Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification

Program Overview

The Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program (PBTC) is designed for college graduates seeking initial teacher certification. The streamlined yet rigorous program of professional teacher preparation studies combines theory, research, field experience, and practice. The clinical experience (student teaching and seminar) at the end of the program requires full-time enrollment for one semester.

Depending on the initial certificate pursued, the program consists of 21 or 24 graduate credits and is designed as a part-time program that may be completed over three semesters. The program is also available in a full-time accelerated format that may be completed within nine months.

Graduate credits earned in the initial teacher certificate program may be combined with courses offered through the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program to earn a 30-credit MAT degree. In addition to earning the MAT degree, candidates may apply coursework and credits to other Master's programs, endorsements, and/or professional development certificates offered through the Department of Graduate Education, Leadership, and Counseling.

Program Information for Certificates Offered:

Comprehensive Business (K–12)
Dance Certificate (K-12)
Elementary Certificate (K–6)
English as a Second Language/ESL Certificate (P-12)
English Certificate (K–12)
Mathematics Certificate (K–12)
Music Certificate (K-12)
Science Certificate in Biological Science, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Physical Science, and/or Physics (K-12)
Social Studies Certificate (K–12)
Theater Certificate (K-12)
World Languages Certificate in French or Spanish (K–12)


Kathleen M. Pierce, Ph.D.
Professor & Director of Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Programs
Bierenbaum Fisher Hall 202

Associated Department: Department of Graduate Education, Leadership, and Counseling

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