Program Requirements and Policies

Progression Within the Education Education Program

Candidates for a teaching license are expected to carefully plan their academic programs beginning in their freshman year and have their plan approved by a Education adviser. Candidates are required to maintain a portfolio in order to pass through "Transitions" one, two, three, and four during their preparation program.

The following sequence and policies are applicable to all levels and fields of licensure:

1. Admission to courses requiring field experience ("Transition One").

a. Meet minimum JBU admission requirements for ACT/SAT scores. (ACT = 20, SAT = 900)

b. Successfully complete designated portfolio requirements.

c. Education candidates will release their academic and personal information to be used in appropriate situations to school personnel for field experience.

2. Formal admission to the Education Program ("Transition Two").

Specific requirements for admission include:

a. A 2.5 cumulative grade-point average in the courses required for the JBU Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.) program

b. Completion of the required English, math, and speech courses with a grade of 'C/2.0' or better in each. (Exception: Candidates for the P-4 Program will take an Educational Communication Course in lieu of the speech course later in their program. A grade of 'C/2.0' or better must also be attained in this course.)

c. Completion of ED 1113 with a grade of 'C/2.0' or better.

d. Praxis I (PPST) scores which meet the state minimum requirements in reading, writing, and mathematics. (Information and test administration schedules are available on the ETS Website. Costs are the Education candidate's responsibility.) Education candidates will provide their Detailed Information portion of the Praxis I tests to the University for the purpose of analysis of candidates' needs. Candidates whose scores do not meet the JBU Praxis I (PPST) minimums (higher than state) must submit an approved Growth Plan to improve these basic skills, or make the JBU cut-off scores by retaking the appropriate Praxis I (PPST) test(s).

e. Formal approval of the Education candidate's portfolio by the Education adviser.

3. Continuation in the Program.

The Education candidate must maintain the 2.5 grade-point standard throughout the program; achieve the JBU Praxis I (PPST) scores or complete the growth plan; and demonstrate commitment to professional growth. A student failing to maintain these requirements will be placed on divisional probation and must meet the conditions of a growth contract specified by the divisional faculty, or admission will be rescinded. Note: John Brown University Education candidates wishing to take professional education and major field courses off campus or through correspondence must obtain, in advance, written permission from the Division Chair and from the Registrar.

4. Internship ("Transition Three").

Internship is normally taken during the Education candidate's senior year. Prior to registration for internship, the candidate must meet the following requirements:

a. Submission of a formal application must be made by the specified date during the semester prior to the internship semester. (Application forms and dates for submission may be obtained from the Education office.)

b. Completion of specified prerequisites. (See course descriptions for internships.)

c. Completion of a minimum of 70% of required major area and content courses (middle and secondary levels).

d. A 2.5 or higher cumulative grade-point average.

e. A 2.5 or higher cumulative grade-point average in Teaching Field courses with a minimum grade of 'C/2.0' in each.

f. A 2.5 or higher cumulative grade-point average in all Professional Education Education courses completed with a minimum grade of 'C/2.0' in each.

g. Formal approval of the Education candidate's portfolio.

h. Praxis II Series - All candidates are required to take the Educational Testing Service (ETS) Praxis II Series, consisting of professional and teaching field tests related to each area in which the candidate is seeking to be licensed. The examination is required for licensure and a report of scores must be sent to the Division of Education Education and the Arkansas State Department of Education. Costs are the responsibility of the Education candidate. Education candidates will provide their Detailed Information portion of the Praxis II tests to the University for the purpose of analysis of candidates' needs. Note: Due to the nature of the internship, Education candidates are not to be concurrently enrolled for other course work (including correspondence). Athletes, choir members, etc., are not permitted to schedule internship during a semester of participation in a sport or other activity which would interfere with this capstone professional experience.

5. Graduation requirements.

a. 2.5 cumulative grade-point average.

b. 2.5 in Teaching Field area requirements and must have a grade of 'C/2.0' or higher in each course.

c. 2.5 in Professional Education and must have a grade of 'C/2.0' or higher in each course.

6. Program completion and eligibility for an Initial License ("Transition Four")

a. Satisfaction of all graduation requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.) or Bachelor of Music Education (B.Mus.Ed.) program.

b. Recommendation by the Division upon successful completion of an internship experience.

c. Approval of the professional portfolio, which must include proof of taking Praxis II tests ( i.e., registration form, ETS exam score report).

d. Evidence of meeting the Arkansas qualifying scores on the Praxis II Series.

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