Wilkes University

Department of Education

Department of Education - Undergraduate

Chairperson: Dr. Suzanne Murray-Galella

Faculty

Professor: Polachek
Assistant Professor: Frantz-Fry, French
Faculty of Practice: Kaster, Thomas
Faculty Emeriti: J. Bellucci, Fahmy, Johnson

The Education Department Programs


Mission of the Teacher Education Program

The Mission of the Teacher Education Program is to provide the educational community and society at large with competent, caring, and ethical educators who are life-long learners, reflective practitioners, and effective communicators.   The Teacher Education program provides opportunities for students to grow academically and professionally.  The program promotes an appreciation for diversity, as well as a regard for research-based and innovative practices. The ethic of service and dedication are expected of Teacher Education candidates to meet the diverse needs of all students within the learning community.

The Teacher Education Program (TEP) information in this 2017-18 Undergraduate Bulletin addresses the following certification programs as mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) that will be followed by all students starting in Fall 2010 or after.  The programs are:

  1. Pre-kindergarten through fourth grade (PK-4) certification has replaced the Kindergarten through sixth grade (K-6) certification.
  2. Middle Level certification in grades four through eight (4-8) with five areas of concentration: Mathematics, Science, English, Language Arts and Reading, Social Studies, and Mathematics/Science.
  3. Secondary Education grades 7-12, with teacher certification in Biology, Chemistry, English, Earth & Space Science (with a major in Earth and Environmental Sciences), Physics, Spanish, and Social Studies (with a major in History or Political Science).
  4. Special education dual certifications that specify a grade band of pre-kindergarten through eighth grades (PK-8) or seventh through twelfth grades (7-12) (these have replaced the pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade [PK-12] generalist certificate). NOTE: Special Education Dual Certification (PK-8) is not a stand- alone program; it must be coupled with the major in Elementary and Early Childhood Education or Middle Level Education. On the Secondary level, Special Education Dual Certification (7-12) may be added to any one the nine academic majors with the Secondary Education major or minor.

Students are expected to review and comply with all policies of the Wilkes University Education Teacher Education Program and of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). Each semester, students should consult with their academic advisor for any changes or considerations. The Education Department maintains specific advising checklists and policy documents to guide students in their respective programs. NOTE: Policies may change or be revised according to new or updated Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) regulations.

Teacher Education Program Admission Requirements:

PDE requires that students preparing for teacher certification must be formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program at Wilkes University. Admission criteria for formal admission to the Teacher Education Program include:

  • complete 48 semester hour credits, including six credits of Mathematics and six credits of English,
  • submit the following current, valid clearances:
    • Act 34 State Police Criminal Record Check [must report 'NO CRIMINAL RECORD IN PA'];
    • ACT 151 Child Abuse History Clearance [must report 'NO RECORD EXIST IN PA DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES DATABASE'],
    • Act 114 FBI Fingerprint Check, [must report 'SEARCH OF FINGERPRINTS HAS REVEALED NO PRIOR ARREST' ]and a
    • completed Act 24 Arrest/Conviction Report and Certification Form.

NOTE: If there is a criminal infraction on any of these clearances, a field experience placement in a school is unlikely. Therefore, this will result in the student not being able to take the class(es.) Decisions about permitting students to observe or student teach in a school are made by the school district. The University cannot guarantee that persons with entries in their criminal record will be permitted to do field placements. While State law bars certain offenders from schools, districts often impose more extreme requirements. The Coordinator of Field Experience Placements, the Coordinator of the Teacher Education Program, and the Education Department Chairperson will consult with the student who has entries on any clearances to determine whether a placement in a school district might be likely or not.

  • complete and submit formal the Teacher Education Program Application, personal Philosophy of Education, Disposition Assessment, signed Code of Professionalism and Academic Honesty, and a signed Student Acknowledgement of Grade Point Average (GPA) and Test of Basic Skills (form shown below). This process is completed during ED 190 or upon transfer from another institution. Here is the information from the Pennsylvania Department of Education indicating required scores for all tests of basic skills:
Student Acknowledgement of Grade Point Average (GPA) and Test of Basic Skills (TBS) Policy of the Wilkes University Education Department

Students pursuing teacher certification at Wilkes University must comply with the following:

  1. Prior to enrolling in:
  • ED-190: Effective Teaching with Field Experience and
  • ED-191: Integrating Technology into the Classroom
    • earn a final course grade of 2.50 in ED-180: Educational Psychology and
    • achieve an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.50.-

2. By the end of week four of the semester, students in ED-190 must complete the online practice Praxis Core for all or any required sections of the test. The practice modules of the Reading, Mathematics, and Writing tests are available at http://longsdalepub.com/praxis/ School number: 84332 School Key: praxis core.

