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CCAC/IUP Collaborative
Elementary Education Program
http://www.ccac.edu/iup
The CCAC/IUP Collaborative Elementary Education Program is a unique, highly competitive
daytime program that leads to the CCAC Associate Degree in Teacher Education, the IUP
Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, and recommendation for Pennsylvania
Department of Education Certification.
The program is designed for students who are committed to teaching in urban public schools.
Helping students meet future challenges in teacher education, the program emphasizes the
diverse issues that influence education in kindergarten though sixth grade.
Students who are interested in becoming an elementary school teacher should complete an
application for the program during their freshman year at CCAC. Students’ applications
received in the fall will be considered for early decision by the Admissions Committee. If
accepted, these students will be notified in early spring that they have been selected begin the
program the following fall. Applications are accepted until the fall class of 35 students have
been admitted.
All students begin in the program as sophomores, so it is essential that students have completed
their freshman year at CCAC. The sophomore group of 35 students is referred to as a “cohort”,
and they will attend all of their IUP courses together until they graduate from IUP. The cohort
system has been very helpful to students, who form strong bonds and lifelong friendships with
members of their cohort. Students are not grouped with their cohort for their CCAC classes.
About the Community College of Allegheny County
http://www.ccac.edu
The Community College of Allegheny County is a member of the Pittsburgh Council on Higher
Education (PCHE), and its campuses are accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges
and Schools.
The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is the largest community college in
Pennsylvania and the eighteenth largest multi-campus community college in the nation. The
College serves all of Allegheny County through four campuses, eight college centers and over
400 off-campus sites. CCAC's vision is to be the premier of community college in Pennsylvania,
with an established national presence.
The College intends to foster dynamic, world-class education and training delivered through
state-of-the-art technology to prepare students and employees for success and excellence in a
highly competitive and rapidly changing world. Students will be challenged to achieve their
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goals and realize their potential in a creative, nurturing environment.
As a leader in regional revitalization, the College partners with regional sponsors, with other
colleges and universities, with business, industry, and labor, and with other agencies to build a
competitive workforce and a better quality of life for our community. This community
partnership is based upon an energetic institutional culture, which embraces integrity, trust,
diversity, and the value of every individual.
About Indiana University of Pennsylvania
http://www.iup.edu
Founded in 1875, Indiana University of Pennsylvania draws its fourteen thousand-plus
enrollment from nearly every state and from scores of foreign countries. With three campuses
located in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains, IUP is the largest of the fourteen universities
in the State System of Higher Education and the only one that grants doctoral degrees.
Recognized as a "Public Ivy," the University sustains a tradition of high academic quality at an
affordable cost. In forty-five academic departments located within six colleges and two schools,
IUP offers more than a hundred major fields of study. Graduate programs in many professional
and applied areas are available, as well as seven programs at the doctoral level. IUP's internship
program is among the Commonwealth's largest, providing students with professional experience
to supplement their classroom learning.
The following publications have all recognized IUP for its high academic standards and
competitive costs: Arco's Dollarwise Guide to American Colleges; Barron's 300; Best Buys in
College Education; The Best Buys in College Education by Edward Fiske, education editor of
the New York Times; ChangingTimes; How to Get an Ivy League Education at a State
University by Martin Nemko; Money magazine's Money Guide; Two Hundred Most Selective
Colleges; The Definitive Guide to America's First-Choice Schools; and U.S. News and World
Report.
IUP Teacher Education
http://coe.iup.edu
IUP’s teacher education program has the distinction of being nationally accredited by the
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE, 2010 Massachusetts Ave.,
NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036; phone (202) 466-7496). IUP is one of only 15 of the 91
state-approved teacher education programs in Pennsylvania to have the distinction of being
nationally accredited.
