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. • Early Childhood PreK-4 and Special Education PreK-8 majors also must have completed ECED 100, ECED 101, ECED 102, ECED 103, ECED 200, and SPED 101 with a C or better. • Middle Level 4-8 majors also must complete MLED 200, MLED 201, MLED 202, and SPED 101 with a C or better. • Secondary majors also must have passed EDFL 101. • Regulations regarding Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics are currently under review by PA Legislators. Once a ruling has been made official, it will be posted on our website. • Candidates must earn an overall satisfactory rating in the area of professional dispositions. Details are provided to teacher candidates during their first semester as Education majors. Field Experiences and Student Teaching Requirements As freshmen, teacher candidates will complete their first field experience as part of EDCR 104 First-Year Seminar. This is an opportunity for candidates to observe for a total of 10 hours in two different educational settings. A variety of experiences in public, private, and diocesan schools located in urban, suburban, and rural locations are directly linked to coursework. Expectations for each experience are described in the School of Education Field Experience Handbooks. Prior to beginning the first field experience, all teacher candidates must complete the following: • Submit a valid Act 34 Criminal Background Clearance, Act 33/151 Child Abuse Clearance, and an FBI fingerprinting clearance. All clearances are required by the School of Education and mandated by Pennsylvania School Code, Act 114. If a teacher candidate is continuously enrolled in an education preparation program, the criminal background, child abuse, and fingerprint information originally submitted shall remain valid during the period of enrollment. Application forms are available in the School of Education office. • The FBI fingerprinting must be done in Pennsylvania, following these directions: 1. Go to www.pa.cogentid.com 2. Click on PA Department of Education. 3. Register online.