(Click HERE for the Professional Education Requirements in PDF format.)
A MINIMUM GRADE OF “C” IS REQUIRED IN ALL CLASSES
*EDUC 100 INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION 1HR
*EDUC 207 FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION 3HRS
EDUC 290 INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY 3HRS
*EDUC 293 INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN 3HRS
*EDUC 301 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY 3HRS
READ 302 CONTENT AREA READING 3HRS
SPED 241 INTRODUCTION TO EXCEPTIONALITIES 3HRS
SPED 320 COLLABORATIVE PLANNING FOR SPECIAL NEEDS LEARNER 3HRS
*EDUC 340 MATERIALS & METHODS FOR SECONDARY TEACHERS 2HRS
*EDUC 342 MATERIALS & METHODS LAB FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION 1HR
*EDUC 342 MATERIALS & METHODS LAB FOR HEALTH EDUCATION 1HR
* COURSES REQUIRE A FIELD EXPERIENCE IN A SCHOOL
EDUC 409 SCHOOL LAW ORGANIZATION 1HR
EDUC 470 STUDENT TEACHING SEMINAR 1HR
EDUC 480 STUDENT TEACHING IN ECE 2HRS
EDUC 482 STUDENT TEACHING IN AE 4 HRS
EDUC 484 STUDENT TEACHING IN MCE 4 HRS
BACHELOR OF ARTS IN EDUCATION SUMMARY OF ADMISSION AND RETENTION REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES
The admission and retention process teacher education consists of four stages:
2. Formal Admission To Professional Education
3. Admission to Clinical Practice (Student Teaching)
4. Graduation and Certification
1 – Pre-Admission
The first part of the professional education admission and retention process takes place when the prospective student applies for admission to West Liberty University and indicates that he or she is interested in pursuing a teaching major or when the student changes his or her major to professional education from another major. The formal declaration of a teaching major on the admission form or with the Registrar’s office gives the Division of Professional Education the ability to communicate with the student regarding items of importance to education majors.
2 – Formal Admission into the WLU Professional Education Program
Students who have completed the requirements for admission into Professional Education apply for admission using an online form available through the Divisional web site.
The criteria for admission into Professional Education are:
Completion of 45 hours of 100 level or higher college courses with an overall grade point average of 2.50 or above.
Letter grades of “C” or better in Eng 101, ENG 102, COM 101, EDUC 100, EDUC 201, and EDUC 207.
Passing all three sections of the PPST or qualifying for an exemption based on the ACT score as provided in WVDE Policy 5100.
Have passed a criminal records check within twelve months of the application date. (Certifiedbackground.com).
Have met all requirements specified by the academic department representing the teacher education major.
The deadline for providing documentation that the requirements for admission have been met is the Wednesday before the beginning of the semester during which the candidate intends to register for a course that requires admission to the program as a prerequisite.
Admission into the Professional Semester and Clinical Practice (Student Teaching) In order to be admitted into the Professional Semester and Clinical Practice (Student Teaching), the candidate must meet the following criteria:
• Be formally admitted into Professional Education
• Have completed all but two courses in General Studies
• Have completed all required EDUC, READ, and SPED courses with letter grades of “C” or better.
• Have completed all required Curriculum and Methods courses with letter grades of “C” or better
• Have completed all but one of the required content courses in his or her major with a G.P.A. in of at least 2.50 for those courses.
• Have met all requirements imposed by the content area.
• Have an overall G.P.A. of at least 2.50
• Achieve an acceptable rating on the Level II Portfolio (Interview required)
• Have been endorsed by the faculty of the Division representing the candidate’s field of study.
Candidates who have met these requirements must complete the Application for Clinical Practice and schedule an interview with the Coordinator of Clinical Practice to confirm eligibility and discuss placement requirements and options.
Completion of Clinical Practice and Graduation
During the period of the clinical practice, the candidate is required to follow the schedule of his or her cooperating teacher and of the school in which he or she is placed. The Clinical Practice Handbook lists all of the requirements and expectations that the candidate must meet in order to receive credit for the experience.
Candidates who are pursuing the BA degree must submit an Application for Graduation to the Registrar’s Office by the deadline established by that office. The Registrar’s Office staff determines if the candidate has met the graduation requirements.
To qualify for West Virginia teaching certification, each graduate must also pass all of the required Praxis II tests for the subject area that he or she intends to teach. A list of the required Praxis II tests, along with the required passing scores, is available at the E.T.S. web site (http://www.ets.org/praxis) or the West Virginia Department of Education web site.
Graduates may obtain certification packets at the Professional Education office in M308 or by requesting a packet from WVDE. The packet includes a fingerprint card that must be completed by a certified police agency. Some police departments charge a modest fee for this service, but most of the local police agencies will do the fingerprinting for free. YOU MUST USE THE CARD PROVIDED BY THE WEST VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION! (It has an identifying number stamped on it that is needed in Charleston).