A large number of highly regarded national associations that have rigorous standards for the
design and conduct of teacher education programs approve IUP’s programs. Included in this
group of organizations are: National Science Teachers Association; National Council of
Teachers of Mathematics; National Council for Teachers for the Social Studies; National
Association for the Education of Young Children; National Council of Teachers of English;
Association for Childhood Education International; American Alliance for Health, Physical
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Education, Recreation, and Dance; International Reading Association; National Association of
School Psychologists; and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Expert faculty who
enjoy membership, endorsement, or certification of the above-named professional associations
carefully develop IUP’s programs.
IUP is an approved program designated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. It has
been approved by the state since the founding of IUP’s teacher education program in the 1870s.
Students admitted to the CCAC/IUP Collaborative Elementary Education Program are enrolled
in both CCAC and IUP and must follow the established procedures and policies at both
institutions. The CCAC/IUP Collaborative Elementary Education Program was designed to
serve CCAC students who want to become teachers of elementary school aged children in urban
settings. It is a comprehensive program and is not suitable for college graduates who seek only
teacher certification.
The CCAC/IUP program's coordinator, Dr. Jennifer Rotigel, maintains an office at 173 Student
Services Center, on CCAC’s Allegheny Campus. In addition to coordinating the program, Dr.
Rotigel is the academic advisor for participants. She can be contacted at 412-237-4501 or
[email protected]
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A Brief Look at the Experience
Sophomore Year
During the sophomore year, students are expected to successfully integrate their CCAC and IUP
educational experiences. Students will complete two courses for IUP- ECED 312 Aesthetic
Experiences for Young Children in the fall and MATH 152 Elements of Math II in the spring.
During these two semesters, students should strive to complete their remaining CCAC courses.
The Three Step Process for Teacher Education (described elsewhere in this handbook), requires
students to complete particular requirements and formally apply for the Teacher Education
Program at IUP during their sophomore year.
The following requirements must be completed in order for students to be approved for
admission into the IUP Teacher Education Program:
• Completion of the following courses with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 101, ENG 115,
PSY 201, EDU 201, EDU 202 and 6 credits in Mathematics (MAT 102 & MATH 152)
• Maintenance of a 3.0 cumulative GPA and have earned a minimum of 48 credits
• Successfully pass PRAXIS I Exams (PPST Writing, Reading, Math) with a minimum score
established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education
• Submission of current Act 34 and Act 151 Clearances
• Completion of speech and hearing screening and TB test.
When all requirements are met, students will complete the formal application and submit it to Dr.
Rotigel. Approval from Dr. Rotigel and the Dean of Education at IUP will result in admission to
IUP’s Teacher Education Program and students will be able to register for junior level courses.
Students are expected to meet with Dr. Rotigel each semester for academic advisement and will
not be able to complete registration until the meeting has occurred. In addition, a meeting of the
cohort will be scheduled at the beginning of each term, and attendance is mandatory. Additional
meetings may also be required
In the sophomore year, financial aid will be handled by CCAC’s Allegheny Campus office.
After final registration for the semester ends at CCAC, any extra monies will be refunded to the
student and that student is responsible for payment to IUP for the courses taken from IUP. When
billed by IUP students should be aware that they will not be charged for the following: Health
fee, Placement fee, and Application fee. Students will be charged a fee for Off Campus
Instruction, which is prorated and equivalent to the fee paid by main campus students for
Instructional Services. All books for IUP classes may be purchased in the bookstore at CCAC’s
Allegheny Campus.
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Junior Year
Students become full time IUP students in their junior year, since they take 12 credits or more
from IUP each semester. The fall semester consists of 12 credits and the spring consists of 15
credits. Students should finish all CCAC classes during this year to successfully transition to
their senior year requirements. It should be noted that students will not be able to student teach
until all necessary courses are completed.
Juniors will complete financial aid forms through IUP’s Financial Aid Office, since they are full
time IUP students. If renewing financial aid, students must amend their record so that IUP is
listed as the institution they attend. After the end of the official drop/add period, any excess
monies will be refunded to students by IUP. Students are responsible for payment to CCAC for
courses taken from CCAC.
