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Teacher Education

Attention Teacher Education Applicants:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and closed testing centers, we temporarily waive GACE Program Admission Assessment for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 Teacher Education applications. Applicants who benefit from this waiver and otherwise meet the other application requirements will be provisionally admitted to Teacher Education. Students will still be required to have satisfactory test results before they can continue their education in Spring 2021. Furthermore, DAP interviews are also waived for students who are scheduled to take it in Spring 2020 in order to apply Teacher Education for Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 semester. The DAP interviews will still be required and conducted at a later date close to the beginning of Fall 2020 semester.

CSU administrators, faculty and staff are working on plans for the upcoming fall semester for students who are registered for courses which have a field placement experience in the school systems. We are working diligently to make sure our students get the best possible experience while also allowing for CDC guidelines on Covid 19 prevention. Updates will be communicated via email and posted on this website.


Teacher Education Handbook (Word)

Requirements for Admission to Teacher Education

Undergraduate students seeking admission to the teacher education program in the College of Education and Health Professions at CSU should begin the process during their sophomore year of study. Post-baccalaureate students seeking admission should begin the process during their first semester of study.  Admission to Teacher Education is now completed through TK20.  Please follow the directions here (Word) to apply. 

Deadlines to Apply (Word)

Admission to the Teacher Education program requires completion of all of the following:

Undergraduate

  • Completion of EDUC 2130 or UTCH 1202 with a grade of C or better and
  • Completion of 45 earned semester hours in the core with an overall GPA of 2.50 or better on all transcripts and a CSU GPA of 2.50 or better.
  • Maintain a CSU and overall GPA of 2.50 or better.
  • Satisfactory performance on the GACE Program Admission examination or an exemption based upon satisfactory scores on the SAT, ACT or GRE tests.
    • Exemption Scores
      SAT: Score reports dated prior to 7/1/19:
      • 1000 on Verbal/Critical Reading, and Math, OR
      • 1000 on Evidence based Reading/Writing and Math

      • For Score Reports dated on or after 7/1/19:
      • 1080 on Evidence based Reading/Writing AND Math

      ACT – 43 (combination of English and Math scores)
      GRE – 1030 (combination of Verbal and Quantitative scores) on tests taken before August 1, 2011 or combined score of 297 (Verbal and Quantitative) on tests taken after August 1, 2011.

  • Satisfactory completion of the Dispositions, Attributes, and Proficiencies (DAP) interview*
  • Completed FBI background check with fingerprints to ensure no criminal record or discharge from the armed services that would prevent recommendation for teacher certification.
  • Download and complete a copy of the Requirements for the Reporting of Offenses (Word).
  • Purchase a subscription to TK20 . Attach a receipt or print screen with current TK20 account information to your application. https://columbusstate.tk20.com/
  • **New requirement change**Complete and pass the Program Exit level (360) of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission's Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment
  • Health and PE majors only: Certificate of successful completion of the Health Fitness Test
  • Complete Pre-Service Certificate Application (PDF)
  • Never been removed or denied admission to teacher education or student teaching from another institution.
  • Failure to disclose information and/or submission of false information will result in immediate dismissal from the College of Education and Health Professions Teacher Education Program.

*Dr. Sally A. Ingles (2014) DAP™: Dispositions, Attributes, and Proficiencies Interview Manual. Copyright protected. All rights reserved

*Undergraduate Petition for Appeal

Students must submit to the Office of COEHP CQTL a completed appeals packet by the last business day of the month in order to be considered at the next meeting. Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month. Only complete packets will be considered. If your packet is incomplete at the time of the Undergraduate Council meeting, it will be reviewed at the next scheduled meeting once all information has been provided. See forms at left for packet.

Transcript Evaluations

It is required that you have your transcripts evaluated by the appropriate program coordinator before beginning the post-baccalaureate (certification only) track or the MAT graduate degree. Please complete the request for transcript evaluation and upload your unofficial transcript(s)at the end of the form. If you have technical difficulties with the form, please contact the Teacher Education, Leadership and Counseling Dept administrative assistant, Talley Dentzau, at dentzau_talley@columbusstate.edu.

