Prospective Students

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Certifications or Proficiencies Professional Semester
Admission to Teacher Education Completion of Program
Retention in Teacher Education Special Program - Teaching Overseas
Clinical Requirements Core Curriculum and Requirements

 

Teacher Certification Subject Areas Offered

Composite
Subject Areas
(6-12)

Major
Subject Areas
(6-12)

Major
Subject Areas
(P-12)

English/Language Arts

History/Social Science

World Languages:
(French, German, Spanish)
History
Mathematics

World Languages:
(French, German, Spanish)
Instrumental Music
Vocal/Choral Music

 

Certifications or Proficiencies

A summary of special requirements for teacher education undergraduate students in general may be noted:

  •  ESEC majors are not required to earn additional majors or minors.
  • Those earning P-12 certification in world languages or music and those earning secondary certification in English, or history are not required to earn additional majors or minors.
  • All ESEC majors must take additional math and science courses.
  • All students earning certification must successfully pass an exit examination, currently Praxis II in content area.
  • All students earning certification must successfully pass the Alabama Prospective Teacher Testing Program (APTTP).

 

Admission to Teacher Education

Requirements for admission to teacher education undergraduate programs are:

  • Minimum ACT score of 20.
  • Grade of C- or better required in all courses.
  • Formal application for admission.
  • Successful completion of EDUC 221 and EDUC 222.
  • Completion of 60 credits of coursework with a GPA of at least 3.00 for ESEC majors and 2.80 for secondary and P-12 majors.
  • Completion of projected schedule and agreement form.
  • Completion of an interview with a faculty member in the OBB School of Education and Professional Studies.
  • Two letters of recommendation for ESEC majors.
  • Two letters of recommendation for secondary education or P-12 from a professor in the student's major department and a professor in the teacher education department.
  • Completion of signed document verifying ABI and FBI criminal background checks.
  • Passing score on the Alabama Prospective Teacher Testing Program (APTTP) examination.
  • Demonstration of satisfactory potential for teaching, including evidence of emotional stability and a satisfactory record as to conduct, character, and mental health, to the effect that the applicant does not have any personal qualities prejudicial to satisfactory performance as a teacher.

Acceptance is contingent upon the recommendation of the admissions panel, which meets twice yearly. Applicants will be notified in writing of their acceptance or rejection. Transfer students follow the same admission policies. Education courses may not be transferred into the teacher education program without permission from the department chair.

 

Retention in Teacher Education

Once admitted into the teacher education program, the minimum GPA requirement (3.00 for ESEC majors; 2.80 for secondary and P-12 majors) must be maintained in all of the following three areas: cumulative, major courses, and professional courses. Failure to maintain the required minimum cumulative GPA and the required minimum GPA in the major teaching and professional fields prevents a student from enrolling in specific education courses until that GPA is met. No grade below C- in any course is permitted; in case of a lower grade, the course must be repeated. These GPA requirements also pertain to graduation and certification.

Any student who, in the opinion of the OBB School of Education and Professional Studies Hearing Board, is judged to have developed dispositions or characteristics, academic or otherwise, deemed undesirable for the profession may, after appropriate review, be dropped from the program.

Students wishing to take courses from other colleges must obtain permission beforehand. Please note that education courses may not be transferred into the teacher education program, and independent studies will not be offered. Also, if students take a course through the Adult Degree Program, they will be billed additional tuition equivalent to the day rate per credit.

Students must complete their program within four years of being admitted to teacher education or must reapply for admission to the program. Grievances related to grades may be brought before the Teacher Education Academic Review Board. See the department chair in OBB Room 338 for specific procedures.

 

Clinical Requirements

All teacher education majors are required to complete a wide variety of clinical experiences. These begin in the first semester of the education curriculum and extend throughout the program. ESEC majors will complete a minimum of 30 weeks. This includes one three-week Jan Term experience and observing a first day of school. Secondary majors will complete a minimum of 24 weeks. This includes one three-week Jan Term experience and observing a first day of school. Students must maintain satisfactory evaluations of performance in all clinical experiences in order to progress through the teacher education program.

 

Professional Semester

The student-teaching semester is the final experience in teacher education. The internship experience includes 15 weeks of student teaching and may be taken in the fall or spring semester.

Students planning on student teaching in the fall must submit the student-teaching application during the preregistration period of the preceding fall. Students planning on student teaching in the spring must submit the student-teaching application during the preregistration period of the preceding spring. Applications must be turned in to the Office of Clinical Experience in OBB Room 322.

To be eligible for student teaching, a student must have been admitted to teacher education, be in good academic standing, have demonstrated necessary dispositions to be a successful teacher, have successfully completed the required clinical experience, completed 56 of the required 64 convocation credits, and must have had a complete records check. To be in good academic standing, a student must have completed all EDUC-prefix courses and all essential teaching-field courses, have removed all Incompletes from all courses, and have maintained a 3.00 (ESEC majors) or 2.80 (secondary and P-12 majors) GPA overall and in each teaching field. Students are referred to the Clinical Handbook for a complete explanation of the required clinical experience.

Student teachers must observe the guidelines established by Samford University and all the rules set by the school in which the student teaching is done. Failure to do so can result in the student being dropped from the professional semester or removed from his/her school placement. A student may only repeat the student-teaching semester one time.

Students should consult the Clinical Handbook for additional information.

 

Completion of Program

Students who successfully complete a prescribed program at the baccalaureate level in teacher education will be eligible for the Alabama Class B teacher certificate in their area(s) of specialization. Completion of the program is contingent upon achieving a 3.00 (ESEC majors) or 2.80 (secondary and P-12 majors) GPA in the area or areas of specialization, in the professional components, in the higher education GPA, and performing satisfactorily as a teacher during the professional semester. Students must also demonstrate professional dispositions as explained in the departmental dispositions policy. In order to receive certification, all students must be fingerprinted. Students enrolled in EDUC 221/222 will be informed of the ABI and FBI fingerprinting procedures.

Students must also pass an exit examination (currently PRAXIS II) and the APTTP in order to receive certification. If a student successfully completes all program requirements, he/she may graduate, but certification may not be received until both exams are passed.

 

Special Program for Students Interested in Teaching Overseas

Students interested in serving as missionary teachers or in some other capacity in a foreign culture may fulfill all requirements for an Alabama teaching certificate while earning a minor in missions education. Most countries now expect missionary teachers to hold a teaching certificate from the U.S. or the host country.

The minor in missions education is available only to students earning a teaching certificate. Course requirements are listed below, and students interested in this program may apply some of these courses toward the regular requirements in teacher education.

Missions Education Minor
Required Courses

Course
Credits

Total
Required
Credits

EDUC 407 Cross-Cultural Practicum* or
EDUC 409 Meeting Success in a Diverse World 

3-4

 

GEOG 101 Global Geography

4

 

RELG 201 Introduction to World Religions

4

 

RELG 210 Foundations of Congregational Studies

4

 

UCBP 101 Biblical Perspectives

4

 

Total Required Credits

 

19-20

 *While EDUC 407 is offered for variable credit (1-4 credits), the School of Education requires their majors/minors to take the course for 3 or 4 credits. Cannot take for 1 or 2 credits.

University Core Curriculum and General Education Requirements

See University Core Curriculum and General Education Requirements in the Howard College of Arts and Sciences introductory pages for a list of required courses. General education requirements are detailed in the individual degree tables, with some exceptions. In those cases where a requirement is not specified, consult pp. 64 and 185 for a list of applicable courses. For ESEC and history majors, INTL 202 is an acceptable substitution for the fine arts general education requirement.