Accreditation and Licensure All teacher education programs at Gannon University are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Upon successful completion of all program requirements, Gannon University recommends candidates to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the Instructional I teaching certificate. In compliance with Pennsylvania Law, Act 354, all individuals entering School of Education programs must have and maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or greater. All individuals seeking teacher certification in Pennsylvania must fulfill the requirements of the University for the Baccalaureate Degree as well as the professional education requirements of the School of Education. Teacher candidates must also achieve passing scores, as determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), on the required Praxis Teacher Examinations. The process and requirements for teacher certification are described in the Gannon University Teacher Certification Handbook as well as this catalog. To obtain specific information about certification in other states, teacher candidates should review information online at each state's Department of Education web site. Please note that current Pennsylvania Department of Education standards and regulations take precedence over any information described in this document. Should these standards and regulations change, Gannon will change its requirements. Teacher candidates will be responsible for meeting the new guidelines for certification. Please refer to the PDE web site at http://www.pde.state.pa.us for changes in regulations.