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Program Admission and Assessment

Candidates are reviewed at specific points in their program and are required to meet certain predetermined criteria before continuing their preparation in teacher education. These specific points are called Gateways. The Teacher Education Program has identified three Gateways:

I. Admission to Teacher Education: The application for Teacher Education is typically done during the semester in which SPED 243 is taken. To be admitted to Teacher Education a candidate must:

No 300 level education courses (EDUC or SPED) may be taken until a candidate has been admitted to Teacher Education. Therefore, it is important to take SPED 243 as early in the program as possible. EDUC 112 and EDUC 232 are prerequisites for SPED 243. Register for SPED 243 the semester after EDUC 112 and EDUC 232 are completed.

The Teacher Education Committee reviews all applications to Teacher Education and acts on acceptance to the program.

II. Candidacy for Clinical Experience: The required Clinical Experience is accomplished through a full semester of student teaching. The Application for Student Teaching is completed during the fall semester of the year before the student teaching is to be completed. The Teacher Education Committee reviews all applications to Candidacy for Clinical Experience and acts on acceptance to the clinical experience. Specific criteria include:

  • Have been admitted to Teacher Education (Gateway 1)
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Have a minimum major GPA of 2.75
  • Have satisfactory evaluations on all field experiences
  • Have satisfactory Dispositions Assessments
  • Have no outstanding Professional Concerns

III. Recommendation for Licensure and Professional Practice: The application for teacher licensure is submitted to the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) upon completion of the Teacher Education Program, graduation, and passage of the required examinations. Specific criteria include:



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