3. By the last week of the semester, students must take an authentic test of basic skills: PAPA or Praxis Core.
   
To receive course credit, students must submit a copy of the registration form to the ED-190 professor. These forms will be submitted to the Teacher
    Education Program Coordinator. Students must take the necessary modules of the PAPA test: Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. Registration information is
    available at http://www.pa.nesinc.com [Fee waivers are available; students need to apply at the beginning of the semester to receive waivers, if eligible, in a
    timely way.]
    OR
   
complete necessary tests of the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE): Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. Registration information is available
    at www.ets.org/praxis/pa [Fee waivers may be available; students need to apply by the ETS deadlines to receive waivers in a timely way.]*

4. Prior to enrolling in:

  • ED-220: Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners
  • EDSP-210: Teaching Students with Special Needs
  • ED-263: Child Development and Cognition I (15 hours of field experience)
  • ED-264: Child Development and Cognition II (30 hours of field experience)-
  • EDSP-225: Special Education Methodology I with Field Experience (30 hours)
    • Students must earn a final course grade of 2.5 in ED-180, ED-190 and ED-191,
    • earn an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.85,
    • complete an authentic test of basic skills [SAT/ACT or Praxis Core or PAPA].

5. Prior to enrolling in Special Education Dual Certification designated courses,

  • EDSP-226: Special Education Methodology II with Field Experience (20 hours)
  • EDSP-227: Behavior Management with Field Experience (20 hours)
    • Students must meet all of the requirements for ED-220, ED-263, ED-264, EDSP-210, and EDSP-225, and
    • Have passing scores in the required modules of a test of basic skills [SAT/ACT or Praxis Core or PAPA].-

6. Prior to admission to the Teacher Education Program and to enrolling for any 300-level Education course and/or content methods course, students must:

  • Pass all modules of any test of basic skills in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics; students may 'mix and match' qualifying scores from the SAT/ACT and the PAPA and the Praxis Core. (See more info below)
  • Earn a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • Submit a completed Teacher Education Program Application.

7. To maintain enrollment in the Teacher Education Program, students must earn at least a 2.5 in all 300-level Education courses; if they do not, they must repeat the course.

NOTE: Transfer students who already have completed ED-190 must comply with #2 and #3 in their first semester at Wilkes.

Information on the Pennsylvania Department of Education Basic Skills Assessment

Basic Skills Assessments – Composite Score Option

  • Students may combine reading, writing and mathematics module scores from different test providers to meet the basic skills requirements.
  • Students may use the composite score method to meet the requirement when they do well in one or two areas to compensate for a lower score in the other area.
  • The composite score is the sum of the passing scores. Use the Composite Score Calculator when mixing tests. Note When using the composite score, each test must meet or exceed the minimum score listed.

IMPORTANT: Detailed information about the Basic Skills Assessments, minimum composite score requirements, SAT/ACT, PAPA and Praxis I scores is available here.

Elementary and Early Childhood Education

Total minimum number of credits required for a major in Elementary and Early Childhood Education Leading to the B.A. degree — 124.
Total minimum number of credits required for a major in Elementary and Early Childhood Education leading to the B.A. degree with Dual Special Education Certification - 134

Mission of the Elementary and Early Childhood Program
The mission of the Elementary and Early Childhood Program is to prepare highly effective teachers who have the knowledge, skills, and competencies to prepare PreK-4 students to achieve academic success, and who are prepared to serve a diverse group of children and families in a variety of educational settings.

Elementary and Early Childhood Education is a major leading to pre-kindergarten through fourth grade (PK-4) certification. This program incorporates an 18-credit minor in Reading. Elementary and Early Childhood Education majors take methods of teaching courses in reading, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, the arts, physical education and health, as well as courses in educational theory and practice, assessment, and classroom management. Students must fulfill all of the following requirements:

  1. complete all course work, field experiences, clearances, appropriate tests of basic skills, and student teaching;
  2. complete the following General Education Curriculum requirements, which include:
  • First Year Foundations (FYF-101) – 3 credits,
  • Oral Communications - fulfilled by OPO courses in Education major;
  • English Composition and Literature - 7 credits, completed within the first 48 credit hours as required by the PDE:
    • ENG-101—Composition (4 cr.)
    • ENG-120—Introduction to Literature and Culture (3 cr.)
  • Mathematics - 6 credits, completed within first 48 credit hours as required by the PDE
    • MTH-101—Solving problems Using Mathematics or
    • MTH-103—Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I or
    • MTH-104—Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers II or two higher numbered courses in mathematics
  • Computer Literacy - CS-115 (3 cr.)
  • Foreign Language or Philosophy - 3 credits (Foreign Language is highly recommended)
  • History - 3 credits:
    • HST-101--Historical Foundations of the Modern World
    • additionally HST-125—American History I (3 credits) is required for certification
  • Science - 6 credits in two different areas and at least one course that includes a laboratory component:
  • Psychology - 3 credits: PSY-101—General Psychology
  • Social Sciences - 3 credits in one of the following areas:
    • ANT-101 – Introduction to Anthropology
    • EC-102 - Principles of Economics II
    • PS-111 - Introduction to American Politics (highly recommended)
    • SOC-101 - Introduction to Sociology
  • Visual and Performing Arts - 3 credits in one of the following areas:
    • ART-101 - Experiencing Art or
    • DAN-100 - Dance Appreciation: Comprehensive Dance Forms or
    • MUS-101 - Introduction to Music I or
    • THE-100 - Approach to Theater

3.  complete the following Education courses (All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted). Students must follow the requirements for all coursework as set forth in the Student Acknowledgement of Grade Point Average (GPA) and Test of Basic Skills (TBS) Policy of the Wilkes University Education Department Form

  • ED-190 - Effective Teaching with Field Experience (40 hours)
  • ED-191 - Integrating Technology into the Classroom (C.I. course).
  • EDSP-210 - Teaching Students with Special Needs
  • ED-220 - Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners
  • EDSP-225 - Special Education Methodology I with Field Experience (30 hours of field experience; OPO course)
  • ED-263 - Child Development and Cognition I (15 hours of field experience)
  • ED-264 - Child Development and Cognition II (30 hours of field experience)

NOTE: Students must meet all the requirements for and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program to proceed to all 300-level Education courses.

