Formal Admission into the WLU Teacher Education Program

Admission Point # 1

Teacher candidates must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program prior to enrolling in the Elementary Methods Block courses (for Elementary Education majors) or the upper-level Curriculum and Methods courses (C&M) and Reading in the Content Area course (READ 302) for Secondary and Comprehensive Education majors.

Criteria for Formal Admission
Please read carefully and accurately the following criteria for formal admission:

  • Completion of the Admission Application Form
  • Successful completion of at least 45 hours of 100 level or higher college courses
  • Overall G.P.A. of 2.50 or higher
  • Grade of “C” or better in the following courses:
    • Eng 101
    • ENG 102
    • COM 101
    • EDUC 100
    • EDUC 207
  • Electronic letter of recommendation from a West Liberty University professor
  • Successful completion of the PRAXIS I PPST Reading, Writing, and Mathematics tests  or submission of ACT or SAT scores meeting exemption status (based on WV Board of Education Policy 5100)
  • Current background check
    Please follow the steps below to complete the criminal background check: 

    • Go to http://www.certifiedbackground.com
    • Click on “Students”
    • In the “Package Code” box enter: WE38
    • Cost $38.00
    • Make sure to keep track of the log on information that is provided to you!
    • The results are usually available within two to four days.
    • The background check is valid for a period of 12 months.

Beginning in the Fall 2013 semester, the new course requirements for admission to Teacher Education will be the following (all other admission requirements will remain the same):

  • COM 101
  • ENG 101
  • ENG 102
  • EDUC 100
  • EDUC 207
  • EDUC 290
  • SPED 241

Praxis I and II Test Information and Requirements
All education students, unless exempt from the Praxis I as stated in West Virginia Board of  Education Policy 5100, must pass the Praxis I (PPST) tests to be eligible for admission into teacher education. The Praxis II tests must be passed prior to applying for teaching certification. Praxis I and II registration is completed on-line at http://www.ets.org/praxis.

Information about testing dates and test preparation is also available on the ETS web site. The Praxis I and Praxis II are given at WLU several times during the year. Students should review and download “Tests at a Glance” information instantly from the Praxis web site. One may determine which Praxis II tests are required on the Praxis web site or by Examining WVBE Policy 5100 at the WV Department of Education web site.

At the time of printing this manual, the accepted level of proficiency in the pre-professional skills is PPST Mathematics 172, PPST Reading 174, and PPST Writing 172.  Documentation from a single test administration of an America College Testing (ACT) composite score of 26 or above, an enhanced ACT score of 26 or above or Rescaled Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) composite score of 1125 or above may be accepted as evidence of meeting the pre-professional skills component. ** (WV State Department of Education Policy 5100) Scores may be revised by WVDE. To qualify for admission into teacher education or teaching certification, students must meet or exceed scores in place on the date of testing.

**Although WLU honors the West Virginia State Department of Education policy that waives the Praxis I for students who have the above mentioned ACT or SAT test scores, students who will seek teaching certification in other states which require the PPST may still be required to pass the test before those states will issue the teaching license.  To determine certification requirements for another state, the student should contact the State Department of Education in that state.

Admission Verification Process
After receiving the application and letter of recommendation, the Director of Teacher Education verifies that all requirements have been met and reviews the candidate’s Teacher Education folder, including any negative dispositions to ensure it contains no documented issues or concerns that could impact the individual’s admission. The Director of Teacher Education brings those cases that may involve program denial or program discontinuation to the Teacher Education Unit for adjudication.

Notification of Admission
After the Director of Teacher Education verifies that all criteria for admission have been met, then he or she notifies the student by e-mail that he or she has been formally admitted into the Teacher Education program. If the candidate is not admitted, then the Director of Teacher Education notifies the individual via written letter of the reasons for the denial of admission and the appeal process for the Teacher Education Program.

Deadline for Admission
All requirements must be met by the Wednesday before a term during which the student intends to register for a course that requires admission to the program.