Teacher Online Pathway (TOP) is an online program for bachelor degree holders who want to work toward Pennsylvania teaching certification but don't live within driving distance of the Wilson College campus.
The Teacher Online Pathway (TOP) is recommended for students who live in Pennsylvania and beyond an 80-mile radius of Wilson College. On this pathway, there is an opportunity for students to complete all coursework in one academic year due to the compressed schedule. All of the courses for TOP are offered online, excluding student/intern teaching, so you can complete the work remotely. You must pass the PA state required content testing prior to student teaching. You must student/intern teach in Pennsylvania.
We currently offer Pennsylvania Level I certification in Early Childhood Education (PreK-4, elementary); in Early Childhood/Special Education (dual certification); in middle level (4-8) for English, mathematics, science and social studies; in middle level/Special Education (dual certification); in PreK-12 for Special Education (completing TOP on or after January 1, 2022); Business, Computer & Information Technology; Health & Physical Education and Spanish; in secondary education (7-12) for English, biology, chemistry, mathematics and social studies; and in secondary/Special Education (dual certification).
The tuition for TOP is affordable and financial aid is available for those who qualify.
Both public school districts and private schools are eager to hire Wilson Teacher Certification Pathway students. Employers know that our graduates are mature, passionate about teaching and well-prepared for the daily challenges of the classroom. Wilson is often contacted when openings are available and then works to connect students with those schools.
Pennsylvania certification is reciprocal with most of the 50 states. It is the student's responsibility to investigate the process to transfer PA certification to another state.
“The TOP program allows me to fit classes into my crazy schedule, making it easier to keep up with work, family and school on my own terms, at my own pace, through Wilson’s accelerated TOP classes. Online education is perfect for someone like me!” – Emily Foster