Education Program admission is open to students who demonstrate that they have the intellectual ability, emotional stability, dispositional and professional skills needed to be a professional teacher. Students wishing to apply to the Education Program must first be admitted to the College through the regular Admissions Office application process. Students planning to major in Education will be classified a pre-education until their formal acceptance into the Education program. Formal application should be submitted to the Division during ED 205.
Formal Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Candidates
Note: Candidates who transfer into the division from other institutions who were previously accepted into an educator preparation program will still need to complete an application to the Notre Dame College Division of Professional Education.
- Complete ED 202/203 (Introduction to Education), and ED 204 (Educational Psychology) and corresponding field experiences.
- Achieve a 2.75 GPA in the professional education core, the major or areas of concentration AND cumulative coursework.
- If the GPA is between 2.5 and 2.75, candidates may be given an Action Plan that will allow them to have two semesters to bring up their GPAs to 2.75. If, at the end of those two semesters, candidates have not increased their GPAs to 2.75, they may be counseled out of the education major, or redirected to a non-licensure major.
- Complete Accuplacer assessments in reading, writing, and math early in the program. The candidate must score within the top 50th percentile in order to be considered in good standing in the division. If the candidate’s score falls below the 50th percentile, the test may be retaken, and/or the candidate may be required to attend tutoring sessions at the college’s Writing Lab or Dwyer Learning Center until such time the failed Accuplacer test can be repeated.
- Give evidence of the values, commitments, and professional ethics that influence teacher behaviors towards students, families, colleagues, and communities, recognizing that these affect student learning, motivation, and development as well as the teacher candidate’s own professional growth. These qualities will be measured by a formal disposition assessment in ED 205, a copy of which must accompany the application form.
- Submit completed application form including required signatures and a letter of recommendation from a cooperating teacher from a field experience course.
- Receive a majority vote of the Education Faculty in response to application requirements.
Candidates who have applied for formal admission to the division will receive an official letter indicating their acceptance or non-acceptance as an education major within the semester following application.
Note: Admission to the Division of Professional Education is a requirement to take a 300-level course OTHER than ED 301 or ED 332.
Formal Admission Requirements for Post-Baccalaureate Candidates (TEEL Program)
TEEL students must meet the licensure requirements as outlined for their licensure area (see above). The following courses however, are waived for TEEL students: ED 202 and ED 203.
If an applicant is already a licensed teacher, they do not need to apply to the Division of Professional Education.
If an applicant has already completed equivalents to ED 204, 205, and 206 at another institution, but does not hold a valid teaching license, they must submit their application to the Division at the time of their acceptance to Notre Dame College.
- Applicants to the Division must have successfully completed ED 204 (or equivalent).
- Applicants need to have completed OR be enrolled in the ED 205/206 course (or equivalent).
Application Process for the Candidate
Requirements for application:
- Show evidence of academic excellence with an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher
- Show evidence of having successfully worked with a P-12 teacher by submitting a letter of recommendation from a field experience mentor or cooperating teacher
- Show evidence of displaying strong dispositions in the teaching field by providing a copy of the disposition assessment taken in ED 205
- If an equivalent of ED 205 was taken at another institution, the applicant must have the disposition assessment completed with their letter or recommendation AND complete the disposition self-assessment.
Applicants will submit applications by November 1 or April 1. Applications should be sent to the email address provided on the application form.
Application Review Procedure
Applications for admission to the Division of Professional Education will be reviewed after midterm grades are submitted. At that time, mid-term GPAs and grades in ED 205/206 will be used to determine academic preparedness for the Division. Applicants who submit their application as part of their admission to the College (i.e. those who previously completed equivalents to the required coursework) will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Full-time faculty members will review each application in the Application mailbox and forward the application to the Chair with a recommendation to admit or deny. If the decision is to deny, the faculty member will provide a rationale. If the decision to admit is unanimous, the candidate will be admitted, an email will be sent to Registration so that the candidate may register for upper biennium courses in their program, and a letter will be sent notifying the candidate of the decision. If the decision to deny is unanimous, the candidate will be notified and referred to Career Service for further counseling. If the decision is not unanimous, the application will be brought before the Division faculty at a Division meeting for discussion and vote. A decision message will be sent to Registration and a letter sent to the candidate if they are admitted. If the candidate is denied, a letter will be sent stating that they will be placed on academic probation for one semester and an action plan will be created. At the end of that semester, the candidate will be reassessed and either admitted or denied by a full vote of the faculty at a Division meeting. If the candidate is denied, they will be encouraged to visit the Career Services office to discuss future plans.
Candidates who fall below the 2.75 GPA requirement must complete the Accuplacer tests in reading, math, and writing and submit their scores to their advisors within one year of being admitted to the Division if they did not complete the tests in ED 205.
All candidates must have access to a computer, an active NDC email account, Microsoft Office software, and a TK20 subscription. TEEL Adolescent-Young Adult licensure candidates who have earned a bachelor’s-level degree or higher in English or History disciplines within the last 10 years will not be required to take the content area courses listed in the licensure program requirements. They will be required to take all Education courses, excluding any that may be transferred in from other colleges or universities. Licensure candidates are encouraged to review the Pearson tests for licensure and take any content courses they feel may be necessary to review critical content in their chosen field. TEEL Adolescent-Young Adult licensure candidates who have earned a bachelor’s-level degree or higher in Mathematics or Science (Biology and or/Chemistry) disciplines within the last 5 years will not be required to take the content area courses listed in the licensure program requirements. They will be required to take all Education courses, excluding any that may be transferred in from other colleges or universities. Licensure candidates are encouraged to review the Pearson tests for licensure and take any content courses they feel may be necessary to review critical content in their chosen field.
Program Continuation Requirements
- Earn a B- average or better in education core classes. Any grade lower than a C- must be repeated.
- Earn no more than 1 C-, C, or C+ in any education course; if a second C is earned, the candidate must retake one of the courses.
- Give evidence of continuing growth in the knowledge, skills and dispositions of the program.
- Maintain the 2.75 GPA and other qualifications required for admission to the program.
- Maintain work in TK 20.
- Comply with college-wide academic policies and procedures:
- Candidates are expected to attend every class session. Candidates may not be excused for fulfilling field experiences for another course without special permission from the course instructor.
- Instructors can determine penalties for absences. Every syllabus must contain an attendance policy.
- For online courses, candidates may NOT miss the first class unless the instructor has approved the absence before the class meeting time.