Program Entrance and Exit Requirements

As teacher education candidates matriculate through their program of study, they work closely with their academic advisor to ensure they are on track and aware of program requirements and expectations. Course descriptions and requirements are available in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Program Entry

The Application to the Teacher Education Program Form is completed during enrollment in EDUC 200, the Program Admission ePortfolio Lab, taken concurrently with EDUC 275 typically during the sophomore year. Admission to the Teacher Education Program occurs upon confirmation of the following:

  • Completion of at least 45 semester credit hours including EDUC 110, EDUC 200L, EDUC 245, & EDUC 275 with grades of at least C- or above

  • GPA of 2.60, cumulative and in the major(s)

  • Freedom from disciplinary status

  • Academic Advisor’s recommendation

  • Approval from the Education Department, Department of Major, and the Teacher Education Committee (TEC)

  • Satisfactory Ratings from EDUC 275 practicum mentor teacher

  • Successful EDUC 200 Program Admission ePortfolio Review including completion of the Self-Evaluation

The Teacher Education Committee/TEC considers applications to the program once each semester and with their approval, teacher candidates are granted admission to the program.  Teacher candidates will be notified of their admission status by the Field Placement Coordinator. Admission to the Teacher Education Program is necessary before teacher candidates will be allowed to register for some upper level courses. Additional information is detailed in the Teacher Education Handbook.

Prior to Entering Student Teaching

The Intent to Student Teach Form is due to the Field Placement Coordinator by December 1st of the academic year PRIOR to the one in which a candidate plans to student teach. Teacher candidates must complete the required Student Teaching Application materials early during the semester PRIOR to the semester of student teaching including the Application for Student Teaching, Resume, and Profile and forward these to the Field Placement Coordinator. Acceptance to student teaching occurs after candidates have been admitted to the teacher education program and upon confirmation of the following:

  • GPA of 2.60, cumulative and in the major(s)

  • Completion of all coursework required for major and certification with grades of C- or better for the teacher candidate’s chosen program of study

  • Approval from the Education Department, Department of Major, and the Teacher Education Committee (TEC)
  • Satisfactory Ratings on Assessment of Candidate Dispositions

The Teacher Education Committee/TEC considers applications to student teaching once each semester and with their approval, teacher candidates are granted acceptance to student teaching. Teacher candidates will be notified of their acceptance status by the Field Placement Coordinator. Candidates are required to take the PRAXIS tests for all program areas being completed and must have a successful EDUC 300 PreStudent Teaching ePortfolio Review including completion of the Self-Evaluation before being allowed to begin their student teaching experience. At their expense, teacher candidates must complete the background check and fingerprinting, as required by cooperating schools, PRIOR to being allowed to begin their student teaching experience. Additional information is detailed in the the Student Teaching Handbook.

Prior to Exiting Student Teaching

Teacher candidates are eligible to exit the Teacher Education Program upon confirmation of the following:

  • GPA of 2.60, cumulative and in the major(s)

  • Completion of all coursework required for major and certification with grades of C- or better for the teacher candidate’s chosen program of study 

  • A successful student teaching experience

  • Successful EDUC 400 Student Teaching ePortfolio Review including the Student Teacher Assessment Project, required student teaching assignments as well as completion of the Self-Evaluation

Upon Program Completion

Upon program completion and graduation from the University, teacher candidates may apply for certification.

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NOTE: Teacher education candidates are responsible for a variety of external fees associated with the Teacher Education Program, including, but not limited to the following: Background Check(s), Chalk and Wire ePortfolio access code, Fingerprinting, PRAXIS exam(s) fees, and other fees as required by accrediting agencies, SD DOE, and/or cooperating schools and agencies.