Professional Teacher Education Program

 

Teacher education majors must be formally admitted to the Professional Teacher Education Program and must apply for admission. To apply for admission: 

  1. Students must complete and submit a typed application. Application packets are available in the Office of the Dean, School of Education, Huntington Hall. Application must include:
    1. curriculum balance sheet that includes grades in all courses completed in the program.  The curriculum balance sheet must clearly verify the following and be checked and signed by the advisor and the applicant:
      1. A minimum grade point average (GPA) 2.50 overall.
      2.  Completion of all General Studies courses (approximately 60 semester hours).  A minimum of 2.50 grade point average (GPA) in General Studies. The highest grade obtained in General Studies courses will be used to calculate the General Studies GPA in accordance with the Replacement Grades and Repetition of Courses policies listed in the Tuskegee University Academic Regulations and Procedures for Undergraduates handbook.
      3.  A minimum GPA of 2.50 in Professional Studies courses completed prior to filing an application for admission to the Professional Teacher Education Program. All work attempted in Professional Studies will be used to calculate the Professional Studies GPA.
      4. A minimum GPA of 2.50 in the Teaching Field courses completed. All work completed in the Teaching Field will be used to calculate the Teaching Field GPA.
      5.  A minimum grade of "C" for courses listed with a "#" on the front of the applicant's approved curriculum balance sheet.
    2. Satisfactory score on both parts of the Tuskegee University English Proficiency Examination (The applicant must attach a copy of results to the application form.)
    3. A typed and proofread autobiography.
    4. Verification that twenty-four (24) hours of pre-clinical experiences are completed at an acceptable level of evaluation by the classroom teacher(s).
    5. Earn an acceptable rating on an interview conducted by the Professional Teacher Education Committee.  The interviews are designed to provide information on the applicant's dispositions, interests, and aptitudes consistent with the requirements for successful teaching.
  2. Students must arrange for the following documents to be forwarded to the dean's office. Prior to filing an application, the applicant must verify that the following documents are on file in the dean's office.
    1. Two recommendations requested by the student from faculty members whose classes the student has taken and whose classes are required in the Tuskegee University teacher education program in which the student is currently enrolled. Transfer students may use recommendations from faculty members at their transfer institution provided the faculty members' courses were accepted for the Tuskegee University teacher education program in which the student is currently enrolled. Completed recommendation forms should be submitted to the dean's office in sealed envelopes with the recommender's signature across the sealed back flap of the envelope.
    2.  Health certification completed within the past 12 months, dated and signed by a licensed physician, and mailed by the physician to: Office of the Dean, School of Education, Huntington Hall, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL 36088. To ensure a timely arrival of the Health Certification, applicants should initiate health clearance procedures at least one month prior to the deadline date for applications.

Applicants for the Professional Teacher Education Program must successfully complete an interview with the Professional Teacher Education Committee.  The Professional Teacher Education Committee, based on the interview and review of applicants' application documentation, determines if a student is eligible to enter the Professional Teacher Education Program.  After receiving the committee's recommendation, the Dean notifies each student by letter of their Professional Teacher Education Program admission status. The "5 Course Rule." Students not formally admitted to Professional Teacher Education may neither enroll in nor complete more than 5 Professional Education courses, listed on the back of each program's curriculum balance sheet. Students may repeat any of the five courses in which a grade of "C" or below is earned. The candidate may repeat any of the five courses in which she or he received a grade of "C" or below in order to achieve a 2.50 GPA in professional studies. Students who violate this rule risk administrative removal from program courses and from the program, and as a result may lose financial aid and or scholarship assistance. 

Grade Standards. A student will be removed from the teacher education program, or denied admission to program, if:

  • 1. The student has earned during one semester two grades of "E" or "D" when "C" is the minimum passing grade in certain subjects listed as essential for the chosen field of specialization.
  • 2. The student has earned one grade of "E" or "D" when "C" is the minimum passing grade in each of two consecutive semesters in subjects listed as essential for the chosen field of specialization.

Time Limit for Graduation and Curriculum Changes. The Dean of the School of Education will notify teacher education students when the state approved curriculum for their teacher education program changes (usually every five years). A student who has not graduated before the beginning of the sixth (6th) year of enrollment in the program must meet the new curricular requirements, including any increase in the total number of hours required for graduation. Students who change their major to teacher education will follow the curriculum in force at the time the major is changed. If a teacher education curriculum is changed as a result of new accreditation requirements, or for any other reason, students not already admitted to Professional Teacher Education at the time of the change must transfer to the new curriculum. Students already admitted to Professional Teacher Education may choose to transfer to the new curriculum.

FIELD-BASED EXPERIENCES

Pre-Clinical. Teacher education majors complete over 150 hours of field experiences with specific purposes and assessment. At least 90 of the contact hours are tied to course requirements and are completed in increments of three hours each. All field experiences occur in P-12 school settings and students are assigned to field-based sites by their major.  This assignment takes place through the Field-based Coordinator's office in collaboration with the appropriate superintendent's office.  Students begin their pre-clinical experiences during the freshman year in EDUC 0114, Freshman Seminar in Teaching II, and continue in the sophomore year in EDUC 0203, Introduction to Professional Education. During the junior and senior years, pre-clinical experiences are tied to curriculum and methods courses. All transportation arrangements and costs associated with pre-clinical experiences are the responsibility of the student.

