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BACHELOR OF ARTS IN EDUCATION DEGREE, PROFESSIONAL TEACHER EDUCATION (K-6) LICENSURE DELIVERED THROUGH GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIES Offering accelerated degree programs to career-minded adults. THE MISSION OF PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS

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bachelor of arts in education degree professional teacher education k 6 licensure

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN EDUCATION DEGREE, PROFESSIONAL TEACHER EDUCATION (K-6) LICENSURE

DELIVERED THROUGH GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIES

Offering accelerated degree programs to career-minded adults.

the mission of professional education programs
THE MISSION OF PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS

The mission of professional education programs at Tusculum College is to prepare teachers who are committed to excellence in education and who are confident in their abilities to assume leadership as educators and citizens in the communities where they live and work. To this end, the program continues the College’s focus on civic and intellectual development of the students, while fostering the skills, knowledge, and habits of character (dispositions) vital to those involved in the education of the nation’s next generation of citizens.

the mission of professional education programs con t
THE MISSION OF PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS (CON’T.)

Education courses are taught by faculty of Tusculum College who have academic and practical backgrounds in the public school system. In addition to being offered during the day on the main campus in Greeneville, the K-6 Teacher Education Licensure Program is now being offered to working adults through the Graduate and Professional Studies Program in Knoxville, Greeneville, Morristown, Tri-Cities, Sevierville, and Vonore on weekends.

benefits of teacher education at tusculum college knoxville
BENEFITS OF TEACHER EDUCATION AT TUSCULUM COLLEGE, KNOXVILLE
  • ACCREDITATION:
    • The Tennessee State Department of Education
    • The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • ACCELERATED FORMAT:
    • The Professional Licensure Sequence includes 67 semester hours and may be completed in 18 months (length varies depending upon student teaching starting dates).
    • Major and general hours are offered through Gateway and Special Offerings in an accelerated format with a learning team component.
    • Students may enroll in 2 courses concurrently in Gateway. During the Professional Licensure Sequence students may enroll in one Gateway course per semester.
    • Selected general and major hours may be earned through testing.
benefits con t
BENEFITS (CON’T.)
  • CONVENIENT FOR WORKING ADULTS:
    • Two class meetings on site, 3 of 4 weekends
    • Flexible practicum hours
    • Books delivered to site or home
    • Librarian and library resources available onsite or online
    • Student support services delivered onsite or electronically
    • Highly qualified staff and faculty striving to provide outstanding customer service.
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BENEFITS (CON’T.)
  • QUALIFIED FACULTY:
    • Instructors are current in the field and experts in the practical application of concepts.
    • Many instructors currently teach or have recently taught in public schools.
    • All instructors are credentialed according the SACS standards.
  • DUAL ACADEMIC ADVISING MODEL:
    • Education faculty members advise in the major.
    • Full-time professional academic advisors with master’s degrees hold memberships in the National Academic Advising Association.
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BENEFITS (CON’T.)
  • STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITIES:
    • Seminar-style classrooms
    • Computer labs
    • Library with computers and print materials
    • Instructional technology
    • Parking in close proximity to facilities
    • Snack/kitchen area available
number of courses semester hours and length of professional licensure sequence
NUMBER OF COURSES, SEMESTER HOURS, AND LENGTH OF PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE SEQUENCE
  • 16 Courses in major and professional education
  • 67 Semester hours
  • 18 Months (varies based on student teaching start date)
    • 13 Courses in the classroom (13-14 months)

12 Courses include practicum experiences

4 Weeks per course

51 Semester hours

    • 3 Courses in student teaching (3-4 months)

16 Semester hours

delivery of instruction
DELIVERY OF INSTRUCTION
  • Cohort groups move intact through the curriculum one course at a time.
  • New cohorts start year round.
  • Classes meet 3 of 4 weekends per course.
  • 54 Contact hours per course
    • 12 Hours per week in class
      • 4 Hours on Friday evening

(or one weekday)

      • 8 Hours on Saturday (or one weekday)
    • 18Practicum hours per course
steps from entry to completion
STEPS FROM ENTRY TO COMPLETION
  • APPLY AND BE ADMITTED TO TUSCULUM COLLEGE.
  • COMPLETE GENERAL EDUCATION AND MAJOR CORE REQUIREMENTS
  • ENROLL IN PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE SEQUENCE.
  • APPLY AND BE ACCEPTED INTO PROFESSIONAL TEACHER EDUCATION.
  • APPLY AND BE APPROVED FOR STUDENT TEACHING.
  • COMPLETE ALL REQUIREMENTS FOR TEACHER LICENSURE AND GRADUATION.
step 1

STEP 1:

APPLY AND BE ADMITTED

TO TUSCULUM COLLEGE.

admission requirements for new students with less than 12 semester hours
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW STUDENTS WITH LESS THAN 12 SEMESTER HOURS

SATISFY 3 OF THE 5 CRITERIA:

  • Evidence of two years’ work experience
  • High school (and college, if applicable) grade-point average of 2.0 or higher
  • Rank in the upper one-half of high school graduating class
  • Composite score of 800 on the SAT or 18 on the ACT*
  • Recommendations from two persons qualified to judge the applicant’s potential for success in college work.

