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REQUIREMENTS foR Admission into UnderGraduate teacher education Programs

Admission to the university does not ensure admission into the teacher education program. Students who seek to enter the program should possess good character, above average academic ability, and personalities suitable for working with children and youth.

In order to apply for formal admission into teacher education, students must have completed the following:

  1. Declared a major in education;
  2. Completed a minimum of forty-eight(48) semester hours credit in the common core program;
  3. Completed 6 credit hours of college level math with a minimum grade of "C" or better;
  4. Completed 6 credit hours of English courses with a minimum grade of "C" or better;
  5. Completed 3 credit hours of English Literature with a minimum grade of "C" or better;
  6. Acquired a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0;
  7. Pass the Pre-service Academic Peformance Assessment (PAPA) a series of (3)tests in the areas of Reading, Math and Writing. This test has replaced the PPST or Praxis I Series.
  8. Submitted a well-written essay explaining why he/she has chosen to enter the profession of teaching that has been accepted by the Dean of Education; and
  9. Applied for and received clearance (1) Act 34 (Criminal Background Check), (2) Act 151 (Criminal Abuse History Clearance) and (3) FBI Fingerprint Clearance at least one semester prior to applying for admission into teacher education.
  10. Proof of Liability Insurance

Failure to comply with these requirements will make it necessary for students to change their major to a choice other than teacher education.

Application Procedure for Admission into Undergraduate Teacher Education Programs

1.    Students who meet the above requirements may submit an application for admission into the teacher education program.
2.    Application forms for admission into teacher education are made available to interested students by the Department Chair or his/her designee and should be made during the second semester of the sophomore year and no later than four (4) weeks prior to the end of that semester.
3.    Completed applications are presented to the Teacher Education Committee for review and action. Each applicant is notified, in writing, by the Dean of the School of Education of the action taken by the committee. If a student receives notice of rejection, he/she is advised to consult his/her major adviser to determine how any deficiencies can be corrected.
Note: Students who have not been admitted into Teacher Education are not permitted to register for any 300 or 400-level education courses in their major.
Student Teaching Requirements
 

To qualify for ECE 428: Student Teaching, a student must have:

1.    Received acceptance into teacher education prior to student teaching;

2.    Passed Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) and PECT test(s) for the required certification area. 

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3.    Maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0;

4.    Completed all education courses with a grade of “C” or better;

5.    Cleared all “I” grades, “F” grades, and “NG” grades prior to student teaching;

6.    Received a medical clearance and clearance from the Teacher Education Committee;

  1. Applied for and received clearance on (1) Act 34 ( criminal background check), (2) Act 151 (child abuse history clearance), and (3) an FBI fingerprint clearance at least one semester prior to student teaching; and
  2. Filed a completed student teaching application form one semester prior to the anticipated student teaching semester.

Completed applications are presented to the Teacher Education Committee for review and action. Each applicant is notified, in writing, by the Dean of the School of Education of the action taken by the committee.

Student Liability Insurance Requirement
 
All Student educators face many of the same professional liability exposures as a licensed instructor. Students accepted into a teacher education undergraduate or graduate program including those in field experience courses and/or student teaching must show proof of holding liability insurance coverage through a professional teachers' association prior to placement. Protect your personal finances and your career prospects with a value-priced student liability plan.
 
Suggested organizations to contact for obtaining liability insurance are the Student Member Section of PSEA (Pennsylvania State Education Association) www.psea.org  and the Student educators Professional Liability Insurance Plan through the ATE(Association of Teacher Education) www.ftj.com/EducatorLiability.
 
Pennsylvania Candidates for Teacher Certification Testing Requirements

All individuals seeking a teaching certificate in the state of Pennsylvania must have earned at least a baccalaureate degree, completed an approved teacher education program, and passed PAPA (Reading,Writing and Math) and PECT test(s) for certification. The PAPA Series: Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment is a set of rigorous assessments that provide information for use by state departments of education to use when making licensing decisions.

The Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) test is required for entering a teacher training program, and the appropriate certification area tests are used to determine licensure for exiting the teacher preparation program and entering the teaching profession. The Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) and PECT test for certification are administered by Pearson Education, Inc. The Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) and the PECT test for certification are required before one receives the Bachelor of Science degree.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education will only recognize test scores for five years from the date that any test was taken. Established minimum scores are subject to change, and all candidates for certification must meet the qualifying score for all applicable tests at the time the Pennsylvania Bureau of Teacher Certification and Preparation receives an application.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to register for the proper subject assessment test, and to obtain information concerning passing scores. For more information about the Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) and PECT test(s) for certification, please visit these sites: http://www.pa.nesinc.com/Home.aspx or http://www.teaching.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/testing_requirements/8638.