Teacher education candidates who complete the degree requirements in education will:
- Know the content appropriate to their teaching specialty.
- Understand how children develop and how they learn through an integrated curriculum and a variety of age-appropriate instructional strategies.
- Use a variety of methods to assess students, both formative and summative, to monitor growth, evaluate students, and to inform instruction.
- Model 21st century skills and content, including technology and critical thinking, and integrate them into instruction.
- Demonstrate leadership in the classroom, in the school, and in the teaching profession.
- Embrace diversity in the school community and world, plan instruction accordingly, use materials to counteract stereotypes and maintain a learning environment that conveys high expectations of every student.
- Understand the importance of collaboration with parents, educators and other professionals to meet the needs of students.
- Demonstrate the ability to engage in scholarly inquiry and professional opportunities.
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:
- GPA of 2.95 or better on all University work completed to date.
- Complete required criminal background check.**
- Obtain written recommendation from major advisor and one additional faculty member.
- Write an essay on the topic, “What Makes an Effective Teacher.”
- Completed education disposition assessment by advisor.
- Completed education disposition assessment by student.
- Successful interview with the Unit Admissions Committee.
- Achieve a grade of C or better in ENGL 101, ENGL 102, and COMM 101 or COMM 201, and EDUC 201 - Introduction to Teaching.
- Join TaskStream and maintain membership.
* Students with a total SAT score of 1150 (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:
- Achieve an overall GPA of 2.95 or better and receive a “C” or better on all specialty/content and professional studies courses.
- 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.
- Complete all academic courses in the major discipline deemed essential for successful student teaching (refer to University catalog or www.chowan.edu).
- Complete required criminal background check.
- Complete a formal application to student teaching.