Table of Contents Introduction and Welcome Letter Page Welcome Letter 3 Faculty and Staff Department Directory 4-5 External Advisory Board 6 Mission of Education Department 7 Student Learning Outcomes 7 Purpose 8 Goal 8 Social Justice Integration 8 Our Programs Overview 9 Why Study Education at E-town 10-11 Areas of Study 12-14 Teacher Certification Program 15 Chapter 354 General Standards 16 Provisional Acceptance 17 Formal Acceptance 18 Domains of Professional Practice / Digication 19-30 Clearance Information 31-36 PA Dept of Education Testing Requirements 37-51 Department Checksheets 52-69 Required English Courses 70 Honors in the Discipline Program 71 Education Course Descriptions 72-79 The Graduate Program- 4+1 80-85 Teacher Dispositions/Foundational competencies 86-94 Student Teaching and Field Observations 95 Social Justice Opportunities 96 Common Book in Social Justice 97 Student Organizations98 Steps to Become Certified and Etown and Tips for Students 99-101 Education Department Forms 102-109
Welcome to the Department of Education!Dr. Rachel Finley-Bowman, Education Department Chair Welcome to the Education Department at Elizabethtown College and to your first step in becoming the educators and school leaders of tomorrow! You are beginning an exciting journey, and this manual is designed to help you navigate the curriculum and assessment requirements for teacher certification in the state of Pennsylvania. A major in education at Elizabethtown is a demanding undertaking. Students must excel in challenging coursework in pedagogy, learning theory, cognition, and liberal arts content. They must repeatedly demonstrate competency in field placement classrooms by working with a variety of students and student needs. They must exhibit the dispositions of a professional educator as defined by the PA Code of Conduct and the department’s Teacher Dispositions Policy. Finally, students must pass required state assessments (PRAXIS, PAPA, PECT) and complete a professional portfolio for certification. The Teacher Preparation Program at Elizabethtown College has a unique focus supported by four pillars – Professionalism (as defined by Danielson’s Domains), Social Justice, Undergraduate Research, and Theory into Practice. These pillars are realized through the curriculum, field experiences, research and service-learning projects with faculty mentors, co-curricular organizations and activities, and invited speaker and film series, and they expose pre-service teachers to the real issues and educational policies of the twenty-first century classroom. Departmental faculty and staff want you to begin your career at Elizabethtown with a clear understanding of these expectations and responsibilities for your chosen certification program – Early Childhood (Pre-K to 4), Middle Level (4 to 8), Secondary (7-12), or K-12 (Music, Spanish, Art, and Special Education. We also invite you to consider the option of enrolling in the new 5-year Master’s Program in Special Education which offers dual certification in a general area and special education in either grades PreK-8 or 7-12. If you encounter policies or procedures that you do not understand, please consult us immediately. This manual is also available on the department’s website. Regards, Dr. Rachel Finley-Bowman Chair, Education Department
Department of Education External Advisory Board Mission Statement: Through program assessment, powerful curriculum development, and the cultivation of professional relationships with stakeholders in our field placement schools and districts, the Elizabethtown College Department of Education External Advisory Board is an organization of educators, administrators, college faculty, and staff who are committed to the continued growth and success of our pre-service teachers.
Mission Statement The mission of the Education Department at Elizabethtown College is to provide its students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become thoughtful and responsible teachers who, informed by scholarship and research, are prepared to meet the social, intellectual, and professional challenges of today's culturally diverse and inclusive pre-K to 12 classrooms. Student Learning Outcomes • The Education Department requires that every student demonstrate the following: • A thorough knowledge of the content and pedagogical skills in planning, preparation, and assessment. • An ability to establish and maintain a purposeful and equitable environment for learning. • An ability to deliver instruction that engages students in learning by using a variety of instructional strategies, including technology. • Qualities and dispositions that characterize a professional person in aspects that occur in and beyond the classroom/building. • An awareness of, and adherence to, the professional, ethical, and legal responsibilities of being a certified teacher. • An ongoing commitment to lifelong learning and professional development through field-related clubs, conferences, and organizations. • Teaching and advocacy for principles of social justice and civic competence.