*Students who submit an official SAT score of 1020 or ACT score of 22 are exempted from taking the PPST.

admission requirements for transfer students with more than 12 semester hours
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR TRANSFER STUDENTSWITH MORE THAN 12 SEMESTER HOURS
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Recommendations from two persons qualified to judge the applicant’s potential for success in college work
admission procedures
ADMISSION PROCEDURES
  • Submit a completed application to the College.
  • Submit official transcripts (sealed) of all academic (high school and /or college) coursework or GED scores.
  • Submit official SAT or ACT scores, if applicable.
  • Submit recommendations.
  • Students for whom English is a second language must furnish a score of 550 or greater on the TOEFL examination within the last 5 years.
step 2

STEP 2:

COMPLETE GENERAL EDUCATION

AND

MAJOR HOURS.

ways to earn general and major hours
WAYS TO EARN GENERAL AND MAJOR HOURS

OPTIONS:

  • Gateway program
  • Special offerings
  • Transfer hours from other regionally accredited colleges/universities
  • Test out of selected courses (CLEP/DANTES)
  • Experiential credit through Prior Learning Portfolio

Note: Students who enroll in Gateway courses during and after completing the Professional Licensure Sequence will receive a 50% discount off the Gateway tuition.

delivery and course load in gateway
DELIVERY AND COURSE LOAD IN GATEWAY
  • Classes meet one time per week with additional time for learning team activities.
  • One 4-hour course is completed in 6 weeks.
  • Students may enroll in 2 courses concurrently.
general education courses
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
  • BIOL 100 GENERAL BIOLOGY
  • CISC 100 COMPUTER AS A TOOL
  • ENGL 110/1 ENGLISH COMPOSITION I and II

(or RHETORIC I, II, and III)

  • HIST 101/2 THE WEST AND THE WORLD I OR II OR

POLS 380 POLITICAL TRADITIONS OF THE WEST

  • HIST 201/2 US HISTORY I OR II
  • GEOG 200 INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY
  • MATH 102 COLLEGE ALGEBRA
general education con t
GENERAL EDUCATION (CON’T.)
  • PHED 115 COMMUNITY CPR, FIRST AID, AND SAFETY
  • PHED 260 CONTEMPORARY HEALTH ISSUES
  • PSYC 101 ESSENTIALS OF PSYCHOLOGY
  • PSYC 200 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
  • PSYC 305 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
  • RELG 330 THE HEBREW AND CHRISTIAN TRADITIONS
  • SOCI 101 PRINCIPLES AND SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS
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GENERAL EDUCATION (CON’T.)

One of the following:

MUSC 101 INTRODUCTION TO WESTERN MUSIC

THEA 104 INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE

VISA 110 BASIC CONCEPTS OF THE VISUAL ARTS

NOTE:

  • Equivalent courses may satisfy general education courses.
major and professional education courses
MAJOR AND PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION COURSES

ALL MAJOR AND PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION COURSES ARE INCLUDED IN THE PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE SEQUENCE WHEN THE PROGRAM IS DELIVERED THROUGH GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIES.

ALL COURSES, EXCEPT CISC 216 COMPUTER AS A CLASSROOM SUPPORT SYSTEM AND NSCI 421 PHYSICAL SCIENCE CONCEPTS, INCLUDE 36 CONTACT HOURS IN THE CLASSROOM AND 18 PRACTICUM HOURS.

step 3

STEP 3:

ENROLL IN THE PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE SEQUENCE.

eligibility considerations and cost
ELIGIBILITY, CONSIDERATIONS, AND COST
  • Eligibility:
    • Eligible at the sophomore level (30 Hours)
  • Considerations:
    • Readiness to pass the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST)
    • Preparation for junior and senior level work
    • 61 Hours earned increases eligibility for higher financial aid award.
  • Cost:
    • $275 per semester hour x 67 hours (2004-2005)
courses and activities during professional licensure sequence
COURSES AND ACTIVITIES DURING PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE SEQUENCE
  • SPED 101 SURVEY OF REGULAR AND SPECIAL POPULATIONS WITHIN THE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT
  • EDUC 200 HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION
  • CISC 216 COMPUTER AS A CLASSROOM SUPPORT SYSTEM

