Saint Joseph's University

5600 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131-1395

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Stand apart in secondary education with the Online Accelerated Teaching Certification (OATCERT). You’ll gain the skills and the initial credential to lead secondary education (grades 7-12) within one of the traditional content areas: math, science, English, or social studies.

Offered completely online, the OATCERT program is an efficient, cost-effective way to advance your classroom instruction, leadership skills, and career options. Graduates also qualify for secondary education certification in Pennsylvania, a credential recognized by more than 30 other states.

There is no entrance exam for this 30 credit Certification which consists of 4 semesters of coursework plus 1 semester of supervised student teaching at your choice of public, private or international institution.

Note that by completing just two additional courses, OATCERT graduates can also earn a MS in Education – Secondary Education. The program is competitively priced and financial aid may be available to those who qualify.

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      100% Online
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    • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
    • Official transcripts
    • Current resume
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Personal Statement
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA in undergraduate work

    This program is designed to meet certification guidelines for teachers licensed in the state of Pennsylvania. Teachers and prospective students should inquire with their state licensing agency prior to enrollment.

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

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