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Stage Requirements

 

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, Act 126 Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter Training, 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)

  • Satisfactory Dispositions Assessment
  • 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 ETS Core or PAPA (reading, writing, and mathematics modules) and have official scores on file at Kutztown University

            OR achieve one of the following basic skills alternatives at time of matriculation

  • SAT score of no less than 1550 (with minimum score of 500 on each individual section - Critical Reading, Writing, and Mathematics). Note: Students may combine section scores from different test administrations, using their best score earned from each test administration.
  • A composite score of 23 on the ACT. The composite score shall be accompanied by a combined English/Writing score of 22 and a Math score of 21.

           OR any other basic skills alternative accepted by the Pennsylvania Department of Education

  • Complete hours of field observation and exploration as required by program
  • Apply for teacher candidacy

STAGE 2: TEACHER EDUCATION CANDIDACY

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA overall
  • Satisfactory Disposition Assessment
  • Complete all professional course work with minimum GPA 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 126 Mandated Child Abuse Reporter Training, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record (Fingerprinting), and TB Testing
  • Receive recommendation from the Department Chair or screening committee

STAGE 3: CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA overall
  • Satisfactory Disposition Assessment
  • 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

STAGE 4: CERTIFICATION

  • Satisfactory Dispositions Assessment
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA overall
  • *Subject Assessment of 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")

Individual school districts may have more stringent requirements for background checks.

             *It is recommended that Subject Assessment/PECT exams be taken prior to or

                                            during clinical experience (student teaching).

 Revised and Approved, COE Executive Committee: 08/05/2015

Approved,  Council for Teacher Education 09/24/2015