What Questions do you have about Obtaining a PA Teaching Certification?

Education Department Certification Q & A’s

Question #1: Why should I get the Pennsylvania certificate?

Answer: Even if you never plan to teach in Pennsylvania, it makes certification in other states easier to obtain. Please refer to the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.


Question #2: Is certification automatic?

Answer: Certification is not automatic. As students near graduation, they are to complete a formal application for certification. Certification is not a University of Scranton function. It is a state (Commonwealth of PA) function that requires an application.


Question #3: When do I apply for certification?

Answer: As students are approaching graduation, their next step is to apply to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for their Pennsylvania Professional Educator Certification.


Question #4: How do I apply for Pennsylvania certification?

Answer: There are two processes required when applying for a Pennsylvania professional educator certificate. Students must

a) complete the required University of Scranton paperwork and
b) complete the Pennsylvania Department of Education Teacher Information Management System (TIMS) online application process.


Question #5: How do I access the Pennsylvania Department of Education Teacher Information Management System (TIMS) online application?

Answer: Students can access TIMS through the following web address.


Question #6: How do I use the TIMS system?

Answer: Students must register with TIMS by indicating their name, physical address, email address, username, password, and answers to security questions. It is strongly recommended that students view the TIMS online users guide for applicants, which can be viewed here.

Additionally, a certification information seminar is held once per semester by the certification officer at the University of Scranton. This seminar provides students with detailed directions on how to submit the online application as well as pertinent paperwork for the process. The certification officer is also available for one-on-one appointments to answer student questions and assist with the certification process.


Question #7: What about certification in other states?

Answer: There are two processes for pursuing certification in other states. They are the following:

  1. a)  Credentials review which involves a virtual checklist of required courses. This could mean trouble unless you planned carefully.
  2. b)  NASDTEC Interstate Agreement which is an agreement between states that
    1. covers only curricular requirements
    2. accepts Pennsylvania Curriculum as meeting theirs
    3. non-curricular requirements not covered- Workshops
      – Tests

Question #8: Whose responsibility is it to apply for certification in states other than Pennsylvania?

Answer: Students need to obtain the application and complete the forms. The certification officer will complete only those forms required as part of the interstate certification compact by the other states. It is strongly recommended that students who wish to obtain certification in a state other than Pennsylvania remain abreast of the certification requirements for the state(s) in which they wish to pursue certification. They can begin by reviewing the respective state department ofeducation’s website(s). Although the certification officer at the University ofScranton is happy to assist with this process, state certification requirements change frequently, and it is not possible for the certification officer at the Universityof Scranton to be aware of each state’s requirements.


Question #9: Who is responsible for certification at the University of Scranton and how may I contact the certification officer?
Dr. Vanessa Talarico is the certification officer at the University of Scranton. Her contact information is:
Dr. Vanessa Talarico
141 McGurrin Hall University of Scranton
800 Linden Street
Scranton, PA 18510
vanessa.talarico@scranton.edu
570-941-5810

What can KSOM do for you?

The nationally recognized Kania School of Management (KSOM) excels at supplying the tools you need to succeed in the increasingly global and technological world of business.


Earn a business degree at The University of Scranton! Check out our graduate programs here.

Only a Few Exist, and We Have One!

Did you know there are only approximately 100 pro bono PT Clinics in the country? Of those 100, only 38 are student-run. The PT Clinic in the Leahy Center for the Uninsured and Underinsured is one of those 38!

Partnering with the Community to Make the Connection between the Classroom and the Clinic

Mission Statement:

The mission of the University of Scranton’s Leahy Community Health and Family Center Physical Therapy (LCHFC PT) Clinic, as a part of the University’s first student run free clinic, is to deliver exceptional patient centered care by providing physical therapy services to uninsured and underinsured residents of the University Area Community, educate future physical therapists through clinical learning experiences grounded in the Jesuit tradition, and to foster the partnership between The University, its students, faculty and staff, and the community through collaboration and evidence based practice of physical therapy.

What We Do:

The management of the clinic is run by a team of students from the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program and treatment of patients is conducted by DPT students with supervision by DPT program faculty and licensed physical therapy clinicians from the community.  This provides our students with an valuable hands-on learning experience that enriches both their lives and and the lives of their clients.

Student-Run:

The management of the clinic is run by a team of students from the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program and treatment of patients is conducted by DPT students with supervision by DPT program faculty and licensed physical therapy clinicians from the community.  This provides our students with an valuable hands-on learning experience that enriches both their lives and and the lives of their clients.


