Pennsylvania Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

Pennsylvania requires that all teachers complete a teacher preparation program in order to become eligible to teach in the state. Fortunately, there are several colleges and universities that offer degree programs. The information found below is designed to help future teachers find quality teaching schools in Pennsylvania. For useful information on the available schools and programs offered, continue reading to find lists of top-rated teaching programs, a table of accredited, state-approved teacher preparation programs, and student reviews. Whether you’re looking into changing careers or just embarking on your first, this guide to teaching degrees in Pennsylvania is great place to find a program that is right for your future career goals.

Quick Facts

  • There are 122 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Pennsylvania.1
  • 30 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in education.*1
  • 90 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in education.*1
  • 85 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.*1
  • 17 schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best College Values 2019.2
  • 3 schools ranked in Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Education Majors 2020.3
  • 12 schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2019.4
  • 19 schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2019.5
  • 18 not-for-profit teacher programs are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP.

*For not-for-profit colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.

Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs in Pennsylvania

Kiplinger’s Best College Values 2019*

  • Swarthmore College (#3)
  • Haverford College (#31)
  • University of Pennsylvania (#41)
  • Bryn Mawr College (#45)
  • Lehigh University (#72)
  • Bucknell University (#77)
  • Dickinson College (#90)
  • Villanova University (#100)
  • Gettysburg College (#101)
  • Muhlenberg College (#130)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (#140)
  • University of Pittsburgh (#145)
  • Pennsylvania State University-University Park (#206)
  • Temple University (#254)
  • Geneva College (#260)
  • Duquesne University (#294)
  • Saint Francis University (#295)

*Institution-wide ranking.

Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Education Majors 2020

  • Bucknell University
  • Duquesne University
  • Villanova University

US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2019

  • University of Pennsylvania (#2)
  • University of Pittsburgh (#34)
  • Pennsylvania State University-University Park (#39 tie)
  • Temple University (#45 tie)
  • Lehigh University (#59 tie)
  • Duquesne University (#163 tie)
  • Drexel University (#172 tie)
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania (#177 tie)
  • Arcadia University (#195-258)
  • East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (#195-258)
  • Holy Family University (#195-258)
  • Robert Morris University (#195-258)

US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2019

  • Pennsylvania State University-World Campus (#9 tie)
  • University of Pittsburgh (#22 tie)
  • Drexel University (#54 tie)
  • Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (#77 tie)
  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (#89 tie)
  • Duquesne University (#100 tie)
  • St. Joseph’s University (#105 tie)
  • Clarion University of Pennsylvania (#154 tie)
  • California University of Pennsylvania (#169 tie)
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania (#194 tie)
  • Westminster College (#205 tie)
  • Arcadia University (#228-299)
  • Cairn University (#228-299)
  • Cedar Crest College (#228-299)
  • East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (#228-299)
  • Eastern University (#228-299)
  • Mercyhurst University (#228-299)
  • Millersville University of Pennsylvania (#228-299)
  • Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (#228-299)

Comparison of Teacher Preparation Programs

We have designed the following table to help you compare teacher preparation programs in Pennsylvania according to various factors. All of the schools included are not-for-profit institutions approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the preparation of teachers. Completing a state-approved teacher preparation program is an important step towards earning licensure.

While accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is not a requirement for licensure, it is included in the following table as CAEP provides a highly-regarded accreditation that is accepted in many states. Read more about the CAEP, NCATE, and TEAC accrediting bodies. We have also included rankings from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a research and policy group that scores teacher preparation programs at the national level using key standards chosen to measure students’ preparation for success in teaching. For further information on the NCTQ’s program rankings, please see the notes below the table.

You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution for the 2017-2018 academic year in this table. These data points are collected from annual US Department of Education records under Title II (Teacher Quality) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which provides for reporting that holds institutions and state departments of education accountable for increasing academic achievement through improvements in teacher quality.

Programs that are not ranked, or for which data is not available, in a given category are denoted as “-“.

