Our teacher certification and degree programs are built upon the premise that teachers must simultaneously be subject matter experts and highly skilled at helping others’ understand the content as well. Good teachers know enough about the subject to be sensitive to those aspects that will be especially hard for new students to master and are able to adapt the design of their instruction accordingly. In other words, we believe expert teaching occurs at the intersection of discipline-specific knowledge and pedagogical knowledge. For this reason --and unlike other four-year undergraduate education programs-- our teacher education coursework is in addition to (not in place of) the depth and breadth of coursework required to get a complete bachelor’s degree in a discipline-specific area.
Those interested in becoming a teacher can begin education coursework as part of a post-bachelor's program or start earlier while pursuing their Lehigh bachelor's degree. We also offer a post-certification master's for current teachers who want further professional development.
We are accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer Teacher Certification Programs in the following areas:
Environmental Education K-12
Secondary Biology 7-12
Secondary Chemistry 7-12
Secondary Citizenship Education 7-12
Secondary Earth and Space Science 7-12
Secondary English 7-12
Secondary General Science 7-12
Secondary Mathematics 7-12
Secondary Physics 7-12
Secondary Social Sciences 7-12
Secondary Social Studies 7-12