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Five-Year Bachelor's plus Master's & PA Teacher Certification

5 Year Teaching Degree
Get your B.A./B.S., M.Ed. and Certification in 5 years from Lehigh University!

Lehigh University undergraduate students can earn their Bachelor's and Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Elementary Education or Secondary Education plus Pennsylvania Teacher Certification in 5 years.  We are accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to certify general education teachers in the following areas:

Biology 7-12

English 7-12

Physics 7-12

Chemistry 7-12

General Science 7-12

PreK-4

Earth and Space Science 7-12

Mathematics 7-12

Social Studies 7-12

5 Year Program

1.9 M Job Openings Nation-wide

In a completely rational society the best of us would be teachers" Iacocca

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The College of Education's teacher certification and degree programs are built upon the premise that expert teaching occurs at the intersection of discipline-specific knowledge and pedagogical knowledge. Good teachers know how to adapt their instruction accordingly to ensure that each child is learning. For this reason --and unlike other four-year undergraduate education programs-- our master's-level teacher education program is in addition to (not in place of) the depth and breadth of coursework required to complete a bachelor's degree in a discipline-specific area. However, if you're working toward the completion of a bachelor's degree at Lehigh, we can shorten the time it takes for you to add a master's and teacher certification from two years to just one additional year.

Lehigh undergraduate students with a minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA can apply for permission to take education classes in the 5-year program. To request an "Application to Take Education Classes as an Undergraduate" and apply to the 5-year program contact the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Program at email djt2@lehigh.edu.  Those accepted will begin education classes during the second semester of their sophomore year (or junior year).  After graduating with their bachelor's, students continue their master's and certification program with coursework in the summer (12 credits), fall (9-12 credits), and round out their experience in the spring with student teaching (3 credits). All of our teacher education courses explore best practices in evidence-based teaching and learning carefully designed to integrate real-word classroom experiences. The actual number of credits required will vary depending on undergraduate degree and area of certification selected by the candidate. Although any student can apply to the program, in order to finish in 5 years, the student's major must be tightly aligned to the intended area of certification. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 each semester and have attained a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 by the end of the senior year in order to continue on to the fifth year. During the fall semester senior year, 5-year students must apply to the graduate Elementary Education or Secondary Education program for the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree and teacher certification (fifth year).

Program of Study for Grades PreK-4 Certification (42 credits)

Distribution of coursework across undergraduate and graduate study:

Sophomore Year (3 credit hours)
Junior Year (3 credit hours)
Senior Year (12 credit hours)

College of Education - Summer (12 credits)
College of Education - Fall (9 credits)
College of Education - Spring (6 credits)

Those accepted will begin education classes during the second semester of their sophomore year. Although any student can apply to the program, in order to finish in 5 years, the student's major must be tightly aligned to the intended area of certification. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 each semester and have attained a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 by the end of the fall semester senior year in order to continue on to the fifth year.

Students in the 5-year program will take 18 credits pre-bachelor’s and an additional 27 credits post-bachelor’s. However,the University requires that master’s degrees carry at least 30 credits minimum. This means students in the 5-year program must have at least 3 credits “left over” from their bachelor’s program to move across to the College of Education to put toward their master’s degree.

Curriculum - Grades PreK-4 Certification Only

Course Number Course name Credits

SPED 332

Education and Inclusion of Individuals with Special Needs

3

TLT 380

Child Development and Cognition

3

TLT 404

Diversity, Families, and School Collaborations in K-12

3

TLT 405

Principles and Applications of K-12 Assessment

3

TLT 407

Instructional Design for K-12 Classrooms

3

TLT 409

K-12 Classroom Environment and Management

3

TLT 411

Early Childhood Education

3

Development of Professional Skills (18 credits)

TLT 412

Social Studies in PreK through 4th Grade

3

TLT 420

Reading and Literacy in PreK through 4th Grade

3

TLT 422

Language Arts in PreK through 4th Grade

3

TLT 426

Science in PreK through 4th Grade

3

TLT 428

Mathematics and Numeracy in PreK through 4th Grade

3

SPED 465

Advanced Inclusionary Practices in K-12

3

Extended Field Experience (3 credits)

 

TLT 444

General Education Student Teaching and Seminar

3

Program of Study for General Education 7-12 Certification (33 credits)

Distribution of coursework across undergraduate and graduate study:

Sophomore Year (3 credit hours)
Junior Year (6 credit hours)
Senior Year (6 credit hours) 

College of Education - Summer (6 credits)
College of Education - Fall (9 credits)
College of Education - Spring (3-6 credits)

Those accepted will begin education classes during the second semester of their sophomore year. Although any student can apply to the program, in order to finish in 5 years, the student's major must be tightly aligned to the intended area of certification. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 each semester and have attained a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 by the end of the fall semester senior year in order to continue on to the fifth year.

The University requires that master’s degrees carry at least 30 credits minimum. This means students in the 5-year program must have credits “left over” from their bachelor’s program to move across to the College of Education to put toward their master’s degree. Students unable to accrue enough credits outside their undergraduate degree programs may need to take additional credits after beginning graduate study to reach the requirement.

In order to be eligible for secondary certification, by the time a student finishes the program he or she must have demonstrated competence in the subject matter area of that certification. Each student upon admission meets with the content-area specialist in the field in which that student seeks secondary certification. The content-area specialist, who is a faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences, reviews the student’s transcripts and compares that student’s coursework with the content-area guide sheet approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). Following this audit, the content-area specialist will identify what additional coursework in the content-area is needed, if any. The student is responsible for completing this coursework prior to applying for secondary certification.

Students in this program who wish to obtain the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree rather than the M.Ed. degree may petition to change to that degree after admission to graduate study. The M.A. degree requires 42 credits instead of 33 credits and has specific content-area expertise requirements. See the M.A. degree description for its requirements.

Curriculum - General Education 7-12 Certification Only

Course Number Course name Credits

Core Course Work (15 credits)

 

SPED 332

Education and Inclusion of Individuals with Special Needs

3

TLT 404

Diversity, Families, and School Collaborations in K-12

3

TLT 405

Principles and Applications of K-12 Assessment

3

TLT 407

Instructional Design for K-12 Classrooms

3

TLT 409

K-12 Classroom Environment and Management

3

Development of Professional Skills (12 credits) - Content-area teaching methods course with the approval of your adviser (one of the following):

TLT 431

Social Studies in Middle Level and High School Education

3

TLT 434

English in Middle Level and High School Education

3

TLT 436

Science in Middle Level and High School Education

3

TLT 438

Mathematics in Middle Level and High School Education

3

Plus:

   

TLT 432

Reading and Critical Thinking in Middle Level and High School Education

3

SPED 465

Advanced Inclusionary Practices in K-12

3

TLT XXX

Elective (with advisor approval)

3

Extended Field Experiences (6-9 credits)

 
TLT 440

Pre-professional Seminar

3

TLT 444

General Education Student Teaching and Seminar

3-6

 

Pennsylvania Department of Education Requirements for Teacher Certification

It is important for individuals considering teaching as a career to be aware of the fairly rigorous academic, health, and personal character requirements for teacher certification that are required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for teacher candidates statewide: 

Pennsylvania certification is widely accepted nationwide under reciprocity agreements with many other states.

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Please contact our Program Coordinator, Donna Toothman, for an application for the 5-year program today!

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