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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 the Pre-professional Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) exams with the minimum score established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Completion of the following courses with a minimum grade of “C”: 
    •   ENGL 101 
    •   ENGL 121 for all Education majors, except:
    •   ENGL 122 for English majors and MUHI 102 for Music majors 
    •   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 (completed before EDUC 242 and Student Teaching)
  • 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
  • Reviewed evidence of starting an electronic portfolio, include CD and portfolio evaluation
  • 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 9, 2013)

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, 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 and 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 342 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 electronic portfolio review, include CD and portfolio evaluation
  • 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 9, 2013)

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
  • Final review of the Electronic Professional Portfolio and Teacher Work Sample (include copy of CD, Portfolio Evaluation, and Teacher Work Sample)
  • Completed application for graduation
  • Completed application for Pennsylvania Teacher Certification
  • 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 9, 2013)

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