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Teacher Education & Certification


Requirements for Admission to the Professional Semester


Students apply for admission to the Professional Semester (student teaching) during the junior year.  All students are expected to file a formal application for admission to the Professional Semester by November 1 of the academic year prior to the one in which the Professional Semester will occur.


Admissions Criteria:

  • Full admission to the Teacher Education Program (typically completed in spring of the sophomore year)
  • Continued adherence to the academic and character standards required for admission to the TEP
  • Successful completion (grade of C- or higher) of the following courses:
    • TEP/EDUC 210 Sophomore Field Experience
    • EDUC 201 Education and American Society
    • EDUC 203 Educational Psychology (as required by the major)
    • Upper Level Field Experiences required for certification
  • Endorsement of the student's junior level field experience instructor
  • Endorsement of the student's major department using the Performance Ratings
  • Electronic completion of Professional Semester Application, including self-assessment using the Performance Ratings


Applications are made through the Teacher Education Office.  Students should receive the application by e-mail in the fall of the year before they are expected to student teach.  Applications must be processed electronically.


The Teacher Education Office will notify applicants and their advisors of their enrollment status in the Professional Semester.


Students may not enroll in any course offered during the Professional Semester unless first admitted to the Professional Semester. During the Professional Semester, students are not permitted to be enrolled in any classes other than those required for the Professional Semester. Any requests for an exception to this policy should be addressed, in writing, to the Director of Teacher Education.


Students will be removed from the Professional Semester if at any time performances and/or behaviors fall below the minimum acceptance levels for all admission criteria.


Current Students

Graudate Students

Prospective Students

Transfer Students

Post-Bacc Students

Cooperating Teachers