If you intend to teach in secondary education (grades 7-12), you need to be officially admitted into ESU's teacher education program. The formal process is called screening. To prepare, complete the directions.

  • Undergraduates: After you have completed credits 48–60 credits of coursework you must screen to take upper-level courses.
  • Graduate - Post Baccalaureate: The timing of screening will vary depending on your goals. Please meet with your adviser to establish your timeline.

All PSED Screening Requirements that comply timelines include: submitted Intent to Screen Form; completed 48 credits or more; 5-7 products with reflection that align to the BEO’s; clearances without infractions; writing prompt; TK20 self-assessment disposition; digital organization of materials and passing a professional interview.

Summer 2021 Dates

  • Complete the Intent to Screen Form
  • There will select dates in the summer. Please email Dr. Sockman bsockman@esu.edu to determine the following:
    • when to complete an application and upload your clearances into TK20
    • when to send digital access to your writing prompt, products, reflections and BEO’s 3 days before your interview
    • arrange a screening interview

Major Steps in the Process

  • Advising & Courses
    Meet with your PSED adviser to establish the optimal time to screen. Undergraduates take the entry-level courses, 48–60 credits, maintain a 3.0 QPA, and completed the basic English & math courses. Graduate students meet with your advisor to determine the optimal time.
  • Pass Basic Skills Requirements

    The Basic Skills requirement could be met the following ways: SAT/ACT; Praxis Core, Pappa; or through ESU course:

    • Math alternative = MATH 105 & 205 with a B or better from ESU
    • Reading alternative = ENG 274 with a B or better from ESU
    • Writing alternative = ENG 104 & MATH 205 with a B or better from ESU

    Here is Basic Skills Worksheet to determine the path best for you.

    Testing Requirements - Video of Composite Score Calculator

  • Sign up to Screen
    By the due date, complete the Intent to Screen Form the semester you plan to screen.
  • TK20

    By the due date, upload your clearances, transcript, and proof of basic skills completion to TK20.

    Complete your Dispositions self assessment.

    TK 20 - Dispositions Directions - Video of TK20

    Create a Screening APPLICATION on TK20 Video TK20 Application Directions

  • Clearances

    Clearances are valid for 1 year. Upload clearances to TK20 in your TK20 Application. Directions are above in TK20.

    Information about all clearances can be found on the Field Experience Website. If you are only screening, you only need the three clearances listed below:

    • Act 34 - PA Criminal Background Clearance (also called PATCH) - free
    • Act 151 - Child Abuse History Clearance Certificate - free if choosing volunteer
    • FBI Rap sheet
  • Document Preparation
  • Screening Appointment

    Screening takes place during October, April, June and July. Times will be posted on the PSED bulletin board and in Warrior Notes. The PSED Secretary will email you if you are eligible on the way to make an appointment with a professor.

    Submit Writing and Projects: Please send your assigned professor the writing prompt and projects. All should be digital. Sharing can be done in email attachments or hyperlinks:

    • Present a slide summary of artifacts and learning you have in your physical portfolio.


    • Have all your artifacts in an online portfolio or online folder and share them with the professor interviewing you. Please do not put any confidential information in a web portfolio.

    Your appointment: This is the time to show that you are ready to become a professional educator. You will be interviewed by PSED faculty. Video of what to expect


After PSED screening, your name will be submitted to ESU's Teacher Education Council who will determine if you have met requirements. After approval, you will be officially welcomed into teacher preparation and receive a letter from the Dean of the College of Education. Retain the letter for your records. The process ensures that we are meeting Pennsylvania Department of Education teacher education requirements.

We look forward to learning about your preparation to educate our future!

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Sockman with the subject Screening.

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For additional information regarding the programs offered in the Professional & Secondary Education department, please contact the secretary at ccooper12@esu.edu

Contact Information

Campus Address
Stroud Hall 209
(570) 422-3363
(570) 422-3942 (Fax)
Title of Department Leader
Department Chair
Beth Sockman
(570) 422-3621