Steps to Becoming a Teacher
During first year, take: EDU 110 or MUS 100; EDU 115; PSY 101 (see licensure-specific advising sheets for recommended course sequences).
Candidates must earn a C- or higher in each of the above courses before advancing to step II.
Note: If a candidate scored lower than 21 on the ACT or candidate’s composite score was less than 1000 on the SAT, he/she must take Praxis I Tests 0710, 0720, 0730 during the first year. The Heidelberg passing score is 175 on each subtest.
Take EDU 200 (and 201 or 207 or 208 if required) and EIS 265 (camp experience required for licensure).
If a candidate earns a C- or higher in each of the above courses and has at least a 21 ACT or a 1000 or higher composite SAT or a 175 on all PPST subtests, he/she is ready for Step III.
Take (depending on candidate’s licensure): EDU 220, 225 (Early); EDU 220, 227 (Middle); EDU 220, 228 (AYA); EDU 220, 229 (Multi).
Candidate will take the Praxis II Principles of Learning and Teaching Test (PLT) in licensure area near the end of EDU 220. Test numbers are: Early Childhood 0521; K-6 0522; Middle Childhood 0523; AYA 0524. Multi Age and ISP may choose the one PLT test they wish to take. Registration is completed online at www.ets.org.
If candidate earns a C- or higher in each of the above courses and has taken the PLT for the licensure area, he/she is ready for Step IV.
Apply for Admission to Education Licensure Program (EDL). Candidate’s EDU 220 professor will provide the necessary form.
To be accepted into the program, candidate must:
- Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
- Have taken the PLT;
- Have an ACT composite of 21 or higher or an SAT combined score of 1000 or higher or 175 on all PPST subtests; and
- Not have had two or more concern forms filed by two or more different professors.
Note: Candidate will not be permitted to register for courses above EDU 228/EIS 265 unless admitted to the Licensure Program. A 3.0 GPA must be maintained.
Candidate must earn state passing scores on all Praxis II tests required for licensure area in order to register for Senior Student Teaching.
All Senior Student Teachers are required to spend the first two days of the school year (in which they are student teaching) in a classroom in their licensure area in order to observe “start up” procedures. Contact Dr. Robert Swanson, Education Department Chair, if you have questions.
Note: Ohio state law requires Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation and Federal Bureau of Investigation fingerprint background checks before candidates can be placed in schools. For information about this requirement, contact the Education Department Chair.