Dec 01, 2021  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog

Teacher Education Program - APS Undergraduate


TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM

The Teacher Education Program is administered through a Performance Assessment System built on a continuous improvement cycle which includes four progress check points or “Gates”:

Gate 1-Admission to Teacher Education; admission to upper level courses at the end of the EDA 201  clinical semester

Gate 2-Review a candidate’s education program at the end of the EDA 300  clinical semester

Gate 3-Admission to Student Teaching at the end of the EDA 401  clinical semester

Gate 4-Program Exit; recommendation for certification

Students seeking a recommendation for a teaching certificate must be accepted into the Teacher Education Program (Gate 1) in order to complete required professional courses (300 or above). Successful completion of Gate 2 is needed for continuance in coursework. Receiving a “developing” rating at Gate 3 is required to pursue the professional semester and obtain a student teaching assignment. Fulfilling the requirements of Gate 4 (exit from program) results in a recommendation for certification. (Scoring rubrics for ratings, recommendations, interviews and dispositions are located in the current School of Education Teacher Education Handbook.) Student teaching, which is considered to be a full-semester of coursework, involves a two-day seminar (I-Steps) held on campus prior to candidates starting their 70-day student teaching experience and 7 on campus seminars throughout the student teaching semester. Candidates must obtain a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale in the cumulative GPA (EPSB: or obtain a grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale on the last thirty (30) hours of credit completed) for admission into the Teacher Education Program. Upon admission to TEP, the following GPAs are monitored throughout the remainder of the program to assure a minimum GPA of 2.75 in cumulative and School of Education Major GPA.

 

Admission to Teacher Education Gates for APS - Elementary Education Majors

PREREQUISITES - Prior to registering for EDA 201 and entering the education gating process, the teacher candidate must complete the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) and obtain KY passing scores in the following: Reading = 156, Writing = 162, and Math = 150. A provisional pathway into the EDA 201 course is by enrolling in EDA 201 and the applicable intervention class needed for the Praxis CASE area that has not been met. These intervention courses are EDA 203  Reading, EDA 204  Writing, and EDA 205  Mathematics. The candidate must still pass all Praxis CASE exams by the end of the EDA 201 clinical semester to enter the education program.

 

GATE 1 - End of the EDA 201  Clinical Semester - Requirements for Admission to Teacher Education:

  1. Obtain 39 credit hours plus the first 14 credit hours in the Elementary Ed Adult Professional Studies Program.
  2. Obtain a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale in cumulative and School of Education major GPAs by the end of the 14 elementary education credit hours.
  3. Obtain a grade of ‘C-’ or above in each of these courses:
  • College Writing ENG 110  (or  equivalent)
  • Public Speaking COM 150  (or equivalent)
  1. Complete all School of Education courses with a grade of ‘C-’ or better.
  2. Complete successfully EDA 201  Structured Inquiry Clinical, 60 hours that includes at least one diversity experience with positive teacher recommendations (developing rating)-including disposition ratings.
  3. Sign off on the Community Life Form.
  4. Submit completed “Character and Fitness” form that meets Kentucky’s Code of Ethics.
  5. Complete a successful interview with a committee of educators.
  6. Obtain an overall Developing score on the Gate 1 portfolio, which includes the School of Education’s Dispositions.

 

GATE 2 - End of the EDA 300  Clinical Semester - Requirements to continue in Teacher Education:

  1. Cumulative GPA minimum of 2.75.
  2. School of Education Major GPA minimum of 2.75.
  3. Completion of MTA 201  (or equivalent) with grade of ‘C’ or above.
  4. Obtain positive department approval, including disposition ratings.
  5. Complete all School of Education courses with a grade of ‘C-’ or better.
  6. Obtain a Developing rating in the EDA 300 clinical.
  7. Complete a successful collaborative performance event with a committee of educators.
  8. Obtain a Developing rating on the portfolio, including the School of Education’s Dispositions.

 

GATE 3 - End of the EDA 401  Clinical Semester - Requirements for Admission to Student Teaching:

  1. Cumulative GPA minimum of 2.75.
  2. School of Education Major GPA minimum of 2.75.
  3. Complete Form 2–Application to Student Teaching.
  4. Obtain positive department approval, including disposition ratings.
  5. Submit completed “Character and Fitness” form that meets Kentucky’s Code of Ethics.
  6. Complete all School of Education courses with a grade of ‘C-’ or better.
  7. Obtain Medical Clearance.
  8. Complete criminal background check.
  9. Obtain a Developing rating in the EDA 401 Clinical.
  10. Complete a successful interview with a committee of P-12 school administrators.
  11. Obtain a Developing rating on the portfolio, including the School of Education’s Dispositions.
  12. Interview with the Director of Clinical Experiences.

 

GATE 4 - End of Student Teaching EDA 498  / EDA 499   - Requirements for Program Exit and Recommendation for Certification:

  1. Cumulative GPA minimum of 2.75.
  2. School of Education Major GPA minimum of 2.75.
  3. Complete Certification Application.
  4. Obtain positive cooperating teacher recommendation, including the School of Education’s Dispositions.
  5. Complete and meet the criteria on the “Character and Fitness” Form.
  6. Complete student teaching with a Developing rating, including the School of Education’s Dispositions.
  7. Complete a successful interview with a committee of educators.
  8. Obtain a Developing rating on the portfolio, including the School of Education’s Dispositions.

Licensure Examinations:

All education majors are required to take the appropriate PRAXIS II Specialty Area Exam(s) and the respective Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT).

Certification

  • The Teacher Education Program at Asbury University is approved by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Requirements for each teaching area at Asbury University are in compliance with the minimum regulations set forth by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board and are subject to change. Each program curricular design responds to the specific CAEP standards.
  • Applicants for a Kentucky teaching certificate must complete state approved program requirements and all graduation requirements which provide for meeting the initial academic certification standards. To be recommended for certification, a candidate must complete a successful interview with a committee of educators, and the portfolio review with a Developing rating, which includes a rating on candidate dispositions. For certification the candidate must also receive scores that meet or exceed the Kentucky established minimums on the PRAXIS II Specialty Area Assessment(s) and Principles of Learning and Teaching.
  • When the approved teacher education program and Kentucky certification testing requirements have been met and when an application for Kentucky certification has been completed, a full standard professional certificate may be requested from the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board.

When certification is desired in another state, keep in mind that most state Departments of Education request a copy of the teaching certificate obtained from the state in which the teacher education program was completed. Graduates can contact a state’s Department of Education to ask for an application for certification and can contact the Certification Specialist at Asbury University for assistance in interpreting individual state certification requirements.

Asbury graduates currently teach throughout the United States and in many foreign countries. Over 60% of the states, including Kentucky, belong to the Interstate Certification Compact.

 

Student Teaching Overseas - Asbury is affiliated with Interaction International / STAGE (Student Teaching and Global Experiences). These organizations provide Asbury with an accredited framework to offer overseas student teaching. Dual placement is necessary, with candidates teaching stateside in a local school district with supervision by Education faculty during half of the professional semester and teaching overseas during the other half of the semester. Careful consideration needs to take place by anyone desiring to student teach overseas. There is an application and stateside training fee. Candidates must apply at least one full calendar year in advance of student teaching placement. Contact the Director of Clinical Experiences in the School of Education for details and application specifications.

All program requirements are in response to Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board and are subject to change.