Education

If you are searching for a challenging career that will allow you to make a significant impact on people and the future of society, then you’ve come to the right place!

Based on the realization that tomorrow’s hope lies with today’s teachers, the Kentucky Wesleyan Teacher Education program provides experiences designed to develop teacher-leaders capable of facing a diverse, ever-changing world.

Service begins early in the teacher education experience, and although you are required to complete 90-154 hours of field and clinical experiences depending on your major and area of emphasis, many students far exceed this requirement in their service to local schools and youth organizations.

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Application for Admission to the Education Program

Application for admission to the program is initiated the semester before it is approved. Deadlines for submission of admission materials are September 1 and February 1, unless those dates fall on the weekend. The requirements for admission to the program (i.e., first gate) include:

  1. A grade of C- or higher in ENG 101 and 102
  2. A score of 2.75 or higher on the on-demand writing prompt
  3. A score of 2.75 or higher on the admissions interview
  4. A grade of C- or higher in ED 100 and ED 200
  5. An overall GPA of 2.75 or higher
  6. Successful completion of the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE)
  7. An average score of 2.75 or higher on professional dispositions evaluations
  8. An average score of 2.75 or higher on recommendations
  9. A score of 2.75 or higher on the beginning portfolio
  10. Successful presentation to the Teacher Education Committee

Admission and retention in the teacher education program requires:

  1. 2.75 GPA overall
  2. 2.75 GPA and minimal grade of “C-” in professional education courses
  3. 2.75 GPA and minimal grade of “C-” in area(s) of academic emphasis or major

Admission to the Teacher Education Program is required as pre-requisite to enrolling in 300 and 400 level courses in education.

Application for admission to student teaching is initiated the semester before it is to be completed. Deadlines for submission of admission materials are September 1 and February 1, unless those dates fall on the weekend. The requirements for admission to student teaching (i.e., second gate) include:

  1.  A grade of C- or higher in all courses required as part of the program contract
  2.  200 field and clinical experience hours
  3.  An Overall GPA of 2.75 or higher
  4.  A GPA of 2.75 in Professional Education courses as well as Emphasis courses
  5.  An average score of 2.75 or higher on professional dispositions evaluations
  6.  An average score of 2.75 or higher on the Teacher Education faculty interview
  7.  A score of 2.75 or higher on the pre-student teaching portfolio

Upon approval by the Teacher Education Committee, the following requirements must be completed prior to student teaching:

  • Medical exam including a TB test
  • Proof of liability insurance through membership with KEA-AE
  • Completion of the Praxis II Specialty Examinations
  • Completion of the Principles of Learning and Teaching Examination
  • Criminal background check including report from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Certification

All students aspiring to teach must pass the Praxis specialty area tests and the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching for the certification grade level before they can certify.

Placement

All students who complete the Teacher Education Program should work with the Career Development Office to develop a resume and practice interview skills for employment purposes. Students who want to teach in other states should plan their programs to meet the particular state’s requirements. Contact information for certification requirements of the different states is available in the Teacher Education Office.

General Education Requirements for Teacher Education

All students must complete the general education requirements for college graduation as set forth in this bulletin. These general education courses also satisfy the general education requirements for certification.

The requirements for exiting student teaching (i.e., third gate) include

  1.  Successful completion of 70 days of student teaching (35 days per placement for dual placements)
  2.  A score of 2.75 or higher on the exiting student teaching portfolio
  3.  An average score of 2.75 or higher on professional dispositions evaluations
  4.  Successful completion of the Praxis II Specialty Examinations
  5.  Successful completion of the Principles of Learning and Teaching Examination
  6.  A grade of C- or higher in Student Teaching Seminar (ED 403)
  7.  A score of 2.75 or higher on summative evaluations by the cooperating teacher and college supervisor(s)
  8.  Confirmation of Degree

If you are searching for a challenging career that will allow you to make a significant impact on people and the future of society, then you’ve come to the right place!


Pyles Scholars

Kentucky Wesleyan College offers aspiring teachers the opportunity to apply for the Pyles. The Pyles Scholarships are made possible through the generosity of Luellen Pyles, a 1944 graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan, who taught English and Spanish in Ohio and Kentucky public schools from 1944 – 1953.  Pyles, a Maysville resident who passed away in December 2014, was a longtime college trustee whose bequest of over $4 million is one of the largest estate gifts in the College’s history.

Criteria:

  • Students entering the Teacher Education Program at Kentucky Wesleyan
  • 3.0 GPA
  • ACT score of 19 or higher
  • Completion of essay
  • Maintain a minimum of 12 hours full time status each semester

Must maintain standards of the Teacher Ed program including C- or higher in all Education and support courses and a minimum GPA of 2.75 overall and in all Teacher Ed core/major areas


Student Organization

The Teacher Education program sponsors the Kentucky Education Association-Aspiring Educators(KEA-AE) with Dr. Michael Nelson as faculty advisor.

KEA-AE provides opportunities for candidates to demonstrate leadership and service to the community and profession. Professional development conferences/workshops are offered through the state and local chapters during each semester.