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Certification & Course 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:
    1. apparent commitment to the profession,
    2. proficiency in human relations and oral and written communication,
    3. apparent concern for the best possible education for all youth,
    4. understanding of skills, responsibilities, and stress involved in teaching, and
    5. 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.