Elementary Certification

Elementary Class

Certification in elementary education is granted to Swarthmore students through Eastern University. Students complete the majority of their coursework at Swarthmore, including student teaching, but must also complete spring/ summer coursework at Eastern University in order to receive elementary certification. The department recommends that students pursue two certifications from the state of Pennsylvania: one that allows students to teach in grades pre-K through 4 and one for grades 4 through 8.  

Required coursework

Students must fulfill all of the state general distribution requirements.  In addition, students must take the following Educational Studies courses:

Students must consult with Swarthmore's chair of the Educational Studies regarding their program of study to ensure that it includes a representative distribution of English, social studies, math, and science coursework for the 4-8 certificate.