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PA Teacher Certification

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. 

Swarthmore's certification program is limited to undergraduates at the College and to Swarthmore faculty and partners interested in certification.

Alumna and principal greet students. 

student teachers at institute

Jennifer Lee presents at the Student Teacher Institute 

Alumna and principal greet students. 

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Why teach?

Christina Keller '14  examines the intersection between her academic work at Swarthmore and teaching experience at the Philadelphia Montessori Charter School.
Read Christina's essay