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Preparing to be a Teacher

Preparing to be a Teacher


Messiah College Teacher Education Program

The Messiah College Teacher Education Program prepares students in a number of areas of teacher certification. The Teacher Education Program is governed by the Teacher Education Committee in compliance with regulations established by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the PA Instructional I Teaching Certificate.

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TEP Headlines

Spring 2016 Dates
  • Feb. 17 Paper Tigers screening, hosted by MCEA and TEP
  • Feb. 18 Sophomore FIeld Experience begins
  • Feb. 25 Scholarship Applications for JUNIORS due
  • Feb. 22 & Apr. 25 Co-Teaching Refreshers
  • Mar. 11-21 Student Teaching MidTerm Evaluations
  • Apr. 1-2 Orientation for Fall 16 International Student Teachers

 Chinese Certification

Approval to offer teaching certification in Chinese (K-12) was approved by PDE this fall. We are one of only a few college/universities in Pennsylvania to offer this certification.

Co-Teaching - Project Excellence Grant

Messiah College is partnering with Penn State Harrisburg and Holy Family University in the Partnerships for Teaching and Leadership Excellence grant. The grant trains teacher candidates and cooperating teachers to develop a co-teaching model of student teaching, based on the St. Cloud State Co-Teaching Model. Eight local districts are partnering with us this spring. See what participants have to say about their participation in this model.

International Student Teaching

Students now have the opportunity to complete part of their student teaching in an international setting. Messiah College partners with CCTECC, an organization that arranges placements in international schools.  More information about this opportunity is posted on our international opportunities page (see link on left).  See this article on the Messiah website.

Special Education Certification

Grades PK-4 certification undergraduate students have the opportunity to add a second certification in Special Education (PreK-8) as part of their undergraduate program. Undergraduate students in other majors, who are interested in adding special education cannot complete a dual certification as an undergraduate, but they can add classes as a undergraduate that they can then use toward completion of a post-baccalaureate program with a combination of undergraduate and graduate courses.  Course Equivalencies for Post-Baccalaureate Special Education

Social Media

We encourage students, prospective students, parents, alumni, and department faculty to follow us on twitter and/or Facebook. We post reminders, job postings, changes in requirements, and other opportunities on our TEP twitter @MCTEP1 and Facebook accounts. Of course, we also send important information to students in targeted emails and e-newsletters, but it will most likely be posted first on Facebook/twitter.