Next, if you are interested in teaching grades 7-12, figure out what subject you want to teach (either Math, Biology, Business and Computers, English, or Social Studies).
How do I become a certified teacher?
It may seem like a long road to becoming a certified teacher, but we are here to help you every step of the way. After being admitted to the Education Program of your choice at RMU and successfully completing 48 credits, students apply for Candidacy (which is an opportunity to review progress toward meeting state requirements to obtain teacher certification in the state of Pennsylvania). Once students have successfully passed through Candidacy, they complete their coursework, do student teaching, pass all relevant Praxis exams, and apply to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for certification (which our Education Office will assist).
Pennsylvania is in the midst of an extreme teacher shortage. In 2013, 16,631 people graduated from teacher-training programs, but by 2015 that had dropped to 6,125. Mass retirements of the baby boom generation will only exacerbate this situation.