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School Leadership / Middle and Secondary Teacher Education


Secondary Education Program Requirements


A. Coursework: Candidates complete courses in the following three areas:

  1. General education courses (see college catalog or adviser)
  2. Courses in the major (see college catalog or adviser)
  3. Education Courses:
    ED/EL 220, Introduction to Teaching
    EL 416, Integrating Literacy Strategies Across Content Area
    SD 550, Survey of Exceptionality
                    The PHASE I SEMESTER (9 credit hours)

              ED 334, Classroom Management
              ED 333, Principles of Secondary Education
              ED 332, Educational Psychology

                              The PHASE II SEMESTER (14 credit hours)

              ED 431, Professional Relations of Teachers
              LE 487, Student Teaching

B. Decision Point* 1: Candidates are admitted to secondary teacher education and the Phase I courses when the candidate meets all the criteria listed below prior to the start of the Phase I semester and are in their junior or senior year. Application deadlines are April 15 (for Fall) and November 15 (for Spring).

  1. Meet the minimum scores on either the Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST): (Writing 172; Reading 173; Math 172); or Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP): Reading 57; Math 55; Writing score equivalent to PPST.  All teacher education candidates (including those with degrees) must take these exams, meet these scores, and have them in hand by the Phase I semester's start.
  2. Complete 100 hours of supervised child advocacy service
  3. Submit completed Disclosure Statement
  4. Earn a final grade of “C”  or better in the following courses:

    ED/EL 220 Introduction to Teaching

    MA110 College Algebra (or equivalent)

    EG101 English Composition I

    EG102 English Composition II

    SP101 Public Speaking

    MA 225, Math as a Decision-Making Tool

    Phy211 Developmental Psychology

  5.   Earn a GPA of at least 2.75 in the General Education Core Courses

       6. Maintain an overall GPA of at least 2.50

       7. Have successfully completed 60 hours of college credit

       8. Obtain departmental approval (including, but not limited to, meeting dispositional assessment and

           GPA  requirements)

       9. Complete the application process for Phase I

C. Decision Point* 2: Candidates are admitted to Phase II (Student Teaching) their senior year when they meet all the criteria listed below:

  1. Complete all education courses required before the student teaching semester, earning a final grade of “C” or better in each.
  2. Complete the student teaching application
  3. Obtain 5 recommendations from designated instructors
  4. Obtain departmental approval (including, but not limited to, meeting dispositional assessment and GPA requirements.
  5. Complete the technology requirement (IT325 or equivalent)
  6. Maintain an overall GPA of at least 2.50
  7. Be approved by the Admissions Committee
  8. Submit completed and signed Disclosure Statement
  9. Obtain health clearance

D. Decision Point* 3: Candidates complete Student Teaching when they meet the criteria listed below:

  1. Earn a grade of “C” or better in Student Teaching

E. Decision Point* 4: Candidates will complete their degree and qualify for provisional teacher licensure when they meet all the criteria listed below:

  1. Earn a final grade of "C" or better in ED 831.
  2. Complete all required degree coursework & requirements.
  3. Meet the minimum score on the Principles of Learning and Teaching exam.
  4. Meet the minimum scoree on the content area exam.
  5. Complete application process for licensure

*Decision Points are points at which a decision about continuance or non-continuance in the Teacher Education Program is made for each candidate.