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Teacher Certification Program - Becoming Declared

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Information for students interested in becoming a declared education major at Point Park University

While you have been admitted to the University, you cannot be accepted as an education major seeking teacher certification until all of the requirements established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education are fulfilled.  The requirements to apply to the teacher certification program are listed below.  For an application to the teacher certification program, click on the link below.

Application for Admission to Teacher Certification Program

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Requirements:

  • Completion of 48 or more University credits;
  • Overall 3.0 G.P.A.;
  • Six credits of University-level math;
  • Six credits of University-level English;
  • Criminal Record Check (Act 34) clearance;
  • Child Abuse History (Act 33) clearance;
  • FBI clearance;
  • Completion of nine credits of 200-level education classes; 
  • Passing scores for all pre-professional PRAXIS exams (scores must be provided to the education department); and
  • Written documentation and verification of at least 40 hours of classroom observations for students entering fall 2011 and forward. Note: Prior students to fall 2011 need only 10 hours of classroom observations to be admitted to department. Please remember you still need the 40 hours of classroom observations and 150 hours of field experience to meet PDE standards.

Once you have met all state-imposed criteria, your advisor in the education department will assist you in arranging for your acceptance into the Point Park education program of your choice. For the present time, your major will be "Education - Undeclared."

Advisors from Point Park's education department are available to discuss Pennsylvania teacher certification and Point Park University requirements.