The following requirements are based on the 2012-2014 catalog.
Applicants are admitted to study at Valley City State University on the basis of academic and personal qualifications, consistent with the admissions policies established for all public colleges and universities in the state. The admittance and continuance requirements of the Teacher Education Program go beyond those of the institution. Students are typically admitted into teacher education during their sophomore year or the beginning of the junior year. While enrolled in EDUC 250, the introductory course to Teacher Education, the VCSU Teacher Education Program Handbook is reviewed online. Enrollees are given application forms to complete and submit to the Dean and the Teacher Education Committee.
Criteria for Admission to Teacher Education
The student who intends to pursue a program in teacher education must apply to the Teacher Education Committee and be approved for admission to the program. A student must meet the following criteria to be considered for admission:
- A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75.
A teacher candidate seeking admission to Teacher Education with a cumulative GPA between 2.50 and 2.74 may be considered for approval to Teacher Education by the Teacher Education Committee if the candidate has a 2.75 GPA in the candidate’s education major(s) or a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in the past two semesters. The teacher candidate must also have acceptable dispositions and field experience evaluations.
- Satisfactory academic performance in the general education composition and communication requirements and successful completion of a speech screening test.
- Written recommendations from the advisor, a School of Education instructor, and any other related professionals.
- Meet state and VCSU PPST standards. North Dakota’s PPST standards are: Reading (173), Math (170), and Writing(173). Students must meet individual qualifying scores in Math, Reading or Writing, or meet qualifying scores on two of the tests and have a composite score of 516.
- Demonstrate proper dispositions necessary to teach for learning.
- Satisfactory academic performance in EDUC 250: Introduction to Education.
The Teacher Education Committee will review the documentation and make a recommendation to the School of Education Dean to accept or deny the application for admission to the program. If the applicant is denied admission due to a condition that can be corrected, the applicant may reapply when the deficiency is removed.
Continuance in Teacher Education
In order to continue in the Teacher Education program, the student must:
- Continue to maintain cumulative grade point average requirements set forth in Criteria for Admission to Teacher Education.
- Demonstrate proper disposition and evidence of good conduct, physical and mental health; and
- Continue to obtain satisfactory recommendations from faculty, staff, and field experience supervisors.
If requirements for continuance are not maintained, the Teacher Education Committee may recommend suspension from the program. The Committee will forward its recommendation to the Dean who will make the final decision. Any such action would be reflected in a letter from the School of Education Dean to the student and the advisor.