Purpose: We believe that our purpose is best achieved through adherence to the Pennsylvania Department of Education standards for teacher certification, and through modeling research-based practices of effective instruction and assessment within a relationship-centered climate that supports academic excellence. Goal: Our goal is to prepare highly competent, knowledgeable educators in early childhood, elementary middle, secondary, special, art, music, and Spanish education. Essential components of this preparation are early and frequent field experiences in urban, rural, and suburban settings supervised by certified professionals, and ongoing self-evaluation of knowledge and skill growth through development of a professional portfolio. The capstone assessment is a semester-long student teaching placement that promotes the practical application of theories and best practices learned in program coursework. Social Justice Integration: Integral to our programs is the department's signature attribute of social justice, exhibited through a curricular focus upon advocacy for equity, civic engagement, global citizenship, and international/comparative perspectives. Education faculty are experts in these fields, conducting, presenting, and publishing their own research, and facilitating opportunities for undergraduate scholarship.
Our Programs: * First-Year students entering Elizabethtown College Fall 2013 can declare the four-year Special Education Certification Program up until May 1st, 2014. Otherwise, they are required to complete the MEd Special Education 4+1 Program. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Why Study at Elizabethtown: Hallmarks of our Program • Field placements in each year of study in a variety of settingsAs an education major at Elizabethtown College, you begin classroom observations in your first year. You will be exposed to a variety of school settings: suburban, urban and rural. Access to full-time clinical coordinatorField placements are an important part of your educational experience at E-town. You won't have to worry about securing your own placement locations; we do it for you! Middle-level certification areasElizabethtown College was one of the first colleges in Pennsylvania to receive middle-level accreditation. We offer courses leading to certification in science, mathematics, social studies, and English/ language arts/reading. Frequency of student-teaching observations by field supervisorsYour time as an Education major culminates with your student-teaching experience. You will be fully supported by a dedicated field supervisor who will make frequent observations to your classroom.
Why Study at Elizabethtown: Hallmarks of our Program Integration of social justice throughout courseworkOur department embraces the mission and educational philosophies of the Elizabethtown College's in many ways, including implementing values of social justice into the curriculum Student interest in civic engagement opportunitiesThe Education Department at E-town College encourages our majors to get involved in the community. Tutoring and reading to children at local libraries and community centers is just one example of how you can give back while cultivating your classroom skills. Student research and scholarship opportunitiesStudent scholarship is alive at Elizabethtown College. As an education major, you will have research opportunities including Honors in the Discipline or participation in the College's annual Scholarship and Creative Arts Day as well as the opportunity to present at professional conferences in your specialty discipline. Learn from accomplished faculty committed to scholarship and mentoringAll Elizabethtown College courses are taught by committed faculty members. Graduate Study in Special Education – The Department offers a unique 4+1 Master’s program in special education which provides candidates with two full semesters of student teaching and prepares them to be highly qualified in a general certification area and PreK-8 or 7-12 special education.
Areas of Study The Department of Education at Elizabethtown College has a tradition of successfully preparing teacher candidates who graduate, obtain Pennsylvania State Teacher certification and go on to secure teaching positions in Pennsylvania and surrounding states. We provide students with an opportunity to pursue the following majors: • Early Childhood Education • Elementary/ Middle Level • Secondary Education • Special Education* (Please see the Master’s Program on Page 80) • Early Childhood Education • Pre-K through 4th grade • Candidates for certification in Early Childhood Education must complete a major that consists of two key elements. The first element emphasizes critical concepts and ideas important to one’s general education and academic preparation for teaching. The second emphasis stresses a professional core organized in five areas: • Early Childhood Development, • Cognition and Learning • Subject Matter Pedagogy Content (Pre-K through 4); • Assessment • Family and Community Partnerships • Professionalism
Elementary/Middle Level Education 4th through 8th grade Candidates for certification in Elementary/Middle Level Education must select an emphasis in one of four academic content areas and be a generalist in each of the other three academic content areas. The academic emphasis requires completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours in one of the following four content areas: 1) Mathematics, 2) Science, 3) English/Language Arts and Reading, or 4) Social Studies. In addition to the one academic emphasis, candidates also are expected to generalize in the remaining three content areas by completing 12 credit hours in each. Students also complete a professional core organized into five areas: Early Adolescent and Adolescent Development, Cognition and Learning; Subject Matter Pedagogy Content (Grades Four through Eight); 3) Assessment; 4) Family and Community Partnerships; 5) Professionalism. Content requirements are based on national standards for Elementary/Middle Level Education as well as Pennsylvania's curriculum standards. Candidates will have 190 hours of field experiences prior to student teaching.
