Admission, Retention, and Exit Requirements

Throughout the teacher education program, candidates are periodically reviewed for dispositional and academic readiness to advance through the program. At each of these reviews (or “gates”), candidates may be approved to continue, may be subject to remedial steps before continuing, or may be dismissed from the program.

Remediation may include:

  • Repeating course(s) where performance did not meet expectations
  • Creating professional growth plans to detail necessary areas of improvement
  • Additional work or activities to gain the sufficient experience to continue

Gate 1:  Approval for Professional Education Courses

Candidates must complete the following steps to be approved to enroll in designated professional education courses:

  • Submit teacher education application
  • Clear preliminary background check
  • Satisfactorily complete foundation coursework
  • Demonstrate educational technology competency
  • Demonstrate basic skills proficiency
  • Earn required minimum grade point average
  • Receive a satisfactory candidate review

Complete details for Gate 1 are available here.

Gate 2:  Approval to enroll in Internship I

To be approved for Internship I, candidates must:

  • Complete all requirements to be approved for professional education courses (Gate 1)
  • Maintain cumulative GPA of 2.70 or better
  • Receive recommendation by program coordinator who will review class performance and verify that candidate has sufficient preparation for Internship I
  • Receive satisfactory candidate review by program or program coordinator(s) to determine if candidate demonstrates appropriate dispositions and academic preparedness for Internship I

Gate 3:  Approval to enroll in Internship II

To be approved for Internship II, candidates must:

  • Complete all major and professional education coursework requirements with a C or better
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70
  • Earn satisfactory score on Internship I summative evaluation
  • Submit scores on required Praxis subject assessment(s)
  • Clear criminal history and child maltreatment background checks
  • Demonstrate appropriate dispositions as measured by COE rubric
  • Receive satisfactory candidate review by program or program coordinator(s)

Gate 4:  Program Completion

To exit the program, candidates must:

  • Have minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70
  • Complete Internship II with grade of C or better
  • Satisfactorily complete of all program key assessments
  • Submit scores on Principles of Learning & Teaching (or World Languages pedagogy) exam
  • Earn undergraduate degree

Note: Candidates meeting program completion requirements may not have met Arkansas teacher licensing requirements.  These candidates will not be recommended for licensure until the completion of all Arkansas Department of Education requirements.