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. These changes have been reflected in this Bulletin. Students are encouraged to check with the Office of Student Services, or with the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology in Education to verify the requirements that pertain to their specific case. In addition, you should check the Web version of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the most current information about College of Education program requirements at the Program Descriptions section, or the College of Education's Web page at www.temple.edu/education/.
Students admitted into the College of Education 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:
The College of Education offers an array of post-baccalaureate programs. See the Graduate Bulletin for more information.
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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:
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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.
In order to be considered for admission to the
undergraduate degree program, students must meet high school proficiency
requirements as determined by Temple University admissions criteria. To be
admitted to a professional certification program, students must meet the
Completion of a minimum of 48 semester hours and a minimum overall
GPA of 2.6 for Fall 2001, 2.8 for Fall 2002, and 3.0 by Fall 2003.
Completion of the University Core requirements, including 6 credits
of mathematics and 6 credits of English/literature.
A grade of C or higher in courses required for the undergraduate
degree at Temple.
Basic skills proficiency/pass scores for the Pre Professional
Skills Test (PPST) in the areas of Reading (172), Writing (173), Listening
(TBD), and Mathematics (173). (Note: These scores are required pass scores
as of February 13, 2000 by PA Department of Education.)
Pass a speech assessment (certified clinician; standards-based).
Pass with a C+ of higher and receive faculty recommendations in the
1st two general professional education courses: Ed 255 and Ed
122 (or the first two courses in Education taken at Temple if the student
transfers to Temple).
Additional information as may be required by the Pennsylvania
Department of Education, including options for admissions if selected
criteria are not met.
Students must be admitted to a certification program in
order to enroll in the professional certification sequence and student
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 programs.
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See Financial Aid
Special Scholarships and Aid
The Mario D. Fantini Scholarship
Benjamin Rosner Memorial Loan Fund
Dr. Alfred and Shirley Freeman Scholarship
Dr. Mildred Rice Jordan Scholarship
Students should be graduates 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.
They 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
Candidates must be undergraduate seniors (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 University.
Dr. Margaret J. Messinger Scholarship
candidates must be an academically excellent (GPA of at least 3.5) student pursuing an undergraduate degree in education, and must maintain a GPA of at least 3.3 to continue receiving this scholarship.
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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 students.
Courses Inapplicable to Graduation Requirements
Courses Inapplicable for Certification
Grades in Professional Education Courses
Graduation without Certification
Probation and Dismissal
The University requires that all students 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 with 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 in the Commonwealth 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 2.6 will be given an academic warning. If, after one semester of academic warning, a student has not attained a cumulative GPA of 2.6, the student will be subject to dismissal from the certification program. The College of Education will maintain the same level of achievement as required by the State of Pennsylvania for its minimal GPA for certification and for the student to not be subject to academic actions.
The total record of an undergraduate student seeking readmission 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
Transfers Within the University
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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 2.6 for students admitted for Fall 2001, 2.8 for students admitted for Fall 2002, and 3.0 for students admitted for Fall 2003. 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 program requirements.
Minor in Education for Students in Arts and Sciences
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
In addition to the general studies requirements, all undergraduate students
in the College of Education must complete the Professional Education Course
Professional Course Sequence 23 s.h.
Other Requirements for College of Education
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 major area.
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.
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 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.
At least one Core course in performance, appreciation, or history of the arts is required. 3 s.h.
At least two courses are required. The list of courses meeting the Core requirements is available from advisers. 6 s.h.
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.
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. Data on temple Student's performance on the PRAXIS Tests are contained in the following table
Data for Temple Students on the Praxis I and Praxis II
Tests: 1999 - 2000
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
In addition to the Praxis I and 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 will occur at three points in the undergraduate program: early on when prospective students are being admitted to certification programs; in the junior year, prior to student teaching; and before graduation, during/after student teaching. 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.
Professional Education PortfolioAfter being admitted to a teacher 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 adviser.
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