Criteria for Admission to any Undergraduate Teacher Education Program

The following criteria have been established for admission to any University of Pikeville undergraduate Teacher Education Program. (See the University of Pikeville Teacher Education Program Continuous Assessment Plan for further explanation of the criteria.)

General Requirements
  1. The applicant must be enrolled at the University of Pikeville.
  2. The applicant must submit a formal application for admission to the Division of Education with Kentucky required passing scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) in reading, writing, and mathematics. Applications must be submitted no later than February 1 to be considered for fall admission.
  3. The applicant must have an overall grade point average of 2.75 or higher at the University of Pikeville.
  4. The applicant 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.
  5. The applicant must have on file in the Education Division office a signed and dated Verification of Federal Background Check form.
  6. The applicant must submit a completed and signed character and fitness questionnaire contained in Section III of the TC-1.
  7. The applicant must sign a declaration acknowledging awareness of information required for certification in the state of Kentucky.
  8. The applicant must present evidence of liability insurance by presenting current membership in KEA-SP or another organization that provides comparable insurance.
  9. The applicant must keep the address, phone number, level of certification, area of specialization, and other changeable information up-to-date in the education office.
  10. The applicant must be admitted by the teacher education committee which has representation from the university and public school system.
General Knowledge
  1. The applicant must demonstrate competency in basic literacy skills by a. obtaining Kentucky required passing scores on Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) in reading, writing and mathematics. b. completing all required courses in general knowledge with a minimum GPA of 2.75. c. completing each of the following courses with a course grade of “C” or better: ENG 111 or 114, ENG 112 or 115, COM 225, MTH 105 or MTH 113 or MTH 121, and EDU 205.
Specialization Knowledge
  1. The applicant must have completed all required courses in specialization knowledge with a minimum GPA of 2.75 and no course grade lower than a “C.”
  2. The applicant must demonstrate a current and sufficient specialization knowledge of certified content area(s) by earning Kentucky’s passing scores on Praxis II: Subject Assessments/Specialty Area Test(s).
Professional Knowledge
  1. The applicant must have completed all required EDU 100-300 level courses in education with a minimum GPA of 2.75 and no course grade lower than a “C.”
  2. The applicant must demonstrate entry level professional knowledge of foundations by earning a 2 or better on each section of the Professional Knowledge of Foundations Interview.
  3. The applicant must have completed all required field experience hours for all 100, 200, and 300 level education courses and entered the hours into the Kentucky Field Experience Tracking System (KFETS).
  4. The applicant must demonstrate appropriate characteristics of a preservice teacher by receiving an average score of 2 or better on each section of the Evaluation for Admission to the Undergraduate Teacher Education Program, that includes a section on professional qualities, critical thinking, communication skills, creativity, and collaboration. This evaluation will be completed by an education faculty member, a content faculty member, and a P-12 teacher.
  5. The applicant must review and sign a declaration to uphold the Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky School Personnel.
Teacher Competencies
  1. The applicant must demonstrate knowledge of each of the Kentucky Teacher Standards (KTS) and the University of Pikeville’s Standard by locating an infographic on each standard and placing the graphics in his/her Candidate Assessment Notebook (CAN) and earning a score of 2 or better on each infographic.
  2. The applicant must demonstrate, in a Standards Identification Interview, knowledge of the Kentucky Teacher Standards and the University of Pikeville Teacher Standard by earning a 2 or better on each standard.
  3. The applicant must demonstrate knowledge of KTS 6, the technology standard, by locating an appropriate infographic of the standard, placing the graphic in his/her CAN, and earning a score of 2 or better on the infographic.
  4. The applicant must demonstrate knowledge of KTS 10, the leadership standard, by locating an appropriate infographic of the standard, placing the graphic in his/her CAN, and earning a score of 2 or better on the infographic.
University of Pikeville Professional Dispositions
  1. The applicant must demonstrate an awareness of the professional dispositions identified by the program, which are related to diversity, by selecting the desired response for each professional disposition with 80 percent accuracy on the Dispositions Assessment Survey.
NOTE: Students who plan to major in education but fail to meet any of the above admission criteria are informed of the missing components. These students should check with the chair of the education division and their advisors for assistance. Tutorial assistance, along with other academic support services, is provided for students wishing assistance of this type. If applicant does not demonstrate a current and sufficient specialization knowledge of certified content area(s) by earning Kentucky’s passing scores on Praxis II: Subject Assessments/Specialty Area Test(s), the applicant will meet with his/her academic advisor or the director of education to prepare an action plan. Most plans involve scheduling a regular time to meet with an education faculty member or the person in charge of Praxis review sessions.

Transfer Students
Transfer students must attend the University of Pikeville for at least one full semester and earn at least twelve semester hours of credit before applying for admission to the undergraduate teacher education program. They must then meet the above stated criteria to be admitted. EDU 100: Intro to Education as a Profession, EDU 328: Education in Kentucky, and all 400 level education courses must be completed at the University of Pikeville.

Post-Baccalaureate Students
Students who have completed a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution and wish to become certified teachers should meet with the University of Pikeville’s certification officer who will advise them individually.

Criteria for admission to any undergraduate teacher education program is subject to institutional and state requirement changes.
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