Program Completion Requirements
Candidates pursuing the academic major, Interdisciplinary Studies in Development and Learning of the Child and Young Adolescent, are required to complete the curriculum and all requirements specified in the BS Candidate Checklist of Requirements for Transition Assessment Points I-IV to be recommended for the initial TN license for Elementary Education K-6. The first step in the admissions process is to gain admission to SC and schedule an appointment with the SOE Administrative Advisor (AA). The AA and student meet and develop a quarterly projected academic plan that allows the student to progress through SOEAS Transition Assessment Points I-IV while completing course work in the academic major and the professional education courses.
The Interdisciplinary Studies in Development and Learning of the Child and Young Adolescent major has multiple assessment measures, including key assessments that occur at four transition assessment points: Program Admission, Candidacy, Clinical Practice, and Program Exit and Follow-Up. Candidates are required to conference quarterly with their AA to discuss their academic progress. The BS Candidate Checklist of Requirements for Transition Assessment Points I – IV informs candidates of their progress through the program.
Transition Assessment Points I – IV are outlined on a checklist monitored by the AA. The BS Candidate Checklist of Requirements for Transition Assessment Points I – IV detailed below provides candidates with feedback on their academic progress at a glance. The student may apply for formal admission to the TEP at the end of Transition Assessment Point I provided all requirements are met. After the student is formally admitted to the TEP, he/she transitions to candidacy status and maintains that through program completion. With program completion satisfied, the candidate completes application for recommendation to the TN Department of Education for the initial license in Elementary Education K-6 and for conferring of the BS degree.
SOEAS Transition Assessment Points I-IV
College Admission: The candidate must meet with a SC Admission’s representative and satisfy all general admissions requirements.
Transition Assessment Point I: Initial Entry to Formal Admission to Teacher Education Program
THE CANDIDATE MUST:
- Complete TBI Fingerprinting & Criminal History Records Check; results required in SOE Admissions office prior to first enrollment in education courses.
- Complete 45-quarter hours, or 30 semester hours, of required general studies course work.
- Complete English Composition I and II, Mathematics I and II, and Speech with a grade of C or better.
- Attain a cumulative GPA of 2.75.
- Present one acceptable score from ACT Composite (22+), or SAT (1020), or Praxis I: Reading, Writing, and Math acceptable scores that meet TN minimum requirement.
- Present 3 letters of recommendation from previous general studies faculty to the AA.
- Complete Program Application, Curriculum Agreement & Projected Academic Plan, and finalize course registration for Qtr. 1.
QUARTERS 1, 2 AND 3
- Provide evidence of STEA membership and liability insurance to AA.
- Earn minimum grade of B in all Professional Ed courses (EDU 3000, 3021, 3031, 3040, 3051).
- Earn minimum grade of C in all academic major courses (MAT4010, ENG 2410, GEO 1010, EDU 3060, SOC 3120, SCI 4020, and ART 3030).
- Submit an approved philosophy paper (EDU 3000) to AA.
- Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 at the end of each quarter.
- Pass Praxis II Content Knowledge Exam (Key Assessment 1).
- Complete Key Assessments 2, 3, and 4 in course requirements.
- Satisfy Transition Assessment Point I requirements with AA.
- Satisfactorily complete Teacher Education Program formal admission interview.
- Secure approval to advance to Transition Assessment Point II and finalize course registration.
Transition Assessment Point II: Formal Admission to TEP to Admission to Student Teaching
QUARTERS 4 AND 5
- Pass Praxis II Exams: Principles of Teaching & Learning (PLT); Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (CIA); and Reading Across the Curriculum. (Key Assessment I).
- Satisfactorily complete Key Assessments 2, 3, and 4 in course requirements.
- Earn minimum grade of B in all Professional Education courses (EDU 4041, EDU 4050).
- Earn minimum grade of C in all academic major courses (HIS 4030, EDU 4060, EDU 4070, EDU 4080, PE 3080, HLT 3090).
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 at the end of each quarter.
- Satisfy Transition Assessment Point II requirements with AA.
- Secure approval to advance to Transition Assessment Point III and finalize course registration.
Transition Assessment Point III: Admission to Student Teaching to Completion of Student Teaching
- Submit a current TBI Fingerprinting & Background Check, Medical Exam, Drug Test, CPR Certification, & Evidence of Liability Insurance.
- Complete Orientation and Professional Developments for EDU 4090 A & B.
- In EDU 4090 A, satisfactorily complete Key Assessments 2, 3, 4 and 5 in student teaching requirements.
- Earn a grade of Pass in EDU 4090 A to advance to EDU 4090 B.
- In EDU 4090 B, satisfactorily complete Key Assessments 2, 3, 4 and 5 student teaching requirements.
- Earn a grade of Pass in EDU 4090 B to schedule Portfolio Presentation and Exit Interview.
- Satisfy E-Portfolio Requirements in EDU 4090 A and B to include artifacts linked to Key Assessments 2, 3, 4 and 5.
- Complete Clinical Practice Survey (Key Assessment 7).
- Satisfy Transition Assessment Point III requirements with AA, and
- Secure approval to advance to Transition Assessment Point IV and schedule TEP Portfolio Presentation and Exit Interview.
Transition Assessment Point IV: Program Exit and Follow-Up
QUARTER 6 (EXTENDED), PROGRAM EXIT AND FOLLOW-UP (KEY ASSESSMENTS 4, 6, 8)
- Complete Portfolio Presentation and Program Exit Interview, Key Assessment 6, that demonstrates acceptable performance of candidate learner outcomes aligned with unit, state, and professional standards, reflective of an exceptional beginning instructional leader as specified in the SOE Conceptual Framework.
- Complete application for recommendation to the TN Department of Education for initial licensure in Elementary Education K-6 (499).
- Provide contact information for a Follow-Up Survey for Graduates/Completers to be completed during their first three years of teaching (Key Assessment 8).
- Finalize Program Completion with AA.