Exit Requirements for All Certification Program Candidates

  1. Satisfactory completion of all coursework for the bachelor’s degree and GPA requirement specified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (3.0 GPA).
  2. Satisfactory completion of a pre-student teaching experience.
  3. Satisfactory completion of University requirements as identified elsewhere in this catalog.
  4. Satisfactory completion of student teaching (“B” or better) in the area of certification and the PDE 430 performance-based assessment rating form. (Note that all practicum prerequisites must be met and the adviser’s approval received before enrolling in the student teaching.)
  5. Obtain qualifying scores on the PAPA Series qualifying tests and the appropriate PECT/PRAXIS required tests (Note: in order for students to receive an Instructional I certificate from the PA Dept. of Education they will be need to obtain qualifying scores on all required PECT/PRAXIS tests. Students may retake tests if their scores do not meet the state required cutoff scores.
  6. Updated clearance documentation: PA Criminal Background Check, PA Child Abuse background check and FBI background check.
  7. Completion of Pennsylvania Instructional I certification forms (available in the College of Graduate Studies Office) required by the University and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
  8. Meeting of all the Pennsylvania State Standards for the Preparation of Teachers.
  9. Completion of a professional electronic portfolio for all PreK-4/Special Education and Middle School Education certification students.

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