Majors and Areas of Study
Since 1992, the Thiel College education program has emphasized early exposure to all the facets of classroom instruction. As in the past, secondary teacher candidates are required to major in one of Thiel's liberal arts disciplines. Students who qualify academically can begin taking theoretical foundations classes in Phase I during their freshman year. Each teacher candidate will also work with a preschool or secondary classroom teacher from one of the local school districts or preschool partners as part of the mentoring experience.
Within this mentoring experience, teacher candidates will observe teachers and discuss local practices that support theories taught in on-campus classes.
Required courses can be found under each degree on the Thiel Education webpage. Students are required to have a 2.75 for the first three courses and a 3.0 for all future Education courses. After satisfactorily completing all coursework, student teaching and passing the PAPA, PECT or PRAXIS exams, the student must apply for certification on-line using the TIMS system.
Please Note: All forms are now included under the Resources link to your left.
As of August 31, 2013 educators may not add on a 7-9 content area to their certificates by testing. Educators applying for an initial Instructional 7-9 area are required to pass a basic skills test and the appropriate Praxis II test prior to August 31, 2013.
All Elementary Education majors both in the program and graduated must complete all coursework, student teaching and pass all required PRAXIS exams by May 30, 2013.
PRAXIS information for Elementary Eduation majors- click HERE
Please contact Professor Reinhart (firstname.lastname@example.org, 724-589-2065) or Professor Mild (email@example.com, 724-589-2101) with any questions. The State (Pennsylvania) is no longer offering this certificate after this date.