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What is the Three-Step Process for Teacher Education?

  • You will go through three checkpoints as you progress through the Spanish Education K-12 Program. These checkpoints are summarized below. Be sure to read carefully the information posted on the College of Education and Communications website regarding the Three-Step Process, as this information is subject to change.

    In addition to the requirements established by IUP’s College of Education and Communications, the Spanish Education K-12 Program has language-specific requirements which you must meet in order to obtain approval for each step; also, note that there is a “Departmental Step” between Steps 1 and 2:

    Step 1: Application for Teacher Education

    Eligibility requirements for enrolling in the professional education sequence:

    • A minimum of 48 earned credits and a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
    • Successful completion of the following (scores can be mixed and matched):
      1. The Pre-Professional Academic Performance  Assessment (PAPA) exams with the minimum passing score established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education
      2. Praxis Core exam with the minimum passing score established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education
      3. Documented SAT scores (total must be > 1500 with each of the three component tests (Reading, Writing, and Math) > 500 
      4. The American College Test (ACT) Plus Writing composite score of 23 accompanied by a combined English score of 22, Writing score of 21, and a Math score of 21

    • Completion of the following courses with a minimum grade of “C”:
      • ENGL 101
      • ENGL 121 for all majors, except: ENGL 122 for ENGL and MUHI 102 for MUEd
      • EDSP 102
      • ACE 103 (or major program requirement in lieu of ACE 103)
      • 6 credits in Mathematics (level 101 or higher)
    • Act 34 Criminal Background Check (Must be renewed annually)
    • Act 151 Child-Abuse Clearances  (Must be renewed annually.)
    • Act 24 (PDE-6004) Arrest or Conviction Report(Must be renewed annually)
    • Act 114 FBI Fingerprinting (Continuing enrollment in IUP Teacher Preparation Program is required for fingerprinting to remain valid.)
    • Documented completion of ACT 126 Training. (Must be renewed annually)
    • TB Test (Must be renewed prior to entering schools / annually)
    • Speech and hearing test (One time only)
    • Proof of Liability Insurance (annual update required or join multiple years) – PSEA membership or Private insurance (Must have a minimum of $1,000,000.00 per claim and an aggregate of $3,000,000.00 per occurrence if obtained via private insurance)
    • Satisfactorily completed essay
    • Evidence of satisfactory evaluation of LiveText portfolio
    • Advisor’s recommendation and signature
    • Originals of all documents must be submitted with your application. Copies will be made in Teacher Education Office and originals will be returned to student.

    Results of Step 1 approval:

    Ability to register for:

    EDUC 242 Pre-Student Teaching I

    EDUC 442 School Law

    Updated August 2017                     

    Departmental Step: Mid-Program Review

    Benchmark Step for Assessing Progress in Program:

    • A minimum of 60 credits.
    • Successful completion of Step 1.
    • Maintenance of a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in SPAN courses.
    • Completion of EDUC 242 Pre-Student Teaching I with "C" or better.
    • Attainment of Intermediate-Mid or higher on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (advisory rating).
    • Completion of writing sample in Spanish (feedback provided).
    • Successful completion of interview in English (includes review of "Professional Involvement Log").
    • Updated Electronic Portfolio review
    • Advisor’s recommendation and signature.

    Results of Mid-Program Review Approval: 

    Ability to continue with program as planned

    Updated August, 2017

    Step 2: Application for Student Teaching       

    Eligibility requirements for student teaching placement:

    • Successful completion of Step 1.
    • Maintenance of a cumulative GPA of 3.0 & a minimum GPA of 3.0 in SPAN courses
    • Renewed Act 34 Clearances
    • Renewed Act 151 Clearances
    • Current Act 114 Clearances
    • Renewed Act 24 (PDE-6004) Arrest or Conviction Report
    • Renewed documentation of completion of ACT 126 Training
    • Renewed TB Test
    • Successful completion of ALL required PRAXIS II or PECT (Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests ) Exams. (The PRAXIS and PECT cut-off scores for each test must be at or above the current PDE established score at the time a candidate applies for Pennsylvania Teacher Certification.)
    • Proof of Liability Insurance (annual update required) – PSEA membership or Private insurance (Must have a minimum of $1,000,000 per claim and an aggregate of $3,000,000 per occurrence if obtained via private insurance)
    • Completion of all major courses, methods courses, and liberal studies and science courses with a minimum grade of “C”
    • Updated satisfactory review of LiveText portfolio with program specific requirements and artifacts
    • Grade of "C" or higher in SPAN 453 and SPAN 330
    • Attainment of Advanced-Low rating or higher on the Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and Writing Proficiency Test (WPT), according to published deadlines

    Advisor’s recommendation and signature

    Results of Step 2 approval: 

    Ability to register for Student Teaching

    Updated August 2017

    Step 3: Applications for Graduation and Pennsylvania Teacher Certification       

    Eligibility Requirements:

    • Successful completion of Step 2.
    • Successful completion of Student Teaching with grade of C or better.
    • Maintenance of a cumulative GPA of 3.0 & a minimum GPA of 3.0 in SPAN courses.
    • If needed: verification of sliding scale Praxis 2 or PECT results based on final posted GPA.
    • Final satisfactory review of the LiveText Teacher Work Sample
    • Completed application for graduation.
    • Completed application for Pennsylvania Teacher Certification.
    • Copy of TIMS coversheet from PDE website
    • Copy of IUP Marketplace receipt for certification processing
    • The recommendation of your student teaching supervisor and program coordinator.
    • The recommendation of the IUP Teacher Certification Officer.

    Results of Step 3 approval:

    Recommendation to Pennsylvania Department of Education for Teacher Certification

    Updated August 2017