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Teacher Education Program

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The nature and importance of teaching requires that students who seek to enter the profession possess unimpeachable character, above average academic ability, and personality traits suitable for working with young people.

Admission to East Stroudsburg University and the College of Education ensures that you will receive advising appropriate to your intended major. As such, it is important to register to ESU as a pre-education major within the College of Education.

Once pre-education majors have completed 48 credits – 60 credits of coursework, they must apply for formal admission to the Teacher Education Program in order to take upper-level major courses. With this in mind, it is important that pre-education majors regularly consult with their advisor to ensure that all items needed for formal admission are completed in a timely fashion.

Program Admission Criteria for Undergraduate Students

  • Satisfactorily pass the Pennsylvania mandated basic skills assessment (See Certification Testing Requirements for more specific information)
  • Earn a minimum overall undergraduate QPA as determined by Pennsylvania law (2.8 or as determined by department; transfer students’ grades may be included in averaging the QPA – request QPA reconfiguration)
  • Complete 6 credits of mathematics courses and 6 credits of English courses (including one composition and one literature)
  • Satisfactorily complete early field experiences
  • Complete at least 48 credit hours
  • Complete Act 34 (Criminal Background Clearance), Act 24 (Annual Criminal Background Clearance), Act 151 (Child Abuse Clearance) and FBI Background Clearance. All clearances must be free of violations. If a candidate has a violation, he/she must successfully appeal for admission via the College of Education’s Appeals Process.
  • Complete department-specific requirements, including faculty interview and department recommendation to the College of Education

*A 3.0 QPA is required for certification in Pennsylvania. Once again, students should regularly consult with their advisor to ensure successful completion of their program.

*Certification-specific examinations are required for certification - (See Certification Testing Requirements for more specific information).

Program Admission Criteria for Graduate Students

  • Earning a minimum overall undergraduate QPA as determined by Pennsylvania law (2.8 or as determined by department)
  • Satisfactorily complete early field experience requirements
  • Complete Act 34 (Criminal Background Clearance), Act 24 (Annual Criminal Background Clearance), Act 151 (Child Abuse Clearance) and FBI Background Clearance. All clearances must be free of violations. If a candidate has a violation, he/she must successfully appeal for admission via the College of Education’s Appeals Process.
  • Complete department-specific requirements, including faculty interview and department recommendation to the College of Education

*Certification-specific examinations are required for certification - (See Certification Testing Requirements for more specific information).

*Consult with advisor for program-specific information.