University of Pikeville

Patton College of Education
147 Sycamore Street
Pikeville, Kentucky 41501
(606) 218-5314
FairyColeman@upike.edu

 

PCOE Admissions

Criteria for Admission to the Undergraduate Teacher Education Certification Programs.

The following criteria have been established for admission to any University of Pikeville Undergraduate Teacher Education Programs.

  1. The applicant must be enrolled at the University of Pikeville.
  2. The applicant must submit a formal application for admission to the Patton College of Education.  Applications must be submitted no later than February 1 to be considered for fall admission.
  3. The applicant must have an overall, non-grounded grade point average of 2.75 or higher at the University of Pikeville.
  4. The applicant must have on file in the Patton College of Education a signed and dated Verification of Federal Background Check from the district where the candidate will be placed for Clinical I and Clinical II and a Child Abuse and Neglect Check.   These reports must not show any convictions that would disallow the candidate from serving as an employee in the school district. The district will decide if the candidate’s background check is appropriate for placement in the district for Clinical I and Clinical II.
  5. The applicant must submit a completed and signed character and fitness questionnaire contained in Section III of the CA-1.
  6. The candidate must submit a valid and current physical examination report including tuberculin test.
  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.

The applicant must demonstrate competency in basic literacy skills by

  1. obtaining Kentucky required passing scores on Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators test in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics.
  2. completing all required courses in general knowledge with a minimum, non-rounded GPA of 2.75.
  3. completing each of the following courses with a course grade of “C” or better:  ENG 111, ENG 112, COM 225, MTH 105 or MTH 113 or MTH 121, and EDU 205.
  4.  
  1. The applicant must have completed all required courses in specialization knowledge with a minimum, non-rounded 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).
  1. The applicant must have completed all required EDU 100-300 level courses in education with a minimum, non-rounded 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 consensus score of Demonstrates or higher on each section of the Admission to Undergraduate Teacher Education Program Knowledge of Foundations Professional Interview Rubric.  Education faculty and P-12 teachers/administrators will conduct the interview.
  3. The applicant must have satisfactorily completed Phase A of Clinical Experience by completing all required field experience hours, including documenting contact with students from appropriate diverse demographic groups, for all 100, 200, and 300 level education courses and entered the hours into the Kentucky Field Experience Tracking System (KFETS).  The University Supervisor will verify hours before admission to Clinical I.
  4. The applicant must demonstrate appropriate characteristics of a preservice teacher by receiving no level 1 (Rarely or Never) rating on each section and a positive final recommendation on the Recommendation for Admission to the Undergraduate Teacher Education Program, that includes sections on professional qualities, critical thinking, communication skills, creativity, and collaboration. An education faculty member, a content faculty member, and a P-12 teacher must complete this evaluation.
  5. The candidate must review and sign a declaration to uphold the Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky School Personnel defined in 704KAR20:680.
  6. Agree to uphold the Model Code of Ethics for Educators (MCEE).

The applicant must demonstrate foundational knowledge of each of the Kentucky Teacher Performance/ InTASC Standards by electronically submitting the Candidate Digital Portfolio (CDP) containing student products reflecting the understanding of each standard and receiving no ratings of Unsatisfactory. The CDP will be submitted at the end of EDU 328 and will be scored by education faculty prior to admission to Clinical I.

  1. The applicant must have a signed statement indicating understanding and commitment to developing the expected professional dispositions
  2. The applicant will complete a pre and post self-assessment of the dispositions identified on the Candidate Dispositions Inventory in EDU 100 and EDU 328.

NOTE: Those 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 advisor(s) for assistance. Tutorial assistance, along with other academic support services, is provided for students wishing assistance of this type.  If applicant does not demonstrate 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 any Teacher Education Certification Program. They must then meet the above stated criteria to be admitted.  

