College of Education
CHANGE IN PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
Trevor E. Sewell, Dean
238 Ritter Annex
1301 Cecil B. Moore
Students should be aware that a major revision of most undergraduate
teacher certification programs occurred for students admitted to the College
of Education after July 1, 1999. Where possible, these changes have been
reflected in this Bulletin. In some cases, however, specific aspects
of the new program have not been determined at the time this Bulletin
was published. Students should check with the Office of Student Services,
or with the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology in Education
to ascertain the requirements that pertain to their specific case. In
addition, current information about College of Education programs can
be obtained through Temple’s Website at ../index.htm/.
Students admitted into the College prior to July 1, 1999, who have
been continuously enrolled, are affected by the requirements in place
when they were admitted.
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Undergraduate programs in the College of Education are designed for a
multitude of professional applications. While a majority of the
students seek certification to teach in elementary and secondary schools,
programs in the College also prepare athletic trainers, exercise scientists,
and those who seek to work in educational settings in business and industry.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education approves programs leading to
certification. The Pennsylvania Department of Education maintains
reciprocity agreements with many of the states in the region. The College
of Education is a Member of the Holmes Group, the American Association
of Colleges for Teacher Education, the Association of Colleges and Schools
of Education in State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, the Pennsylvania
Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, and the University Council
for Educational Administration. All College of Education teacher education
programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher
Education. The Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission
on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
Design of Professional Education
The College of Education strives to prepare caring, competent, and qualified
professionals for educational settings. Aspiring teachers, must know the
content they will teach, know how to teach the content, and meet high
standards of teacher professionalism. To this end, programs in the College
of Education are conceptualized around the notion of valuing the
diversity of individual learners. We believe in the inherent worth
of learners and that in schools and classrooms, as in society, diversity
is a resource for learning, not an obstacle to be overcome. The diversity
of learners is addressed through the following:
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- Imparting a thorough knowledge of subject matter and familiarity
with the pedagogy, educational technology, and competencies essential
to professional practice;
- Contributing to the development of the scientific aspect of education
through emphasis on the spirit of inquiry and development of research
- Promoting improvement in education as a field of both theoretical
and applied scholarship;
- Evolving such types of preparations as shall ensure the broadest
possible social as well as academic and professional education in a
dramatically changing world;
- Developing educational personnel able to contribute effectively in
a pluralistic society;
- Discovering, through research by students and faculty, new knowledge
in the field of education.
The College of Education offers an array of post-baccalaureate programs.
See the Graduate Bulletin
for more information.
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TEACHER CERTIFICATION AT TEMPLE
Temple provides a variety of ways to obtain certification to teach in
public elementary and secondary schools. The major routes to certification
are as follows:
- Through undergraduate programs in the College of Education. Students
who have met the University's admission criteria can request matriculation
in the College of Education. There are four broad categories of teaching
certificates offered through the College: Elementary Education (for
teaching in elementary schools through the sixth grade); Secondary Education
(in English, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies);
Career and Technical Education (formerly Vocational/Technical Education);
and, Health and Physical Education. Students who are in the Elementary
Education Program must also choose an additional area of certification
in either Early Childhood Education or Special Education.
- Through the Five-Year Teacher Certification Program. All students
in a degree program other than education may register for an approved
minor in education. This is a 21 credit sequence which offers students
the opportunity to explore education as a career. In the Five-Year program,
the education minor serves as the first phase of teacher certification.
The certification is completed in a master's program which comprises
the fifth year of study. Students who are accepted into the master's
degree component of the Five-Year program may teach during their fifth
year as an intern in an elementary or secondary school, provided they
meet the requirements.
- Through the Graduate Certification Program in the College of Education.
Students who have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university
in a field outside of education may earn an Intern and Instructional
I certification plus a Master of Education degree. Programs are available
in Elementary, Secondary, Special Education, Career and Technical Education,
and Health and Physical Education. In some cases prerequisite courses
- Through undergraduate and graduate programs in other colleges. Certification
in a variety of areas outside of those provided through the College
of Education or through the Five-Year Teacher Certification program
are provided by several other colleges. These include:
Through the dual major program in secondary education. Students
who are seeking certification in one of the areas in secondary education
will obtain a dual major in education and in their area of expertise.
