Jun 03, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Education Secondary Certification in General Science

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Students interested in teaching a secondary area certification 7-12 should declare an Education minor and consult with their major disciplinary adviser and their School of Education adviser as early as possible, preferably freshman year. All Arcadia undergraduates seeking certification must have declared Education as a minor and formally apply into the teacher certification preparation program during the spring semester of their sophomore year (see UG teacher certification entry and exit requirements). See the School of Education section of the catalog for Education minor requirements.

Requirements for Certification in General Science 7-12

Undergraduate ENTRY REQUIREMENTS for the Teacher Certification Preparation Programs

  • Recommended minimum overall GPA of 3.0 at the time of application.

  • No grade of “C or below” in a required certification course.

  • Completed and earned grades of C or better in 6 credits in Mathematics above the MA 100  level (recommended: MA 117  and MA 118 ).

  • Completed and earned grades of C or better in 6 credits in English. One course in Composition (EN 101 ) and one course in American/English Literature (recommended EN 229 ).

  • Completed 48 credits.

  • Meets Basic Skills testing requirements with qualifying scores and/or ACT/SAT qualifying scores.

  • Background Checks: Meets background check requirements using the Castle Branch System for

    • Federal Criminal History Record Information (CHRI)

    • Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Records Check

    • Department of Human Services Child Abuse History Clearance

    • Tuberculosis (TB) test result

EXIT REQUIREMENTS for Teacher Certification Candidates

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or higher with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.

  • Completion of an approved program of study leading to certification in the area of certificate requested.

  • Satisfactory completion of student teaching, fieldwork or internship (required grade of “B” or better) in the area of certification.

  • Completion of a professional portfolio.

  • Recommendation of University Certification Officer on the TIMS application.

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