State-Approved SchoolCAEP Accred.?6NCTQ Undergrad Elementary Prog. % (2016)**7NCTQ Undergrad Secondary Prog. % (2017)**7Teacher Prep Prog. Enrollment8Teacher Prep Prog. Completers8Licensing Exams Pass Rate8Net Price***1
Albright CollegeNo161693%$24,673
Alvernia UniversityNo70%52%61477%$26,895
Arcadia UniversityNo41%1486870%$27,471
Bloomsburg University of PennsylvaniaYes38%64%27724776%$27,567
Bryn Athyn CollegeNo4$16,574
Bryn Mawr CollegeNo36$28,450
Bucknell UniversityNo86%52%321697%$37,817
Cabrini UniversityNo61%3137070%$24,707
Cairn UniversityNo41%523778%$19,049
California University of PennsylvaniaYes23%9%19811474%$17,755
Carlow UniversityNo13%834058%$17,832
Carnegie-Mellon UniversityNo123$29,817
Cedar Crest CollegeNo12%691679%$21,174
Chatham UniversityNo19%172474%$25,525
Chestnut Hill CollegeNo7%16%744642%$23,863
Cheyney UniversityNo15%337$14,485
Clarion UniversityYes20117773%$18,409
Clarks Summit UniversityNo37%11%241775%$18,157
Delaware Valley UniversityNo30%424$29,444
DeSales UniversityNo28%242791%$27,977
Drexel UniversityNo3449982%$40,977
Duquesne UniversityYes35514088%$30,540
East Stroudsburg University of PennsylvaniaYes22%42%49621874%$15,402
Eastern Mennonite University at LancasterNo
Eastern UniversityNo21%967383%$23,675
Edinboro University of PennsylvaniaYes28%41611872%$15,513
Elizabethtown CollegeNo63%26%823887%$28,361
Gannon UniversityNo271377%$21,793
Geneva CollegeNo32%21%903384%$20,051
Gettysburg CollegeNo127$34,705
Grove City CollegeNo90%2218296%$20,360
Gwynedd Mercy UniversityNo37%2597855%$23,852
Holy Family UniversityNo41%1077164%$15,723
Immaculata UniversityNo23%9%983854%$31,351
Indiana University of PennsylvaniaYes10%5%20722091%$19,247
Juniata CollegeNo76%74%7117100%$26,152
Keystone CollegeNo19%481979%$20,097
King’s CollegeYes66%13%364061%$26,615
Kutztown University of PennsylvaniaYes14%76524776%$20,278
La Roche CollegeNo171375%$22,160
La Salle UniversityNo16%1006355%$26,276
Lancaster Bible CollegeNo691764%$21,312
Lebanon Valley CollegeNo17%726081%$27,443
Lehigh UniversityNo402094%$26,933
Lincoln UniversityNo6222$18,290
Lock Haven University of PennsylvaniaYes23%42%7910383%$17,191
Lycoming CollegeNo25%7%471593%$20,002
Mansfield University of PennsylvaniaNo23%833084%$19,653
Marywood UniversityYes34%1646677%$25,138
Mercyhurst CollegeNo49%1825071%$19,726
Messiah CollegeNo98%2528694%$27,821
Millersville University of PennsylvaniaYes41%71%42227383%$19,731
Misericordia UniversityNo79%71%872359%$25,933
Moravian CollegeNo54%59%672185%$28,193
Mount Aloysius CollegeNo551070%$21,875
Muhlenberg CollegeNo181888%$37,029
Neumann UniversityNo74%46%946529%$23,256
Pennsylvania State University-AbingtonNo$14,551
Pennsylvania State University-AltoonaNo$21,469
Pennsylvania State University-BerksNo$20,242
Pennsylvania State University-BrandywineNo$15,612
Pennsylvania State University-HarrisburgYes70%333181%$21,499
Pennsylvania State University-Lehigh ValleyNo$14,383
Pennsylvania State University-University ParkYes76%49%69343278%$25,346
Point Park UniversityNo41%1132357%$21,832
Robert Morris UniversityYes47%25%864894%$25,645
Rosemont CollegeNo491964%$19,947
Saint Francis UniversityNo84%81%812773%$27,446
Saint Joseph’s UniversityNo93%74626967%$35,290
Saint Vincent CollegeNo60%71%1224389%$21,038
Salus UniversityNo3
Seton Hill UniversityNo49%40%1453667%$24,544
Shippensburg University of PennsylvaniaYes38%28%44712673%$19,448
Slippery Rock UniversityYes34922374%$17,557
Susquehanna UniversityNo49%14%472863%$26,869
Swarthmore CollegeNo54$20,444
Temple UniversityNo54%1,09423978%$22,940
Thiel CollegeNo17%34%141180%$23,573
University of PennsylvaniaNo43100%$24,539
University of PittsburghNo22%6%605693%$22,848
University of Pittsburgh-BradfordNo19%37%141663%$17,883
University of Pittsburgh-GreensburgNo401660%$17,336
University of Pittsburgh-JohnstownNo22%6%2112189%$19,144
University of ScrantonYes94%64%1192966%$36,392
University of the ArtsNo262175%$39,322
University of Valley ForgeNo79%131292%$21,097
Ursinus CollegeNo1011100%$31,812
Villanova UniversityNo37%311686%$35,491
Washington & Jefferson CollegeNo25%37%141090%$28,627
Waynesburg UniversityNo60%64%173388%$19,429
West Chester University of PennsylvaniaYes54%71%79943381%$19,348
Westminster CollegeNo25%81%1204877%$22,009
Widener UniversityYes41%193468%$30,701
Wilkes UniversityNo60%30%262586%$26,312
Wilson CollegeNo38%5%73$20,188
York College of PennsylvaniaNo82%49%2786071%$21,530

