Our teacher certification and master's and doctoral degree programs are built upon the premise that teachers must simultaneously be subject matter experts and highly skilled at helping others’ understand the content as well. Good teachers know enough about the subject to be sensitive to those aspects that will be especially hard for new students to master and are able to adapt the design of their instruction accordingly. In other words, we believe expert teaching occurs at the intersection of discipline-specific knowledge and pedagogical knowledge. For this reason --and unlike other four-year undergraduate education programs-- our teacher education coursework is in addition to (not in place of) the depth and breadth of coursework required to get a complete bachelor’s degree in a discipline-specific area.
We are accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer general education Teacher Certification Programs in the following areas:
- Elementary PreK-4
- Environmental Education K-12
- Secondary Biology 7-12
- Secondary Chemistry 7-12
- Secondary Earth and Space Science 7-12
- Secondary English 7-12
- Secondary General Science 7-12
- Secondary Mathematics 7-12
- Secondary Physics 7-12
- Secondary Social Studies 7-12
Dual certification in Special Education at either the elementary (PreK-8) or secondary (7-12) level is also an option. Those interested in becoming a teacher can begin education coursework as part of a post-bachelor's program or start earlier as part of a 5-year program while pursuing their Lehigh bachelor's degree. We also offer a post-certification master's for current teachers who want further professional development (see the M.Ed. or M.A. in Teaching and Learning program). Those interested in becoming teacher educators themselves should consider the Learning and Instruction concentration of our Ph.D. in Teaching, Learning, and Technology.