For educators interested in enhancing their skills in a specific area and obtaining additional teaching credentials, Alvernia offers five post-baccalaureate teaching certificate options. The course work in a certification program can also be applied toward earning a Master of Education degree The coursework is offered on campus, remotely, and online. Take advantage of a rolling admissions process and apply now!

Teacher Education Certifications

English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Specialist Certification

The ESL Program Specialist Certification Program prepares PK-12 educators to effectively teach linguistically and culturally diverse students. The program's comprehensive and rigorous coursework is grounded in teachers' needs and emphasizes practical applications in classroom contexts.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Certification Curriculum

The ESL Program Specialist (PK-12) Certification curriculum includes 5 courses (16 credits), 20 hours of fieldwork, and 40 hours of internship. Up to 6 graduate credits from another university may be transferred upon approval of the program coordinator.

M.Ed. with Special Education Certification Curriculum

The Master of Education with Special Education Certification (Grades PK-12) curriculum includes the coursework in two areas: special education courses and core master of education courses, total of 45 credits with field experiences, pre-student teaching, and 210 student teaching hours. Up to 6 graduate credits from another university may be transferred upon approval of the program coordinator.

Early Childhood Education (PK-4) with Special Education Certification

Thirteen percent of all children in public schools receive special education services due to conditions such as learning disabilities, social or emotional disorders, or autism. The necessity for specialized educators who understand and can provide for the needs of these students is clear, and Alvernia is committed to preparing students to fill those roles.

Achieving dual teaching certification prepares you to make a difference for children of all abilities. Through in-class learning, field experiences, student teaching, and professors' mentorship, you will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to work with young children in a variety of educational settings. 

This program leads to a B.A. degree and the Pennsylvania Instructional Certificates Grades PK-4 and Special Education (PK-12).

Certificate in Disabilities and Inclusive Communities

A 12-credit graduate program which can be applied to the Special Education (PK-12) Certification, Master of Education with Special Education (PK-12) Certification, and Master of Education in Special Education.

Educational Leadership Certifications

Principal Certification (PK-12)

The Principal Certification (PK-12) program is the for educators who seek to make a difference in education through taking leadership positions. The program prepares teachers and supervisors to meet the Pennsylvania Principal PK-12 Certification requirements.

Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility

This is a 4-course program (there are an additional 3 credits that comprise the apprenticeship) and it is designed for PK-12 administrators seeking certification to excel in the superintendent role.

Questions? Contact:

Stephanie Christmann

Admissions Advisor, Graduate and Adult Education


Graduate Teaching Certifications

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Admission Requirements