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Admission to Teacher Education

Admission to the teacher education program is a procedural step for students majoring in education. Applications must be made by the second semester of the sophomore year and no later than the first semester of the junior year through the department chair of the major area. Prior to admission to teacher education, a student may not enroll in advanced specialty area courses (methods).
The categories and criteria for admission are:

Traditional Students (Degree Seeker) a student pursuing a four year degree
  • Completion of the University College Core Curriculum and EDUC 211
  • A grade point average of 2.50 or above
  • Must take and pass the PRAXIS CORE ACADEMIC SKILLS FOR EDUCATORS TEST with the following scores -  Reading (156), Writing (162) and Math (150). 
  • Submission of Teacher Education Application to include the clearance form and personal security data (background check form) 
  • Verification of health status by the university physician
  • An acceptable deportment rating, officially verified by the Director of Residence Life
  • Have been recommended to and approved by the Teacher Education Committee through the department chair of the area through which licensure is sought.
  • Have undergone an interview as outlined by their major department. 
Licensure-Only Students (Degreed) a post-baccalaureate degree student pursuing an initial license
  • Completion of EDUC 211
  • A grade point average of 2.50 or above
  • Submission of Teacher Education Application
  • Verification of health status by the university physician
  • An acceptable deportment rating, officially verified by the Director of Residence Life
  • Personal Security Data Form (Background  Check)
  • Have been recommended to and approved by the Teacher Education Committee through the department chair of the area through which licensure is sought.
  • Have undergone an interview as outlined by their major department. 
Lateral Entry (Employed in a school) a provisional or temporary license holder pursuing a clear initial license
  • Students must provide the following documents to the Office of Teacher Education.
  • Copy of transcript showing degree earned
  • Employment Contract
  • Copy of  license applied for by employing agency
  • Copy of PRAXIS II test scores

Upon submission of these documents, a Program Evaluation Plan (PEP) will be developed and mailed to the student. The PEP shows specialty area courses, education courses, and testing requirements needed to obtain an initial license.

Lateral Entry students must make application to Teacher Education before being permitted to take the upper level education courses.

Note:  Students seeking licensure through the Regional Alternative Licensing Center must:

  • Enroll in the University (Completion of Admissions packet)
  • Contact the Office of Teacher Education for procedures to enroll in education courses
M.Ed., MAT, & NC Teach Candidates
  • Enroll in the University
  • Satisfy admission requirements for respective program
  • Presented to the Teacher Education Committee as a cohort

DEADLINES

If you are admitted to Teacher Education* You should apply for Student Teaching Your Student Teaching can occur
January 2014 By June 2014 Spring 2015
August 2014 By December 2014 Fall 2015
January 2015 By June 2015 Spring 2016
August 2015 By December 2015 Fall 2016

*Admission to Teacher Education must occur before you can apply for Student Teaching.

Effective July 1, 2014:  All students must take and pass the new Core Test: Core Academic Skills for Educators in Reading (5712), Writing (5722) and Mathematics (5732).  

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