For information about certification, partnerships, field placements and student teaching, reach out to

Mr. Jim Osborne
Director of Clinical Experiences
223 Merion Hall

The Office of Certification, Accreditation & Partnerships operates in the School of Health Studies and Education, under the Dean, to serve and support undergraduate and graduate students and faculty of the three Education Departments: Teacher Education, Special Education, and Educational Leadership.

Teacher Certification Eligibility and Admission to the Educator Preparation Program (EPP)

To be eligible for the teacher certification program, undergraduate students majoring in elementary or elementary/special education, or seeking a minor in secondary education, must:

  • complete a minimum of 48 credits (including 6 in English and 6 in Math) while maintaining a GPA of at least 3.0
  • complete the Schools in Society and Educational Psychology courses and their accompanying labs (maintaining a combined 2.7 GPA for both courses)
  • take and pass the Praxis I (PPST, ETS Core, Pearson PAPA) Reading, Writing and Mathematics exams
  • and complete an "Application for Acceptance Into the Undergraduate Educator Preparation Program (EPP)" form with their academic advisor.

Praxis Exam Requirements

All students are required to take the Praxis I (PPST, ETS Core, Pearson PAPA) Reading, Writing and Mathematics exams in order to apply for the teacher certification program at SJU. In addition to these three exams, to obtain certification

  • Elementary Education students take (after completing their education courses except student teaching):
    • Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
    • Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge
  • Special Education students take (after completing their special education courses)
    • Education of Exceptional Students: Core Content Knowledge
  • Secondary Education students take (after completing most of their content area course work):
    • Subject Area (e.g., Mathematics or Physics): Content Knowledge

To learn more about the required Praxis exams, consult the PA Department of Education.
To register for the Praxis exams, consult ETS.

Certification Reciprocity (Certification for other states)

SJU can only recommend students for teacher certification to the Pennsylvania Department of Education in Harrisburg. Pennsylvania, however, has reciprocity agreements with a majority of states in the US. Pennsylvania certification is readily transferred to other states because of these agreements. To learn more, consult the PA Department of Education web page by clicking here.

Student Teaching in other states

The SJU Education Department places student teachers in public, parochial, and licensed private schools in numerous school districts throughout the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area (including New Jersey). Student teaching placements, however, must be within reasonable commuting distance of SJU and meet the requirements established by the PA Department of Education. Students with special circumstances should contact the Director of Clinical Experience at (610) 660-3438.