the certificate as Reading Specialist, Instructional Technologist, School Principal, and Special Education Supervisor. In addition, a collaborative M.Ed. in Instructional Technology with Kutztown University is offered and a collaborative Ed.D. in Administration and Leadership with Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Areas of Certification

  • Biological
  • Chemistry
  • Early Childhood N-3
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • French
  • Health
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish
  • Speech and Language Impaired


  • Driver Education
  • Reading Specialist


  • Instructional Technology
  • School Nurse


  • Principal K-12
  • Special Education Supervisor

Students must satisfy all teacher education program, departmental requirements, and revised PDE standards before they will be recommended for the degree and teacher certification.