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, excluding the 75 Volunteer Hour requirement.

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
    45-hour field-based experience. Candidates transferring EDUC210 from another institution must provide documentation of a completed 45-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 45-hour field practicum; if hours are lacking they will need to be completed during another 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 15 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
    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
    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
    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 completed (including transfer credit). 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 candidates with GPAs less than 2.75 will be removed from the cohort until the 3.0 average is met.
  5. Declaration of a specific and accurate major and content specialization(s) through www.concord.edu, Academics, Registrar, and Declaration of Degree/Major form. Please verify your major/degree is correct via MyConcordU.
  6. ​Successful completion of Pre-Admission to Teacher Education Program seminars. Students will receive a Certificate of Completion via email after they complete the seminars. This certificate is to be included in their Portfolio.
  7. 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 acknowledge statement (page 6 of TEP admission packet), and include it in the Introduction section of their portfolio. Candidates do not need to include the EDA that is completed by an education faculty member.
  8. Pre-professional Profile: Candidates will include a Pre-Professional Profile in their TEP Portfolio. The profile will be a part of the co-selection process which occurs prior to candidate placement in the public school for residency. Schools will be provided the candidate profiles, 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 Profile will be updated periodically throughout the candidate’s progress through the program. The profile should include contact information, a professional or personal picture of yourself, relevant experience/coursework, interests/hobbies, personal goals, professional goals, goals for clinical experience, etc.
  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 acknowledge 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 are 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. See pages 5-6 for portfolio requirements.
  11. Candidate has had 75 hours of formal experience(s) working with children/youth (birth -12th grade) in organized/structured setting(s) prior to
    admission to the Teacher Education Program. Diverse experiences are preferred within in instructional setting, outside of your clinical experiences
    associated with education coursework. Appropriate experiences might include: Scouts, 4-H, Energy Express, tutoring in afterschool or summer
    programs, camp counselors, coaching, library read-aloud, art/music/theatre programs, involvement at a daycare center, etc. The 75 hours 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 TEP Portfolio. The 75 hours should be from within the last 5 years (this can be from high school). Private tutoring and/or babysitting will not count towards these hours.
  12. Successfully complete the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Exams*: Reading, Writing and Math. It is highly recommended that these exams
    are taken within the first 24 credit hours of coursework in order for the candidate to make continuous progress in the Professional Education Core, and for the candidate to have the highest chance of success. Official passing scores must be sent to Concord University via ETS. When registering for an exam(s), be sure to list Concord University and the WV Department of Education as a ‘Score Recipient.’  Praxis exams can now be taken at home through ETS via ProctorU. Visit https://www.ets.org/praxis/register to register for the exam; be sure to use the correct exam codes listed below. A candidate may be exempt from the Praxis Core Exams based upon the WVDE Licensure Testing Directory. Please review the exemptions listed on page 4 of the TEP Admission Packet to determine if you are exempt from 1 or more Praxis Core Exams. For additional information regarding Praxis fee waivers/assistance, disability accommodations, prep materials/aids or testing centers, please visit the CU Department of Education: Resources and Information webpage

    • 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