Jun 17, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017 
Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education, Early and Primary Teacher, BS

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Teacher Candidacy Screening

All teacher candidacy requirements are completed using Taskstream. The following outline presents criteria for the teacher candidacy programs.

  1. Verification of at least 48 semester hours in order to meet PDE chapter 354.23 regulations.
  2. Verification of at least 3.00 GPA in Education, teaching area, and overall, with verification of “C” or above in education and teaching area courses taken by the time of application.
  3. Clearances: Valid PA Criminal Record Check (Act 34), PA Child Abuse Clearance (Act 151), and Federal Criminal History Record Information - FBI Fingerprinting (Act 114) indicating “no record,” as well as the Arrest/Conviction Report and Certification Form (Act 24) and TB test results.  Any citation on the Act 34, act 151 or Act 114 will result in unsuccessful screening.
  4. Passing scores on the PAPA examinations (Reading, Writing, Mathematics).
  5. Satisfactory completion of a candidacy interview process as designed and implemented by the Education Department.
  6. Completed recommendations from instructors in the following courses.

More specific criteria for teacher candidacy for each program is shown below.  More information is provided by the Undergraduate Program Director as scheduled meetings each semester that students are encouraged to attend.

Teacher Candidacy Requirements:

Early and Primary Education Curriculum


Department and Number Descriptive Title of Course   Fall Cr.                       Spr. Cr.                  

First Year

MAJOR EDUC 144 Foundations of American Education   3  
MAJOR EDUC 142 - (S) Exceptional Lives   3  
MAJOR EDUC 222 - (W) Educational Psychology, PreK-4     3
GE QUAN MATH 102 - (Q) Fundamentals of Numerical Mathematics   3  
GE ELECT MATH 105 - (Q) Fundamentals of Geometric Mathematics     3
GE WRTG WRTG 107 - (FYW) Composition   3  
GE EP EP ELEC - Eloquentia Perfecta1   3
GE S/BH PSYC 110 - (S) Fundamentals of Psychology   3  
GE T/RS T/RS 121 - (P) Theology I: Introduction to the Bible     3


HIST 110 - (CH) History of the United States to 1877  or HIST 111 - (CH) History of the United States from Reconstruction to the Present     3
GE FSEM First Year Seminar 2    
    15  15

Second Year

MAJOR EDUC 250 Early Development and Intervention   3  
MAJOR EDUC 240 - Early Language and Literacy - Birth to Age 5   3  
MAJOR EDUC 241 - Foundations of Literacy Development I     3
MAJOR EDUC 256 - (D) Family, School & Community Relations in a Diverse Society     3
MAJOR EDUC 252 - Assessment & Evaluation in Early & Primary Education     3
MAJOR EDUC 242 - Math for PreK-1   3  
GE S/BH PS 130 - (S) American National Government I  or PS 131 - (S) American National Government II  or PS 135 - (S) State and Local Government     3
GE HUMN (CL) ENLT requirement – ENLT 100 level 3  
GE T/RS T/RS 122 - (P) Theology II: Introduction to Christian Theology   3  
GE NSCI (E) NSCI ELECT – Natural Science   3
    15 15

Third Year

MAJOR EDUC 363 - Foundations of Literacy Development II   3  
MAJOR EDUC 359 - Introduction to English Language Learning     3
MAJOR EDUC 358 - Reading to Learn with Trade Books & Texts     3
MAJOR EDUC 346 - (W) - Social Studies for PreK-4   3  
MAJOR EDUC 344 - Integrated Science and Technology, Pre K-4     3
MAJOR EDUC 339 - Math for Grades 2-4   3  
MAJOR EDUC 357 - Integrated Methods Across Curriculum     3
FREE ELECT FREE ELECT - Free Elective3 3  
GE PHIL PHIL 120 - Introduction to Philosophy   3  
GE NSCI (E) PHYS – SCI ELECT Physical Science 3  
GE PHIL PHIL 210 - Ethics     3
    18 15

Fourth Year

GE HUMN HUMN ELECT – Humanities Elective 3  
GE ELECT ECO 410 - Economic Concepts and Applications   3  
GE HUMN HUMN ELECT – Humanities Elective (Literature or Arts) 3  
GE T/RS-PHIL T/RS-PHIL ELECT – Theology or Philosophy Elective 3  
GE ELECT GEOG 134 - (S) World Regional Geography   3  
FREE ELECT FREE ELECT- Free Elective3 3  
MAJOR EDUC 445 - Professional Practice Seminar, PreK-4 4   3
MAJOR EDUC 456 - Planning in Early/Primary (PreK-4) Student Teaching , EDUC 457 - Instruction in Early/Primary (PreK-4) Student Teaching , EDUC 458 - Managing Classrooms in Early/Primary (PreK-4) Student Teaching , EDUC 459 - Professional Growth in Early/Primary (PreK-4) Student Teaching     10
    18 13

Total: 124 Credits

1 This course must meet the FYOC and FYDT designations for Eloquentia Perfecta.

2The selection of a First Year Seminar is likely to fulfill requirements both for the First Year Seminar and a General Education Requirement.  Thus, the First Year Seminar will not add to the total credits for the semester.  Talk with your advisor if you have any questions.

3Students admitted to Accelerated Special Education Program will take a graduate level course towards their graduate degree as a free elective.

4All undergraduate student teachers will be required to complete edTPA as part of the requirements for student teaching seminar.