Criteria for Admission to Clinical II

During the semester prior to Clinical II, the candidate must apply for admission to the University of Pikeville Clinical II Program. The candidate must have already been admitted to the University of Pikeville’s undergraduate teacher education program and must meet the criteria listed below. (See the University of Pikeville’s teacher education program continuous assessment plan for further explanation of the criteria.)

General Requirements
  1. The candidate must submit a formal application for admission to the University of Pikeville’s Clinical II Program by January 2 of the semester the candidate plans to do Clinical II.
  2. The candidate must satisfactorily complete all prerequisites to Clinical II. 
  3. The candidate must have a minimum overall grade point average of 2.75 based on all work completed at the University of Pikeville.
  4. The candidate must submit a valid and current physical examination report including tuberculin test.
  5. The candidate must submit Personal and Professional Fitness Form completed and signed.
  6. The candidate must have on file with the appropriate school district a current federal background report. This report must not show any convictions that would disallow the applicant from serving as an employee in the school district where he/she will be placed for Clinical I or Clinical II.
  7. The candidate must have on file in the education division office a signed and dated Verification of Federal Background Check form.
  8. The candidate must keep address, phone number, level of certification, area of specialization and other changeable information including any criminal status changes up-to-date in the education office.
  9. The candidate must present evidence of liability insurance by presenting current membership in KEA-SP or another organization that provides comparable insurance.
  10.  The candidate must be formally approved for admission to the University of Pikeville Clinical II Program by the Teacher Education Committee.
General Knowledge
  1. The candidate must have completed with a minimum GPA of 2.75 all required courses in general knowledge. (All completed coursework must be on file in registrar’s office.)
Specialization Knowledge
  1. The candidate must have completed with a minimum GPA of 2.75 and no grade lower than a “C” all required courses in specialization knowledge. (All completed coursework must be on file in registrar’s office.)
Professional Knowledge
  1. The candidate must have completed all education courses (with the exception of Clinical II) with a 2.75 and no grade lower than a “C.” (All completed coursework must be on file in registrar’s office.)
  2. The candidate must demonstrate sufficient professional knowledge by earning Kentucky’s passing scores on Praxis II: Principles of Learning and Teaching Test(s).
  3. The candidate must have completed all required clock hours (over 200) of field experiences and entered the hours into the Kentucky Field Experience Tracking System (KFETS). These hours must occur in a variety of primary through grade 12 school settings which allow the candidate to participate in the following: a. engagement with diverse populations of students which include: 1) students from a minimum of two different ethnic or cultural groups of which the candidate would not be considered a member; 2) students from different socioeconomic groups; 3) English Language learners; 4) students with disabilities; and 5) students from across elementary, middle school, and secondary grades levels; b. observations in school and related agencies, including: 1) family resource centers or 2) youth service centers; c. student tutoring; d. interaction with families of students; e. attendance at school board and school-based council meetings; f. participation in a school-based professional learning community; and g. opportunities to assist teachers or other school professionals.
  4. The candidate must successfully demonstrate that they are aware of the appropriate instructional strategies teachers should use by earning a score of 3 or better on each item of the Instructional Strategies Assessment at the end of Clinical I.
  5. The candidate must review and sign a declaration to uphold the Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky School Personnel defined in 704 KAR 20:680.
Teacher Competencies
  1. The candidate must successfully demonstrate understanding of the Kentucky Teacher Standards and the UPIKE Teacher Standard by earning a score of 2 or better on each standard on the oral assessment.
  2. The candidate must successfully demonstrate understanding of the Kentucky Teacher Standards and the UPIKE Teacher Standard by earning a score of 2 or better on each standard on the written assessment.
  3. The candidate must demonstrate understanding of KTS 6, the technology standard, by earning a score of 2 or better on both the written and oral assessments.
  4. The candidate must demonstrate understanding of KTS 10, the leadership standard, by earning a score of 2 or better on both the written and oral assessments.
University of Pikeville Professional Dispositions
  1. The candidate must demonstrate compliance with the University of Pikeville’s professional dispositions which are related to diversity by earning a score of 2 or higher on each disposition interview question.

*If a candidate does not earn a passing score on the Praxis II: Principles of Learning and Teaching Test(s)(PLT), the candidate will meet with the Instructor of EDU 403 Students as Learners, to develop an action plan for review for the PLT. The instructor of EDU 403 Students as Learners will tell the candidate when she/he is ready to take the exam again.

Criteria for admission to the Clinical II Program at the University of Pikeville is subject to institutional and state requirement changes.

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