  • ED-310 - Health, Physical Education, and Safety in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
  • ED-321 - Literacy Foundations I (30 hours of field experience; )
  • ED-322 - Literacy Foundations II
  • ED-323 - Differentiated Reading
  • ED-324 - Children's Literature
  • ED-325 - Applied Reading Strategies (15 hours of field experience; Prerequisite: ED-321)
  • ED-330 - Mathematics in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
  • ED-341 - Language Arts in Early Childhood and Elementary Education (OPO course)
  • ED-344 - Assessment in Early Childhood and Elementary Education (This course replaces EDSP-300, Assessment in Special Education, for students completing dual certification in PK-4 and Special Education, PK-8.)
  • ED-345 - Assessment in Education
  • ED-350 - The Arts in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
  • ED-360 - Social Studies in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
  • ED-363 - School, Family, and Community (This course is not required for students completing dual certification in PK-4 and Special Education, PK-8.)
  • ED-370 - Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
  • ED-385 - Classroom Management
  • EDSP-388 - Inclusionary Practices (taken in conjunction with ED-390)
  • ED-390 - Student Teaching with Seminar (12 credits; OPO course)

Students should regularly consult with their academic advisors and the Education Department for any changes or considerations. The Education Department maintains specific advising checklists and policy documents to help guide students in their respective programs.

Elementary and Early Childhood Education Major with Dual Special Education Certification in PK-8

The mission of the Dual Special Education Program is to develop competent, caring, and ethical educators who are able to meet the diverse learning needs of all students across a variety of age, grade, and ability levels. The preparation program will facilitate competence in areas of academic, social, and emotional growth, and methods of maximizing a student's capabilities through diagnostic and instructionally adaptive practices.

Students majoring in Elementary and Early Childhood Education and also pursuing dual certification in Special Education PK-8 will complete the following courses in addition to the Elementary and Early Childhood Education program requirements:
ED-180 - Educational Psychology
EDSP-226 - Special Education Methodology II with Field Experience (20 hours)
EDSP-227 - Behavior Management with Field Experience (20 hours)
EDSP-300 - Assessment in Special Education (This course replaces the PK-4 course ED-344 - Assessment in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.)
EDSP-302 - Special Education Methods

All EDSP courses, in combination, will substitute for the PK-4 ED-363 -- School, Family, & Community course.
Special Education certification candidates will complete half their student teaching in a special education setting and half in a regular education setting

Middle Level Education

Total minimum number of credits required for a major in Middle Level Education leading to the B.A. Degree - 120.
Total minimum number of credits required for a major in Middle Level Education leading to the B.A. degree with Dual Special Education Certification - credits vary according to concentration.

Mission of the Middle Level Education Program
The mission of the Middle Level Education Program is to develop competent, caring, and ethical educators with strong subject matter content preparation and authentic, clinical field experiences. This preparation will address the broad set of issues, knowledge, and competencies that are relevant to middle school teaching and learning in Science, Mathematics, English/Language Arts and Reading, and Social Studies. Equipped with this knowledge and these skills, the teaching candidates will enable their students in grades four through eight to achieve academic success.

Middle Level Education is a major leading to fourth through eighth grade (4-8) certification. Candidates will choose to complete one of the following middle level concentration areas:

  • English/Language Arts/Reading
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Mathematics and Science

Middle level education majors take courses in methods of teaching, educational theory and practice, as well as content courses across all four concentrations. All middle level education students must fulfill all of the following requirements:

  1. complete all course work, field experiences, clearances, appropriate tests of basic skills, and student teaching;
  2. complete the following General Education Curriculum requirements, which include:
  • First Year Foundations (FYF-101) – 3 credits,
  • Oral Communications - fulfilled by OPO courses in Education major;
  • English Composition and Literature - 7 credits, completed within the first 48 credit hours as required by the PDE:
    • ENG-101—Composition (4 cr.)
    • ENG-120—Introduction to Literature and Culture (3 cr.)
  • Mathematics - 6 credits, completed within first 48 credit hours as required by the PDE
  • Computer Literacy - CS-115 (3 cr.)
  • Foreign Language or Philosophy - 3 credits (Foreign Language is highly recommended)
  • History - 3 credits:
    • HST-101--Historical Foundations of the Modern World
  • Science - 6 credits in two different areas and at least one course that includes a laboratory component, refer to science requirement for each concentration area
  • Psychology - 3 credits: PSY-101—General Psychology
  • Social Sciences - 3 credits, refer to Social Science requirement for each concentration area
  • Visual and Performing Arts - 3 credits in one of the following areas:
    • ART-101 - Experiencing Art or
    • DAN-100 - Dance Appreciation: Comprehensive Dance Forms or
    • MUS-101 - Introduction to Music I or
    • THE-100 - Approach to Theater

3.  complete the following Education courses (All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted).