Specific details about the requirements in these dual majors are available
from the Office of Student Services. The requirement for the dual
major will be in effect for all students who matriculate in the Spring,
2001 semester and thereafter.
Students who are interested in any of these certificates should contact
the Dean's office in the appropriate college. Information about all programs
leading to certification can be found in the appropriate sections of this
Bulletin, and are indexed.
- Art - through the Tyler School of Art
- Music - through the Esther Boyer College of Music
- Health - through Health Studies
- Speech - through Speech and Communication Science
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Students are considered for admission to the College of Education upon
meeting University criteria. Entrance is encouraged at the freshman level.
Note that admission to the College of Education does not assure admission
to a teacher certification program. Admission to teacher certification
programs is highly selective and only a limited number of students can
be accepted. Preference is given to students whose grades are exemplary
and who have demonstrated a high potential for excellence in teaching
in their early professional education courses.
Students desiring teacher certification must also be admitted to a particular
certification program in the College of Education. In order to be considered
for admission to the new undergraduate program, the student must meet
a series of minimum requirements. The list of current requirements is
presented below. Students should be aware that the Pennsylvania Department
of Education is currently discussing several significant changes in these
admission requirements. When these regulations are in place, admission
into certification programs may be affected. Students will be notified
about these changes when they occur.
Students must be admitted to a certification program in order to enroll
in the professional certification sequence and student teaching.
- Meet all high school proficiency requirements as determined by Temple
University admissions criteria.
- Complete at least 16 s.h. (if a transfer student with 45 or more
hours), or 32 s.h. (for others) at Temple with a minimum GPA of 2.8.
- Have a minimum GPA for all college work of 2.8. Pass speech
assessment as well as evidence of general knowledge in mathematics,
reading, writing and listening as administered by the undergraduate
advising office. Corrective work may be required based on this screening.
- Pass with a C+ or better both Education 0122 (Lifespan Human Development)
and Education 0255 (Effective Use of Instructional Technology in Classrooms).
- Show evidence of sound physical and mental health.
- Be recommended for admission to certification by the academic adviser
and approved by the Director of Teacher Education.
Recipients of baccalaureate degrees from other colleges (including those
within Temple University) and universities should apply directly to the
Graduate School for admission to post-baccalaureate degree or certification
Students who wish to transfer to the College of Education from another
institution must be admitted through the Temple University Office of Undergraduate
Transfer credits will be evaluated in the Admissions Office in accordance
with College of Education and University policy.
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See Financial Aid
Special Scholarships and Aid
The Mario D. Fantini Scholarship
This is an annual scholarship renewable each year, leading to the bachelor's
degree. The recipient must maintain a 3.0 GPA to be eligible for renewal
each year. The scholarship was established by University Trustee Bill
Cosby and his wife, Camille in memory of Mario D. Fantini, distinguished
educator and alumnus of the University. The scholarship is designed to
produce persons of excellence, committed to educational excellence for
others, who transcend artificial barriers to make a difference in education.
All applicants must be graduates of South Philadelphia High School and
must be pursuing a career in education. The first Fantini Scholarship
was awarded in 1990, for up to four years. The recipient was selected
by the President of Temple from recommendations sent to a Temple scholarship
committee. Nominations for the scholarship are made by the faculty of
South Philadelphia High School. Applications may be obtained from the
guidance counselors at the high school. Students who are interested in
this scholarship should contact the Dean of the College of Education.
Benjamin Rosner Memorial Loan Fund
Short term emergency loans are available to undergraduate and graduate
students who are degree candidates. Information and applications are available
in the Advising Office, Ritter Annex, Room 238.
Dr. Alfred and Shirley Freeman Scholarship
One or more scholarships of $1,000 or more for Juniors or Seniors majoring
in Elementary Education. This scholarship is renewable.
Dr. Mildred Rice Jordan Scholarship
Up to three students may receive $750 renewable annual scholarships.
You should be a graduate of Bartram High School, Benjamin Franklin High
School, Edison High School, Germantown High School, Martin Luther King
High School, Simon Gratz High School, South Philadelphia High School,
West Philadelphia High School or University City High School.
