Graduate students are assessed through a series of state sanctioned achievement tests.. It is our policy that all graduate students are pass each test required for their
specific area of certification prior to enrolling in EDU 575: Student Teaching.
In addition all students are assessed using the PDE 430 Form. This document has been prepared by PDE and is required of all students seeking initial certification. The form mandates that specific standards be met in order for a student to be recommended by Neumann University to PDE for certification.
Finally, each student prepares a Portfolio that demonstrates how the student has met the competencies established by PDE for initial teacher certification as well as how the student has met the 10 Interstate New Teachers Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) Principles.
For those students seeking Teacher Certification in Early Elementary Education and Special Education combined, the following graduate courses are required and are to be successfully completed.
Students who wish to pursue Early Elementary Education (PK-4) and Special Education (PK-8) Teacher Certification are also able to demonstrate course work in their baccalaureate degree specified to be sufficient by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for entry into this master’s degree program.
Students pursuing the Teacher Certification option are also required to obtain proof of a current FBI Fingerprint Clearance, a Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, and a Pennsylvania Criminal Background Clearance in order to begin student teaching (EDU 575). For additional information, please contact the Office of Admissions at 610-558-5613.
* EDU 560 can only be taken at the main campus of Neumann University. Prior to registering for both EDU 560 and EDU 575, the student must have taken and passed all required PRAXIS I and PRAXIS II examinations.