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Decision Point 6: Certification

The final decision point of the Teacher Education program occurs when the candidate applies for a Pennsylvania teaching certification. Cal U does not certify candidates, but does recommend candidates for certification by verifying that they have successfully completed a Teacher Education program, including graduation. Candidates must complete the PDE 338 C and PDE 338 G forms and submit them to the College of Education and Human Services before they can be recommended for Pennsylvania certification. It is recommended that the forms be completed during student teaching so they can be forwarded to PDE upon graduation.

Candidates must wait until their class has officially graduated, not when they have completed all courses, before they are eligible for Pennsylvania teacher certification. The Pennsylvania Department of Education has the final decision in all teacher certification requests.

Appeal Procedure for Certification Students

Students wishing to appeal a decision regarding teaching certification should contact the dean of the College of Education and Human Services to discuss their concern. If accord is not reached at this level, the student may appeal to the vice president for academic affairs.

The final source of appeal is with the Certification Appeals Committee, Department of Education, in Harrisburg, Pa. This step should be taken only if there is no possibility for a resolution at an earlier stage, and only if the student is convinced that arbitrary and/or capricious standards were applied.