Secondary Education Certifications at Ship

All three colleges at Shippensburg University, Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education & Human Services, work together to provide students with a major in a specific discipline along with a series of courses and learning experiences in professional education.

Secondary education certification is available in the following disciplines:

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth-Space Science
  • English
  • French
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Social Studies (Geography or History)
  • Spanish

Why Study Secondary Education at Ship?

At Shippensburg University, our students participate in hands-on learning experiences. During freshman, sophomore and junior years, students observe classes in elementary, secondary, and community college settings. Observations of physically challenged and exceptional learners are also required. The current program requires two eight-week student teaching placements in different schools (one at a high school level and one in middle school). This on-the-job internship occurs in the last semester and prepares students to transition into the teaching profession.

Careers in Secondary Education

Ship's secondary education program prepares students to teach grades 7-12 in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as in more than 40 other states with reciprocal agreements.

The average salary for secondary education jobs in Pennsylvania is $45,000.

Admission and Degree Requirements

All education students must complete a total of 120 credit hours:

  • General Education Courses: All undergraduate students are required to complete the university's general education program, which provides a balanced liberal arts foundation.
  • Secondary Education Major Courses: Students select a major program area (i.e., mathematics or earth science) according to their interest and skills. They complete the degree requirements for that major while taking education courses required for certification. For example, students choosing a major in English complete a set of 14 English courses in addition to the university's general education program and the professional education sequence. Most students complete all degree requirements in four full-time years of study.
  • Professional Education Courses: includes such courses as The American SchoolEducational PsychologyIntroduction to Exceptionalities and Teaching Methods.

For specific program information, students should contact the department responsible for their major course of study.

Student Groups

  • Shippensburg Education Association: The Shippensburg Education Association helps future educators develop an understanding and appreciation for the education profession.
  • Keystone State Reading Association: Students can join the Keystone State Reading Association to help promote literacy in local schools.
  • Bridge for Kids: Another great opportunity for education majors is the non-profit organization, Bridge for Kids, that participates in tutoring local children, working with the parent and teacher organization at Grace B. Luhrs Elementary School, and providing book fairs to underprivileged schools in the community.

Contact the Teacher Education Department

Teacher Education Department
214 Shippen Hall, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257