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Teacher Education Program

Breiseth Hall - Suite 204 570-408-4680 (T) 570-408-7872 (F) Email

Important Information from the Pennsylvania Department of Education

This Teacher Education Program (TEP) information addresses the new certification programs mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) that will be followed by all students starting in Fall 2010 or after.

The new programs are:

1. A new Pre-kindergarten through fourth grade (PK-4) certification will replace the current Kindergarten through sixth grade (K-6) certification;

2. A new choice of special education concentrations that specifies a grade band of Pre-kindergarten through eighth grades (PK-8_ OR seventh through twelfth grades (7-12) will replace the current Pre-kindergarten through twelfth grad (PK-12) generalist certificate; and

3. A new Middle Level certification in grades four through eight (4-8).

Students who have started Wilkes prior to Fall 2010 will continue in their current programs as listed on their current course requirements checklists for the following programs:

  • Elementary Education (grades Kindergarten through 6)
  • Special Education (pre-Kindergarten through grade 12)
  • Secondary Education grades 7-12, with teacher certification in Biology, Chemistry, English, Earth & Space Science (with a major in Earth and Environmental Sciences), Spanish, and Social Studies (with a major in History of Political Science)

Students who have started at Wilkes prior to Fall 2010 and are enrolled in the Elementary Education (K-6) major or the Special Education (PreK-12) program must complete all required coursework and PRAXIS tests and apply for teaching certification by June 30, 2013. As of August 31, 2013, these programs will no longer be certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Students should regularly consult with their academic advisors and the Education Department for any changes or considerations. The Education Department offers specific advising checklists and policy documents to help guide students in their respective programs.

The Teacher Education Program

Students who are preparing for teacher certification must be formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program at Wilkes University, which includes completion of a formal written application. Students are expected to review and comply with policy documents available in the Education Department office (Breiseth Hall, Rm. 204). Policies may change due to changes in the PDE regulations.

The criteria for formal admission to the Teacher Education Program are as follows:

The student must
  • complete 48 semester hour credits (including 6 credits of Mathematics and 6 credits of English as required by the PDE);
  • achieve a minimum GPA of 2.5 to register for ED 190 (Effective Teaching with Field Experience) and ED 191 (Integrating Technology into the Classroom);
  • achieve final grades of 2.5 or higher in ED 180, ED 190, and ED 191;
  • achieve an overall GPA of 2.85 to proceed from 100-level ED courses to 200-level ED courses;
  • achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 to be formally admitted into the Teacher Education Program and to continue in courses at the 300-level;
  • take and pass the three PAPA tests in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics (administered by Pearson) in order to register for 300-level Education courses;
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA to be retained in the program following formal admission (as required by the PDE);
  • submit current, valid Act 34 State Police Criminal Record Check, ACT 151 Child Abuse History Clearance, and Act 114 FBI Fingerprint Check all showing “No Record”;
  • complete and submit the Teacher Education Program Application, Philosophy, Disposition Assessments, Code of Professionalism and Academic Honesty, and Agreement of Understanding of student policies

Program requirements may change at the discretion of the Pennsylvania Department of Education.


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