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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art Education Certification

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Requirements for Art Education Certification

Students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Studio degree program (with the exception of Interior Design majors) can earn certification in Art Education. This certification provides a skilled background in the technical and historical aspects of art education as a prerequisite to teaching art in grades K-12. The program emphasizes all arts as a means of arriving at aesthetic experiences. Since students are required to take additional courses in liberal arts in order to meet the Education certification requirements, additional time may be required to earn certification. Graduates who are recommended by the chairs of the Education and Art and Design departments can receive the Instructional I Specialist (K-12) certification to teach art in Pennsylvania.

Required Coursework Beyond the BFA requirements:

PA Code, Chapter 354 content area coursework required for admission into certification program (16 credits)

The following Education courses:

The following Art Education courses:

Pre-student teaching

(one day a week in a K-12 art classroom)


All Art Education students must meet the same admission requirements for all candidates seeking certification.

Admission Requirements for All Certification Program Candidates

The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires that all candidates interested in obtaining teacher certification must meet certain prerequisite requirements before they can enter a program leading to teacher certification. All students who are seeking Pennsylvania teacher certification in PreK-4 Special Education, Middle School Education, Secondary Education, or Art Education must formally apply into the teacher certification program through the School of Education and must meet the following prerequisite requirements.

Admission decisions are based on the Pennsylvania Department of Education state certification requirements (PA Code, Chapter 354). The following are required:

  • 48 credits outside of Education
  • An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Two college-level Mathematics courses
  • Courses in English Composition and a course in American Literature
  • Current PA Criminal Background and Child Abuse Clearances, FBI Background Clearance and negative TB test results.

In addition to the above requirements, students must do the following:

  • Take at least one Education course
  • Have only one grade of “C” in an Education course
  • Obtain qualifying scores on the Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) Reading, Writing and Mathematics modules
  • Submit an electronic portfolio (PreK-4 and Special Education majors only)

NOTE: All Arcadia undergraduates seeking certification should apply during the spring semester of their sophomore year.

A student who thinks his or her GPA might be below 3.0 and/or has not met all the prerequisite requirements may request to be conditionally admitted. Students completing the conditional requirements within a designated timeframe will be fully admitted into the teacher certification program. Those, students who do not meet the requirements may continue in the Education Program but will not be able to pursue certification. Students also may choose to pursue an alternative major.

Students denied admission to the School will be advised to pursue an alternative major or seek a path that may combine Education with another major.

Transfer Students Admission

All transfer students above the level of a firstsemester sophomore must apply for admission to the certification program immediately after their first semester as a full-time student or after two semesters as a part-time student. At the end of that semester, their Arcadia University GPA (3.0 or higher) along with their transfer GPA will be used to determine whether they will be admitted to the School. Transfer students are not required to submit an electronic portfolio until they apply for student teaching. They are required to meet all admission standards required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Student Teaching Practicum (for all majors)

Students who have completed their entire coursework will student teach as their culminating experience during the fall or spring semester of the senior year, depending on their program. Applications for student teaching must be submitted with all required materials the semester prior to student teaching. The deadlines are early September for a spring practicum and early February for a fall practicum. Applications are available through the Office of School and Community Collaborations or by visiting the School of Education website. Admission for student teaching requires: A 3.0 overall GPA; or PRAXIS testing requirements; valid and updated clearances; good standing as a senior; and permission of the Director of Office of School and Community Collaborations.

Testing Requirements for All Candidates Seeking Certification in the State of Pennsylvania

All candidates applying for Pennsylvania State Certification in PreK-4/ Special Education (PreK-8 or 7-12), Middle School Education (4-8), Secondary Education (7-12) and Art Education (K-12) need to obtain qualifying scores on Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) or PRAXIS / PAPA state teacher examinations in order to receive an Instructional I certificate from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Before applying into the School of Education, all undergraduate students are required to obtain qualifying scores on the following tests: PAPA (Preservice Academic Performance Assessment) 3 Modules: Reading, Mathematics, and Writing.

Important Note: Please check with your adviser before registering for certification tests. Advisers will have the most up-to-date information regarding PAPA, PECT, and PRAXIS tests.

Testing Requirements for PreK-4/Special Education

  • Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA)
  • PreK-4 (PECT)
  • Special Education PreK-8 (PECT)

Testing Requirements for Secondary Education (7-12)

  • Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA)
  • Secondary Education (7-12) (PRAXIS)

Testing Requirements for Art Education (K-12)

  • Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA)
  • Art Education (K-12) (PRAXIS)

(no individual section score less than 500) are not required to take PAPA

All individuals seeking dual certification will be required to be examined in both areas of specialization. Information is available at ( or the School of Education Main Office (Taylor Hall, Room 200). Please be aware that certification testing requirements may change. Regularly check the School of Education website and Arcadia email for updates.

The total PRAXIS pass rate for students completing teacher certification programs at Arcadia University exceeds the statewide total pass rate. Results aggregated by area are available in the Graduate Studies Office. Current information is subject to change without notification.

CLEARANCES Information
The PA Department of Education requires Arcadia University to have a copy of current clearances for all students completing field experiences and Student Teaching. PDE states that students must demonstrate the professional behavior of acquiring andmaintaining appropriate clearances.

It is your responsibility to obtain ALL required clearances to file with the Arcadia University School of Education by day one of the semester. It is your responsibility to update annually the PA Child Abuse, PA Criminal Record Check, Arrest/Conviction form and the TB test in May/June. Not doing so will jeopardize your field placement and, therefore, your course completion. This will, as well, affect negatively the evaluation of your professional behavior.

It is your responsibility to retain the original clearances in a safe place and to make copies available to fieldwork sites on your first visit.

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Exit Requirements for All Certification Program Candidates

  1. Satisfactory completion of all coursework for the bachelor’s degree and GPA requirement specified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (3.0 GPA).
  2. Satisfactory completion of a pre-student teaching experience.
  3. Satisfactory completion of University requirements as identified elsewhere in this catalog.
  4. Satisfactory completion of student teaching (“B” or better) in the area of certification and the PDE 430 performance-based assessment rating form. (Note that all practicum prerequisites must be met and the adviser’s approval received before enrolling in the student teaching.)
  5. Obtain qualifying scores on the PAPA Series qualifying tests and the appropriate PECT/PRAXIS required tests (Note: in order for students to receive an Instructional I certificate from the PA Dept. of Education they will be need to obtain qualifying scores on all required PECT/PRAXIS tests. Students may retake tests if their scores do not meet the state required cutoff scores.
  6. Updated clearance documentation: PA Criminal Background Check, PA Child Abuse background check and FBI background check.
  7. Completion of Pennsylvania Instructional I certification forms (available in the College of Graduate Studies Office) required by the University and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
  8. Meeting of all the Pennsylvania State Standards for the Preparation of Teachers.
  9. Completion of a professional electronic portfolio for all PreK-4/Special Education and Middle School Education certification students.

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