Languages and Cultures
West Chester University
Dr. Jerome Williams
224 Mitchell Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
We offer different levels of certification programs, according to students' prior preparation/background:
1) B.A.L.C. language concentration + Certification: Undergraduate students may do certification in conjunction with a major concentration in French, German, Russian or Spanish. The required courses and testing are listed below. This includes any students who are transferring to WCU who have done part of a language major and/or certification elsewhere.
See also the information below on the Graduate Certification page under Graduate Programs.
2) Post Bacc undergraduate level Certification: Non native-speaker students who are college graduates but have not finished the undergraduate major in the language and wish to become certified:
*** Students who are college graduates may do their student teaching as an internship in a contract job (usually called emergency certification) at full salary, but they still have to enroll in student teaching, EDS 411-412, and complete the program with practicum sessions and a certified language coop teacher in their school.
Beginning April 2, 2012, B.A.L.C. candidates, whose PA certification programs require basic skills tests (formerly PPSTs), now register to take the PAPA – Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment offered by Pearson under the Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT), if they have not already taken or registered for any of the PPST tests. For more information about registering for these tests, go to: http://www.wcupa.edu/_academics/coed/PAtests.asp and select the purple button for PPST/PAPA, where you will find information about the tests and how to register for them. Undergraduate foreign language students seeking initial certification must take the PAPA series of basic skills tests.
Basic skills 001 PAPA Module 1: Reading PAPA 001 (when all 3 modules passed)
002 PAPA Module 2: Mathematics
003 PAPA Module 3: Writing
Achieving a high score on SATs may exempt students from the above testing requirements.
ADDITIONAL REQUIRED TESTING INCLUDES THE OPI AND WPT TESTS TO BE TAKEN BEFORE STUDENT TEACHING. See below for full schedule of required testing.
Required courses for PA K-12 State Certification in a language:
I. PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION (36 S.H.)
|A. Foundations of Special Education (3)||EDA 103|
|B. Educational. Psychology (3)||EDP 250||clearances requ.|
|C. Assessment for Learning (3)||EDP 355||clearances requ.|
|D. Child & Adolescent Psychology (3)||EDP 349 or PSY 382|
|E. Literacy Dev. Inclusive Classrooms (3)||EDR 347|
|F. Tech Tools to Transform (1)||EDM 349 (1)|
|G. Spec. Ed: Processes and Proc. (2)||EDA 303 (2)|
|H. Prin. Teaching & Field Experience (3)||EDS 306||clearances requ.|
|I. Techniques of L2 Tchg PK-12 (3)||LAN 401||clearances requ.|
PREREQ: Completion of language courses through the advanced level, LIN 230 or LAN 327 [min. grade of “C”], and professional education courses including EDS 306 (excluding EDS 411/412).
|J. Student Teaching (12 semester hours)||EDS411||6 credit hours|
|EDS412||6 credit hours|
For more information on applying for certification, please consult the College of Education web site.