Admission to the Teacher Education Program
The application for admission to the Teacher Education Program will be completed during the student’s enrollment in EDU 20403 Planning for Instruction. If the application is not approved, the student will not be allowed to enroll in upper level (30000-40000) education (EDU) courses.
To gain admission to the Teacher Education Program, candidates must meet ALL of the following standards:
1. A GPA (GPA) of 3.0 in the following written and oral communication courses: ENG 11103 Composition I, ENG 11203 Composition II, and COM 11103 Fundamentals of Speech.
2. An overall GPA of 2.5 in at least twenty-seven (27) semester hours of the general education coursework.
3. An American College Test (ACT) of at least 21.
4. OR an American College Test (ACT) of 19/20 and Praxis I scores in reading (173), writing (172), and mathematics (172). School of Education requirements may be adjusted periodically to comply with changing state requirements. If a candidate has a Bachelor Degree from a regionally accredited institution, the ACT/PRAXIS I requirement is waived.
5. Submit two essays to be reviewed by faculty: "The URG Conceptual Framework" and "My Philosophy of Education."
6. The candidate must sign a statement of Good Moral Character as defined in Section 3319.30 of the Ohio Revised Code.
7. The candidate must have a background check (BCI) with clear results.
8. The candidate must have a current, negative TB test.
9. The candidate must have met Portfolio Benchmark I.
10. The candidate will receive written notification of acceptance into the School of Education by the Head of Teacher Education. A candidate who is denied admission will be given reasons for the denial. The candidate has the right to appeal denial to the Faculty Advisory Council for the Teacher Education Program which is chaired by the Head of Teacher Education. Candidates are also able to rewrite essays as needed to make noted corrections or clarifications.
Measures of Academic Aptitude and Achievement
The following methods are used as measures of academic aptitude and achievement for selection and diagnosis of strengths and needs of potential teacher education candidates:
1. GPA (GPA): GPAs will be calculated by the Head of Teacher Education by using institutional transcripts. A 3.0 GPA is required in communication courses (Comp I, Comp II and Speech), and an overall GPA of 2.5 in at least twenty-seven (27) semester hours of the general education coursework.
2. ACT: A composite score of at least 19 on the ACT is required. All students who desire consideration for acceptance into Teacher Education must take the ACT or have a Bachelor Degree. There is no limit to the number of times the student may take the ACT.
3. Utilization of Program Tests: The Praxis I Test is used to provide a standardized measure of knowledge and skills in the areas of reading, mathematics, and writing which are considered essential for successful completion of the Teacher Education Program. School of Education requirements may be adjusted periodically to comply with changing state requirements. A candidate may repeat any part of the test that the candidate did not pass. A scheduled consultation with the Head of Teacher Education is required if the candidate does not pass all areas of the Praxis I Test in two attempts. A score of 21 or greater on the ACT or a Bachelor’s Degree will allow the student to circumvent Praxis I.
4. Essays: Candidates must submit two essays to be reviewed by faculty: "The Conceptual Framework," and "My Philosophy of Education." The essays will be reviewed by faculty. If not approved by faculty, the candidate must resubmit the essay or essays.
5. Moral Character Statement: Candidates must sign a statement of Good Moral Character as defined in Section 3319.30 of the Ohio Revised Code. This statement alerts the candidate to the fact that teachers must be of good moral character. Before a student receives admission to the School of Education or a licensure in teacher education, the student must submit fingerprints for a criminal background check. No person may receive a teacher license that does not have a clear BCI & FBI Check. All questions regarding convictions need to be addressed to the Office of Professional Conduct at the Ohio Department of Education.
6. Candidates enrolled in any courses with field experience must complete the following: The candidate must have a background check (BCI) with clear results. Clearance of BCI is required for Ohio Dept. of Education licensure, but does not guarantee employment clearance. BCI check is available through the Campus Bookstore.
7. Candidates must have a current, negative TB test. TB tests are available through Health Services.
Removal from Teacher Education Program
The Faculty Advisory Council will be chaired by the Head of Teacher Education. The Council may outline a program of improvement or recommend immediate removal from the Teacher Education Program. The candidate may file a grievance as outlined in the University of Rio Grande Student Handbook.
A candidate may be asked to appear before the Faculty Advisory Council for the Teacher Education Program comprised of full-time faculty of Teacher Education to address any one of the following issues:
1. Evidence that the candidate is not of Good Moral Character as defined in Section 3319.30 of the Ohio Revised Code. The state of Ohio will not license anyone convicted of a felony.
2. Failure to maintain a G.P.A .of at least 2.75 in licensure area and/or at least an overall 2.5 GPA for greater than two consecutive semesters.
3. Concerns from the Coordinator of Field Experiences, principal, cooperating teacher, School of Education Faculty or other school personnel indicating unsuccessful field/clinical experiences, or moral character.
4. Concerns from faculty indicating a candidate’s difficulties in URG School of Education Knowledge, Skills, Dispositions, or moral character.