All degree candidates in Teacher Education must complete satisfactorily a minimum of 120 semester hours in three categories: general education, a specialized major field, and professional education. Students must satisfy the general education requirements/professional education requirements before they exit from the program
The College of Education and Human Services has established, in alignment with the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the NCATE standards, a set of requirements for all teacher education majors to achieve at various stages in their programs. The education program standards and requirements are defined in our Teacher Education Assessment Plan. Students choosing Teacher Education as a program of study must complete all requirements within the Teacher Education Assessment Plan. The Assessment Plan is divided into three stages: Stage I- Candidacy: admission to teacher education, Stage II- Developing Portfolio required for admission to the professional semester, Stage III- Senior Portfolio required for completion of student teaching and program completion. Key assessments across the stages include performance assessments, external assessments such as the Praxis I and Praxis II series exams, and evaluation of dispositions. Each candidate receives a copy of all required assessment elements upon declaring the education major and then receives more detailed descriptions of requirements for each decision point as they matriculate through the program.