NOTE: Departmental permission is required to register for all courses with field experiences.

  • ED-180 - Educational Psychology
  • ED-190 - Effective Teaching with Field Experience (40 hours)
  • ED-191 - Integrating Technology into the Classroom (C.I. course)
  • EDSP-210 - Teaching Students with Special Needs
  • ED-220 - Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners
  • EDSP-225 - Special Education Methodology I with Field Experience (30 hours; OPO course)

NOTE: Students must meet all the requirements for and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program to proceed to all 300-level Education courses.

  • ED-326 - Adolescent Literature (English, Language Arts and Reading Concentration only)
  • ED-345 - Assessment in Education
  • ED-375 - Middle Level and Secondary Education Methods with Field Experience (40 hours; 4 credits)
  • ED-380 - Content Area Literacy (this course is replaced by EDSP-302 - Special Education Methods - for students completing the dual certification in Middle Level and Special Education, 4-8)
  • EDSP-388 - Inclusionary Practices (taken in conjunction with ED-390)
  • Methods courses as relevant to specialization (40 hours of field experience; 4 credit courses);
    • English concentration - ENG-93;
    • Science concentration - ED-371;
    • Social Science concentration - ED-381;
    • Mathematics concentration - MTH-303;
    • Mathematics and Science concentration - MTH-303 and ED-371
  • ED-390 - Student Teaching with Seminar (12 credits; OPO course)

ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS/READING CONCENTRATION: Candidates will complete all afore-cited General Education, Education and Methods requirements in addition to the following content courses:

MATHEMATICS CONCENTRATION: Candidates will complete all afore-cited General Education, Education and Methods requirements in addition to the following content courses:

SCIENCE CONCENTRATION: Candidates will complete all afore-cited General Education, Education and Methods requirements in addition to the following content courses:

SOCIAL STUDIES CONCENTRATION:  Candidates will complete all afore-cited General Education, Education and Methods requirements in addition to the following content courses:

MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE CONCENTRATION:  Candidates will complete all afore-cited General Education, Education and Methods requirements in addition to the following content courses:

Middle Level Education Major with Dual Special Education Certification in PK-8

The mission of the Dual Special Education Program is to develop competent, caring, and ethical educators who are able to meet the diverse learning needs of all students across a variety of age, grade, and ability levels. The preparation program will facilitate competence in areas of academic, social, and emotional growth, and methods of maximizing a student's capabilities through diagnostic and instructionally adaptive practices.

Students majoring in Middle Level Education and also pursuing dual certification in Special Education PK-8 will complete the following courses in addition to the afore-cited Middle Level Education program requirements (not the course substitutions permitted):

  • EDSP-226 – Special Education Methodology II with Field Experience (20 hours)
  • EDSP-227 – Behavior Management with Field Experience (20 hours)
  • EDSP-300 – Assessment in Special Education
  • EDSP-302 – Special Education Methods (this course replaces the Middle Level ED 375—Middle Level and Secondary Education Methods with Field Experience and ED-380 —Content Area Literacy courses)

Special Education certification candidates will complete half their student teaching in a special education setting and half in a regular education setting.

Secondary Education Programs of Study for the Major and Minor Leading to Secondary Certification

The mission of the Secondary Education Program is to develop competent educators with strong subject matter content preparation and authentic, clinical field experiences. This preparation will address the broad set of issues, knowledge, and competencies that are relevant to secondary school teaching and learning. The majors that can be prepared to teach include: Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Science, English, Social Studies (via History and Political Science majors), Mathematics, Physics, and Spanish (K-12). The students must complete the major and may add either the Secondary Certification minor or the Secondary Education major. Equipped with this knowledge and these skills, the teaching candidates will enable their students in grades seven through twelve to achieve academic success.

The Wilkes University Department of Education offers programs leading to Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) secondary (grades 7 – 12) certification in the following areas:  Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, English, General Science, Mathematics, Physics; Social Studies, and Spanish (a K-12 certification).  Admission to Wilkes University is only the first step in gaining acceptance into the Teacher Education Program (TEP).  Requirements for admission to the TEP are in compliance with the mandates of PDE.  Students may choose to major or minor in Secondary Education; both the major and the minor lead to certification.

Beginning in 2015-2016, students may choose to pursue a major in Secondary Education, but it is important to note that the major in Secondary Education is not a stand-alone major. It must be taken in conjunction with one of the nine content area certification majors.  English, History, Mathematics, and Spanish are the four content majors at Wilkes University that would readily accommodate the option for students to complete a Secondary Education major within an eight-semester time frame. The other five content majors—Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Physics, and Political Science—may not readily allow for completion of a major in Secondary Education within an eight-semester time frame. However, students in these five majors may choose to pursue a major in Secondary Education if they are willing to take coursework beyond the eight semesters. Students in all nine majors have the option of pursuing the minor in Secondary Education as well as Dual Certification in Special Education 7-12.

