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Teacher Certification Program

 

 As part of its general requirements for majors and/or certification, the Education Department expects students to make application into the Teacher Certification Program . This begins with provisional acceptance ( routinely this is done as a first-year student) and this is followed by formal acceptance. (routinely this is done as a sophomore student). Below you will find information on the specific requirements for provisional Acceptance followed by specific information for formal acceptance. 

 Provisional Acceptance  

Application for Provisional Acceptance into the teacher certification program is routinely done as a first-year student during the semester that you will complete both ED 105 &150 or ED151 (typically during Spring semester of your first year)

Students must apply to the Education Department for Provisional Acceptance into a certification program after they successfully:

  • Complete 27 credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of 2.80 or higher.
  • Declare their Education major.
  • Complete ED 105 and ED 150/ED 151 and earned grades of C or better.
  • Submit a TB medical clearance less than one year old.
  • Provide a record of Act 34, PA Child Abuse, and FBI Criminal History Report. These clearances must be less than one year old.
  • Submit a student life clearance (complete the top portion only and bring to Nicarry 143)
  • Provide an electronic Digication portfolio for review demonstrating interest and/or experience in professional education and progress toward meeting the professional domains as defined by Danielson which includes:
    • One picture of yourself
    • Resume
    • Educational Philosophy
    • Dates of your clearances and TB test
    • PAPA Scores or SAT/ACT equivalent (if already taken or met)
    • Descriptioin of your experience working with children
    • Writing Sample (such as an article review or lit review)
    • Any additional items in support of your application
  • Approval of the Education Department and any other appropriate major Department.
  • Satisfactory rating in accordance with the Department of Education Teacher Dispositions/Foundational Competencies Policy.

 

** Provisional Acceptance is required to enroll in 200-level ED courses.   

 

Formal Acceptance

 Application for Formal Acceptance into the Teacher Certification program is routinely done as a sophomore student after completing at least 3 education courses  (typically during spring of your sophomore year ) .

Students must apply to the Education Department for Formal Acceptance into a certification program after they successfully:

  • Complete two Mathematics (MA) courses and two English (EN) courses(one writing composition and one literature
  • Complete 54 hours with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher.
  • Successfully complete at least three courses with ED prefixes.
  • Provide a record of ACT 34, PA Child Abuse, and FBI Criminal History Report. These clearances must be less than one year old.
  • Submit a TB test that is less than one year old.
  • Satisfactory student life clearance (re-check of previous clearance; students do NOT need to submit another one.)
  • Receive passing scores on the Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) in Reading, Writing and Mathematics or the SAT/ACT equivalent score as mandated by PDE
  • Provide an electronic Digication portfolio for review demonstrating interest and/or experience in professional education and progress toward meeting the professional domains as defined by Danielson which includes:
    • One picture of yourself
    • Updated resume
    • Educational Philosophy
    • Dates of your clearances and TB Test
    • PAPA Scores or SAT/ACT equivalent
    • Description of your experience working with children
    • Writing Sample
    • Any additional items in support of your application.
  • Approval of the Education Department and any other appropriate major Department.
  • Satisfactory rating in accordance with the Department of Education Teacher Dispositions/Foundational Competencies Policy.

 

** Formal Acceptance is required to enroll in 300-level ED Courses.

 

  Clearances

For all students that will be in a field placement, clearances must be updated each year. If a student studies abroad or does not have a placement for a particular semester their clearances must be updated and made current prior to beginning a new placement.

TB Test: Valid for one year. A copy of your new TB test results should be brought to the Education office in Nicarry 143 to be placed in your file. The health center administers TB tests at a nominal cost. You must schedule an appointment for this service by calling 717-489-1021. Tests may also be administered by your family doctor but results must be sent to you at school so the education department can make a copy of the test results.

Criminal Clearances : You will need to apply for and have proof of valid criminal record clearances prior to taking ED105. Submit copies to the Education office in Nicarry 143. Original criminal clearances are YOUR responsibility and should be stored where you can access them on campus. School districts require seeing the original criminal clearances at the start of a field placement, so take your clearances with you the first week of ALL field placements. For more information on Clearances and for all required applications please click here .

 

Student Resource Room 

In the Education Department, we provide for student use a Resource Room in order to equip and help students prepare projects, bulletin boards, lessons and the such  that are needed for both classes as well as placements. ALL Teacher Certification Program students may access and use any and all materials provided in the resource room. The resource room has items such as markers, crayons, bulletin board paper, Ellison die cut machines featuring 2" and 4" diecuts in shapes such as trees,stars, science beakers, music instruments, holiday die cuts, letters and numbers. A laminating machine, markers, crayons, paint, construction paper, just to name a few. We are happy to be able to provide these resources for our students and look forward to expanding the resources .

Resource Room Hours

Monday-Friday-   9-5        

(Students must check in at Nicarry 143, Education office for Access) 

EVENING HOURS FALL 2014

*Evening hours are based on need/availability each semester. Hours are subject to change. 

Monday: 5pm-8pm

Tuesday: 5pm-8pm

Laminating request forms may be found just outside the resource room in the hallway. Please complete a lamination request form for any and all laminating requests.  Please allow 24 hours for your laminating projects to be completed.

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