English/Communication Teacher Certification: Robert Morris University English/Communication Teacher Certification | Robert Morris University


The English/Communication degree program at Robert Morris University gives students an education that is both well-rounded and focused. Built upon a broad foundation in the liberal arts, the English and Communications curriculum is integrated through sustained attention to linguistics, rhetoric, the interpretation of literature, editing, as well as writing for the media, public speaking, and drama. 

This fully-accredited program is designed for students seeking Pennsylvania state certification as a teacher at the secondary level (grades 7-12). The degree provides students with foundational knowledge in literature, linguistics, rhetoric, technology integration, as well as mass communications, journalism, and theatre.

The 2011 average salary for teachers nationwide was $56,069 (according to the National Center for Education Statistics). In Pennsylvania, the average teacher salary was $60,760 and the average beginning teacher salary was $47,780 (according to Teacher Portal).

Please click here to view the recommended course sequence for each of the programs so you can complete the requirements within four years.


International student teaching opportunities are available, and student groups include Council of Exceptional Children (CEC), the International Honor Society in Education (Kappa Delta Pi), and the student chapter of the Pennsylvania State Education Association (S-PSEA).  Students also have opportunities to interact with other professionals at annual conferences sponsored by the School of Education and Social Sciences and held on campus at RMU.  

There are opportunities for students to join an Accelerated Master’s Program, which involves completion of both a bachelor’s degree program and a master’s degree program in five years at RMU.  The bachelor’s degree is matched with either the Instructional Leadership (M.S.) master’s degree, the Special Education (M.Ed.) master’s degree, or the Business Education (M.S.) master’s degree.

RMU has affiliation agreements with over 100 local schools and school districts, providing students a wide array of possibilities for student teaching and field experiences.  Schools or school districts who have agreements with RMU include Aliquippa, Ambridge, Avonworth, Baldwin-Whitehall, Beaver, Bethel Park, Blackhawk, Brentwood, Burgettstown, Burrell, Butler, Canon-McMillan, Carlynton, Center, Chartiers Valley, Cornell, Fox Chapel, Franklin Regional, Gateway, Hampton, Highlands, Hopewell, Keystone Oaks, Mars, Montour, Moon, Mt. Lebanon, North Allegheny, Northgate, North Hills, Peters Township, Pine-Richland, Pittsburgh Public Schools, Quaker Valley, Seneca Valley, Shaler, Slippery Rock, South Fayette, South Park, Sto-Rox, Upper St. Clair, and West Allegheny.

Professors and lecturers teach introductory and advanced courses. They may also mentor students with projects and direct research programs.

The School of Education and Social Sciences faculty is comprised of caring individuals who accept the responsibility for educating the "whole" student at RMU. Consequently, our faculty members are specialists in their areas of expertise who effectively implement sound instructional practices when teaching and just as importantly, they engage students in a variety of purposeful enrichment activities outside the classroom setting. One hundred percent of SESS full-time faculty hold a doctorate degree in their field and have strong backgrounds as teachers, researchers, counselors, psychologists, principals, superintendents, and authors. Students learn from them first-hand what it takes to succeed.


Scholarships are available based upon academic achievement. 

For freshmen, high school grade point average and ACT/SAT scores are used. For transfer students, the cumulative grade point average of all college courses is used. Scholarships range from $1000 per year up to full tuition. (To calculate your scholarship eligibility, clickhere.)

Higher education is an investment in your future. 

At Robert Morris University, we will work closely with you to show you how to finance your education through a combination of need-based financial aid, scholarships, and financing strategies to make your education attainable. RMU has one of the lowest tuition rates of all private institutions in the state, but we know that financing your education can be complicated, and your family might need help in understanding your options. 

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