Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification

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Program Credits
100-100

If you want to pursue a career in education and have already earned a bachelor degree, the RMU post-baccalaureate teacher certification program will prepare you for an amazing career as a teacher. Robert Morris University offers several non-degree post-baccalaureate teacher certification options and students can choose a standalone certification program or take four additional classes to earn a M.S. in Instructional Leadership .

The following certifications are available:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Business, Computers and Informational Technology (K-12)
  • Biology (7-12)
  • English (7-12)
  • Mathematics (7-12)
  • Social Studies (7-12)
  • Special Education (PK-12)

Affordable, manageable course loads

Content area course requirements vary by certification area but students may bring these credits in from their undergraduate degree programs. If these courses were not taken in their undergraduate program, students can choose where to take the content area courses. The professional knowledge courses provide students with the knowledge of educational pedagogy to enable future teachers to instruct across environments to all students. Finally, the professional block includes specific content methods of instruction and the opportunity for students to hone their skills in the K-12 classroom through pre-student teaching and student teaching.

Content Area Course Requirements: 36-57 credits
These courses may have been completed during your first degree. If not, they can be completed at any accredited college or university (online included), variable cost depending on site, some pre-approval may be necessary. Talk to an admissions counselor for details.

Professional Block: 12-27 credits
Methods, pre-student, and student teaching clinical experiences; Courses taken in the post-bacc program, RMU tuition rate applies

Professional Knowledge: 24 credits
Courses taken in the post-bacc program, RMU tuition rate applies

Contact Information

John A. Zeanchock, Ed.D.    
Associate Professor of Education
Associate Professor of Computer and Information Systems
zeanchock@rmu.edu
412-397-6034

Course Information

Professional Knowledge (24 Credits )

  • EDUC6000 Critical Issues Affecting American Education    3 cr.
  • EDUC6010 Theories Learn/Classroom Management    3 cr.
  • EDUC6060 Curriculum Design/Assessment    3 cr.
  • EDUC6110 Integrating Instructional Technology    3 cr.
  • SPED6080 Special Learning Needs    3 cr.
  • SPED6085 Principles of Inclusion    3 cr.
  • SPED6040 High Incidence Disabilities    3 cr.
  • EDUC6400 Reading Across Curriculum/English Language Learners    3 cr.

Professional Block (12-27 credits)    

  • Content Specific Methods     3-15 cr.
  • EDUC6061 Pre-Student Teach 3 weeks (5 days/week)     3 cr. OR
    • EDUC7061 Pre-Student Teach 15 weeks (1-2 days/week)     0 cr.
  • EDUC6500 Student Teaching Seminar     3 cr.
  • EDUC6205 Student Teaching 12 weeks     6 cr.
Admissions Requirements

To pursue a  Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification at RMU, students must meet/submit the following sets of criteria: 

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Transcripts
  • Letter of Reference
  • Resume
  • Three acceptable criminal record/child abuse clearances
Secondary Education: Biology 7-12

Professional Knowledge (24 Credits)

  • EDUC6000 Critical Issues Affecting American Education    3 cr.
  • EDUC6010 Theories Learn/Classroom Management    3 cr.
  • EDUC6060 Curriculum Design/Assessment    3 cr.
  • EDUC6110 Integrating Instructional Technology    3 cr.
  • SPED6080 Special Learning Needs    3 cr.
  • SPED6085 Principles of Inclusion    3 cr.
  • SPED6040 High Incidence Disabilities    3 cr.
  • EDUC6400 Reading Across Curriculum/English Language Learners    3 cr.

Professional Block (12-15 credits)    

  • EDUC6540 Content Specific Pedagogy: Biology/Environmental     3 cr.
  • EDUC6061 Pre-Student Teach 3 weeks (5 days/week)     3 cr.
    • OR EDUC7061 Pre-Student Teach 15 weeks (1-2 days/week)     0 cr.
  • EDUC6500 Student Teaching Seminar     3 cr.
  • EDUC6205 Student Teaching 12 weeks     6 cr.

