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Teacher Education Program

The School of Education at Tennessee Wesleyan College is accredited by the Tennessee Board of Examiners (BOE) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award bachelor’s degrees. For accreditation purposes, the Tennessee BOE follows the NCATE standards. Contact the Dean of Education for questions or to review documents.

In accordance with the college catalog, the requirements listed below must be met before a student will be allowed to register for any (300-400 level) upper division education courses.

1. The student must have a completed a background check to register.

(a) Visit the Teacher Education Program Information Office, room B102, to obtain the following:
           • Registration Instructions
           • Applicant Waiver Form

(b) Visit the following online address in order to register www.L1enrollment.com

2. You must provide an original of one of the required tests to the Teacher Education Program Information Office:

  • An Enhanced ACT® with a composite score of 22 or above
  • An SAT® with a combined verbal and math score of 920 or above
  • A PRAXIS ITM with the required passing scores in all three sections:
         Reading            The minimum passing score is 174
         Mathematics      The minimum passing score is 173
         Writing               The minimum passing score is 173

 

Transfer students who have not taken and passed one of the exams prior to transferring should do so their first semester at Tennessee Wesleyan College. 

3. You must pass Introduction to Teaching with a grade of C- or above.

The course number for Introduction to Teaching at Tennessee Wesleyan College is ED110.

4. You must submit a typewritten autobiography which is assigned in Introduction to Teaching.

Students who have completed Introduction to Teaching prior to transferring to Tennessee Wesleyan College may submit their autobiography draft and finalized autobiography as an attachment to: fpst@twcnet.edu or they may deliver these to the Teacher Education Program Information Office.  The autobiography draft will be forwarded to an instructor for review.  The student will receive notification upon completion of the instructor's review.  The finalized autobiography should reflect the corrections or changes noted in the reviewed draft. 

Click here for the autobiography outline

5. You must pass Educational Psychology with a grade of C- or above.

The course number for Educational Psychology at Tennessee Wesleyan College is ED201. 

6. You must submit a typewritten philosophy which is assigned in Educational Psychology.

Students who have completed Educational Psychology prior to transferring to Tennessee Wesleyan College may submit their philosophy draft and finalized philosophy as an attachment to: fpst@twcnet.edu or they may deliver these to the Teacher Education Program Information Office. The philosophy draft will be forwarded to an instructor for review.  The student will receive notification upon completion of the instructor's review.  The finalized philosophy should reflect the corrections or changes noted in the reviewed draft. 

Click here for the philosophy outline

7. You must select the members of your Teacher Education Program Committee. 

The student must select a Teacher Education Committee composed of three faculty members who are familiar with the applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
Please seek verbal approval prior to listing the instructors' names on your application. 
The Teacher Education Program Information Office is responsible for providing each committee member with the recommendation form. 

8. You must submit a completed application to the Teacher Education Program Information Office.

The student must submit a completed Teacher Education Program application to:
    Tennessee Wesleyan College
    Teacher Education Program Information Office
    Sherman Fine Arts Building - Basement Level - B102 
    204 East College Street
    Athens, Tennessee 37303

Please make certain that you list your committee members, sign, and date the completed application.

Applications are generally submitted prior to the close of the fall semester for students seeking a January-February admissions interview.

Applications are generally submitted prior to the close of the spring or summer semester for students seeking an August-September admissions interview.

The Teacher Education Program interviews are held shortly after the opening of the fall semester in August-September, and shortly after the opening of the spring semester in January-February.

9. You must maintain the following grade point averages:

  • A minimum of 2.5 or above cumulative grade point average
  • A minimum of 2.5 in major
  • A minimum of 2.75 or above professional education grade point average

 

The Teacher Education Program required admissions grade point averages are based on the applicant’s academic performance from the prior semester. The grade point averages are reviewed at the close of the semester. 

10. You must have a minimum 2.50 or above grade point average in your major or majors in order to student teach.

11. You must receive a positive written recommendation from your Teacher Education Committee in order to gain consideration for admission into the Teacher Education Program.

Please seek verbal approval prior to listing the instructors' names on your application. 

The student must select a Teacher Education Committee composed of three faculty members who are familiar with the applicant’s most recent academic performance. 

The Teacher Education Program Information Office is responsible for providing each committee member with the recommendation form. 

Please be certain to list all of your committee members on your completed application.


Interview

You will receive an interview invitation listing the date, time, and location of your formal interview. 

Your interview invitation will be mailed to the address that you have listed on your completed application.  You should receive notification approximately two weeks prior to your scheduled interview.

The Teacher Education Program interviews are held shortly after the opening of the fall semester in August-September, and shortly after the opening of the spring semester in January-February.

You will be interviewed by faculty members of the Education, Sociology, and Psychology Department.

Elementary Education           Secondary Education            Sociology & Psychology
Dr. Patricia Ging                          Mr. John Gaston                         Ms. Linda Garza
Dr. James Grubb                                                                            Dr. Kerri Towler

You will receive a letter informing you of an unconditional or a conditional acceptance from your Teacher Education Program admissions interview.