Directives for Gaining Admission to the Teacher Education Program to Pursue Secondary Education Certification

  • Schedule a meeting with Coordinator of the Secondary Education Program: Students should plan to meet with the Education Department Coordinator of the Secondary Education Program as early as possible in their matriculation at Wilkes to ensure completion of the certification program within four years.  At that meeting, students will receive an information packet about their programs of study in their academic major and the Education courses that will lead to certification.
  • Study major area of study and declare the major or minor in Secondary Education: Students should begin their studies in an academic major related to certification and declare Secondary Education as a major or minor.
  • Fulfill English and Mathematics Requirements:  As required by the PDE, within the first 48 credit hours, students should complete the following courses:  English - 7 credits to include ENG-101 (Composition) and ENG-120 (Introduction to Literature and Culture) and Mathematics - 6 credits.
  • Complete ED 180 and earn a final grade of 2.5 or higher: There is no required GPA for ED 180.  A grade of 2.5 in ED 180, as well as an overall GPA of 2.5, is required, however, to enroll in ED-190 and ED-191.
  • Comply with placement requirements and secure proper clearances.
  • Apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program:  During ED-190, students must begin the application process for admission to the Teacher Education Program. Transfer students who transfer in ED-190 begin this process their first semester.
  • Pass all modules of the tests of Basic Skills.
  • Achieve the required GPA: Students must earn a minimum of 2.5 in ED-180, ED-190, and ED-191 and achieve an overall GPA of 2.85 to enroll in 200-level education.  Then, to enter 300-level courses, students must achieve a 3.0 GPA. 
  • Register for and pass PRAXIS II and if Dual certification Special Education 7-12 is completed register for PECT Special Education 7-12 Test:  Preferably prior to student teaching or at the conclusion of formal studies in the chosen major field, or prior to student teaching, students should take the appropriate PRAXIS II examination.  This is required for certification in Pennsylvania.  Complete information about registration, test dates, study guides is available at http://www.ets.org/praxis; the Department also provides guidance, resources, and support.
  • Self-monitor progress:  Students are responsible to monitor their GPAs each semester; students will be dropped from course(s) if required GPA is not achieved or if all three tests of Basic Skills are not passed before enrolling in 300-level courses.

 The Secondary Education Major* and Minor

The Secondary Education major and minor consists of the following courses:

  • ED-180 - Educational Psychology
  • ED-190 - Effective Teaching with Field Experience (40 hours)
  • ED-191 - Integrating Technology into the Classroom (C.I. course).
  • ED-220 - Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners
  • EDSP-210 - Teaching Students with Special Need
  • EDSP-225 - Special Education Methodology I with Field Experience (30 hours of field experience; OPO course)

NOTE: Students must meet all the requirements for and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program to proceed to all 300 level Education courses.

  • ED-345 - Assessment in Education (*required for major only)
  • ED-375 – Middle Level and Secondary Education Methods with Field Experience  (40 hours) (required for major only)
  • ED-380 - Content Area Literacy (not required for English majors who are only pursuing the minor.)
  • ED 3XX (Secondary Methods course in the area of the major degree)
    • These method courses are offered in the fall semester, except MTH 303, which is offered in odd years only.
      • ED-300 - Teaching of Foreign Languages with Field Experience (40 hours)
      • ED-371 - Teaching Methods in Science with Field Experience (40 hours)
      • ED-381 - Teaching Methods Social Studies with Field Experience (40 hours)
      • ENG-393 - The Teaching of English with Field Experience (40 hours)
      • MTH-303 - The Teaching of Mathematics with Field Experience (40 hours)
      • EDSP-388 - Inclusionary Practices (3 credits; co-requisite: ED 390)
  • ED-390 - Student Teaching with Seminar (12 credits; OPO course)

Other recommended courses for Secondary Education are

  • PSY-222 - Adolescent Psychology (required course for some majors)
  • A foreign language

Candidates must maintain a 2.0 GPA in their secondary major courses and a cumulative 3.0 to remain in the Teacher Education Program.

Teacher Education Program Requirements for Student Teaching for All Majors and Minors:

  1. Successful completion of the requirements for TEP Admission and Retention;
  2. Achievement of the major and minor GPA requirements;
  3. Attendance at the Student Teaching Placement Meeting in the semester prior to student teaching;
  4. Completion of all required paperwork obtained at the Student Teaching Placement Meeting in the semester prior to student teaching’
  5. Submission of all clearances with no offenses;
  6. Completion of all required course work and fieldwork, with the exception of ED 390: Student Teaching and EDSP 388: Inclusionary Practice;
  7. Registration form with advisor's signature for PK-4 and Middle Level Education majors; or
  8. For Secondary Education majors or minors, approval of student teaching eligibility by the major content area academic department chair and advisor, the Education Department, and the Teacher Education Committee.

NOTE: Student teaching placement is contingent upon availability of supervisors and decisions of school administrators. Students may not student teach in a school from which they have graduated. Students are expected to reside within driving distance from Wilkes University when completing the student teaching semester. Students should not plan to work while student teaching.

Teacher Education Program Requirements for Graduation and Certification

  1. Meet the major and minor GPA requirements;
  2. Complete all Wilkes University and TEP requirements;
  3. Successfully complete Student Teaching, including satisfactory scores on each category of the Pennsylvania Statewide Evaluation Form for Student Professional Knowledge and Practice (PDE 430);
  4. Provide evidence of passing scores on all relevant PRAXIS II tests or PECT (PA Educator Certification Tests) for the appropriate area or subjects. NOTE: A student may graduate without passing all PRAXIS II tests or PECT, but cannot obtain PDE certification;
  5. Complete the Wilkes University application for graduation, which is provided by the University Registrar;
  6. Review and complete the graduation audit with academic advisor and submit documentation to Student Services;
  7. Submit PDE Application online via TIMS (Teacher Information Management System).