Secondary Education • Programs in Secondary Education are available in select academic areas including: • Biology • Chemistry • English • Mathematics • Physics • Special interdisciplinary programs in: • Social Studies • General Science • Majors and Pennsylvania certification for kindergarten through 12th grade are also available in : • Music • Fine Arts-Art • Modern Languages-Spanish • Carefully designed work in the academic or interdisciplinary major, the Core program and electives qualify students for a degree appropriate to that major and for Pennsylvania certification. For specific requirements for these programs, refer to Catalog sections relating to the primary major or to the interdisciplinary section for the two interdisciplinary programs.
Teacher Certification Program As part of its general requirements for majors and/or certification, the Education Department expects students to make application into the Teacher Certification Program. This begins with Provisional Acceptance( routinely this is done as a first-year student) and this is followed by FormalAcceptance. (routinely this is done as a sophomore student). On the following pages you will find information on the specific requirements for Provisional Acceptance followed by specific information for Formal Acceptance as well as information on all required clearances. The programs at Elizabethtown College are accredited through the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and are governed by the General Standards of Chapter 354 of the Pennsylvania Code.
Chapter 354 General Standards I. MISSION - The professional educator programs shall have a cooperatively developed mission statement that is based on the needs of the professional educator candidates, public school entities and their students, and consistent with the design of the programs. (354.21) (49.14(4)(i) II. ASSESSMENT [REPORTING] – The preparing institution shall submit an annual systematic report and a biennial report on candidates and demonstrate that the results are used to modify and improve the professional education programs. (354.22) (49.14(4)(vii)(x) III. ADMISSIONS – The preparing institution shall document that its procedure for admitting applicants into its professional education programs confirms that they have met the course, credit and grade point average or alternative admissions requirements. (354.23) (354.31) (49.14(4)(v) IV. DESIGN - The preparing institution shall document that the academic content courses for initial preparation programs culminating in a bachelor’s degree or higher shall be the same as a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree and shall also include all required electives in the content area that the candidates plan to teach or serve and allow completion in four years. (354.24) (49.14(4)(iii) V. FIELD EXPERIENCES – The preparing institution shall document that candidates complete a planned sequence of professional education courses and field experiences that integrate academic and professional education content with actual practice in classrooms and schools to create meaningful learning experiences for all students. (354.25)(354.26)(49.14(4)(iv)(viii) VI. STUDENT TEACHING – The preparing institution shall document that candidates for initial Instructional I certification complete a 12-week full-time student-teaching experience under the supervision of qualified program faculty and cooperating teachers. (354.25) (49.14(4)(ii)) VII. COLLABORATION – The preparing institution shall document that higher education faculty, public school personnel, and other members of the professional education community collaborate to design, deliver, and facilitate effective programs for the preparation of professional educators and to improve the quality of education in schools. (354.25) (354.41) (49.14(4)(ix) VIII. ADVISING & MONITORING - The preparing institution shall document its procedure for recruiting and advising students, systematically monitoring their progress, and assessing their competence to begin their professional roles upon completion of the program. (354.32) (354.33) (49.14(4)(vi)) IX. EXIT CRITERIA – The preparing institution shall have a published set of criteria and competencies for exit from each professional education program, that are based on the PA Academic Standards, Specific Program Guidelines and the learning principles for each certificate category. (354.33) (49.14(4)(iii) X. FACULTY - The preparing institution shall provide systematic and comprehensive activities to assess and enhance the competence, intellectual vitality and diversity of the faculty. (354.41)
Provisional Acceptance Application for Provisional Acceptance into the teacher certification program is routinely done as a first-year student during the semester that you will complete both ED 105 &150 or ED151 (typically during Spring semester of your first year) • Students must apply for Provisional Acceptance when the following specific application requirements occur: • You have completed at least 27 credit hours • You have completed at least two courses with Education prefixes (ED 105 & ED 150 or ED151) • You have a cumulative (overall) GPA of at least 2.8 • You have a grade of C or better in all courses with Education prefixes • You must be a declared education major • You have submitted a student life clearance (complete the top portion only and bring to Nicarry 143) • You must submit a professional e-portfolio which includes the following information: • One picture of yourself • Resume • Educational Philosophy • Dates of your clearances and TB test • PAPA Scores (if you have already taken them, please include your scores) • Description of your experience working with children • Sample of your writing (Educational philosophy may be used for this or something such as an article review, lit review, etc) • Other items you wish to present in support of your application