You must have a strong interest in and desire to teach, particularly
in urban school districts or districts having significant populations
of minority students.
Dalibor W. Kralovec Scholarship
Up to fifteen students may receive scholarships for approximately 16%
of full-time tuition and books.
You must be an undergraduate senior (90 credits as of May 18, 2000) with
3.5 GPA or better to apply for this scholarship.
You must be engaged in college/campus organizations and promote Temple
Dr. Margaret J. Messinger Scholarship
One student may receive a full tuition-and-fees scholarship for the remainder
of the student's undergraduate education.
You must be an academically excellent (GPA of at least 3.5) student pursuing
an undergraduate degree in education. You must maintain a GPA of
at least 3.3 to continue receiving this scholarship.
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POLICIES AND REGULATIONS
University policies and regulations apply to all undergraduate students
and provide a framework within which schools and colleges may specify
further conditions or variations appropriate to students in their courses
or program. The Handbook for Undergraduate Teacher Education Programs
in the College of Education contains additional regulations for education
A student who has completed 60 semester hours or more in residence at
Temple University with a minimum GPA of 3.5 may be eligible for academic
honors at graduation. A minimum of 45 hours of coursework must be completed
with the assignment of letter grades. The remainder may be evaluated on
a Credit/No Credit or Pass/Fail basis. A student will be graduated "with
distinction" in an academic field upon recommendation of the appropriate
Every freshman upon enrolling in the College of Education is assigned
an academic adviser by the Advising Office. Transfer students are assigned
an adviser in the Advising Office for at least one semester. After students
have been admitted to a Teacher Certification program, they are assigned
a faculty adviser. Students must meet with their advisers at least once
each semester for course selection purposes. Academic difficulties should
be discussed immediately with one's adviser.
Courses Inapplicable to Graduation Requirements
Credits earned in the following courses are excluded from the total hours
counted toward graduation: ELECT 0001, 0002, 0003, 0005, 0006: Mathematics
0015 (formerly Mathematics 0001); all SRAP coursework; Military Science.
Courses Inapplicable for Certification
Students should be aware that the State of Pennsylvania requires a specific
set of courses for certification. For this reason, some courses which
a student may take may not count toward the courses which are required
to be recommended for certification. It is possible, for example, that
a student may have accumulated enough credits to graduate, but not have
the appropriate courses to be recommended for certification. This is one
of the reasons why it is mandatory to meet with an academic adviser at
least once per semester.
Students' names will be placed on the Dean's List for any semester in
which they complete a minimum of 12 semester hours with letter grades
and earn a semester GPA of 3.5 or better. A student whose transcript contains
any grades of "I" or "NR" for that particular semester will not be eligible
for the Dean's List until these have been cleared. Each semester the College
of Education presents a special program of academic and social activities
for students on the Dean's List.
Grades in Professional Education Courses
All professional education courses must be completed with a grade of C
or higher. Students must be aware, however, that the State of Pennsylvania
is considering a significant increase in the minimum GPA required for
certification. For this reason, obtaining the minimal grade of "C" will
typically not be sufficient to obtain certification.
Graduation without Certification
In rare instances, a student who is unsuccessful in meeting certification
program requirements or who has less than the required grade point average(s)
may be graduated without certification provided that selected additional
requirements as recommended by the academic adviser, and approved by the
department chairperson and the Associate Dean are met.
Probation and Dismissal
The University requires that all students must maintain a 2.0 overall
average for all academic work completed at Temple University. Failure
to do so will result in scholastic probation for the subsequent semester.
Students who fail to raise their overall average to 2.0 during this subsequent
semester will be dismissed from the College of Education. Students whose
semester GPA on a minimum of 12 s.h. of graded coursework falls below
1.0 or who fail to remove themselves from probation are subject to dismissal.
In addition, students must remember that maintaining a minimal GPA of
2.0, while not jeopardizing their standing within the University, will
not be sufficient for admission to the certification program nor for recommendation
for certification to the State of Pennsylvania.
Students who are on probationary status will not be allowed to carry
a roster of more than 12 semester hours.
Students who have an overall GPA of 2.0 or better but who drop to a GPA
of 1.0 to 1.99 for a single semester will be given an academic warning.
