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 Admission to Teacher Candidacy  




Application to Teacher Candidacy - Being Admitted into Upper Division Courses

*During the semester in which the 48th credit is taken, students apply for admission to Teacher Candidacy(not over 90 credits):

  •   A minimum 2.8 QPA
  • Clear Act 34 (NO record…NONE, criminal record check) (can be obtained online immediately)
  • Clear FBI Record Check (NO record…NONE) (Continuing enrollment in SRU Teacher Preparation Program is required for fingerprinting to remain valid).                 (must select Department of Education – PDE)
  • Clear Act 151 (child abuse)
  • Act 24 (arrest or conviction - NO record)
  • Demonstrate competency in basic skills by satisfactorily completing any from the list below (click here for option details - abbreviated list below)

    • Qualifying SAT Scores prior to college matriculation
    • Qualifying ACT Scores prior to college matriculation
    • Pass all 3 modules of PAPA exams (click here for current PDE cutoff scores) Certification Testing and Scores
    • Pass all 3 modules of ETS CORE Assessment
    • Hold a Bachelor’s degree

  • Must complete department Teacher Candidacy Application ---- Click here for applications (see "Spotlight" column)
  • Negative TB screening
  • Evidence of Act 126 training
  • Diverse Observation Assignment embedded into course (varies by major) (talk to advisor)
  • Other requirements as determined by the department - check with advisor
  • Continue the ePortfolio (on TaskStream when required, see course syllabus)

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Dr. Keith Dils
Dr. Keith Dils, Dean
Message from the Dean


Our Alumni Are Prepared:
Jessica Peconi-Cook
Jessica Peconi-Cook

"I am prepared to teach health and physical education at Mellon Middle school in the Mt.  Lebanon school district grades 6-8. I am also the Vice President of Physical Education for the Pennsylvania Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and the co-chair for the Mt.Lebanon Employee Wellness Program. Slippery Rock University gave me the knowledge and skills to teach our youth to be healthy and active for life. I'm grateful for my Rock solid education."