Post-baccalaureate

  • Undergraduate or Graduate GPA of 2.50 on all work attempted (minimum of 30 credit hours) or
  • CSU GPA of 2.50 on 9 hours of education coursework at CSU to include EDUC, EDCI, and SPED classes.
  • Satisfactory performance on the GACE Program Admission examination or an exemption based upon satisfactory scores on the SAT, ACT or GRE tests. (You must have a 2.50 CSU GPA prior to student teaching/internship)
    • Exemption Scores
      SAT: Score reports dated prior to 7/1/19:
      • 1000 on Verbal/Critical Reading, and Math, OR
      • 1000 on Evidence based Reading/Writing and Math

      • For Score Reports dated on or after 7/1/19:
      • 1080 on Evidence based Reading/Writing AND Math

      ACT – 43 (combination of English and Math scores)
      GRE – 1030 (combination of Verbal and Quantitative scores) on tests taken before August 1, 2011 or combined score of 297 (Verbal and Quantitative) on tests taken after August 1, 2011.

  • Completed FBI background check (PDF) with fingerprints to ensure no criminal record or discharge from the armed services that would prevent recommendation for teacher certification.
  • Purchase a subscription to TK20. Attach a receipt or print screen with current TK20 account information to your application. https://columbusstate.tk20.com/
  • **New requirement change**Complete and pass the Program Exit level (360) of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission's Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment
  • Health and PE majors only: Certificate of successful completion of the Health Fitness Test
  • Complete Pre-Service Certificate Application
  • Never been removed or denied admission to teacher education or student teaching from another institution.
  • Failure to disclose information and/or submission of false information will result in immediate dismissal from the College of Education and Health Professions Teacher Education Program.

Post-Baccalaureate Student GPA Calculation: The Post-Bac student's Grade Point Average (GPA) will be calculated using only the undergraduate and/or graduate level coursework that is applicable to the declared certification program of study (e.g., Secondary Science Education). This calculate GPA must be 2.50 or higher in order for the student to be admitted to Teacher Education. Post-Baccalaureate Student Progression and Completion: The Post-Bac student must maintain an overall PROGRAM GPA of 2.5 or higher, counting only those courses that apply to the post-bac certification, throughout his/her program of study in order to remain in and complete the program.

Masters

  • Undergraduate or Graduate GPA of 2.50 on all work attempted (minimum of 30 credit hours) before admission into the Graduate College of Education and Health Professions.
  • Satisfactory performance on all three parts of the GACE Program Admission examination or an exemption based upon satisfactory scores
    • Exemption Scores
      SAT: Score reports dated prior to 7/1/19:
      • 1000 on Verbal/Critical Reading, and Math, OR
      • 1000 on Evidence based Reading/Writing and Math

      • For Score Reports dated on or after 7/1/19:
      • 1080 on Evidence based Reading/Writing AND Math

      ACT – 43 (combination of English and Math scores)
      GRE – 1030 (combination of Verbal and Quantitative scores) on tests taken before August 1, 2011 or combined score of 297 (Verbal and Quantitative) on tests taken after August 1, 2011.

  • **New requirement change**Complete and pass the Program Exit level (360) of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission's Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment
  • Completion of a satisfactory FBI background check with fingerprints to ensure no criminal record, and no discharge from the armed services that would prevent recommendation for teacher certification. Instructions and applications for the FBI background check can be found  here (PDF) or can be picked up in Frank Brown Hall, Room 2068.
  • Purchase a TK20 subscription. Attach a receipt or print screen with current TK20 account information to your application.  https://columbusstate.tk20.com/
  • Health and PE majors only: Certificate of successful completion of the Health Fitness Test
  • Have not been removed, withdrawn, or denied admission to a teacher education program or student teaching.
  • Failure to disclose information and/or submission of false information will result in immediate dismissal from the College of Education and Health Professions Teacher Education Program
  • Before you are admitted to Teacher Education, you must complete a Pre-Service Certification Application which can be completed in the CQTL office. Please bring your driver's license with you for identification.

Applying to the Teacher Education Program through TK20:

Follow these instructions to electronically submit an admission application to the Teacher Education department. Before starting, you will need a Tk20 account. Purchase Tk20 by going to https://columbusstate.tk20.com and clicking on the link that says "Click here to purchase or activate your account."