STUDENTS MUST REMEMBER TO REGISTER AT BOTH CCAC AND IUP! Registering at
CCAC, even if no CCAC classes are being taken is a must. The registration numbers are used to
secure classroom locations for each IUP class. If students don’t register properly, classrooms
used for the class locations will be smaller than needed. Also, since you are a full-time student at
IUP now, you will lose computer and parking privileges unless you register at CCAC.
In April of their junior year, students must apply for their field placements for EDUC 342 Pre-
Student Teaching Clinical Experience II (fall) and EDUC 441 Student Teaching (spring).
Original clearances, which are current, must be submitted with the applications along with a
CCAC transcript showing all grades earned. Students will not receive a field placement if all of
the requirements are not met by the deadlines.
Senior Experience
In the senior year, students continue full-time enrollment at IUP. Therefore, financial aid is
handled by IUP and registration must be completed at both CCAC and IUP.
During the fall of their senior year, students take 12 credits from IUP, focusing on teaching
methods and the implementation of instructional techniques. As part of the senior sequence,
students participate in their second clinical experience, EDUC 342 Pre-Student Teaching
Clinical Experience II, which requires students to be available on a daily basis for
approximately 4-5 weeks. The semester begins with a regular schedule of classes, which meet at
CCAC. In addition, students are assigned to a classroom in a public school where they will
complete observation days every Friday from the beginning of that school day to the end of that
school day. School start and finish times will vary depending on the school hours.
Beginning in mid-November, students will no longer attend classes at CCAC. Instead, each day
they will report to their assigned public school classroom where they have been observing on
Fridays. During this full-time experience, students will complete observations and teach their
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Social Studies and Science Units which they have written during the earlier part of the semester
for their Social Studies and Science Methods classes. Faculty from IUP will supervise this
important field experience.
Application for graduation is due in the Dean’s Office at IUP NO LATER THAN December 1.
Before student teaching, the following requirements must be met:
• Maintenance of a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
• Successful completion of PRAXIS II Exams.
• Act 34 and Act 151 Clearances (must still be valid when experience begins).
• Completion of all required professional education and majors courses: PSY 201, EDU 204,
EDUC 342, EDSP 477, EDUC 442, PSY 210, ENG 117, ELED 222, CFS 202, ECED 312,
ELED 312, ELED 313, ELED 257, ELED 357, ELED 411, ELED 425, ELED 499)
• Completion of liberal studies science courses (PHY 100, PHS 101, BIO 133) with a grade
of “C” or higher.
Student Teaching is a full time job. Student teachers must be available before and after school
in order to successfully complete the experience. Except for beginning and ending dates, student
teachers follow the calendar of their school, not IUP’s calendar. Some days there are after school
responsibilities that require student teachers to work well into the evening hours, and student
teachers should be prepared to spend a great deal of time developing and preparing for lessons.
Student teachers should not maintain a job outside of the classroom, and may not take any other
courses while student teaching.
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CCAC/IUP Collaborative Elementary Education Program
A Suggested Course Sequence for Elementary Education Majors
CCAC courses that have no prerequisites may be scheduled either fall or spring semester.
