Jun 18, 2018  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Teacher Education


Ella E. Benson, Chair
David E. Ballew
James L. Hammond
Russell H. Johnson, III
Lisa M. Lowry
Cynthia S. Nicholson
Teresa S. Santis
Brenda S. Tinkham
James P. Truesdell
Amy R. Wethington

Core Outcomes For The Teacher Preparation Program

The Candidate Proficiencies are a demonstrated means of delivering quality instructional strategies that support and promote the ideal that all children can learn and benefit from quality instruction. Students completing the teacher preparation program possess the following characteristics:


Candidates will

  1. Master content and pedagogical knowledge
  2. Understand educational research as a means to improve learning for all students
  3. Understand how students learn and develop, including atypical and exceptional learners


Candidates will

  1. Master and apply a variety of instructional and classroom management strategies to enhance learning for all students
  2. Integrate technology to enhance student learning
  3. Use data from formative and summative assessments to inform instruction


Candidates will

  1. Demonstrate fairness, respect, and appreciation for the diversity among learners
  2. Reflect on knowledge and practices to improve instruction
  3. Engage in scholarly inquiry and professional opportunities
  4. Collaborate with colleagues, students, parents, and community members

Admission Policies and Requirements

Admission to Teacher Education

Following the successful completion of the University’s General Education requirements and obtaining a passing score on the PRAXIS* Core Academic Skills Examination, students must submit a formal application to the Dean of the School of Education and satisfy the following admission requirements:

  1. GPA of 2.90 or better on all University work completed to date.
  2. Complete required criminal background check.**
  3. Obtain written recommendation from major advisor and one additional faculty member.
  4. Write an essay on the topic, “What Makes an Effective Teacher.”
  5. Completed education disposition assessment by advisor.
  6. Completed education disposition assessment by student.
  7. Successful interview with the Unit Admissions Committee.
  8. Achieve a grade of C or better in ENGL 101 , ENGL 102 , and COMM 101  or COMM 201 , and EDUC 201 - Introduction to Teaching .
  9. Join TaskStream and maintain membership.

* Students with a total SAT score of 1100 (reading and math) or better or a composite ACT score of 24 or better are exempt from PRAXIS* Core Academic Skills Examination​ requirements.

The members of the Unit Admissions Committee render the final admission decision.

Admission to Student Teaching

Before being permitted to register for EDUC 480 - Directed Student Teaching  , students must have met the following requirements:

  1. Achieve an overall GPA of 2.90 or better and receive a “C” or better on all specialty/content and professional studies courses.
  2. Complete all courses and requirements in the Department of Teacher Education except those identified as part of student teaching on the checklist of courses required for graduation.
  3. Complete all academic courses in the major discipline deemed essential for successful student teaching (refer to University catalog or www.chowan.edu).
  4. Complete required criminal background check.
  5. Complete a formal application to student teaching.

Advisement and Monitoring of Student Progress

Formal review of all teacher education candidates occurs at three transition points during each student’s career at the University. The monitoring allows faculty to assess the student’s progress and to offer academic advisement as may be warranted.

Transition Points In The Teacher Education Program

  T1 Admission to the Teacher Education Program
  T2 Admission to Student Teaching
  T3 Program Completion

Graduation Without Teacher Licensure

Students who fail to meet the requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program must change their major and may be required to take additional course work in order to receive a degree from Chowan University. Elementary Education candidates must take and pass Foundations in Reading and General Curriculum Multi-Subject Subtest in order to be eligible for a teaching license. Comprehensive Science, English, Health and Physical Education, Mathematics, Music, and Social Studies candidates must take all required parts of PRAXIS II.

Required Components

All students enrolled in a teacher preparation program must satisfactorily complete the following four components within the specific programs of study:

General Education
Specific Content Courses
Professional Studies Courses
Fieldwork/Clinical Practice

Students are required to provide their own transportation to fieldwork/clinical assignments.


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