Credentials and Portfolios
During your job search, a school district may ask for your credentials and portfolio. What they are looking for is the documentation and evidence of professional knowledge and practice in the categories of:
- Planning and Preparation
- Classroom Environment
- Instructional Delivery
- Intellectual Growth and Diversity
At Keystone, we require that you begin preparing your credentials and portfolio early on in order to become formally accepted into the education program, and before you can begin taking 3000-4000 level classes.
Keep your credentials and portfolio online! Keystone College uses Live Text which provides a secure storage place for your credentials and portfolio. For a moderate fee, you can use the Live Text portfolio preparation tool for electronically developing, managing, storing and assessing the work that will be used while preparing to become a teacher.
“Must Have” Documentation
Your credential portfolio must contain the following items and be submitted via Live Text. INCOMPLETE PORTFOLIOS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
1. Current Resume
You will need to develop your resume in collaboration with Keystone College Career Services, located on the main floor of the Miller Library. Please include your resume and the “Resume Review Acknowledgement Form” in your portfolio. Please note that Career Services requires you to arrange a resume review appointment at least one month prior to date resume needed.
- Current criminal history clearance
- Current child abuse clearance
- Current FBI clearance
- Current First Aid and CPR certification
- Health appraisal, including evidence of current negative TB test
- Two current letters of recommendation signed and on letterhead; one must be from a Keystone College Education Program faculty member OR two completed skills and disposition checklist forms from Education faculty are acceptable.
- A copy of current transcript information, including latest GPA. You must show evidence of a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Evidence of professional membership (PSEA, NAEYC, CIC).
- Passing PAPA scores.
- Evidence of all completed field observation hours.
- Samples of completed field assignments.
- Art Education students should submit samples of artwork.
4. The Most Important Qualities of an Outstanding Educator
- Explain your philosophy about “The Most Important Qualities of an Outstanding Educator” in no more than two pages. What do you believe are the most important qualities and why? You may share an anecdote, inspirational quote or your metaphor for teaching to complement your philosophy.
- Assess your strengths, areas for improvement and goals for continued growth as a teacher.
- Reflect upon your ability to work effectively with other members of a teaching team, other colleagues, students, parents, and the community.