Admission to Teacher Education  
 

All students who wish to prepare to teach and to meet licensure requirements should obtain a Teacher Education Handbook from the Office of Teacher Education, 110 Hughes Hall.  This handbook guides students in the necessary admission requirements to teacher education and the professional semester.  The application for admission to teacher education should be made during the second semester of the sophomore year, or in the case of community college transfers, early in the first semester of their junior year. A student must file an application for admission to teacher education before he/she can receive credit for pre- profession­al laboratory experiences counting toward a BSE degree at Pittsburg State University.  Application forms for admis­sion to teacher education may be obtained from the Office of Teacher Education, 110 Hughes Hall. 

Requirements For Admission For Early Childhood/Late Childhood K-6 Majors and Early Childhood Unified (ECU) Birth Through Third Grade Licensure

1. Complete the Admission Application.

2. Be recommended for Teacher Education by advisor and three college instructors.

3. Meet a Basic Skills Requirement:

a.  PPST:  Reading = 173, Writing = 172, Mathematics = 172,

b.  A composite score of 24 or higher on the ACT,

c.  College-Base scores: Reading,  Writing and Mathematics = 235 or higher on each section,

d.  A score of 1730 or greater on the SAT.

4. Complete CURIN 261 Explorations in Education with a minimum grade of “C” and a positive recommendation for continuance from the cooperative school-based teacher.

5. Complete UGS 101 Transitions (for students transferring credit for CURIN 261).

6. Complete General Education Core Curriculum with a minimum GPA of 2.75.

7. If applicable, show remediation or progress on the Professional Teacher Candidate Improvement Plan.

8. Signed Attestation Form.

9. Complete initial electronic portfolio requirements.

Requirements for Admission For Secondary/PK-12 Education Majors

1. Complete the Admission Application.

2. Be recommended for Teacher Education by advisor and three college instructors.

3. Meet a Basic Skills Requirement:

a.  PPST: Reading = 173, Writing = 172, Mathematics = 172,

b.  A composite score of 24 or higher on the ACT,

c.  College-Base scores: Reading, Writing and Mathematics = 235 or higher on each section,

d.  A score of 1730 or greater on the SAT.

4. Complete CURIN 261 Explorations in Education with a minimum grade of “C” and a positive recommendation for continuance from the cooperating school-based teacher.

5. Complete UGS 101 Transitions (for students transferring credit for CURIN 261).

6. Earn a “C” or better in ENGL 101 English Composition, ENGL 299 Introduction to Research Writing, COMM 207 Speech Communication, and three credit hours of mathematics numbered MATH 110 or higher.

7. Cumulative grade point average of 2.50.

8. Signed Attestation Form.

9. Complete initial electronic portfolio requirements.

Before applying for admission to teacher education, the student and advisor should prepare a tentative plan of the full scope of the student's remaining program. The plan should ensure that all courses and requirements for admission to teacher education are met prior to the final year of study.  Otherwise the student cannot enroll in restricted courses.

Students must be admitted to teacher education before they can enroll in the following courses:

Early Childhood/Late Childhood (K-6)

CURIN 361  Elementary School Mathematics (3 hours)

CURIN 363  Elementary School Social Studies (3 hours)

CURIN 367  Intermediate Reading and Language Arts with Practicum (4 hours)

CURIN 368  Effective Classroom Management (2 hours)

Early Childhood Unified (ECU) Birth through Third Grade

CURIN 361  Elementary School Mathematics (3 hours)

CURIN 366  Primary Reading and Language Arts with Practicum (4 hours)

CURIN 369  Science/Social Studies Methods K-3 (3 hours)

PSYCH 357  Educational Psychology (3 hours)

SSLS 550  Methods, Primary Children with Disabilities (2 hours)

Secondary/K-12 Majors

(____) 479  Techniques for Teaching (____) (3 hours)

CURIN 520  Methods and Materials for Academic Literacy (3 hours)

PSYCH 357  Educational Psychology (3 hours)

Teacher candidates must be admitted to teacher education prior to application for the professional semester. 

At least six hours of resident credit at Pittsburg State University must have been completed before admission to the professional semester.

 

Basic Skills Requirement

Admission to the Teacher Education Program at Pittsburg State University requires successful completion of a Basic Skills requirement.  Students who receive a 24 or higher on the ACT or a score of 1730 or greater on the SAT have fulfilled this obligation.  Others will need to choose between the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) and the College Base Test.

The PPST assessments measure competency in reading, writing, and mathematics skills.  The PPST required scores are:

          Required Component    Required Score

               Reading                        173

               Writing                          172

               Mathematics                  172

College BASE assesses knowledge and skills in Reading, Writing and Mathematics.

   Required Component     Required Score

               Reading                          235

               Writing                            235

               Mathematics                    235

Registration information can be obtained from the Teacher Education Office, 110 Hughes Hall, or the Testing Center, 206B Whitesitt Hall.

Note: For early childhood/late childhood (K-6) majors, enrollment in courses with the CURIN prefix will not be allowed, with the exception of CURIN 261 Explorations in Education, until the Basic Skills requirement has been met.

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