Admission to Teacher Education Requirements
Successful completion of admission requirements will be evaluated to determine if applicants demonstrate the academic knowledge, the dispositions, and performance skills necessary to enter teacher education. The Faculty Interview is used to assess candidates’ communication skills and disposition.
Grade Point Average (GPA):
Achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 in all courses completed at SWCU or other colleges or universities at the time of application. However, if your overall GPA is less than 2.75, you may qualify for admission if you have met the following criteria:
- You have taken the last 30 hours of coursework at SWCU with a GPA of 3.00 or better.
- You have completed all coursework in the major including all support courses and any Professional Teacher Education courses taken with no grade below “C”
- Have met all other requirements listed.
- Grade point must reach 2.75 to be recommended for certification. Teacher education degrees also require 2.75 for completion.
All coursework taken in degree certification major or general education courses required for majors must be completed with no grade lower than “C”. OR
• If concurrently enrolled in coursework in the degree certification major or general education courses required for majors at the time of application, you will be considered as “Pending Approval” until a grade of “C” or better is achieved at the end of the semester of application.
All coursework taken in the professional teacher education sequence must be completed with no grade lower than “C. OR
• If concurrently enrolled in coursework in Professional Teacher Education at the time of application, you will be considered “Pending Approval:” until a grade of “C” or better is achieved at the end of the semester of application.
Demonstrate a proficiency in written and oral English as indicated by having a grade of “C” or better in six hours of English Composition. OR
• If concurrently enrolled in the English course in which you have achieved a grade lower than a “C”, your application will be considered “Pending Approval” until a grade of “C” or better is achieved at the end of the semester of application.
Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET).
• Pass the Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET) prior to submission of application. OR
• If you intend to take the OGET exam during the semester of your application, your application will be considered “Pending Approval” until documentation is received showing a passing score. This must be turned in to the Teacher Education office prior to approval of admission. The OGET exam must be taken and passed during the semester of your application.
Establish SWCU Teacher Education Portfolio – Check Point I
• A satisfactory score on the candidate’s portfolio assessments
Submit an approved background check for clinical practice.
• Background checks are valid for one year.
Complete Felony Questionnaire & Accuracy Statement.
Complete Teacher Education Code of Ethics.
Clinical Practice Requirements Agreement
Documentation of work with children.
• Provide documentation of experiences working with children OR
• Completion of EDUC 2113 Foundations in Education (C or higher) OR
• Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 2113 Foundations in Education
Recommendations & Evaluations
Recommendation letters from church officials and/or faculty members.
• Recommendation letters are completed by individual church officials OR
• Faculty members to assess candidates’ spiritual, intellectual, and cognitive qualifications to enter the Teacher Education Program.
• Complete interview with assigned faculty member to review plans, program requirements, etc.
• The faculty member will submit a verification of the interview to the Teacher Education office regarding candidate admissibility and completion of all admission requirements.
Plan for meeting Foreign Language Competency. While individual degree plans may include a foreign language component, successful completion of courses in a foreign language DOES NOT document proficiency in a foreign language as defined by the American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages. As a result, the SWCU Teacher Education Council has established the following ways in which a student may attain documented novice-high competency:
• The candidate who wishes to be tested in a language may choose, at personal expense, to successfully complete the Oral Proficiency Interview developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, OR
• The candidate may complete two years of high school coursework in a single foreign language with grades of "B" or better (from a State Department of Education approved high school program), OR
• The candidate may complete one course, five or more credit hours, in a single foreign language from an accredited college or university with a grade of "C" or better, OR
• The candidate may meet the requirement by transfer of documentation of meeting the foreign language competency from one of the teacher education programs in the State of Oklahoma approved by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education OR
• Candidates whose native language is other than English may document proficiency in English as their second language with a score of 550 or more on the Test of English as a Foreign Language.
Written interest in teaching
• Provide a 500 word paper explaining interest in teaching.
Complete the Emergency Contact Information Form.
Receive formal approval by the SWCU Teacher Education Council.
• All candidates applying for any education degrees are required to apply for admission to teacher education.