*The NCTQ rated undergraduate elementary teaching programs in 2016 and undergraduate secondary teaching programs in 2017 by national percentile based on their overall scores on the NCTQ’s standards for teacher education. Schools that do not provide data on all key standards or that fall below the top 50% of schools nationally are not included by the NCTQ in their ratings. Visit the NCTQ website for more information on its standards and methodologies.
**Net price is per year for undergraduate tuition as calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics based on the cost of attendance (tuition, books, room and board, and related expenses) for students who qualify for in-state tuition and fees, less the average financial aid award (including grants and scholarships).

Profiles of Well-Known Schools

University of Pennsylvania: UPenn, located in Philadelphia, is known as one of the most prestigious universities in the world. It is a member of the Ivy League of Colleges and Universities along with other members such as Harvard, Yale, Brown, Princeton, Cornell, Dartmouth, and Columbia. The University is home to the Graduate School of Education that offers students 26 programs including counseling and mental health, educational policy, education, culture and society, linguistics, teacher education, reading, literacy and more. A graduate education from the College of Education is highly regarded and respected throughout the world. UPenn programs are known for their rigor, innovative curriculum and high level of research combined with practicality.

Penn State University: University Park is home to Penn State’s highly ranked College of Education. Penn State’s College of Education programs continually rank very well. All of the College’s graduate programs rank in the top 20 of their respective disciplines including seven programs in the top 10. The Workforce Education program ranked number one in its respective category. Penn State University’s high rankings are more of an outgrowth of their focus on preparing and molding excellent educators that are ready and willing to go out and make a difference no matter what their role is in education. The faculty members and staff within the department are highly dedicated educators that make a habit of going above and beyond the call of duty for eager, yet sometimes-apprehensive students who desire to become educators.

Harcum College: Harcum College offers an Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education (ECE) that prepares graduates for careers as education professionals in infant/toddler programs, preschools, and similar settings. Although professional early childhood education classes begin in the Fall semester, students may also begin studies in the Spring or Summer semesters. Students in the program can follow full-time day, accelerated, or part-time day/evening schedules. The program includes various practicum experiences that give students opportunities to practice their classroom learning in real-world, hands-on situations. These supervised experiences take place in the on-campus childcare facility, Kindercare at Harcum, offering both a convenient and well-supported environment for field experience. The ECE curriculum is based on the standards set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The ECE program also prepares students to transfer to four-year bachelor’s degree programs.

Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in Pennsylvania

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

Albright College
1621 N. 13th St.
Reading, PA 19612-5234
(610) 921-2381

Alvernia College
400 Saint Bernardine St
Reading, PA 19607-1799
(610) 796-8200

Arcadia University
450 S Easton Rd
Glenside, PA 19038-3295
(215) 572-2900

Baptist Bible College and Seminary
538 Venard Rd
Clarks Summit, PA 18411
(570) 586-2400

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
400 E Second St
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
(570) 389-4000

Bucknell University
Dent Dr
Lewisburg, PA 17837
(570) 577-2000

Bucks County Community College*
275 Swamp Rd
Newtown, PA 18940-4106
(215) 968-8000

