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


Robert Morris University offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a focus area in English Teacher Education. Our goal is to develop graduates committed to effective instruction that supports the intellectual, social, and personal development of all learners.  

The RMU teacher certification offering is nationally accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). Upon successful completion, the teacher candidate applies to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for teacher certification in secondary English (grades 7-12).

In addition to the course requirements listed below, each undergraduate education major must meet ten other certification requirements, all of which must be satisfied for the PDE to grant a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate to teach specific content areas at the secondary level.

Teaching is a highly respected profession which provides a regular daily and weekly work schedule, time off each year, excellent benefits, job security and opportunities to continue your education.

2010 national mean bachelor-level, entry-level salaries: (information from the National Association of Colleges and Employers)



Special Education




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2009 RMU Salary Survey:

Elementary Education

Mean: $31,250

Range: $24,000 - $38,500 (based on three or fewer responses)

Business Education (M.S.)

Mean: $40,539

Range: $30,000 - $55,000

Below is a typical four-year course of study for English teacher certification, including major requirements and electives. Your own schedule will vary based on your own interests. 

FRESHMAN/Fall Semester FRESHMAN/Spring Semester
Argument and Research Study of Literature
Reading Literature: Coming of Age Public Speaking and Persuasion
Math Reasong w/Applications  Schools and Society
General Psychology General elective
Principles of Sociology Fundamentals of Info. Systems
SOPHOMORE/Fall Semester SOPHOMORE/Spring Semester
Dramatic Art of Shakespeare Study of Rhetoric
Professional Communications Teaching Special Needs Students
Educational Psychology General elective
Study of Language Creative Writing
General elective Technology for Secondary Educators
JUNIOR/Fall Semester JUNIOR/Spring Semester
Modern English Grammar and Editing Instructional Design/Assessment
General elective American Lit: 1865-Present
Teaching in Inclusive Sec. Classrooms     British Lit: 1789-Present
Reading Content/ELL                    Seminar in English Studies
American Lit: Before 1865 Writing Theories and Practices
British Literature to 1789 General elective 
SENIOR/Fall Semester SENIOR/Spring Semester
Professional Semester History elective
Conent Specific Pedagogy: Eng/Com Survey of Economics   
Student Teaching Seminar         Humanities: Art and Music
Student Teaching Internship: Eng/Com  Natural Sciences elective

General elective


At Robert Morris University, we’re not just training our students to get a job, we’re educating them for a whole series of professional careers—and for a lifetime of enrichment and contribution. We call the RMU education “engaged learning,” and we are one of a handful of schools around the nation that offers students a Student Engagement Transcript to certify their character-building credentials as well as their academic credentials. Our unique combination of high-quality academics with a professional focus allows us to transform our graduates.

School of Education & Social Sciences - Advisory Committee  School of Education & Social Sciences - Advisory Committee 

 A resource for faculty and students in teacher education is the advisory board, which consists of education alumni, teachers, and administrators from schools where our graduates are employed. These professionals provide advice and input on matters pertaining to the education profession which are helpful to the department in keeping the curriculum current and in keeping our program requirements challenging yet practical. Thus, it is the primary goal of the board to help keep Robert Morris at the cutting edge of teacher education offerings in the area.


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, click here.)

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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