Program Admission Requirements
Admission Requirements for the Teacher Education Program
Candidates who wish to enter the Lees-McRae Teacher Education Program and seek a teaching license should follow the procedures outlined below.
- As soon as a candidate establishes interest in seeking a teaching license, the candidate should contact the Chair of the Division of Education or the appropriate Program Coordinator to schedule a conference, at which time the requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program will be outlined to the candidate. At the same time, the candidate will file a Teacher Education Program Interest Form. This form provides current candidate contact information and ensures that candidates with an interest in an education program receive timely information regarding academic advising and licensure requirements.
- As soon as a candidate decides to seek teacher licensure, the candidate should also contact the Program Coordinator to begin the process of declaring a major in Education. During this process, contact must be made with the Chair of the academic Program of the declared major (in the case of Theatre Arts Education) and with the Chair of the Division of Education. This process establishes the candidate as a potential candidate for admission to the Teacher Education Program. All candidates majoring in a K-12 licensure program must also major in a second discipline (Theatre Arts).
- Candidates who establish an interest in the Teacher Education Program and declare a major as outlined in the current College Catalog often will be able to take advantage of the teacher education requirements that appear in the General Education Core, thus reducing the amount of time needed to complete both programs of study. This guideline does not apply to Elementary Education majors.
- On-campus Elementary Education candidates are required to work toward the B.A. or B.S. degree. The Bachelor of Arts degree requires three semesters (12 semester hours) of Spanish language instruction. On-campus B.A. candidates should begin taking the required Spanish courses as early as possible in their program of study, and no later than their sophomore year, in order to facilitate their last two semesters in the field. The Bachelor of Science degree requires 6-8 additional hours of math and/or science beyond the general education core requirements. Candidates should take these courses as soon as possible in order to complete them before the professional education courses are taken.
- The Lees-McRae College Division of Education, along with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, mandates passing PRAXIS Core: CORE ACADEMIC SKILLS FOR EDUCATORS as a requirement for admission to Teacher Education Programs.
- Lees-McRae further requires that candidates must take and pass EDU 201 with a “C” or better AND take PRAXIS Core: CORE ACADEMIC SKILLS FOR EDUCATORS sections 5712 (reading), 5722 (writing), and 5732 (math) or receive a composite score of at least 468 as co-requisites for continuing with education course work in the on-campus programs. Scores on all PRAXIS tests must meet or exceed the requirements established by the State Department of Public Instruction for the year that the candidate takes the examination(s). An official report of the scores should be sent to the Chair of the Division of Education, Lees-McRae College, PO Box 128, CPO 3740, Banner Elk, NC 28604. (Use the ETS reporting Code: 5751 when registering for the tests.) (See p. 39 for SAT and ACT scores that qualify candidates for exemption from PRAXIS I: CORE ACADEMIC SKILLS FOR EDUCATORS examination.)
- Candidates are required to pass PRAXIS: CORE ACADEMIC SKILLS FOR EDUCATORS (reading, writing, and math sections) prior to admission to Teacher Education. Candidates who have not passed all required sections of PRAXIS: CORE ACADEMIC SKILLS FOR EDUCATORS or who have not made a composite score of at least 468 will not be admitted to the Teacher Education Program until they do so. This means that they will not be allowed to register for further education courses if they have not passed PRAXIS: CORE ACADEMIC SKILLS FOR EDUCATORS (all required sections or required composite score).
- The candidate must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program. There are four (4) parts to the application that must be submitted before consideration:
- Application for Admission to the Teacher Education Program. This form may be obtained in the Division of Education Teacher Education office, or obtained online at the LMC website (on the Division of Education home page).
- Two (2) Faculty Recommendations. Forms may be obtained in the Division of Education, or obtained online at the LMC website (on the Division of Education home page). Recommendations should be from faculty members of the Division of Education. NOTE: Recommendation letters are valid for the semester submitted and/or the following semester only. If a candidate fails to be admitted due to PRAXIS: CORE ACADEMIC SKILLS FOR EDUCATORS scores or other disqualifiers, that candidate must submit new recommendations at the time of application to the Teacher Education Program.
- Personal Statement. In a one-page essay, applicants should analyze their professional dispositions for teaching. Each applicant should reflect on what in his/her personality would produce an effective teacher.
- Academic Eligibility. Applicants should present documentation of PRAXIS: CORE ACADEMIC SKILLS FOR EDUCATORS scores that meet the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction standards (a copy of an official PRAXIS Score Report) and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (applicants may print an unofficial copy of their transcript from WebAdvisor).
On Campus Candidates:
- Provisional Admission to Teacher Education. Due by May 1 of the sophomore year. Candidates must have a minimum 2.7 GPA and passing Praxis: Core Academic Skills for Educators score (468). Submit the Application for Admission to Teacher Education, including the essay.
- Formal Admission to Teacher Education. Due by December 1 of the junior year. Candidates will submit two recommendations from Education faculty, have a minimum GPA of 2.7, and no grade below a “C” in any EDU coursework.
Extended Campus Candidates:
- Formal Admission to Teacher Education. Due before the end of the first semester of LMC coursework (Dec. 1 or May 1). Candidates must have a minimum 2.7 GPA, no grade below a “C” in any EDU coursework, and passing Praxis: Core Academic Skills for Educators score (468). Submit the Application for Admission to Teacher Education, including the essay, and two recommendations from Education faculty.
Once all application materials are assembled, the Chair of the Division of Education will make a recommendation to the Admissions Subcommittee of the Teacher Education Advisory Council for admission to the program. The Admissions Subcommittee may choose to interview a candidate. On occasion, a candidate will be admitted “with recommendations.” In such case, the candidate must demonstrate that he or she has attempted to rectify the issue(s) of concern within an established time frame and by following the procedures suggested by the Admissions Subcommittee of the Teacher Education Advisory Council.
The Chair of the Division of Education will write to each applicant informing her/him of the Admissions Subcommittee’s decision.
Any candidate who is denied admission may reapply for admission to the Teacher Education Program if the candidate’s status changes significantly.
A candidate may appeal the decision of the Admissions Subcommittee by filing a letter of appeal with the Chair of the Division of Education. The Chair will set up an Appeals Committee composed of the Chair, the Dean of the Faculty, two members of the Admission Subcommittee of the Teacher Education Advisory Council, and one member of the faculty at large.
It should be noted that admission to the Teacher Education Program does not guarantee satisfactory completion of the program. The teacher education faculty will aid all candidates in any way possible—always striving to mentor effectively. If, however, a candidate does not show appropriate progress, or is deficient in any area of the knowledge, skills, and/or dispositions established as necessary for effective teaching, the candidate will be advised to withdraw from the program. The decision to recommend a candidate’s withdrawal from the program will be made by the teacher education faculty with input from the faculty of the second major (if applicable) and/or the candidate’s public school cooperating teacher.
Student teaching placement is not automatic or guaranteed. Student teaching placement is contingent upon successful completion of all coursework and field experiences, as well as demonstrating consistent progress towards an average of “proficient” on Dispositions. The Licensure Officer makes the ultimate decision as to whether or not a candidate may student teach, based on coursework, dispositions, and field experiences.
If a candidate has ever been convicted of a crime (excluding minor traffic violations), the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction requires that a letter of explanation and a certified copy of the court proceedings be attached to the candidate’s North Carolina license application. Generally, conviction of a crime precludes licensure in the state of North Carolina. It is important to discuss this with the academic advisor before proceeding with a program of study in education that leads to licensure.