Department of
School Leadership / Middle and Secondary Teacher Education

What is Secondary Phase I?

Phase I is the first of two professional education-intensive semesters. It is Decision Point 1 for ESU teacher education. Decision Points are points at which a decision about continuance or non-continuance in the Teacher Education Program is made for each candidate.

Phase I courses include the following: ED 332, Educational Psychology; ED 333, Principles of Secondary Education; and ED 334, Classroom Management. The courses provide an integrated and intensive pre-student teaching experience in teacher education, central to which is an extensive field experience. The field experience is a course requirement for ED 333, Principles of Secondary Education.

Phase I Admission Requirements

Candidates are admitted to secondary teacher education and the Phase I courses when the candidate meets all the criteria listed below prior to the start of the Phase I semester and are in their junior or senior year. Application deadlines are April 15 (for Fall) and November 15 (for Spring).

  1. Meet the minimum scores on either the Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST: Writing 172, Reading 173, Math 172) or Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP:  Reading 57; Math 55; Writing, score equivalent to PPST).  All teacher education candidates (including those with degrees) must take these exams, meet these scores and have them in hand by the Phase I semester’s start.  The CAAP writing cut score is a balance between the essay and multiple choice scores.  For example, a highly scored essay means a lower score is acceptable on the multiple choice section and vice versa.  Teacher Education competency requirements are higher than the competency requirements for non-teacher education students.
  2. Complete 100 hours of supervised child advocacy service. Here is the 100 hours options and the Service Work Documentation Form.
  3. Complete the Disclosure Statement.
  4. Earn a grade of at least “C” in the following courses:

               ED/EL 220, Introduction to Teaching

               MA110, College Algebra (or equivalent)

               EG101, English Composition I

               EG102, English Composition II

               SP101, Public Speaking

               MA225, Math as a Decision-making Tool

               PY211, Developmental Psychology

      6. Earn a GPA of at least 2.75 in the General Education Core Courses.
      7. Maintain an overall GPA of at least 2.50.
      8. Have successfully completed 60 hours of college credit.