Admission to Concord University and declaration of education as a major does not guarantee admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP). Rather, there are specific steps candidates must successfully complete before they can be considered for admission to the program. In order to take multiple upper level courses in the Department of Education, as well as Student Teach, candidates must be accepted into the Teacher Education Program. Candidates not meeting application deadlines or admission criteria will be denied admission to the Teacher Education Program, but may reapply the following semester. Candidates may appeal a decision of denial through the Director of Teacher Education.
In order to be considered for admission to the Teacher Education Program, candidates are required to satisfy the following requirements:
- Successful completion of a minimum of 40 hours, which must include 19 hours from the General Studies Program, with a 2.00 grade point average. The general studies courses must include the following:
- Attainment of an overall grade point average of 2.75 or better in all course work completed (including transfer credit)
- Complete EDUC 210, Foundations of Education, with a grade of “C” or better, and successfully complete the required twenty-five hour field based experience. Candidates transferring Foundations of Education from another institution must provide documentation of a completed 25 hour school-based field experience in the form of a course syllabi stating the hours of the field practicum, a copy of the signed field practicum time log(s), or other proof of your participation in a 25 hour field practicum
- Successfully complete the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Exam. A student may obtain a waiver for the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Exam by providing an official letter form the Registrar's Office reflecting an ACT Composite score of 26+, an SAT Math & Verbal Composite score of 1170+, or by providing documentation that you have completed a Master's Degree. These waivers are accepted only in the state of West Virginia.
- Math: Minimum score needed: 150 Computer Delivered Test Code – 5732
- Writing; Minimum score needed: 162 Computer Delivered Test Code – 5722
- Reading: Minimum score needed: 156 Computer Delivered Test Code – 5712
- Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Combined Computer Delivered Test Code - 5751
- Candidates must complete 100 hours of documented volunteer experience working with school age children/youth in organized settings prior to admission to the Teacher Education Program. Appropriate volunteer experiences might include: Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Energy Express, tutoring in after-school or summer programs, camp counselors, etc. The 100 hours of experience must be documented through letters from teachers, supervisors or leaders. All documentation must be included in the candidate’s portfolio when he/she applies for admission to the Teacher Education Program. The 100 volunteer hours are in addition to any required field practicum hours.
- Candidates must submit a professional portfolio via LiveText to the Department of Education at the time of formal application to the Teacher Education Program. In some cases, applicants may have to successfully complete an interview with faculty prior to admission. Portfolios will be due to the Department of Education via LiveText the last working day of September during the fall semester, and the last working day of February during the spring semester. Candidates whose portfolios are not approved will be given recommendations for improving their portfolios, or will be counseled concerning their admission to the teacher education program. For Portfolio requirements, guidelines & tips, and review standards please reference the Application for Admission to the Teacher Education Program.
- Declaration of a specific and accurate major and content specialization(s) through the Declaration of Degree/Major Form
- Completion of the Grit Scale* (Duckworth, A.L., Peterson, C., Matthews, M.D., & Kelly, D.R.) self-assessment via LiveText . Staring during the Spring 2015 semester, candidates will take the Grit Scale* in EDUC210 as a course requirement. The Grit Scale* will be made available to candidates who took EDUC210 prior to Spring 2015 and transfer students the first working day in October during the Fall Semester and the first working day in March during the Spring Semester.
* "Grit Scale": Duckworth, A.L., Peterson, C., Matthews, M.D., & Kelly, D.R. (2007). Grit: Perseverance and passion for long-term goals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 9, 1087-1101.