Approval To Enroll in Professional Education Courses
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Candidates seeking admission into the teacher education program will initiate the process for admission in the Office of Candidate Services (OCS) in Mashburn 119 upon completion of minimum requirements mandated by the Arkansas Department of Education and the University of Central Arkansas. Full admission will not be granted to candidates enrolled in prerequisite courses until those courses are successfully completed. Admission is required for enrollment in designated upper division professional education courses.
The following minimum requirements must be met for admission to the teacher education program. Individual programs may have further requirements for admission.
|Complete the application for admission to the College of Education teacher education program. uca.edu/ocs/teacher-education-application/|
|Complete early field background check. Candidates applying for admission or participating in a field experience must have an approved background check. Background check forms will be distributed by the instructors in courses with a field component. Information regarding acceptable background checks is available in the Office of Candidate Services, Mashburn 119.|
|Effective September 1, 2015, earn a cumulative 2.70 GPA on all coursework attempted. Prior to full admission, transfer students with no previous coursework at UCA must also establish a 2.70 GPA on a minimum of twelve semester hours completed at UCA.|
|Complete the following courses (or approved equivalent) with a grade of “C” or better:
|Effective 9/01/2014, ACT/SAT scores may be used for admission to teacher education in lieu of the Praxis Core. Click here for more information regarding the use of ACT or SAT scores in lieu of Praxis Core.
Those who do not meet minimum scores on the ACT or SAT must take the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Praxis Core). You can register for all three subtests at the same time by using code 5751 for the combined test. To repeat one or more subtests, use the test code for the individual subtests.
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Praxis Core Reading (Test 5712 – Score: 156+) OR 24+ Composite & ACT Reading 22+
Candidates are advised to take the Praxis Core during the freshman year. Admission to the program will be delayed until minimum scores on each section are achieved. The UCA Writing Center offers one-on-one Praxis Core assistance for the reading and writing portions of the exam. For more information about this resource and others to help prepare for the Praxis Core, click here.
|Successful completion of at least forty-five (45) semester hours. At least 12 of these hours must have been completed at UCA.|
|Submission of two (2) recommendations for admission from UCA faculty (one recommendation must be completed by the instructor of EDUC 1300 or ELSE 2300/3300). Candidates must complete the Teacher Recommendation Request Form for each of the selected UCA faculty to request a recommendation for admission.|
|Successful candidate interview and recommendation for admission by major area faculty. Candidates will register for the interview in the Office of Candidate Services. Interviews may not be scheduled prior to the mid-term of any semester. Items 1-7 will be forwarded to the candidate’s major academic department prior to the interview dates established by the department.|
||For completion by Transfer Students ONLY.
Submit the following information if you are requested to do so. Transfer Student Information Form
1. Interviews will be conducted by the major department.
2. On the interview consensus ratings, if a candidate scores “Unsatisfactory” in any category, then the candidate will fail the interview.
3. The original copy of consensus ratings for the candidate interview, with the academic department’s recommendation for admission (or denial of admission), will be forwarded to the Office of Candidate Services to be entered into the database.
4. If a candidate fails an interview, s/he may be given a second chance to interview. The department will design interview questions for the second interview.
5. If the candidate fails the interview a second time, then s/he will be advised to examine other majors and to contact Career Services. Interview registration deadlines are listed below.
Candidates may not pre-register for upper-level professional education courses unless all requirements listed above are complete prior to the time of pre-registration.
Candidates admitted to the teacher education program will be assessed a fee of $250.00 to cover costs incurred in early field placements and Internships I and II. This fee will be due at the beginning of the semester (January or August) following full admission to the teacher education program.
The Office of Candidate Services will observe the following deadlines for the application process. Candidates are encouraged to submit all documentation for admission prior to the established deadlines.
Spring Semester Admission
October 1—Final date for the admission interview registration (item 8) for candidates seeking admission for the spring semester.
November 1—Final date for completion of items 1-7 for candidates seeking full admission for the spring semester.
Fall Semester Admission
March 1—Final date for the admission interview registration (item 8) for candidates seeking admission for the summer or fall semester.
April 1—Final date for completion of items 1-7 for those candidates seeking full admission for the summer or fall semester.
** Summer interviews are offered at the discretion of the academic department.
** July 1—Final date for the admission interview registration (item 8) for candidates seeking admission for the fall semester.
** August 1—Final date for completion of items 1-7 for those candidates seeking full admission for the fall semester.
Academic Departments may have additional requirements that must be met prior to candidates receiving a recommendation for admission. Candidates for admission are advised to contact the program coordinator in their major academic department for any additional requirements.