Secondary Education (Grades 7-12) Certification

Admissions Process

Students are eligible for admission to the Secondary Education Teaching Certification (7-12) program when the following documents have been provided along with a Graduate Programs application:

  • Transcripts from prior university work indicating:
    • a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher in all coursework
    • Six credit hours of the undergraduate mathematics at the 101 level or higher
    • Three credit hours of undergraduate British or American literature
    • Three credit hours of English composition
  • An earned Bachelor’s degree in Math, Biology, Chemistry (or other fields with significant math or science requirements), English, or History.  Note:  Alvernia undergraduate students can qualify for admission as “Early Starters” if they are within one year of earning their Bachelor’s degree in one of the content areas. 
  • Passing scores on the respective Praxis Subject Assessment published by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Information about these required tests for Pennsylvania can be found at
  • Completion of Graduate application for admission including all supporting documentation.

Background Checks and Clearances
Candidates for teaching certification are required to have current Act 34 (PA Child Abuse), Act 151 (PA Criminal Background), and Act 114 (FBI Fingerprinting) clearances on file prior to all fieldwork experiences.  It is strongly recommended that upon acceptance, applicants begin the process of obtaining these screenings and present the appropriate documents to Alvernia University’s Education Department.  In addition, a clear tuberculosis screening must be on file during the student teaching placement.

Contact Admissions:


Academic Advisor

Sister Margaret Anne Dougherty, RSM, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Graduate Programs in Education



Admissions Staff

Kelly Burr, M.Ed
Coordinator of Graduate Admissions & Student Services
School of Graduate and Adult Education

Phone: 610-796-8296
Fax: 610-796-8367

Cynthia Mensch
Director, Alvernia University
Schuylkill Center

1544 Route 61 Hwy S. Suite 6190
Pottsville, PA 17901

Dana Baker
Director of Philadelphia Center
School of Graduate and Adult Education

1355 West Cheltenham Avenue
Melrose Park, PA 19027

secondary education (grades 7-12) certification

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