Teacher Education Program

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.

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. Successful completion of a minimum of 24/25 hours, which must include 18/19 hours from the General Education Program, with a 2.00 grade point average. The general studies courses must include the following:
Elementary Majors
Written Communication - 6 hrs
(A grade of 'C' or better is required in all courses)
ENGL 101, Composition and Rhetoric (3hr)
ENGL 102, Composition and Rhetoric (3hr)

Oral Communication - 3 hrs
CART 101, Fundamentals of Speech (3hr)

Mathematics - 3 hrs
Elementary majors MUST complete MATH 101 or MATH 103

Natural Sciences - 3/4 hrs
One 3hr course or one 4hr lab science course
Elementary majors MUST select from BIOL 101, GEOG 200 or PHSC 104

Social and Behavioral Sciences/Literature and Humanities - 3 hrs 
Secondary Majors
Written Communication - 6 hrs
(A grade of 'C' or better is required in all courses)
ENGL 101, Composition and Rhetoric (3hr)
ENGL 102, Composition and Rhetoric (3hr)

Oral Communication - 3 hrs
CART 101, Fundamentals of Speech (3hr)

Mathematics - 3 hrs
One MATH course

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 Communication - 6 hrs
(A grade of 'C' or better is required in all courses)
ENGL 101, Composition and Rhetoric (3hr)
ENGL 102, Composition and Rhetoric (3hr)

Oral Communication - 3 hrs
CART 101, Fundamentals of Speech (3hr)

Mathematics - 3 hrs
One MATH course

Natural Sciences - 3/4 hrs
One 3hr course or one 4hr lab science course

Social and Behavioral Sciences/Literature and Humanities - 3 hrs 
  1. Complete EDUC 210,  Diversity, Culture, and Education in a Pluralistic Society (formerly Foundations of Education), with a grade of “C” or better, and successfully complete the required twenty-five hour field based experience. Candidates must also complete the Professional Education seminars as a part of this class. Candidates transferring Diversity, Culture and Education in a Pluralistic Society (formerly 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.
  2. Complete SPED 303, Introduction to Special Education, with a grade of “C” or better. 

  3. Attainment of an overall grade point average of 2.50* or better in all coursework completed (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.

  4. Successfully complete the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Exam. It is highly recommended that this test is taken within the first 24 credit hours of coursework in order for the candidate to make continuous progress in the Professional Education Core. A student may obtain a waiver for the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Exam by providing an official letter from the Registrar’s Office reflecting an ACT test score of 26 (composite score) or higher, an SAT score of 1170 (math and verbal composite score) or higher (effective for exams taken March 2005-April 2016), a score of 1240 on the New SAT using the combined Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score and Math score (effective for exams taken May 2016-present), or by providing documentation that you have completed a master’s degree.  These waivers are accepted only in the state of WV.
  • 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     

Note: a student may obtain a waiver for the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Exam by providing an official letter from the Registrar’s Office reflecting an ACT test score of 26 (composite score) or higher, an SAT score of 1170 (math and verbal composite score) or higher (effective for exams taken March 2005-April 2016), a score of 1240 on the New SAT using the combined Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score and Math score (effective for exams taken May 2016-present), or by providing documentation that you have completed a master’s degree. These waivers are accepted only in the state of WV.

  1. Candidates must complete 100 hours of documented experience working with school age children/youth in organized settings prior to admission to the Teacher Education Program. Appropriate 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 and provide a description of what the volunteer hours entailed. All documentation must be included in the candidate’s portfolio when they apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program. The 100 hours are in addition to any required field practicum hours. 
  1. 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.
  1. Declaration of a specific and accurate major and content specialization(s) through the Declaration of Degree/Major Form
  1. Successful completion of a Teacher Education Program information seminar. These seminars will be available during EDUC210, SPED303 and EPAT. A section will also be offered for those students not currently enrolled in EDUC210, SPED303 or EPAT. Class attendance records and a sign-in sheet will serve as proof of attendance.