  1. Log into your Tk20 account. If you just purchased it, you will need to wait awhile (anything from a few hours to 48 hours) before you can login.
  2. Once you log in, you will be on the "HOME" screen. On the left side of the screen, you will see a menu. Click on "HOME" to expand more choices.
  3. Click on "ADMISSION APPLICATIONS" and you will move to the ADMISSION APPLICATIONS screen.
  4. Click on the large, green button that says "+ Create New Application" to start a new application.
  5. On the field called "Application Type" use the drop down to select the Teacher Education Admission Application that applies to you. Once you have selected it in the drop down, click the green button that says "Next."
  6. On the next screen, note everything that needs to be completed and available for your application. If you still need to gather more items, click on the button that says "Save" on the bottom of the screen. This will save your application so you can finish completing it later.
  7. Once you are ready to complete the application, click the green button that says "Next."
  8. Fill in all the necessary information. Fields marked with an "*" are required fields. Once completed, click on the green button that says "Submit." If you need to exit the application before you complete it, select "Save" so you can come back to the application later.
  9. If you need to continue a previously started application, repeat steps 1-3. The application you previously started will be available as a link on the page.

Please complete the Teacher Education Admission Application not the Student Teaching Application.

Retention in the Teacher Education Program

A review of student records is conducted each semester by the appropriate personnel to determine whether a student is eligible to continue in the Teacher Education Program. Retention is based on the following:

Maintain a CSU and Overall 2.50 grade point average. If the grade point average falls below the requirement, the student has one semester to raise their grade point average. Students who do not meet the grade point average requirements after that semester must take additional courses other than the ones required for admission to teacher education. Students must earn not less than a C in field and professional courses. Only 10 percent of the professional and field courses maybe repeated at Columbus State University or another accredited college. Correspondence courses will not be accepted in field or professional courses. Students who fail to complete a degree program after three years from date of admission to Teacher Education will be excluded from the program and required to re-apply under current admission policies.

COEHP Education Scholarships

Field Experiences

Many teacher education courses have a field experience component. These experiences are designed to provide the student with the opportunity to observe, develop and practice the skills and knowledge associated with the courses. The Director of College of Education and Health Professions Center of Quality Teaching and Learning arranges all field experiences. Students are not allowed to contact school personnel in an effort to arrange their own placements.

It is the responsibility of the student to inquire as to whether a course has a field placement during advising.

Policies and Procedures

Field experiences are essential to many courses offered in the College of Education and Health Professions (COEHP) at Columbus State University (CSU). All field placements for students in the COEHP should be arranged through the Office of College of Education and Health Professions Center of Quality Teaching and Learning. This will allow the College of Education and Health Professions to do the following: provide each student with a diverse range of appropriate field placements in his/her selected field,maintain accurate field placement records for each student, and verify diversity of student placements for accrediting agencies.

All field placements will be arranged with schools that have a Partner Schools agreement with CSU. These are schools in the Muscogee County School District and the Harris County School District. Students should not expect to be placed in schools where family members attend or are employed, where they have worked or attended or where there is some other personal connection.

Students are representatives of the College of Education and Health Professions at Columbus State University. There is, therefore, a responsibility to maintain professional behavior through attitudes, action and appearance while in the field setting. The cooperating teacher and the university supervisor will evaluate professional behavior and teaching skills each semester. These evaluation sheets will be kept on file for each student.

Students may be exposed to confidential information while in the lab setting. Confidential information should be treated as such. Discussion of the field experience should occur only at appropriate times within the university setting. Information should always be presented in a professional manner and should provide anonymity for the cooperating teacher, P-12 student and the placement site.

While placed in a school, students should provide identification and sign in and out through the school office at each visit. This will assist in the verification of attendance and number of hours completed by each student. Each student is advised to maintain an attendance log for his or her own personal records and for the course instructor.

It is the responsibility of the student to make all travel arrangements to and from the field experience site and to schedule adequate time to complete the field experience assignment. It is also the responsibility of the student to obtain and maintain his or her own insurance coverage. Travel in connection with lab requirements is not covered by any insurance policy or program through Columbus State University.

Questions and concerns regarding placements should be directed to the CQTL Office in Frank Brown Hall, Rm. 2068.

Field Experience Orientation

https://youtu.be/5kX50duFQ7Q