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.
  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.