Certification Requirements

Certification Requirements

The Early Childhood Education program involves cooperation between Bryn Athyn College and Holy Family University to meet the requirements for state certification. After completing coursework at Bryn Athyn College, students attend Holy Family University for one semester in which they do their 12-week student teaching practicum and attend a senior seminar. (For 2013-14 the tuition and fees for one semester at Holy Family will be $13,550, which can be paid through the Bryn Athyn College bursar’s office to take advantage of financial aid.) Students receive a bachelor of science degree from Bryn Athyn College and apply for state certification through Holy Family University. State certification requires passing the Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) and a GPA of 3.0 upon graduation.

International Students

Since Pennsylvania school law requires United States citizenship, international students do not qualify for certification. If students become United States citizens within ten years from graduation, their degree and their National Teachers’ Exam test scores will still be valid, and they may apply for certification. A non-certifying bachelor of science degree in Education is available to students who do not qualify for state certification. All programs will be approved by the division head and the dean of the College. For more information, please consult the division head.

Course of Study

Students considering a major in Early Childhood Education must plan their program of study carefully from the beginning of their college careers in order to meet all the requirements for state certification within four years. Close consultation with an education program advisor is essential.

Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests

Education majors are required to take Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) at their own expense. We require students to take the Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA), which tests basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics, before the end of winter term in their second year. These scores are required for students to be formally accepted into the Early Childhood Education program. The PAPA is the first set of Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests. In order to be state certified, students must also take the three final modules of the PECT during their senior year.