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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are field experiences?

Field experiences in diverse school settings begin with the freshman year. These placements allow the teacher candidate to observe the classroom environment, to practice newly acquired teaching skills and to positively impact K-12 student learning. They begin with observation and progress to working one-on-one with a variety of students and advance to teaching small groups. Prior to full-time student teaching, the teacher candidate has a significant micro-teaching experience in a public school placement within their content certification area.

Will I be certified to teach in all states?

To graduate with a degree in a certification area degree from the University of Charleston, students must be eligible for certification in West Virginia and must complete the West Virginia certification process. Attaining certification in West Virginia will automatically provide the student with credentials for teaching in all 50 states and the District of Columbia; however, graduates may need to complete additional requirements such as a teacher test specific to the state or take a particular course.

What are the Praxis PPST tests?

All education students a certification area degree must successfully complete the Mathematics, Reading, and Writing sub-tests of the PRAXIS I: Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST). Students with ACT scores of 26+ or SAT scores of 1170+ are exempt. This test in taken in Tier I of the education program and is integrated into Education 100 and Education 250. See Education Testing Service site www.ets.org.

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