Formal Acceptance Application for Formal Acceptance into the Teacher Certification program is routinely done as a sophomore student after completing at least 3 education courses (typically during spring of your sophomore year ) . • Students must apply for formal acceptance when the following specific application requirements occur: • You have completed at least 54 credit hours • You have completed at least 3 courses with education prefixes • You have completed 2 math courses and two English courses (one writing composition and one literature) • Overall GPA of at least 3.0 • Proof of an updated TB test (no older than 1 year) • Up to date criminal clearances (no older than 1 year) • Passing scores for the PAPA tests • The professional e-portfolio which includes updated: • One picture of yourself • Updated resume • Dates of your clearances and TB test • PAPA scores (if you have taken the tests and are awaiting your scores, please note that on your portfolio) • Educational Philosophy • Description of your experience working with children • Sample of your writing • Other items you wish to present in support of your application • Student life clearance - previous clearance will be checked by the department for any recent disciplinary issues. You do NOT need to sign another student life clearance.
The Domains of Professional Practice The Danielson Framework The Professional Portfolio
The Domains of Professional Practice- The Danielson Framework The Professional Portfolio All education majors are required to complete a portfolio which assesses and documents their growth as professionals during their capstone student teaching experience. Beginning in the freshmen year, students are introduced to the concept of the portfolio, and artifacts are collected from pertinent content courses, education courses, and field placements. During the junior methods placement, students will assemble their first complete portfolio using a traditional binder format. In the senior year, this portfolio is transferred to an electronic version (using Digication software). Students are also required to assemble a companion portfolio brochure which emphasizes their very best work. The portfolio is to be organized according to Charlotte Danielson’s Four Domains of Professional Practice: • The professional portfolio is a clear expression of a student’s educational philosophy, showcasing his/her progress as a pre-service teacher. Portfolio development is a PROCESS; students never really “finish” this project, but continually update and revise the document as they grow and evolve in the profession. • It is expected that the portfolio will be organized (table of contents, etc.), neat, and professional. Creativity is absolutely encouraged (color, graphics, and pictures), but students should refrain from making it “cute” or appear as a scrapbook. Your portfolio is an earnest and insightful statement of your work as a teacher.
Recommended Portfolio Contents • Table of Contents • Provide a quick overview of portfolio organization • Artifacts to Reflect Four Domains • Select artifacts that best demonstrate how you have met each the domain standard. • Strive for QUALITY, not quantity! • Reflections • Artifacts illustrate your accomplishments but they do not speak for themselves. Reflections explain your rationale for choosing a particular artifact to highlight your knowledge, experiences, achievements, and beliefs about teaching. • Students must justify why their chosen artifacts satisfy each domain using reflective essays or passages. • Directly address the domain and the standard(s). • Briefly describe artifact in relation to the event or activity • Analyze the significance of the artifact. Explain how you were impacted by this experience. • State why you included specific artifacts in your portfolio. This could be a separate section to introduce the domain, or several paragraphs throughout the domain which accompany each artifact. • Describe what you learned and explain the outcome of the experience. (Were you surprised by what you learned; was outcome intended or unintended? What insights were gained in this experience?) • Ideas to consider for Portfolio Reflections: • How and why was this artifact meaningful? • Is this artifact the best representation of my knowledge? • What does this artifact communicate about my skills? • Why this artifact is a good representation of a particular standard? • What did you learn; or how did you grow professionally? • Tips and Reminders: • Make the portfolio neat, organized, and visually appealing. • Be sure to cover the entire grade range of your certificate (K-12, 7-12, 4-8, PreK-4) and all pertinent content areas. • Highlight minors or other relevant areas of study. • Highlight what sets you apart (study abroad, unique internships, undergraduate research) • Captions/headlines/titles to explain artifacts are useful. • Highlight diverse experiences, showing your ability to work in multiple environments with various responsibilities. • Include pictures of your room, bulletin boards, you in action, and the like. • The portfolio reflects who you are as a teacher. Think about how this document distinguishes you from other job applicants. Think quality!!
