Online Accelerated Teacher Certification (OATCERT) Program

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Time to completion:

5 Semesters

If you have a strong commitment to teaching but have yet to earn state certification, consider the Online Accelerated Teacher Certification (OATCERT) program from Saint Joseph's University. Join a community of online learners working at an accelerated pace toward a common goal. Your commitment to advancing your career can be integrated into your busy schedule with the flexible online courses offered from a nationally ranked university.

The Online Accelerated Teacher Certification program is designed to help working professionals earn their initial secondary (grades 7-12) teaching certificate within one of the traditional content areas: math, science, English, or citizenship.

Saint Joseph’s University has 150 years of experience in education.


Earn a secondary education master’s by completing just 2 additional courses at SJU.

Developed by an expert faculty with the educational experience gained from 150 years of shaping minds, Saint Joseph’s University’s unique online teacher certification program provides an educational environment that challenges you to reach your highest intellectual potential.

The OATCERT program accommodates nearly any schedule and gives you the freedom to earn your degree and achieve your educational goals while meeting your professional obligations. OATCERT Certification only requires 30 credits to complete. Learn more about the OATCERT curriculum.

Through the online teacher certification program, you can earn your initial teaching certificate in just four online semesters and a semester of supervised teaching. You can also earn a Master of Science Education - Secondary Education by completing just two additional courses.

There are many benefits of earning your Accelerated Teacher Certification online, such as the ability to:

  • Achieve your educational goals while meeting your professional obligations.
  • Log into class straight from your laptop or home computer.
  • Work comfortably at your own pace.
  • Take advantage of the ability to connect and work with a vast array of online learners.
  • Conveniently submit assignments electronically.
  • Graduate with a passion for teaching fueled by a conviction to change lives.

Through the online teacher certification program from Saint Joseph’s University, you will equip yourself with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to excel in teaching. Our program will allow you to develop best practices for teaching strategies for productive classroom management. Learn the importance of inclusive education and how to make a difference while you directly interact with students and peers.

As part of our program, you will gain first-hand experience teaching in a classroom environment of your choice.

Experienced and degreed professionals can qualify to teach Math, Science, English, or Citizenship in five semesters.

In addition to being convenient for you and your busy lifestyle, this certificate program is aligned with the knowledge, skills, and practices related to effective teaching as described in the Pennsylvania Standards for Certification and Professional Development. Graduates earn PA certification and can take advantage of reciprocity programs with a majority of U.S. states.

Who Should Apply?

If you hold a bachelor's degree and have a passionate commitment to teaching, consider Saint Joseph's University’s Online Accelerated Teacher Certification program and take the first step toward earning the initial teaching certification that will allow you to influence minds and affect a positive change in society.

Applicants for the OATCERT must meet the following admissions requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Must be a US citizen or permanent resident

Are you a current OATCERT student looking for support during your teaching internship? Check out our OATCERT Candidate Resources, including an article about reciprocity with the Pennsylvania certification.

To learn more, call (215) 473-2695 to speak with a Program Manager, or you can request more information, and we’ll reach out to you.

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