What does Step 1 mean?
Step I is the first step in IUP’s Three-Step
Process. All teacher candidates in the
State of Pennsylvania are held to high standards and must complete a rigorous
academic program. Although you may have
been accepted to IUP as a subject, grade level(s), or discipline-specific
education major, all teacher candidates must apply to be admitted into the
formal Educator Preparation Program. The application process is described here.
Where can I obtain an application for Step 1?
obtain an application from your advisor, program coordinator, or the Educator
Preparation Office in Stouffer Hall, Room 104.
What should be included in the application for Step 1?
All of the
requirements below must be met before your application will be accepted:
Where should I submit my application for Step 1?
submit the application to your advisor for review and approval. Be certain that
all of the information is included and current. Then, the application goes to the Office of Educator Preparation in 104
What should be covered in the Personal Goals Essay for Step 1?
personal goals essay information is located in the Step I application. You are asked to reflect on what you have
learned about the psychology of human development, behavior, learning,
motivation, and instructional theory. How does what you have learned influence your beliefs about the
educational process? Your essay should apply to your desired profession and age
personal goals statement will be evaluated by your advisor for grammar and
usage, spelling, content, organization, clarity of ideas, and degree to which
you answered the questions.
How can I meet the basic skills requirements?
You can meet the meet the basic skills requirements in a variety of ways, including qualifying SAT and/or ACT scores, the PAPA exams, and/or the Praxis Core exams. Please visit the All About State Testing Requirements page to learn about the state requirements.
How can I prepare for the exams?
What are the speech and hearing screenings?
screenings are required tests that determine if your speech and hearing are within
normal parameters for performing the duties of a teacher. There are designated
test dates throughout the semester. The speech and hearing screenings are held
in Davis Hall, Room 263. The screenings are free, but you need to present your
I-Card at the time of the screening.
What is the TB test?
tuberculosis (TB) test is a requirement for state certification and is used to
determine if the student has been exposed to TB. The TB test is a simple skin
test and must be completed before applying to Step 1. Find information about
signing up for your TB test at the University
Health Service. TB testing is free for Health Fee
A students (most undergraduates) if done in the TB clinics. If you decide to
walk in during the semester, or are a Health Fee B student (graduate student),
there is a charge of $15.
As of March
2007, the Educator Preparation Office is requiring teacher candidates to have a
TB test on file that is no more than one year old at the time a student
enters Step 1. After that, students must
provide a current TB test prior to each field experience. Students need to be aware that some districts/sites
require a two-step TB test. It will be the student’s responsibility to
comply with the district’s requirement in order to proceed with the placement.
What is the electronic portfolio?
portfolio is an electronic presentation of documents and artifacts created and
compiled by a student to provide evidence that he/she has met the rigorous
standards and requirements of our teacher preparation programs. The portfolio
is developed and evaluated in LiveText at each of the three stages of IUP’s Three-Step Process. A completed portfolio is a requirement for graduation from
all of IUP’s teacher preparation programs.
Education majors are required to take ACE 103, EDEX 103, or MUSC 240,
which gives you the basics on how to create your electronic portfolio. If you
transferred any of these courses, it is your responsibility to make
arrangements to purchase LiveText and create your e-portfolio. See your
academic advisor or program coordinator who will assist you with finding
support for the process.
information such as your contact information, philosophy of education, résumé,
as well as artifacts and descriptions of how you have met the standards
specified for your teacher education program should be included in your
e-portfolio. Your electronic portfolio should be in LiveText and up to date with
your application for teacher education (Step 1), and before student teaching
(Step 2). Your course instructor will
evaluate the Step 1 portfolio, and your academic advisor will evaluate your Step
2 Portfolio in LiveText. Your Teacher
Work Sample will be your Step 3 e-portfolio artifact and will be evaluated by
your student teaching supervisor.
What clearences do I need and how do I get them?
Please visit the LiveText site to learn about Clearances and Castle Branch. In accordance with the Pennsylvania
Department of Education and school districts with whom we partner in hosting field experiences, the Office
of Educator Preparation requires that all candidates maintain current clearances.
All candidates (both
incoming and current) are required to have a CastleBranch account for managing your clearances. The CastleBranch
management system will allow you to upload,
maintain, and access their clearances from any electronic device. It is recommended that all candidates
update their clearances by August 15 each year in preparation for the upcoming field
How do I get my personal liability insurance for pre-student teaching and student teaching?
liability insurance (annual update required) can be obtained through a
membership with PSEA or private insurance and must have a minimum of $1,000,000 per claim with an aggregate of $3,000,000 per occurrence if obtained
via private insurance. A membership can be obtained online on the PSEA website.
What are pre-student teaching clinical experiences I and II (EDUC 242 and EDUC 342)?
experiences required for the IUP Educator Preparation Programs consist of at
least two pre-student teaching clinical experiences (EDUC 242 and EDUC 342) and
a student teaching experience (EDUC 421, 441, 461, and/or). Pre-student
teaching experiences, Clinical Experiences I and II, consist of at least two
placements involving observation and participation in basic education
classrooms with mentoring by a cooperating teacher. Pre-student teaching,
Clinical I (one credit), is customarily scheduled during the sophomore or
junior year, after you have been admitted to a certification program (Step 1). Pre-student teaching, Clinical II (one credit), is customarily scheduled during
the junior or senior year after you have completed Clinical I.
In order to
register for EDUC 242 or EDUC 342, you must have Step 1 approval. You can
register for EDUC 242 and EDUC 342 by using MyIUP. Once you have registered for
EDUC 242 or EDUC 342, you should obtain a copy of the Pre-Student
Teaching Handbook. The handbook contains the
application for the clinical experience as well as all the generic forms that
are to be submitted to the Teacher Education office when applying for
Be sure to submit the application along with the following forms:
The EDUC 242 pre-student teacher is
required to spend a minimum of 35 hours of observation for Clinical
Experience I. The EDUC 342 pre-student teacher is required to spend a minimum
of 35 hours of observation and participation for Clinical Experience
II. Program requirements vary for these
experiences, so please talk with your advisor, course instructor, or program
coordinator to discuss the EDUC 242 and EDUC 342 clinical experiences. Students
may log clinical experience hours in their prescribed schools at times during
the semester that are mutually agreed upon with their cooperating teacher.
Students must follow established
departmental guidelines for pre-student teaching, Professional Sequence I (EDUC
242), and Professional Sequence II (EDUC 342). All placements in the public
schools or other educational settings in Pennsylvania are processed only through the Educator Preparation
Office. You may not make your own arrangements or contact teachers or
principals for placements.
Pre-clinical placements are made for
the entire semester via the applications submitted to the Educator Preparation
Office by your instructor. All efforts are made by the Educator Preparation Office
to obtain the placement at the school district that you requested. IUP must
have an approved affiliation agreement with the school district or site prior
to your placement being confirmed. All school districts have the right to deny
placement requests. It is therefore possible that all three of your requested
placement locations can be denied. You will be placed in an alternate location
as close as possible to your original requested location.
Request for placements cannot be
located in the district that you graduated from, where family members are
employed, or where your children currently attend.