NOTE: Students prepare to be accepted into teacher education during these courses.

step 4

STEP 4:

APPLY AND BE ACCEPTED

INTO PROFESSIONAL

TEACHER EDUCATION.

admission to professional teacher education
ADMISSION TO PROFESSIONAL TEACHER EDUCATION
  • Be a registered student at Tusculum College.
  • Pass the PPST or equivalent SAT (1020) or ACT (22).
  • Complete SPED 101 and EDUC 200.
  • Have a 2.5 GPA on a 4-point scale.
  • Demonstrate satisfactory progress on the competency timeline.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in oral and written communication.
admission to professional teacher education con t
ADMISSION TO PROFESSIONAL TEACHER EDUCATION (CON’T.)
  • Submit written recommendations from faculty members.
  • Have apparent good mental and physical health with evidence that any handicaps will not impair the candidate’s effectiveness as a teacher.
  • Receive approval from Teacher Education Screening Committee after all previous items have been completed.
admission procedures professional teacher education licensure
ADMISSION PROCEDURES PROFESSIONAL TEACHER EDUCATION LICENSURE
  • Pass PPST or score 1020 on SAT or 22 on ACT.
  • Complete cold writing sample.
  • Complete application.
  • Submit (2) recommendations, including one from an education faculty member.

(Processing and decision for admission into

Professional Teacher Education Licensure K-6

are made during the first 3 courses.)

continue with sequence
CONTINUE WITH SEQUENCE
  • PHED 360 CURRICULUM DESIGN/METHODS IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION
  • EDUC 320 CLASSROOM DISCIPLINE AND MANAGEMENT
  • FINA 310 THE ARTS AND CHILDHOOD LEARNING
  • ENGL 335 CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
  • EDUC 416 TEACHING READING
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CONTINUE WITH SEQUENCE
  • HGLN 417 LITERACY THROUGH LANGUAGE ARTS
  • MATH 425 MATHEMATICS APPLICATIONS IN THE REAL WORLD
  • NSCI 421 PHYSICAL SCIENCE CONCEPTS

Begin taking PRAXIS Tests:

Principles of Teaching and Learning

Content Knowledge

Reading

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CONTINUE WITH SEQUENCE
  • HGLN 341 LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS IN K-6

During this course:

  • Complete application for Student Teaching
  • Submit one recommendation from an education faculty member.

Note: This process must be completed by the end

of HGLN 337. 

step 5

STEP 5:

APPLY AND BE APPROVED FOR STUDENT TEACHING.

admission criteria for student teaching
ADMISSION CRITERIA FOR STUDENT TEACHING
  • A. Completion of required coursework
  • B. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher in the major
  • C. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher in professional education courses
  • D. Approval of the faculty in the major
  • E. Approval of the Screening Committee. Note that items B-D must be completed prior to approval by the committee.
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CONTINUE WITH SEQUENCE

HGLN 337 ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION

Take PRAXIS on Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

BEGIN STUDENT TEACHING:

EDUC 452 STUDENT TEACHING SEMINAR

EDUC 454 STUDENT TEACHING: K-3

EDUC 455 STUDENT TEACHING: 4-6

Note: EDUC 452, 454, and 455 are taken concurrently.

step 6

STEP 6:

COMPLETE ALL REQUIREMENTS FOR TEACHER LICENSURE.

professional education teacher licensure completion requirements
PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION TEACHER LICENSURE COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS
  • All PRAXIS tests must be passed.
  • All required courses and competencies must be met.
  • Students will receive an “I” for EDUC 452 if PRAXIS tests are not passed.
  • Students may graduate without teacher licensure with 128 hours.
  • Students must earn a “C+” or higher in student teaching before requesting licensure.
notes
NOTES

A. Courses in the Professional Licensure Sequence may not be offered in the same order for every cohort.

B. Courses taken at other institutions may satisfy courses in the Professional Licensure Sequence; at least 32 hours must be taken in the sequence at Tusculum College.

C. Students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree, either at Tusculum College or elsewhere, who wish to add teaching licensure to that degree must meet all applicable requirements regarding admission to the education program, required coursework, and admission to student teaching.

D. Refer to the Tusculum College Catalog at www.tusculum.edu for additional information regarding Teacher Education.