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Sophomore Gateway

During Semester Four of the Leading Teacher Program, you will submit a formal application for admittance to the Professional Educator Certification Track (PECT). While in the PECT, you will focus more specifically on your area of certification. The process of formally applying provides you with the opportunity to gain an understanding of presenting your professional credentials as part of a professional community. Additionally, the sophomore gateway serves as ongoing assessment of the Leading Teacher Program.

To be considered for admittance to the PECT, you will demonstrate progress toward meeting the competencies of the LTP. Those competencies are represented by your success on a PDE approved assessment of basic skills and your QPA. In addition, you will be asked to provide a brief statement evaluating your own development of knowledge, skills, and dispositions as related to each of the themes and domains of the Leading Teacher Program. 

The application consists of three of four requirements, the Basic Skills Assessment, overall Grade Point Average, and Dispositions Assessment, as outlined below. The fourth requirement, completion of all courses in Semesters 1-4, will be reviewed by the advisors. Please read the directions for each requirement prior to completing the application and essay for admittance to the Professional Educator Certification Track (PECT). 

Phase One: Complete the application


Basic Skills Assessment. You need to demonstrate successful passing of an assessment of basic skills, per PDE requirements. There are multiple options for meeting this requirement. If you have not passed an assessment of basic skills currently required by the Commonwealth of PA, or are not exempt through the SAT/ACT policy, then you need to see your advisor immediately.

For K-12 certification (Latin), you are encouraged to demonstrate a passing score on the Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge exam by ETS. It is not required for the Sophomore Gateway, but it is required at time of certification.
Grade Point Average. You must have at least a 3.00 overall QPA. If you are a secondary education major, your content area QPA will be verified as a checkpoint as it must be a 3.00 by the time you student teach.

** If you do not believe you will have a 3.00 QPA at the end of this spring semester (2018), you should still apply for admission to the PECT. There are several courses of action that you can take if this is your situation. Apply first, and then after a decision is made about your application, you can talk to an academic advisor.

Essay. Embedded in the application is an essay that you will need to submit. The essay is a brief statement (no more than 1000 words) evaluating your own development of knowledge, skills, and dispositions as related to each of the themes and domains of the Leading Teacher Program. 

Professional Dispositions Assessment. You will be asked to assess yourself in the area of professional dispositions. You will need to complete an 11 question self-assessment of your professional dispositions. The assessment can be found on-line at: 


You will receive a password that you need to use to access the self-assessment. Your self-assessment, along with a faculty review of this assessment, will provide direction for your professional growth as you enter the next phase of the program. Your application for the Sophomore Gateway will not be considered complete until this assessment is submitted. 

Submitted applications will automatically go to Student and Academic Services. Please be sure to print a copy for your own records.

** Application, including the Professional Dispositions Assessment, is due no later than April 27, 2018. **

The Sophomore Gateway Application can be found on-line at:


Phase Two: Review by Academic Advisors

After your formal application is submitted, the advisors in Student and Academic Services will review and verify the information about basic skills testing and your QPA. 

Phase Three: Review by Program Directors

Each program director, along with the LTP Director, will review each application with the academic advisors to make a determination of admittance into the Professional Educator Certification Track (PECT). Letters will be sent from the admitting PECT either admitting you into the PECT or stating the deficiencies in your application. If deficiencies are found in meeting the requirements for admission into the PECT, you must meet with your academic advisor. After reviewing your situation, you will be provided with a process for responding to the deficiencies in your application. 

In addition, you will need to submit Act 33, Act 34, Act 114, and Act 126 Clearances, as well as an updated TB test, for the upcoming academic year. No later than the first day of classes, you will need to present copies of these clearances to Cindy Cafaro in Student and Academic Services, 214 Canevin Hall. These clearances will be good for one year from date of issuance (not application). If these clearances are not on file, you will not be permitted to start your fall placement. Everyone must submit clearances by this date.

If you have any questions about the process or about your eligibility to apply for admission to the Professional Educator Certification Track, you should contact the appropriate program director.