The School of Education, Health & Human Performance provides new students with numerous opportunities to make early connections to their major field of interest prior to the start of the first semester. To gain knowledge of the complex path to becoming a teacher educator, ALL PRE-ELEMENTARY AND PRE-SECONDARY TEACHER EDUCATION CANDIDATES ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO:
Note-Secondary Education majors have two academic colleges that relate to their major. For example, art education majors have an academic home in the School of Fine Arts and the School of Education. In order to keep informed on issues related to becoming a certified teacher educator, Pre-Secondary Education majors should attend the above events hosted by the School of Education, NOT their specialization area.
The pre-admission process into Teacher Education begins with the completion of a Declaration of Intent form. This form is distributed to students in the EDUC 2200, Introduction to Education class. The Declaration of Intent form provides students with a list of requirements into Teacher Education and starts the admissions process with the creation of a student file in the Teacher Certification Office.
Listed below are the requirements for consideration into Teacher Education:
Students must complete two pre-education classes, EDUC 2200, Introduction to Education and EDUC 2201, Instructional Technology as part of the application process. Both classes must be passed with a grade of “C” or better.
Grade Point Average
Entrance into Teacher Education requires a 2.75 or higher grade point average in all three of the following areas:
It is strongly recommended that students take advantage of the Fairmont State University D/F Repeat Policy and retake any grades lower than a “C” as soon as possible.
Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educator Test
The Praxis Core Test has replaced the Praxis I - Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) as the required test for entrance into Teacher Education.
All teacher candidates must pass the Core (reading, writing and math sections) or have received a test exemption by providing evidence of a composite score of 26 or higher on the ACT or 1170 or higher on the SAT (Verbal and Quantitative only).
Candidates should plan taking the Praxis Core Test during their first semester as a pre-education major.
To register for the Praxis Core Test go to http://www.ets.org/.
Early Field Experience (EFE) Community/After-School Settings & PDS (Public School)
The Early Field Experience provides students with firsthand knowledge of the type of work educators do in both community and public school settings. Students are required to complete 50 hours of community-based work at two or three different sites that include experience working with diverse populations.
Credit may be awarded for work completed as part of the high school experience or the summer before college.
Students who enrolled at Fairmont State prior to the fall 2011 term are not required to complete the EFE as part of the application process.
Note: During the file review period, a request for information on candidates will be sent to all School of Education, Health & Human Performance faculty, staff and administrators. Feedback on a candidate’s “dispositions” is a significant part of this process. According to the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) a disposition is defined as those “professional attitudes, values, and beliefs demonstrated through both verbal and non-verbal behaviors as educators interact with students, families, colleagues and communities.” Candidates should be aware of how personal and professional behaviors may reflect on their pursuit of a career in Teacher Education.