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Elementary Certification

Elementary Class

Certification in Pre-K-4 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 additional instructional add-on certifications through testing for Grades 5/6 and/or Grades 4-8 through the State's testing requirement options.  

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 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.