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Orientation #2 for F15 Student Teachers

Location: Science Center Auditorium
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

PE Workshop

Location: Laird Hall

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8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

RED Day #1 for F15 Practicum Students

Location: Laird Hall
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Technology Workshop

Location: Warfield 111

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8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Music Workshop

Location: Science Center Auditorium

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8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Teacher Intern Program

Wilson’s Teacher Intern Program (TIP) is a highly regarded, affordable and expeditious path for women and men with bachelor’s degrees to become teachers. Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in 1985, TIP makes earning Instructional Level I certificates as accessible as possible for highly motivated, working adults. Get your teacher certification in PA today!

W e currently offer Level I certification in Early Childhood education (PreK-4); in Early Childhood/Special Education (dual certification); in middle level (4-8) for English, mathematics, science and social studies; in middle level/Special Education (dual certification); in PreK-12 for Health & Physical Education and Spanish and in secondary education (7-12) for English, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and social studies. Depending on the area of teaching, credits from undergraduate degrees can apply toward certification. All students take core and methods education classes, state-required testing and practice teaching.  

We know that most of our Teacher Intern Program students are working full or part time and have family responsibilities. That's why we offer most classes in the evening from 6:15 to 9 p.m. The entire program can vary in consideration of each student’s previous academic preparation. Tuition is reasonable and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Both public school districts and private schools are eager to hire TIP graduates. Employers know that our graduates are mature, passionate about teaching and well-prepared for the daily challenges of the classroom.  

Education Department Events

Teacher Intern Program 4-8 Course Requirements

EDU 204: Child Development, Cognition, & Learning

For Pre-K through 4 education majors. This course focuses on the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of children from the pre-natal stages through the elementary school years. Requires observations in local schools and child care facilities, including facilities with special needs and English Language Learners (ELL) populations. Prerequisite: PSY 110

EDU 206: Educational Psychology

A pragmatically oriented study of learning processes and factors that stimulate and impede those processes. Psychological testing, methods of measuring and evaluating learning. Special needs of learners with exceptionalities and racial and ethnic minorities. Techniques of interpersonal relations and classroom management. Observation in local schools and other institutions. Prerequisite: PSY 110.

EDU 312/512: Teaching English Language Learners

This course will address methods and materials to prepare English Language Learners to enter and succeed in elementary and secondary mainstream classrooms. Prerequisite: EDU 206

EDU 215: Education for Students with Special Needs

Addresses the organizational skills and alternative strategies needed to manage effectively the diversity within America’s classrooms. Analyzes teacher behaviors and their implications for classroom management. Examines the characteristics of unique individuals and their relationship to learning situations. Identifies principles of educational programming for students with exceptional needs, including collaborative models for use of support staff. Requires classroom observations in local schools. Prerequisite: EDU 206

EDU 341/541: Educational Assessment

This course will provide pre-service educators with theory and practice of commonly used assessment tools including but not limited to formal, informal, authentic and benchmark assessments. Content will focus on how to effectively interpret data and how to translate data into academic achievement. Prerequisite: EDU 206 

EDU 345:  4-8 Reading, Writing and Assessment  
 . This course is designed to prepare 4-8 educators to enter into classrooms understanding literacy development. Current theory, research, and best practices will be integrated with reading, writing, and assessment practices. Pre-service educators will develop a literacy philosophy that encompasses major components of reading instruction to ensure success for all students. Prerequisites: 204, 206 and admission to the education program.
EDU 343/543: Middle Level Teaching Methods  
This course, intended for middle level teacher certification candidates, will provide a foundation in proven, research-based teaching strategies. Students will use strategies to develop and teach lessons during the course. They will become knowledgeable with the Pennsylvania Standards Aligned System in order to plan effective lessons. Other topics include classroom management, differentiation, multiple intelligences, assessment, understanding poverty, and literacy skills across the curriculum. Prerequisites: 204, 206 and admission to the education program.


EDU 348: Pre-Practicum or Field Experience Portfolio

A clinical experience in a local school during the student’s junior year (150 hours). Requires observing, aiding, tutoring, teaching and maintaining a portfolio. Preparation for the senior year student teaching practicum. Supervised by college faculty. Prerequisites: admission to the education program. Or student may opt to complete a portfolio

EDU 430: Special Needs Seminar

The course has been designed to facilitate a practical application of the pre-service student’s ability to: recognize type, identification and characteristics of various disabilities, as well as effective, evidence-based instructional practices and adaptations for students with special needs; understand legal rights and responsibilities of the teacher related to special education referral and evaluation and the rights and procedural safeguards that students are guaranteed; identify the possible causes and implications of overrepresentation of minorities in special education to avoid misinterpretation of behaviors that represent cultural, linguistic differences as indicative of learning problems.

EDU 441-45: 4-8 Student Teaching Practicum

A 14-week clinical experience in schools for the TIP Program who pursue instructional certification for a specific discipline at the middle level. Student observes school calendar, not college calendar. Supplemented with the appropriate practicum seminar. Prerequisites: all professional coursework; adviser approval.


EDU 428 & 429: Intern Teaching Practicum

For students who have a confirmed teaching position and need the required supervised practicum. This gives the student the opportunity to work and learn at the same time. It is the students responsibility to secure their own position. 

MAT 115: Introductory Statistics

A course in basic statistical concepts and techniques for the non-mathematics major. Topics include descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability theory, standardized probability distributions, correlation and regression, inferential statistics, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and analysis of variance. Prerequisite: 098/100 or Mathematics Placement Exam results. NS


PSY 115: Understanding Statistics

Introductory statistics course designed for the math-anxious student. Topics include descriptive and inferential statistics, measures of central tendency, variation, standardized distributions, correlation, regression and prediction, and hypothesis-testing, including one- and two-way analyses of variance. Prerequisite: MAT 096/099 or Mathematics Placement Examination results. NS

PSY 110: Introduction to Psychology

Introduction to the science of behavior. Topics include the biological foundations of behavior, sensation and perception, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, development, personality and adjustment, and social behavior. CC

One course in composition/writing

Disciplinary Core in Area of Concentration
Middle Level English
Middle Level Mathematics
Middle Level Science
Middle Level Social Studies

Technology Education Workshop

  • Required courses graded "C" or above will be transferred from transcripts.
  • Additional required courses will include those outdated and/or not previously completed
  • Contact Information

    Mrs. Beth Byers
    Director of TIP    
    Warfield 302
    Fax: 717-262-2579

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