NOTE: Program Requirements may change at the discretion of the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Information about the Exit Tests Required for Specific Certification Areas

PRAXIS II or PECT tests should be taken prior to student teaching and/or at the conclusion of studies in student’s major field.   Educational Testing Service (ETS) schedules administration of PRAXIS II tests at intervals throughout the year.  Refer to www.ets.org/praxis for specific dates, locations, and times. Pearson administers PECT tests for Special Education and PreK-4; information about specific dates, locations, and times is available at http://www.pa.nesinc.com

Major Test(s) Required for Passing Score
Secondary Education Certification (7-12) Praxis II
Biology Biology 7-12 Biology: Content Knowledge (5235) Certification in Biology 7-12 147
Chemistry Chemistry 7-12 Chemistry: Content Knowledge (5245) Certification in Chemistry 7-12 154
Earth & Space Science Earth and Space Science 7-12 Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge (5571) Certification in Earth & Space Science 7-12 157
General Science General Science 7-12 General Science: Content Knowledge (5435) Certification in General Science 7-12 146
English English 7-12 English Language Arts: Content Knowledge (5038) Certification in English 7-12 167
 History Social Studies 7-12 Social Studies: Content Knowledge (5081) Certification in Social Studies 7-12 157
Political Science Social Studies: Content Knowledge (0081 or 5081) Certification in Social Studies 7-12 157
 Mathematics Mathematics 7-12 Mathematics: Content Knowledge (5161) Certification in Mathematics 7-12 160
Physics Physics 7-12 Physics: Content Knowledge (5265)  Certification in Physics 7-12 140
Spanish Spanish P-12 Spanish: World Language (5195) and Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (0511/5511) Certification in Spanish PK-12

168 World Lang. &
150 Fundamental Subjects

Spanish Spanish PK-12 ACTFL OPI/OPIc/ProFluent+ and WPT: World Languages Intermediate High Certification in Spanish PK-12 LTI
PA Grades 4-8 Middle Level: Modules 1, 2, 3, and Concentration Tests required for certification
Middle Level PA Grades 4-8: Module 1-Pedagogy (5153) Certification in Middle Level 162
 Middle Level PA Grades 4-8: Module 2-English Language Arts & Social Studies (5154  Certification in Middle Level 152
 Middle Level PA Grades 4-8: Module 3-Mathematics & Science (5155)  Certification in Middle Level 164
 Middle Level English PA Grades 4-8: Subject Concentration - English Lang.Arts (5156)  Certification in Middle Level: English & Lang. Arts 156
Middle Level Science PA Grades 4-8: Subject Concentration - Science (5159) Certification in Middle Level: Science 156
Middle Level Social Studies PA Grades 4-8: Subject Concentration - Social Studies (5157) Certification in Middle Level: Social Studies 150
Middle Level  Mathematics A Grades 4-8: Subject Concentration -Mathematics (5158) Certification in Middle Level Mathematics 173

Elementary and Early Childhood
Grades PreK-4: Modules 1, 2, 3 required for certification (Pearson http://www.pa.nesinc.com)
Grades 5-6 Add on Modules to PK-4 (ETS  www.ets.org/praxis)

Elem and Early Childhood Pre-K-4 Module 1: Child Dev, Assessment, Professionalism (8006) PreK-8 Certification 197
Elem and Early Childhood Pre-K-4 Module 2: Lang, Social Stud, Arts (8007) PreK-8 Certification 193
Elem and Early Childhood Pre-K-4 Module 3: Math, Science, Health (8008) PreK-8 Certification 193
Elem and Early Childhood PA Grades 4-8: Module 2-English Language Arts & Social Studies (5154) PreK-8 Certification 152
Elem and Early Childhood PA Grades 4-8: Module 3-Mathematics & Science (5155) PreK-8 Certification 164
Elem and Early Childhood      
Special Education Certification Tests (PECT http://www.pa.nesinc.com)
Special Education PK-8 Sped Ed: PreK-8 Module 1 (8011) PreK-8 Certification 220
Special Education PK-8 Spec Ed: PreK-8 Module 2 (8012) PreK-8 Certification 220
Special Education 7-12 Spec Ed: 7-12 Module 1 (8015) Certification in Special Education 7-12 220
Special Education 7-12 Spec Ed: 7-12 Module 2 (8016) Certification in Special Education 7-12 220
 
