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College of Education & Social Work

Candidate Services – Teacher Candidacy (Formerly known as FATE)

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College of Education & Social Work

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West Chester, PA 19383

General Information: 610-436-2321

Candidate Services: 610-436-2999
Certification Information: 610-436-2321
Clearances: 610-436-2999
Clinical Experiences: 610-436-3090
Deans Office: 610-436-2321
Professional Testing Center: 610-436-2413




Teacher Candidacy is the written process that confirms your intent to pursue teacher certification at West Chester University in a teacher education program. Access to designated advanced professional education courses is restricted to teacher candidates who have applied and received the "milestone" of Teacher Candidacy on their transcript of EDF030U or EDF030G.

Undergraduate Students


  • Enrolled in a program leading to teacher certification or educational specialist
  • Earned a minimum of 48 credits at the college level (100 level or above)
  • Earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8
  • Earned 3 credits in college-level English composition
  • Earned 3 credits in literature taught in English
  • Earned 6 credits in college-level mathematics
  • Achieved passing scores as established by the PA Department of Education on the Basic Skills tests. Use the PDE Calculator to determine whether your scores meet the Basic Skills requirement.
  • Received the recommendation of your major department (signature of your advisor)
  • Met the Community Service Experience requirement (only early grades, middle grades, and special education/dual majors)
  • Completed the Declaration of Academic Content Area Concentrations (only middle grades preparation majors)
  • If applicable, met any additional program specific requirements. Honors students can use the completion of HON 212, HON 313, and HON 352 for three credits of English compostion, three credits of English literature, and a math course.

Application Process

  • Obtain and complete the Teacher Candidacy application. Download the appropriate form below, or receive an application in your program's department office or the Office of Candidate Services.
  • Attach the required documentation listed at the top of the application.
  • Obtain your advisor's signature on the application. Note: Students in a secondary education program must obtain signatures from both the content area advisor and the secondary education advisor. Special Education dual majors must obtain both advisors' signatures.
  • Submit the application and attachments to the Office of Candidate Services, Wayne Hall Suite 107, 125 W. Rosedale Avenue.


Post-Baccalaureate Certification Students


  • Baccalaureate graduate from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Minimum GPA of 2.8 on most recent 48 credits of college/university coursework
  • Admission to a WCU program leading to a Pennsylvania Department of Education certification
  • Department approval (Signature from program coordinator on APS; Departments may have additional and/or more rigorous requirements for their students.)

Application Process

NOTE: Incomplete applications will not be processed or returned.

How do I check my Teacher Candidacy status?

  • Verify your Teacher Candidacy status by logging in to MyWCU, viewing your unofficial transcript, and scrolling to the bottom of the transcript. Under the milestone section, the Teacher Candidacy milestone will appear as EDF030U or EDF030G: Teacher Candidacy.
  • Undergraduate Students: If at any time your cumulative GPA falls below 2.8, Teacher Candidacy will be removed from your record and you will be denied access to designated advanced professional education courses. Notify by email Judith MacDonald, Associate Director, Candidate Services, Wayne Hall, Suite 107, to have your Teacher Candidacy status reinstated once you have earned a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA again.

Candidate Services

Suite 107, Wayne Hall
125 W. Rosedale Avenue
West Chester, PA, 19383 
Fax: 610-436-2874

Judith MacDonald, M.A. 
Associate Director

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Paul Whalen, M.A. 
Academic Coordinator 

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Denise Meikle 
Administrative Assistant 

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