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Undergraduate Teacher Education Program (TEP) 

Checkpoints and Requirements

  

CHECKPOINT 1: Typically, Checkpoint 1 is completed during the Education 2010 course. Most of the requirements of Checkpoint 1 will be satisfied prior to leaving the course. However, some students may need to complete requirements after that course is completed. In that case, students will need to monitor their progress toward completing the requirements and ensure all are met in a timely manner. Students CANNOT take any other Education course until all requirements in Checkpoint 1 are met.

  • EDUC 2010 (minimum grade of C and documentation of field experience)

Students must complete 10 hours of field placement during EDUC 2010.  The students can work in any educational setting as deemed appropriate by their Education 2010 professors (if a student needs help finding a placement, the students can contact the field placement coordinator in Hunter 312). Students must fill out a time sheet to be signed by their supervisor in the field as well as ensure that the supervisor completes a final evaluation. Both of those documents must be submitted to the EDUC 2010 professor before the last day of class. Those documents will be placed in the student’s permanent file.

Students who are taking EDUC 2010 and are already working in an educational setting such as a daycare, afterschool program, etc. may apply for an exemption from the 10 hours of field placement. The student must FIRST get approval from his or her professor. Once the professor has approved the exemption, the student must ask his or her supervisor at his or her current position to write a letter on official letterhead, detailing the job description, hours worked, and overall success in the position. That letter must be first submitted to the EDUC 2010 professor for review. A copy of that letter must be placed in the student’s permanent file.

If a student fails to complete the field placement component for any reason (lacking the full 10 hours, failing to submit the correct paperwork, etc), the student will receive an F in the course.

You can find the field placement documentation forms here.

  • 2.75* GPA (UTC and cumulative)

A student must have at least a 2.75 Cumulative GPA as well as at least a 2.75 UTC GPA. Cumulative GPA includes all course grades that you have ever had, while your UTC GPA only counts grades earned in courses taken at UTC.

It is your responsibility to keep track of your GPA each semester. In order to view your GPA, you need to log in to MyMocsDegree. This will show both your Cumulative and UTC GPA.

Concerned about not meeting the GPA requirements? Calculate your GPA or use the GPA Calculator on your MyMocsDegree to see what grades you will need in order to achieve and/or maintain the GPA requirements.

  • Teacher Education Program (TEP) Application

Submit a completed TEP application to Jan Gould in Hunter 312E.

  • Essay approval

TEP applicants must complete an essay during their EDUC 2010 semester at UTC as part of the course requirement. One hour and fifteen minutes is allowed to complete the essay on one of six different general education topics. Dictionaries are permitted and the essay should be approximately 200-250 words or 1- 1 ½ pages. The essay will be reviewed and the applicant will be notified as to whether he/she passed or needs to schedule an appointment with Jan Gould (Hunter 312) to rewrite the essay. In order to successfully pass, students must have acceptable scores in three domains: Response to prompt, organization, and grammar and punctuation. No more than three grammatical and spelling errors are permitted. If the applicant correctly rewrites the essay, he/she will have completed the essay requirement. If the applicant does not correctly complete the essay revision, a minimum of five hours remediation is required and the applicant will be permitted to try again.

All essay appointments should be scheduled with Ms. Jan Gould, Academic Advisor, Hunter 312, Janice-Gould@utc.edu.

Need help with your writing prior to the essay? Contact Sandra-Longer@utc.edu for a free tutoring session!

Transfer students who have completed EDUC 2010 at another institution should contact

Jan Gould to schedule an appointment to write the essay.

  • Test scores (Praxis I, ACT, or SAT)

The applicant for admission to the TEP must document achievement of one of the following scores:

  • ACT: Enhanced Score  of 22 (1989 and later) or Composite Score of 21 (prior to 1989)
  • SAT: Recentered Score of 1020 (April 1995 and later) or Composite Score of 920 (Prior to April 1995)
  • Praxis I Core: Math 150, Reading 156, Writing 162 (after July 15, 2014)
  • Praxis I PPST: Math 173, Reading 174, Writing 173 (prior to July 15, 2014)

Students can take the ACTR on campus in the testing center. The ACT Residual (ACTR) is a three-hour exam for students that are seeking entrance into the Teacher Education Program or admission into UTC.  The ACTR test score is only valid for UTC and cannot be transferred to another university.

Students who wish to take the Praxis I may register at www.ets.org. If you wish to study prior to taking either of these tests, please see April Ebbinger in Hunter 312 for study materials. Or, if you would like free one on one tutoring in math, reading, or writing, email Sandra Longer at Sandra-longer@utc.edu for an appointment.

