University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Teacher Education Program

Exit Criteria and Certification

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Graduation from the program does not automatically result in teacher certification. An application for a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate must be submitted once a final transcript has been generated and all PECT or Praxis II exams are passed. 

We know you are going to be in a hurry to apply for certification, but there are many things that must be done before you can apply:
1) You must complete student teaching and all courses needed for your degree and certification area.
2) You must have a 3.0 GPA (this applies to both baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate students). If you find yourself with less than a 3.0 GPA, make an appointment with the program director to discuss alternative certification routes.
3) You must pass all required PECT or PRAXIS II exams and provide a copy of the official scores.
4) WE must have current clearances on file for you.
The PECT tests are computer-delivered. Please go to this link for study guides, practice tests and location information www.pa.nesinc.com.
The Praxis tests are also computer-delivered. Please go to this link for study guides, practice tests and location information www.ets.org.
All certification candidates can find information for qualifying test scores on this document: GPA Qualifying Test Scores.pdf

Early Level Education majors who must take the PECT modules may qualify for a fee waiver from Pearson. If you are currently enrolled and are currently receiving financial aid, use this form: PECT_FeeWaiverRequestForm.pdf

It is your responsibility to submit the application for certification once all requirements are met. 

Applications for certification are completed online through the PA Department of Education's Teacher Information Management System (TIMS). Effective November 1, 2016, the application fee is $200.
To learn how to use TIMS, applicants should go to this site www.PA-TIMS.com
Once you apply for certification through TIMS, we will be able to see that your application is ready for our endorsement. We will not endorse your application until we have all required documents in your permanent file.  Please see this Certification Checklist.pdf

If you want some help with navigating the process, please contact Jody Randolph at 814-362-5056 or via email at jar1@pitt.edu to arrange an appointment.

Once you receive your certification, if you have a need to inactivate it, you may request a voluntary inactive certificate status by submitting an application online via TIMS.

For compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act, following is information about licensure pass rates for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Institutional pass rate percentages are not provided by Educational Testing Service (ETS) or Pearson Testing for content areas where
fewer than 10 students take the test. In addition, students can pass certification exams by meeting cut rate scores based on a 3.0 GPA or by using qualifying scores based on GPAs which are above or below 3.0. The pass rates that appear on the Title II Report are based soley on those who passed certification exams using the cut rate score.

The table below is a breakdown of the results for our institution for each certification area that had test takers during the 2017-2018 academic year and takes into account those who passed via the qualifying scores based on GPA.

The PECT module numbers are indicative of ALL test takers during the 2017-2018 academic year. However, two students attempted the PECT modules prior to completing their coursework and student teaching. We believe, had they waited, they would have been successful on their first attempt.

Certification Area Test # of Test Takers Passed with Cut Rate Score Passed by GPA Qualifying Score Institutional Pass Rate
Grades PK-4 PECT 1 8 38% 38% 76%
Grades PK-4 PECT 2 8 38% 38% 76%
Grades PK-4 PECT 3 7 57% 29% 86%
Health and Physical Ed PK-12 Fundamental Subjects 1 100% 0 100%
Health and Physical Ed PK-12 Health and PE Content 2 50% 0 50%
Mathematics 7-12 Mathematics Content 2 100% 0 100%
Social Studies 7-12 Social Studies Content 1 100% 0 100%
For more information about pass rates, contact the director of the Education Program.
If you are having trouble viewing any of the documents, please contact Jody Randolph at jar1@pitt.edu, and the information will be sent to you.

Pitt-Bradford Academic Programs

"The program provided me with the knowledge, understanding and experience to confidently take on this profession. I feel extremely prepared and confident in my abilities, thanks to the Pitt-Bradford Education Program."
Erica Blair, '17
First Grade Teacher

Warren Elementary Center, Warren, PA

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