Passing scores must be achieve in each subtest. The following minimum scores are required:
- Praxis I PPST: Math 173, Reading 174, Writing 173 (prior to July 15, 2014)
- Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Math 150, Reading 156, Writing 162 (after July 15, 2014)
- Agree to the release of all investigative records to the administrator of the teacher training program;
- Supply a fingerprint sample and submit to a criminal history records check to be conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation;
- Sign an authorization and release form authorizing a qualified Tennessee licensed private investigation company to complete a criminal history records check.
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If you have been fingerprinted at another location within the last 12 months, you can request that those results are sent to email@example.com. However, we must receive the official TBI document, not the scan of your fingerprints.
A student must complete all requirements in Checkpoint 1 before moving to Checkpoint
- name, address
- degree status and major(s)
- employment history
- other information (volunteer work, honors, etc.)
It is strongly advised that students utilize the University Career Services' Resume
Doctor prior to their formal submission. University Career Services also provides
resources on writing a resume in addition to other helpful job prep resources.
Submit your professional, PDF resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember, this resume should reflect your abilities and achievements in the field of education.
A student must complete all requirements in Checkpoint 2 before moving to Checkpoint
All Student are Required to Choose One Course
Literacy II (3)
This course will address teacher knowledge and skills required for effective curriculum design, instruction, and evaluation of elementary literacy learners from 2nd through 5th grades and children with exceptional needs (including English Language Learners). Includes theory, research, curriculum/instruction, and evaluation as they relate to the components of literacy (spelling/word work, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension) and the language arts (reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, visually representing). Field component required. Prerequisites or co-requisites: EDUC 2010, ECHD 2430, ENGL 2280, EDUC 3170, and EDUC 3220 or department head approval; must have met the requirement for Checkpoint 1.
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.
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.
All applicants for initial teacher licensure must document appropriate minimum scores on one of the Principles of Learning and Teaching 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 sites and via computer 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 available in the UTC Testing Center (208 Hooper Hall), or from the Praxis Series Services at (609) 771-7395. You may also get information online here. 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 CHEPS 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).
Students who wish to enroll in induction experience for the fall semester must submit their applications by the previous March 1st. For those who seek spring student teaching, the application deadline is the previous September 1st.
Students participating in induction experience may not enroll in additional coursework except under certain specified conditions. For further information, contact the Certification Officer, Avalon Gourlay, in Hunter 312G or Vikki Bernotski in Hunter 312E.
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 this can be found here.
A student must complete all requirements in Checkpoint 3 before moving to Checkpoint
Teacher candidates 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.
A student must complete all requirements in Checkpoint 4 to complete his/her program.