FRESHMAN-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
ENG 101 English Composition I 3 PHS 101 Earth Science 3
THE 101 Introduction to Theater 3 PHL 101, 103, 104, 155, 201 or 204 Philosophy 3
HIS 102 History of Western Civilization 2 3 PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
PHY 100 Basic Physics 4 ENG 115 General Literature 3
MAT 107 or 102 College Mathematics I 3 EDU 201 Foundations of Education 3
TOTAL CREDITS 16 TOTAL CREDITS 15
SOPHOMORE----- **Note: Students must take PRAXIS I exams during sophomore year**-------------------------------------------
ENG 102 English Composition 2 3 GEO 101 or 103 Geography 3
HPE 171 Personal & Comm. Health & Wellness 3 EDU 202 Instructional Technology 3
PSY 201 Educational Psychology 3 BIO 133 Environmental Science 3
PHL 111 Religions of the World(NW)* 3 SOC 208 or 211 Sociology 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 CFS 202 Children with Special Needs 3
ECED 312 Aesthetic Exper. for Young Children 3 MATH 152 Elements of Math II (MAT 102) 3
TOTAL CREDITS 18 TOTAL CREDITS 18
JUNIOR ------------- **Note: Students must be admitted to IUP’s Teacher Education Program before continuing sequence**
PSY 210 Child Development 3 ENG 117 Children’s Literature 3
EDU 204 Field Experience in Education 2 ENGL 336 Language, Gender & Society 3
ELED 257 Pedagogy I 3 ELED 313 Teach. Math./Elem. Schl. (ELEM 257) 3
ELED 222 Reading for the Elementary School 3 LBST 499 Senior Synthesis 3
EDSP 481 Improving Classroom Practice 3 ELED 425 Language Arts Across the Curr. (W) 3
EDSP 477 Assess. of Student Lrng. (PSY201) 3 PHIL 405 Justice and Human Rights 3
TOTAL CREDITS 17 TOTAL CREDITS 18
SENIOR ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
ELED 357 Pedagogy II (W) 3 EDUC 441 Student Teaching 12
ELED 411 Teaching of Social Studies 3
ELED 312 Teaching of Elementary Science 2
EDUC 499 Multicultural/Multiethnic Education 2
EDUC 442 School Law 1
EDUC 342 Pre-Student Tchg. Clinical Exp. II 1
TOTAL CREDITS 12 TOTAL CREDITS 12
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED: 126
CCAC CREDITS: 69 IUP CREDITS: 57
Note: 4-letter prefix courses in COLOR and ITALICS are IUP-delivered courses; 3-letter prefix courses are CCAC courses.
Pre-requisites are listed in parenthesis beside each course.
CCAC courses may be taken in the summer, if desired. 6/02
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CCAC / IUP ELEMENTARY EDUCATION PROGRAM
Liberal Studies Requirements (55 cr.) GRADE/SEM IUP CCAC CREDITS
Learning Skills: English Composition (6)
College Writing ENGL 101 ENG101 3
Research Writing ENGL 202 ENG102 3
Learning Skills: Mathematics (3)
Elements of Mathematics I MATH 151 MAT107* or 3
MAT 102
Humanities (9)
History: The Modern Era HIST 195 HIS102 3
Literature: Humanities Literature ENGL 121 ENG115 * 3
Philosophy or Religious Studies (Select One)
General Logic: Methods PHIL 101 PHL103 or 3
Introduction to Philosophy PHIL 120 PHL101
Symbolic Logic I PHIL 222 PHL204
Ethics PHIL 222 PHL155
PHL201
Introduction to Religion RLST 100 PHL104
Fine Arts (3)
Introduction to Theater THTR 101 THE101 3
Natural Science (10)
Fundamentals of Physics SCI 101 PHY100 4
Fundamentals of Earth and Space Science SCI 103 PHS101 3
Fundamentals of Environmental Biology SCI 104 BIO133 3
Social Sciences (9)
General Psychology PSYC 101 PSY101 3
Geography (Select One)
Intro to Geography:Human Environmt GEOG 101 GEO101 or 3
Geography of the U.S. and Canada GEOG 102 GEO103
Principles of Sociology SOC 151 SOC101 3
Health and Wellness (3) HPED 143 HPE171 3
Liberal Studies Electives (9)
Elements of Mathematics II MATH 152 * _______ 3
World Religions RLST 110(NW) PHL111 (NW) 3
Urban Sociology SOC 000 or SOC208 or 3
Racial and Ethnic Minorities SOC 362 SOC211 3
Synthesis (3)
Senior Synthesis LBST 499 _______ 3
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CCAC / IUP ELEMENTARY EDUCATION PROGRAM
Professional Education Requirements (28 cr.) GRADE/SEM IUP CCAC CREDITS
Educational Psychology EDSP 202(102) PSY201 * 3
American Education in Theory and Practice FDED 202(102) EDU201 * 3
Pre-Student Teaching Clinical Experience I EDUC 242 EDU204 2
Technology for Learning and Instruction COMM 301(103) EDU202 * 3
Pre-Student Teaching Clinical Experience II EDUC 342 _______ 1
Assessment of Student Learning EDSP 477 _______ 3
Student Teaching EDUC 441 _______ 12
School Law EDUC 442 _______ 1
Major Requirements (34 cr.)
