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The College of Education at Temple University believes that education improves the lives of children and their families. By ensuring access to high-quality education and empowering all students with the tools they need to achieve, the education profession protects our democratic institutions and promotes social justice. The College of Education aims to play a critical role in promoting educational opportunity both locally and nationally.
As a result of its strategic location in North Philadelphia and its long-term history of collaboration with the School District of Philadelphia, the College of Education is uniquely situated to impact educational practice in city schools. The preparation of teachers, administrators and other school professionals to improve the quality of education, especially in urban settings, remains a core activity of the college.
College faculty conduct and promote research that addresses significant issues of national importance that have immediate practical applications. They investigate problems, evaluate strategic responses to those problems and provide evidence for new practice.
While the official date for the founding of the College of Education is usually given as 1919, the college has included teacher preparation as part of its curricula almost from its inception. It is clear from Temple's history that the unofficial founder of the college was Laura Carnell, who began a program for the preparation of kindergarten teachers as early as 1895. This preparation program was expanded into elementary and then secondary areas largely in response to the Philadelphia School District's decision that higher positions in the city's school system would be open only to those with a college degree. In response to this need, the college began offering two, three, and four-year programs to teachers, as well as extension work, day and evening courses, five days a week and on Saturday mornings. This intimate relationship between the college and the School District of Philadelphia characterizes almost all of the college's history. The college was one of the first institutions to schedule courses so that teachers could take them after school hours. Programs of graduate study at the master's level were introduced in 1923, with the Doctor of Education being first awarded in 1931.
The first dean of the college was George Walk, who took over "Teachers College" in 1919 from Laura Carnell (the official name was changed to the "College of Education" in 1960). At present, there are two departments in the college: the Department of Psychological, Organizational and Leadership Studies and the Department of Teaching and Learning.
Historically, Temple's College of Education has had a significant impact on local and regional practice. It has always been the largest college of education in the region and one of the largest in the country. The college continues to be the major provider of teachers for the Philadelphia School District and for many suburban districts. Many principals and superintendents of the neighboring regions have received their degrees from Temple. Many of the school psychologists, counselors, educational researchers, and other education professionals have been prepared at Temple. In a very real sense, the College of Education has helped to shape the educational direction of the region.
The College of Education is an accredited member of the following organizations:
The College offers programs approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (P.D.E) that are designed for students seeking Instruction I certificates to teach in early childhood/elementary, middle-grades, or secondary settings.
The undergraduate programs in the College of Education are designed to prepare students for careers in education, both in schools and in non-school settings. Secondary education programs require students to take extensive course work in a specific specialization area. The College also offers the Adult and Organizational Development program (a non-certification major) designed for students who are interested in a career in education and training but who are not planning to pursue conventional teacher certification.
Students are admitted to Temple University and the College of Education; however, Pennsylvania Department of Education (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 Candidacy at the midway point of their education before progressing onto teaching methods courses. Students cannot register for teaching methods courses nor 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.
Pennsylvania requires students to have four clearances prior to entering a school or other setting where children are present. This requirement applies to any student who is taking a course with field experience. Students must renew clearances annually each July and must maintain valid and current clearances while enrolled in the College of Education.
For more information about all clearances required as well as the process for obtaining and renewing clearances, students should visit the College of Education's clearances web site: http://education.temple.edu/services/clearances.
Students enrolled in teacher certification programs must successfully complete the Pennsylvania Department of Education's certification exams:
Students can find all certification exam information on the College of Education web site at http://education.temple.edu/teach/pect-papa.
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For more information regarding scholarships available please see the College of Education Scholarships web site: http://education.temple.edu/services/scholarships-graduation-awards.
Temple provides a variety of ways to obtain certification to teach in early childhood (elementary), middle-grades, or secondary settings. Students in the Early Childhood Education program can declare a concentration in Special Education which will allow them the opportunity to become dually certified. For more information please refer to the College of Education's programs web site: http://education.temple.edu/undergradteach.
Students seeking Teacher Education Certification in the following areas should contact the school/college listed:
Information about the above teacher education certification programs can also be found within that college's section of the Undergraduate Bulletin.
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