Butler County Community College*
107 College Dr
Butler, PA 16002
(724) 287-8711

Student Review: “My overall experience with the Secondary Education program offered at Butler County Community College has been positive. The college has an excellent amount of resources available to pre-service teachers at multiple times during the week and a friendly staff. The professors are very dedicated to nurturing future teachers as well as preparing them for the PAPA exams. I have found the professors to have been extremely helpful and effective as a teacher and truly challenges students. I would highly recommend this school to any student who is looking to go into teaching in Pennsylvania but needs to save money at the same time.” -Rebecca S., student at Butler County Community College
Student Review: “I am so glad I chose my local community college as a place to start my path towards a degree in Secondary Education. Since 9th grade I knew I wanted to be a high school mathematics or science teacher. Community college was the way to go, balancing quality of education, price, and closeness to the community I’ve been in all my life. At first I was dismayed by the amount of General Education courses I’m required to take but as I progress into the core classes for my field I become more acquainted with what it will mean to be an educator and my morale is lifted. The faculty has been great, always there to help with my academic load but also to pass on what it means to answer the calling of educating young minds. I look forward to the future.” -Student at Butler County Community College

California University of Pennsylvania
250 University Ave
California, PA 15419-1394
(724) 938-4400

Carlow University
3333 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3165
(412) 578-6000

Chatham University
Woodland Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
(412) 365-1100

Student Review:“Since Chatham is such a small school, the personalized attention you get is great as is the small class sizes. The professors really get to know you as a person. But the education program itself is a disaster. You are not prepared for the hands-on teaching experience; most of the content is theory-based. Classes are also not at all challenging. They can be enjoyable at times, particularly when teaching mock lessons to classmates, but beyond that, they’re just easy. My thinking was not stretched at all. In the end, the program sets you up for failure in the actual classroom. For a private university costing upwards of $40,000 a year, I am now a college graduate and unemployable. I would not recommend this program to anyone who is serious in their desire to teach.” -Runa Z., student at Chatham University

Chestnut Hill College
9601 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19118-2693
(215) 248-7000

Clarion University of Pennsylvania
840 Wood St
Clarion, PA 16214
(814) 393-2000

Community College of Allegheny County*
800 Allegheny Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15233-1895
(412) 323-2323

Community College of Beaver County*
One Campus Dr
Monaca, PA 15061-2588
(724) 775-8561

Community College of Philadelphia*
1700 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 751-8010

Student Review: “First of all, I have to admit that my experience in this college was absolutely amazing. There are several people who have said some negative comments to me about the college, but once I joined I have felt the total opposite. Taking each education course in this college has forged a different personality in me. I feel that I am more mature, more knowledgeable, and more responsible in this world. Thanks of course to the tremendous efforts of the professors at this college and to the down-to-earth approach they use when talking to students and fulfilling their needs. The academic background of the professors is certainly of high standards, though the quality of material used in the courses is debatable. All in all, the educational environment in the college that I attended is absolutely a healthy one that promotes good and positive learning.” -Jonas M., student at Community College of Philadelphia

DeSales University
2755 Station Ave
Center Valley, PA 18034-9568
(610) 282-1100

Delaware County Community College*
901 S Media Line Rd
Media, PA 19063-1094
(610) 359-5000

Drexel University
3141 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 895-2000

Student Review: “Early childhood education at Drexel University was very challenging, yet rewarding. I remember being initially shocked at how challenging an education major was compared to some other majors. For some reason, I wasn’t expecting such a needed career to involve so many obstacles. The workload was intense and many of the classes were first thing in the morning. Along with five classes per week, as opposed to the normal four, we had student teaching from 8 AM to 4 PM on Wednesdays. Despite all of the difficulties I have been mentioning, this was the silver lining. I was placed in a 3rd-grade classroom. In this school district, which was a great one, the curriculum called for an inclusion program regarding special needs children. Through this experience, I found I had a passion for working with Autistic children. It brings many challenges but my experience with Drexel’s early childhood education and special needs programs have prepared me wholeheartedly.” -Angie A., student at Drexel University
Student Review: “Drexel University has been one of the most pleasant experiences I have had in my lifetime. I have learned so much about myself and my work ethic. There are so many opportunities available, for example, the co-op during undergraduate and many more student ran organizations which help facilitate the true Drexel experience. I have learned to manage my time well through the quarter system. Overall, Drexel has allowed me to gain a solid education and build a foundation for the lifetime.” -Mohil P., student at Drexel University

Duquesne University
Administration Bldg 600 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
(412) 396-6000

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
200 Prospect St
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301-2999
(570) 422-3211

