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Teacher Education Program
Admission and Continuation Policies

 

Program Status Categories

  1. Exploratory: Freshmen or sophomore students enrolled in foundations coursework and exploratory field studies and have declared a teacher education program of study as their major.
  2. Professional Studies: A teacher candidate whose professional studies application has been unconditionally approved by the department and who each semester fulfills program requirements. Candidates will spend three semesters developing the requisite entry-level professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions in methods coursework and practica in elementary or secondary classrooms.
  3. Student Teacher: A teacher candidate whose student teaching application has been unconditionally approved by the department and who continues to fulfill program requirements.
  4. Provisional: A professional studies applicant who has been granted conditional admission is classified as having provisional program status. Any teacher candidate with unconditional admittance found having any deficiency in program requirements could be reclassified as having provisional program status. Teacher candidates with provisional status must meet with the department’s lead advisor and will be given one semester to attend to all program requirement deficiencies. Following the semester of provisional status, the candidate will either be reclassified as having unconditional program status if program requirements are met, or the candidate could be required to withdraw if any program requirement deficiency still exists.
     

Program Admission Procedures

  1. Achieve a 2.0 minimum grade point in each of the following courses:  ENG 101, ENG 102, and MAT 270
  2. Successfully complete the requirements for ED 106 Introduction to Education, a course designed for students to explore the teaching profession. Compose a “Why I Want to Teach” essay and submit it to your eportfolio.  Essays lacking standard language conventions or adequate rationale statements may be returned for resubmission (cf. “Why I Want to Teach” Rubric).
  3. Complete the Declaration of Major form at the end of the freshman year or early in the sophomore year. Submission of this form to the Registrar’s Office functions only as a notice of intent to apply for the program and to pursue a teaching license.  Students declaring a teacher education program of study as their major will be assigned a faculty advisor from the teacher education department.
  4. Take a standardized test of basic skills in English and Math and submit passing scores to the teacher education department. The State of Iowa requires teacher candidates to achieve the institution’s passing score on a standardized test of basic academic skills.  Emmaus Bible College administers the University of Missouri’s College Base (C-BASE) Exam on Assessment Day in the spring semester.  Teacher Education majors take the exam in their sophomore year and must achieve a minimum score of 235 on both English and Math tests.
  5. Pass ED 194, ED 294, and ED 295 and achieve a 2.0 minimum grade point in ED 203 and ED 231.
  6. Complete the Department of Teacher Education’s professional studies application in the sophomore spring semester for program admission consideration. Prospective teacher candidates who wait to apply after this time may be required to carry an additional course load, take summer classes, or register for semesters beyond their senior year in order to complete program and/or licensure requirements.  To be certain that necessary pre-requisite courses have been taken and to avoid course scheduling conflicts, students are strongly cautioned to follow their recommended plan of study when registering for courses each semester.

Program Admission Criteria

  1. Successful completion of ED 106 as reported by the Registrar’s office.
  2. “Why I Want to Teach” essay submitted to eportfolio and approved by the Teacher Education Department.
  3. Successful completion of 45 semester hours, to include 6 hours of English and 3 hours of Math with course grades not less than 2.0 as reported by the Registrar’s office.
  4. A cumulative grade point average of not less than 2.5 as reported by the Registrar’s office.
  5. Declaration of Major on file with the Registrar’s office.
  6. Passing English and math scores on a standardized basic academic skills exam on file with the Teacher Education department (235 on C-Base; 270 on Praxis 2)
  7. Demonstration of a “working” knowledge of teacher candidate standards for Iowa licensure in ED 106, ED 203, ED 231, & PSY 254 course-based competencies.
  8. Successful completion and eportfolio documentation on file with the Teacher Education Department of a minimum of 25 hours total in ED 194, 294 and 295 exploratory field studies.
  9. Demonstration of professional behaviors such as punctuality, responsibility, initiative in scheduling appointments, good advance notification and communication skills, and appropriate choices for field studies attire.
  10. Consistent demonstration of Christian character as articulated in the Student Handbook.
  11. Professional Studies Application submitted to and approved by a simple majority in the Teacher Education Department.
  12. If a prospective teacher candidate demonstrates an aptitude for the teaching profession but is deficient in any of the admission procedures and/or criteria, a provisional status may be granted on a case-by-case basis. The student will be informed in writing of any procedural or criteria deficiencies, conditions, and time frame for gaining unconditional admission to the program.
     