EDU 100 – Introduction to Education as a Profession, EDU 200 – Health and Safety for the Classroom Teacher
EDU 328 – Education in Kentucky and all 400 level teacher certification 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.

NOTE: Criteria for admission to any Teacher Education Certification Program is subject to institutional and Kentucky’s Education Professional Standards Board requirement changes.


Master of Arts in Education – Teacher Leader Program

Admission Criteria

Admission to any graduate teacher education program is not equivalent to admission to candidacy in the Master of Arts in Education: Teacher Leader Program (TLP). Additional information on admission criteria is available in the Graduate Teacher Education Handbook.

Before an applicant can be enrolled in any graduate teacher education course he or she must:
1. Complete an application to the Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP).
2. The applicant must submit a completed and signed character and fitness questionnaire contained in Section III of the CA-1.
3. The applicant must present a signed Administrator Agreement with the principal of the school of employment.  If the applicant is not actively employed within a P-12 school, he/she must have a signed Administrator Agreement designating a classroom/teacher partner with whom the applicant can collaborate to complete all required clinical experiences before being admitted to the program.
4. Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work sent directly from the credit-granting institution to the University Registrar at the University of Pikeville.  (Up to 6 hours of transferred credits are allowed.)
5. Have on file official transcripts, a minimum, non-rounded cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale from the degree-granting institution (or a 2.6 prior to 2012) and a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on all relevant graduate level coursework.
6. The applicant must sign an acknowledgement form stating that he/she can access the online GTEP Handbook.
7. The applicant must submit a copy of his/her P-12 statement of eligibility or an initial certificate earned by completion of an approved program through an approved educator preparation provider in Kentucky; or, for out-of-state applicants, a statement of eligibility or an initial certificate issued by the Education Professional Standards Board per 16 KAR 5:020 and earned by completion of a program through an approved educator preparation provider. (The Certification Inquiry from the EPSB Website demonstrating P-12 certification will also be acceptable evidence.)
8. If the applicant’s first language is not English, he/she must provide evidence of English proficiency (i.e., TOEFL score of 80 on the iBT or 550 on the PBT).
9. Submit copy of minimum Kentucky passing scores on Praxis exams required for certification area, which can be indicated by a Statement of Eligibility (SOE) or Teaching Certificate issued by EPSB.
10. The candidate must review and sign a declaration to uphold the Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky School Personnel defined in 704KAR20:680.
11. Agree to uphold the Model Code of Ethics for Educators (MCEE).
12. The applicant must demonstrate appropriate characteristics of a teacher leader by receiving no level 1 (Rarely or Never ) ratings on each section and a positive final recommendation on the Evaluation for Admission to the Graduate Teacher Education Program, that includes sections on professional qualities, critical thinking, communication skills, creativity, and collaboration.  (Three are required.)
13. The candidate must complete a pre self-assessment of the Teacher Leader Model Standards.
14. The applicant must have a signed statement indicating understanding and commitment to developing the expected professional dispositions.


(Please see the Graduate Teacher Education Handbook for more information.)


Applications and required forms are available in the University of Pikeville Graduate Education Office, Admissions Office, or University of Pikeville website.

An applicant must first meet the requirements to enroll in the Graduate Teacher Education Program. After twelve hours of approved graduate coursework, the applicant may apply for admission to candidacy.  The following will be completed as a part of the first 12 hours.

In order to apply for candidacy, he or she must:

1. Obtain a GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on the first 12 hours of relevant, transferable, education graduate coursework.
2. Submit an approved professional growth plan based on the Kentucky Framework for Teaching.
3. Have no ratings at the ineffective level on the teacher partner assessment of the Teacher Leader Model Standards.
4. Must attain a score of 3 or better on each of the professional dispositions identified on the Candidate Dispositions Inventory as assessed by graduate education faculty.
5. Be approved for admission to candidacy in the TLP by the Graduate Teacher Education Committee.


(Please see the Graduate Teacher Education Handbook for more information.)