Program Admission Requirements

Requirements for Admission to the Teacher Education Program

  1. Submission of a completed application form.
  2. Completion of at least 48 credit hours of coursework with a GPA of at least 3.0. (Attach copy of unofficial transcript or list of courses completed with grades). The 48 hours must include three credits of English composition, three credits of English and/or American literature, and six credits of college-level math.
  3. Completion of Arrest/Conviction Report (Act 24), Criminal Record Check Clearance (Act 34) , FBI Clearance (Act 114) and Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151)  forms (results submitted to the Education Department). 
  4. A minimum GPA of 3.0. Prior to Aug. 1, 2015: If the applicant holds a GPA of 2.8 – 2.99, he or she must pass the PECT: Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) or Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) basic skills test (reading, writing and math). 
  5. Effective Aug. 1, 2015 for all applicants: Passing scores on the PECT: Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) or Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) basic skills test (reading, writing and math).
  6. Completion of two recommendation forms. 
  7. Completion of a 40-hour externship involving children or adolescents.

Requirements for admission are the same for elementary, secondary and music education students.

Students may apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program as early as the spring of the sophomore year. Liberal Studies majors (elementary education students) must be admitted by the middle of the spring semester of the junior year. Most secondary students apply in their junior year, and must be admitted before the start of the senior year to meet Pennsylvania state requirements.

Once a student has completed all the requirements for admission, a completed application and appropriate related documents such as clearances and test scores should be submitted to the Education Department. Assistant Professor of Education and Department Head Valerie Allison-Roan reviews candidate application materials. A letter is sent to the applicant regarding admission status.

Transfer students

Transfer students must complete all the requirements. In addition, transfer students must: 

  1. Complete one semester of full-time study at Susquehanna or receive a waiver from the department head.
  2. Submit a college transcript for evaluation. 
  3. Establish a written sequence of courses designed in collaboration between student and advisor and reviewed by a faculty member in the education department.

Students who have completed their bachelor's degree

Students with a bachelor's degree or higher may earn a teaching certificate through the university's Teacher Intern Program. For more information, please contact James Ingerski, interim director of the program, by phone at 570-372-4251 or email at

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