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Home > Academics > Department Pages > Secondary Education > SEFE Professional Education Requirements > Admission to the College of Education

Secondary Education 

Admission to the College of Education


The following conditions must be met in order to apply for admission to any College of Education program.  Students can enter the College of Education as an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate student.


Undergraduate students

       Accumulate a minimum of 48 credits (no more than 75 credits)

       QPA = 2.8 or better (must be 3.0 by graduation)

       Successful completion of 6 credits college level math (113 or higher)


       Successful completion of 6 credits of English (1 composition & 1 literature)


       Successful completion of the School-Based Observation Experience (completed during SEFE 200)


       20 contact hours with school-age children in a diverse setting documented and approved by advisor


       Proof of passing scores on PRAXIS I

o Reading=172

o Writing=172

o Math=173

§         Note: A preparation course is offered at BC3.  Also, additional PRAXIS tests will be required for your area of certification before student teaching.  


       Clear (no record) on Act 34 Criminal History Record Check

       Clear (no record) on Act 151 Child Abuse History

       Clearn (no record) on FBI Background Check

       Negative TB screening (before student teaching)

       In addition, you will want to obtain a copy of the "Teacher Education Policy Manualand a copy of the requirements for your area of certification.  


       You must submit a completed admission application, signed by a faculty advisor, during the semester of your 48th credit (no later than 75 credits).  November 1 and April 1 are admission application deadlines each year.  The application is available in McKay Education Building.


Post-baccalaureate Students

Individuals who have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution may qualify for initial certification or an endorsement to an existing teaching certificate by completing prescribed requirements in one or more of the approved undergraduate programs.

An application for a post-baccalaureate program must be submitted to the university's Undergraduate Admissions Office where the candidates' previous work is reviewed. Following this review, the candidate will be notified of his/her admission status. Work that is dated, especially in pedagogy, may not be accepted and the candidate may be required to retake such courses. Candidates accepted for admission as post-bac students will be informed of program requirements to be completed to obtain certification in the desired area. 


Admission to post-bac study requires a minimum undergraduate QPA (Quality Point Average), no record on clearances, a supervised field experience, and passing scores on the Praxis I exam during their first twelve credits of study.

Benefits of post-baccalaureate work include: earning an initial or additional certification, obtaining an additional degree, making a certificate permanent, or personal enrichment. At the start of the post-baccalaureate education, candidates must state their intention for their program. Those candidates pursuing an additional degree must earn a minimum of 36 credits beyond their initial baccalaureate degree. To add an additional major or minor to an existing baccalaureate degree requires earning an additional degree.

Admission to all programs is determined on a space available basis and some programs may not be open to admission. Candidates are encouraged to speak to the chair of the department  to ascertain departmental admissions procedures.

Graduate Students


Slippery Rock University also provides a graduate program for students interested in teaching science and math at the secondary level.  To receive a teaching certificate in math or science, the candidate must first earn a bachelor's degree (BA/BS) in a math or science area and then complete a Master of Education Degree for secondary teaching certification.  For more information on this program, please consult the SEFE Graduate Programs webpage.

For more information about the Secondary Education/Foundations of Education programs, please contact our office.


Office Location:  114 McKay Education Building

Office Phone:  (724) 738-2041

Secretary:  Kay Castor (

Chair:  Dr. Edwin Christmann (

*The educational policies and procedures are continually being reviewed and changed in keeping with the educational mission of the university. Consequently, this document cannot be considered binding and is intended to be used only as an informational guide. Students are responsible for keeping informed of official policies and regulations and for meeting all appropriate requirements. 


This page was last updated:  08/05/2007

L. Forbes




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