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has also adopted Danielson’s Framework as the overarching vision for effective instruction. Beginning July 1, 2013, in-service teachers will be assessed using the four domains as the foundation of the Teacher Effectiveness System. For more information, please see http://www.iu17-2.pdesas.org/Instruction/Frameworks.
WHAT IS DIGICATION? Digication is an online e-Portfolio tool for showcasing work and achievements. Digication makes it easy for teachers and students to create and share their professionale-Portfolios. What is an e-Portfolio? • As stated previously, portfolios are platforms for students, teachers, alumni, and professionals to showcase their work and ideas. They are archives of learning, discovery, progress, achievement and reflection. A few uses of e-portfolios include assessment, admissions, interactive resumes, student galleries, teacher resource sites, collaborative project portfolios, and research presentations.
Login Directions: Go to www.etown.edu Choose the Current Students gateway How to create your Portfolio Look under Services and click on e-Portfolio Login using your email as Username and XXXXX as the password.
Click on CREATE to create a new portfolio To create a new Portfolio: Enter the title of your e-portfolio in this manner : Last name, first name_ EDProvisional (3 underscores)
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SAMPLE Department of Education Acceptance Acknowledgement Form Due to the Education Office by April 22, 2013 I have received, read and understand the above information concerning my acceptance into the Education Department. I have discussed this with my Advisor. I understand that my acceptance is not active until all signatures are received and this form is returned to the Education Department office. Failure to submit this form with all signatures on it, may result in my acceptance not being active. My advisor has received and read the information as well. A copy of this letter will be placed in my permanent student file in the Education Office. ____________________________ _____________________ Student Signature Advisor Signature _________________ _______________ Date Date *Please note: Acceptance is not active until this acknowledgement form has been signed by the student and their advisor and returned to the Education Office, Nicarry 143, for the Department Chair to sign. * ____________________________ Chair, Education Department _________________ Date
Clearances For all students that will be in a field placement, clearances must be updated each year. If a student studies abroad or does not have a placement for a particular semester their clearances must be updated and made current prior to beginning a new placement. TB Test • Valid for one year. A copy of your new TB test results should be brought to the Education office in Nicarry 143 to be placed in your file. The health center administers TB tests at a nominal cost. You must schedule an appointment for this service by calling 717-489-1021. Tests may also be administered by your family doctor but results must be sent to you at school so the education department can make a copy of the test results. Criminal Clearances • You will need to apply for and have proof of valid criminal record clearances prior to taking ED105. Submit copies to the Education office in Nicarry 143. Original criminal clearances are YOUR responsibility and should be stored where you can access them on campus. School districts require seeing the original criminal clearances at the start of a field placement, so take your clearances with you the first week of ALL field placements.
Criminal Clearances All clearances are required for admission to the College’s teacher education program (regardless of your state of residence) and for accepting a position in a Pennsylvania school. Criminal clearance forms and directions to process these clearances can always be picked up in the Education Office, Nicarry 143. • The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires four separate clearances for teacher candidates: • PA State Police Criminal Record Check, (Act 34) • PA Child Abuse History clearance (Act 151) • FBI Criminal History Report* (fingerprints) (Act 114) • ACT 24 – 6004 Arrest/Conviction Form (you will sign this and submit to the Education department. You will not need a copy of this) As you receive your criminal clearances, bring a copy of each clearance to the Education Office, Nicarry 143. We need a copy of all clearances for your file. Lack of clearances will prohibit you from starting any field placement.Always bring your original clearances with you the first day of any field placement and present them to the school office. School districts also require that the Education Department of Elizabethtown College has verification of your criminal clearances on file before you start any field placement. Original criminal clearances are YOUR responsibility and should be stored where you can access them on campus. You are required to update your Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse, FBI Criminal History and TB Test clearances on a yearly basis. Please keep track of the dates on your clearances and update them when they expire each year. Always bring copies of updated clearances to Nicarry 143( Ms.Shafer) or Nicarry 142 (Mrs. DeArment) so we can update your file.