Eastern University
1300 Eagle Rd
Saint Davids, PA 19087-3696
(610) 341-5800

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
219 Meadville Street
Edinboro, PA 16444-0001
(814) 732-2000

Elizabethtown College
One Alpha Dr
Elizabethtown, PA 17022-2298
(717) 361-1000

Gannon University
109 W Sixth St
Erie, PA 16541-0001
(814) 871-7000

Geneva College
3200 College Ave
Beaver Falls, PA 15010-3599
(724) 846-5100

Gettysburg College
300 N Washington St
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1486
(717) 337-6000

Grove City College
100 Campus Dr
Grove City, PA 16127-2104
(724) 458-2000

Gwynedd Mercy College
1325 Sumneytown Pike
Gwynedd Valley, PA 19437-0901
(215) 646-7300

Holy Family University
9801 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19114-2009
(215) 637-7700

Immaculata University
1145 King Rd
Immaculata, PA 19345-0702
(610) 647-4400

Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus
1011 South Dr 201 Sutton Hall
Indiana, PA 15705-1098
(724) 357-2100

Juniata College
1700 Moore St
Huntingdon, PA 16652-2196
(814) 641-3000

Keystone College
One College Green
La Plume, PA 18440-0200
(570) 945-8000

Kings College
133 N River St
Wilkes Barre, PA 18711-0801
(570) 208-5900

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
15200 Kutztown Rd
Kutztown, PA 19530-0730
(610) 683-4000

Student Review: “Kutztown University provided an adequate teacher preparation program. The professors seemed to have a great deal of classroom experience and generally seemed enthusiastic about teaching and preparing students to enter the education field. A great deal of time is spent on lesson plan development and best practices for delivering information to students, many of the strategies I learned I still use in my classroom today. The most beneficial aspect of the education program was the amount of time required to be in an actual classroom. Upon entering the program you are expected to do a minimum of 20 observation hours in a classroom. Before student teaching is a professional semester where half of the semester is spent working in classroom and then there is a semester of student teaching. The university does an excellent job of varying your placements, so you see a variety of grades, subjects and locations (ural/rural/suburban). One area that I feel could be improved is the emphasis on lesson plan writing. Much time was spent on students writing lesson plans according to the Kutztown lesson plan format. In reality, all districts require different lesson plan formats so spending so much time perfecting ours for Kutztown seemed to be a waste of time that could have been focused elsewhere. I also feel that Kutztown was lacking in technology courses. Technology is an essential part of teaching and very little time was spent on learning about different ways to integrate learning into lessons.” -Christine K., student at Kutztown University
Student Review: “Overall Kutztown is a great school. I’ve had some really great professors and classes are usually meaningful and useful to me as a teacher. Most of the things I’ve learned have helped me considerably in the world of education. The education department there is solid and will do whatever they can for you. All you have to do is ask and do your part! Aside from the education department and many of my professors, my biggest issue (which is why I gave Kutztown a three-star rating) is the administration. I had such trouble with the administration. If they mess up, prepare to jump through hoops to get it fixed. I was a post-bach teacher cert and Masters of Education student. They changed my program (given I was the only one doing the double program) and suddenly – boom! They told me my program didn’t exist and the classes for it weren’t being offered. After many phone calls and emails, the ed department just stepped in and fixed it instead of leaving me in limbo. Overall though, it’s a great place to learn, especially for education majors. I feel like I’m way ahead of other teachers because of it.” -Student at Kutztown University
Student Review: “I attended Kutztown University to earn a post-baccalaureate teaching certification and Master’s Degree in Education. As far as general education and professors, it was an excellent school. The teachers were genuinely caring and even agreed to do independent study classes or distance classes to fit my program. I am still in contact with several of the professors today (about 2 years later). Administration-wise, Kutztown was a mess. At one point they told me that my degree didn’t exist anymore and that I had to start over, another time they refused to give me a class that due to a technicality they couldn’t offer even though they did. In the end, the professors ended up bailing out the administration’s messes and fixing it each time. The education chair is amazing and will do whatever it takes to help you get into a classroom. Most of the history department is great. You have one or two folks that aren’t very good, but 95% of them are great. Overall, if you want a small, rural campus where you can get to know your professors, this is the university for you.”-Student at Kutztown University

La Roche College
9000 Babcock Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15237-5898
(412) 367-9300

