Intern Certificate (PA)

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Intern Certificate (PA)

Description
Pennsylvania’s Teacher Intern certification is a professional certificate that entitles the holder to fill a full-time professional teaching position. The Teacher Intern certification program is an alternate route to certification through an approved Pennsylvania program provider.

Certificate Valid for 3 Years
Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident holding a valid green card. Employment Authorization Cards are no longer accepted for certification purposes.
Employment: Required

Reciprocity
The following states may accept this route:
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

State Information
State: Pennsylvania
Contact Name: Division of Professional Education and Teacher Quality
Contact Phone: 717-728-3224
For more information please visit the state website: http://www.education.pa.gov/Teachers%20-%20Administrators/Certifications/Pennsylvania%20Certification/Pages/default.aspx#.VtITY_krKHs

Notes
The Pennsylvania Teacher Intern Certification Program is specifically designed for individuals who possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Currently, the program is offered in 37 approved colleges and universities in Pennsylvania.

See: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/other_routes_to_certification/8818/intern_certification/506789

When a candidate obtains a teaching position or a firm offer, the institution in which the Intern candidate is enrolled applies to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality for an Intern Certificate. After the Bureau verifies the candidate has received passing scores on the required Praxis Series tests, an Intern certificate is issued. The Intern candidate cannot teach without the Intern certificate.

A Teacher Intern certificate qualifies the holder to hold a full-time teaching position in the certification endorsement area in elementary and secondary schools of Pennsylvania.

Minimum Academic Background
In most states, teachers must have a minimum academic background for certification.
The following is required for this route:
BA Degree + Enrolled in State Approved Teacher Education Program

GPA: 3.0

Basic Skills
In most states, teachers must verify basic skills in English (Reading and Writing) and Mathematics through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Notes
The applicant must be continuously enrolled in a Teacher Intern Program. (Continuously enrolled is defined by the institution where the applicant is enrolled.)

Applicant who have taken and passed the PPST I Series–Reading, Writing, and Math, may enter with a 2.80 GPA. Candidates must exit the Intern Program with at least the same GPA required for entrance.

All scores submitted directly to the Pennsylvania Department of Education Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality from the test vendor.

The applicant must apply to and complete an approved institution of higher education’s (IHE) pre-admission screening and be accepted into the program.(An offer of a teaching position is not a requirement for admission into a Teacher Intern Program nor does it guarantee admission into a specific Teacher Intern Program.)

The applicant must achieve satisfactory scores on the PAPA Reading, Writing and Mathematics tests (or Praxis I Preprofessional Skills Tests (PPST) in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics if taken prior to 9/1/2012); and the appropriate specialty area test required by the Pennsylvania Teacher Certification Testing Program (PTCTP) before applying for a Teacher Intern certificate. All K-6 and K-12 certification areas must also complete the Praxis Series Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge test.

Upon completion of an Intern Program, the candidate must achieve satisfactory assessments on their Student Teaching conducted by their college or university.

Teacher Preparation
In most states, teachers are required to complete training in education methods through a teacher program.
The following is required for this route:
State Approved Teacher Education Program

Content Language and English Language Proficiency
In most states, teachers are required to submit evidence of content language proficiency and English language proficiency through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Content Language Proficiency:

Exam(s): Exams are language specific.

Accept Scores from Out of State

English Language Proficiency: Oral, Out of Country Applicants must demonstrate their proficiency in the English language. The ACTFL test called the “English Language, Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) is required.
Passing Score: Advanced Mid.

Notes:
World Language certificate candidates may take either the Praxis II in Chinese-Mandarin, French, German, Latin, Spanish OR ACTFL OPI, WPT when both are available. If the ACTFL option is selected, candidates should take the OPI or Oral Proficiency Interview by Computer (OPIc).

ACTFL OPI, WPT
Passing Score: Intermediate High

Certificates available in Hebrew, Pashto, Persian Farsi as well.

Instructional II Certificates available in Lithuanian, Punjabi, Romanian, Sanskrit, Slovak, Swahili, Ukranian.

World language certificate holders may teach non-credit exploratory courses in any language
including the culture and tradition of the particular ethnic group speaking that language.

Applying to the State
In most states, teachers must apply to the state Individually or through their local School District, or Teacher Program Institution. Requirements for the application are outlined below:

Application Submission: Institution
Online at: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/TIMS/20476/page/1033139

School District Requirements:
Verification of Employment

Copy of Academic Transcripts: Required

Copy of International Records: Required
Transcript Evaluation Required
URL: http://langcred.org/resources/transcript-evaluation/?fwp_agency_accepted_by_states=pennsylvania

Background Check
Required

Renewal: Nonrenewable
This certificate can only be issued once, and under no circumstances can this certificate be renewed.

Notes:
Notice: fee increase to $175 on 11/1/16

Processing time is estimated.