Beginning in EDUC 2010, all students will be required to utilize Livetext in the majority of Education classes. Students can purchase Livetext in the UTC Bookstore or on the Livetext website. All students must purchase the extended version with Learn 360.

Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 49, Chapter 5, Part 5610 specifies that all students wishing to enter approved teacher training programs in Tennessee shall be required to submit to a criminal history background check.

Policy Background: TCA 49-5-5610 requires students wishing to enter an approved teacher training program in Tennessee to:

  1. Agree to the release of all investigative records to the administrator of the teacher training program;
  2. Supply a fingerprint sample and submit to a criminal history records check to be conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation;
  3. Sign an authorization and release form authorizing a qualified Tennessee licensed private investigation company to complete a criminal history records check.     

If you have been fingerprinted at another location within the last 12 months, you can request that those results are sent to Doris Roensch at doris-roensch@utc.edu. However, we must receive the official TBI document, not the scan of your fingerprints.                  

  • Assessment Module 1

Description of Degree+3: Mentors will work with you during each checkpoint to build a knowledge base of assessment and testing that will follow you through your university career, as well as the first three years of teaching in Hamilton County.

This process begins with you, the pre-service teacher. As pre-service teachers, you will learn how to: read, analyze, and use test data to inform instruction. As student teachers, you will be able to: demonstrate the knowledge gained in previous coursework, review and analyze data of the students you are teaching, as well as change instruction as needed to support learning. As beginning teachers, you will be given mentors to help determine the best mode(s) of instruction to serve students in your classroom.
As a result of this initiative, as a new teacher, you will become more effective in: Communicating instructional strategies used daily in your classroom; this includes preparing and delivering correct/best instructional practices to help all students succeed; Improving the academic progress of all students in your classroom.

To complete Assessment Module 1, click here.

A student must complete all requirements in Checkpoint 1 before moving to Checkpoint 2.

CHECKPOINT 2: Typically, Checkpoint 2 occurs during the PDS I experience or the equivalent on-campus coursework. Students who decide to take the PDS I experience do not have to complete the formal TEP interview, since the PDS professors will use the PDS experience as the interview. Students must complete all Checkpoint 2 requirements prior to moving to admittance to student teaching.

  • PDS I or equivalent on-campus coursework  

Students must either choose to complete required coursework through either the Professional Development School I (PDS I) experience or by registering for on-campus equivalent courses.

All students must complete a field-based education program incorporating the following components:

  1. designing instruction & evaluation in the classroom
  2. teaching reading
  3. exceptional learners in the regular school
  4. classroom management, organization, curriculum, & instruction
  5. nature & characteristics of mild disabilities
  6. technology in the classroom

PDS lab & seminar

 

Licensure   Area

Required   Courses

Credit   Hrs.

PreK-3

EDUC 3090, 3170, 3230, 4999; ECHD 3450, 4460; USTU   3300      

19hrs

Middle Grades

EDUC 3170, 3210, 4000, 4180, 4999; and ECHD 2420,   4450     

19hrs

Secondary

EDUC 3210, 4000, 4180, 4330, 4999; ECHD 2420                            

16hrs

Exceptional Learners

EDUC 3170, 3230, 3360, 4000, 4999; ECHD 2420,   4450 

17hrs

 

When: Fall or Spring semesters. If interested in completing PDS I in the fall, applications must be submitted by June 15th. If interested in completing PDS I in the spring, applicants must be submitted by November 15th. All applications are due to the Field Placement Office in Hunter 312. Applications can be found here. Please discuss you options with your adviser early to ensure that you meet the following year’s deadlines.

During the PDS I experience, the school day and hours will depend on a number of factors including school start time, professor’s meeting times, and outside classes you must attend. Most of the students must attend Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If students cannot commit to this schedule, they should consider the on-campus coursework option.

Where: The SOE utilizes several local schools to mentor our PDS students. Normal Park Museum Magnet, Brown Academy, and Battle Academy, and Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences serve as host schools for PDS students.

Why: PDS offers an invaluable experience to get a firsthand glimpse of what teaching really involves. PDS students typically teach small group lessons, tutor one on one, and lead structured reading groups. PDS students are valued in our community and typically leave with a better understanding of both the field and their capabilities after completing this experience. Most are requested as student teachers and then hired after graduation.