SECONDARY EDUCATION CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS BY ACADEMIC MAJORS
  • Biology: Students seeking certification should follow the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) curriculum in Biology. The B.A. curriculum offers flexibility so that students seeking secondary certification can include the professional semester of student teaching in the seventh or eighth semester. Students seeking secondary certification in Biology are required to take the following courses:
    • BIO-121 – Principles of Modern Biology I
    • BIO-122 - Principles of Modern Biology II
    • BIO-225 – Population and Evolutionary Biology
    • BIO-226 – Cellular and Molecular Biology
    • BIO-391 – Senior Research Project I
    • BIO-392 – Senior Research Project II
    • BIO-397 – Professional Preparation Techniques
    • CHM-113 – Elements and Compounds Lab
    • CHM-115 – Elements and Compounds
    • CHM-114 – The Chemical Reaction Lab
    • CHM-116 – The Chemical Reaction
    • CHM-231 – Organic Chemistry I
    • CHM-233 – Organic Chemistry I Lab
    • CHM-232 – Organic Chemistry II
    • CHM-234 – Organic Chemistry II Lab
    • MTH-111 – Calculus I
    • MTH-114 – Calculus
    • PHY-171 – Principles of Classical and Modern Physics
    • PHY-174 – Application of Classical and Modern Physics
    • Major Electives (12 – 16 credits): One from each of the four areas: Molecular and Cellular; Structural and Functional; Diversity and Populational; and Botanical

In addition, students must take PSY-101 (General Psychology) and the required Education courses and special methods course (ED-371) followed by student teaching as listed under Secondary Education Requirements.

  • Chemistry: Students seeking chemistry certification should follow the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) curriculum in Chemistry. The B.A. curriculum offers flexibility so that students seeking secondary certification can include the professional semester of student teaching in the seventh or eighth semester. Students seeking secondary certification in Chemistry are required to take the following courses:
    • CHM-113 – Elements and Compounds Lab
    • CHM-115 – Elements and Compounds
    • CHM-114 – The Chemical Reaction Lab
    • CHM-116 – The Chemical Reaction
    • CHM-231 – Organic Chemistry I
    • CHM-233– Organic Chemistry I Lab
    • CHM-232 – Organic Chemistry II
    • CHM-234 – Organic Chemistry II Lab
    • CHM-246 – Analytical Chemistry Lab
    • CHM-248 – Analytical Chemistry
    • CHM-322 – Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
    • CHM-341 – Instrumental Methods for Chemical Analysis
    • CHM-343 – Instrumental Methods for Chemical Analysis Lab
    • CHM-355 – Physical Chemistry for Life Science
    • CHM-357 – Physical Chemistry for Life Science Lab
    • CHM-365 – Medical Biochemistry
    • CHM-370/371/372 (two credits total required; each may be taken for one or two credits)
    • CHM-390 – Junior Seminar
    • CHM-391 – Senior Research I (OPO)
    • CHM-392 – Senior Research II (OPO)
    • CS-125 – Computer Science I
    • MTH-111 – Calculus I
    • MTH-112 – Calculus II
    • MTH-212 – Multivariable Calculus
    • PHY-201 – General Physics I
    • PHY-202 – General Physics II
    • Major Electives (six credits required)

In addition, students must take PSY-101 (General Psychology) and the required Education courses and special methods course (ED-371) followed by student teaching as listed under Secondary Education Requirements.

  • Earth and Space Science or General Science: Students seeking Earth and Space Science certification should follow the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) curriculum in Earth and Environmental Sciences. This curriculum emphasizes human interactions with the earth and environmental sciences while still requiring an extensive background in the sciences. The B.A. curriculum offers flexibility so that students seeking secondary certification can include the professional semester of student teaching in the seventh or eighth semester. Required science courses for the Earth and Space Science certification include the following:
    • CHM-113 – Elements and Compounds Lab
    • CHM-115 – Elements and Compounds
    • CS Elective
    • EES-210 – Global Climatic Change
    • EES-211 – Physical Geology
    • EES-212 – Historical Geology
    • EES-230 – Ocean Science
    • EES-240 – Principles of Environmental Science
    • EES-251 – Synoptic Meteorology
    • EES-280– Principles of Astronomy
    • EES-302 – Literature Methods
    • EES-304 – Environmental Data Analysis
    • EES-394 – Field Study
    • EES-391 – Senior Projects I
    • EES-392 – Senior Projects II
    • EES Elective:
    • EES-271 – Environmental Mapping I or
    • EES-272 – Environmental Mapping II
    • MTH-150 – Elementary Statistics
    • PHY-171 – Principles of Classical and Modern Physics
    • PHY-174 – Applications of Classical and Modern Physics

Optional course work for General Science certification

  • BIO-121 – Principles of Modern Biology I
  • BIO-122 – Principles of Modern Biology II or
  • BIO-225 – Population and Evolutionary Biology
  • CHM-114 – The Chemical Reaction Lab
  • CHM-116 – The Chemical Reaction

In addition, students must take PSY-101 (General Psychology) and the required Education courses and special methods course (ED-371) followed by student teaching as listed under Secondary Education Requirements.

  • English: The B.A. curriculum offers flexibility so that students seeking secondary certification can include the professional semester of student teaching in the seventh or eighth semester. Students seeking secondary certification in English are required to take the following courses:
    • ENG-101 – Composition
    • ENG-120 – Introduction to Literature and Culture
    • ENG-201 – Writing about Literature and Culture
    • ENG-225 – Comparative Grammar
    • ENG-324 – History of the English Language
    • Three of four survey courses (it is recommended that students seeking certification take all four survey courses):
      • ENG-233 – Survey of English Literature I
      • ENG-234 – Survey of English Literature II
      • ENG-281 – Survey of American Literature I
      • ENG-282 – Survey of American Literature II
  • 12 credit hours in English courses at the 300-level, including ENG-397 – Seminar

In addition, students must take PSY-101 (General Psychology), the required Education courses (with the exception of ED-380 – Content Area Literacy), and the special methods course (ENG-393) followed by student teaching as listed under Secondary Education requirements.

