PRP 3810 - Admission, Monitoring and Exit Procedures for Teacher Education Initial Certification Programs

PRP 3810 - Admission, Monitoring and Exit Procedures for Teacher Education Initial Certification Programs

Issued by: Ira Blake, Ph.D., Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

NOTES: Approved by BUCC, 9/3/87. Revised by BUCC, 2/17/88, 3/31/93, 4/27/94. Approved by Forum 10/19/94. Approved by BUCC 11/14/01. Presented to Forum 11/28/01. Approved by BUCC 4/19/06. Presented to Forum 4/26/06. Approved by BUCC 4/18/07. Presented to Forum 4/25/07. Approved by BUCC 4/7/10. Presented to Forum 4/21/10.

Effective Date: Fall 2010

Prior version of this policy

Procedures:

The following are requirements for admission, monitoring, and exit procedures for all initial teacher education programs at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. In setting these requirements, attention was given to all standards and criteria for teacher education candidates as mandated by the State Board of Education of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Admission to Initial Teacher Education
Initial preparation programs are at the baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate levels that prepare candidates for their FIRST professional education license.

Undergraduate Students seeking initial certification must submit a completed application packet to their faculty advisor no sooner than the completion of 48 credits and no later than the completion of 60 credits or during the semester in which they will complete 60 credits. Transfer students with 48 credits or more must submit a completed application packet by their second semester at Bloomsburg University. The Coordinator of Teacher Education Admissions Packets will review the admission packet and submit a recommendation to the program chairperson indicating that the student be admitted or not be admitted to the program. Enrollment in upper division professional education coursework (300 and 400 level courses) is contingent upon admission to the teacher education program. At this point of the admissions process the student recommended for program admissions becomes a teacher education “candidate.”

Graduate Degree Students seeking initial certification must submit a completed application packet to their graduate program coordinator no sooner than the completion of 12 graduate credits and no later than the completion of 24 graduate credits. The designated graduate program coordinator will review the admission packet and submit a recommendation to the program chairperson indicating that the student be admitted or not be admitted to the program. Additional entrance proficiencies may be established and required by individual programs. At this point of the admissions process the student recommended for program admissions becomes a teacher education “candidate.”

Admissions Checklist for All Prospective INITIAL Teacher Education Preparation Program Candidates
For formal admission to teacher education, ALL prospective candidates must:

  • 1. Obtain current Pennsylvania qualifying (i.e., passing) scores for the Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST). (For Praxis requirements, see: www.state.pa.us, choose “Education” on dropdown under PA State Agencies; left side, choose “Certifications”; right side, choose “Teacher Certifications System; and then choose “List Certification Application Procedures”.)
  • 2. Possess an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  • 3. Possess a grade of C or better in all undergraduate professional education, specialization, and communication courses, as specified by your program of study, with a grade of C or better. (The grade of C- [minus] does not meet this criterion.) Graduate students must adhere to the grade requirements established in PRP 3565 or those established by their graduate program and specified within their application packet.
  • 4. Complete 6 semester hour credits in college level mathematics.
  • 5. Complete at least 6 hour credits in college level English composition and literature.
  • 6. Successfully complete initial field and clinical experience hours, as outlined in the curriculum and/or program of study.
  • 7. Submit two (2) recommendations from professional education faculty.
  • 8. Submit the results from a current tuberculosis screening administered within the last two years.
  • 9. Possess professional liability insurance. The policy shall be a minimum of $1,000,000.00 per claim and $3,000,000.00 aggregate.
  • 10. Submit a resume.
  • 11. Obtain current background clearances: Act 34 (Request for Criminal Record Check), Act 151 (Child Abuse History Clearance), and Act 114 (Federal Criminal History Record). Clearances are current if provided within one year of the date issued on the form. Any clearance with an infraction will trigger a “Program Review Counseling Session” by the College of Education.

Monitoring of Initial Teacher Education Preparation Programs
Monitoring begins upon undergraduate or graduate admission to Bloomsburg University and continues through graduation. Maintain contact with your program advisor each semester for assistance in the monitoring process. For continuation in teacher education programs at Bloomsburg University.

ALL candidates must:

  • 1. Maintain an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Any undergraduate students falling below the criterion will be placed on probation for one semester. Probationary students have one semester to re-establish the required GPA or they will be dismissed from the teacher education program. If dismissed, the candidate must reapply for admission to the program after required criteria are met. Any graduate student falling below the criteria will adhere to the requirements established in PRP 3565.
  • 2. Complete all professional education, specialization, and communication courses, as specified by your program of study, with a grade of C or better. (The grade of C- [minus] does not meet this criterion.) Graduate students must adhere to the grade requirements established in PRP 3565 or those established by their graduate program and specified within their application packet.
  • 3. Successfully complete field and clinical experience hours in diverse settings (urban and/or non-urban) and working with diverse populations (ELL, exceptionalities, gender, race/ethnicity, socio-economic status) as defined by NCATE.
  • 4. Maintain a current tuberculosis screening administered within the last two years.
  • 5. Maintain professional liability insurance. The policy shall be a minimum of $1,000,000.00 per claim and $3,000,000.00 aggregate.
  • 6. Maintain contact with their academic advisor each semester to monitor completion of program requirements and matriculation.
  • 7. Obtain Act 34 (Request for Criminal Record Check), Act 151 (Child Abuse History Clearance), and Act 114 (Federal Criminal History Record) clearances if required for a class or field-based experience.