  • Resume (Submit to Jan Gould)

TEP applicants must submit a completed resume to Jan Gould in Hunter 312 to fulfill an admission requirement to the program. The resume requirement reflects the professional aspect of the program. It is the intention of the SOE to ensure that you take advantage of the opportunities offered by the department in order to increase professional development. The resume must include the following:

-name, address

-degree status and major(s)

-employment history

-other information (volunteer work, honors, etc.)

  • 2.75* GPA (UTC, cumulative, education, and content)

All students must have and maintain:

  • 2.75 Cumulative GPA
  • 2.75 UTC GPA (this includes all courses taken at UTC)
  • 2.75 GPA on all professional courses with no grade lower than a C
  • 2.75 GPA in content area courses with no grade lower than a C

It is your responsibility to keep track of your GPA each semester. In order to view your GPA, you need to log in to MyMocsDegree. This will show both your Cumulative and UTC GPA.

Concerned about not meeting the GPA requirements? Use the GPA calculators to see what grades you will need in order to achieve and/or maintain the GPA requirements.

Need tutoring? Take advantage of the tutoring services offered at no cost to UTC students.

  • Interview (Interview application due to Jan Gould prior to interview)

Before being admitted to the UTC Teacher Education Program (TEP), you must receive a favorable recommendation from an interview panel. The panel will consist of Teacher Preparation Academy faculty and staff. You should dress professionally and be prompt. Interviews are typically held in the Hunter Conference Room. Submit the completed Application for TEP Interview to Mrs. Jan Gould, Academic Advisor, Hunter 312E, and she will schedule your interview appointment. Interviews are held four to six times per semester and summers as needed.

You will be asked about your general purpose interests, short and long-term professional goals, and educational philosophy. Be prepared to discuss subjects related to classroom management, assessment, instructional strategies, and dispositions. Be prepared to be evaluated in areas such as appearance, verbal communication, and information processing. The interview should last approximately 45-60 minutes. A letter will be mailed to your permanent address confirming your admission to TEP or indicating reasons you have not been admitted.

In some cases, additional field placements, coursework, remediation, mock interviews, and additional interviews are recommended by the interview panel.

Please note INTERVIEWS WILL NOT BE SCHEDULED UNLESS THE ADMISSION FILE IS COMPLETE.

  • Admission to TEP

Successful completion of Checkpoints 1 & 2 is required for TEP admission.

  • Assessment Module 2

Mentors will work with you during each checkpoint to build a knowledge base of assessment and testing that will follow you through your university career, as well as the first three of teaching in Hamilton County.

This process begins with you, the pre-service teacher. As pre-service teachers, you will learn how to: read, analyze, and use test data to inform instruction. As student teachers, you will be able to: demonstrate the knowledge gained in previous coursework, review and analyze data of the students you are teaching, as well as change instruction as needed to support learning. As beginning teachers, you will be given mentors to help determine the best mode(s) of instruction to serve students in your classroom.
As a result of this initiative, as a new teacher, you will become more effective in: Communicating instructional strategies used daily in your classroom; this includes preparing and delivering correct/best instructional practices to help all students succeed; Improving the academic progress of all students in your classroom.

To complete Assessment Module 2, click here

A student must complete all requirements in Checkpoint 2 before moving to Checkpoint 3.

CHECKPOINT 3: Checkpoint 3 must be completed before students can student teach. Students must complete the required TEP course as well as submit the appropriate documentation (applications, resume, and Praxis test scores) in order to be considered for student teaching. Once students have met all Checkpoint requirements and taken required coursework for their majors, students can register for student teaching.

  • TEP course (EDUC 4200, 4230, or 4330)

All Students are Required to Complete One Course

EDUC 4200:

Emergent Literacy    (3)

 

Emphasis on the development of an instructional reading   program that meets   the needs of young children.   Surveys classroom teaching models, assessment   procedures, methods   and materials. Prerequisites:   Admission to Teacher Education Program.

EDUC 4230:

The Middle Grades: Assessment and Instruction (3)

Classroom diagnostic and prescriptive teaching;   linking middle grades reading, assessment, decision-making   and instruction; in-depth study of selected   assessment instruments, instructional strategies, materials, and   management procedures. Field component   required. Prerequisites: Admission   to Teacher Education Program. May not be used for graduate credit.

EDUC 4330:

Designing Instruction and Evaluation in the Secondary

Classroom  (3)

 

Formulating and evaluating appropriate affective and cognitive objectives. Lesson planning and a wide   range of teaching strategies will be examined.   Each student will be required to demonstrate proficiency in a variety of component teaching   skills via the microteaching laboratory and a self-developed teaching unit.   Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher   Education Program.

