Robert Morris University offers a number of programs for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree and who wish to be certified to teach in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania:
These Post-Baccalaureate Programs are non-degree granting; however, students can combine it with a Master's Degree in Instructional Leadership with the addition of three extra courses.
To view the handbook for the Post-Baccalaureate Programs click here. To view the programs of study which incorporate a Master's Degree click here.
The advisor for early childhood post-bacc students is Dr. Dan Shelley. The advisor for secondary education post-bacc students is Dr. Richard Fuller, the chair of the Education Department. The program coordinators are listed here.
Click here to access an application for the program. Please note that all applications for post-baccalaureate teacher certification programs must have the following:
- Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university or college with a 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA
- Two letters of recommendation
- 3.0 undergraduate GPA in the college coursework that will apply to your content certification
- Pennsylvania and FBI clearances
Click to visit the RMU Office of Graduate Admissions website to find out about tuition and fees, financial aid, and how to apply for the program; or contact the Office of Graduate Admissions directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-762-0097.
To apply, go to rmu.edu/gradapply. You can complete the application online with no application fee. Alternatively, you can download the graduate application PDF form, and then mail in the completed form with required documentation and $35 application fee.
Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Education Progress Process (TEPP)
The teacher education program has a three-level process outlined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. As part of this Teacher Education Progress Process (TEPP), students must apply for candidacy, pre-student teaching, and student teaching.
An outline of this process is below. To view more details on the Teacher Education Progress Process for post-baccalaureate students click here.
Level One: Application for Candidacy
As a post-baccalaureate student, you might need to apply for candidacy as early as your first semester or second semester of coursework at RMU. To apply successfully students must have:
Students may then proceed into teacher certification coursework and pre-student teaching professional experience with Level One Candidacy.
Level Two: Applications for Pre-Student Teaching & Student Teaching
Students must have:
Students will then be placed at a site for Student Teaching and will be permitted to register for Student Teaching.
Level Three: Application for Certification
Students must have:
Post-baccalaureate candidates seeking initial certification are not required to take the PAPA exams. All RMU teacher candidates, however, including post-baccalaureate teacher candidates, must take specific content area tests. The nature and number of content-related tests varies by certification area. The content-related tests for early childhood and special education are developed and administered by Pearson Education, while those required for secondary teaching certifications are developed and administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS). Note that if you are already Pennsylvania certified and adding another certificate, you only have to take the test(s) corresponding to the new certification area.
All teacher candidates must submit proof of having taken the required content area tests (Praxis II or equivalent) the semester prior to student teaching, and include the results as part of the Application for Student Teaching. Beginning the fall semester of 2014, all RMU student teachers will be required to have passing scores for all required tests related to their certification area. The PDE will not accept an application for teacher certification without passing all required tests.
University recommendation to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for teacher certification will be made with Level Three completion.
For More Information, Contact:
Richard Fuller, D.Ed.
Department Head, Education
Nicholson Center 458