Special Education


Special Education Office
304 Recitation Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Call: 610-436-2579
FAX: 610-436-3102

Formal Admission to Teacher Education (FATE)

All students seeking a Bachelor of Science in Education degree must complete the Application Form for Formal Admission to Teacher Education (FATE). Minimum criteria for Formal Admission to Teacher Education are as follows:

  • Enrolled in a program leading to teacher certification or educational specialist
  • Earned a minimum of 48 credits at the college level (100 level or above)
  • Earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8
  • Earned 3 credits in college-level English composition
  • Earned 3 credits in literature taught in English
  • Earned 6 credits in college-level mathematics
  • Achieved passing scores, as established by the PA Department of Education, on the Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) test modules (changeover to PAPA, effective April 2, 2012). See note* below on previously required PRAXIS I/PPST tests.
  • Received the recommendation of your major department (signature of your advisor)
  • Community service (20 hours) is required for early grades, middle grades, and special education/dual majors.
  • Middle grades preparation majors must complete the Declaration of Academic Content Area Concentrations

* PRAXIS I/ PPST tests: Undergraduate candidates who have taken or registered for the PPST basic skills test prior to April 1, 2012 will have their PPST tests accepted by PA Department of Education. Candidates who took their PPST tests and were not successful may retake the PPST tests after April 2, 2012 until they are successful.

  • Students formally admitted to Teacher Education must maintain a minimum 2.8 GPA in order to continue taking advanced professional education coursework, and a 3.0 GPA at completion of program to meet requirements to obtain Pennsylvania Teacher Certification.

Internal and External Transfer Students

The following policies apply to all transfer students upon entering the department.

Internal Transfer Students

Internal transfer students (undeclared major or change of major) who desire admission to the Department of Special Education may apply after the completion of 27 semester hours at West Chester University. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.65 is required for students with 47 or fewer earned credits and a 2.8 GPA for students with 48 or more earned credits.

External Transfer Students

External transfer students who desire admission to the Department of Special Education must apply for admission to West Chester University. Transfer credit will be granted for 100- and 200-level courses if the course descriptions are equivalent and in accordance with University policy. All other required courses in the professional education and specialized preparation areas will be evaluated and approved on an individual basis.

Both internal and external transfer students will be admitted as probationary teacher education students consistent with teacher education policy. Students in this category may not take designated advanced professional course work, which requires full admittance to teacher education.