  • Praxis II scores     (must be completed prior to student teaching)

Praxis II tests (formerly known as the NTE, or National Teacher’s Exam) measure a candidate’s knowledge of the subject(s) he or she will teach.   These tests also measure general and subject-specific pedagogical skills and knowledge.

All applicants for initial teacher licensure must document appropriate minimum scores on one of the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) tests, as well as specified test(s) in the content area.  These tests are one or two hours in length and may be taken independently of each other or in different combinations as a package. They are administered in a paper-and-pencil format at various testing sites (like UTC) as well as via computer at testing centers (like Prometrics Testing Services) throughout the county.

Information about registration for the tests may be found in The Praxis Series: Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers Registration Bulletin.   This booklet is also available in UTC’s Testing Center (258 Hooper Hall) or from the Praxis Series Services at (609) 771-7395. Tests-at-a-Glance booklets can be obtained online for each test; these booklets include content outlines, sample questions with rationales for the best answers, and test-taking strategies.   While the best preparation for any test in the Praxis Series is the knowledge and experience gained from the college preparation program, the booklets provide appropriate review and focus for the tests.  Study materials are also available for two-week check out from the Field Placement Coordinator, Hunter 312 and in many bookstores. Before purchase, students should analyze these materials carefully to assure their relevance to the test(s) which will be taken.  Praxis review sessions are presented several times each year at UTC to help students prepare to take these required examinations.

Information as to the tests specified for each licensure area as well as the required minimum scores may be obtained from the Certification Office, the UTC Testing Center, or the bulletin board display for the School of Education.  The ETS Registration Bulletin also lists the required tests by state.  Students are urged to be sure that they register for the correct test(s).

Students seeking licensure in states other than Tennessee may be required to take additional Praxis II tests. Students should obtain information from the Certification Office or the licensing agency in the other state before registering for tests other than those required by Tennessee.

Praxis II requirements for licensure are determined by the Tennessee Department of Education.  The College of Health, Education and Professional Studies at UTC has mandated that a candidate must meet all Praxis II requirements for the licensure area sought before a grade will be recorded for student teaching or the induction experience. A designated institution score report should be sent to UTC (Score Recipient Code R1831); it is suggested that an additional report should be sent to the Tennessee State Department of Education (Recipient Code R8190). These recipients need to be indicated each time a test is taken.

Because the State of Tennessee uses Social Security Numbers to track licenses, it is recommended that students include his or her SSN, date of birth, and complete given name when registering for the exam.

Official score reports will be sent to the institutions that were designated by the test taker (UTC and TN State Department of Education). The test taker will also be given access to an electronic version of his or her score report. The student will need to save this score report as soon as he or she is able to access, because the web-based access is only temporary. It is recommended that the student print out at least one color copy of this score report to have during job interviews.

NEED STUDY MATERIALS? See April Ebbinger in Hunter 312.

  • 2.75* GPA (UTC, cumulative, education, and content)

All students must have and maintain:

  • 2.75 Cumulative GPA
  • 2.75 UTC GPA (this includes all courses taken at UTC)
  • 2.75 GPA on all professional courses with no grade lower than a C
  • 2.75 GPA in content area courses with no grade lower than a C

It is your responsibility to keep track of your GPA each semester. In order to view your GPA, you need to log in to MyMocsDegree. This will show both your Cumulative and UTC GPA.

Concerned about not meeting the GPA requirements? Use the GPA calculators to see what grades you will need in order to achieve and/or maintain the GPA requirements.

  • Student teaching application

Applications for student teaching are located online here. Completed applications are to be submitted to the Field Placement Coordinator, Hunter 312.

Students who wish to enroll in student teaching or the induction experience for the fall semester must submit their applications by the previous March 1st.  For those students who seek spring student teaching, the application deadline is the previous September 1st.

Students participating in student teaching or the induction experience may not enroll in additional coursework except under certain specified conditions.  For further information, contact the Certification Officer or the TEP Advisor in Hunter 312.

Mandatory seminars occur during the first week of the semester. Students must attend all seminars. Only students who have met all qualifications for student teaching can attend the seminars. Students are informed of their placements during the first seminar day.

All student teachers must hold updated liability insurance as well as a successful background check. Those must be on file with the School of Education. Information on fingerprinting and background checks can be found here.

  • Updated resume 

Prior to the student teaching semester, each student will submit an electronic copy of his or her resume to the Field Placement Coordinator. The updated resume should include updated information, show growth in professional development, and any additional experience gained including PDS.

  • Admission to student teaching

Once students are admitted to student teaching, they will receive an email with their registration PINs and applicable courses.