Eligibility for Student Teaching/Graduate Practicum and Internships for Initial Certificate Programs
Eligibility for student teaching and clinical experiences will be determined during the scheduling period prior to the student teaching and clinical experience semester. Students must attend a student teaching orientation session and complete the required application for student teaching prior to the established deadlines. All criteria listed in items 1-7 above must be completed for participation in any practicum or student teaching experience. All candidates must obtain current background clearances: Act 34 (Request for Criminal Record Check), Act 151 (Child Abuse History Clearance), and Act 114 (Federal Criminal History Record). Clearances are current if provided within one year of the date issued on the form. Any clearance with an infraction will trigger a “Program Review Counseling Session” by the College of Education.

Exit from Initial Teacher Education Preparation Programs
Documented Competency in Student Teaching/Graduate Practicum and Internships

ALL candidates must have:

  • 1. Written evaluations by cooperating teachers.
  • 2. Written evaluations by university supervisors.
  • 3. Earned grades of C or better for undergraduate candidates. (The grade of C- [minus] does not meet this criterion.) Graduate candidates must follow appropriate program guidelines as outlined in PRP 3463 and 3565.
  • 4. Obtained two evaluations during student teaching using PDE 430 form, Pennsylvania Statewide Evaluation Form for Student Professional Knowledge and Practice, with satisfactory or above ratings.
  • 5. Received evaluations during student teaching/practicum using the Final Evaluation Form, as appropriate, and as described in the Bloomsburg University Student Teaching Handbook.

Documented Competency and Completion of Program Requirements for Graduation

ALL candidates must have:

  • 1. Completed all coursework within the prescribed professional education curriculum with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  • 2. Completed and documented an approved experience in diversity as required by the College of Education.
  • 3. Demonstrated competency with grades of C or better (the grade of C- [minus] does not meet this criterion) and the fulfillment of “Competency in Student Teaching” and “Student Teaching Requirements” as outlined in the Bloomsburg University Student Teaching Handbook.
  • 4. Obtained two evaluations during student teaching using PDE 430 form, Pennsylvania Statewide Evaluation Form for Student Professional Knowledge and Practice, with satisfactory or above ratings.
  • 5. Certification is not a requirement to exit the program. In order for initial (first) certificate candidates to be eligible to apply for Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Instructional Level I certification, candidates must have completed a bachelor’s degree, completed a PDE-approved teacher preparation program, and passed their program's Praxis I and Praxis II assessments. Qualifying (passing) scores are established by the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education (See www.teaching.state.pa.us/teaching/ and choose "Testing Requirements"). Graduate students earning initial certification must meet the specific requirements of their program. Bloomsburg University does not certify candidates, but does recommend candidates for certification by verifying candidate competence in their professional education program including graduation. Candidates MUST complete PDE 338C and PDE 338G forms and submit them to the Certification Office within the College of Education before they can be recommended for Pennsylvania certification.

Noncompliance
A candidate may be removed from their program, student teaching, practicum and/or internship based on the following:

  • 1. If Act 34 (Request for Criminal History Record), Act 151 (Child Abuse History Clearance) or Act 114 (Federal Criminal History Record) report any incidents.
  • 2. Failure to comply with school district and/or university policies and procedures, including any violation of the law.
  • 3. If a criminal infraction occurs during student teaching, practicum/and or internship
  • 4. Unsatisfactory level of competency.

Note: Students are provided with a system by which to grieve complaints of alleged academic injustices through the Teacher Education Admission, Progression, and Retention Board of the School of Education.

Summary of INITIAL Program Transition Points:

There are a number of transition points and assessments to monitor candidate program progress. Transition points are pre-determined benchmarks where progress is measured to ensure mastery of critical competencies.

Key transition points include:

  • 1. Acceptance to Pre-teacher Education (PTE)
  • 2. Admission to Teacher Education (PS)
  • 3. Recommendation for Student Teaching
  • 4. Completion of Student Teaching
  • 5. Graduation
  • 6. Certification

2/15/2000 - School of Education Admissions Task Force

1/29/2001- Revised recommendations by Office of the Dean to comply with Chapter 354 and NCATE Standards

9/05 - Revised recommendations proposed by Office of the Dean, College of Professional Studies

11/20/06 and 3/07 Proposed recommendations by Office of the Dean, College of Professional Studies. Reviewed by [CPS Chairperson Council; NCATE-related Handbook Committee 1/07, CPS Teacher Education Chairs 3/27/07, CPS Curriculum Committee 3/29/07, Graduate Council 4/07, BUCC 4/18/07