Selection, Retention, Advancement, and Graduation Criteria-Graduate Students

To ensure quality, the GEP uses a series of assessments to monitor students' progress through their programs. Information gathered from these assessments is used to make admission, program entry, retention, advancement, and graduation decisions.

Graduate admissions process (traditional and transfer students)

  1. Initial admissions decisions are made by the Center for Adult and Continuing Education. Students are accepted to the university to participate in programs offered by the GEP only if they meet the following criteria:
  2. Participation in a rigorous undergraduate teacher education program, posting a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0, and having a valid teaching certificate.
  3. Demonstration of an interest and commitment to becoming educational leaders by participating in volunteer, extracurricular, and/or independent activities in which they interact with groups of children.
  4. The ability to demonstrate they can meet a series of "essential performance skills" typically expected of educators.
    1. Initial Review Process
      Toward the end of their first semester, graduate students must meet with their GEP advisors to present information that indicates both their desire to participate in the GEP and that they possess the requisite academic abilities and performance skills to succeed in the program. During this meeting, the GEP's programs and policies are thoroughly explained.
    2. National Teachers Examination
      Graduate students must complete sections of PRAXIS II–The National Teachers Examination (that is, those required of their specialization—see www.pde.psu.edu), and meet or exceed the cut scores established by PDE.
    3. Grading
      Graduate students must earn a "B" or better in all education (EDU) classes.
    4. Academic integrity and the honor code
      At the beginning of every course, instructors inform students of the details of the GEP's academic integrity policy, which states that students are expected to do their own work (except when cooperative projects are assigned). If it is demonstrated that a student has submitted work completed by others or falsified information, the student's work is awarded a failing grade and the student is charged with a violation of the academic integrity policy.
    5. Graduation
      Students must meet all of the requirements for at least one GEP program to be recommended for graduation.
    6. Teacher Certifications
      Students who have completed one or more of the programs sponsored by the GEP and a series of other requirements set by accrediting organizations (for example, PRAXIS I and II scores, Act 34, 114, and 151 clearances), may be recommended for certification to the Pennsylvania Department of Education and/or other certifying organizations. Students may also opt to qualify for certifications provided by other states.