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Accelerated Education Programs

Individuals who have a BS degree in education (without certification) or in any other field of study,  and who want to teach in Pennsylvania schools, may engage in an approved program of study, as a post baccalaureate student,  to attain eligibility for Pennsylvania Department of Education certification. The approved program of study (a configuration of courses based on the transcript review) must meet Pennsylvania’s competency requirements for teachers. Keystone does not issue a certificate; however, students who meet the requirements can be recommended for PDE certification.

Students who are interested in applying for these programs should complete the Adult Application form in myKC, and select the desired teacher preparation program (non-degree) from the drop-down menu within the application. Official college transcripts from all schools attended must also be submitted to the Keystone College Office of Admissions. Questions about applying can be directed to the contact information below.

Credentials for Educators

Keystone College
Sickler Hall
One College Green
La Plume, PA 18440-0200
email: carolyn.crowley@keystone.edu
570-945-8472


Office Hours:
Weekdays, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Accelerated concentrations

Accelerated Certification Program: Art Education

The Art Education accelerated certification program is designed to provide individuals, who have obtained a bachelor’s degree, with coursework that can lead to teaching certification in Pennsylvania. The program targets the development of skilled individuals, who can utilize best practices for planning and preparing environments and instruction in K -12 classrooms.

A PDE approved program of study must be successfully completed with an overall minimum grade point average of 3.00, including prerequisites required for recommendation for certification and 150 hours of fieldwork. All education majors require a 3.00 GPA to gain admission to the program and a cumulative 3.00 GPA to continue in the program as well as a combine cumulative 3.00 GPA in psychology, education, special education and art content courses. Students must obtain a “C” or better in the content courses for the major.

Students earning lower than a “C” must retake the course. A letter grade of “B” or better is the minimum grade for each student teaching course. Students earning lower than a “B” must retake the course. Additional completion criteria can be found in the academic plan. Enrollment in this program requires a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree in the art field

Accelerated Certification Program: Early Childhood / Special Education

The Early Childhood / Special Education accelerated certification program is designed to provide individuals, who have obtained a bachelor’s degree, with coursework that can lead to teaching certification in Pennsylvania. The program targets the development of skilled individuals, who can utilize best practices for planning and preparing environments and instruction in early childhood education classrooms.

A PDE approved program of study must be successfully completed with an overall minimum grade point average of 3.00, including prerequisites required for recommendation for certification and 150 hours of fieldwork. All education majors require a 3.00 GPA to gain admission to the program and a cumulative 3.00 GPA to continue in the program as well as a combine cumulative 3.00 GPA in psychology, early childhood education, and special education.

Students must obtain a “C” or better in the content courses for the major. Students earning lower than a “C” must retake the course. A letter grade of “B” or better is the minimum grade for each student teaching course. Students earning lower than a “B” must retake the course.

Additional completion criteria can be found in the academic plan.

Accelerated Certification Program: Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education accelerated certification program is designed to provide individuals, who have obtained a bachelor’s degree, with coursework that can lead to teaching certification in Pennsylvania. The program targets the development of skilled individuals, who can utilize best practices for planning and preparing environments and instruction in early childhood education classrooms.

A PDE approved program of study must be successfully completed with an overall minimum grade point average of 3.00, including prerequisites required for recommendation for certification and 150 hours of fieldwork. All education majors require a 3.00 GPA to gain admission to the program and a cumulative 3.00 GPA to continue in the program as well as a combine cumulative 3.00 GPA in psychology, early childhood education, and special education. Students must obtain a “C” or better in the content courses for the major.

Students earning lower than a “C” must retake the course. A letter grade of “B” or better is the minimum grade for each student teaching course. Students earning lower than a “B” must retake the course. Additional completion criteria can be found in the academic plan.

Accelerated Certification Program: Math Education

The Math Education accelerated certification program is designed to provide individuals, who have obtained a bachelor’s degree, with coursework that can lead to teaching certification in Pennsylvania. The program targets the development of skilled individuals who can utilize best practices for planning and preparing environments and instruction in 7-12 classrooms.

A PDE approved program of study must be successfully completed with an overall minimum grade point average of 3.00, including prerequisites required for recommendation for certification and 150 hours of fieldwork. All education majors require a 3.00 GPA to gain admission to the program and a cumulative 3.00 GPA to continue in the program as well as a combine cumulative 3.00 GPA in psychology, education, special education and math content courses. Students must obtain a “C” or better in the content courses for the major.

Students earning lower than a “C” must retake the course. A letter grade of “B” or better is the minimum grade for each student teaching course. Students earning lower than a “B” must retake the course. Additional completion criteria can be found in the academic plan.

Accelerated Certification Program: Social Studies Education

The Social Studies Education accelerated certification program is designed to provide individuals, who have obtained a bachelor’s degree, with coursework that can lead to teaching certification in Pennsylvania. The program targets the development of skilled individuals, who can utilize best practices for planning and preparing environments and instruction in 7-12 classrooms.

A PDE approved program of study must be successfully completed with an overall minimum grade point average of 3.00, including prerequisites required for recommendation for certification and 150 hours of fieldwork. All education majors require a 3.00 GPA to gain admission to the program and a cumulative 3.00 GPA to continue in the program as well as a combine cumulative 3.00 GPA in psychology, education, special education and social studies content courses. Students must obtain a “C” or better in the content courses for the major.

Students earning lower than a “C” must retake the course. A letter grade of “B” or better is the minimum grade for each student teaching course. Students earning lower than a “B” must retake