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College of Education - Teacher Education Program

This page is for currently enrolled undergraduate students pursuing a bachelor's in education at Concordia University. If you are a prospective student who would like more information about the College of Education, please contact admissions@concordia.edu.

 

Important Dates

All official university dates can be found on the Current Academic Calendar

Benchmarks

All Benchmark documentation and requirements are due in Blackboard Learn by Friday of the 4th week of each Spring and Fall Semester.

Fall Due Date: Friday, September 18, 2020

Informational Meetings:

Benchmark 1 & 2:  September 2, 2020, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m - Virtual*

Benchmark 3 & 4:  September 2, 2020, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. - Virtual*

*Virtual meetings will be held through Blackboard Collaborate.  If you did not receive an invitation to the meeting, contact your advisor.  Meeting links can also be found in the Certification Preparation course in BBLearn.

Benchmark 3 & 4 Follow-up:  November 6, 2019, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m., C-220

Spring Due Date: Friday, January 30, 2021

Informational Meetings:

Benchmark 1 & 2:  January 6, 2021, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m., C-238

Benchmark 3 & 4:  January 6, 2021, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m., C-220

Clinical Teaching

Fall:  

Clinical Teacher Training:  Thursday, August 20, 2020, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., C228

Clinical Teaching Starts:  Monday, August 24, 2020

Clinical Teaching Ends:  Friday, December 11, 2020

Spring:

Clinical Teacher Training:  Friday, December 11, 2020

Clinical Teaching Starts:  Monday, January 4, 2021

Clinical Teaching Ends:  Friday, April 23, 2021

Education Club events

Kickoff Event (movie & snacks):  September 23, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

General Meeting:  October 21, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. - Building B or virtual

General Meeting:  November 18, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. - Building B or virtual

December Event/Meeting: TBD

Graduation

Fall:

Fall Graduation registration deadline:  Friday, October 16, 2020

Fall Commencement:  Saturday, December 5, 2020

Last Day of Fall Semester:  Friday, December 11, 2020

Official Graduation date:  Sunday, December 13, 2020

Spring:

Spring Graduation registration deadline:  Friday, February 26, 2021

Spring Commencement:  Saturday, April 24, 2021

Last Day of Spring Semester:  Friday, April 23, 2021

Official Graduation Date:  Sunday, April 25, 2020

Summer: 

Summer Graduation registration deadline:  Friday, June 25, 2021

Official Graduation date/Last day of Summer Semester:  Sunday, August 22, 2021

Practice Exams

All practice exams will be offered hyflex/virtual.     **Registration Links coming soon**

Fall:

Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. *Required for EDU 2201 students*

Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Spring:

Monday, January 11, 2021, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Monday, February 1, 2021, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.,

Monday, March 8, 2021, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. *Required for EDU 2201 students*

Monday, March 22, 2021, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Monday, March 29, 2021, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Monday, April 5, 2021, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Monday, April 12, 2021, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.

 Registration

Spring registration opens:  Friday, September 25, 2020

Summer registration opens:  Friday, September 25, 2020

Fall registration opens:  Friday, March 5, 2021

Program Admission & Benchmark Information

The College of Education at Concordia University Texas takes preparation of teachers seriously; therefore, there are several benchmarks along the path toward graduation to make sure teacher candidates are successfully progressing toward graduation and certification.

Benchmark requirements are due the fourth week of each fall and spring semester.  Benchmarks are then processed by the College of Education in November and March.

All benchmark documents, including applications and recommendation forms, are found in the Certification Preparation course in Blackboard Learn (BBLearn).

The benchmark requirements, except recommendations, are submitted to BBL in the Certification Preparation course. Teacher candidates should be sure they have enrolled in their certification group in the BBLearn course- Certification Preparation.

 

Benchmark 1 and 2 Process (PDF) 

Benchmark 3 and 4 Process (PDF)

 

Admission into the College of Education (Benchmark 1)

WHEN SHOULD I APPLY?        

Benchmark applications are due the fourth week of each fall and spring semester.  Students will apply the semester after completing Introduction to Education.  (This will be Spring semester for most traditional first year teacher candidates.)  Transfer teacher candidates who are transferring credits for Introduction to Education should apply their first semester at Concordia University Texas.  Teacher candidates must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 to be admitted to the College of Education.

 WHAT SHOULD I DO?

  1. Log into the Certification Preparation course in BBLearn and enroll in your correct certification group through the Join Your Program All information for Benchmark 1 will be under the Benchmark 1 link.
  2. Read through the Teacher Education Handbook, including the Code of Ethics
  3. Complete Admission to the College of Education application using the link found in Certification Preparation course in BBLearn
  4. Write a 500-word essay, which meets or exceeds standards on the rubric provided in the Certification Preparation course, to the following writing prompt: Why do you want to be a teacher?
  5. Submit your Benchmark 1 Score Report showing 50% or better on the diagnostic exam or less than 50% on your diagnostic exam plus completion of designated tutorials for the content in your certification area (All diagnostic and practice exams must be completed in a monitored/proctored setting.  Check the Important Dates tab for exam dates or contact your advisor for more information.)
  6. Make sure DegreeWorks (in MyInfo) has your correct major/specialization. If it does not, submit a Program Change Request Form to Student Central.

 WHO WILL REVIEW MY SUBMISSION/APPLICATION?     

