The Basic Teaching Track
The Basic Teaching Track in Secondary Education Teaching - English is a degree designed for individuals who possess a bachelor’s degree and appropriate coursework in English. Successful completion of the program will lead to a master’s degree and can lead to state certification. It is anticipated that students would complete the 36-semester hour program in one calendar year of full-time study, beginning with the summer pre-session. However, students may begin the program during the fall or spring semesters.
All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree with appropriate course work in English with an overall GPA of 2.80 or higher from an accredited institution of higher education.
Prerequisite Undergraduate Courses
Students should provide evidence of meeting outcomes in special needs instruction (Slippery Rock University’s SPED 121 High Incidence Disabilities and SEFE 338 StandardBased Instruction & Assessment in the Inclusion Classroommeet this requirement).
Although the vast majority of accepted students exceed the minimum GPA requirements, students not meeting these criteria may be considered for conditional admission. Conditionally admitted students, however, must meet all of the prescribed program requirements before conferral of degree candidacy.
Basic Track Undergraduate Competencies
Students in the basic track who meet admission requirements and have more than three undergraduate competencies will be offered conditional admission. While completing these competencies, students will be registered as postbaccalaureate students.
Degree Completion Process
There are five steps to completing a master’s degree at Slippery Rock University. Students must:
- Obtain unconditional admission status,
- Be approved for degree candidacy (students must successfully complete between 6 and 12 credit hours in a declared program of study and pass the Praxis I:
Academic Skills Assessments for the Basic Program),
- Pass appropriate comprehensive examination,
- Complete research requirements,
- Complete requisite credit hours.
Note: Praxis II must be completed and passed prior to
enrollment in Seminar and Supervised Teaching in the Secondary
School. Upon completion of these five steps, the student will be
required to apply for graduation before the end of the semester in
which he or she wishes to graduate.