Transfer and Licensure-only Policy
Transfer and licensure-only candidates must meet the same requirements for admission to and exit from the program as traditional candidates. In order to ensure that these requirements are met, transfer and licensure-only candidates must follow the procedures outlined below:
- Candidates must complete the Teacher Education Program Interest Form.
- Candidates must complete the Application for Admission to the Teacher Education Program Form.
- Before admission, candidates must take PRAXIS I (PPST or CBT) and meet or exceed the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction minimum score requirements. For candidates who already hold a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with a cumulative 2.5 or higher GPA, the PRAXIS I requirement may be waived. Other exemptions are:
If a candidate has a composite score of 1100 (math and verbal only), s/he is exempt from PRAXIS 1
If a candidate has Verbal Score of 550, s/he is exempt from PRAXIS Reading and Writing
If a candidate has a Math Score of 550, s/he is exempt from PRAXIS Math
If a candidate has a 24 ACT Composite Score, s/he is exempt from PRAXIS 1
If a candidate has a 24 on Math, s/he is exempt from PRAXIS Math
If a candidate has a 24 on English, s/he is exempt on PRAXIS Reading and Writing
- Candidates must undergo an evaluation of official college transcripts by the Chair of the Division of Education and Teacher Education, the Chair of the Division of an appropriate second major (if applicable), and Registrar of the College. The results of the Transcript Evaluation will be reported in writing to the candidate. The purpose of this evaluation is to determine specific courses that must be taken in order to receive licensure in the chosen specialty area and to ensure that all General Education Core requirements have been met.
- From this evaluation, a Program Course of Study will be created in collaboration with the candidate's academic advisor and filed in the candidate's file in the Division of Education and Teacher Education. The candidate will be given a copy of the Program Course of Study. Extended-Campus candidates are exempt from this requirement. Extended-Campus candidates should follow their Cohort Program Course of Study given to them by their Site Coordinator upon admission to the program. Some transfer and licensure-only candidates may be asked to take courses in the General Education Core if needed to meet competencies for their licensure program. Candidates admitted under direct transfer agreements should take note of this requirement.
- In addition, candidates may be asked to repeat courses previously taken if the grade does not meet the "C" standard set for the Teacher Education Program or if the information in a course is no longer timely. Licensure-only candidates whose course work is more than seven years old may be asked to audit or repeat certain courses.
- At the time of admission to the program, candidates must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better and maintain that standard throughout the program. Transfer candidates who do not have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 from the first two years of general college course work and licensure-only candidates who did not have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 at graduation will be asked to make a 3.0 on the first semester's work at Lees-McRae College before admission to the Teacher Education Program will be considered.
- Thereafter, such candidates are required to maintain the cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better required of every candidate in the program. This requirement gives the candidate an opportunity to show "good faith" in her/his efforts to obtain a teaching license.
- Candidates must participate in an admissions interview with the Admissions Subcommittee of the Teacher Education Committee if so requested.
- Candidates will receive notification in writing from the Chair of the Division of Education and Teacher Education of their admission to the Teacher Education Program and of any stipulations on the acceptance placed by the Admissions Subcommittee.
To receive recommendation for licensure from Lees-McRae College, candidates must take the last 24 hours of professional education course work, including student teaching, through the Lees-McRae Teacher Education Program.