Certificate - Online Accelerated Teacher (OATCERT)

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If you are a teacher who wants to obtain further credentials or someone who wants to become a teacher, you might investigate the Online Accelerated Teacher Certification (OATCERT) program at Saint Joseph University. Following are relevant program details.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Designed for those who want to teach secondary grades (7-12), Saint Joseph University's Online Accelerated Teacher Certification program offers you the opportunity to earn a certification in either English, Mathematics, Citizenship, or Science. You may learn techniques for teaching language and reading concepts to diverse student bodies in private and public school environments. Because you may enjoy opportunities to work in collaboration with other students, participation in this online program can also provide you with a shared sense of community. The goal of the program is to prepare you for state certification as a teacher, but you may also pursue the Master of Science in Secondary Education.

What Are the Prerequisites?

This Saint Joseph's University program could meet your needs if you know that you want a career in teaching, but you have yet to obtain an initial certification. To qualify for admission to the program, you must have earned a bachelor's degree in one of the traditional subject areas noted above or a degree in a subject related to the areas noted above. Applicants to Saint Joseph University's programs should have earned at least a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

If you intend to pursue only the OATCERT teaching certification, you must complete a total of 27 credits. The master's degree along with the teaching certification will require an additional three elective courses which offer a total of 9 credits.

Online Accelerated Teacher Certification Courses (For Certification Only) (27 credits)

Course Code Course Name
EDU 550 Historical and Contemporary Perspectives in Education (3 credits)
SPE 550 Foundations in Special Education (3 credits)
EDU 557 Adolescent Psychology (3 credits)
SPE 602 Diagnostic Assessment and Progress Monitoring (3 credits)
EDU 625 Theory and Practice in Secondary Education (3 credits)
EDU 646 Language and Culture (3 credits)
EDU 647 Literacy and Learning Across the Curriculum (3 credits)
EDU 697 Secondary Teaching in Inclusive Environments (6 credits)
One Full Semester Full-Time Working / Teaching Experience

For Certification and Master's Degree, Take Above Courses & Three of the Following Electives (9 credits)

Course Code Course Name
EDU 560 Using Technology for Instruction and Assessment (3 credits)
EDL 600 Educational Leader as Researcher and Reflective Practitioner (3 credits)
EDL 605 Critical Contemporary Educational Issues (3 credits)
EDL 610 Promoting Communication, Collaboration and Access to Community Resources (3 credits)
SPE 612 Inclusive Classroom Practices (3 credits)
EDL 680 Law and American Education (3 credits)

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

When you have achieved your educational goals, your focus may shift to advancing your career. As a state-certified professional, the following opportunities may be available to you:

  • Secondary School English Teacher
  • Secondary School Mathematics Teacher
  • Secondary School Science Teacher
  • Secondary School Social Studies Teacher

Advanced Degrees

Progressing still further along the career path may require a doctorate degree. If, for instance, you'd like to forge a career in policy, research, or educational leadership, you might select programs such as:

  • Education Doctorate
  • Doctor of Education Leadership