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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 the following: 

a. the Pre-professional Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) exams with the minimum passing score established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education

b. Praxis Core exam with the minimum passing score established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education

c. documented SAT scores (total must be > 1550 with each of the three component tests (Reading, Writing & Math) > 500

d. 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

  • Completion of the following courses with a minimum grade of “C”: 
    • ENGL 101   6 credits in Mathematics (level 101 or higher) 
    • 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 Teacher Education 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 January 2015)

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 LiveText portfolio review and 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
  • 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

      **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 form 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 January 2015)

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