ADMISSION & RETENTION


ADMISSION TO TEACHER EDUCATION


Students who want to pursue a degree in teacher education must first be admitted to Tusculum University and then apply for admission to teacher education.

Information pertaining to admission to the teacher education program follows. While advisors and advisees should work together closely to follow the professional course sequence, it is the student’s responsibility to make the necessary applications and to meet requirements and specified deadlines.


RETENTION IN TEACHER EDUCATION

After an applicant has been accepted into teacher education, the candidate’s progress will be reviewed periodically by members of the education faculty. The candidate will continue through the Professional Licensure Sequence as long as he/she continues to make satisfactory progress and meet all requirements set forth by the Education Department. Retention in the teacher education program is contingent on the successful completion of courses and program requirements and maintenance of the academic standard required for initial admission to the program.

Specifically, all students having been admitted to the teacher education program must maintain a grade point average of 2.75. Students whose cumulative G.P.A. falls below 2.75 will be placed on departmental probation for the next semester. By the end of the probationary period, the candidate must achieve at least a 2.75 cumulative G.P.A. Failure to achieve the required G.P.A. during the probationary semester will result in automatic suspension from the teacher education program. Teacher licensure candidates are reminded that a G.P.A. of 2.75 in the major and in the professional education core is required for admission to Student Teaching. Students are placed on departmental academic probation for the next semester if they earn one grade below “C-” in any major course. Students will be academically suspended from the department for a period of one semester if they earn a second grade below “C-” in the major courses. As the department accepts for graduation no grade below “C-” in the major and all required coursework must be completed prior to the student teaching semester, the student is required to repeat courses that do not meet this standard. Students who fail to maintain consistent pre-professional performance, both in academic performance and dispositional character as representatives of the University and of the Teacher Education Program, are subject to action from the Review Board, which may place conditions on the candidate’s continuation in the program or may remove the candidate from the teacher licensure program altogether.


INITIAL ADMISSION TO THE TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM

A formal application for initial admission to the teacher education program should be filed as soon as the student has completed EDUC 200: History, Philosophy and Principles of Education and SPED 201: Survey of the Regular and Special Populations within the School Environment. This may occur as early as the second semester of the freshman year and should be no later than the second semester of the sophomore year. Students wishing to transfer from another institution to a Teacher Education Program at Tusculum University should immediately make their intentions known to the College of Education’s Certification Officer. The Certification Officer will suggest the appropriate time to make formal application for admission to Teacher Education. Application forms may be obtained from the education program office in the Charles Oliver Gray North Building.

Following are a list of minimum requirements for admission to a teacher education program:

  1.  Be accepted to Tusculum University.
  2.  Meet one of the following:
    1. Composite ACT score of 21 or higher
    2. Combined recentered SAT score of 1080 or higher; or
    3. Pass Reading, Writing, and Math Praxis Core tests.
  3. Complete and pass the TBI background check
  4. Complete SPED 101 and EDUC 200.
  5. Have a G.P.A. of 2.75 or above on a 4 point scale.
  6. Obtain written recommendations from two full-time faculty members: at least one from the major and/or one from general education.
  7. Have apparent good mental and physical health with evidence that any handicaps present will not impair the candidate’s effectiveness as a teacher.
  8. Receive approval from the Teacher Education Review Board via a personal interview.

BACKGROUND CHECKS

Tennessee state law dictates that all persons who have contact with children in grades PreK-12 through the public school system must have an appropriate background check conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. All students must submit this information before admission to a teacher education program.


QUESTIONS

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