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College Graduation Requirements
Temple University Requirements
Students receiving either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in education degree must complete the following university requirements before graduation:
College of Education Requirements
The College of Education does not award Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees to students who have already completed an accredited first Bachelor's, Master's, or Ph.D. degree, regardless of when the degree was completed.
Bachelor of Arts Degree
Adult & Organizational Development
A Bachelor of Arts degree is awarded to students majoring in Adult and Organizational Development who successfully complete the requirements specified on their program advising sheet and 8-semester matrix.
Bachelor of Science in Education degree
All Teacher Certification Education Programs
(Early Childhood Education, Middle Grades Education, and Secondary Education)
Students receive a Bachelor of Science in Education degree by meeting the following minimum College requirements:
*The required total credit hours may vary depending on the course of study.
All students seeking to graduate with the recommendation for Instructional I Certification from Pennsylvania must meet the following requirements:
Credit hours are satisfied by taking courses in four categories:
(1) University General Education requirements (General Education)
(2) Education courses
(3) Teacher Education Certification Courses (i.e. methods and student teaching)
(4) Elective courses (as permitted by your program of study)
Areas of Certification
All curricula leading to Pennsylvania certification are organized to meet the standards established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The following areas of certification have been approved by Temple University's Board of Trustees and the Pennsylvania Department of Education:
- Middle Grades (grades 4 to 8)
- Math and Science
- Math and English/Language Arts
- Science and English/Language Arts
Requirements for Certification
Graduation from the College of Education does not carry automatic endorsement for state certification. Students must complete all the requirements for their specific Teacher Education Certification Program, including student teaching; maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA; and pass all required performance assessments (see below).
In addition, all students seeking certification are required by the State of Pennsylvania to pass the relevant parts of the Pennsylvania Teacher Certification Testing Program in order to be eligible for teacher certification. The required tests include the PAPA and PECT/Praxis II tests. Students should visit the PAPA web site, the PECT web site or the Praxis II web site to acquire test dates and required scores.
Students not obtaining Pennsylvania State Teacher certification within five years of completing their programs must take additional coursework before the College of Education will recommend them for certification.
Candidates for Teacher Education Certification are given a diagnostic speech assessment. Additional diagnostic testing may be required, and corrective actions may be taken, to remediate problems. Decisions about remedial efforts and student eligibility to continue in a program will be determined by the Chair of the Department in which the student is enrolled and approved by the Associate Dean of Teacher Education of the College of Education.
Field Experience, Practicum and Student Teaching
The College of Education places a great deal of emphasis on students' in-school experiences. All undergraduates are required to complete courses that place them in school settings for a specified duration. Student teaching, completed in a student's final semester, constitutes the most important field experience for prospective teachers. Application for student teaching placement must be submitted the semester prior to student teaching by the specified deadline communicated to students by the student teaching placement office.
In addition to the teacher certification tests (PAPA and PECT/Praxis II tests) required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, students are required to complete three performance assessments in order to gauge the extent to which they:
(a) know the content they will teach,
(b) can teach the content, and
(c) embody the professional attributes required of professional educators.
The performance assessments occur at three points in the undergraduate program: initially when prospective students are being admitted to certification programs through candidacy; in the junior year, prior to student teaching (intermediate assessment); and before graduation, while student teaching (senior assessment). In addition to assessing and informing candidates about their teaching, the performance assessments are intended for use by faculty as a tool for program evaluation.
All undergraduate Education majors seeking certification must successfully complete the Intermediate Performance Assessment (IPA), a Temple University and PA Department of Education requirement for teacher education majors before student teaching. Under state guidelines, a teacher education institution must:
(a) conduct performance assessments throughout the preparation program for all students admitted to a professional educator (certification) program
(b) use the assessment information to determine eligibility for student teaching.
The Intermediate Performance Assessment (IPA) was developed in response to a regulation of the Pennsylvania Department of Education and as part of the College of Education's interest in ensuring teacher candidates continuous progress in the teacher education certification program. The Temple IPA, like college of education courses, is aligned to the program's six standards of effective teaching. At the completion of the teacher education program, teacher candidates will have had instruction to help them meet all of these standards in their teaching practice. The IPA measures progress toward these standards part way through the program; students must complete and pass this formal assessment to be eligible to student teach.
Professional Education Portfolio
After being admitted to a teacher education certification program and for the duration of the degree program, students will be required to maintain a professional education portfolio in either electronic or hard copy form. Faculty will use the portfolio to complement the performance assessment activity described above. The specific requirements for the portfolio will be available from the student's faculty advisor.
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