INSTRUCTIONAL I REQUIREMENTS:
Students may choose to complete requirements for Pennsylvania Instructional I certification as a Teacher of the Speech-Language Impaired as part of their master's degree program.
This certification would allow the student to work in the school settings in Pennsylvania.
The following requirements are necessary to qualify for Pennsylvania Teacher Certification:
- Students must complete all master's degree requirements
- Pass the appropriate Praxis exams
- Submit an application to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).
The teacher certification option is available only to students already admitted to the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology program.
Students must enroll in two sections of SPPA 586-- Advanced Clinical Externship over two semesters.
- One of the sections will be a school placement.
- All master's level students, whether seeking teacher certification or not, will complete one externship placement in the school setting.
REQUIRED TEST SCORES AND EDUCATION COURSES:
REQUIRED TEST SCORES and cumulative grade point average (as of 2012):
- Below a 3.0- candidate does not qualify for teacher certification.
- Students must take two Praxis exams for teacher certification with the appropriate passing scores listed below:
I. Fundamental Subjects: content Knowledge (0511) Passing scores according to GPA
1. Qualifying Score: 3.0 GPA score of 150
2. Qualifying Score: 3.1-3.25 GPA score of 149
3. Qualifying Score: 3.26-3.5 GPA score of 147
4. Qualifying Score: 3.51-3.75 GPA score of 146
5. Qualifying Score: 3.76-4.0 GPA score of 145
II. Speech-Language Pathology (NESPA Exam) passing score 600
Students must pay registration fees plus a separate fee for each test!!
Check costs on-line: www.ets.org/portal/site/ets
Additional course requirements must be completed for those seeking teacher certification:
- ELEC 232 Child Development & Cognition (3 credits) or Life Span Development (3 credits)
- PSED 150 Introduction to Teaching All Students (6 credits)
In order for students to be eligible for Pennsylvania Teacher Certification in Speech-Language Impaired they must complete 2 Math courses with one course being Statistics and 2 English courses with one being in Literature.
These courses may be taken at the undergraduate level and may be taken at a different university (perhaps where the student completed his or her bachelor's degree).
*Equivalents to the education courses listed above may be taken at another university at the bachelor's degree level.
The Praxis exams are a requirement of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).
- Speech Pathology Courses: SPPA 584 Management of School Programs/Speech-Language Pathology (2 credits)
- SPPA 586 Advanced Clinical Externship (6 credits)