English/Communication-Teacher Certification (Grades 7-12): Robert Morris University English/Communication-Teacher Certification (Grades 7-12) | Robert Morris University

Communiction and English Teacher Certification with Bachelor of Arts in English


The Department of English Studies at Robert Morris University, with the assistance of the Department of Education, offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Communication. The RMU English and Communication Teacher Education Program Mission and Standardsfor Communication Teacher Education.General Standards and Specific Program Guidelines  comply with the Pennsylvania Department of Education 

Upon successful completion of this undergraduate degree program, the teacher candidate applies to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for teacher certification both in secondary English and secondary Communications (grades 7-12).

The  handbook for secondary certification is hereFor more information about the English/Communication degree click here.  The coordinator for the program is Dr. Carianne Bernadowski.

Course Requirements

to teach grades 7 through 12 in your content area is provided on the RMU checksheet. There are four categories of courses: Robert Morris University Core, Department Requirements, Major, and Professional Education.Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate A complete list of courses that you must complete to graduate with a B.A. degree in English/Communication Education and to apply for a 

Please use the links below to view or print important information about required courses.

Teacher Certification Requirements

In addition to the course requirements, there are a number of other program and certification requirements that each undergraduate education student must fulfill for the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to grant a Pennsylvania Instructional I Teaching Certificate. These include field experiencesclearancesstate testing requirements, applications for candidacy status and then for student teaching, a semester of student teaching, the professional portfolio, and an application for certification.

The steps are outlined in the undergraduate Teacher Education Progress Process (TEPP).

Admission Requirements

Click here to view the requirements for admission into RMU as a freshman, and click here for the requirements for admission as a transfer student. Initial admission to an undergraduate education degree program as a freshman student, or as a transfer student with less than 48 credits, is not a guarantee of formal admission to candidate status in an education program. All education majors must apply for formal admission to candidate status in their degree program following the completion of 48 credits of college-level work. Specific grade point average, course specifications, and other requirements must be met at that time.


This undergraduate degree program is offered at Moon Township Campus only.

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Click here to find out about tuition and fees, financial aid, and how to apply to obtain an undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in English/Communication.  

For More Information, Contact:

Carianne Bernadowski Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education
Education Department

412-397-5463 Phone
412-397-6004 Fax
Nicholson Center 424
Moon Campus
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For More Information, Contact:

Dr. Richard Fuller, D.Ed. 

Department Head, Education
Professor of Education
School of Education & Social Sciences

412-397-6029 Phone
412-397-6044 Fax
Nicholson Center 458
Moon Campus
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