Undergraduate Teacher Licensure
All graduates of Catawba College who meet the requirements established by the College and approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education will be recommended for the appropriate North Carolina teaching license. (Post-baccalaureate students will be recommended for licensure by the Department of Teacher Education upon completion of equivalent requirements as outlined in a personalized plan of study.) All persons seeking licensure should confer with the Department of Teacher Education.
The following procedures are required for completion of the teacher education programs at Catawba College:
- Freshman Year
Indicate an interest in teacher education by contacting a member of the Department of Teacher Education.
- Sophomore Year
- Complete EDUC 2000
- Take PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators and obtain accept able scores by April.
- Apply and be admitted to a teacher education program. The application should be submitted to the Department of Teacher Education at the beginning of the semester in which the applicant will accrue approximately 60 semester hours. Please note that an active Taskstream account is necessary upon admission and must be maintained until program completion. Requirements include a recommendation by the major academic department, the required overall academic average, required scores on the PRAXIS or appropriate SAT scores exempting some or all PRAXIS testing requirements, an acceptable record in the college student discipline file, and an acceptable criminal background history. These requirements must be satisfied before a student is allowed to enter education courses requiring permission of the Teacher Education Council. Specific requirements for admission to teacher education can be found on the Catawba College’s teacher education webpages.
- Junior Year
- Complete designated junior year professional sequence.
- Maintain the required overall academic average with no more than one D in the professional sequence.
- Maintain an acceptable record in the Catawba College student discipline file as well as an acceptable criminal background history.
- Take appropriate specialty area tests required for licensure in North Carolina. Consult with the Department of Teacher Education regarding testing requirements.
- Apply and be admitted to student teaching. Application for admission to student teaching must be made between January 15 and February 28 of the year before the student teaching is to take place. Student teaching for some licensure areas is offered in the Fall semester only. Any student who plans to student teach should check with the Department of Teacher Education to be certain when student teaching will be offered for a particular specialization.
- Senior Year
- Enroll in student teaching and EDUC 4500 Professional Leadership Seminar.
- Take tests required for licensure in North Carolina. Consult with the Department of Teacher Education regarding testing requirements.
- Complete an electronic professional portfolio.
Teacher licensure requirements (e.g., student teaching) may be in addition to graduation requirements. Candidates must complete the licensure program with the required overall academic average in order to be recommended for a North Carolina teaching license. Certain course selections from the college distribution requirements may be used to meet licensure requirements. In order that such requirements can be met, all programs leading to secondary or special subjects licensure should be planned jointly with the major department and the Department of Teacher Education. North Carolina licensure requirements mandate the achievement of a specified minimum score on the appropriate specialty area tests. Current minimum scores are available upon request. Because of formal reciprocity agreements with other states, a person who completes the requirements for a North Carolina teacher’s license may be granted the corresponding licensure in other states. Students are responsible for checking the specific requirements for licensure in states outside of North Carolina.
A person holding a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution who wishes to prepare for a teaching license must apply through undergraduate admissions. A licensure program will be developed following evaluation of the individual's transcript. A letter of agreement will be issued specifying courses needed in order for the individual to complete Catawba College's state-approved program in the desired area of licensure. Graduates who enroll as post-baccalaureate students are eligible for reduced tuition. For more specific information contact the Department of Teacher Education.
Alternative Licensure / Lateral Entry Teachers
Lateral entry teachers employed in the North Carolina public schools should contact the Office of Personnel in the local school district about the service of the Regional Alternative Licensure Center (RALC). The RALC will develop a plan of study which outlines the coursework a lateral entry teacher must complete in partial fulfillment of the requirements for an alternative teaching license. Catawba College offers a limited number of courses which may satisfy these requirements. For more information, please contact the Dean of the Goodman School of Education.
Undergraduate Education Major
Completion of the major program in Education along with early field experience and student teaching meets basic licensure requirements in North Carolina in Elementary (K-6), Middle School (grades 6-9), or Special Education: General Curriculum (grades K-12) depending on the track which the student chooses. The Middle School license requires specialization in one area selected from Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies. A major in Special Education requires a concentration in Elementary or Middle/High School.
Programs approved for licensure in Secondary Education (9-12) include Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Comprehensive Science, and Comprehensive Social Studies. Licensure programs in each of these areas share a common core of professional course requirements. These are met by completing the minor in Secondary Education. Applied practice, which includes early field experiences assigned as a part of the professional course sequence and student teaching, must be completed in a satisfactory manner, also. The licensure programs in Science and Social Studies typically require an additional 1-2 semesters of coursework.
Special Subject Areas
Programs approved for licensure in Special Subject Areas (K-12) include Health and Physical Education, Music Education, Spanish Education, and Theatre Education. Licensure programs in each of these areas share a common core of professional course requirements. These are met by completing the minor in Special Subject Areas. Applied practice, which includes early field experiences assigned as part of the professional course sequence and student teaching, must be completed in a satisfactory manner.
In addition to primary fields of licensure, a program leading to add-on licensure in the second field of Reading (K-12) is offered.
Criminal Background Check
All candidates must successfully complete a criminal background check before being admitted into any teacher education program. Furthermore, all candidates must maintain an acceptable criminal background and Catawba College student discipline file throughout the program. Details are provided in the Department of Teacher Education Policies and Procedures Handbook. An additional criminal background is required by several school systems within our contiguous area, which must be completed prior to final approval and placement for student teaching. Student teachers affected by this policy will be notified.