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Stage Requirements

This policy was effective with the Spring semester 2001, for all incoming freshmen, transfer, re-entry, and change of major students. 

STAGE REQUIREMENTS FOR PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION TEACHER CANDIDATES

PRE-ADMISSION TO TEACHER EDUCATION

  • Background Checks: Act 24 Arrest/Conviction Report, Act 34 Criminal History Report, Act 151 Child Abuse History Report, and Act 114 FBI Criminal History Record (Fingerprinting)
  • TB Testing 

STAGE 1: ADMISSION TO TEACHER EDUCATION CANDIDACY (During the semester you will complete 48 credits)

  • Achieve a cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • Obtain a "C" or better in 3 hours of English Composition, 3 hours of English Literature, and 6 hours of Mathematics
  • Pass PAPA (reading, writing, and mathematics modules) and have official scores on file at Kutztown University
  • Complete hours of field observation and exploration as required by program
  • Apply for teacher candidacy
  • Pre-candidates should apply for teacher candidacy during the semester they will obtain 48 credits. Applications can be obtained and returned to the major department. Pre-candidates who have not met all requirements: (1) will not be admitted to teacher candidacy; (2) cannot continue in the major; (3) cannot take teacher candidacy courses.

Note: Teacher candidates must pass all professional education courses with a "C" or better. Any teacher candidate for whom three letters are received from KU faculty, KU administrators, and/or public school personnel documenting the student's unsuitability for teaching may be denied entrance to any field experience including clinical experience and practicum.

STAGE 2: TEACHER EDUCATION CANDIDACY

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA overall
  • Complete all professional course work with minimum GPA as required by program
  • Register for all Praxis II or PECT exams as required by program
  • Obtain up-to-date background checks: Act 24 Arrest/Conviction Report, Act 34 Criminal History Report, Act 151 Child Abuse History Report, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record (Fingerprinting), and TB Testing
  • Receive recommendation from the Department Chair or screening committee

Teacher candidates convicted of any summary, misdemeanor, or felony offense will be removed from the professional semester and/or early field experience assignment.

Note: The Dean, Assistant Dean, and Department Chairs will determine continuation in the teacher education program. Teacher candidates denied clearance for STAGE II: (1) will NOT be permitted to pursue their professional semester and/or early field experience; (2) will NOT be permitted to pursue a teacher education major; (3) will NOT be permitted to enroll in additional courses within teacher education programs; (4) must declare a major outside of teacher education, if they plan to continue at Kutztown University.
 

STAGE 3: CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA overall
  • Complete all professional course work with minimum GPA as required by program
  • Complete both Clinical Experience assignments with the minimum grade as required by program and with at least "satisfactory" in each of the four PDE 430 categories

Teacher candidates convicted of any summary, misdemeanor, or felony offense will be removed from the clinical experience and practicum assignment.

Note: Teacher candidates (including newly admitted, re-entry, & transfer students) must achieve a minimum of "C" in both assignments of clinical experience and practicum and have at least a four on the PDE 430 forms with no one area ranked below one to successfully complete the program. Teacher candidates must maintain a minimum of 3.0 GPA in the major and overall to become eligible for PA teacher certification.

Right to Appeal: Teacher candidates have the right to appeal decisions to the Dean of the College of Education who chairs the Council for Teacher Education.

STAGE 4: CERTIFICATION

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA overall
  • Praxis II or PECT exams passed and official scores on file at KU
  • Complete TIMS application with credit card or money order (payable to the "Commonwealth of PA")

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: U.S. CITIZENSHIP OR A WRITTEN DECLARATION OF INTENT TO BECOME A U.S. CITIZEN WITHIN SIX YEARS IS A REQUIREMENT FOR PA CERTIFICATION.

 

Approved, COE Executive Committee: 05/07/12

Revised 05/07/12