TEP Admission Requirements and Procedures
When admitted to the College, all students who intend to pursue a teacher preparation program are identified by major and the certification area in which they are interested. However, they are not yet admitted to the Teacher Education Program. All students with at least sophomore status who plan to pursue teacher certification should apply to the Teacher Education Program when they have met the requirements for admission.
Sophomores identified by the Registrar as teacher certification students will receive information about the application process from the Teacher Education Program office in the late fall or early spring of the sophomore year, but students can request an application be sent at any time by sending an email to the Teacher Education Program.
Admission requirements are established by the Teacher Education Committee in compliance with regulations from the Commonwealth of PA and the Messiah College Teacher Education Program.
Four major criteria are reviewed when a student applies for admission to the Teacher Education Program:
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and Messiah College’s Teacher Education Program policies now allow students to be fully admitted to the Teacher Education Program with a GPA of at least 2.8 AND higher qualifying scores on all Praxis II tests required for your certification. The qualifying scores are higher than scores needed to pass the Praxis II, and the actual scores necessary to use this provision vary by test. The actual scores required can be found on the PDE website. This option is available for students who have scored well on the Praxis II, but have not met the GPA requirement by the time they are ready to student teach. In order to use the Praxis II score in lieu of the 3.0 GPA, you must earn the higher score by the June testing date prior to the year in which you plan to student teach. While this option may help a small number of students to earn teaching certification, we strongly encourage students to meet with their advisors to plan strategies to earn a 3.0 GPA, since the Praxis II option will come late in your time at Messiah College, and not all students will be able to earn the higher Praxis II scores.
Provisional admission can be offered to students who are eligible to use the 2.8 GPA exception or the concurrent course exception.
Your advisor can help you determine if it is in your best interest to use the policy in a given semester or to delay the courses for which you are currently ineligible. You will be considered eligible to use the policy when the petition has been completed, returned and approved.
A student may appeal decisions regarding his/her status for Program admission or Professional Semester admission as determined by the Teacher Education Program. Any appeal should be articulated in writing to the Chair of the Teacher Education Committee, clearly stating the nature for the appeal and supporting rationale for consideration of the requested change. Appeals will be processed through the Teacher Education Committee by the committee chair. Decisions regarding the appeal will be relayed to the student verbally and in writing. If the student is not satisfied with the decision of the Teacher Education Committee, a subsequent appeal may be made to the Dean of the School of Business, Education and Social Science.