Undergraduate Program Gateways

VWU undergraduate teaching candidates will encounter three important gateways during their academic journey. Each gateway is specially designed to ensure all candidates are well-prepared, highly-qualified, and ready to enter the teaching profession upon program completion.

Gateway 1: Program Admission

By the end of their sophomore year, aspiring elementary and special education teachers must apply and successfully complete all requirements for program admission (Table 1). It should be noted that most requirements are tied to courses within the CLS:CE major. Students should keep track of all required materials.

Undergraduate Education Program admission requirements.

Undergraduate Education Program Admission Requirements

Suggested Timeframe to Complete Requirements

Complete Education Program Application and submit to Education Program staff in Pruden Hall room 103.

A student thinking about becoming a teacher should begin the application process as soon as possible. Initial documents are provided in INST 202 and INST 203 or in Pruden 103.

Achieve passing scores on Praxis Core Math for Educators (162) or submit a qualifying equivalent SAT math score (533) or an ACT math score (21) as substitute.

Take and pass Praxis Core Math (if necessary) after successfully completing your first college-level math course and while enrolled in INST 203: Applied Technology for Innovative Instruction.

Submit Passing Scores on VCLA
(Composite score of 470 is required)

Take and pass VCLA after taking first college-level English course and while enrolled in ENG 222: Teaching Grammar and Writing

Complete ​and pass​ the​ Child Abuse and Neglect Recognition and Intervention Training module and submit ​a ​certificate​​ of completion.

Complete while enrolled in EDUC 225

Complete ​and pass​ the​Virginia State and Local ​Civic Education Module and submit ​a ​ certificate​​ of completion.

Complete while enrolled in INST 203.

Achieving Acceptable ratings on the VWU Dispositional Survey for Educators.

Complete while enrolled in INST 202: The School and Society.

Successfully complete the following courses with a grade of C or above.
INST 202: The School and Society
INST 203: Applied Technology for Innovative Instruction
EDUC 225: Characteristics of the Learner

Complete by the End of the Sophomore Year.

Achieve ​an overall cumulative GPA of at least 2.8 at the time of application.

Be aware of your overall GPA at all times and maintain at least a 2.8 GPA.

Gateway 2: Recommendation for Student Teaching

Student teaching serves as the culminating internship experience for all teaching candidates. During this internship VWU teaching candidates will be responsible for preK-12 student learning. Thus, it is important that VWU faculty are confident that each candidate has the knowledge, skills, and appropriate dispositions to be successful in educating students in an authentic teaching context. Professional education courses with multiple field experiences help to prepare VWU teaching candidates for student teaching. Table 2 delineates the specific requirements needed for a teaching candidate to be recommended for student teaching. Again, these requirements are explicitly tied to coursework and candidates should keep track of all required materials.

Requirements needed for candidates to be recommended for student teaching.

Requirement

Requirement Descriptions and/or Suggestions

Maintain ​an overall cumulative GPA of at least 2.8 at the time of application.

Candidates should be aware of grades in all coursework and utilize VWU tutoring services when needed.

Achieve ​grades of C or better in ALL Professional​ ​Studies ​Education courses and a C- or better in all required coursework in the Teacher Education Program

Candidates should be aware of grades in all coursework and utilize VWU tutoring services when needed.

Maintain an “Acceptable” rating or higher on all dispositional criteria on the VWU Dispositional Survey for Educators.

Candidates complete a self-evaluation of their dispositions in specific EDUC courses and their professors will discuss ratings with them. Candidates with any scores below “Acceptable” on this survey may not be recommended for practicum placement or student teaching placement.

Provide evidence of successful completion of the Dyslexia Awareness Training Module.

Candidates should submit completion certificate to while enrolled in EDUC 321. This is typically the spring of the Junior Year.

Submit Passing Scores on Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE) assessment  (157)

Candidates should submit passing scores while enrolled in EDUC 321, typically in the spring of the Junior Year.

Submit passing scores on all sections of the Praxis Multiple Subjects Test (View passing scores for subtests)

Passing scores are due to the Education Department by October 30 if student teaching the following spring, or March 15 if student teaching in the following fall.

Submit a negative TB test and a clean Background Clearance Check

Candidates should submit documentation of a negative TB test prior to Practicum placement. This should be done the summer after the Junior Year.

Submit a clean Background Clearance Check

The Seminar Professor will provide candidates with proper forms and instructions for completing the Background Clearance Check.  A clear Check is necessary to continue to practicum and pre-service teaching.

Practicum Instructor Grants Consent for Student Teaching

Candidates’ progress to the student teaching experience is contingent on a successful practicum experience. The practicum instructors will notify the Director of Teacher Education and the Seminar Professor of recommendations at the end of the 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 in the Fall or in January of your Senior Year.

Gateway 3: Recommendation for Virginia Teaching Certification

Candidates taking part in the senior internship (student teaching) will complete an impact study, a teaching portfolio, and their teaching will be observed multiple times by multiple instructional experts. Candidates who successfully complete this internship are considered well-prepared, highly qualified, and ready to enter the teaching profession. As such, upon successful review of all elements within the student teaching experience, the VWU Director of Teacher Education will recommend teaching candidates for Virginia Teaching Certification in their particular endorsement area.