Education Major/Minor Patterns
Students wishing to teach must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program.  Admission is contingent upon the following:
  1. Satisfactory completion of EDU 1004 Foundations of Education, and a minimum 2.75 GPA in education courses, sophomore class standing (9 course units), 2.75 GPA overall.
  2. A minimum 2.75 GPA in the major (i.e. English, math, history) for students pursuing high school and P-12 teaching certification, minimum 2.75 GPA in the middle grades education major (grades 5-9).
  3. Passing the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators exam with the following minimum scores- Mathematics:150; Reading: 156; and Writing: 162.
  4. A submission of a formal essay and an impromptu writing sample to the Teacher Education Admission Committee.
  5. A completed recommendation from each of the following: a) current academic advisor, b) previous academic advisor or instructor, and c) a member of Transylvania's faculty or staff
  6. Satisfactory results from an interview with the Teacher Education Admissions Committee.  Selection is based on: a) apparent commitment to the profession, b) proficiency in human relations and oral and written communication, c) apparent concern for the best possible education for all youth, d) understanding of skills, responsibilities, and stress involved in teaching, and e) other factors indicative of becoming a successful teacher.
After students are approved for teacher education, continuation in the education pattern leading to certification depends on maintaining a 2.75 minimum GPA in all the ares previously stated and the ability to demonstrate the content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to help all students learn - as required by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standard 1 Content and Pedagogical Knowledge.

If the applicant is denied admission into the Teacher Education Program, she or he has the right of appeal with the university's Committee on Admissions and Academic Standards. 
Majors
Elementary: P-5 Certification
21 course units, including:
EDU 1004 Foundations of Education
EDU 2014 Schooling in U.S. Culture: History, Philosophies, and Diversity 
EDU 2094 Standards-Based Instruction
EDU 2104 The Teaching of Mathematics I
EDU 2164 Learning Theory and Pedagogy
EDU 3034 Literacy in Written and Spoken Languages for Learners in Primary Schools
EDU 3074 Interactive, Integrative Learning Climates
EDU 3084 Inquiry-Based Learning Climates
EDU 3104 The Teaching of Mathematics II
EDU 3244 Practicum in Learning Experiences
EDU 4214 Supervised Teaching in Elementary School
EDU 4514 Senior Seminar

1 education elective.

Allied Courses:
PSY 1004 General Psychology
1 science course with lab
1 English course
1 American History course
1 Math course from the following:
MATH 1034 Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics 
MATH 1144 Elementary Statistics 
MATH 1304 Calculus I

Students are strongly encouraged to take Spanish as their foreign language.

Middle Grades: 5-9 Certification
26 course units, including:
EDU 1004 Foundations of Education
EDU 2014 Schooling in U.S. Culture: History, Philosophies, and Diversity 
EDU 2094 Standards-Based Instruction
EDU 2164 Learning Theory and Pedagogy
EDU 3054 Instructional Strategies and Content Area Literacy for Learners in Middle and Secondary Schools
EDU 3124 Young Adolescents: Preparing to Teach in the Middle Level
EDU 3134 Creating Middle Level Learning Experiences
EDU 3244 Practicum in Learning Experiences
EDU 4414 Supervised Teaching: Middle Grades 5-8
EDU 4514 Senior Seminar

Students must also take the following allied course:
PSY 1004 General Psychology

Specialization Component: 12 course units are required, distributed among 2 teaching fields chosen from English/ communication, mathematics, science, or social studies. There are specific requirements in each teaching field. It is essential that students seeking middle grades certification check with the education faculty when choosing courses to meet these requirements.
 
Minors
Education Minor for Secondary Certification (8-12) All students pursuing high school teaching credentials must fulfill the requirements for the Education Minor in Secondary Certification.  See each teaching discipline major (Biology, Chemistry, English, History, and Mathematics) for the requirements for high school teaching certification in these areas.

Students who are enrolled in Supervised Teaching in their 9th consecutive regular term are charged at the reduced fee amount as specified in University Fee Schedule rather than the full-time tuition rate.
Educational Minor for P-12 Certification for French and Spanish Certification Students who plan to teach French or Spanish must fulfill the requirements for the Educational Minor for P-12 Certification for French and Spanish Certification below in addition to the major requirements for the particular foreign language major.

Students who are enrolled in Supervised Teaching in their 9th consecutive regular term are charged at the reduced fee amount as specified in University Fee Schedule rather than the full-time tuition rate.
11 course units, including:
EDU 1004 Foundations of Education
EDU 2014 Schooling in U.S. Culture: History, Philosophies, and Diversity 
EDU 2094 Standards-Based Instruction
EDU 2164 Learning Theory and Pedagogy
EDU 3054 Instructional Strategies and Content Area Literacy for Learners in Middle and Secondary Schools
EDU 3244 Practicum in Learning Experiences
EDU 4314 Supervised Teaching: Twelve Grades

Students must also take the following allied course:
PSY 1004 General Psychology