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Teacher Education Program

Admission to Concord University does not guarantee admission into the Teacher Education Program (TEP). Rather, there are specific steps you must successfully complete before you can be considered for admission into the program.

Candidates must satisfy all admission requirements in order to be fully admitted into the Teacher Education Program. Failure to satisfy all requirements by the deadline provided in admission status letters will result in Teacher Education Program denial for the semester in which application was made. Candidates may re-apply for admission the following semester. 

Successful completers of a certified WV Careers in Education Program do not need to complete all sections of the Professional Portfolio. These candidates will only be required to complete the Introduction section of the Portfolio template that is in LiveText. In addition to the Introduction materials listed, candidates will be required to include documentation of passing NOCTI exam scores in this section of the Portfolio template. Completers of WV Careers in Education Program are still required to satisfy Full Admission Requirements #2-#10 listed below.

Application for Admission to the Teacher Education Program

 

In order to be considered for admission to the Teacher Education Program, candidates are required to satisfy the following requirements: 

  • 1. Complete EDUC210,  Diversity, Culture, and Education in a Pluralistic Society, with a grade of “C” or better, and successfully complete the required twenty-five hour early clinical experience. Candidates transferring EDUC210 from another institution must provide documentation of a completed 25 hour early clinical 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 clinical experience.

  • 2. Complete EDSP303, Introduction to Special Education, with a grade of “C” or better.

  • 3. Successful completion of a minimum of 24 credit hours, which must include 18 hours from the General Education Program, with at least a 2.00 grade point average. The general studies courses must include the following:
Elementary Majors
Written & Oral Communication - 9 hrs
(A grade of 'C' or better is required in all courses)
ENGL 101, Composition and Rhetoric (3hr)
ENGL 102, Composition and Rhetoric (3hr)
COMM 101, Fundamentals of Speech (3hr)
Mathematics - 3 hrs
(A grade of 'C' or better is required)
Elementary majors MUST complete MATH 101or MATH 103
Natural Sciences - 4 hrs
One 4hr lab science course
Elementary majors MUST select from: PHSC 103, PHSC 104 or GEOL 101
Social and Behavioral Sciences/Literature and Humanities - 3 hrs 
Secondary Majors
Written & Oral Communication - 9 hrs
(A grade of 'C' or better is required in all courses)
ENGL 101, Composition and Rhetoric (3hr)
ENGL 102, Composition and Rhetoric (3hr)
COMM 101, Fundamentals of Speech (3hr)
Mathematics - 3 hrs
One 3hr math course 100 level or above
Natural Sciences - 3/4 hrs
One 3hr course or one 4hr lab science course
Social and Behavioral Sciences/Literature and Humanities - 3 hrs 

 
Special Education Majors
Written & Oral Communication - 9 hrs
(A grade of 'C' or better is required in all courses)
ENGL 101, Composition and Rhetoric (3hr)
ENGL 102, Composition and Rhetoric (3hr)
COMM 101, Fundamentals of Speech (3hr)
Mathematics - 3 hrs
(A grade of 'C' or better is required)

One 3hr math course 100 level or above
Natural Sciences - 3/4 hrs
SPED majors MUST select from: BIOL101, GEOG200,
PHSC 104 or GEOL 101
Social and Behavioral Sciences/Literature and Humanities - 3 hrs
 
  • 4. Attainment of an overall grade point average of 2.50* or better in all coursework attempted (including transfer credit).
    *Note: A candidate may apply to the Teacher Education Program with an overall GPA of 2.50. However, the GPA of all the candidates who apply during the semester (cohort average) must be 3.00 or above. If the cohort average is not met, individual candidate GPAs of less than 2.75 may be removed from the cohort.

  • 5. Successfully complete the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Exams. It is highly recommended that this test is taken within the first 24 credit hours of coursework.
    • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Combined Computer Delivered Test Code - 5752
    • Reading (Individual Exam):     Minimum score needed: 156          Computer Delivered Test Code – 5713
    • Writing (Individual Exam):      Minimum score needed: 162          Computer Delivered Test Code – 5723
    • Math (Individual Exam):          Minimum score needed: 150           Computer Delivered Test Code – 5733
A student may obtain a waiver (these waivers are accepted only in the state of WV) for the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Exams by providing an official letter from the Registrar’s Office reflecting one or more of the following:
  • i​ndividuals may be exempt from the Praxis Core Reading, Writing, and Mathematics exams (all 3 exams), provided they meet one of the following SAT exam criteria:
    • SAT composite score from a single administration of 1125 (exams taken prior to April 1995)
    • SAT Re-Centered Exam composite score from a single administration of 1125 (exams taken April 1995-February 2005)
    • sAT Revised Exam composite score from a single administration of 1170, using the combined Critical Reading and Math score (exams taken March 2005-April 2016)
    • SAT New Exam scores from a single administration of 480 for 'Evidence-Based Reading and Writing', and a score of 530 for 'Math' (exams taken May 2016-present)​
  • ​Individuals may be exempt from the Praxis Core Reading and Praxis Core Writing exams (not Praxis Core Math), provided they meet the following ACT exam criteria:
    • ​ACT Enhanced combined score of 34 using the 'Enhanced English' and 'Reading' scores, with each of the individual exams having a minimum score of 17. Eligible  scores  for 'Enhanced English' and 'Reading' may be combined from multiple administrations of the exam (exams taken after October 1989).
  • ​ Individuals may be exempt from the Praxis Core Math exam (not Praxis Core Reading or Writing), provided they meet one of the following ACT exam criteria:
    • ​ACT Enhanced Mathematics score of 21 (exams taken after October 1989) 
  • 6. Declaration of a specific and accurate major and content specialization(s) the Registrar's Office 

  • 7. Successful completion of Pre-Admission to Teacher Education Program seminars. Students will receive a Certificate of Completion. These must be included in the Professional Portfolio.

  • 8. Pre-professional Snapshot: Candidates will include a Pre-Professional Snapshot in their TEP Portolio. The snapshot will be a part of the co-selection process which occurs prior to candidate placement in the public school. Schools will be provided the candidate snapshots and teachers will select the candidate for their classroom. The co-selection process enables all parties to be a part of the placement. The Pre-Professional Snapshot will be updated periodically throughout the candidate’s progress through the program. The snapshot should include contact information, a professional picture of yourself, relevant experience/coursework, intersts/hobbies, personal goals and professinoal goals.

  • 9. Completion of an Educator Disposition Assessment (EDA) by a Department of Education faculty member. This is completed during EDUC210 or EDUC305 via LiveText. For those students who did not have an EDA completed during these courses, one will be required to be completed by an education faculty member prior to full admission. Candidates must sign the EDA acknoledgement statement (page 6), and include it in the Introduction section of their portfolio.
  • ​10. Submit a professional portfolio via LiveText to the Department of Education. In some cases, applicants may have to 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.
  • 11. Candidates must complete 75 hours of documented experience working with school age children/youth (birth -12th grade) in organized/structured settings prior to admission to the Teacher Education Program. Appropriate experiences might include: Scouts, 4-H, Energy Express, tutoring in after-school or summer programs, camp counselors, coaching, library read-aloud, art/music/theatre programs, involvement at a daycare center, etc. The 75 hours of experience must be documented through signed letters on official letterhead from teachers, supervisors or leaders. This documentation must provide a description of what the volunteer hours entailed, the dates and/or time-frame in which the experience(s) was completed, and the total number of hours completed. All documentation must be included in the candidate’s portfolio when applying for admission to the TEP. The 75 hours are in addition to required clinical experience hours. Private tutoring and babysiting will not count towards these hours.