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College of Education Graduation Requirements
College of Education Stipulations
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 (AOD)
A Bachelor of Arts degree is awarded to students majoring in Adult and Organizational Development who successfully
Bachelor of Science in Education degree
All Teacher Certification Education Programs
(Early Childhood Education, Middle Grades Education, Secondary Education, and Business Education)
Students receive a Bachelor of Science in Education degree by meeting the following minimum College requirements:
*The required total credit hours vary depending upon the course of study. These credit hours are satisfied by taking courses in four categories:
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 (unless otherwise noted, the following programs are housed in the College of Education):
All students seeking to graduate with the recommendation for Pennsylvania teacher certification must meet the following requirements:
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.
Minimum GPA information
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, earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or must meet the Pennsylvania Department of Education Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality GPA Qualifying Praxis Score, and pass all required certification tests (see below).
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 are:
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.
Students are admitted to Temple University and the College of Education; however, P.D.E. guidelines mandate that all students must be admitted into the Teacher Education Certification Program through an application process; this process is referred to as "Candidacy." Students apply to it at the midway point of their education before progressing onto teaching methods courses. Students cannot register for teaching methods courses or the student teaching experience without achieving Candidacy.
To learn more about Candidacy, including all criteria required, visit the College of Education's Candidacy web site: http://education.temple.edu/ugrad/candidacy-application-review.
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 by the deadline communicated to students by the student teaching placement office.
Any student going into the field must obtain clearances. See the College of Education's clearance web site for all details.
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:
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:
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
As a culmination of the teacher education certification program, students will be required to develop a professional teaching portfolio. The specific requirements for the portfolio will be available from the Senior Seminar course instructor.
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