Applicants must have strong subject knowledge in science and/or mathematics. Typically, applicants have a major and/or minor in a STEM-related field.
Applicants are expected to have a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a scale of 4.0.
- 3.5 undergraduate GPA during the final two years
- Minimum of a 3.25 cumulative GPA in at least 9 credits of graduate work at an accredited university
Special exceptions: Applicants who do not meet regular admission criteria may be considered for a special exception if a compelling case can be made for admitting them. These special exceptions will only be rarely granted.
In order to be considered for program admission, applicants must take and pass at least one subject area examination (i.e., science or mathematics) for Pennsylvania State teacher certification. The specific test names, test code numbers, and minimum pass scores are as follows:
|For Middle Grades Applicants|
|PRAXIS II Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Subject Concentration: Mathematics (Test #5158)||Minimum Pass Score: 173|
|PRAXIS II Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Subject Concentration: Science (Test #5159)||Minimum Pass Score: 156|
|PRAXIS II Mathematics Content Knowledge (Test #5161)||Minimum Pass Score: 160|
|For Secondary Applicants|
|PRAXIS II Mathematics: Content Knowledge (Test #5161)||Minimum Pass Score: 160|
|PRAXIS II General Science: Content Knowledge (Test #5435)||Minimum Pass Score: 146|
|PRAXIS II Biology: Content Knowledge (Test #5235)||Minimum Pass Score: 154|
|PRAXIS II Chemistry: Content Knowledge (Test #5245)||Minimum Pass Score: 157|
|PRAXIS II Earth and Space Science: Content Knowledge (Test #5571)||Minimum Pass Score: 157|
|PRAXIS II Physics: Content Knowledge (Test #5265)||Minimum Pass Score: 140|
State and federal criminal background checks, a TB test, and a child abuse clearance are required to be eligible to complete the program. All residents must obtain and pass all clearances necessary to be able to work in the classroom with students. See Required Clearances for Working in Pennsylvania Schools for more information.