Teacher Education Program Transition Points and Requirements

Candidates/Students in the Teacher Education Program progress through a series of four transition points. At each point, candidates/students must demonstrate professional and academic knowledge, teaching potential and skills, and the values, ethics, and dispositions appropriate to the Teacher as Progressive Leader. Students who have not been formally admitted into the TEP are not permitted to register for any courses listing TEP admission as a pre-requisite.

Transition One: Admission into the Teacher Education Program (TEP)

•      Passing Scores on the new PRAXIS I CORE ACADEMIC SKILLS FOR EDUCATORS: READING, WRITING, AND MATHEMATICS. Evidence of an earned four year under-graduate degree constitutes an exemption from Praxis I Core Academic Skills Tests. Therefore, individuals seeking licensure-only are not required to take PRAXIS I Core Academic Skills tests. These tests measure academic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics and are designed to provide comprehensive assessments that measure the skills and content knowledge of candidates entering teacher preparation programs. Please refer to ETS website www.ets.org/praxis/register to access information on PRAXIS tests, deadlines, test dates, test sites, registration, and fees. PRAXIS I Core Academic Skills should be taken prior to the end of your sophomore year. Please contact ETS at 1-800-772-9476 for further information or if you have questions. Testing Center for Praxis Tests is located at Prometric Testing Center, 31 College Place, Building D, Suite 107, Asheville, North Carolina (828-253-4224). PLEASE REFER TO THE FOLLOWING WEB-ADDRESS FOR INFORMATION REGARDING FEE WAIVERS FOR PRAXIS I TESTS: http://www.ets.org/praxis/about/fees/fee_waivers/ PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE SPECIFIC ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA AND DEADLINES IMPOSED BY ETS.

Passing Scores for PRAXIS Core:
Reading Test 5712: 156
Writing Test 5722:  162
Math Test 5732:      150
A COMPOSITE SCORE IS NO LONGER AN OPTION. YOU MUST PASS ALL THREE TESTS.

ETS APPROVED EXEMPTIONS FROM PRAXIS I CORE ACADEMIC SKILLS TESTS:

If you earned a Total SAT Score of 1100, you are exempt.
•      If you scored less than 1100, but you scored at least 550 on the Verbal Test,
you are exempt from the PRAXIS Core Reading and Writing Tests.
•      If you scored less than 1100, but you scored at least 550 on the Math Test,
you are exempt from the PRAXIS Core Math Test.

OR:

If you earned a Composite ACT Score of 24, you are exempt from PRAXIS Core Tests.
•      If you scored less than 24, but scored at least 24 on the English Test, you are exempt from the PRAXIS Core tests in Reading and Writing.
•      If you scored less than 24, but scored at least 24 on the Math Test, you are exempt from the PRAXIS Core test in Mathematics.

Applications for admission into the Teacher Education Program are accepted when the following requirements have been met:
•      Successful completion of ED 205 (Introduction to Education), an active TaskStream account, and signed authorization for a criminal background check and cash payment submitted to TEP office during first week of attending ED 205 (approximate cost is $50.00 - $57.00 depending on different variables).
•      Submission of TEP Admission Portfolio via TaskStream for faculty approval.
•      Submission of a completed application for admission (including dispositions). Applications available in TaskStream and in Nash Hall, third floor, TEP office.
•      Cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 2.5.
•      Recommendation from the designated Program Coordinator of the academic department.
•      A formal Teacher Education Program admission interview to be arranged by the TEP office.
•      All admission applications will be submitted to the Teacher Education Council for their approval by the TEP office.

Transition Two: Admission to Student Teaching

A candidate for student teaching must have been formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program at least one full semester prior to student teaching and must meet the following requirements.
•      Cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 2.5.
•      Successful completion of 90 credit hours including education and methods courses.
•      Submission of a completed student teaching application and all related documents prior to the deadline. Signed authorization for a criminal background check and cash payment submitted to TEP office (approximate cost is $50.00 - $57.00 depending on different variables) with your application.
•      Evidence of membership in a professional organization in student’s major. Consult with the Program Coordinator for suggested organizations.
•      Successful completion of formal interview and recommendation from the Program Coordinator.
•      Continuation of your electronic Portfolio via TaskStream.
•      All student teaching applications will be submitted to the Teacher Education Council for their approval.

Transition Three: Completion of Student Teaching and all TEP Requirements

•      LEA/IHE Certification of Teaching Capacity Form signed by the school principal, cooperating teacher, and the MHU Site Supervisor certifying that the student met each of the descriptors identified on the Form and they are recommending the student for licensure. This form will be submitted to TEP by Site Supervisor.
•      Successful completion of all required course work for the degree and/or program requirements with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 2.5.
•      Completion and submission of the North Carolina Program Approval Portfolio into your TaskStream account for faculty approval.

Transition Four: Program Completion and Licensure Requirements

•      Earned Bachelor Degree and/or completed all program requirements in the area of licensure with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 2.5.
•      NEW TESTING REQUIREMENTS EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2014: Passing scores on required ETS Praxis II Tests and/or Pearson Tests for Initial Licensure for Elementary Education, Special Education, Integrated Education, Middle Grades Education, Secondary Education, Art Education, ESL, Health/Physical Education, Music Education, and Spanish Education majors.

New Pearson Tests Effective October 1, 2014 for Elementary Education:
Test Code SA 090: “Pearson Foundations of Reading Test for North Carolina”. Passing Score is 229
Test Code SA 103: “Multi-Subjects Subtest”. Passing Score is 227
Test Code SA 203: “Mathematics Subtest”. Passing Score is 227

New Pearson Tests Effective October 1, 2014 and ETS Praxis II Test for Special Education and Integrated Education:
Test Code SA 090: “Pearson Foundations of Reading Test for North Carolina”. Passing Score is 229
Test Code SA 103: “Multi-Subjects Subtest”. Passing Score is 227
Test Code SA 203: “Mathematics Subtest”. Passing Score is 227
Praxis II Test Code 5543: “Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications”.
Passing Score is 158

•      Submission of a completed North Carolina Program Approval Portfolio, as required by NCDPI for your licensure area, into your TaskStream account for faculty approval.
•      Submission of a signed Application for a North Carolina License (NCDPI Form A) to TEP office.
•      Payment of required licensure application fee of $55.00 payable to NCDPI (check/money order) submitted to TEP office.
•      The TEP Office will submit a NCDPI Form V “Completion of Approved Education Program” signed by our Licensure Officer certifying the student completed an approved teacher education program and is eligible for a teaching license.
•      Official transcripts from MHU and met all financial obligations to MHU. TEP office will request official transcripts on student’s behalf from the Registrar’s Office.