The Education Department is committed to providing prospective teachers with a broad-based, liberal arts-oriented education as well as the highest quality of disciplinary preparation in the content area fields and teaching methodology. Unique features of the professional education program include early supervised field experiences usually beginning in the sophomore year, strong mentoring efforts by faculty and staff, and the development of area school partnerships through advisory committees and school division contacts.
Admission to the Professional Education Program
The professional education programs at Virginia Wesleyan University are periodically reviewed by the State Department of Education and have been designated by the State Board of Education as state approved. Students seeking teacher certification must formally apply for admission to the Professional Education Program.
Application packets are available in the Teacher Education office.
Students interested in becoming teachers must formally apply for admission to the Professional Education Program. Packets for admission are distributed in INST 202 and EDUC 225 classes and are also available in Pruden 102. The packets are to be completed and submitted to Sandra Ewell in Pruden 103 before the end of your sophomore year and definitely, one semester before enrolling in 300 level classes.
Students interested in teacher certification will not be allowed to register for upper level (300+) professional education courses until they are admitted into the Professional Education Program. Transfer students must complete and submit the packet for admission by the end of their first semester of coursework at VWU.
Specifically, students will not be able to continue with Education Coursework beyond INST 202, INST 203, and EDUC 225 until admitted to the Professional Education Program. Transfer students will not be able to continue with education courses beyond the first semester of attendance until admitted to the Professional Education Program. The 300 –level education courses will be “Consent Only.”
When the completed packet for admission is received, a committee will determine acceptance into the Professional Education Program. Packets are due on October 15th for Fall acceptance and March 15 for Spring acceptance. A letter will be sent to confirm acceptance. The packet for admission has the following requirements listed below:
- Achieve passing scores on Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators or submit equivalent SAT scores meeting criteria as substitute for Praxis Core
- Successfully complete INST 202 with observation experiences; otherwise, EDUC 230—Observation In School Settings or equivalent experience will be required
- Achieve an overall cumulative GPA of at least 2.8 at the time of application
- Achieve a grade of C or better in the pre-admission courses INST 202, INST 203, and EDUC 225 (or PSY 205 if seeking admission to special education program)
- Submit documentation of FOCUS-2 assessment from the Career Development and Internship Program office and accompanying reflective essay (see guidelines, effective Fall 2017)
- All students seeking endorsement in History and Social Sciences 6-12, elementary preK-6, and or special education: general curriculum K-12 must pass the Virginia State and Civics Education Module and submit a certificate of completion
- Complete and pass the Child Abuse and Neglect Module and submit a certificate of completion
Following admission to the Professional Education Program, a teacher candidate is required to complete the following requirements prior to the preservice teaching semester to remain in good standing with the department:
- Maintain the required GPA in your endorsement area major
- Maintain an overall GPA of 2.8 each semester after admission to Program
- Achieve grades of C or better in ALL Professional Studies Educationcourses
- Submit passing scores on VCLA
- Submit a negative TB test result to the Education Department prior to practicum
- Provide evidence of completion of the Dyslexia Awareness Training Module
- Provide the required Background Clearance Check prior to your practicum course
- Provide evidence of completion of a certification or training program in emergency first aid, hands-on training for CPR, & use of AED, such as a program developed by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross
- Submit passing scores on the appropriate Praxis Subject Area Test prior to applying and registering for pre-service teaching
- Elementary/Special Education Candidates ONLY:
- Pass the Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE) assessment upon completion of EDUC 320 and EDUC 321
- NOTE: Passing scores on VCLA, the appropriate Praxis Subject Area Test, and RVE (for endorsement programs indicated above) are required for licensure by the Virginia Department of Education