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admission to teacher education
The Teacher Education Committee admits and monitors Teacher Education Program progression on the basis of established criteria. Admission to the University as a student does not automatically satisfy eligibility requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program. Eligibility for admission to the Teacher Education Program is determined by regulations current at the time initial application is made for admission into the program.
To be eligible for admission to the undergraduate Teacher Education Program an individual must have:
complete a Candidate for Professional Licensure Form (CPL). Forms are available in the SOE Licensure Office or online.
Students should apply for admission to the undergraduate Teacher Education Program as soon as they are eligible, usually during the second semester of the sophomore year or first semester of the junior year.
Applications are available online or in the Licensure Office. After the signed application has been returned to the School of Education, the School of Education Licensure Officer verifies Praxis I scores, the grade in EPC 2020 AND EPC 2040, overall GPA, General Education requirements, and courses in which grades lower than C- were earned.
After verification and endorsements have been obtained, the names of all applicants meeting admission requirements are presented to the Teacher Education Committee for approval. Each student who applies for admission to the undergraduate Teacher Education Program receives written notification from the Dean of the School of Education of the approval or disapproval of the application by the Teacher Education Committee. A student is not considered admitted to the Teacher Education Program until such notification is made. Students are not allowed to enroll in certain courses until they have been formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program.
All applicants to the Teacher Education Program must satisfactorily complete an admission interview. Interviews, scheduled during designated periods each semester, are conducted by the respective program coordinator and other faculty in each program area. The admissions interview is focused on essential professional dispositions for public school teachers. The interviewee receives a copy of the dispositions in EPC 2020 AND EPC 2040 for use in preparation for the admissions interview. The applicant is approved or disapproved, in part, for admission on the basis of the interview. Faculty interviewers complete and sign the admission interview section of the Application for Admission to Teacher Education Program. The student returns the completed application to the Licensure Office.
State law requires that an undergraduate student seeking a degree in teacher education must attain passing scores on a pre-professional skills test prior to admission to an approved teacher education program in a North Carolina college or university. Students seeking admission to the Teacher Education Program must satisfactorily complete the Praxis I Series, which includes subtests in reading, writing, and mathematics, or achieve the state established scores on the SAT or the ACT that allow individuals to be exempt from Praxis I testing requirements. Students must meet the required scores in effect at the time they apply to and qualify for admission to the Teacher Education Program. The School of Education must receive an official copy of the scores before the student may be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Student copies of scores are not acceptable.
or a Composite Score of 522
Exceptions to the Praxis I Testing Requirements are detailed below:
Students with a total SAT score of 1100 are exempt from Praxis I testing requirements.
Students with a total SAT score of less 1100 but a score of at least 550 on the Verbal test are exempt from the Preprofessional Skills Tests in Reading and Writing.
Students with a total SAT score of less 1100 but a score of at least 550 on the Math test are exempt from the Preprofessional Skills Tests in Mathematics.
Students with a composite ACT score of 24 are exempt from the Praxis I testing requirements.
Students with a composite ACT score of less than 24, but a score of at least 24 on the English test are exempt from the Preprofessional Skills Tests in Reading and Writing.
Students with a composite ACT score of less than 24, but a score of at least 24 on the Math test are exempt from the Preprofessional Skills Tests in Mathematics.
More information on the PRAXIS I requirement is available on the ETS website.
Continuation in Teacher Education Program
If a candidate earns a course grade lower than "C-" in an essential standards, educator preparation core, or content pedagogy course; if a candidate's quality point average falls below a 2.5; or if a candidate's application for admission to the Professional Semester of the Teacher Education Program is disapproved for any reason, the candidate is suspended from the Teacher Education Program. Candidates suspended from the program may not continue to progress in the program until the deficiencies are corrected. Required essential standards, educator preparation core, or content pedagogy courses in which a grade lower than a "C-" was earned must be repeated and a grade of "C" (2.0) or better must be earned. Upon correction of the deficiencies, candidates suspended from the program must request reinstatement in writing from the School of Education.
Updated: Thursday, September 15, 2011
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