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Admissions Information

Teacher Education Program Application


The Teacher Education Council will consider applicants stuteach2.jpgfor 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 December 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:

  1. Grade Point Average (GPA)
    The Department of Teacher Education has implemented a new academic requirement for admission to the teacher education programs at Catawba College.  Students entering or re-entering Catawba College in Fall 2014 and beyond are required to have and maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA for admission to teacher education and through the completion of their licensure program. Students who entered Catawba College prior to Fall 2014 are required to have and maintain a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA for admission to teacher education and through the completion of their licensure program.
  2. Completion of at least one education course with a minimum acceptable grade of "C" (equivalent to 2.0). (Undergraduate only)
  3. 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.)
  4. Test Score Requirements                            
    1. PRAXIS I Pre-Professional Skills Test/Computer-Based Test (PPST/CBT) scores which are at or above the State requirements established by the North Carolina Board of Education. This test may be taken by paper and pencil or by computer (Reading – 176, Writing – 173, Mathematics – 173 or a composite score of 522). These scores should be submitted by the end of the sophomore year. Applications and information for the PRAXIS Series are available in the Department of Teacher Education and www.ets.org/praxis. Online practice for PRAXIS I may be accessed through the Learning Express Library at www.nclive.org. Applicants who have a combined SAT score of 1100 or better, or an ACT composite score of 24 or better are exempt from PRAXIS I testing requirements. For applicants who do not have these scores, an applicant with a score of 550 or better SAT score on the mathematics section is exempt from the PRAXIS I math examination (or 24 or better on the ACT-Math), and someone with a 550 or better SAT score on the critical reading section (or 24 or better on the ACT-English) is exempt from the reading and writing PRAXIS I examinations.
    2. Post-baccalaureate students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better from the undergraduate degree are exempt from taking PRAXIS I.
  5. Successful screening for speech proficiency. (Undergraduate only) (Appendix A of handbook)
  6. A completed application to teacher education (Appendix A). This should be submitted to the Teacher Education Council by February 28 of the sophomore year. 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.
               
    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.
             
  7. Purchase of a TaskStream subscription when enrolling in designated upper-level EDUC classes that is to remain active throughout the student teaching semester.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Acceptable Criminal History and Student Discipline File              
    Criminal history and student discipline file checks will be conducted on all candidates who apply for admission to the teacher education programs who have a grade point average of 2.50 or better and passing scores on PRAXIS I. The criminal history checks will reveal if a candidate has a state and/or national criminal history, a record of parole and probation, and/or a record as a sexual offender. Any student who fails to submit to a criminal history check or examination of the student discipline file will not be admitted to the teacher education programs. More information regarding criminal background can be found in the Teacher Education Policies and Procedures Handbook.
  11. Approval by Teacher Education Council

 


Student Teaching Application


Admission to student teaching is not automatic. 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)

Students must meet the following criteria:

  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.50
  • Any speech remediation required must be completed
  • Writing proficiency or the corresponding non-credit skill development course
  • Completion of all methods courses in the major
  • No more than one D in the professional sequence
  • Acceptable Criminal History and Student Discipline Records Check
  • Completion of the Professional Dispositions Survey (second of three surveys distributed via TaskStream)

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)