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Requirements

Admission to Teacher Education
Students should plan to complete admission requirements in order to be formally admitted to the teacher education program by the end of the sophomore year. The following criteria must be met:

  1. Satisfactory completion of ENG 111, or the equivalent, demonstrating written communication skills.
  2. Satisfactory completion of COMM 110, or the equivalent, demonstrating oral communication skills.
  3. Satisfactory completion of a personalized Teaching Credo during EDUC 111.
  4. Passing all three sections of Praxis I, having a score of 24 on the ACT, or having a combined math and reading score of 1100 on the SAT. These scores must be submitted to the Education Department prior to the beginning of spring semester of the sophomore year.
  5. A cumulative grade point average and index in teaching major (ITM) of 2.50.
  6. A positive recommendation from the Office of Student Development indicating no record of inappropriate behavior.
  7. A positive recommendation of suitability for teaching from the Education Department faculty (for elementary education students) or the content area faculty (for secondary/all grade education students).
  8. An interview with the Director of Teacher Education during January session or spring semester, sophomore year.
  9. Positive disposition statements from the classroom field experience evaluations.

Admission to Student Teaching
During fall semester of the student's junior year, the application for student teaching must be completed. The criteria for approval of the student teaching request are:

  1. Completion of the application process, including a student teaching interview with the Director of Teacher Education.
  2. Completion of all requirements for admission to teacher education.
  3. Attendance at a Celebrating Diversity Workshop with a satisfactory paper based on the experience submitted to the Education Department.
  4. A cumulative grade point average of 2.50 for all courses taken at Manchester University.
  5. An index in the teaching major (ITM) of 2.50 in each teaching area in which the student wishes to be licensed.
  6. Satisfactory references from a minimum of three faculty members as specified in the Teacher Education Program Student Handbook.
  7. Approval from the Office of Student Development.
  8. Positive disposition statements from the classroom field experience evaluations.

Students must have met all the criteria listed above (except 6 and 7) by the completion of January session of the year prior to student teaching in order to be considered for a student teaching placement. All applications for student teaching are acted upon by the Teacher Education Committee during spring semester of the year prior to student teaching. Final approval for student teaching is granted by this committee. After approval for student teaching is granted, GPA (grade point average) and ITM (index in the teaching major) requirements, as well as positive disposition and field experience feedback, must be maintained or the approval will be withdrawn. Students who are denied permission to student teach may appeal in writing to the Teacher Education Committee.


 
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