Swarthmore offers a competency-based teacher preparation program for both special majors and minors (Honors or course). Certification for elementary, middle and/or high school teaching is transferable to all 50 states; after PA certification, some states may require additional exams or content. A guide to certification reciprocity is available through Certification Map. It is also advisable to verify current requirements by reviewing the appropriate state's department of education website.
Swarthmore's programs for secondary certification are designed with guidance from faculty members in the discipline in which the student is being certified as well as members of the Educational Studies Department. Students preparing for elementary certification design their course of study with advising from the Swarthmore Educational Studies Department and Eastern University.