Any student seeking a Baccalaureate Degree and teacher certification (Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Health and Physical Education, Secondary Education, Special Education) must formally apply for candidacy. In order to complete the degree and certification requirements in eight semesters of full-time study, students should apply for formal admission to the program at the completion of 45 semester hours and Stage I of the Teacher Education Assessment Plan. Students must make formal written application and be officially accepted into their department’s undergraduate teacher education program. Candidacy status will only be awarded when a student has completed the 45 hours, including 6 credits of math and 6 credits of English, Stage I of the Teacher Education Assessment Plan, including passing scores on all three Praxis One Exams, and has achieved an overall GPA of 3.0. The department, with approval of the Director of Teacher Education, recommends acceptance. Only candidates who have attained candidacy are eligible to enroll in 300 and 400 level education related courses, as designated by each program. Candidates having attained candidacy in teacher education must maintain the 3.0 GPA required for admission into the teacher education program in order to continue taking advanced professional semester course work.
Requirements and procedures for attaining candidacy in teacher education programs will be explained in detail in mandatory orientation sessions and the Freshman Seminar Course. With the assistance of the program faculty advisor, each student will be guided in completion of the various stages of the Teacher Education Assessment Plan.