In addition to general education, during semesters 1-3 students prepare for entrance into the Education major by completing coursework in such areas as Educational Theory and Policy, Educational Psychology, and Curriculum and Instruction.
Students seek entrance to the major through an online Entrance to Major process with the help of their Academic Advisor. Students are formally assigned a specified spring semester, typically in the sophomore year, at which time they have the opportunity to seek entrance to the major. Note: Students have only one opportunity to participate in the Entrance To Major (ETM) process.
Requirements 1 and 2 for entering the major must be met by the end of the fall semester immediately preceding the entrance to major semester:
1 A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00
2 Qualifying scores from the Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) series Reading, Writing, and Mathematics.
Requirements 3-9 must be met by the end of the spring semester during which the student participates in the Entrance to Major process:
3 A grade of "C" or better in all specified courses, including practicums.
4 Completion of an early field experience specified by the certification program.
5 Completion of a core of Education courses specified by the certification program.
6 Completion of additional credits as specified by the certification program.
7 Completion of at least 48 semester credit hours, including ENGL 015 or 030, three credits of literature, and six credits of quantification.
8 Approval by the program coordinator.
Teacher candidates follow a carefully sequenced curriculum during the junior and senior years, including:
LL ED ART & LITERACY BLOCK — in this 15-credit block, students study the teaching of reading, language arts, and children's literature and current theory and practice of music and art education. Students also spend considerable time observing and implementing a variety of literacy methods in a local, rural school district under the supervision of their Literacy Block professor.
DI BLOCK — in the Discipline Inquiry Block students attend methods courses in Social Studies Education, Science Education, and Math Education. The Block also includes a field experience in a local, urban school district, in which students spend two days per week in an area classroom observing and implementing pedagogical methods learned in their DI Block classes under the supervision of the DI Block professors.
STUDENT TEACHING PRACTICUM — Student Teachers engage in full-time classroom instruction in an area elementary school. Student Teachers are supervised by University personnel and practicing teachers. Students also attend a seminar on campus one evening per week.
Eligibility for a teacher certificate is based on:
1 Successful completion of the baccalaureate degree.
2 A minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
3 A grade of C or better in all specified courses, including practicums.
4 Approval by the program coordinator and by the university certification officer.
5 Successful completion of any clearances and tests as specified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.