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): The Pre-Professional Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA), Praxis Core, SAT, and/or ACT exams with the minimum passing scores established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
    • 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); satisfactory evaluation of Step1 LiveText portfolio
      • Six 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. Some districts/sites require an updated Act 114 within the year.)
    • Documented completion of ACT 126 Training (must be renewed annually)
    • TB Test (must be renewed prior to entering schools/annually; some districts/sites require a two-step TB test)
    • 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
    • Advisor’s recommendation and signature
    • Documents should be updated and uploaded into CastleBranch. 

    Results of Step 1 approval: Ability to register for: EDUC 242 Pre-Student Teaching I, EDUC 442 School Law, and other Professional Education Courses    

    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

    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 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 and methods courses,with a minimum grade of “C”
    • Completion of all 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 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 or program coordinator’s recommendation and signature

    Results of Step 2 approval: Ability to register for Student Teaching

    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 and 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 April 2018