Visit the Clinic’s web page here.
Learn more about the DPT program here.

 

Why our Software Engineering Program is Superior

Our graduate program in Software Engineering is based upon guidelines provided by the Software Engineering Institute, and provides graduate level preparation to those students seeking careers in modern software development. These programs are our first priority.

The Liberal Arts tradition of The University of Scranton emphasizes the importance of the Trivium; gathering, evaluating, and disseminating information. Today, computing and communications technology provide the fundamental means of accomplishing this. Our department plays an essential role in the development and delivery of general education and service courses that meet the needs of students in other disciplines.

M.S. Program 

The University of Scranton’s Master of Science degree in Software Engineering (MSSE) is designed to prepare professionals in the field of software development. The program provides instructions and hands-on experience in planning and analysis, design, implementation, and maintenance of computer software and documentation. You will gain experience with computer-aided software engineering (CASE) tools, object-oriented analysis and design, formal methods and models, software reuse techniques, and the role that elegant software engineering plays in the construction of integrated software solutions. Some of your work may be done in cooperation with local firms. The result is a comprehensive, practical foundation that prepares you for a successful career in the growing field of software development.

Curriculum

The MSSE program requires 36 graduate credits, divided as follows:

Fundamentals (12 credits)

  • SE 500 – Mathematics for Software Engineering
  • SE 501 – Introduction to Software Development
  • SE 504 – Formal Methods and Models
  • SE 507 – Requirements Analysis and Software Specification

Advanced courses (18 credits)

  • SE 510 – Principles and Applications of Software Design
  • SE 524 – Software Project Management
  • Four elective courses

Thesis project (6 credits)

  • SE 598 – Project Analysis & Design
  • SE 599 – Project Implementation and Evaluation

Total – 36 credit hours

Please note that certain undergraduate background knowledge may be required, depending on the student’s previous academic training.

Learn more here!

Calling All Accounting Graduates: Help Yourself Succeed!

Taking control of your accounting career progression by developing a plan means you’re actively involved rather than sitting back and reacting to what comes to you. In other words, you can’t just hope everything falls into place, you have to plan and be ready for everything.

This can be started in the following general ways at first. Write down information to:

Assess Yourself

Find out what motivates you and highlight your areas of strength and weakness in regard to your future accounting career. Is there a specific accounting job that allows you to use your strengths while building on your weaker points?

Explore the Possibilities

Research areas of accounting by reading online, talking with current CPAs and those in other accountancy roles. Develop contacts and ask questions. The more information you get, the smoother your path. If possible, volunteer or seek internship opportunities to find out more about the work involved in certain accounting jobs.

Develop Goals – Use all the information gathered about career options for accountants and your self assessment report to come up with goals to guide your career. Accounting career planning depends on well-defined goals. The goals are designed to track progress and note what still needs to be done. If you go off track, you can include changes needed to get moving straight ahead again.

New Skills

Part of setting goals is knowing what skills – and certificates and training – you’ll need. These fall into three broad categories:

  • Developing Technical Skills – Professionals in accounting value technical proficiency, meaning that to rise up the ranks in any organization you will require extra technical skills. From financial reporting to project management, technical skills allow you to become an expert in your chosen field of accountancy and assist colleagues when needed.
  • Improving Communication Skills – Handling a management job requires regular communication with colleagues, junior staff as well as clients. To ensure that you have everyone working as a team you will need to communicate well, through writing or speaking.
  • Building Sales Skills – Even as you work for different companies aim to develop relationships with clients and potential ones as well. These relationships can be harnessed when in need of information about the services being offered or converting potentials to actual clients.

Get Started

Eventually any plan has to start otherwise it’s just theory. Pick a date or an event – graduation for instance. Begin to implement your plan and always move forward but be flexible for change as you learn more.

The steps may be slow for accounting graduates at first and you may have to make adjustments along the way as you learn more. Your career plan does not have to encompass your entire working career in accounting – use 5 or 10 year plans and build them out as you get closer.

Planning Equals Accounting Career Progression Efficiency

Having a plan means you don’t have to second-guess every step you take to advance. Executing your goals is the best way to climb up the career ladder, otherwise it’s just an empty plan. You’ve likely previously heard about the idea of developing a personal career plan, and yes it does take some work. But if you don’t make the effort, you’ll only be frustrated by the slow pace of your career advancement.


Do you think a Master’s degree would be right for you? Check out our Master of Accountancy program.