Teacher Education Program

Teacher Education
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." Albert Einstein

Certifying teachers who are experts in their subject area as well as in the theory and practice of pedagogy.

Our teacher certification and master's and doctoral degree programs are built upon the premise that teachers must simultaneously be subject matter experts and highly skilled at helping others’ understand the content as well.

Good teachers know enough about the subject to be sensitive to those aspects that will be especially hard for new students to master and are able to adapt the design of their instruction accordingly. In other words, we believe expert teaching occurs at the intersection of discipline-specific knowledge and pedagogical knowledge. For this reason --and unlike other four-year undergraduate education programs-- our teacher education coursework is in addition to (not in place of) the depth and breadth of coursework required to get a complete bachelor’s degree in a discipline-specific area.

We are accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer general education Teacher Certification Programs in the following areas:
Biology 7-12 Mathematics 7-12
Chemistry 7-12 Physics 7-12
Earth and Space Science 7-12 PreK-4
English 7-12 Social Studies 7-12
General Science 7-12  

Dual certification in Special Education PreK-8 or SPED 7-12 is also an option. Those interested in becoming a teacher can begin education coursework as part of a post-bachelor's program or start earlier as part of a 5-year program while pursuing their Lehigh bachelor's degree.   An Education Minor (15 credits) is available to Lehigh undergraduate students.

We offer a post-certification master's for current teachers who want further professional development (see the M.Ed. or M.A. in Teaching and Learning program).  Those interested in becoming teacher educators themselves should consider the Learning and Instruction concentration of our Ph.D. in Teaching, Learning, and Technology.

Learn more about our Teacher Education program from our students!

Janysa Morales, English Literature, M.Ed. '17

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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.

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