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Becoming a Licensed Teacher

Students interested in becoming teachers should contact the Department of Education to meet with the Chair to discuss program requirements. All students seeking licensure must be formally admitted to the Teacher Preparation Program. Admission requires:

  • A completed application form
  • A Statement of Intent
  • An official score report for Praxis I or its equivalent
  • Evidence of a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.70

Upon admission, students engage in a series of professional courses and field experiences that serve as the foundation of their program. These include:

  • Professional Courses: Foundations of Education, Diverse Learners and Environments, Introduction to Instructional Technology and Classroom and Behavior Management
  • Field Experience: Integrated course-related practica and observation experiences
  • Program-Specific Courses: Courses vary depending on the level and area of endorsement
  • Student Teaching: Fifteen weeks of full-time experience in local school divisions
  • Student Teaching Seminar

All formally accepted students must maintain a grade point average of 3.00 in education and a cumulative grade point average of 2.70 to remain in the program and be eligible for student teaching. No more than one grade of C is allowed in education coursework. Therefore, students who earn more than one grade of C in education courses must repeat those courses and earn higher grades or they will not be permitted to remain in the program.

Students wishing to apply for licensure must complete the requirements for the minor, student teaching, the student teaching seminar, and any additional courses required for subject area endorsements.