Child Development ELED 215 PSY210 3
Children’s Literature ELED 221 ENG117 3
Reading for the Elementary School ELED 222 _______ 3
Education of Students with Disabilities in
Inclusive Elementary Classrooms EDEX 300 CFS202 3
Aesthetic Experiences for Young Children ECED 312 _______ 3
Teaching of Elementary Science ELED 312 _______ 2
Teaching Mathematics in Elementary School ELED 313 _______ 3
Pedagogy I ELED 257 _______ 3
Pedagogy II (W) ELED 357 _______ 3
Teaching of Social Studies ELED 411 _______ 3
Language Arts Across the Curriculum (w) ELED 425 _______ 3
Multicultural/Multiethnic Education ELED 499 _______ 2
Special Electives (9 cr. - IUP)
Language, Gender, & Society ENGL 336 _______ 3
Justice & Human Rights PHIL 405 _______ 3
Improving Classroom Practice EDSP 481 _______ 3
Total Credits 126
* These courses must be completed before the junior yea 6/02
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CCAC/IUP Three Step Process for Teacher Education
Step 1 Requirements for Admission to IUP Teacher Education Program
• A minimum of a 2.6 cumulative GPA after 48 earned credits for 2001-2002, 2.8
cumulative GPA for 2002-2003, and 3.0 cumulative GPA for 2003-2004 and beyond.
• Successful completion of PRAXIS I Exams (PPST Writing, Reading, Math, and
Listening) with a minimum score established by the Pennsylvania Department of
Education.
• Completion of the following courses with a grade of “C” or higher:
ENGL 101 (ENG 101), ENGL 121 (ENG 115), EDSP 102 (PSY 201), FDED 102 (EDU
201), COMM 103 (EDU 202) and
6 credits in Mathematics (MAT 102 & MATH 152).
• Act 34 and Act 151 Clearances.
• Completion of speech and hearing screening and TB test.
• Satisfactory completed essay.
• Portfolio review.
• Advisor’s recommendation and signature.
• Completion of these requirements by the end of the Sophomore year will result in
admission to IUP’s Teacher Education Program.
Step 2 Requirements for Admission to Student Teaching
• Maintenance of a cumulative GPA required at the time of your admission to the Teacher
Education Program.
• Successful completion of PRAXIS II Exams.
• Act 34 and Act 151 Clearances (annual update required).
• Completion of all required professional education and majors courses (PSY 201, EDU
204, EDUC 342, EDSP 477, EDUC 442, PSY 210, ENG 117, ELED 222, CFS 202,
ECED 312, ELED 312, ELED 313, ELED 257, ELED 357, ELED 411, ELED 425,
EDUC 499), and liberal studies science courses (PHY 100, PHS 101, BIO 133) with a
grade of “C” or higher.
• Portfolio review.
• Advisor’s recommendation and signature.
• Completion of these requirements will result in eligibility for Student Teaching
placement.
Step 3 Requirements for Graduation and Pennsylvania Teacher Certification
• Successful completion of Student Teaching.
• Maintenance of cumulative GPA required at the time of your admission to the Teacher
Education Program.
• Completed application for graduation.
• Completed application for Pennsylvania Teacher Certification.
• Advisor’s recommendation and signature.
• IUP Teacher Certification Officer’s recommendation and signature.
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CCAC/IUP Checklist for Step 1 of the Three Step Process*
Name______________________ Banner #___________________
Class of____________________ Today’s Date_______________
CCAC/IUP SOPHOMORE CHECKLIST FOR STEP ONE OF THE THREE STEP
PROCESS FOR TEACHER EDUCATION
This form must be completed and submitted to Dr. Rotigel in order to apply for IUP’s
Teacher Education Program. Students must be admitted to IUP’s Teacher Education
Program in order to register for Junior Level classes.
