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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 who have declared a teacher education program of study as their major. 
  2. Professional Studies: A teacher candidate whose program application has been unconditionally approved by the department and who each semester continues to fulfill program requirements. Candidates will spend three semesters developing the requisite entry-level professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions in methods coursework and clinical experiences 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 program or student teaching applicant who has been granted conditional admission is classified as having provisional program status. Any professional studies or student teaching student found having any deficiency in program continuation requirements could be reclassified to provisional program status. Teacher candidates with provisional status must meet with their assigned academic advisor in the TED 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 will be required to withdraw if program requirements have not been met.

Program Admission Procedures

  1. Complete the Declaration of Major form in the freshman year or no later than fall semester of 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 an academic advisor from the TED faculty. 
  2. Achieve a 2.0 minimum grade point for six semester hours of English coursework and three semester hours of mathematics coursework. 
  3. Achieve a 2.0 minimum grade point for ED 106 Introduction to Education, a course designed for students to explore the teaching profession. 
  4. Successfully complete ED 194 Field Studies and ED 295 Field Studies (All field study placements are arranged by the Clinical Experiences Director. A teacher candidate is not permitted to make personal arrangements for field studies unless the Clinical Experiences Director asks her/him to do so.)
  5. Applicants to the Elementary Education Program must achieve a 2.0 minimum grade point in ED 203 Children’s Literature and pass ED 294 Field Studies. 
  6. Take a standardized test of basic skills in English (including an essay) and Math. The State of Iowa requires passing scores for admission to a teacher preparation program and Emmaus offers two options: 
    1.  Option #1 - Achieve a minimum score of 235 on both the English (includes an essay) and math subject tests from College base. Emmaus offers this exam free of charge to sophomores in teacher education and to juniors in the other professional studies programs on Assessment Day in the spring semester. C-Base score reports are sent to Emmaus and to each examinee during the summer break. 
    2. Option #2 – Program applicants who do not achieve the required minimum scores on the CBase exam are allowed one retest opportunity for program admission consideration. Register for the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test #5571 prior to the beginning of the fall semester of your junior year. Each candidate must have passing scores on file in the Teacher Education Department to receive admission to the program. Official score reports from ETS must be requested the day of the exam – our institution code is 1215. Conditional admittance and testing exceptions may be granted on a case-by case basis. 
  7. Complete the TED’s program 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 pre-requisite courses have been successfully completed and to avoid course scheduling conflicts, students are strongly cautioned to follow the recommended plan of study when registering for courses each semester.

Program Admission Criteria

  1. Declaration of Teacher Education Major on file with the Registrar’s office. 
  2. A 2.0 minimum grade point in ED 106 verified by an official transcript. 
  3. Successful completion of 45 semester hours, to include 6 semester hours of English and 3 semester hours of math with course grades not less than 2.0 as reported on official transcript. 
  4. A 2.5 minimum cumulative grade point average verified by an official transcript 
  5. Documentation on file with the TED of successful completion of a minimum of 15 hours total from ED 194 and ED 295 exploratory field studies. 
  6. Demonstration of professional behaviors in clinical experiences such as punctuality, responsibility, initiative in scheduling appointments, advance notification and good communication skills, and appropriate choices for field studies attire. 
  7. Consistent demonstration of Christian character as articulated in the Student Handbook. 
  8. Program Admission Application submitted to and approved by a simple majority in the TED. Program applications are due the first Friday following Spring Break in March. 
  9. “Why I Want to Teach” essay submitted with program application for approval by the TED. Essays lacking standard language conventions or adequate rationale statements may be returned for resubmission. (See essay rubric) 
  10. Request EBC Bible/Theology faculty member to complete Christian character and professional dispositional qualities evaluation form before March deadline. 
  11. Self-assessment of Christian character and professional dispositional qualities form submitted with program application. 
  12. Passing scores on a standardized basic academic skills exam on file with the TED (235 on C-Base or 156 Reading, 162 Writing, and 150 Math on Praxis Core Academic Skills) 
  13. The program director for elementary or secondary education will communicate the TED’s decision in writing to applicants. CBase scores will not be known until May or early June so all applicants will be considered provisional until score reports are received. For all other admission criteria deficiencies, provisional status may be granted on a case-by-case basis to program applicants who evidence an aptitude for the teaching profession and need additional time to meet admission requirements. The written notice will detail a time frame in which admission criteria must be met to receive unconditional admittance to the TEP.

Program Continuation Criteria for Teacher Candidates

  1. A 2.0 minimum grade point in professional core and content major coursework. 
  2. Maintain an overall cumulative grade point average of not less than 2.5. 
  3. Maintain a cumulative grade point average of not less than 2.5 for all teacher education professional coursework. 
  4. Successfully complete the field studies and practica course requirements detailed in the clinical experience section of the program handbook and in course syllabi. 
  5. 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). 
  6. Demonstration of consistent Christian character as articulated in the Student Handbook.

Program Admission or Continuation Notification and Appeal Process

Students who believe that the decision to deny them admission to the TEP or that requires them to withdraw from the TEP is unfair may appeal that decision to the TED Chair in writing stating the grounds for the appeal within twenty-one days of the date of the notification. The written appeal should specifically address the reasons why the decision is deemed unfair and supporting documents (if any) should be attached.

A pro tem admissions/continuation appeals committee led by the TED Chair, and consisting of the grade level Program Director, one faculty member, and the Dean for Student Development acting as an advocate for the student, will meet within seven days of the date of the appeal. The pro tem committee will review the written documentation and may request to meet with the student. The committee’s decision is final and will be communicated to the student in writing within forty-eight hours of the committee meeting.

Transfer Credits

While general education courses generally make for straightforward transfer of credits, transfer credit for education courses taken at other regionally accredited institutions are granted on a case-by case basis. Transfer credit will not be given for courses in which the demonstration of licensure competencies are evaluated (i.e. most professional core and all teaching methods coursework).

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 TED makes all student teaching placements. Although teacher candidates are asked to provide input into their placements, they should not make personal arrangements because the TED will not honor them. A range of options exist 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 should 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 Coordinator when registering for senior methods coursework in the spring semester of the junior year. Student Teaching applications are due the first Friday following Spring Break in March. 
  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 an application from UNI’s placement and supervision program and submit it with the required deposit to UNI before the application deadline.

Student Teaching Admission Requirements

  1. Classified as having full program status 
  2. Completion of 90 credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of not less than 2.5 
  3. Successful completion or satisfactory progress toward completion of all teaching methods coursework with a grade not less than 2.0 
  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 (cf. professional studies syllabi and program handbook for licensure competency standards). 
  6. Consistent demonstration of professional behaviors in clinical experiences such as punctuality, responsibility, initiative in scheduling appointments, advance notification and excellent 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. All TEP teacher candidates must take two Praxis II tests, one in pedagogy and one in content area of endorsement (see chart on page 56 in TEP Handbook for specific tests and passing scores). 
  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. Participate in a focus group for program assessment. 
  8. 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 TED 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 TED. 
  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 minimum 2.0 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 an official transcript. 
  9. Completion of general graduation requirements. 
  10. Met all program completion requirements. 
  11. Received the recommendation of the licensure officer in the teacher education program.