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What is the Three-Step Process for Teacher Education?

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.

            a. SAT/ACT Exemption

            b. Pre-service Academic Performance Assessments (PAPA)

            c. PRAXIS Core Academic Tests for Educators

            d. 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 $1,000,000.00 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; 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. www.reportabusepa.pitt.edu

Results of Step 1 approval: Ability to register for:

EDUC 242 Pre-Student Teaching I

EDUC 442 School Law                                                                          

(Updated July 2016)

                                                                

Departmental Step - Mid-Program Review     Updated May 9, 2014

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

 

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 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 January 2015

     

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 January 2015

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