Interim Director, Graduate Programs
The Post-baccalaureate Teacher Program, Professional Semester, is an intensive, one-semester experience built around a 14-week student teaching practicum in which the student devotes seven weeks to teaching at the elementary school level and seven weeks to teaching at the middle or secondary school level under the guidance and supervision of master teachers and Art Education Department faculty.
The Post-baccalaureate Teacher Program, Professional Semester is only available to University of the Arts/College of Art, Media & Design students the semester following receipt of the bachelor’s degree, which must include all pre-certification requirements except and , , and . Students must also have a 3.0 GPA, have successfully completed the Instructional I Praxis Tests, and be recommended by the Art Education department. Students will not be allowed to do student teaching unless they have passed the Instructional I Praxis Tests: Reading, Writing Mathematics.
The Pre-certification Concentration, when coupled with the Post-baccalaureate Teacher Program, is accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as an approved program to prepare students to receive the Instructional I Certificate to teach Art K-12.
Since June 1987, all applicants for certification in Pennsylvania must also take and pass all required tests in the PRAXIS Series, Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers of the National Teachers Exam to qualify for the certificate.
The State Board of Education adopted changes that affect all of PA’s teacher certification programs by adding 9 credits or 270 hours or equivalent combination for adaptations and accommodations for diverse students in an inclusive setting and 3 credits or 90 hours or equivalent combination to meet the instructional needs of English Language Learners. Although these regulatory changes became effective on September 22, 2007, the PA Department of Education has not yet developed final requirements for colleges/universities to follow. Therefore, additional program requirements will be developed and incorporated into your certification program to comply with new regulations for certifying teachers that become effective on January 1, 2013.