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Teacher Admissions Student Checklist

This is a personal checklist to record each admission step you complete.
____ Attend Teacher Education Admissions Orientation
____ File an application for admission to teacher education (TA1)
____ File a statement indicating no convictions or pending charges on a felony or sexual misconduct misdemeanor.
____ Sign and file a statement verifying an understanding of such information as the current employment conditions, demands of the teaching field, wide range of skills essential to the teaching field, amount and nature of required class work, necessity of becoming involved in clinical experiences, increasing complexity of the teaching profession, cut-off scores on required tests, and academic attainment required for admission.
____ Sign and file a statement indicating receipt of a printed copy of the: (1) requirements for admission to teacher education and student teaching, (2) components related to program course requirements, (3) program matriculation standards, and (4) current PRAXIS test requirements.
____ The candidate must submit documentation of a completed physical, TB screening, Kentucky State Police criminal background check for working with minors, all dated within one year prior to admission to teacher education.
____ Submit an appropriate photograph for the teacher admissions file.
____ Achieve and maintain the required minimum overall GPA of 2.75 for admission to teacher education (In order to student teach the candidate must have a 2.75 GPA or better in professional education, any identified certification area(s), as well as overall).
____ File a statement indicating a commitment to uphold The Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky School Personnel and received notification of the Code of Conduct Review.
____ Demonstrate proficiency in the use of oral language by attaining a grade if "C" or higher in an approved general education speech course for education majors (or equivalent courses COMM 145, 161, 181) or by attaining an overall GPA of at least 2.75 (4.0 scale) on an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.
____ Demonstrate writing proficiency by attaining a 2.5 GPA in English 100 and English 300 or equivalent courses with neither grade being lower that a "C" or by attaining an overall GPA of at least 2.75 (4.0 scale) on an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution. A grade of "C" or higher must be earned in all professional education classes. (If the candidate does not meet this requirement, she/he must contact the Office of Teacher Admission for advisement).
____ Complete teacher admission testing requirement:
  (1) The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) with minimums of 156 in Reading, 162 in Writing, 150 in Math. 
*Official documentation of test scores must be on file in the Office of Teacher Admissions to verify satisfactory completion of this requirement. Test scores not available on Top Net should be brought to Gary Ransdell Hall 2052. PPST test scores must be sent to Western Kentucky University and to Educational Professional Standards Board.
____ Obtain three positive faculty recommendations: Disposition toward teaching will be evaluated according to specific qualities or traits.
  1. All teacher admissions candidates: The student must be recommended by his/her EDU 250, MGE 275, AG 250 and SMED 101 professor and a Western Kentucky University faculty member from one of the following courses (LTCY320/421/444, ELED 345, SEC 351, 352, SPED 330, PSY 310 or SMED 320). 
  2. Elementary Ed, MGE majors only: A faculty member outside the Department of Teacher Education must recommend the student.  
  3. Secondary, K-12, 5-12 majors only: The student must be recommended by a faculty member in his/her major subject who is not the student's faculty advisor.
____ Candidate must be on ICAP or submit to the Office of Teacher Services a copy of their written degree program. Students must be enrolled in/admitted to a program that leads to certification
____ Be officially approved by the Professional Education Committee. (All above requirements must be met prior to the teacher admission deadline dates of September 15 or February 15. The candidate's admission must be committee approved prior to applying for student teaching. Application deadlines for student teaching are September 15 for spring student teaching and February 15 for fall student teaching.)

Note: Some teacher education programs, as indicated in the "Program Matriculation Standards Related to Teacher Admission," require completion of the teacher admission testing standard as a prerequisite for enrollment in certain courses. Further, all programs require official admission to teacher education by at least the beginning of the semester prior to student teaching if not as a prerequisite for enrollment in certain courses prior to the student teaching semester. 

IMPORTANT, Please maintain regular contact with the Teacher Services Center. The office is located in Gary Ransdell Hall 2052 inside the Dean's Suite.

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 Last Modified 9/25/14