Five-Day Pre-Internship. Teacher education majors are required to complete 40 clock hours of field-based experiences over a five-day period in a school setting approved in advance by the Tuskegee University Coordinator of Field-Based Experiences and the Dean. This Five-Day experience is designed to maximize the prospective intern's experience in diverse settings and in a setting that may be similar to where the student will be placed for the internship experience. 

Students must apply for the Five-Day Pre-Internship after admission to the Professional Teacher Education Program and at least one semester prior to applying for Student Teaching Internship. Transportation arrangements and all costs associated with the Five-Day Pre-Internship are the responsibility of the student. The Five-Day Pre-Internship must be in a school setting with a diverse population. Students' Five-Day Pre-Internship must conflict with neither their other field assignments nor classes in which the students are enrolled. Application packets with guidelines for the Five-Day Pre-Internship are available in the Office of the Dean, School of Education, Huntington Hall.

Student Teaching Internship. The Student Teaching Internship is the culminating field-based experience for teacher education students. Students must enroll in the appropriate EDUC 0443 student teaching course and EDUC 0430, Student Teaching Seminar, concurrently.  The internship experience at Tuskegee University is 14 weeks with one week of examination time.  The internship experience is not limited to one classroom or grade level, with the internship experience progressing to the full responsibility of the classroom teacher by the last 6 weeks of the 14 week internship.  Interns, therefore, satisfy the requirement of spending 20 full days including at least 10 consecutive days of full-time teaching during their internship.

Interns in the Physical Education P-12 program have a split internship to gain experiences at the P-6 level and the 7-12 grade levels.  For elementary programs, interns will have a split internship unless it can be verified through assessment documents that substantial field experiences were completed at both upper and lower grade levels during preclinical experiences.  Secondary majors have experiences over several grade levels and/or over different subject matter content within their major during their internship placement.

It is the intern's responsibility to make transportation arrangements and pay all of their expense for their student teaching internship. Application packets are available in the Office of the Dean, School of Education, Huntington Hall. Students planning to take student teaching in the fall must submit an application on or before March 15 of the preceding semester. Students planning to take student teaching in the spring must submit their application on or before October 15 of the preceding fall semester.  Late applications will be returned and must be updated and resubmitted on or before the next application deadline.

No student may register for the internship semester if the student has not been officially admitted to professional education, is on academic probation, and/or has less than the required grade point average in general studies, professional studies, and in the teaching field. To enroll in the internship courses EDUC 0443 and EDUC 0430, a student must have met the following requirements:

  1. Admission to the Professional Teacher Education Program
  2. Completion of all requirements for the Five-Day Pre-Internship prior to the internship application deadline. Five-Day Pre-Internship documents must be attached to the Student Teaching Application.
  3. A minimum GPA of 2.50 overall
  4. A minimum GPA of 2.50 in professional studies
  5. A minimum GPA of 2.50 in the teaching field
  6. A passing score on the Alabama Prospective Teacher Test (APTT)
  7. A passing score on the PRAXIS II test for Alabama

To apply for admission to the internship, students must submit:

  1. A typed application in triplicate
  2. A typed autobiography
  3. Written reflective responses to questions about prior teaching experiences (Questions are in the application packet)
  4. A Health certification signed by a licensed physician dated within the past 12 months, and mailed by the physician to: Office of the Dean, School of Education, Huntington Hall, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL 36088. To ensure a timely arrival of the Health Certification, applicants should initiate health clearance procedures at least one month prior to the deadline date for applications
  5. Three 2" X 3" professional photographs
  6. A curriculum balance sheet signed by the student and advisor that clearly shows the applicant's GPA in professional studies and in the teaching field.
  7. Copies of test results on the Alabama Prospective Teacher Test and on the PRAXIS II test.

TEACHER CERTIFICATION

The Dean of the School of Education recommends graduates of the Tuskegee University teacher programs for certification to the Alabama State Board of Education.  Application packets for Alabama certification are available in the dean's office. In order to be eligible to be recommended for teacher certification in Alabama, applicants must satisfactorily complete a state approved program with at least a 2.50 GPA overall, in the teaching field, and in professional studies with no grade below a "C" in professional studies and in the teaching field.

Teacher education candidates seeking teacher certification in Alabama for a Class B certification must satisfactorily complete a state approved program with at least a 2.50 GPA overall, in the teaching field, and in professional studies with no grade below a "C" in professional studies or in the teaching field.  Candidates also must pass the Alabama Prospective Teacher Test, the appropriate PRAXIS II test, and the appropriate section of EDUC 443, Student Teaching Internship, and EDUC 0430, Student Teaching Seminar, with grades of "B" or better. In addition to the PRXIS II teaching field test, candidates must pass Comprehensive Examination, Part I, and Comprehensive Examination, Part II, designed to cover state approved professional studies and the teaching field standards.  In order to be recommended for certification in Alabama, English Language Arts Education majors must declare and complete a degree in English; General Science Education majors must declare and complete a degree in Biology, Chemistry or Physics; and majors in Mathematics Education must declare and complete a degree in Mathematics.  Teacher candidates seeking certification in another state should contact that state's department of education. Other states may have different certification requirements.