Department of Mathematics
West Chester University
Office: Room 101
25 University Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone (610) 436-2440
Fax (610) 738-0578
Email: Department Chair
This program prepares students for teacher certification in grades 7-12. (This degree does not have a foreign language requirement.)
Of all the baccalaureate degrees, the BSEd is the most subject to change because the Pennsylvania Department of Education can change the certification requirements at any time. Thus, it is essential that you regularly check with your advisor and the College of Education web site (http://www.wcupa.edu/_academics/coe/) to learn of any changes.
During your first two years of study you will take the lower division, mathematics core courses and courses in professional education. No later than April of your first year you must begin the process of gaining the clearances required for the field work you will complete during your second year. These clearances must be renewed annually thereafter.
Clearances Required Prior to Participating in Early Field Experiences
Students are required to possess the original copy of the following:
a) The Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance,
b) The Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check,
c) FBI Background Fingerprint Check, and
d) Verification of a negative reading on a TB test.
See the following web page for further information: http://www.wcupa.edu/_academics/coe/clearances.aspx
During the middle of your second year, you must begin the process of seeking Formal Admission to Teacher Education (FATE). All students seeking a B.S.Ed. must formally apply for admission to teacher education. Only those students formally admitted to teacher education will be eligible to enroll in MAT 350, MAT 360, MAT 354, and MAT 364.
Formal Admission to Teacher Education (FATE)
The requirements for Formal Admission to Teacher Education include:
a) Earned a minimum of 48 credits at the college level (100 level or above)
b) Earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8
c) Earned 3 credits in college-level English composition
d) Earned 3 credits in literature taught in English
e) Earned 6 credits in college-level mathematics
f) Achieved passing scores as established by the PA Department of Education on the SAT, ACT Plus Writing, or Core Academic Skills for Educators or Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) test modules.
g) Approval of the Department of Mathematics and College of Education.
Because these requirements are subject to change, be sure to check http://www.wcupa.edu/_academics/coe/fate.aspx for the current requirements.
Details of the program may be found here.
Information on Teacher Certification may be found here.