Students who receive academic warnings for two consecutive semesters are
subject to dismissal from the College of Education.
Any student in a certification program whose overall GPA drops below
2.8 will be given an academic warning. If, after one semester of academic
warning, a student has not attained a cumulative GPA of 2.8, the student
will be subject to dismissal from the certification program. If the State
of Pennsylvania raises its minimal GPA for certification, this new standard
will be used in the College of Education for these academic actions.
A student who has been dismissed from the College of Education may petition
for admission only after a period of at least one semester in which the
student is not enrolled at Temple. This period does not include the summer
sessions. Any work taken at Temple University or at any other university
or college during the period of exclusion, unless under written program
advisement, will not be applicable to a degree program.
The total record of an undergraduate student seeking re-admission to
the College of Education or to a certification program after an absence
of three or more semesters shall be subject to review by an academic adviser,
the Director of Teacher Education and the Associate Dean. If readmitted,
the student's program for completion of degree requirements will then
be planned in accordance with those degree requirements currently operative
in the program. See Undergraduate Admissions for further information about
the readmission process.
Transfers Within the College of Education
Students must be in good academic standing in their program if transfer
to another program within the College of Education is to be approved.
(To transfer to another program within the College of Education a student
must complete a Declaration of Change of Concentration form. This form
is available in the Office of Student Services - RA 238 - and must be
submitted, upon completion, to the Advising Office.)
Transfers Within the University
Students from other Temple schools and colleges who wish to transfer to
the College of Education must have a cumulative grade point average of
2.8 or higher.
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REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION
The degree of Bachelor of Science in Education, with a recommendation
for certification to the State of Pennsylvania, may be conferred upon
a student by recommendation of the faculty and upon the successful completion
of a minimum of 128 semester hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
(under current regulations). These credit hours must be earned in three
requirement categories: University Core Curriculum requirements; College
of Education requirements, including the Professional Course Sequence
and, for teacher certification, the General Studies Requirements; and
Minor in Education for Students in Arts and Sciences
The College of Education, in collaboration with other colleges in the
University, offers an approved minor in education. This is a 21 credit
sequence which is intended to offer students the opportunity to explore
education as a career. In the Five-Year Teacher Certification program,
the education minor serves as the first phase of teacher certification
for those who choose teaching as a career. The certification is completed
in a master's program which comprises the fifth year of study. Students
accepted into the master's degree component of the Five Year program may
teach during their fifth year as an intern in an elementary or secondary
school provided they meet program and State regulations. The required
courses in the undergraduate education minor are as follows:
Total - 21 s.h.
- Education X060: Education, Schooling, and the Individual in U.S.
Society (this course also meets the University Core requirement in American
Culture) 3 s.h.
- Education 0122: The Developing Individual Across the Lifespan; or
Psychology 0131 Developmental Psychology 3 s.h.
- Sociology R064: American Ethnicity 3 s.h.
- Education 0101: Psychology of Learning: Normal and Exceptional Children;
- Psychology 0131: Cognitive Underpinnings for Learning Mathematics
or Science 6 s.h.
- 0210 Practicum I :3 s.h.
- 0214 Curriculum and Supervised Teaching 3 s.h.
- One course from CAS which is designated as an inquiry course. 3 s.h.
For further information about this program, call the coordinator of the
Five-Year Program in the College of Education at (215) 204-5240.
General Studies Requirements, the University Core Curriculum, and
the College of Education's Professional Course Sequence
State standards for teacher certification require that at least one-third
of a student's program be taken in general studies. This requirement is
designed to assist individuals in their intellectual development and to
provide the breadth of background needed by a teacher. This certification
standard is met in all programs in the College of Education. In most cases,
these general studies credits also meet the University Core Curriculum
In addition to the general studies requirements, all undergraduate students
in the College of Education must complete the Professional Education Course
These courses, along with a selected list of courses which meet the general
studies requirement or the University Core requirements, are listed below:
Professional Course Sequence 23 s.h.
