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Transition Points in the Division of Education

Teacher Preparation

The Teacher Preparation Program in the Division of Education attempts to share changes in policy, procedures, and protocols well in advance. Modifications or regulations may be imposed by other sources, so the Division of Education reserves the right to immediately initiate, add, or change program requirements without prior notice.

One such implementation comes from the Ohio Department of Education. Passage of Praxis II is required before licensure. To ensure compliance and ability of students to apply for licensure as quickly as possible, the Division of Education will require passage of the appropriate Praxis II content test(s) prior to student teaching, beginning in the Fall, 2003. In addition to passing the required Praxis II content tests, all educational coursework and all content area courses must be completed prior to student teaching.

Transition Points in the Teacher Preparation Program

There are four major transition points in the Teacher Preparation Program candidates should know about. The first occurs during

the sophomore year when students are officially accepted into the program; the second occurs during the junior year when students are accepted into the pre­clinical/clinical practice program and become candidates; and the third point is exit from the clinical practice semester, while the fourth follows candidates' progress after graduation and into the first years of teaching assessing can­didate satisfaction through the use of surveys.

Data is collected at each point to measure program effectiveness and to determine adjustments in the curriculum to ensure each teacher candidate adequately meets the minimum standard for six candidate proficiencies. Assessments of the proficiencies affirm the unit's expectation that candidates:

A. Demonstrate knowledge of content in their respective fields.

B. Know and apply their knowledge of how children and adolescents learn.
C. Vary instruction in order to meet the needs of all children and adolescents.
D. Use technology to enhance teaching and learning.
E. Impact student learning.
F. Exhibit traits of professionals.

Candidates should be aware of deadlines and program requirements for each transition point and should work closely with their advisors to ensure all pre­conditions are met in a timely basis. More detailed information about the transition points in the Teacher Preparation Program can be found in the Division of Education's Student Handbook.

Transition Point #1: Admission into Teacher Preparation

Candidates pursuing licensure must be formally accepted into the Teacher Preparation Program. Transition Ppoint #1 for students usually occurs during the second semester of their sophomore year or after the completion of the four core Education courses. Acceptance into the program is a prerequisite for enrollment in higher­level (300 and 400) Education courses, including pre­clini­cal/clinical practice.

The deadline for application to the Teacher Preparation Program is the end of the third week of the semester (Fall, Spring, Summer I and III) in which requirements will be completed. Applications and other related materials for admission into the Teacher Preparation Program are located in the Placement Office, Hannon Center #110. Materials should be submitted the semester when the following criteria are met:

  • Iowa Tests of Educational Development or Praxis I tests (Mathematics, Reading, & Writing)
  • GPA = 2.7, overall and content
  • 4 core courses (minimum grades of B­in each course)
  • EDUC 107, School and Society
  • EDUC 206, Individuals with Exceptionalities
  • EDUC 208, Instructional Technology
  • ECE 213; EDUC 263; MCE 223; AYA 233, Educational Psychology (Psychology course appropriate to licensure program)
  • BCII & FBI checks (clear)
  • Developmental portfolio (minimum rating of 2)
  • Three Walsh University faculty recommendations (two of which must be Division of Education faculty) 

Requirements for LEAD Candidates

  • Admission into the Master's of Arts in Education Program
  • MAT (396) or GRE (900 combined) in place of ITED or Praxis I tests
  • GPA = 3.0, overall and content (undergraduate and graduate)
  • 4 core education courses (minimum grades of B for each course)
  • EDUC 107, School and Society
  • EDF 601, Psychology of Learning (in lieu of undergraduate educational psychology course)
  • EDF 606, Accommodating Learners with Special Needs (in lieu of EDUC 206)
  • EDT 601, Computer as an Instructional Tool (in lieu of EDUC 208)
  • BCII & FBI checks (clear)
  • Developmental portfolio (minimum rating of 2)
  • Three Walsh University faculty recommendations (two of which must be Division of Education faculty)

The Teacher Preparation Screening Committee will notify candidates of their admission status: either approved, conditionally approved, or denied admission to the program. A student who is denied admission into the Teacher Preparation Program will not be permitted to enroll in 300/400 level classes and may:

  1. Decide not to enter the program;
  2. Verify improvement in the areas of deficiency and reapply at a later date;
  3. Appeal to the Teacher Preparation Screening Committee. Appeals must be made in writing within two weeks of the date of the denial letter and must be accompanied by appropriate documentation; or
  4. Appeal to the Standards Committee if dissatisfied with the decision of the Teacher Preparation Screening Committee.

Transition Point #2: Entry into Clinical Practice

Application for acceptance to pre­clinical/clinical practice program is usually made three semesters prior to the completion of all coursework. Placements are coordinated by the Education Placement Office in collaboration with the local school districts and are generally made in Stark and surrounding area schools. Candidates are required to have their advisor's approval to move forward. In addition the following requirements must be satisfied:

  • Pass pre­clinical course, minimum grade of B­
  • Impact on student learning project (minimum rating of 2)
  • Professional portfolio aligned with candidate proficiencies (minimum rating of 2)
  • Successful completion of the Praxis II content tests required for the intended license
  • 2.7 GPA, overall and content (3.0 for LEAD students)
  • Clearance by director of licensure (audit sheet)
  • Summative pre­clinical evaluation by cooperating teacher (minimum rating of 2)
  • University supervisor's evaluation (minimum rating of 2)
  • BCII & FBI checks (clear)

Transition Point #3: Exit from Clinical Practice

Candidates are eligible to apply for a teaching license upon completion of the following:

  • Pathwise, SPA, Candidate Proficiencies final evaluations from cooperating teacher & university supervisor (minimum rating of 2)
  • Impact on student learning project (minimum rating of 2)
  • Pre/post student self­evaluation on Candidate Proficiencies
  • Reflective Portfolio (minimum rating of 2)
  • e­Portfolio (minimum rating of 2)

Transition Point #4: Program Followup

Praxis II and III data and surveys are used to follow candidates' into their first years of teaching. The Division of Education will gather information about the following:

  • Praxis II Principle of Learning and Teaching scores
  • Praxis III Entry Year data
  • Alumni Surveys
  • Employer survey

Professional Licensure

All educational coursework, all content area courses, and all required Praxis II content tests must be completed prior to Clinical Practice. All students applying for the Teacher Preparation Program and Pre­Clinical/Clinical Practice should be aware that prior criminal convictions, whether or not the conviction has been expunged, can affect the student's ability to obtain a license to teach in the State of Ohio and/or affect the student's ability to obtain employment in a pre­school program, public school district or chartered non­public school. It is the student's responsibility to determine whether he or she is eligible for licensure and/or employment as a teacher in the state of Ohio. Students will be place in field experiences only after a background check indicates no offenses that would preclude licensure and/or employability in the State of Ohio.