Program Continuation Criteria for Teacher Candidates

  1. Maintain a 2.5 minimum cumulative grade point average.
  2. Maintain a 2.5 minimum cumulative grade point average for all teacher education professional coursework.
  3. Successfully complete the field studies and practica course requirements detailed in the clinical experiences section of the program handbook and in course syllabi.
  4. Demonstrate satisfactory performance in all course-embedded licensure competencies that measure the candidate’s professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions (cf. professional studies syllabi and program handbook for licensure competency standards).
  5. Demonstration of consistent Christian character as articulated in the Student Handbook.

Program Admission or Continuation Notification and Appeal Process

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.

Transfer Credits

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

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.

Student Teaching Application Procedures

  1. Submit an application to the Student Teaching Supervisor when registering for senior methods coursework in the spring semester of the junior year.
  2. The applicant’s transcripts on file with the Registrar’s Office will be reviewed to determine if required coursework is complete or near completion.
  3. The teacher education program director and faculty will review the application.
  4. The student teaching supervisor will notify the applicant of the department’s approval and prospective year-long placement.
  5. Approved applicants desiring an out-of-state or international placement should complete UNI’s student teaching placement and supervision program application and submit it with the required deposit payable to UNI before the application deadline.
     

Student Teaching Admission Requirements

  1. Classified as having full program status
  2. Completion of a minimum of 90 credit hours with a 2.5 minimum cumulative grade point average
  3. A minimum grade of 2.0 in or satisfactory progress toward completion of all teaching methods coursework.
  4. Successful completion of ED 395 Practicum 1 and ED 495 Practicum 2.
  5. Demonstrate mastery of all course-embedded licensure competencies that measure the candidate’s professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions in an electronic portfolio (cf. professional studies syllabi and program handbook for licensure competency standards and portfolio procedures)
  6. Consistent demonstration of professional behaviors such as punctuality, responsibility, initiative in scheduling appointments, excellent advance notification and communication skills, and appropriate choices for field studies attire.
  7. Consistent demonstration of Christian character as articulated in the Student Handbook.
  8. Business Office notification that the applicant’s financial obligations to the college have been met or acceptable arrangements have been made.
  9. Submit Application for Student Teaching to the student teaching supervisor by the spring semester deadline.
  10. Teacher education faculty recommendation by a super majority.

Program Completion Requirements

  1. A 2.5 minimum cumulative grade point average for coursework in the teacher education professional core.
  2. A 2.5 minimum grade point average for elementary education professional studies coursework and for secondary education content area coursework.
  3. 3.0 minimum grade point for  ED 490-497 Student Teaching
  4. Candidates seeking the K-6 Classroom teacher endorsement are required to attain the Iowa Department of Education qualifying score of 151 on the Praxis 2 Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment: Content Knowledge (10011) test or a score of 142 on the Praxis 2 Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (10014) test in order to complete the program and receive licensure recommendation.
  5. Business Office notification that the student’s financial obligations to the college have been met.
  6. Professional Portfolio demonstrating mastery of all licensure competencies that measure the candidate’s professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions (cf. program handbook for licensure competency standards and portfolio procedures)
  7. Exit interview with Teacher Education faculty.
  8. Focus group participation for program assessment.
  9. Completion of general graduation requirements.
     

State of Iowa Requirements for Teacher Licensure

Applicants must complete the following requirements to be recommended for an initial teaching endorsement  from the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners:

  1. Submitted an application for Iowa Licensure to the Teacher Education Department during the semester of Student Teaching.
  2. Paid the Iowa license fee
  3. Paid the FBI background check and fingerprinting fee and submitted accompanying documents to the Teacher Education Department.
  4. A 2.5 minimum cumulative grade point average.
  5. A 2.5 minimum cumulative grade point average for coursework in the teacher education professional core.
  6. A 2.0 minimum grade point in college English and Math courses.
  7. A 2.0 minimum grade point for each course required for each teaching endorsement recommendation.
  8. Successful completion of all program requirements verified by a transcript.
  9. Completion of general graduation requirements.
  10. All program completion requirements met.
  11. Received the recommendation of the licensure officer in the teacher education program.