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Secondary Education/STEP Program, Minor

Overview

Add a Teaching Certificate to Your Degree

Gain career flexibility and greater earning potential by adding a teaching certification to you major. Late middle and high school teaching opportunities are in high demand in areas such as foreign languages, mathematics, science, and English. Adding the STEP minor to your degree adds even more value to your major and it increases your professional marketability.

A STEP in the Right Direction for You?

  • Earn teacher certification to teach grades 7–12, with some schools hiring for 6th grade.
  • Teacher certification is easily transferable to 45 states.
  • Stay in your major and graduate in your major; education is a minor overlaying the major.
  • Join the program as late as fall of your junior year.
  • Nearing graduation? We have a fast-track graduate-level teacher education program that can be completed in one year.
  • Only nine education-specific courses are needed before starting student teaching (27 credits).
  • Add more certifications in English as a second language, special education, online instruction, instructional technology, and/or STEM endorsement.
  • Student teach full-time in the last semester of senior year OR come back in fall to student teach.

As a middle or secondary education teacher you'll help support adolescent youth reach their highest potential in social interactions, in artistic endeavors, in spiritual growth, and in academic realms.

 

Admissions Requirements

At DeSales, we not only look at your past academic achievement but also your potential for future growth to determine your admission.

We find that students who have demonstrated significant achievement within a demanding curriculum are best suited for academic life at DeSales. Quality of academic performance plays a critical role in the admissions decision making process. This helps indicate a student's potential for academic growth going forward. DeSales University welcomes applications from all qualified students regardless of race, religion, sex, national, or ethnic origin.

When to Apply
We encourage you to apply early in your senior year. We use a rolling admissions system, which means you will be notified promptly about your admissions status—usually within four weeks of our receipt of your completed application.

Priority deadline for scholarship consideration is December 1 of your senior year.

Application Checklist

  • Application Fee: None
  • Transcripts: Official High School Transcript
  • Standardized Tests: SAT or ACT scores—official from the College Board or on your official high school transcript.
  • Recommendations: Completed Guidance Counselor Form and Teacher Recommendation Form

All materials can be mailed to:
DeSales University Admissions Office
2755 Station Ave.
Center Valley, PA 

Additional recommendations

High School Academics - Remember, there is no single preferred high school academic program, but a college preparatory course of study is highly recommended. Here's an example:

  • Four years of English
  • Three or four years of college preparatory mathematics
  • A minimum of two years of modern, foreign, or classical language
  • At least two laboratory science courses

Visiting DeSales - A personal, on-campus interview is strongly recommended, but is not required. We encourage you to visit so that you'll have a chance to learn more about DeSales, and we'll have the opportunity to learn more about you, too.

Learn more about Undergraduate Admissions & Aid 

Curriculum

You can complete the STEP certification program in one of six areas as an add-on minor to your major:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Foreign Language (Spanish or French)
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies

The education-specific courses required comprise nine three-credit courses (27 credits).

Facilities

Added Value through the STEP Program

Enriching Field Experience: Students gain experience and sharpen skills through our exceptional field experiences, under the guidance of their professors. To arrange placements, DeSales employs two former principals with important contacts in local districts. Students benefit from excellent field placements with great local teachers.

Technology-Rich Curriculum: DeSales University Teacher Education has received a special designation from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for industry-leading technology integration in our teacher education programs.This holds even more value for STEP students in STEM majors.

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.

Education Resource Lab

Students of DeSales education programs benefit from having access to the Department of Education's Resource Lab. The Lab is a convenient space where students gather to discuss topics, research, study, and work together on group projects. All the resources needed -- computers, art supplies, research library texts, and more -- are available to assist education students with their academic pursuits.

Careers & Internships

Nationwide career opportunities for middle and high school teachers in specific disciplines makes the STEP program a worthwhile option.

As an educator you'll help students delve more deeply into subjects introduced in elementary school and expose them to more gradually complex information about the world. Specializing in a specific subject, such as English, Spanish, mathematics, history, or biology you may also teach subjects to older adolescents, which are career-oriented.

With the added emphasis today in STEM education, middle and high school math, biology, and chemistry teachers play a vital role in shaping the next generation of professionals in STEM related fields.

Tuition & Fees

DeSales can help make your college expenses affordable through a combination of grants, loans, student employment, and scholarship resources.

Cost of attendance for undergrads for 2019-2020

Resident Students

Direct Costs Tuition - $37,200

Room and Board - $13,000
Mandatory Fees - $1,500
One-time Orientation Fee for Freshmen and Transfers - $200

Total = $51,900 (including freshman/transfer fees)
Indirect Costs
Books - $1,466
Personal Expenses - $2,808
Total cost for resident students: $56,174

Commuter Students

Direct Costs
Tuition - $37,200
Mandatory Fees - $1,200
One-time Orientation Fee for Freshmen and Transfers - $200
Total = $38,700
Indirect Costs
Books - $1,466
Personal Expenses - $2,304
Transportation Costs - $2,808
Total cost for commuter students: $45,278

Off-Campus*

Direct Costs
Tuition - $37,200
Mandatory Fees - $1,200
One-time Orientation Fee for Freshmen and Transfers - $200
Total = $38,700
Indirect Costs
Books - $1,466
Personal Expenses - $2,808
Transportation Costs - $2,304
Living Expenses - $7,048
Total cost for off-campus students: $52,326
*First year students are required to reside on campus or commute from home.

Parking Fee - $75

Dual Degree Undergraduate-to-Graduate Programs

If you are enrolled in an undergraduate-to-graduate degree program — for example a 5-year, 3+2, 3+3, program — the undergraduate tuition and fees apply only to the undergraduate portion of the program. As you progress into the graduate phase of your program, graduate tuition and fees apply. Please see your respective graduate program for more information. 

The financial aid process may appear overwhelming at first glance, but don't worry, we'll help you through it.

Accepted students are automatically be considered for scholarships upon receipt of a completed application and are awarded regardless of financial need. Funds for scholarships are limited, so we do encourage students to apply early.

Our comprehensive financial aid packages carefully explain the types and amounts of assistance —including federal, state, and institutional — that you may be eligible for to help cover education related expenses.

Total cost of attendance includes estimates for tuition, fees, room, board, books, and personal, transportation, and living expenses.

You can estimate your total cost of attendance with our Net Price Calculator

 
Teacher Education at DeSales

Get Involved

In addition to joining various clubs and organizations within your major, you can also grow your education professional network globally as a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education, through DeSales' Alpha Alpha Chi chapter.