Please read: Announcement regarding changes in the degree plans and requirements.
Changes to the requirements to begin the professional development sequence will take effect for those students declaring as a BAIS major on or after 1 September 2017. Students may apply for teacher candidacy at any time after declaring as a BAIS major. However, acceptance as a teacher candidate will not automatically allow students to begin the professional development sequence. In order to begin the professional development sequence, ALL preparatory and academic major coursework must be completed. Please check your degree plan, schedule an appointment with your advisor, and keep a current CAPP report in order to insure timely completion of your degree and work towards certification.
As you may realize, this will eliminate scheduling summer classes once students begin the professional development sequence. There are several benefits to this change: 1) students will be able to focus completely on professional development sequence coursework and field experience; 2) test preparation sessions will be offered during the summer to assist students in preparing for and taking the certification exams; which will also allow for specific attention to the testing process; and, 3) if the summer break occurs between PD2 and PD3, students will be able to complete their testing as well as use the time to earn money to lessen the financial demands of the student teaching semester. The department thinks that this will better prepare you to become a certified teacher, as well as enable students to pass all exams prior to student teaching. There is substantial evidence that teacher candidates who have passed all exams prior to student teaching are offered positions more quickly than those who have not.
If you have any questions, please see your advisor or contact the Department of Urban Education.
Students who declare after 1 September 2016 will need to meet the following requirements in these courses of components:
- Successful completion of ENG 1301 and 1302, MATH 1301 (with a grade of "C" or better)
- Successful completion of Life and Physical Sciences and American History component (with a grade of "C" or better)