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College Graduation Requirements

Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Education

Students receive a bachelor of science in education degree with a recommendation to the state for teacher certification upon the successful completion of a minimum of 128 semester hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. These credit hours are satisfied by taking courses in three categories: (1) University Core; (2) Professional Education core; (3) Certification Courses (including student teaching) and program requirements.

In addition to fulfilling the University core requirements, all undergraduate students in the College of Education must complete the Professional Education course sequence. These courses are listed below:

Bachelor of Science in Education    
Professional Course Sequence                                                          
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Education XO60 Education and Schooling in America 3 AC, WI
Education 0122 The Developing Individual Across the Lifespan 3  
Education 0155 Inclusive Education for a Diverse Society 3  
Education 0205 Curriculum Instruction and Technology 3  
Education 0206 Assessment and Evaluation 3  
Education 0224 Service Learning 2-3  
Education 0225 Field Experience: Managing the Contemporary Classroom 3  
Education 0255 Effective Use of Instructional Technology in Classrooms 3  
Total     23–24    
Note:  Ed 0122 and Ed 0255 must be passed with a C+ or better.    

Other Requirements for College of Education Students

In addition to taking the required courses above, all students seeking teacher certification through the College of Education must meet the following state requirements.

Composition/Writing and Literature
All students must take 6 credits of English, 3 in composition/writing and 3 in literature.

All students must take two college-level mathematics courses.


Professional Certification

Areas of Certification

All curricula leading to Commonwealth 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 and Physical Education
- Music (See Boyer College of Music and Dance)
- Secondary Education
          - English
          - Foreign Language
            - French
            - German
            - Hebrew
            - Italian
            - Latin
            - Portuguese
            - Spanish
          - Mathematics
          - Science
            - Biology
            - Chemistry
            - Earth and Space Science
            - General Science
            - Physics
          - Social Studies
- Special Education
- Career and Technical Education
          - Business, Computer, and Information Technology K-12 (Formerly Business Education)
          - Cooperative Education
          - Marketing Education K-12
          - Industrial (Career Technical) Education

Requirements for Certification

Graduation from the College of Education does not carry automatic endorsement for state certification. Students must complete all the requirements for teacher preparation, including student teaching; maintain a 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. As of September 1, 2000, the required tests include the Praxis I and Praxis II series. Students should check with the Office of Student Services for the current regulations. 

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.

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.

Clinical Experience: Practicum and Student Teaching

The College places a great deal of emphasis on students' in-school experiences. All undergraduates are required to complete courses that place them in school settings one half day or more each week. Student teaching, generally completed in a student's final semester, constitutes the most important field experience for prospective teachers. Application for student teaching placement must be made the semester prior to student teaching.

Performance Assessment

In addition to the teacher certification tests (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 occur at three points in the undergraduate program: initially when prospective students are being admitted to certification programs (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.

Professional Education Portfolio

After 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 advisor.

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