Teacher Education Program Requirements
Requirements for Admission to Teacher Education
All students who wish to be licensed to teach must have completed the following requirements and met the grade standards before applying for admission to the Teacher Education Program. The requirements and the grade standards are as follows:
- A cumulative GPA of at least C+ (2.5) and a grade of C (2.0) or better in each course in the student’s major and in the professional licensure sequence; Elementary Education and Special Education majors must maintain a C or better in all EDU and SPE courses.
- Passing scores on any test required by the Teacher Education Program or by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
- The student must have successfully completed a minimum of 60 academic hours to include HIS 1040; ENG 1010 and 1020; MAT 1050 or higher; 3 s.h. of science; 3 s.h. of fine arts; OCL 1510 (not required for music majors); and the following courses in the professional sequence: EDU 2000; 2400, 2420; 2510; and SPE 2550. (PXS 3060 is required for physical education and health education majors.)
- Three recommendations from faculty. Of the three recommendations, one must be from a faculty member in the student’s major and one must be from a faculty member in the Education Department.
- A pre-admission interview with the Chair of the Teacher Education Committee, the Director of Student Teaching and Field Experiences, and the Subject Area Program Coordinator.
- Review and approval of the student’s application for admission to Teacher Education by the Teacher Education Committee.
- A student must be admitted to Teacher Education before he/she will be allowed to enroll in the EDU 3000 and 4000 level courses in the professional licensure sequence (EDU 3300, 3420, 3550, 4070, 4100-4180, 4190 (except Special Education majors), 4200, 4210, 4470 and 4500).
- Once a student is admitted to Teacher Education he/she is required to maintain the same grade standards required for admission to Teacher Education. A student whose grades fall below the required standards of a cumulative C+ (2.5 GPA) and a C (2.0) or better in his/her major and licensure courses (EDU and SPE courses for Elementary Education and Special Education majors) will meet with his/her advisor and the Chair of the Teacher Education Committee to plan a program to raise his/her grades to the required standard before going forward in the program.
Requirements for Admission to Student Teaching
- Accepted into the Teacher Education Program at least one full semester (excluding the summer) prior to the teaching semester.
- Maintenance of the academic requirements (i.e., 2.5 GPA overall, etc.) for entering the Teacher Education Program, C (2.0) or better in all major and licensure courses, (EDU and SPE courses for Elementary Education and Special Education majors ) and removal of any incompletes.
- Completion of all general education, major and professional licensure requirements (except PXS 4150) except the Student Teaching block courses. No courses can be taken during student teaching.
- An application on file in the education office no later than the date specified by the Director of Field Experience and Student Teaching the semester prior to student teaching.
- Remediation of any identified weaknesses.
- Receipt of letter from the Chair of the Teacher Education Committee acknowledging approval for student teaching.
Requirements for Licensure
- Completion of all degree requirements.
- Completion of all licensure requirements.
- A satisfactory score on the Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum Test (for licensure in Elementary and Special Education) or the Specialty Area Test(s) of the Praxis Series Examination if required.
- An overall cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
- A grade of C (2.0) or better in all courses in the student’s major and in the professional sequence (EDU and SPE courses for Elementary Education and Special Education majors), a grade of B (3.0) or better in Student Teaching.
Requirements for Licensure Only
Licensure-only candidates follow the requirements for admission to Teacher Education as described earlier in the catalogue. Persons with a baccalaureate degree wishing to obtain licensure through Methodist University must submit transcripts for evaluation and have an IEP prepared by the appropriate Subject Area Program Coordinator and signed by the Chair of the Teacher Education Committee. All courses the candidate will be required to complete will be listed on the IEP. All courses on the IEP must be taken at Methodist University.
Requirements for Lateral Entry
The Department of Education follows two program plans for lateral entry students:
- Students seeking teacher licensure through Methodist University must submit a letter from their employing school district verifying they are lateral entry, have their transcripts evaluated by the Department of Education, be admitted to Teacher Education, and follow the guidelines for all candidates admitted to Teacher Education. All courses listed on the IEP must be completed at Methodist University. (See requirements for admission to Teacher Education.)
- Students seeking lateral entry licensure through the State Department of Public Instruction Regional Alternative Licensing Centers (RALC) may take any course(s) offered at Methodist University recommended by the RALC. The Methodist University Department of Education works very closely with the Regional Centers to facilitate lateral entry teacher licensure.