Lebanon Valley College
101 N College Ave
Annville, PA 17003-1400
(717) 867-6100

Lehigh Carbon Community College*
4525 Education Park Dr
Schnecksville, PA 18078-2598
(610) 799-2121

Lehigh University
27 Memorial Dr W
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 758-3000

Lincoln University of Pennsylvania
1570 Baltimore Pike
Lincoln University, PA 19352-0999
(484) 365-8000

Lock Haven University
401 North Fairview St
Lock Haven, PA 17745-2390
(570) 484-2011

Luzerne County Community College*
1333 South Prospect St
Nanticoke, PA 18634-3899
(570) 740-0200

Manor College*
700 Fox Chase Rd
Jenkintown, PA 19046-3399
(215) 885-2360

Marywood University
2300 Adams Ave
Scranton, PA 18509-1598
(570) 348-6211

Mercyhurst College
501 E 38th St
Erie, PA 16546
(814) 824-2000

Student Review: “So far, my experience at Mercyhurst University as an Education major has been very rewarding. I have a work study job at a nearby daycare which allows me to have more experience with children, making me more marketable upon graduation when combined with the future experiences I will gain as I complete student teaching and my practicum. I am a freshman and have taken one class so far and am taking two more next trimester (starting November 26th). In this one class, I have already been able to establish a portfolio of lesson plans and activities that I can use in the future. My professors are willing to give any advice and share lots of stories about their own experiences in the classroom that help guide us to success when we have our own. We even have a curriculum library section that includes materials we can use in the classroom as well as a section of children’s books for us to use. I have already utilized this great benefit and because of it have gotten great ideas. We also have Kappa Delta Pi, a student honors organization for Education majors. Also, the opportunity to major both in special education and early childhood education as a dual major provides a chance to complete a degree in the same amount of time but with more qualifications upon entering the job market.” -Deanna M., student at Mercyhurst College

Messiah College
One College Ave
Grantham, PA 17027
(717) 766-2511

Millersville University of Pennsylvania
20 Dilworth Rd
Millersville, PA 17551-0302
(717) 872-3024

Student Review: “I was positively surprised at how well Millersville University provided me with a well-rounded education and an opportunity to get involved with others. I personally benefitted from the large number of staff and resources available. My professors challenged me but were caring enough to offer their support and time to students that needed it. The size of Millersville’s campus was just right, being compact, yet big enough to not get bored. There are numerous beautiful spots on campus, including the old library and the pond. There are multiple dining facilities on campus, offering a multitude of foods. The university also sponsors many events, including movie screenings that I took advantage of. My only complaint is that the computers were often slow and printers always seemed to be out of paper. However, there were several computer labs to choose from.” -Heather H., student at Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Misericordia University
301 Lake St
Dallas, PA 18612-1098
(570) 674-6400

Montgomery County Community College*
340 Dekalb Pike
Blue Bell, PA 19422-0796
(215) 641-6300

Moore College of Art and Design
20th and the Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1179
(215) 568-4515

Northampton County Area Community College*
3835 Green Pond Rd
Bethlehem, PA 18020-7599
(610) 861-5300

Pennsylvania State University
201 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802-1589
(814) 865-4700

Student Review: “I had a great time during my years at Penn State. Although there were 40,000 students that attended the main campus, I never felt like it was too big. There were enough small classroom experiences that I was able to feel comfortable and get to know most of my professors. I was able to take a wide array of class subjects before deciding on my major. Most of the professors I had were great and you could tell they really cared about the subject matter. The surrounding area is beautiful and there is a lot to do downtown. I would recommend this school to anyone and I had the best four years of my life at Penn State. I would love to go back for grad school someday soon.” -Matt F., student at Pennsylvania State University
Student Review: “The Pennsylvania State University’s education program was an ideal experience for me. The program was designed in a way that the first two years were more of the introductory courses or general education classes, and the final two years were more of hands-on, field-based experience. Once you enter your final two years, you are placed in a teaching “block” where you are grouped with students on a similar track. This block provides a great way to meet students who you have a lot in common with, you can study with, and share experiences with. The courses in the teaching block were taught by a group of about 4-5 professors who you really got to know in the final years at Penn State. I also really enjoyed the observations and field experience at the nearby elementary, middle, and high schools. The only aspect of the program I would change is possibly adding more freshman seminar-type courses your first year, which might allow you to meet your future teaching block classmates a little earlier. By the time I met them in my junior and senior year, I had wished I would have known them the entire time!” -Student at Pennsylvania State University
Student Review: “The Secondary Education program at Penn State provides students with a solid foundation for an education based career. The teachers have a passion for the subject and can relate to future educators. This program allowed me to spend half of a semester teaching in Auckland, New Zealand. This opportunity gave me a new perspective on American based educational programs and provided me with a once in a lifetime opportunity. As with any program, there is always room for advancement and improvement. The Earth and Space Science teaching option is not a popular pick for a major and due to that I was the only one in my specific program. The lack of students in the program caused the required courses to be slightly outdated. Some of the courses which were required for graduation were no longer taught at Penn State. The advisers were very accommodating once this was brought to their attention, but I feel as though a program should refine throughout the years and evolve with the school. Overall, I greatly enjoyed my time at Penn State and feel as though it gave me a great foundation for a long career in education.” _Student at Pennsylvania State University

