• Education

    Bachelor of Arts

    PROGRAM AND ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    Becoming a teacher is a serious endeavor. UC education students must first the requirements necessary to be formally admitted to the education department at the end of their sophomore year; later, they must apply to the state to student teach. There are also required comprehensive exams. See below for details.

    • Admission Requirements

      To be admitted to the Department of Education, students must first be admitted to the University of Charleston.

      Students who have gained general admission to the University of Charleston and wish to be admitted to the Department of Education take courses during the first two years at the institution that meet Liberal Learning Outcomes and satisfy Education core requirements. To be officially admitted to the Department of Education, the student must:

      • Have completed 60 hours of coursework by the end of the semester in which they apply
      • Have a GPA of at least 3.0 in professional education courses, content area, and overall (certification area degrees)
      • Have a GPA of at least 2.75 in professional education courses, content area, and overall (non-certification area degrees)
      • Have passing Praxis Core (reading, writing and math) scores on file (or an ACT score of 26 or above or SAT score of 1170 or above). Not required for non-certification degrees.
      • Complete all freshman-level portfolios (COMM 101 and 102, SPCH 103, UNIV 101 and 102 or UNIV 203 if a transfer student) with passing grades
      • Complete Application for Admission to the Education Program and Panel Interview while taking EDUC 299, Theories of Learning and Teaching
      • Participate in the Admission to the Education Department Process, which includes an interview conducted by Arts and Sciences faculty and public school educators
      • Submit portfolio prior to panel interview including:
        • Letter of introduction
        • Current resume
        • Sample lesson plan
        • Philosophy of education
        • One field experience evaluation
        • Professional learning experience artifact and reflection
        • Technology work sample
        • Work sample from an Arts & Sciences course
         

      Upon completion of the Admission to the Education Department Process, students are fully admitted fully, provisionally admitted, or denied admission to the Department of Education. The student has two semesters to clear all deficiencies.

    • Program Requirements

      To be eligible to enroll in student teaching or internship, the candidate must meet the following requirements:

      • Receive full admittance to the Department of Education.
      • Submit application approved by the Chair of the Department of Education within the first month of the semester prior to the planned student teaching experience (See application link).
      • Complete a minimum of 96 semester hours of appropriate credit with an overall 3.0 GPA if earning a certification area degree or overall GPA of 2.75 if earning a non-certificate area degree.
      • Complete at least 3/4 of the total course requirements in one’s teaching content area plus EDUC 320, Integrated Methods course.
      • Complete all required professional education and teaching specialization courses with no less than an overall 3.0 GPA if earning a certification area degree or overall GPA of 2.75 if earning a non-certificate area degree.
      • Take and pass the Praxis Core exams (reading, writing, math) and any Praxis II content exams required for your certification area; in addition, all candidates must pass the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exam in order to graduate.
      • Obtain Unit (Division of Arts & Sciences) approval to student teach.
      • Demonstrate competence in the content specialization as indicated by performance on the PRAXIS II: Subject Assessment Test(s) and the Principles of Learning and Teaching. In order to graduate passing scores must be received no later than the end of the clinical practice semester (not required for non-certification area degrees).
      • Meet all criteria to obtain the required Student Teaching Permit from the West Virginia Department of Education (not required for non-certification area degrees).
       

       

      Note:Candidates seeking a certification area degree cannot be concurrently enrolled in student teaching and have recorded deficiencies in any academic course work or be seeking to retake Praxis Core measures that were previously failed. Candidates seeking a non-certification area degree cannot be concurrently enrolled in internship and have recorded deficiencies in any academic course work.