The grades for field experiences in the PreK-4, 4-8, and Special Education PreK-8 programs are included as part of specific courses. Ratings in the field experience must be satisfactory in order to pass the course. Student teaching is a capstone experience. In order to qualify for student teaching, teacher candidates must have met or exceeded all program requirements. In addition, candidates for student teaching must do the following: • • • •
emonstrate acceptance into the School of Education. D Apply for student teaching one year prior to beginning the experience. Demonstrate overall satisfactory ratings in the area of professional dispositions. Have a valid negative TB test on file in the School of Education prior to the first day of student teaching. Arrangements for the test are the responsibility of the teacher candidate.
If candidates are graduating in the semester of their student teaching experience, they are encouraged to complete the content specific exams designated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education prior to student teaching. Passage of these exams is required for recommendation for Level I teaching certification in Pennsylvania. Individuals Returning for Initial Certification Individuals with a BA or BS degree who are returning for certification must apply and be accepted through the University’s Center for Adult Learning and meet all criteria for admission to the School of Education. Post-baccalaureate teacher candidates are not required to meet the basic skills requirements. Denial of Admission to the School of Education An overall grade point average of 3.0 must be maintained. Individuals who do not meet state mandated minimums are not eligible for admission into the School of Education. Incomplete School of Education applications will result in denial of admission. Application essays that earn a score of less than 15 will have one opportunity for revision. If the second revision earns a score of less than 15, the candidate will be denied admission to the School of Education. Retention in the School of Education Once admitted to the School of Education, candidates must abide by the following retention policies to remain in the program: • C andidates must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or greater in all coursework. • Candidates must maintain a C or better in all required coursework in professional education and the chosen teaching specialization(s). • Candidates must successfully complete field experience requirements prescribed in the chosen teaching specialization(s). • Candidates must demonstrate professional dispositions that are appropriate for teaching and managing instruction in diverse learning environments. • The Director of the School of Education may recommend re-evaluation of status for any candidate previously admitted to the program when evidence exists that the individual may be unsuitable for the teaching profession. • Only candidates meeting the Pennsylvania Department of Education requirements at the time of application are eligible to be recommended for certification. • In some instances, the University may award a degree although the candidate is not eligible to be recommended for teacher certification.