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:
- Declared a major in education;
- Completed a minimum of forty-eight(48) semester hours credit in the common core program;
- Completed 6 credit hours of college level math with a minimum grade of "C" or better;
- Completed 6 credit hours of English courses with a minimum grade of "C" or better;
- Completed 3 credit hours of English Literature with a minimum grade of "C" or better;
- Acquired a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0;
- Basic skills testing (SAT or ACT or PAPA or CORE) Individual Score Report displaying passing scores of the tests;
- Submitted a well-written essay explaining why he/she has chosen to enter the profession of teaching;
- 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; and
- Proof of Liability Insurance.
Failure to comply with these requirements will result in students not being admitted to the program.
Application Procedure for Admission into Undergraduate Teacher Education Programs
- Students who meet the above requirements may submit an application for admission into the teacher education program.
- 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.
- Completed applications are presented to the Teacher Education Committee for review and action. Each applicant is notified, in writing, 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:
- Received acceptance into teacher education prior to student teaching;
- Submitted basic skills testing (SAT or ACT or PAPA or CORE) Individual Score Report displaying passing scores of the tests;
- Maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0;
- Completed all education courses with a grade of “C” or better;
- Cleared all “I” grades, “F grades and “NG” grades prior to student teaching;
- Received a medical clearance and clearance from the Teacher Education Committee;
- 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
- 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, of the action taken by the committee.
Student Liability Insurance RequirementAll student educators face many of the same professional liability exposures as a licensed instructor. Students accepted into a teacher education undergraduate program, including those in field experience courses and/or student teaching must show proof of holding liability insurance coverage 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) and the Student educators Professional Liability Insurance Plan through the ATE(Association of Teacher Education).
Pennsylvania Candidates for Teacher Certification Testing Requirements
Pennsylvania requires assessment of all candidates in basic skills, general knowledge, professional knowledge and subject area knowledge before a certificate may be issued. Three documents are recommended reading:
- Policies and submission procedures in CSPG 21 - Testing. (PDF)
- Certification Test and Score Requirements (Excel)
- Composite Score Calculator (Excel)
It is the responsibility of the applicant to familiarize him/herself with all assessment information, register for the proper subject assessment test, and to obtain information concerning passing scores. For more information about assessments for certification, please visit this PDE site: Cetification Testing Requirements.