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Program Accreditation

  • All teacher education programs at Gannon University are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Upon successful completion of all program requirements, Gannon University recommends candidates to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the Instructional I teacher certification.

    Teacher Certification

    In compliance with Pennsylvania Law, Act 354, all individuals entering School of Education programs must have and maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or greater. All individuals seeking teacher certification in Pennsylvania must fulfill the requirements of the University for the Baccalaureate Degree as well as the professional education requirements of the School of Education. Teacher candidates must also achieve passing scores, as determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), on the required teacher examinations. The process and requirements for teacher certification are described in the Gannon University Teacher Certification Handbook as well as the Gannon University undergraduate catalog. To obtain specific information about certification in other states, teacher candidates should review information online at each state’s Department of Education web site.

    Please note that current Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) standards and regulations take precedence over any information described in this document or the Gannon University Teacher Certification Handbook. Should PDE’s standards and regulations change, Gannon will change its requirements. Teacher candidates will be responsible for meeting the new guidelines for certification. Candidates must meet the PDE guidelines that are in effect on the day candidates submit their certification application. Please refer to the PDE website at for changes in regulations.