Pennsylvania State University-Harrisburg
777 W Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057-4846
(717) 948-6452

Philadelphia Biblical University
200 Manor Ave
Langhorne, PA 19047-2990
(215) 752-5800

Point Park University
201 Wood St
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1984
(412) 391-4100

Reading Area Community College*
10 S Second St
Reading, PA 19603-1706
(610) 372-4721

Robert Morris University
6001 University Boulevard
Moon Township, PA 15108-1189
(412) 762-0097

Rosemont College
1400 Montgomery Ave
Rosemont, PA 19010-1699
(610) 527-0200

Saint Francis University
117 Evergreen Dr
Loretto, PA 15940
(814) 472-3000

Saint Josephs University
5600 City Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19131-1395
(610) 660-1000

Student Review: “I am currently in my 4th and final year at St. Joe’s getting my degree in elementary and special education. I have learned a lot, had a lot of hands-on classroom experience and enjoyed my professors. One of the most interesting things about St. Joe’s is that I completed my final year in their online program. The online program requires students to attend online classes with video conferencing for assignments and weekly discussion boards. One hundred percent of the program can be done online, which makes it a very flexible program for those who cannot attend a traditional college program. Obviously, it takes a lot of preparation and planning, and I needed to set up and complete quite a few observations and aiding hours. However, I was able to do this close to my home on the day of my choosing. The staff was mostly very available and helpful via email or Blackboard’s version of Skype. I did, however, miss teacher office hours, and having verbal class discussions. Overall, I have really liked this program and have learned a lot!” -Beth D., student at Saint Josephs University

Saint Vincent College
300 Fraser Purchase Rd
Latrobe, PA 15650-2690
(724) 539-9761

Seton Hill University
Seton Hill Dr
Greensburg, PA 15601
(724) 834-2200

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
1871 Old Main Dr
Shippensburg, PA 17257-2299
(717) 477-7447

Student Review: “My experience in the teaching program at Shippensburg University was fantastic. I truly felt prepared when I began teaching. I feel that Shippensburg has a higher standard than most colleges in PA. Shippensburg’s grade requirements are higher than the rest of the schools in the state system. Shippensburg professors demanded excellence and are wonderful. Not only did they teach the education classes at the university, but also they also substituted in the classrooms of the surrounding districts. It was nice to see the professors remain an active part of elementary education. Shippensburg also has an elementary school on campus. This allows the education students access to a classroom during freshman year. All of the classrooms have one-way mirrors that allow for observation with no disruption. Shippensburg provided a great student teaching experience for me. My requirements were beyond other student teachers in the state university system. Unlike many of those teachers, I was prepared when I graduated from Shippensburg. So much so, that I actually had a job as a permanent substitute for the rest of the year. Shippensburg has a fantastic reputation and an excellent education program. I highly recommend this program to anyone interested in teaching.” -Jennifer K., student at Shippensburg University

Susquehanna University
514 University Ave
Selinsgrove, PA 17870-1025
(570) 374-0101

Student Review: “I feel as though Susquehanna University did an excellent job in preparing me for most aspects of teaching. Because the University is small, but that allowed for extra connections to be made with faculty and allowed for more opportunities to take many courses. I loved the flexibility of the program and the wide range of courses. I think the program lacked in preparation for real classroom management situations as well as Elementary General Music as a whole. I was able to work in public school classrooms starting in my freshman year, and worked with real students throughout my entire time at the university. I had many opportunities to teach before student teaching, which I think is incredibly important. I am in my 5th year of teaching and think my success has come from my degree and training at Susquehanna. I would recommend this program to anyone looking for music education.” – Student at Susquehanna University