Content Area Course Requirements (45 credits)    

  • Biology    8 cr.
  • Botany & Zoology    8 cr.
  • Anatomy & Genetics    8 cr.
  • Chemistry    4 cr.
  • Ecology & Physiology    8 cr.
Business, Computer, and Information Technology (BCIT) K-12

Professional Knowledge (24 Credits)

  • EDUC6000 Critical Issues Affecting American Education    3 cr.
  • EDUC6010 Theories Learn/Classroom Management    3 cr.
  • EDUC6060 Curriculum Design/Assessment    3 cr.
  • EDUC6110 Integrating Instructional Technology    3 cr.
  • SPED6080 Special Learning Needs    3 cr.
  • SPED6085 Principles of Inclusion    3 cr.
  • SPED6040 High Incidence Disabilities    3 cr.
  • EDUC6400 Reading Across Curriculum/English Language Learners    3 cr.

Professional Block (12-15 credits)

  • EDUC6520 Content Specific Pedagogy: BCIT     3 cr.
  • EDUC6061 Pre-Student Teach 3 weeks (5 days/week)    3 cr. OR
    • EDUC7061 Pre-Student Teach 15 weeks (1-2 days/week)     0 cr.
  • EDUC6500 Student Teaching Seminar     3 cr.
  • EDUC6205 Student Teaching 12-15 weeks     6 cr.

Content Area Course Requirements (48 credits)

  • Accounting    6 cr.
  • Business Law    6 cr.
  • Finance    6 cr.
  • Computer Science    18 cr.
  • Marketing & Management    6 cr.
  • Economics    3 cr.
  • Child Development    3 cr.
Secondary Education: English 7-12

Professional Knowledge (24 Credits)

  • EDUC6000 Critical Issues Affecting American Education    3 cr.
  • EDUC6010 Theories Learn/Classroom Management    3 cr.
  • EDUC6060 Curriculum Design/Assessment    3 cr.
  • EDUC6110 Integrating Instructional Technology    3 cr.
  • SPED6080 Special Learning Needs    3 cr.
  • SPED6085 Principles of Inclusion    3 cr.
  • SPED6040 High Incidence Disabilities    3 cr.
  • EDUC6400 Reading Across Curriculum/English Language Learners    3 cr.

Professional Block (12-15 credits)

  • EDUC6510 Content Specific Pedagogy: English     3 cr.
  • EDUC6061 Pre-Student Teach 3 weeks (5 days/week)     3 cr. OR
    • EDUC7061 Pre-Student Teach 15 weeks (1-2 days/week)     0 cr.
  • EDUC6500 Student Teaching Seminar     3 cr.
  • EDUC6205 Student Teaching 12-15 weeks     6 cr.

Content Area Course Requirements (36 credits)

  • Study of English    6 cr.
  • Communications    6 cr.
  • Literature    12 cr.
  • Writing    6 cr.
  • Rhetoric    6 cr.
Secondary Education: Applied Mathematics 7-12

Professional Knowledge (24 Credits)

  • EDUC6000 Critical Issues Affecting American Education    3 cr.
  • EDUC6010 Theories Learn/Classroom Management    3 cr.
  • EDUC6060 Curriculum Design/Assessment    3 cr.
  • EDUC6110 Integrating Instructional Technology    3 cr.
  • SPED6080 Special Learning Needs    3 cr.
  • SPED6085 Principles of Inclusion    3 cr.
  • SPED6040 High Incidence Disabilities    3 cr.
  • EDUC6400 Reading Across Curriculum/English Language Learners    3 cr.

Professional Block (12-15 credits)

  • EDUC6530 Content Specific Pedagogy: Math     3 cr.
  • EDUC6061 Pre-Student Teach 3 weeks (5 days/week)    3 cr. OR
    • EDUC7061 Pre-Student Teach 15 weeks (1-2 days/week)     0 cr.
  • EDUC6500 Student Teaching Seminar     3 cr.
  • EDUC6205 Student Teaching 12-15 weeks     6 cr.

Content Area Course Requirements (39 credits)

  • Geometry/Trigonometry    15 cr.
  • Algebra    9 cr.
  • Statistics    6 cr.
  • Math Electives    6 cr.
  • Computer Programming    3 cr.
Secondary Education: Social Studies 7-12

Professional Knowledge (24 Credits)

  • EDUC6000 Critical Issues Affecting American Education    3 cr.
  • EDUC6010 Theories Learn/Classroom Management    3 cr.
  • EDUC6060 Curriculum Design/Assessment    3 cr.
  • EDUC6110 Integrating Instructional Technology    3 cr.
  • SPED6080 Special Learning Needs    3 cr.
  • SPED6085 Principles of Inclusion    3 cr.
  • SPED6040 High Incidence Disabilities    3 cr.
  • EDUC6400 Reading Across Curriculum/English Language Learners    3 cr.

