PRP 3810 - Prior Version

PRP 3810 - Prior Version

Issued by: James Mackin, Ph.D., 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.

Effective Date: Fall 2007 - See current policy

Procedures:

The following are requirements for admission, monitoring, and exit procedures and requirements for all undergraduate students who will major in teacher education certification programs at Bloomsburg University. In setting these requirements, attention was given to all standards and criteria for teacher 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 Teacher Education

Students must submit a completed application packet to the faculty advisor no sooner than the completion of 48 credits and no later than the completion of 65 credits. Transfer students with 48 credits or more must submit a completed application packet during their second semester at Bloomsburg University. The faculty advisor will review the packet, interview the student, and submit a recommendation to the department chairperson indicating that the student be admitted or not be admitted to the program. Enrollment in upper division teacher education coursework (300 and 400 level courses) is contingent upon admission to the teacher education program.

For admission to teacher education, students must:

1. Obtain current Pennsylvania qualifying (i.e. passing) scores for the Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST). For Praxis requirements, see: www.teaching.state.pa.us/teaching/ choose "Testing Requirements.")
2. Possess an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
3. Possess a grade of C or better in all professional education and specialization courses. (The grade of C- (minus) does not meet this criterion.)
4. Complete 6 semester hours in college level mathematics.
5. Complete at least 6 hours in college level English composition and literature.
6. Successfully complete a five-day noncredit field experience by the end of the sophomore year or at the earliest possible time in the case of transfer or non-traditional students.
7. Submit two (2) recommendations from teacher 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 that follows the sample format.
11. Obtain current background clearances: ACT 34 (Request for Criminal Record Check) and ACT 151 (Child Abuse History Clearance). Clearances are valid for one year from date issued on the form.
Monitoring

All teacher education students must:

  • Successfully complete the following courses with a grade of C or better. (The grade of C- (minus) does not meet this criterion.)
  • All professional education courses and courses in area of specialization.
  • Communication sequence (as specified on Program of Study Guides).
  • Course 70.101 Introduction to Exceptional Individuals.
  • Maintain an overall and area of specialization cumulative grade point average of 3.0.

Any student falling below the appropriate criteria 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 certification program. Students will remain in the department for one additional semester after dismissal from the certification program so that appropriate advisement is available.

Demonstrate satisfactory performance as outlined in the program of study and consistent with the PDE Specific Program Guidelines, and Title 22, Part XVI, Chapter 354 Preparation of Professional Educators 354.33 Professional Competencies including from 354.33:

  • Understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline the teacher teaches and can create learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for all students.
  • Understands how all children learn and develop, and can provide learning opportunities that support their intellectual, social, career and personal development.
  • Understands how students differ in their ability and approaches to learning and creates opportunities that foster achievement of diverse learners in the inclusive classroom.
  • Understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies, including interdisciplinary learning experiences, to encourage students' development of critical thinking, problem solving and performance skills.
  • Uses an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning and self-motivation.
  • Uses knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal and media communication techniques supported by appropriate technology to foster active inquiry, collaboration and supportive interaction in the classroom.
    Plans instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, students, the community and curriculum goals.
  • Understands and uses formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social and physical development of the learner.
  • Thinks systematically about practice, learns from experience, seeks the advice of others, draws upon educational research and scholarship and actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally.
  • Contributes to school effectiveness by collaborating with other professionals and parents, by using community resources, and by working as an advocate to improve opportunities for student learning.

5. Complete field and clinical experiences, as outlined in the curriculum and/or program of study, including in diverse settings (urban and/or non-urban) and working with diverse populations (ESL, exceptionalities, gender, race/ethnicity, socio-economic status) as defined by NCATE.
6. Maintain professional liability insurance. The policy shall be a minimum of $1,000,000.00 per claim and $3,000,000.00 aggregate.
7. Maintain contact with their advisors each semester.
8. Maintain Act 34 (Request for Criminal Record Check) and Act 151 (Child Abuse History Check) clearances. Clearances are valid for one year from date issued on the form.

Eligibility for Student Teaching

Eligibility for student teaching will be determined during the scheduling period prior to the student teaching semester. Student teaching eligibility is contingent upon:

  • Completion of the admission to teacher education.
  • Possess an overall cumulative and area of specialization grade point average of 3.0.
  • A grade of C or better in all professional education courses, specialty courses, and appropriate methods courses specified by each teacher education certification program. (The grade of C- (minus) does not meet this criterion.)
  • 4. Continuation of professional liability insurance. The policy shall be a minimum of $1,000,000.00 per claim and $3,000,000.00 aggregate. This policy must remain in full force and effect for the duration of the practicum or student teaching assignment.
  • 5. Obtain clearances -- Act 34 (Request for Criminal Record Check) and Act 151 (Child Abuse History Clearance) -- that are valid for the duration of the student teaching semester.
  • 6. Obtain a tuberculosis screening (administered the semester prior to the student teaching semester) that will be valid through the student teaching semester.

Competency in Student Teaching

All teacher education students must have:

  • Written evaluations by cooperating teachers.
  • Written evaluations by university supervisors.
  • Grades of C or better. (The grade of C- (minus) does not meet this criterion.)
  • Two evaluations during student teaching using PDE 430 form, Pennsylvania Statewide Evaluation Form for Student Professional Knowledge and Practice, with satisfactory or above ratings.

Noncompliance

A teacher education student may be removed from:

1. A teacher education program if Act 34 Pennsylvania Criminal History, Act 151 Pennsylvania Child Abuse History, or FBI Federal Criminal History Record clearance(s) report any incidents.

2. Student teaching or field placements for failure to comply with school district policies and procedures, or for unsatisfactory level of teaching competency.

Appropriate teacher education handbooks describe processes.
Exit Criteria
All teacher education students must have:

  • Completed the prescribed teacher education curriculum with an overall and area of specialization cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  • Completed an approved experience in diversity as indicated in "Monitoring," item 5.
  • Completed coursework addressing the education of diverse populations (grade of "C" or better).
  • Demonstrated competency in student teaching with grades of C or better. (The grade of C- (minus) does not meet this criterion.)

  • Two evaluations during student teaching using PDE 430 form, Pennsylvania Statewide Evaluation Form for Student Professional Knowledge and Practice, with satisfactory or above ratings.
  • Beginning fall 2007, obtain a Pennsylvania passing score on the Praxis II: Subject Assessments.
  • In order to be able to apply for Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Instructional Level I certification, candidates must pass 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/ choose "Testing Requirements.")

    Admission to Teacher Education for Second Degree Students

    Students with bachelor's degrees enrolling in initial teacher certification programs must have an overall GPA of 3.0 for their undergraduate degree OR achieve 3.0 GPA after at least 12 credits as a nondegree student. These students must complete the admission to teacher education packet, pass Pennsylvania Praxis I (and, as appropriate for secondary education certifications, pass Pennsylvania Praxis II) tests prior to transition from pre-teacher education (PTE) to teacher education program.

    Admission to Graduate Programs for Initial (first) Certification

    Students seeking initial certification through a graduate program must have an overall GPA of 3.0 for their bachelor's degree. These students must complete the admission to teacher education packet. For secondary education initial certification, the graduate student must pass the Praxis I and Praxis II tests prior to admission to teacher education. For an initial K-12 certification (e.g., business education, elementary, early childhood, foreign languages, special education, DHOH, speech-language pathology), the graduate student must pass Pennsylvania Praxis I tests prior to admission to teacher education; and before graduation, must pass Pennsylvania Praxis II tests.

    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.

    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 3/07Proposed 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