Note: Ed 0122 and Ed 0255 must be passed with a C+ or
- Ed 0122: The Developing Individual Across the Lifespan
- Ed. 0155: Inclusive Education for a Diverse Society
- Ed. XO60: Education and Schooling in America
- Ed. 0255: Effective Use of Instructional Technology in Classrooms
- Ed. 0205: Curriculum, Instruction and Technology
- Ed. 0206: Assessment and Evaluation
- Ed. 0224: Service Learning
- Ed. 0225: Field Experience: Managing the Contemporary Classroom
Other Requirements for College of Education
In addition to the above required courses, all students in the College
of Education must meet the following requirements. Most of these requirements
are determined by the University Core Curriculum. Exceptions, exclusions,
and additions to these requirements are noted in the individual program
In addition to Composition C050, all students must complete five writing
intensive courses. Three of these courses will be Intellectual Heritage
X051 and X052, and the College of Education capstone course in the student's
A minimum of one course in literature offered by the English or Foreign
Language departments is required. 3 s.h.
In addition to C055 (College Mathematics) all students must take at least
one additional second semester mathematics, statistics, or logic course
from those meeting Core requirements. 6 s.h.
- Science and Technology
All students must take a minimum of two courses, one first semester and
one second semester, from one scientific field. 8 s.h. (Note: Students
in the Elementary Education program must take an additional semester of
- Social Science
In addition to C050 (Psychology as a Social Science), all students are
required to take at least one additional course selected from the departments
of African American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, Geography and Urban
Studies, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology. 3 s.h.
All programs in the College requires that students take either C067 (History
of the United States to 1877) or C068 (History of the United States since
1877). 3 s.h.
- The Arts
At least one Core course in performance, appreciation, or history of the
arts is required. 3 s.h.
- Language or International Studies
At least two courses are required. The list of courses meeting the Core
requirements is available from advisers. 6 s.h.
Graduation from the College of Education does not carry automatic endorsement
for State Certification. Students desiring certification must hold the appropriate
degree and fulfill competency requirements, be recommended by the College
of Education, and submit the required application form. Recommendations
are predicated upon successful completion of all academic and statutory
requirements and on the fitness of the individual for the professional position.
- American Culture
At least one course is required. This requirement can be met through X060/C060
(Education, Schooling, and the Individual in U.S. Society) or by History
C067 or C068. 3 s.h.
One course in race and racism is required (see your adviser). 3 s.h.
- Professional Certification
All curricula leading to state certification are organized to meet the
standards established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Certificates
for which Temple University, College of Education, undergraduate students
may be recommended include the following:
- Art Education (See Tyler School of Art)
- Early Childhood Education
- Elementary Education
- Health Education
- Health and Physical Education
- Music (See Boyer College of Music)
- Secondary Education
- Foreign Language
- Earth and Space Science
- General Science
- Social Studies
- Special Education
- Career and Technical Education
- Business Education
- Cooperative Education
- Industrial Education
- Marketing and Distributive Education
- Vocational Education
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.
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.
As of September 1, 2000 the required tests include the Praxis I and Praxis
II batteries. Students should check with the Office of Student Services
for the current regulations.
Physical and Medical Standards
All students must meet certain health standards to obtain an Instructional
Certificate to teach in the public schools of Pennsylvania.
Physical and medical standards for certification and employment vary
considerably from one state to another and from one school district to
another within the same state. Students expecting to apply for positions
in certain school districts should determine what the standards are in
evaluating their own prospects for employment. The specific requirements
for a given school district may be determined by writing to the appropriate
official. Some representative statements of standards are on file in the
Office of the Dean. Any student with a medical problem or physical handicap
is urged to consult this office and the Health Services staff to ascertain
suitability for the teaching profession.
State law provides that each student participating in the school must
take the same tuberculosis test required of teachers and other school
employees. A report of the test obtained no earlier than six months prior
to the first contact with school children shall be valid for a period
of two calendar years.
Diagnostic Speech Assessment
Candidates for teacher 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 Department
Chairperson of the department in which the student is enrolled and approved
by the Associate Dean of the College of Education.
Application for student teaching placement must be made the semester prior
to student teaching. Application forms are available in the Student Teaching
Center (RH 341). The following due dates are in effect: September 15th
for Spring semester placements and February 1st for fall semester placements.
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