Teaching is a profession that requires selective admission criteria and a rigorous course of study.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education has established requirements for certification to teach in Pennsylvania. To prepare you to meet these requirements, Immaculata University has developed criteria for formal admission to undergraduate teacher preparation programs leading to certification. Formal acceptance is conditional upon meeting and maintaining requirements throughout the degree program.
In October 2014, the Pennsylvania General Assembly enacted Act 168 (24 P.S. § 1-111.1). Specifically, Act 168 requires an assessment of basic skills to be completed by preparation candidates prior to entry into a Pennsylvania baccalaureate teacher preparation program.
Students with 48 or more credit hours must achieve the following to be formally admitted to the program. Individuals who have not been formally admitted by the time they have earned 60 credits will not be permitted to continue in education majors.
Earned a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA
Meet Basic Skills Testing Requirement:
SAT Minimum Combined Score of 1550: Scoring at least 500 per section in Critical Reading, Math, and Writing
ACT Minimum Combined Score of 23: Scoring 22 on English/Writing and 21 on Math also applies
PAPA Composite Score of 686: Qualifying score per section of 220 each in Reading, Math, and Writing also applies
CORE Academic Skills for Educators Composite Score of 475: passing score for Reading 156, Writing 162, and Math 150 also applies
Testing Prep Course
If students are unable to qualify for test exemption by way of SAT or ACT combined score method, they may choose to take either the PAPA or CORE tests. Immaculata has available, at no cost to the student, a PAPA Online Course with Practice Tests. Included with study guides are four practice tests in each area, Reading, Math, and Writing, with evaluations and feedback. Currently, to access the Testing Prep Course and be assigned a password; send an email to email@example.com with your student ID number.
After completing the course, students may register for the PAPA tests by following the links at www.pa.nesinc.com and selecting "Tests Required for Undergraduate Candidates for Initial Certification." Be sure to indicate that scores should be sent to Immaculata. You are encouraged to take the PAPA test in your freshman year.
After successfully completing a basic skills assessment and earning 48 credits, you may apply to be formally accepted into a teacher preparation program. To apply, contact:
James P. Osborne, Certification Officer, 610-647-4400 ext. 3297, firstname.lastname@example.org
Students pursuing a degree in education must be formally accepted by the time they have earned 60 credits or they may be dismissed from the program.
Applicants who have earned 24 or more credits transferring into a major within the Education Division must pass a basic skills test prior to admission. Transfer students with less than 23 credits may be admitted, but must apply for formal acceptance after earning 48 credits and completing the Basic Skills Testing Requirement.