PA State Police CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK (ACT 34) : ONLINE INSTRUCTIONS (using a Credit Card) • Specific Instructions • 1. Using Internet Explorer - go to http://epatch.state.pa.us (no need to type in www) • 2. Click on Submit a New Record Check • 3. Enter Education in REASON FOR REQUEST • 4. Enter Personal Information (Do not include periods, dashes or commas in the address field) • 5. Verify that all information is correct • 6. On Record Check Request Form enter the information regarding who the record check is for. (This may be the same information as the Personal Information page) (Do not include dashes or spaces in the Social Security line.) • 7. Press Enter this request and then Press Finished • 8. Review Record Check Request then press Submit • 9. Enter your Credit Card information. (Do not include spaces or dashes in the Credit Card number line.) • 10. You will be given the option to print your Criminal Record Check as long as you do not have a record. Be sure to have a printer available to print. • 11. Be sure to click on the hyperlink that reads “Certification Form” • 12. Print two copies and bring one copy of the Criminal Record Check to Nicarry 143 for your file. You will keep the other copy. • For questions regarding this website call toll-free 1-888-783-7972, option 2
PA State Police Criminal Record Check (ACT 34) (SP4-164) Mail- In instructions Be advised, this method can take up to 8 weeks to process!! • 1.Use the request form provided with these directions. • 2. Fill in your name as requester, home address, and phone number – Exact information • 3. Check the following box for “Requester information” • “Individual/Noncriminal Justice Agency: • 4. Fill in your name for “Name/Subject of record check” • 5. List any aliases or other names you have used, including maiden name • 6. Fill in your Social Security Number – Verify it’s the correct number • 7. Indicate your date of birth, sex , and race • 8. For “reason for request”, check the box for “Education” • 9. Include a $10.00 money order or certified check payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (personal checks and cash will not be accepted). • Mail to: • Pennsylvania State Police Central Repository-164 • 1800 Elmerton Avenue • Harrisburg, PA 17110-9758 • Approximately six weeks are required to process these requests. To check on the status of your SP4-164 Criminal Record Check, you may call 1-888-783-7972 after 4 weeks
PA Child Abuse History Clearance Form and Instructions (ACT 151) • Type or print clearly and neatly in ink Section I only. • Address must be Applicant's current home address. • All information must be completed in full. ( The form asks for all previous names, addresses, and household members since 1975). This information must be provided to the best of your knowledge and belief. • Application must be signed. • Enclose a $10.00 money order for each application. No cash or personal checks accepted.Money orders can be purchased at any Turkey Hill Store, Giant Store, your local bank or most convenience stores in PA. • Do not send any postage paid return envelopes. • Application should be placed in a business-sized or larger envelope prior to mailing. • One block must be checked for Purpose for Clearance. Do not check more than one block. • Check the School Employee Block if seeking to have involvement within a school (public, private vocational, technical, nursing) for any reason. • You do have the option of Driving directly to the Child Abuse Background check site. The building is in Harrisburg (less than an hour drive) .Driving there directly will cut back on your wait time. Wait time at the Site is 15 minutes as opposed to 4 weeks via mailing the form in. • Directions to the Child Background Building: • 283 W to 283N to 83 N • 83 N to 81 S • Take Exit 69 Progress Avenue and bear right to go South on Progress Avenue • At 2nd light, make a right onto Elmerton Avenue (CVS is on the right) • Continue on Elmerton Avenue, at 2nd light make a left onto Sycamore Drive • Continue on Sycamore drive until you get to a BIG speed bump • After the speed bump you will see a big, red brick building on the right. Parking lot is on the left. You can park anywhere in the lot. • Walk across Sycamore to the brick building (53 Hillcrest). • Inside the entrance there is a phone on the wall. You want the phone number that is for the Child Background Check. • They are open 8:30 am – 11:45 am and 1 pm – 4:45 pm Mondays thru Fridays. • Clearance results will be mailed to you within 14 days from the date that the clearance application is received. There will be no replacements after 90 days. Failure to comply with the above instructions will cause considerable delay. • Please contact the following for applicable criminal history requests and status: PA Child Abuse Form: (717) 783-6211 option #4
