Jun 22, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [FINAL EDITION]

Teacher Intern Program- Secondary Education (Alternative Route)

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Teacher Intern Program

The Teacher Intern program is an alternate route to certification for those seeking a career change. The program pertains to all certification areas previously listed in this catalog. Requirements for admission to the Teacher Intern program include:

  • five years of work experience.
  • a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. (Secondary education applicants must have majored in the area for which they are seeking certification.)
  • admission to the master’s degree or certificate programs in graduate education (see admissions requirement).
  • a completed application form.
  • a nonrefundable fee ($25).
  • two letters of recommendation.
  • official transcripts of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate work.
  • interviews with the director of the Teacher Intern program and the certification area advisor.

To receive an intern certificate from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, accepted students must complete certain prescribed courses (see below), receive passing scores on the Praxis tests, and receive a Letter of Intern Candidacy. Additionally, students seeking intern certification must secure a teaching position before they can apply for an intern teaching certificate.

The prescribed courses are listed below.  Additional content-specific courses may be required to meet PDE’s Professional Core Guidelines. (Students must consult with the director of the Teacher Intern program and an advisor in the area of certification prior to beginning any course work.)


Required Courses

Appropriate methods course in area of certification

Once the intern certificate has been issued, candidates then qualify for a full-time, paid teaching position (which must be secured by the intern) and will be supervised by university faculty. 

Upon completion of a successfully supervised teaching experience over a minimum one-year period and completion of the remaining course work, the candidate will be eligible for the “Pennsylvania Instructional I” certificate. Every intern MUST meet with the director prior to starting courses.

Total Credits: 36

The program of study that appears here applies to students who were admitted for the summer session of this catalog year and later.  Students admitted prior to that term should select the appropriate catalog year of their admission.  Choose previous catalogs from the Home, Graduate, or Undergraduate Catalog Page at http://Catalog.widener.edu.

For Further Degree Information

Secondary Education, MEd  

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