Upon completion of the approved Intern Program, the institution of higher education can recommend the candidate for an Instructional I certificate. Before issuing an Instructional I certificate, the Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality must have a record stating that the candidate has passed the Student Teacher Assessment conducted by their college/university during Student Teaching.

If the IHE’s Teacher Intern Certification Program coordinator evaluates a candidate’s credentials and he/she meets the criteria for more than one area of certification, the coordinator can recommend all the certification areas when submitting an application for the Intern certificate to the Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality. If all the areas are submitted on one application there is one $100 fee. Since the Intern certificate is valid only for three calendar years from the date of the initial issuance, adding areas of certification does not extend the date when the Intern certificate lapses. Each area added after the initial issuance cost $100 and lapses on the date of the initial issuance. A Praxis specialty area test must be taken for each area on the certificate.
Act 114 extends the background check requirements to include student teacher candidates. The following three background checks are required:

1. Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Records Check (Act 34). Applies to individuals hired as of January 1, 1986.

2. Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151).

3. Federal Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) in a manner prescribed by the Department of Education.

Applicants must mail all official college sealed transcripts with a TIMS application coversheet.

An Intern certificate may be awarded to a foreign national if they have demonstrated their intent to become a United States citizen, hold a current Immigrant Visa (Green Card), and hold the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree.

Applicants must obtain a Foreign Evaluation Report of transcripts.This evaluation must show US equivalent of all degrees plus a course-by-course evaluation showing semester hour college credits. Applicants must submit the original report or a notarized photocopy for the certification application.

A photocopy of the front and back side of the Permanent Resident Visa (green card) or other visa if not a U.S. citizen if this is required for the credential sought.

See: http://naces.org/members.html
This certificate can only be issued once, and under no circumstances can this certificate be renewed.

GENERAL NOTES FOR THIS ROUTE
The validity of the Teacher Intern certificate, whether issued for general education areas regularly endorsed on instructional certificates or for vocational education areas, is contingent upon (a) the holder rendering satisfactory service to the employing school entity, and (b) maintaining continuous enrollment and making satisfactory progress within an approved teacher intern program leading to issuance of the Instructional I certificate.

The Pennsylvania Teacher Intern Certification Program is specifically designed for individuals who possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Currently, the program is offered in 37 approved colleges and universities in Pennsylvania.

See: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/other_routes_to_certification/8818/intern_certification/506789

When a candidate obtains a teaching position or a firm offer, the institution in which the Intern candidate is enrolled applies to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality for an Intern Certificate. After the Bureau verifies the candidate has received passing scores on the required Praxis Series tests, an Intern certificate is issued. The Intern candidate cannot teach without the Intern certificate.

A Teacher Intern certificate qualifies the holder to hold a full-time teaching position in the certification endorsement area in elementary and secondary schools of Pennsylvania.

In addition to three years of successful teaching on an Instructional I certificate and the completion of an induction program, the State Board of Education regulations require a candidate to acquire 24 post baccalaureate credits or the completion of a master’s degree to receive the Instructional II certificate. Because entrance into the intern program requires a baccalaureate degree, any credits, except community college credits, earned after that baccalaureate degree count toward the 24 credits needed to obtain an Instructional II certificate.

Intern Programs by Language in PA
Chinese (K-12)
University of Pittsburgh/Pittsburgh

French (K-12)
Bloomsburg University of Pa
California University of Pa
Chestnut Hill College
East Stroudsburg University of Pa
Eastern University
Immaculata University
La Salle University
Lincoln University
Lycoming College
Marywood University
Millersville University of Pa
Saint Joseph’s University
Susquehanna University
Temple University/Main
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh/Pittsburgh
West Chester University of Pa
Widener University/Main

German (K-12)
Bloomsburg University of Pa
Chestnut Hill College
East Stroudsburg University of Pa
La Salle University
Lycoming College
Millersville University of Pa
Saint Joseph’s University
Susquehanna University
Temple University/Main
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh/Pittsburgh

Hebrew (K-12)
Temple University/Main

Italian (K-12)
La Salle University
Saint Joseph’s University
Temple University/Main
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh/Pittsburgh

Japanese (K-12)
University of Pittsburgh/Pittsburgh
Latin (K-12)
Chestnut Hill College
Duquesne University
La Salle University
Saint Joseph’s University
Temple University/Main
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh/Pittsburgh

Spanish (K-12)
Bloomsburg University of Pa
California University of Pa
Cedar Crest College
Chestnut Hill College
De Sales University
Duquesne University
East Stroudsburg University of Pa
Eastern University
Holy Family University
Immaculata University
La Salle University
Lincoln University
Lycoming College
Marywood University
Millersville University of Pa
Saint Joseph’s University
Susquehanna University
Temple University/Main
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh/Pittsburgh
West Chester University of Pa
Widener University/Main
Wilkes University
Wilson College

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Published On: 3/31/2017 4:46:04 PM


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