  • Mathematics: Students seeking Mathematics certification should follow the Teacher Certification Track and elect to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. The curriculum for either offers flexibility so that students seeking secondary certification can include the professional semester of student teaching in the seventh or eighth semester. The requirements for each degree are found in this bulletin under the section for the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Students seeking certification in Mathematics must take the following courses:
    • CS-125 – Computer Science I
    • MTH-111 – Calculus I
    • MTH-112 – Calculus II
    • MTH-212 – Multivariable Calculus
    • MTH-214 – Linear Algebra
    • MTH-231 - Discrete Mathematics
    • MTH-302 - Introduction to Higher Mathematics
    • MTH-311 – Real Analysis
    • MTH-331 – Introduction to Abstract Algebra I
    • MTH-343 – Introduction to Geometry
    • MTH-351 – Probability and Mathematical Statistics I
    • MTH-391 – Senior Seminar
    • PSY-101 – General Psychology
    • Mathematics Electives: nine credits for B.A.; twelve credits for B.S.
    • Science Electives: six credits for B.A.; twelve credits for B.S.

In addition, students must take PSY-101 (General Psychology) and the required Education courses and special methods course (MTH-303, offered in odd years only) followed by student teaching as listed under Secondary Education Requirements.

Physics: The B.A. curriculum offers flexibility so that students seeking secondary certification can include the professional semester of student teaching in the seventh or eighth semester. Students seeking secondary certification in Physics are required to take the following courses:

Social Studies: Students seeking Social Studies certification will major in either History or Political Science. The B.A. curriculum offers flexibility so that students seeking secondary certification can include the professional semester of student teaching in the seventh or eighth semester.

Students pursuing a History major and seeking secondary certification in Social Studies are required to take the following courses:

  • HST-102 – Europe Before 1600
  • HST-125 – American History I
  • HST-126 – American History II
  • HST-297 – Historical Research and Methods
  • HST-397 – Seminar
  • History Electives: 15 credits at the 300-level with the following distribution: two courses in American topics; two courses in non-American topics; and one course any topic.

The following courses are also required of History majors for Social Studies Certification:

  • ANT-101 – Introduction to Anthropology or ANT-102 – Cultural Anthropology
  • EC-101 – Principles of Economics or EC-102 – Principles of Economics II
  • HST-125 – American History I
  • HST-126 – American History II
  • PSY-101 – General Psychology
  • PSY-221 – Developmental Psychology or PSY-222 – Adolescent Psychology
  • SOC-101 – Introduction to Sociology
  • Mathematics – six credits (MTH-150 – Elementary Statistics—is highly recommended)

In addition, students must take the required Education courses and special methods course (ED 381) followed by student teaching as listed under Secondary Education Requirements.

Students pursuing a Political Science major and seeking secondary certification in Social Studies are required to take the following courses:

  • PS-111 – Introduction to American Politics
  • PS-141 – Introduction to International Politics
  • PS-151– Governments of the World
  • PS-260 – Introduction to Political Thinking
  • PS-265 – Quantitative Reasoning for the Social Sciences
  • PS-380 – Political Science Senior Project
  • Major Electives: 21 credits (nine credits must be at the 300-level)

The following courses are also required of Political Science majors for Social Studies Certification:

  • ANT-101 – Introduction to Anthropology  or ANT-102 – Cultural Anthropology
  • EC-101 – Principles of Economics or EC-102 – Principles of Economics II
  • HST-125 – American History I
  • HST-126 – American History II
  • PS-111 – Introduction to American Politics
  • PS-141 – Introduction to International Politics
  • PSY-101 – General Psychology
  • PSY-221 – Developmental Psychology or PSY-222 – Adolescent Psychology
  • SOC-101 – Introduction to Sociology
  • Mathematics – six credits (MTH-150 – Elementary Statistics—is highly recommended)

In addition, students must take the required Education courses and special methods course (ED 381) followed by student teaching as listed under Secondary Education Requirements.

Spanish: The B.A. curriculum offers flexibility so that students seeking PK-12 certification can include the professional semester of student teaching in the seventh or eighth semester. Students seeking PK-12 certification in Spanish must take the following courses:

  • SP-101– Elementary Spanish I
  • SP-102 – Elementary Spanish II
  • SP-203 – Intermediate Spanish I
  • SP-204 – Intermediate Spanish II
  • SP-205 – Conversation
  • SP-206 – Advanced Grammar, Stylistics, and Composition
  • SP-208 – Culture and Civilization of Spain
  • SP-209– Cultures and Civilization of Latin America
  • SP-220 – Listening and Comprehension
  • SP-298 - Topics
  • SP-301 – Introduction to Latin American Literature
  • SP-307 – Survey of Spanish Literature I or SP-308 – Survey of Spanish Literature II
  • ANT-102 – Cultural Anthropology
  • PSY-221 – Developmental Psychology

In addition, students must take PSY-101 (General Psychology) and the required Education courses and special methods course (ED-300) followed by student teaching as listed under Secondary Education Requirements.


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