Teaching Degrees in Pennsylvania

A prospective educator has many collegiate options to consider when deciding to pursue a Pennsylvania teacher license. The Pennsylvania teacher education system is one of the deepest in the nation, and two state universities are ranked in the top 25 nationally for best teaching schools by reputable publications. The educational requirements needed to earn a Pennsylvania teaching license are maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. All prospective teachers must pass an approved teacher education program at the bachelor’s, post-baccalaureate, or master’s level at an accredited state college or university prior to certification.

University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) was ranked 9th in the county for best education schools as of 2012 by U.S. News & World Report, tying the teaching programs at Northwestern University and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. The Graduate School of Education at UPenn offers 26 graduate programs, both at the master’s level and the doctoral level. UPenn also supports a Teach For America Urban Teacher certification program for those interested in working locally at Philadelphia city schools.

University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education is another one of the teaching schools in Pennsylvania receiving national recognition for its teacher education program. The University of Pittsburgh was ranked 24th nationally in 2012 for best education schools by U.S. News & World Report, tying with Utah State University. The teaching school graduated 267 students during the 2010-2011 school year who went on to earn Pennsylvania teacher certification. The University of Pittsburgh offers an undergraduate degree program in education as well as 50 graduate programs leading towards certification in different areas of teaching.

Penn State University

Penn State University, formally known as Pennsylvania State University – University Park, is ranked 26th nationally by U.S. News & World Report for 2012’s best education schools. Penn State University’s College of Education catered to 1,119 students during the 2011-2012 school year, 533 of whom were enrolled full-time. The College of Education supports programs geared towards a more global study of education. For example, students can enroll in the school’s Comparative and International Education (CIED) program, which leads to a dual-title master’s or doctoral degree and requires students to travel internationally to discover global teaching initiatives.

Lehigh University

Lehigh University is ranked 46th in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report for its 2012 best education schools rankings. Lehigh’s College of Education employed 27 tenure-track professors and an additional 122 staff members to cater to the school’s 615 graduate students as of 2012. The College of Education has a strong school counselor program, having earned accreditations from the American Psychological Association and the National Association of School Psychologists. The school’s Multicultural Resource Center is another student resource designed to help graduate students learn about multicultural diversity in the classroom.

Albright College

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1621 N. 13th St.
Reading, PA 19612-5234
(610) 921-2381

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Alvernia University

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400 Saint Bernardine St
Reading, PA 19607-1799
(610) 796-8200

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Arcadia University

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450 S Easton Rd
Glenside, PA 19038-3295
(215) 572-2900

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Baptist Bible College & Seminary of Pennsylvania

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538 Venard Rd
Clarks Summit, PA 18411-1250
(570) 586-2400

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

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400 E Second St
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
(570) 389-4000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Bucknell University

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One Dent Drive
Lewisburg, PA 17837
(570) 577-2000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Bucks County Community College

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275 Swamp Rd
Newtown, PA 18940-4106
(215) 968-8000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Cabrini College

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610 King of Prussia Rd
Radnor, PA 19087-3698
(610) 902-8100

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Cairn University-Langhorne

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200 Manor Ave
Langhorne, PA 19047-2990
(215) 752-5800

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation

California University of Pennsylvania

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250 University Ave
California, PA 15419-1394
(724) 938-4400

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Carlow University

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3333 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3165
(412) 578-6000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Cedar Crest College

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100 College Drive
Allentown, PA 18104-6196
(610) 606-4666

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Chestnut Hill College

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9601 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19118-2693
(215) 248-7000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Clarion University of Pennsylvania

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840 Wood St
Clarion, PA 16214
(814) 393-2000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Community College of Beaver County

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1 Campus Drive
Monaca, PA 15061-2588
(724) 480-2222

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

DeSales University

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2755 Station Avenue
Center Valley, PA 18034-9568
(610) 282-1100

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Drexel University

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3141 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 895-2000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Duquesne University

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Administration Bldg 600 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
(412) 396-6000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

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200 Prospect Street
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301-2999
(570) 422-3211

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Eastern University

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1300 Eagle Rd
Saint Davids, PA 19087-3696
(610) 341-5800

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
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