Students interested in teacher licensure are first admitted to the University. Formal application to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) takes place spring semester, sophomore year, after completion of two foundations courses. Students must meet all admission requirements for acceptance into the TEP.
*Students on academic probation will not be admitted and may not enroll in upper level professional education courses. Denied or deferred students may reapply to the TEP.
Students who are deferred or denied application to the Teacher Education Program or student teaching may reapply no sooner than one semester after the original application date; program requirements must be met at that time. You must submit a reapplication form. Only one reapplication will be considered.
The status of all candidates is reviewed at the end of the semester prior to student teaching to determine acceptance to student teaching. Successful completion of required coursework prior to student teaching does not in itself permit one to student teach. Students planning to student teach must meet all requirements specified below:
See the licensure and entitlement page for more information.
Resume Template (Word Doc-Use for all TEP Applications - Elementary, Secondary, and Music)
You will be notified in writing of your program status. Your TEP program application and student teaching review will result in one of following outcomes: Acceptance; Conditional Status; Deferred Status; Probation; or Denial. Note: student status is reviewed each semester.
You have met all requirements for program admission. You may enroll in the next sequence of upper level teacher education coursework. Your status will continue to be assessed each semester.
Conditional Teacher Education Program admission status may be granted when any one requirement for admission is not met, including dispositional, field performance, creation of an ELIS account, and essay requirements.
Conditional status may be granted when the candidate makes a compelling case explaining past performance, has a strong recommendation from a faculty member in the major department, develops a plan for remediation in consultation with faculty, and/or shows promise for improved performance.
Conditional status is also granted pending a successful rewrite of the TEP application essay. No conditional status applies to student teaching acceptance. Candidates notified of conditional status must meet the conditions specified for admission to the TEP within one semester in order to proceed with upper level professional education coursework. Conditional status allows you to continue enrollment in professional education courses.
A decision regarding admission to the TEP or student teaching may be deferred when a candidate fails to meet one or more requirements. Deferral provides the candidate time to remediate any deficiencies in program requirements and reapply to the program. Deferred status prohibits candidates from enrolling in upper level professional education coursework, and may result in a ninth semester to complete the program. Applicants who reapply and are subsequently denied admission will be referred to their academic advisors to plan an alternative academic program.
If a music candidate is deficient on any portion of the upper division exam, a remedial plan will be devised (by the MTAC in consultation with the Director of the School of Music) and one semester of probation (fall, junior year) may be granted (see TEP Handbook for more information). Students may enroll in Music 332 and Music 333a during the probationary semester. If significant progress has not occurred at the end of the probationary semester, which will be determined by a second (and final) examination and interview, the candidate will not be permitted to enroll in Music 333b, 497a, or 427, and a change of major will be recommended.
Applicants are denied admission when one or more program requirement is not met. Denial prohibits enrollment in the next sequence of upper level professional education coursework. Consult with your advisor to plan an alternative academic program. You may reapply to the program when evidence of having met all acceptance criteria is presented. The Teacher Education Committee (TEC) or Music Teacher Advisory Committee (MTAC) reviews student petitions submitted in the case of denial.
A candidate may be suspended or directed to withdraw from the Teacher Education Program without qualification, under the following circumstances:
The Educational Studies Department or the Teacher Education Committee (TEC) also may decide, upon review of your case, to grant conditional status with the development of a specific remedial plan.
Candidates wishing to appeal decisions regarding admission, retention, and licensure, or who have other grievances relating to the Teacher Education Program should first meet with the Chair of the Educational Studies Department or the Head of Music Education to discuss the appeal or grievance.