My CCAC Cumulative GPA:___
Number of Credits Completed:___
Successful completion of PRAXIS I Exams:
My Score: Qualifying Scores:
___ Writing _____
___ Reading _____
___ Math _____
Completion of the following courses with a grade of “C” or higher:
My Grades:
___ ENGL 101 (ENG 101)
___ ENGL 121 (ENG 115)
___ EDSP 102 (PSY 201)
___ FDED 102 (EDU 201)
___ COMM 103 (EDU 202)
___ MAT 102 or 107 (Completed before Spring of Sophomore year)
___ MATH 152(Taken in Spring of Sophomore year)
Completion of the following requirements:
___ Act 34 Clearance date issued: ______
___ Act 151 Clearance date issued:______
___ Completion of speech and hearing test
___ TB test
___ Satisfactory essay
___ Portfolio review and Advisor’s recommendation and signature
* This checklist is designed for students’ convenience, and is not intended to replace descriptions of
requirements in IUP’s catalog.
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CCAC/IUP Checklist for Step 2 of the Three Step Process*
Name______________________ Banner #___________________
Class of____________________ Today’s Date_______________
Completion of the following requirements is necessary for eligibility for a Student
Teaching placement.
GPA – Maintenance of a cumulative GPA required at the time of your admission to the
Teacher Education Program. (A minimum of a 2.8 cumulative GPA after 48 earned
credits for Class of 2004, 3.0 cumulative GPA for Class of 2005 and beyond.)
My GPA:___________
Credits completed:__________
Successful completion of PRAXIS II Exams:
My Score: Qualifying Scores:
___ El. Ed. Content Knowledge ___
___ Principles of Lng. & Teaching ___
___ El. Ed. Curr., Inst., Assmt. ___
Completion of the following courses with a grade of “C” or higher:
My Grades:
___ EDSP 102 (PSY 201) _____ELED 257
___ EDUC 242 (EDU 204) _____ELED 357
___ EDUC 342 _____ELED 411
___ EDSP 477 _____ELED 425
___ EDUC 442 _____EDUC 499
___ ELED 215 (PSY 210) _____SCI 101 (PHY 100)
___ ELED 221 (ENG 117) _____ELED 222
___ EDEX 300 (CFS 202) _____SCI 103 (PHS 101)
___ ECED 312 _____SCI 104 (BIO 133)
___ ELED 312 _____ELED 313
Completion of the following requirements:
___ Current Act 34 Clearance date issued: ______
___ Current Act 151 Clearance date issued:______
___ Satisfactory Portfolio review and Advisor’s/Coordinator’s recommendation
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CCAC/IUP Checklist for Step 3 of the Three Step Process*
Name______________________ Banner #___________________
Class of____________________ Today’s Date_______________
The following requirements must be completed for IUP graduation and Pennsylvania
Teacher Certification:
GPA – Maintenance of cumulative GPA required at the time of your admission to the
Teacher Education Program. (A minimum of a 2.8 cumulative GPA for Class of 2004 and
3.0 cumulative GPA for Class of 2005 and beyond).
My GPA:__________
Successful completion of Student Teaching:_____
Completion of the following requirements:
