First year students are admitted into the major and certificate programs on a provisional basis as a "pre-education" major. The Pennsylvania Department of Education promulgates the requirements for "formal" admission to any approved teacher preparation program in Pennsylvania. After these criteria are met, students may then declare the major in PK-4 Elementary, PK-4 Elementary with PK-8 Certification, or the certificate track.
The requirements set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Education are as follows:
- Students must complete 48 credits of general education and introductory education courses.
- A GPA of 3.0 (or reasonable expectation of achieving a 3.0 prior to student teaching).
- Six credits of college level mathematics
- Three credits of English composition and three credits of English Literature
- Interview with the Director of Teacher Education
- Passing scores in the Basic Skills Requirement tests for educators*
*The Basic Skills Requirement can be satisfied by passing scores on the following.
- The Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) modules in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics.
- The Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) modules in Reading, Writing, or Mathematics.
- The Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) combined score of 1550 or higher with no individual section - Critical Reading, Writing, Mathematics - score of less than 500.
- The American College Test (ACT) Plus Writing Composite score of 23 accompanied by a combined English Writing score of 22 and a Math score of 21.
Education Majors must, in most circumstances, maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to be certified in Pennsylvania. Students must also pass the appropriate PECT and current instructional content assessments. As of March, 2016, PDE is permitting students to use “mixed” test scores from vendors for the basic skills requirement. Please see the Director of Teacher Education for specific details.