Teacher Education Program Application
The Teacher Education Council will consider applicants for admission to undergraduate licensure programs three times a year; January, May and August. To be considered for admission in January, all information must be in by November 1, for May by February 28, and for August by August 5.
Students seeking admission to the teacher education programs must meet the following requirements:
- Grade Point Average (GPA)
Students entering Catawba College under the 2014-2015 Catawba College catalog must have a 2.75 GPA for admission to the teacher education programs. Students entering Catawba College prior to 2014-2015 must have a 2.50 GPA for admission to the teacher education programs.
Transfer students must have a 2.75 (effective for students entering Catawba in 2014-2015) GPA on a minimum of 12 semester hours of work completed at Catawba College for admission to the teacher education programs. However, transfer students with a 2.75 or better GPA from their previous institution may request that they be allowed to proceed with coursework that requires permission of the Teacher Education Council. Formal admission would then take place once a minimum 2.75 GPA has been established at Catawba College and other admission requirements have been met.
A post-baccalaureate student may be admitted to the teacher education programs at Catawba College based on a 2.75 GPA on undergraduate work and appropriate test score requirements as noted in number 4 below (effective for students requesting admission beginning in 2014-2015).
Completion of at least one education course with a minimum acceptable grade of “C” (equivalent to 2.0). (Undergraduate only)
Declaration of intent to pursue an education major or minor. (Undergraduate only – This should occur in the freshman or sophomore year, or as soon as possible, and filed with the Registrar's Office.)
- Test Score Requirements
- The PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators tests are required for admission to teacher education. The required scores for the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators tests are Reading – 156, Writing – 162, Mathematics – 150, or a composite score of 468. Passing scores should be submitted by the end of the sophomore year. Information for the PRAXIS Series are available in the Department of Teacher Education and on the ETS website (www.ets.org/praxis).
- Applicants who have a combined SAT score of 1100 or better, or an ACT composite score of 24 or better are exempt from PRAXIS Core testing requirements. For applicants who do not have these scores, an applicant with a 550 or better SAT score on the mathematics section is exempt from the PRAXIS Core mathematics examination (or 24 or better on the ACT-Math), and an applicant with a 550 or better SAT score on the verbal section (or 24 or better on the ACT-English) is exempt from the reading and writing PRAXIS Core examinations.
- Post-baccalaureate students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better from the undergraduate degree are exempt from taking PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators testing requirements.
- Successful screening for speech proficiency (completed during EDUC 2000; Undergraduate only) (Appendix A)
- A completed application to teacher education (Appendix A). This should be submitted to the Teacher Education Council by February 28 of the sophomore year or at the beginning of the semester in which the applicant will accrue approximately 60 semester hours. The application form may be obtained from the Department of Teacher Education. Students will be responsible for completing Section 1 of the form and for obtaining the recommendation of the department as specified in Section 2.
Students who ae admitted to teacher education must take the designated licensure exam(s) prior to admission to student teaching. Students may be denied admission to student teaching if the designated licensure exam(s) is (are) not passed prior to admission.
Purchase of a Taskstream subscription when enrolling in designated upper-level EDUC classes that is to remain active throughout the student teaching semester.
Completion of the Professional Dispositions Survey (first of three surveys distributed via Taskstream). The teacher education faculty agrees that values and valuing comprise an essential element of our programs and believe that competent teachers possess and demonstrate a positive disposition toward self, others, and the profession. At three points during the teacher education program, students are to complete a self-assessment of professional dispositions. Students are to consider each statement on the survey and rate themselves at each stage of the program.
The teacher education faculty will review each applicant prior to making a recommendation to the Teacher Education Council. The teacher education faculty reserves the right to interview an applicant or request additional information based on concerns expressed by any member of the faculty.
Acceptable Criminal History and Student Discipline File
Student Teaching Application
A separate application to student teach must be filed with the Department of Teacher Education. Students in the day program will submit an application between January 15 and February 28 preceding the planned student teaching year. Students in the evening program will submit an application no later than one semester prior to planned student teaching. (Appendix A)
Admission to student teaching is not automatic. Students may be denied if designated licensure exams are not passed prior to student teaching. The Teacher Education Council considers a variety of factors while making admission decision to student teaching including grade point average, advisor recommendation, criminal background check, and applicant performance on standardized tests.
Students must meet the following criteria:
- The required overall academic GPA
- Any speech remediation required must be completed
- Completion of all methods courses in the major
- No more than one D in the professional sequence
- The designated licensure exam(s) must be taken. Students may be denied if the designated licensure exam(s) is (are) not passed prior to student teaching.
- Acceptable Criminal History and Student Discipline Records Check (Note: Some school districts require the completion of an additional criminal history prior to entrance into student teaching.)
- Completion of the Professional Dispositions Survey (second of three surveys distributed via Taskstream) (See Section III, A, #8)
Any student admitted to student teaching must continue to have an acceptable record in the Catawba College student discipline file as well as an acceptable criminal background history. Students are required to report immediately to the Chair of the Department of Teacher Education any changes to their discipline file and/or criminal background history. Any conviction of the offenses listed in GS 115C-332 will result in the student being removed from the program. Other infractions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
The Handbook for Supervision of Field Experiences outlines the procedures and responsibilities of the student, cooperating teacher, and college supervisor. (Appendix C)