Program Entrance and Exit Requirements

TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM ENTRANCE AND EXIT REQUIREMENTS

All programs leading to initial teaching certification including ELED, SPED, SEED, and EK12 are considered pre-professional programs.  Students may have a declared education major but must meet established program entrance and exit requirements to be considered a teacher candidate.  Once admitted, teacher candidates must maintain their status to persist in the program to program completion and graduation from the institution.  Transfer students should meet with the Admissions Office, arrange for official transcripts to be sent to the institution and meet with the Teacher Education Program's Certification Officer to determine how previous coursework and field experiences will apply to Augustana University's requirements.  Transfer students must complete at least 50% of the major and the last 30 c.h. at Augustana University.  The Teacher Education Handbook provides additional and detailed information about the program.

Program Admission

The Application to the Teacher Education Program Form is completed during enrollment in EDUC 275.  Admission to the Teacher Education Program occurs upon confirmation of the following:

  • Completion of at least 45 semester credit hours including EDUC 110, EDUC 245, & EDUC 275 with grades of at least C- or above
  • GPA of 2.70 in the subject major, education major, and overall cumulative
  • All students including transfer students must complete at least two semesters of coursework at Augustana University inclusive of at least one field experience to demonstrate acceptable academic performance and satisfactory professionalism ratings
  • Approval from the Academic Advisor, Teacher Education Program, Department of Major, and the Teacher Education Committee (TEC)
  • Freedom from disciplinary status
  • Satisfactory Ratings on Professionalism--No significant concerns about professionalism have been expressed including but not limited to the staffing process, internal and external ratings on professionalism, academic honor code violations, etc.

The Teacher Education Committee/TEC considers applications to the program once each semester and with their approval, teacher candidates are granted full admission to the program; there is no provisional admission to the program.  Teacher candidates will be notified of their admission status by the Field Placement Coordinator. 

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.  The Teacher Education Committee/TEC considers applications to student teaching once each semester and with their approval, teacher candidates are granted approval for student teaching.  The Student Teaching Handbook provides detailed information about student teaching.

Approval to Student Teach

Teacher candidates will be notified of their approval for student teaching by the Field Placement Coordinator. Approval for student teaching occurs after candidates have been admitted to the teacher education program and upon confirmation of the following:

  • GPA of 2.70 in the subject major, education major, and overall cumulative
  • 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 Academic Advisor, Education Department, Department of Major, and the Teacher Education Committee (TEC)
  • Freedom from disciplinary status
  • A pattern of internal and external satisfactory Professionalism Ratings from field experiences and faculty

Candidates are required to take and submit qualifying scores for the PRAXIS II Subject/Content Exam(s) for all program areas being completed and the PRAXIS II Principles of Learning and Teaching/PLT Exam that best matches their preparation area PRIOR to beginning the student teaching experience.  Candidates should take the PRAXIS exams a year prior to the semester of anticipated student teaching to allow time for retaking any/all PRAXIS exams for which qualifying scores were not achieved.

Candidates whose cumulative GPA in the subject major, education major, and overall cumulative drops below 2.70, who do not achieve qualifying PRAXIS scores, and/or do not demonstrate a pattern of satisfactory professionalism will not be allowed to move forward into their student teaching until all requirements for approval to ST have been met.  This may delay a candidate’s timeline for student teaching and program completion.  Candidates not approved for student teaching are encouraged to schedule a meeting with Teacher Education Program administration to discuss their program options.  As PRAXIS test scores are received by the Teacher Education Program Director, candidates who have not achieved qualifying scores on any required PRAXIS tests will be notified that they need to retake tests.  In addition, and 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.

Program Completion

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

  • GPA of 2.70 in the subject major, education major, and overall cumulative
  • Passing PRAXIS scores on all required exams
  • 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(s), ST Assessment Project, and completion of EDUC 401
  • Satisfactory Ratings on Assessment of Candidate Professionalism

Certification

Upon program completion and graduation from Augustana University, teacher candidates may apply for certification.  Our program positions teacher candidates to meet the certification requirements outlined by the state of South Dakota.  Graduates of our Teacher Education Program are eligible to pursue certification in other states but may need to take additional coursework or licensure tests to be fully credentialed in other states including the following:  AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY.

Information about certification requirements for all states is available by clicking here

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), Fingerprinting, PRAXIS exam(s) fees, and other fees as required by accrediting agencies, SD DOE, and/or cooperating schools and agencies.