  • Assessment Module 3

University students entering the teaching profession make their applications for candidacy at varying points in their college careers. UTC’s School of Education (SOE) has created checkpoints that students must fulfill before moving to the next level. Mentors will work with you during each checkpoint to build a knowledge base of assessment and testing that will follow you through your university career, as well as the first three of teaching in Hamilton County.

This process begins with you, the pre-service teacher. As pre-service teachers, you will learn how to: read, analyze, and use test data to inform instruction. As student teachers, you will be able to: demonstrate the knowledge gained in previous coursework, review and analyze data of the students you are teaching, as well as change instruction as needed to support learning. As beginning teachers, you will be given mentors to help determine the best mode(s) of instruction to serve students in your classroom.
As a result of this initiative, as a new teacher, you will become more effective in: Communicating instructional strategies used daily in your classroom; this includes preparing and delivering correct/best instructional practices to help all students succeed; Improving the academic progress of all students in your classroom.

To complete assessment module 3, click here.

A student must complete all requirements in Checkpoint 3 before moving to Checkpoint 4.

CHECKPOINT 4: Checkpoint 4 is completed during the student teaching semester. Students who decide to graduate without licensure will not reach this checkpoint.

  • Completion of student teaching

The Student Teaching/Induction Experience at UTC is a 16-week field-based practicum experience and is an integral component of the teacher education program.  It is during this period that the student participates as a pre-professional in the public schools.  Essentially, this is the experience which provides the student with the arena for converting theory to practice and demonstrating potential to perform the teaching-learning process.  Whenever possible, the candidates are placed in cohort groups of 6-12 student teachers per site.  There is no college supervisor; instead, there is a professor-in-residence (PIR).  The PIR gives the equivalent of one day per week service to the K-12 school and may be utilized to write grants, do in-service, etc.  The PIR acts as a liaison between UTC and the school.

Student teachers must successfully complete two assigned placements. One placement is typically in a rural school setting and the other an urban setting. Placements are assigned by the Field Placement Coordinator, Hunter 312. The student teaching assignment depends on state requirements for the licensure area.

  • 2.75* GPA (UTC, cumulative, education, and content)

All students must have and maintain:

  • 2.75 Cumulative GPA
  • 2.75 UTC GPA (this includes all courses taken at UTC)
  • 2.75 GPA on all professional courses with no grade lower than a C
  • 2.75 GPA in content area courses with no grade lower than a C
  • Completion of ePortfolio

Student teachers must complete an online portfolio using the Livetext software. Students must have acceptable evaluations and observations by their Professors in Residence (PIR) and cooperating teachers to successfully pass student teaching. Below are the four documents that require verification by the PIR and the cooperating teacher. Electronic signatures are accepted. Other portfolio requirements are listed in the Student Teaching Handbook.

  • Portfolio Evaluation Form: Located in the Student Teaching Handbook, this form must be documented in the students’ Livetext portfolios. The Professor in Residence completes this evaluation.
  • Student Assessments: Pre and post-test student assessments or formal assessments must be documented in the students’ Livetext portfolios. Information on completing the pre and post-test assessment are located in the Student Teaching Handbook.
  • Summary of Hours: The Summary of Hours form is located in the Student Teaching Handbook and must be documented in the students’ Livetext portfolios.
  • Final Evaluations: Final evaluations will be emailed to your cooperating teachers two weeks prior to the end of each placement. The cooperating teacher must complete the evaluation, print it out, and submit it electronically. Students must document the completed evaluations in their portfolios.
  • Assessment Module 4

University students entering the teaching profession make their applications for candidacy at varying points in their college careers. UTC’s School of Education (SOE) has created checkpoints that students must fulfill before moving to the next level. Mentors will work with you during each checkpoint to build a knowledge base of assessment and testing that will follow you through your university career, as well as the first three of teaching in Hamilton County.

This process begins with you, the pre-service teacher. As pre-service teachers, you will learn how to: read, analyze, and use test data to inform instruction. As student teachers, you will be able to: demonstrate the knowledge gained in previous coursework, review and analyze data of the students you are teaching, as well as change instruction as needed to support learning. As beginning teachers, you will be given mentors to help determine the best mode(s) of instruction to serve students in your classroom.
As a result of this initiative, as a new teacher, you will become more effective in:

Communicating instructional strategies used daily in your classroom; this includes preparing and delivering correct/best instructional practices to help all students succeed; Improving the academic progress of all students in your classroom. 

To complete this assignment, click here.

A student must complete all requirements in Checkpoint 4 to complete his/her program.

 

 

 

 

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