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Decision Point 2: Admission to Teacher Education

Admission to the University is not a guarantee that a student majoring in education will be admitted to Teacher Education, complete the program, student teach and receive teaching certification. The Pennsylvania Department of Education and the College of Education and Human Services have established standards that all education majors must meet in order to enroll in certain courses, student teach and complete the Teacher Education program. Some of these standards are embodied in the Admission to Teacher Education program, which must be completed by the candidate during the semester following the completion of 48 credits. Students who transfer more than 41 credits are given two semesters to complete their Admission to Teacher Education requirements.

Program Admission Requirements

Students must:

  1. Possess an overall grade-point average of 2.80 to be admitted to Teacher Education in 2013-14.
  2. Earn at least a C or better (2.00) in each required content and educational methodology course as determined by their major department. These courses are identified on the official advisement sheet.
  3. Have met the Admission to Teacher Education admission window requirements. Admission window is 48 to 65 credit-hours (or the equivalent). Students not admitted to Teacher Education at this time will be denied admission at a later date. Students transferring into a teacher education program with more than 41 credits will be given a two-semester extension (up to 24 earned credits).
  4. Complete a speech and hearing test.
  5. Successfully pass the Pearson Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) exams.
  6. Possess Act 24 (Arrest and Conviction Form) Act 34 (Criminal Record), Act 114 (Federal Criminal History
    Record) and Act 151 (Child Abuse) clearances at the time of application for Admission to Teacher Education.
    Students are advised to apply for all clearances immediately as schools require them for early
    field experience work.
  7. Complete 3 credit-hours in English Composition I, 3 credit-hours in English Composition II and 6 credit-hours in mathematics. All courses must be at the college level. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better (2.00).
  8. Complete 3 seminars or 1 conference.
  9. Complete the Conceptual Framework Survey – Level I and the Self-Rating Candidate Professional Disposition Instrument – Level 1 as part of the Introductory Education course.
  10. Have a professor complete the Candidate Professional Disposition Instrument–Level 2.
  11. Have a person who has a professional relationship with the candidate complete the Candidate Professional Disposition Instrument–Level 2.

Missing the Teacher Education Admission Window

In some cases, the Teacher Education candidate may file the appeal form, Appeal to Extend the Admission Window by One Semester, which can be downloaded at the College of Education and Human Services website or found in the main office located on the second floor of the Keystone Education Center.

The items listed below that are required for Admission to Teacher Education are the ONLY items that are eligible for an extension of the admission window:

  • Needing to pass PAPA exams using either scoring method.
    • Candidate must show proof that all exams have been taken at least once.
    • It is the responsibility of each Teacher Education candidate to register and pay for the correct test(s).
  • Needing to complete 6 credits of composition/literature.
    • Candidates must show proof of 3 earned credits of English composition/literature. Note: Developmental English courses do not apply.
  • Needing to complete 6 credits of college-level math.
    • Candidates must show proof of 3 earned credits of college-level mathematics. Note: Developmental mathematics courses do not apply.
  • Needing to complete the introductory education course for the discipline with a grade of C or better.

The items listed below that are required for Admission to Teacher Education are not eligible for an extension of the admission window:

  • Not possessing an overall GPA of 2.80 or higher.
  • Not possessing Act 24, 34, 114 and 151 clearances.
  • Lacking 3 credits of English composition with a grade of C or better. ENG 102 will count for the composition requirement. Note: Developmental English courses do not apply.
  • Lacking 3 credits of college-level mathematics with a grade of C or better. Note: Developmental mathematics courses do not apply.

It is the candidate’s responsibility to start the appeal process by completing the Appeal to Extend the Admission Window by One Semester form. Candidates must submit their appeal to their department office by due dates shown in the table below. To fulfill the requirements of the appeal, students must apply for Admission to Teacher Education by the due dates given in the table below. Failure to apply for Admission to Teacher Education by the dates in the table below will result in the student NOT being able to complete an education degree at Cal U, and therefore, they will need to change their major immediately to a program other than Teacher Education.

Appeal Window Deadlines

Extension Semester

Appeal Due Date

Deadline for Admission for Teacher Education

Fall Semester

Sep. 15

Feb. 1

Spring Semester

Feb. 15

June 1