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DeSales University teacher graduates stand out from the crowd: teachers who are effective, teachers who are technologically-savvy, and teachers who care.

In a competitive job market, our most recent graduates are getting full time jobs in education across a spectrum of schools.

Our professors stand out from the crowd, too. Their doors are open, they are current in educational reform, and they are effective teachers in high-quality courses. Along with our students, they form a strong community of learners.

What kind of teaching program are you looking for?

Teacher Certification Programs

Early Childhood and Elementary Education

  • With dual certification in special education (Pre-K – 8), teaching English as a second language, and instructional technology/online education.

  • Certification track for pre-kindergarten through 4th grade

  • Non-certification track is available for students who are not seeking certification in Pennsylvania

Secondary Education (in Biology, Chemistry, Communications, English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Spanish)

  • In conjunction with a major program, secondary certification to teach grades 7–12

  • Secondary certification in a subject area can be added to ANY major including Theater, Dance, or Film

  • With dual certification in special education (7-12), teaching English as a second language, and instructional technology/online education


Value-Added Teacher Education

Field Experience in Education:  Students begin field experiences in the first semester of sophomore year, always under the guidance of a university professor.  To arrange placements, we employ two former principals with important contacts in local districts; we get the plum field placements with great local teachers. 

Study Abroad: Our Teacher Education students are studying in Rome, London, and Limerick, Ireland with Spain and other destinations on the horizon.

Teach Abroad:  In recent years, Education students have taught in primary and secondary schools in Capetown, South Africa and India through DeSales-sponsored faculty-led trips.  Recent graduates are teaching throughout Asia and other countries in full time positions.

Technology-Rich Curriculum:  DeSales University Teacher Education has received a special designation from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for our cutting edge technology integration in our teacher education programs.

Transferable Certification to Other States:  Pennsylvania mandates rigorous, clear, teacher certification standards that make Pennsylvania certification easily transferable to other states.  For additional detail on individual state certification requirements, refer to the state of choice.

News & Notables 

Men’s Lacrosse Team Helps Bring Unique Halloween Experience to Hundreds of Kids

by Elizabeth Sessa | Nov 16, 2017

For the third year, the men’s lacrosse team created a memorable night for more than 800 children.

The team participated in the annual IronPigs Suites-N-Treats event on Thursday, October 26 to represent the Cops ‘N’ Kids organization. This event provides an opportunity for children throughout the Lehigh Valley who are of special needs or underprivileged to have a unique Halloween experience by trick-or-treating through the stadium’s suites, which are all decorated with different themes.  
 Cops 'N' Kids Lacrosse

“We are who we are because of the support we receive from the community, and I am pleased to say that DeSales students and staff have demonstrated their appreciation for who we are and what we hope to accomplish in our mission of ‘connecting kids and community through literacy,’” says Beverly Bradley, president of the Cops ‘N’ Kids Literacy Program.

Outside of this event, other DeSales programs are involved with Cops ‘N’ Kids.

  • The men and women’s basketball teams donated more than 2,000 books to Lehigh Valley Academy and will have their annual reading on January 4.
  • Dr. Katrin Blamey’s class held its own book drive for Bethlehem’s Marvine Elementary and delivered the books to classrooms on November 8.

“Each free book we provide becomes the conduit between those who care and those who need to know they are not forgotten, and 845,000 is a remarkable number when you think of it in terms of these ‘connections’ we have been able to make thus far,” says Bradley. “DeSales holds a special place in our hearts because they have been so willing to partner with us throughout our existence.” 


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