Temple University
1801 North Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6096
(215) 204-7000

Student Review: “I am currently a senior at Temple. Their class selection is great. The professors are acceptable as long as you do your research on them. I learned a lot here, and they really offer a lot of resources for you to take advantage of. There are offices to help you with career choices and internships. Some of the buildings here are very old but other buildings (Tuttleman, Alter Hall) are cutting-edge, have comfy seats, smart-boards, and do not feel as crummy. The tuition for PA students is pretty low, and there is even a tuition freeze going on right now to help out the students. I know safety is a high priority concern, seeing as Temple is in one of the worst parts of Philadelphia. Needless to say, the campus is the cleanest area for miles, and there are lights on 24/7. It’s is very safe on campus. If you live off campus, just keep your wits about you and don’t go asking for trouble. There are lots of activities to keep students busy, and lots of clubs. In conclusion, Temple isn’t a bad school for its value. The worst part about it is that it’s in Philadelphia, but if you can adjust to that, you will learn a lot and have a good time as well.” -Robert M., student at Temple University
Student Review: “Temple University is a wonderful school. As an early childhood and elementary education major, I have been challenged and learned a great deal. I feel this program is preparing me to work in programs servicing children in nursery school, kindergarten and elementary schools. I have gained an appreciation and understanding of children and am acquiring a sound philosophy of education. The program has excellent professors who are there to help the students learn and accomplish their goals. As an education major, we are required to do field experience at different schools. By working directly with children I was able to study the reactions of children of various ages to different situations and helped me to gain insight into the creation of learning situations and the planning of teaching procedures which meet the needs of children.” -Student at Temple University

Thiel College
75 College Ave
Greenville, PA 16125-2181
(724) 589-2000

University of Pennsylvania
1 College Hall 34th and Spruce Sts
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6303
(215) 898-5000

University of Pittsburgh
4200 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
(412) 624-4141

Student Review: “The program at Pitt SIS was generally a good one that was constantly changing and updating in order to meet the needs of the evolving school librarian environment. These changes made it very up to date but created problems for those attending part-time. If you attended part-time, requirements and documentation might change from one year to the next thereby making some classes you took prior obsolete. The other issue that I ran into was when scheduling your in school training – or practicum. If you worked and attended school part-time you were unable to find a track that would work for you and would have to keep putting off your practicum. This resulted in a lag in part-time or older students who had difficulty scheduling their in-class training. However, despite these few tendencies toward difficulty, the teachers were prepared to walk students through any and all possibilities and a lot of the classes were general education classes that trained you on dealing with students with special needs, students with challenges, and exceptional students. Every possibility was well covered and dealt with. Most of the scenarios you were walked through were applicable to real life.” -Student at University of Pittsburgh
Student Review: “I think that the teacher education program has been beneficial overall but there isn’t enough focus on practical applications of concepts in the classroom. It’s hard to know how to do things without actually experiencing them. We can learn about classroom management but until you have to do with it in real life then it’s all just hypothetical. I think a lot of the teacher prep system is like that. It would be more useful to be learning all of the information at the same time as we are teaching, and not just before. This seems to be how all teacher programs work though.” -Student at University of Pittsburgh

University of Scranton
800 Linden St
Scranton, PA 18510-4629
(570) 941-7400

University of Valley Forge
1401 Charlestown Rd
Phoenixville, PA 19460
(610) 935-0450

Washington & Jefferson College
60 S Lincoln St
Washington, PA 15301
(724) 503-1001

West Chester University of Pennsylvania
University Ave and High St
West Chester, PA 19383
(610) 436-1000

Westminster College
319 South Market St
New Wilmington, PA 16172
(724) 946-8761

Westmoreland County Community College*
145 Pavilion Ln
Youngwood, PA 15697-1895
(724) 925-4000

Widener University
One University Pl
Chester, PA 19013-5792
(610) 499-4000

Wilkes University
84 West South St
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766
(570) 408-5000

York College Pennsylvania
Country Club Rd
York, PA 17403-3651
(717) 846-7788

An asterisk (*) denotes a two-year or certificate program in education. While a two-year degree will not qualify graduates for teacher certification, it can be a good starting point for a teaching career. To learn more about what you can do with this degree, see our guide to associate’s degrees in education.

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