We have been selected by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to provide the post-baccalaureate Teacher Intern Program (TIP), and we also offer add-on certifications in special education and English as a second language to PA certified teachers.
TIP invites holders of baccalaureate degrees or higher to gain teaching certificates by completing professional education courses at an approved Pennsylvania college or university.
Once accepted into the program, candidates may earn a salary and education credits while teaching under supervision.
Teacher intern candidates must hold a bachelor's degree from an approved university, and must satisfy academic major requirements as described under the department in the current Susquehanna University catalog.
Candidates must also complete the Intern Program having earned at least a 3.0 GPA in order to gain PA certification.
Susquehanna University offers Teacher Education Certification, through the Teacher Intern Program, in the following fields:
- Biology 7-12
- Chemistry 7-12
- Citizenship Education 7-12
- English 7-12
- English as a Second Language (ESL) K-12
- French K-12
- General Science 7-12
- German K-12
- Mathematics 7-12
- Music K-12
- PreK - Grade 4
- Physics 7-12
- Social Studies 7-12
- Spanish K-12
- Special Education K-8
Add-on certification available in:
- Special Education
Criteria for Admission
- A baccalaureate degree from an approved college/university
and fulfillment of the requirements for the academic major in which they
want to certify or a passing score on the Praxis test before student teaching.
- 3.0 GPA or higher earned in their baccalaureate degree. Candidates with a lower GPA can be conditionally accepted after 12 semester hours of coursework with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. A 3.0 GPA must be maintained for successful program completion.
A transcript review will determine whether a candidate will be required to take additional coursework.
All teacher intern coursework will be charged at the teacher intern rate of $495 per credit hour. Tuition costs are subject to change according to university increases.
Field experiences allow candidates to apply principles and theories learned in their academic coursework to actual practice in the classroom setting. Field experiences also provide opportunities for interactions with diverse populations, ages, and school settings.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires field experience totaling 190 hours, prior to student teaching. These 190 hours include:
- 40 hours of observation and exploration (externship - single school setting)
- 150 hours of pre-student teaching interaction with teachers and students. Some of the 150 hours will take place throughout the required coursework, and will align and integrate with the topics of focus in the course materials, and program goals
Consideration for field experience credit will be given to recent experience in working with children in an instructional setting. Candidates will discuss recent experiences with the Director of the Teacher Intern Program during the personal interview portion of the program intake process.
Student teaching, as a teacher intern, requires a minimum of 12 weeks. These are full-time assignments and are arranged through the Director of the Teacher Intern Program. School sites for student teaching are planned early in the semester prior to the actual student teaching experience. Additional time may be added to the beginning or end of the 12-week assignment in order to meet the required field experience hours.
School sites for student teaching are selected from school districts within a 50-mile radius of Susquehanna University. The university's teacher intern supervisors will observe the interns a minimum of four times during the student teaching experience, and intern student teachers will attend a minimum of four seminars on the university campus.
Upon successfully completing all program requirements with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, teacher interns are eligible to apply for an Instructional I Teaching Certificate through the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
To apply, submit:
- Proof of American citizenship (copy of birth certificate or passport) or valid visa
- Official transcripts from former college(s)/universities
- $50 application and transcript review fee, payable to Susquehanna University
- Three letters of recommendation from former professors and/or recent employers
- Personal statement explaining why you wish to become a licensed educator
- Required clearances
- TB test results
- Completed Application - download here
Official transcripts from former college(s)/universities must be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
Office of the Registrar
514 University Ave.
Selinsgrove, PA 17870-1164
All other application materials should be submitted to:
Christine Tiday, M.Ed.
Director, Teacher Intern & Auxiliary Programs
Department of Education
514 University Ave.
Selinsgrove, PA 17870-1164
If you become aware of a teaching position that you would like to apply for during the course of your Teacher Intern Program, an Intern Certificate from the PA Department of Education can qualify you for this position while you earn credits towards your Instructional I certification.
If this need arises, please contact the program director for Letter of Intern Candidacy that can accompany your job application. You can apply online for the PA Intern Certificate through the TIMS system. Pennsylvania Intern Certification is valid for three years and costs $200.
ESL and Special Ed certifications can be added to an initial certification in another content area. Each certification requires four courses (listed below) and includes observation time. The Special Education certification also requires student teaching and two test modules.
- ELL Language and Literacy Development
- Sociocultural Contexts of Teaching and Learning Language
- Foundations for Teaching English Language Learners
- Understanding Second Language Acquisition for Educators
(Note: PDE is discontinuing this certification. Candidates with Instructional I or II still have time to complete a dual cert. Inquire about the new PK-12 stand-alone certification that is in development.)
- Assessment in Special and Inclusive Education
- Teaching Students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities
- Teaching Students with Mild Disabilities
- Behavior Interventions
Both of these certifications are highly in demand and can easily be added to your existing PA teaching certification.
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