Professional Block (12-15 credits)

  • EDUC6560 Content Specific Pedagogy: Social Studies     3 cr.
  • EDUC6061 Pre-Student Teach 3 weeks (5 days/week)     3 cr. OR
    • EDUC7061 Pre-Student Teach 15 weeks (1-2 days/week)     0 cr.
  • EDUC6500 Student Teaching Seminar     3 cr.
  • EDUC6205 Student Teaching 12-15 weeks     6 cr.

Content Area Course Requirements (42 credits)

  • Sociology    6 cr.
  • Psychology    3 cr.
  • Geography    3 cr.
  • Anthropology    3 cr.
  • Economics    6 cr.
  • Political Science    6 cr.
  • History     15 cr.
Early Childhood PreK-4

Professional Knowledge (24 Credits)

  • ECED2100 Introduction to Early Childhood    3 cr.
  • EDUC6010 Theories Learn/Classroom Management    3 cr.
  • EDUC6060 Curriculum Design/Assessment    3 cr.
  • EDUC6110 Integrating Instructional Technology    3 cr.
  • SPED6080 Special Learning Needs    3 cr.
  • SPED6085 Principles of Inclusion    3 cr.
  • SPED6040 High Incidence Disabilities    3 cr.
  • EDUC6400 Reading Across Curriculum/English Language Learners    3 cr.

Professional Block (24-27 credits)

  • ECED4030 Reading/Language Arts Methods – EC    3 cr.
  • ECED4010 Math Methods - EC    3 cr.
  • ECED4020 Science Methods – EC    3 cr.
  • ECED4000 Social Studies Methods – EC    3 cr.
  • ECED2140 Reading Difficulties & Diagnosis    3 cr.
  • EDUC6061 Pre-Student Teach 3 weeks (5 days/week)    3 cr. OR
    • EDUC7061 Pre-Student Teach 15 weeks (1-2 days/week)     0 cr.
  • EDUC6500 Student Teaching Seminar     3 cr.
  • EDUC6205 Student Teaching 12-15 weeks     6 cr.

Content Area Course Requirements (57 credits)

  • Math    9 cr.
  • Humanities, Art, & Music    9 cr.
  • Reading & Literature    15 cr.
  • Psychology & Child Development    6 cr.
  • Science    6 cr.
  • History & Geography    12 cr.
Special Education PK-12

Professional Knowledge (24 Credits)

  • EDUC6000 Critical Issues Affecting American Education    3 cr.
  • EDUC6010 Theories Learn/Classroom Management    3 cr.
  • EDUC6060 Curriculum Design/Assessment    3 cr.
  • EDUC6110 Integrating Instructional Technology    3 cr.
  • SPED6080 Special Learning Needs    3 cr.
  • SPED6085 Principles of Inclusion    3 cr.
  • SPED6040 High Incidence Disabilities    3 cr.
  • EDUC6400 Reading Across Curriculum/English Language Learners    3 cr.

Professional Block (27-30 credits)

  • SPED6035 Adv Content Area Interventions    3 cr.
  • Low Incidence and Communications    6 cr.
  • Reading Instructional Methods    9 cr.
  • EDUC6061 Pre-Student Teach 3 weeks     3 cr. OR
    • EDUC7061 Pre-Student Teach 15 weeks     0 cr.
  • EDUC6500 Student Teaching Seminar     3 cr.
  • EDUC6205 Student Teaching 12 weeks     6 cr.

Content Area Course Requirements (39 credits) 

  • Child & Adolescent Development    6 cr.
  • Disability Studies    3 cr.
  • Math    9 cr.
  • Early Intervention and Transitions    6 cr.
  • IEP & the Law    3 cr.
  • Behaviors and Autism    6 cr.

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

Curriculum Design and Assessment
Instructional Leadership and Management
Instructional Leadership Capstone