Certificates & Certifications

Messiah College Graduate Program in Education

Teaching MEd - teacher in classroom Not all graduate students want or need an advanced degree. Messiah College‚Äôs Graduate Program in Education provides students with several certificates and PA certifications to help meet their educational needs and expectations. Our graduate-level courses and certificates provide educators with professional development resources and advanced educational opportunities for those who are seeking personal enrichment through continuing education.

All coursework for our certificates and certifications are offered online to provide convenience and flexibility to working graduate students.

Messiah College Graduate Level Certificates in Education

Messiah College Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders* This option is designed for individuals with a desire to learn more about teaching children and adolescents with autism. This may include those who teach in private schools, teach abroad, and those who work with individuals with ASD and their families in ministry, law, business, medicine or social service agencies.

Messiah College Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)* This option is for students who want to work in a variety of English-teaching contexts and who don't need to earn the PA ESL Program Specialist Certification. This may include private school teachers, non-PA teachers, those teaching in international schools or those teaching in non K-12 settings.

Graduate Level PA State Certification Programs

Autism Spectrum Disorders Endorsement (PDE, K-12)* Designed for PA certified teachers (Levels I and II in all content areas) who want to develop the specific skills and competencies necessary to support and educate students with autism spectrum disorder. Students who successfully complete the coursework and  field hours can obtain the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Autism Spectrum Disorders Endorsement.

English as a Second Language Program Specialist (PDE, K-12)* This option is for students who hold any current Pennsylvania teaching certificate in any content area, who are interested in coursework that provides instruction in teaching English Language Learners (ELLs) and leads to Pennsylvania ESL Program Specialist Certification. In some cases teachers who hold a certificate from a state other than PA may be able to earn certification in their home state. It is recommended that students contact their state's Department of Education and review the certification requirements.

Special Education Certification (PDE, PreK-8) Designed for PA certified teachers (Levels I and II)  in PreK-4, elementary education, middle grades and/or reading certification who want to develop the specific skills and competencies necessary to support and educate students with special needs. Students who successfully complete this graduate level coursework and  field hours can apply to obtain the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Certification in Special Education (PDE, Prek-8).

Special Education Certification (PDE, Grades 7-12) Designed for PA certified teachers (Levels I and II)  in any secondary level and/or reading certification who want to develop the specific skills and competencies necessary to support and educate students with special needs. Students who successfully complete this graduate level coursework and  field hours can apply to obtain the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Certification in Special Education (PDE, Grades 7-12).

* May be completed fully online.