School of Education
Teaching and Education Degrees in PA
GMercyU’s School of Education will help you become the teacher or education administrator you aspire to be.
With state-of-the-art technology and experienced educators as your guide, you will develop the teaching, classroom management, and educational leadership skills you need to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of students.
"My preparedness for the upcoming school year is a testament to the education that you have crafted at Gwynedd Mercy University. Please know that what you do is absolutely critical to our success upon leaving your rooms." -- James Bender, '16
Through GMercyU’s partnership with Teachscape®, you will have access to an array of tools to help you gain real-time feedback and improve your teaching performance. Using the Teachscape® Reflect Observation and Evaluation Management System, you will have access to minute-by-minute and frame-by-frame video of your in-classroom performance, allowing you to carefully review your teaching techniques and seek feedback from your instructor and student peers.
You also will have access to the Teachscape® Learn Professional Learning System, which provides online access to a peer-to-peer learning community and an extensive PreK-12 resource library that includes lesson plans and other teaching resources and materials.
It all started here
Jason Dabney earned his bachelor of science in elementary education from Gwynedd Mercy University. He is currently a fifth grade teacher at Laura H. Carnell School in the Oxford Circle neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa.
Learn more about Jason's journey to GMercyU and how the University made him not only a great elementary school teacher, but a better person.
Jacqlyn Gallagher is a recent GMercyU graduate who earned a dual degree in early education and special education. During her time at GMercyU, Jacqlyn was President of the Special Education Club and was an active member of GMercyU's Campus Ministry.
During her senior year, Jacqlyn student-taught in both general education and special education in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. Learn more about Jacqlyn's GMercyU experience and her impact at Plymouth Elementary School.
TAP Into Your Potential
Through our Teacher Apprentice Program (TAP), our undergraduate education majors participate in classroom observations beginning in their first semester on campus and then continue to gain hands-on experience through pre-student and student teaching opportunities.
Get the Hands-On Experience and Support You Need
- Licensed Private Academic Lab School gives undergraduate education majors an opportunity to work directly with young students right on GMercyU’s campus
- Personal advisor to guide you through all four years of your program
- Dedicated Field Placement Director to support you in your student teaching experiences
- Certification Coordinator for Education to help ensure you meet the requirements to become a certified teacher in Pennsylvania
GMercyU students stopped by Hobbit House to help the junior scientists celebrate science week. The Vallie Genuardi Hobbit House is GMercyU’s on-site pre-school where students gain hands-on and real-world experience.
Undergraduate Education Degrees and Teacher Certification Options
Each of the following four-year undergraduate education degree programs are offered on our Main Campus in Gwynedd Valley, Pa.
B.S Education Studies - All undergraduate education majors start out in our Education Studies program. Once you’ve completed at least 45 credits with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and passed a Basic Skills Assessment Test as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, you may apply to one of the teacher certification programs listed below.
B.S. in Early Education (PreK-4) - This program will prepare you to become a certified Pre-K through grade 4 teacher in Pennsylvania. Upon completion of this program and the passing of the Pennsylvania Department of Education teacher certification test, you will be eligible to apply for PreK-4 teacher certification in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
B.S. in Middle Level Education - This program includes a math/science concentration and prepares you to become a middle level (grades 4-8) teacher in Pennsylvania. Upon completion of this program and the passing of the Pennsylvania Department of Education teacher certification test, you will be eligible to apply for grades 4-8 teacher certification in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
B.S. in Early Education (PreK-4) and Special Education (PreK-8 ) - This dual major will prepare you to become certified as a teacher in both PreK-4 and PreK-8 Special Education in Pennsylvania. Upon completion of this program and the passing of the required Pennsylvania Department of Education tests, you will be eligible to apply for PreK-4 and Special Education (PreK-8) teacher certifications in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
B.S. in Middle Level Education (Grades 4-8) and Special Education (PreK-8) – This dual major includes a math/science concentration and Special Education courses that prepare you to become certified as both a middle level (Grades 4-8) and PreK-8 Special Education teacher in Pennsylvania. Upon completion of this program and the passing of the required Pennsylvania state certification and subject area tests, you will be eligible to apply for both Grades 4-8 and Special Education certifications in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Secondary Education Teacher Certification – School of Arts & Sciences students who major in Biology, English, History or Mathematics can pursue a path to Secondary Education Teacher Certification through the School of Education.
Grades 7-12 Special Education Certification – Students in the School of Arts and Sciences who major in Biology, English, History or Mathmatics can pursue a path to Special Education Certification for grades 7-12 through the School of Education.
When it comes time to take your career in education a degree further, Gwynedd Mercy University offers the online master’s in education programs you need to achieve your goals.
Each of the programs below is offered through the School of Graduate and Professional Studies in a fully online format that allows you to earn your advanced education degree without interrupting your career. You will learn with and be supported by qualified faculty and other educators from around the country.
Online Master of Science in Educational Administration - K-12 Principal Certification
Online Master of Science in Educational Administration – Curriculum and Instruction
Online Master of Science in Education – New Teacher Certification
Online Master of Science in Education – Master Teacher Program
Online Master of Science in Special Education (PreK-8 Certification)
Online Master of School Counseling (PreK-12th grade)
Online Special Education Certification (PreK-8) (for teachers with or without a master’s degree).
The following certification programs are available to educators who already hold a master’s degree in education and want to take their careers to the next level. These programs are offered through the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.
Online PreK-12 Principal Certification
Online Superintendent Certification-Letter of Eligibility
Online PreK-12 School Counseling Certification
Online Supervisory K-12 Curriculum & Instruction Certification
Online Special Education Certification (PreK-8)
Online Special Education Supervisor Certification
Online Doctorate of Education (EdD)
The following accelerated online executive doctorate in educational leadership programs include three areas of focus: PreK-12 Schools and School Districts, Higher Education, Special Education. These programs are offered through the GMercyU School of Graduate and Professional Studies.