Bachelor of Science in Teacher Education Elementary – Admission Requirements

Students and Pre-Service Candidates pursuing the academic major, Interdisciplinary Studies in Development and Learning of the Child and Young Adolescent, are required to complete all courses in the curriculum and all requirements and competencies specified in the first three progression levels and competency categories in order to be recommended for the initial TN license for Elementary Education K-5. The first step in the admissions process is to gain admission to SC and schedule an appointment with an education advisor. The advisor and student meet and develop a quarterly projected academic plan that shows the student a timeline for progressing through the three stages.

The Interdisciplinary Studies in Development and Learning of the Child and Young Adolescent major has multiple assessment measures that occur at four progression levels [Pre-Entry Student, Pre-Service Candidate, Pre-Service Clinical Practitioner, and In-Service Program Completer]. Students and Candidates are required to meet with an education advisor quarterly to discuss their academic progress and to advance to the next quarter. The Four Progression Levels inform students and candidates of their academic progress as they progress through the Elementary Education K-5 program. Interventions are available as needed through faculty recommendation for candidates to remove deficiencies.

For  entry to the BS Elementary Education K-5 program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete VECHS TBI Waiver form and submit to Dean, School of Education.
  • Complete TBI Fingerprinting & Criminal History Records Check; results required in SOE file prior to first enrollment in education courses.
  • Provide evidence of liability insurance (e.g., STEA or PET membership).
  • Complete 36 quarter hours with the required 2.75 grade point average, including completion of EDU 1000, EDU 2000, and EDU 2010 with grades of C or better in each.
  • Completion of Stage 1 Key assessments.

The following must be submitted to the Teacher Education Office in order to be considered for the BS Elementary Education K-5 program.

  1. Completion of Stage 1 disposition surveys by faculty. 
  2. One acceptable score from the following: ACT 21 or better, or SAT 1020 or better, or Tennessee required minimum passing scores on Praxis Core subtests in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics.
  3. Evidence of membership in either STEA or P.E.T.

Upon submission of the information in #1 and #2, an interview will be scheduled and must be completed for consideration of Stage 2 Pre-Service Candidate status in the program. Upon successful completion of the interview and key assessments, and upon meeting testing score requirement, grade point average, and earned credit hour requirements, the School of Education shall recommend the student for Stage 2 Pre-Service Candidacy.