HOW TO OBTAIN MY FBI CRIMINAL HISTORY REPORT After you have been fingerprinted, you must email or bring your Registration ID number (PAE number) to the Education Department, Nicarry 143. The Education Department needs this number to pull your clearance from a portal and to verify that you have obtained this clearance. • GO TO www.pa.cogentid.com and click on Pennsylvania Department of Education- PDE • A. Registration • -Go to Register Online (on right hand side) • -Select payment (credit card OR money order) • -Complete registration page • -Reason fingerprinted: SelectCollege/University • -We recommend you use your permanent address, not your college address • -Print your Registration Complete Page (You will need this number later) • B. Payment • If you pay with credit card : • -Enter credit card information • -Print (or write down) your Registration ID number • (The Education Department needs this number, which begins with PAE, to retrieve your clearance from our portal.) • -If you cannot pay by credit card, bring a Money Order for $28.75 when you go to the fingerprint site. NO Cash or Personal Checks are accepted. • C. Fingerprinting • -Go to www.pa.cogentid.com for the location nearest you – ONLY IN PA • -When you go, bring with you: • -Your Registration ID Number and Payment Confirmation Number • - A Photo ID – One or more of the following is allowable: • -Driver’s License or College Issued ID or US Passport • - A Money Order for $28.75 IF you did not pay online with a credit card • Be sure you know your Social Security Number! • (Try not to have any cuts on any of your fingers) • D. Email or bring in your Registration ID number (PAE number) to the Education Department, Nicarry 143. Email to Ms. Shafer firstname.lastname@example.org The Education Department needs this number to pull your clearance and verify that you have obtained this clearance. • E. You will receive the unofficial copy in the mail within 3-4 weeks • *If you do not receive your clearance in the mail, call 888-439-2486 within 30 days • THE FINGERPRINT SITE CLOSEST TO ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE IS: • UPS Store #3413 • Stone Mill Plaza • 1390 Columbia Ave. • Lancaster, PA 17603 • 717-299-9269 • Hours: 9 am – 5 pm Monday thru Friday; 9 am – 3 pm Saturday
PA Dept of Education Testing Requirements (PAPA,PECT,PRAXIS)
Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) PDE Testing Requirements* (*Note: ALL Education Majors – Begin with these tests.) Beginning in April 2012, the Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) will be the means of assessing reading, mathematics, and writing skills for undergraduate candidates seeking a state-approved Pennsylvania educator preparation Instructional I certificate. All undergraduate candidates for initial certification will be required to pass the PAPA as well as the test corresponding to their specific certification area. PAPA information and registration can be found atwww.pa.nesinc.com. PAPA is offered through PEARSON. These exams are delivered as computer-based tests. Each assessment includes multiple modules, each with its own qualifying score. Modules consist of selected-response questions and, for the PAPA, constructed-response assignments to assess candidates' knowledge and skills based on the test objectives. Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) The PAPA includes three modules: Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. To pass the PAPA, examinees must take and meet the qualifying scores of all three modules.
Composite Score Option for PAPA: The Composite Scoring Option for PAPA was initiated to enable a candidate who may excel in one area such as mathematics, but who is not strong in another PAPA area, to receive a passing score on the PAPA series. In order to qualify, a candidate must meet a minimum score in each test area (Mathematics, Reading and Writing) and then exceed the passing score by an amount equal to the Standard Error of Measurement in one or two of the other test areas. The candidate’s test scores are added together, and if the scores total 686, the candidate has passed the PAPA series. The Minimum Scores required for the Composite Scoring Option are shown below. Minimum Composite Score Total: 686 Sum of the 3 PAPA tests must total or exceed 686. This total does not represent the sum of the 3 minimum scores. Candidates must achieve the PAPA Qualifying Score (220) in at least 1 (one) area and also reach the Minimum Composite Score Total.
Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) Early Childhood PreK-4 PDE Testing Requirements* (*Must have successfully completed PAPA tests.) Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) which provides teacher certification tests for prospective Pennsylvania teachers were developed in alignment with Pennsylvania regulations and standards, including the Pennsylvania Program Framework Guidelines and the relevant Pennsylvania Academic Standards. The tests in the PECT program are criterion-referenced and objective-based. Criterion-referenced tests are designed to measure a candidate's knowledge and skills in relation to an established standard of performance (a criterion) rather than in relation to the performance of other candidates. The tests are designed to help identify those candidates who have the level of the required knowledge and expertise to teach in the grade band(s) for which they are seeking Pennsylvania educator certification. The PECT are delivered as computer-based tests. Each PECT assessment includes multiple modules, each with its own qualifying score. Modules consist of selected-response questions. To learn more about these tests, go to www.pa.nesinc.com . Early Childhood PreK–4 The PreK–4 assessment includes three modules. Examinees must take and pass all three modules to qualify for Pennsylvania teacher certification. You may take one or all three modules at one test appointment.
Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) Special Education PreK-8 PDE Testing Requirements* (*Must have successfully completed PAPA tests.) Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) which provides teacher certification tests for prospective Pennsylvania teachers were developed in alignment with Pennsylvania regulations and standards, including the Pennsylvania Program Framework Guidelines and the relevant Pennsylvania Academic Standards. The tests in the PECT program are criterion-referenced and objective-based. Criterion-referenced tests are designed to measure a candidate's knowledge and skills in relation to an established standard of performance (a criterion) rather than in relation to the performance of other candidates. The tests are designed to help identify those candidates who have the level of the required knowledge and expertise to teach in the grade band(s) for which they are seeking Pennsylvania educator certification. The PECT are delivered as computer-based tests. Each PECT assessment includes multiple modules, each with its own qualifying score. Modules consist of selected-response questions. To learn more about these tests, go to www.pa.nesinc.com . Special Education PreK–8 The Special Education PreK–8 assessment includes two modules. Examinees must take and pass both modules to qualify for Pennsylvania teacher certification. You may take one or both modules at one test appointment.
Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) Special Education 7-12 PDE Testing Requirements* (*Must have successfully completed PAPA tests.) Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) which provides teacher certification tests for prospective Pennsylvania teachers were developed in alignment with Pennsylvania regulations and standards, including the Pennsylvania Program Framework Guidelines and the relevant Pennsylvania Academic Standards. The tests in the PECT program are criterion-referenced and objective-based. Criterion-referenced tests are designed to measure a candidate's knowledge and skills in relation to an established standard of performance (a criterion) rather than in relation to the performance of other candidates. The tests are designed to help identify those candidates who have the level of the required knowledge and expertise to teach in the grade band(s) for which they are seeking Pennsylvania educator certification. The PECT are delivered as computer-based tests. Each PECT assessment includes multiple modules, each with its own qualifying score. Modules consist of selected-response questions. To learn more about these tests, go to www.pa.nesinc.com. Special Education 7–12 The Special Education 7–12 assessment includes two modules. Examinees must take and pass both modules to qualify for Pennsylvania teacher certification. You may take one or both modules at one test appointment.
PAPA and PECT Registration Information Go to : www.pa.nesinc.com
The rest of the registration process for the exams should be pretty clear. • Step 3. Alternative Testing Arrangements • Choose YES if you need alternative testing arrangements (physical, cognitive, learning disabilities, etc. etc.) • Step 4. Test Date and Location : Choose your test date and location • Step 5. Score reporting options ** See screen shot above** • Step 6. Background questions • Step 7. Review Registration
Elem/Middle Level (4-8) PDE Testing Requirements* • (*Must have successfully completed PAPA tests) • Educators applying for an initial Instructional I Elem/Middle Level 4–8 certification are required to pass the PAPA (Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment) in addition to passing the Level 4-8 Core Assessment and Subtests PA Certification (5152, 5153, 5154, 5155). The PAPA module series must be taken first, then next the Core Assessment prior to taking the Subject Concentration tests. PAPA information and registration can be found at www.pa.nesinc.com. • Pennsylvania teacher education program candidates may now register for the Middle Level 4-8 pedagogy, core and subject matter content tests at www.ets.org. • The ETS web site has been updated to provide information on 4-8 testing and program services, information, and transactions. Candidates have direct access to components of the 4-8 Praxis Tests, including: • information about the tests that are available and what test(s) they need to take • information about registering for a test and scheduling a test session (including test dates and sites) • Information about testing policies and alternative testing arrangements • test preparation materials, including study guides information about reference materials provided for a test (e.g., a calculator or glossary) • information about their test results (i.e., score reports)