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Office of Professional Educator Services

Requirements For Admission To Professional Education

Students must have a complete admissions file and be fully admitted to Professional Education before being eligible to apply for student teaching.

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  1.  The candidate must file an application for admission to the professional education program during attendance at a mandatory Professional Education Admissions Orientation.
  1.  The candidate must file a statement indicating if they have convictions or pending charges on a felony or sexual misconduct misdemeanor. Individuals with a conviction or pending charges must contact and confer with the Director of Professional Educator Services.  Falsification of this statement will result in immediate removal from professional education.
  1.  The candidate must file a statement verifying that he/she understands 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, minimal passing scores on required tests, and academic attainment required for admission.
  1.  The candidate must file a statement indicating a commitment to uphold The Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky School Personnel and receipt of notification of the Code of Conduct Review.
  1.  The candidate must submit a completed physical on the KY Medical Form, TB screening, and criminal background check (through Verified Credentials), all dated within one year of submission.
  1.  The candidate must provide an appropriate photograph for his/her file (headshot / selfie).
  1.  In order to be admitted to teacher education, the candidate must achieve and maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.75. (In order to student teach the candidate must have a 2.75 or higher GPA in professional education, any identified certification area(s), and overall).  A candidate with less than an overall GPA less than 2.75 may request admission based on the last 30 hours of coursework if that GPA is 3.0 or above. You must email your request to the Director of Professional Educator Services, including a rationale for the improved academic performance.
  1.  As verification of proficiency in the use of oral language, the candidate must attain a grade of “C” or higher in an approved general education speech course for education majors (or equivalent courses COMM 145, 161, 181) or by documenting an overall GPA of at least 2.75 (4.0 scale) on a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  1. As verification of writing proficiency, the candidate must have at least a 2.5 GPA in English 100 and English 300 (or equivalent courses) with neither grade being less than a “C”. A grade of “C” must be earned in all professional education classes or by documenting an overall GPA of at least 2.75 (4.0 scale) on a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.  If the candidate does not meet these requirements he/she must contact the Office of Professional Educator Services for advisement.
  1. The candidate must provide the Office of Professional Educator Services with official verification that they have successfully completed the pre-professional skills assessments of basic knowledge—the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE)—administered by the Educational Testing Service with the corresponding minimum scores:  Mathematics—150, Reading—156, and Writing—162.
    For Praxis preparation materials, candidates are encouraged to visit www.ets.org and https://www.wku.edu/educatorservices/praxis_test_prep.php
  1. Acquire three positive faculty recommendations:  Dispositions toward teaching will be evaluated according to specific qualities and traits.  Recommendations may not be obtained from instructors of online courses as the dispositions are not necessarily observable in an online learning environment.  The dispositions are evaluated using three separate teacher professional educator admission evaluation forms.  At no point may students deliver or receive the required forms; students will obtain permission of the instructors to complete the forms, provide the names of the instructors to receive the forms, and the Office of Professional Educator Services will make contact with the designated instructors. You may use only one non-WKU education instructor.
    1.  A. Form TA-3—The student must be recommended by one of the following course instructors: EDU250, MGE275, AG250, SMED101, SMED301 or IECE322.
    2.  B. Form TA-4—The student must be recommended by an additional faculty member adhering to these specific guidelines:
    3.  C. Form TA-6—The student must be recommended by a WKU faculty member from one of the recommended courses: list of courses for TA-6 form
  1. All candidates must be officially approved by the Professional Education Committee. Each of the above requirements must be met prior to committee consideration of the candidate.  Deadlines for committee consideration of a candidate’s credentials are September 15 (Fall admission) and February 15 (Spring admission).  A candidate must be approved by the Professional Education Committee one year 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:  Incomplete files that have been inactive for more than one year 18 months will be deactivated and/or destroyed.
  1. Students may contact teacher.services@wku.edu or wendy.delk@wku.edu to check the status of their admissions file. Students may also monitor the completion of their admissions file using the admissions checklist.

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 Last Modified 7/30/20