K-12 certification • Foreign Languages - Spanish K-12 Associate Degrees • Early Childhood Education • Early Childhood Education/Early Intervention Teacher Certification In compliance with Pennsylvania Law, Act 354, all individuals entering School of Education programs must have and maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or greater. All individuals seeking teacher certification in Pennsylvania must fulfill the requirements of the University for the Baccalaureate Degree as well as the professional education requirements of the School of Education. Teacher candidates must also achieve passing scores, as determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), on the required Praxis Teacher Examinations. The process and requirements for teacher certification are described in the Gannon University Teacher Certification Handbook as well as this catalog. To obtain specific information about certification in other states, teacher candidates should review information online at each state's Department of Education web site. Please note that current Pennsylvania Department of Education standards and regulations take precedence over any information described in this document. Should these standards and regulations change, Gannon will change its requirements. Teacher candidates will be responsible for meeting the new guidelines for certification. Please refer to the PDE web site at http://www.pde.state.pa.us for changes in regulations. Admission to the School of Education Acceptance and enrollment at Gannon University does not automatically guarantee acceptance into the School of Education as a teacher candidate. Each teacher candidate must apply for official admission to the School of Education. Applications are available in the School of Education office. Teacher candidates are required to formally apply to the School of Education at the conclusion of their first 48 credit hours. This usually occurs between the first and second semester of the sophomore year, but application must be made no later than the end of the sophomore year. Continuation in the Education program is dependent upon acceptance into the School of Education. The Education Review Committee evaluates applications for admission to the School of Education each semester. Individuals who meet the criteria are recommended to the Director of the School of Education for admission. The standards for admission/retention have been developed by the School of Education and require that teacher candidates accomplish the following academic requirements: • Candidates must earn a grade of C or better in all education courses. • An overall GPA of 3.0 or greater is required for acceptance into the School of Education. Computation of the overall grade point average considers all coursework completed at the point of application to the program. • The School of Education is authorized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to permit candidates to proceed with Education coursework when the overall GPA is lower than 3.0 but at least 2.8. When all other criteria for admission to the School of Education have been met, candidates with GPAs between 2.8 and 3.0 may be granted permission to continue taking upper level Education courses for one additional semester. Please refer to the Teacher Certification Handbook for further details of the 2.8 GPA policy. • All candidates, regardless of area of specialization, must have completed LENG 111, LENG 112, three credits of an approved literature course, six credits of math (105 or higher), EDCR 101, and EDCR 103 with a C or better.