Communications Teacher Certification: Robert Morris University Communications Teacher Certification | Robert Morris University


Robert Morris University offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with a concentration in Communication/English Teacher Education. Upon successful completion of this undergraduate degree program, the teacher candidate applies to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for teacher certification in secondary Communication and teacher certification in secondary English (grades 7-12).

Our education faculty members are specialists in their areas of expertise, and all have related work experience as practitioners in the field, such as principals, superintendents, and teachers.

In addition to the general course requirements, each undergraduate education major must meet ten other certification requirements, all of which must be satisfied for the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to grant a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate to teach specific content areas at the secondary level.

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Teaching is a highly respected profession which provides a regular daily and weekly work schedule, time off each year, excellent benefits, job security and opportunities to continue your education.

2010 national mean bachelor-level, entry-level salaries: (information from the National Association of Colleges and Employers)



Special Education




Specific Academic/Vocational




2009 RMU Salary Survey:

Elementary Education

Mean: $31,250

Range: $24,000 - $38,500 (based on three or fewer responses)

Business Education (M.S.)

Mean: $40,539

Range: $30,000 - $55,000

Below is a typical four-year course of study for communications teacher certification, including major requirements and electives. Your own schedule will vary based on your own interests. 

FRESHMAN/Fall Semester FRESHMAN/Spring Semester
Reading & Writing Strategies Argument and Research
Reading Literature: Coming of Age Intro to Communication
Math Reasong w/Applications  Schools and Society
General Psychology Study of Literature
Principles of Sociology Fundamentals of Info. Systems
SOPHOMORE/Fall Semester SOPHOMORE/Spring Semester
Public Speaking and Persuasion Intercultural Communication
Survey of Economics Teaching Special Needs Students
Educational Psychology Modern English Grammar and Editing
Study of Language Creative Writing
Intro. to Theater Study of Rhetoric
General elective Humanities: Art and Music
JUNIOR/Fall Semester JUNIOR/Spring Semester
Interpersonal/Small Group Comm. Instructional Design/Assessment
Professional Communication American Lit: 1865-Present
Teaching in Inclusive Sec. Classrooms     British Lit: 1789-Present
Reading Content/ELL                    Seminar in English Studies
American Lit: Before 1865 Natural Sciences elective
British Lit to 1789  
SENIOR/Fall Semester SENIOR/Spring Semester
Technology for Secondary Educators Student Teaching Seminar
Content Specific Pedagogy: Eng/Com Student Teaching Internship: Eng/Com     
Dramatic Art of Shakespeare         Additonal night course
Writing Theories and Practices
History or Political Science elective


The Communications Skills Program (CSP) is a sequence of nine courses running through all four years of instruction. Students are normally required to take eight of them: four in the University Core and four communications-intensive courses in their major fields or closely related areas of study.

Because communications skills is a concern during every semester and in every major, Robert Morris students have the time necessary to develop proficiency in reading and interpreting, writing, speaking, listening, making presentations using appropriate software, developing skills in cross cultural and multicultural group dynamics, and applying rhetorical skills to each business discipline.

The Communications skills courses equip Robert Morris graduates for a competitive, multicultural, professional environment, and satisfy employer needs for employees prepared to meet the demands of a diverse and interconnected global economy.

The program builds a real world advantage for the Robert Morris graduate. The University believes this program moves Robert Morris graduates years ahead of their peers in terms of experience that will be most valuable to them on the job and in graduate studies. 

School of Education & Social Sciences - Advisory Committee  School of Education & Social Sciences - Advisory Committee 

A resource for faculty and students in teacher education is the advisory board, which consists of education alumni, teachers, and administrators from schools where our graduates are employed. These professionals provide advice and input on matters pertaining to the education profession which are helpful to the department in keeping the curriculum current and in keeping our program requirements challenging yet practical. Thus, it is the primary goal of the board to help keep Robert Morris at the cutting edge of teacher education offerings in the area.

Members of the Board

Professors and lecturers teach introductory and advanced biology courses. They may also mentor students with projects and direct research programs.

The School of Education and Social Sciences faculty is comprised of caring individuals who accept the responsibility for educating the "whole" student at RMU. Consequently, our faculty members are specialists in their areas of expertise who effectively implement sound instructional practices when teaching and just as importantly, they engage students in a variety of purposeful enrichment activities outside the classroom setting. One hundred percent of SESS full-time faculty hold a doctorate degree in their field and have strong backgrounds as teachers, researchers, counselors, psychologists, principals, superintendents, and authors. Students learn from them first-hand what it takes to succeed.

Scholarships are available based upon academic achievement. 

For freshmen, high school grade point average and ACT/SAT scores are used. For transfer students, the cumulative grade point average of all college courses is used. Scholarships range from $1000 per year up to full tuition. (To calculate your scholarship eligibility, click here.)

Higher education is an investment in your future. 

At Robert Morris University, we will work closely with you to show you how to finance your education through a combination of need-based financial aid, scholarships, and financing strategies to make your education attainable. RMU has one of the lowest tuition rates of all private institutions in the state, but we know that financing your education can be complicated, and your family might need help in understanding your options. 

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