Professional studies applicants and teacher candidates who believe that the department’s admission denial, provisional status, or program withdrawal decisions are unfair may appeal the decision in writing to the teacher education department chair within twenty-one days of notification. The written appeal should address specific reasons as to why the decision is deemed unfair and any supporting documentation (if any) should be attached.
Within seven days of receipt of the written appeal, a pro tem admissions appeal committee consisting of the teacher education department chair, two faculty members, and the Vice President/Dean for Student Development acting as an advocate for the student, will meet to review the documentation. The committee’s decision is final and will be communicated in writing within forty-eight hours of the committee meeting.
The Registrar and the Teacher Education department’s lead advisor evaluate academic transcripts from regionally accredited institutions and transfer credits are granted on a case-by-case basis. Courses utilized by the program to assess a teacher candidate’s licensure competencies must be taken at Emmaus and will not be transferred.
Admission to student teaching is a prerequisite for student teaching enrollment and teacher candidates should apply at the end of their junior year. Student teaching is primarily offered in the spring semester and candidates may be placed either in a public or private school for a minimum fourteen-week experience. Teacher candidates should make the necessary preparations for student teaching to be their primary activity during the semester.
The Teacher Education department makes all student teaching placements. Although teacher candidates are asked to provide input into their placements, they should not make personal arrangements because the teacher education department will not honor them. A range of options exists from a split placement in area schools to a semester-long international placement through UNI’s overseas student teaching placement program.
Approved student teaching applicants who desire an out-of state or international placement must apply to UNI’s program and submit their application by the deadline (usually at the beginning of the semester prior to student teaching) with the required deposit payable to UNI.
Applicants must complete the following requirements to be recommended for an initial teaching endorsement from the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners:
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