___ Submit completed application for graduation to IUP Dean’s Office by December 1st.
___ Submit completed application for Pa. Teacher Certification to IUP Dean’s Office.
___ Current Act 34 Clearance date issued: ______
___ Current Act 151 Clearance date issued:______
___ Advisor’s/Coordinator’s recommendation and signature
____________________________
Dr. Jennifer Rotigel, Coordinator
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Reminder of Selected Important Events
August
Seniors: Make motel reservations for Commencement in May
Juniors
and Sophomores: Attend Cohort meeting
October
Seniors, Juniors
and Sophomores: Complete a registration and advisement meeting with Dr. Rotigel
November
Seniors: Attend meeting at IUP for Student Teaching
Submit application for graduation (deadline Dec.1)
Begin exploring future job opportunities
January
Seniors: Attend Student Teaching meeting at IUP (mandatory)
Juniors
and Sophomores: Attend Cohort meeting
February
Juniors
and Sophomores: Apply for Clearances
March
Juniors
and Sophomores: Complete a registration and advisement meeting with Dr. Rotigel
Juniors: Submit application for Pre-Student Teaching and Student Teaching
Seniors, Juniors Kappa Delta Pi Commitment Night
and Sophomores:
April
Seniors: Application for Pittsburgh Public Schools is due
Application for Certification is due
Kappa Delta Pi Initiation Night
Juniors Scholarship Applications are due
and Sophomores: FASFA (Financial Aid) is due
Kappa Delta Pi Initiation Night
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Clearances, TB Test, and Speech and Hearing Screenings
Students are required to submit originals of their current clearances (Acts 48 and 151) when they
apply for admission to IUP's Teacher Education Program at the end of the sophomore year and
when they apply (at the end of the junior year) for the Professional Sequence II field placement
and their Student Teaching placement. Clearances are only good for one year, and school
districts will not accept students who do not possess current clearances.
Act 34-Criminal Record Check
http://www.psu.pde.edu/
Act 34 is the criminal record check acquired through the Pennsylvania State Police Repository
for in-sate residents. For out of state residents, an FBI clearance is required. Act 34 Criminal
offenses are those which involve doing something against someone else, i.e. assault, sexual
molestation, rape, etc. There are 18 crimes listed for Act 34. However, an Act 34 check will yield
a complete RAP sheet on the person. Thus, DUI may show up if the person was fingerprinted
and if the local police department forwarded the offense to the State Police Repository. Any
criminal charge or conviction beyond a minor traffic violation may be enough to keep a person
from being certified as a teacher.
Act 151-Child Abuse Clearance
http://www.pse.pde.edu/
Act 151 is the Child Abuse Clearance acquired through the Department of Welfare in
Harrisburg. These clearances are good for only one year from the time they were dated and
issued by their respective agency.
Tb Test
Pennsylvania state law requires that all who work in a school setting must take a tuberculosis
test. No student will be permitted to enroll into the Teacher Education Program without
completing this requirement. A Tb Test may be obtained free of charge at the Allegheny County
Health Department, 3441 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (412-578-8060). The Tb test is
required only once, and is due with the application for Teacher Education, submitted at the end
of the sophomore year.
Speech & Hearing Screening
In order to teach effectively, an educator must be able to communicate and thus must possess
intelligible speech and adequate auditory ability. The screenings are required before students
may be admitted into the Teacher Certification Program. Free speech and hearing screenings are
offered at the CCAC Allegheny Campus by the IUP Speech and Hearing Clinic and at IUP on
Sophomore Orientation Day.
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The Praxis Exams
http://www.teachingandlearning.org
How to Qualify for Teacher Certification in Pennsylvania
All candidates for initial certification in Pennsylvania must have earned at least a baccalaureate
degree, completed an approved program of teacher education, and passed the appropriate tests.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education will recognize scores for five years from the date of
the test administration. Qualifying scores may be subject to change. Individuals applying for an
Instructional I initial certificate in Elementary Education are required to take the three Praxis I
Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST) in Reading, Writing, Mathematics and the three Praxis II
Subject Assessments called “Elementary Education Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment”,
“Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K-6”, and “Elementary Education: Content
Knowledge.”
Praxis Exams
A both required and crucial step to obtaining teacher certification in Pennsylvania is the
successful completion of the Praxis examinations. The Praxis Series is an Educational Testing
Service (ETS) program that provides tests and other services for states to use as part of the
teacher certification process. In the state of Pennsylvania, a candidate for certification will NOT
receive certification without successfully completing all of the required Praxis examination
sections. Also, IUP students will not be admitted into the IUP Teacher Education Program until
they have successfully completed the Praxis I Academic Skills Series (PPST).
Successfully completing the Praxis Series can be an expensive, time-consuming process,
encompassing a total of ten hours of tests. Each Elementary Education major should plan for
this process to take


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