Requirements For Admission to the Teacher Education Program
Typically, Human Development (EDUC 203) is taken during the first semester of the freshmen year. Candidates must earn a B- or higher in this course to advance to Professional Principles (EDUC 242) course. Education majors must be successfully admitted to the Teacher Education Program before registering for any 300-level or higher courses.
Application forms are available in the Department Office and on the Education Department website.
Admission to the program occurs after the following criteria are met:
- Grade point average 2.50 overall and in Education courses
- Two positive letters of recommendation from faculty of Bethany College outside the Education Program
- Successful completion of PRAXIS I-PPST (Reading, Writing and Math) with passing West Virginia scores
- Positive review of Professional Dispositions conducted by Education faculty in Human Development (EDUC 203) and Professional Principles (EDUC 242)
- West Virginia Criminal Background Check results submitted to Department
A candidate may be granted full admission or denied admission.
Note: All transfer students or students who change their major are required to meet the same criteria, including admission to the program.
Continuation in Education Program beyond EDUC 242:
A candidate must maintain a 2.50 GPA overall and in EDUC courses and successfully complete Classroom Discipline and Instruction (EDUC 348) to remain in the Teacher Education Program and advance to the Student Teaching Semester.
Field Experiences and Student Teaching Semester:
Beginning in Professional Principles (EDUC 242), typically taken during the freshmen year, candidates complete a sequence of structured field experiences in area schools. As per West Virginia Policy 5100, candidates complete 125 hours of field experiences and work with children and adolescents prior to student teaching. Candidates are responsible for transportation for all field experiences and student teaching assignments. When possible, candidates are grouped together in schools.
Student teaching is conducted for the entire first or second semester of the senior year in area schools or off-campus centers. All required elements for student teaching are due to the Department by the end of the semester prior to student teaching. Related course work is integrated with student teaching to provide direct application to field experiences. Candidates complete two seven-week placements in two different schools. Candidates are not permitted to schedule courses in conflict with the Student Teaching Block or to participate in extra-curricular activities that interfere with the requirements imposed by the Block.
Application for West Virginia Certification:
After completing student teaching and near the completion of the entire program, each candidate should initiate application procedures for certification. The following criteria must be met for certification in West Virginia:
- cumulative grade-point average of 2.50, in education courses as well as in the area(s) of certification
- successful completion of the PRAXIS I-PPST and PRAXIS II-Content subject Area Test and PRAXIS II-Principles of Learning and Teaching
- West Virginia criminal background check
- successful completion of the Senior Comprehensive Examination
- successful completion of student teaching and all required course work
- recommendations from the Education Department and from the candidate's area of certification
- general requirements for a Bethany College degree
Note: A degree from Bethany College does not guarantee certification in the state of West Virginia. The candidate must meet the criteria for certification as determined by the College and by the West Virginia Board of Education. A candidate who fails to meet criteria may be denied recommendation.
Certification levels are under the authority of the West Virginia State Department of Education and are subject to change based on policy implementation by the State Department. Bethany College must follow the guidelines and policy implementation established by the State Department. The policy set by the West Virginia Department of Education takes priority over any policy set forth by the Bethany College Teacher Preparation Program.
Bethany College is fully accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and its teacher education programs are approved by the West Virginia State Board of Education for the issuance of appropriate professional certificates for service in the public schools. This accreditation and approval makes those who complete the teacher education programs outlined in this catalogue eligible for reciprocal certification in most states. [Additional coursework or testing may be required for certification in some states.] Currently, the state of West Virginia participates in the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement. As of August 2006, 46 states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity participate in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement for 2010-2015. The NASDTEC Interstate Agreement facilitates the movement of educators among the states and other jurisdictions that are members of NASDTEC and have signed the Agreement. Although there may be conditions applicable to individual jurisdictions, the Agreement makes it possible for an educator who completed an approved program and/or who holds a certificate or license in one jurisdiction to earn a certificate or license in another state or jurisdiction. For example, a teacher who completed an approved teacher preparation program in Alabama generally will be able to earn a certificate in Georgia. Receiving states may impose certain special requirements which must be met in a reasonable period of time.