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 Educational Technology 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 Educational Technology, 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 one of four options: See current College of Education and Educational Technology website for specific details regarding passing scores.
      • SAT/ACT Exemption
      • Pre-service Academic Performance Assessments (PAPA)
      • PRAXIS Core Academic Tests for Educators
      • Combination of different tests from different vendors
    • 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
      • COMM 103 (or major program requirement in lieu of COMM 103)
      • 6 credits in Mathematics (level 101 or higher)
    • Act 34/Act 151 Clearances and TB Test (Must be renewed annually.)
    • Act 24 (PDE-6004) Arrest or Conviction Report
    • Act 114 FBI Fingerprinting (Continuing enrollment in IUP Teacher Preparation Program is required for fingerprinting to remain valid.)
    • One-time-only completion of speech and hearing test.
    • 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.)
    • Satisfactorily completed essay
    • Evidence of satisfactory evaluation of LiveText portfolio; submit rubric as completed by COMM103 instructor
    • Advisor’s recommendation and signature
    • Originals of all documents must be submitted with your application. Copies will be made in the college office and originals will be returned to student.
    • Documented completion of ACT 126 Training

    Results of Step 1 approval:

    Ability to register for:

    EDUC 242 Pre-Student Teaching I

    EDUC 442 School Law                  

    Updated August 2016                      

    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 & 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, include CD and Portfolio Evaluation. 
    • Advisor’s recommendation and signature.

    Results of Mid-Program Review Approval: 

    Ability to continue with program as planned

    Updated May 9, 2014

    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 / Act 151 / Act 126 Clearances and TB Test (Must be renewed annually).
    • Act 24 (PDE-6004) Arrest or Conviction Report (Completed before EDUC 242 and Student Teaching).
    • 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 $1,000,000.00 per claim and an aggregate of $3,000,000.00 per occurrence if obtained via private insurance).
    • Completion of all major courses, methods courses, and liberal studies 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 404.
    • 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 2016

    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 PA Department of Education for Teacher Certification


    Updated August 2016