2023-2024 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Personal Requirements Students interested in the Teacher Education Program should enjoy the teaching and learning process and enjoy working with people. The best teachers are those who are lifelong learners and enjoy serving others; they are people who are motivated by making a difference in others’ lives. Cedarville University desires to work with students who are becoming professionals in their treatment of others, in their dispositions, and in responsibility for tasks. Because of the increasingly stringent standards for teachers nationwide, teacher candidates must be able to demonstrate their preparedness to teach by achieving good grades and passing state-mandated assessments for teachers. Cocurricular Opportunities Numerous opportunities exist for tutoring in public schools, mentoring K–12 students, and becoming involved in local church ministries to children and adolescents. In addition, students may choose to join the Student Education Association (SEA). Teacher Education Program Admission Requirements Students admitted to Cedarville University must also make application for formal admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) usually in their late sophomore or early junior years depending on the major. To be admitted, students must meet the following requirements at least one semester before enrolling in the first methods of teaching course for their particular program. These requirements apply to all students seeking a degree and/ or license in either middle childhood education, primary (P–5) education, special education, multi-age education, or adolescent/ young adult education (i.e., secondary education). Students seeking a degree/licensure in a program offered by another department should review the requirements of that department as well. 1. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in all courses and 2.7 GPA in all TEP core prerequisite courses. All TEP prerequisite courses, professional content courses, and professional program requirements must be completed with a minimum grade of “C-”. 2. Minimum GPA of 2.5 in all professional content courses. 3. Minimum passing scores on PRAXIS I competency exams, or by ACT/SAT exemption. Exemption from the exams is granted if: a. ACT Math subscore equal/higher 21; or SAT Math subscore equal/higher 530. b. ACT Reading subscore equal/higher 21; or SAT EBRW subscore equal/higher 550. c. All students entering the TEP must have a writing exam score on file. These include the ACT writing exam (7 minimum) or SAT EBRW exam (550 minimum). 4. Satisfactory completion of all introductory field experiences. 5. Valid “No Record” background check for the state of Ohio and an additional FBI background check. 6. Satisfactory referral letter from academic advisor and one external reference. 7. Overall satisfactory dispositional assessments. Teacher Education Program Retention and Completion Requirements To maintain regular standing in the Teacher Education Program and/or to receive a degree, students must maintain and/or complete the following requirements: Maintain a GPA of 2.75 or higher in all courses. 1. Obtain a “C-” or higher in all professional program requirements. 2. Satisfactorily complete field and clinical experiences. 3. Earn a passing score on all state-required licensure assessments. 4. Satisfactorily complete the capstone (student teaching) experience. 5. Attempt all required Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) prior to student teaching. Test Pass Rates For up-to-date testing pass rates and the Ohio educator preparation performance report see cedarville.edu/ EducationLicensure. Career Opportunities Christian and public schools actively recruit Cedarville education graduates. Graduate schools also welcome Cedarville students. Careers pursued by education graduates include: • Christian school teacher • Church education programs • Elementary school teacher • High school or middle school teacher • International school teacher • Library science • Mission school teacher • Music teacher K–12 • Preschool director or teacher • Special education (mild–moderate educational needs) • Youth camps Page 144 2023–24 Undergraduate Academic Catalog School of Education and Social Work Education