Benchmark applications and required materials are reviewed by the College of Education Teacher Education Faculty. 

HOW WILL I KNOW IF I AM APPROVED TO CONTINUE TOWARD TEACHER CERTIFICATION?  

Teacher candidates will receive an email via DocuSign with a letter informing them of their acceptance or denial for that benchmark.  Teacher candidates will read and sign the letters as directed in the email.  Failure to follow the stated instructions will nullify a letter of acceptance.  Students who are denied will be informed of the decision and any steps they may need to take if they choose to continue on a certification path and wish to be eligible at the next application window.  Denied applications must be completed again and resubmitted.

HOW WILL I PREPARE FOR MY CERTIFICATION EXAMS?          

All teacher candidates must pass one or more designated content exams and the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) exam (or equivalent state approved performance exam) to earn their initial Texas certification and will be preparing for these exams throughout their program.  Candidates are encouraged to make practical applications of their content knowledge as they progress through their content and education courses, knowing that they will be expected to retain the information they are learning in all of their classes for the exams.  Candidates are also encouraged to familiarize themselves with the design and content of the exams outlined in the Preparation Manuals on the Pearson website.  In addition, during EDU 4101-Teacher Ed Seminar, students will identify and address gaps prior to being released to take the state exams. 

Helpful study resources can be found on the CTX College of Education Website:  https://www.concordia.edu/academics/college-of-education/texas-certification.html

 

Admission into the Teacher Education Program (Benchmark 2)

WHEN SHOULD I APPLY?         

Benchmark applications are due the fourth week of each fall and spring semester.  Students will complete the application process when they have met the criteria listed below, usually during the spring semester of their second year.  Transfer students may apply during their first semester at Concordia University Texas, if they are transferring credits for Introduction to Education.  Benchmark 1 and 2 may be applied for simultaneously if all requirements and criteria for both benchmarks have been met.  Students must be accepted to Benchmark 1 in order to be accepted into Benchmark 2.

Criteria

  • Successfully completed (or transferred) EDU 2201 Introduction to Education
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75, including any courses transferred into CTX from another college or university
  • Completed ENG 1317, ENG 1316, MTH 1351 or be exempt from their Basic Skills requirements.
  • Completed a minimum of 12 credit hours (or 15 credit hours in STEM certifications) in their content area with at least a 2.75 GPA for these credit hours.
  • Achieve a minimum overall score of 75%, with no area below 60%, on an approved content practice exam within a limited number of attempts.  All practice exams must be completed in a CTX monitored setting.  Check the Important Dates tab for monitored exam dates or contact your advisor for more information.
  • Remain in good standing with the university and be cleared by the Dean of Students.

 WHAT SHOULD I DO?

  1. Complete Admission to the Teacher Education Program application using the link found in the Certification Preparation course in BBL
  2. Schedule and participate in a professional interview with College of Education faculty
    • Interview dates and times will be posted each semester in the Certification Preparation course in BBLearn
  3. Submit Fieldwork Time Log/Evaluation and Reflections from Introduction to Education according to directions listed in the Certification Preparation course in BBLearn. All documents must be uploaded in PDF format.
  4. Secure two recommendations from faculty members for admission to the Teacher Education Program as follows
    • Choose one content professor (Math, Science, History, English, etc.), from the college of your concentration/content area, and one College of Education faculty member from whom you have taken a class
    • Locate the form on the College of Education website or in BBLearn and send it to the selected professors asking them to complete and submit it via email to teacher.education@concordia.edu
  5. Submit a completed Benchmark 2 Test Preparation Requirement form to the Certification Preparation course in BBLearn.  Content exam scores must be at least 75% for a single content, or 75% overall with no single content below 60% for core subjects content exams on an approved exam within the allowed number of attempts.  All qualifying practice exams must be completed in a CTX monitored setting.  Check the Important Dates tab for monitored exam dates or contact your advisor for more information.

 WHO WILL REVIEW MY SUBMISSION/APPLICATION?     

Benchmark applications and required materials are reviewed by the College of Education Teacher Education Faculty.

A list of all Benchmark 2 applicants will be sent over to the Dean of Students for review and approval.

HOW WILL I KNOW IF I AM APPROVED TO CONTINUE TOWARD TEACHER CERTIFICATION?  

Students will receive an email via DocuSign with a letter informing them of their acceptance or denial for that benchmark.  Students who are accepted will read and sign their letters according to the specified directions in the letter and will then officially become teacher candidates.  Failure to follow the instructions in the acceptance letter will nullify a letter and students will not be registered as candidates.

Students who are denied will be informed of the decision and any steps they may need to take if they choose to continue on a certification path and wish to be eligible at the next application window.  Denied applications will must be completed again and resubmitted.

 

Admission to Practicum Two (Benchmark 3)

WHEN SHOULD I APPLY?

Benchmark three is completed during Teacher Ed Seminar and Practicum I and applications are due the 4th week of the enrolled semester. 

Teacher candidates will initially be accepted contingently.  In order to be fully admitted into benchmark three and be eligible for Practicum II and clinical teaching, teacher candidates must complete the remaining requirements by the end of the Practicum I semester.  Teacher candidates must also have a cumulative and content GPA of 2.75 and be in good standing with the university.

WHAT SHOULD I DO?

By the fourth week of the semester, for contingent admission:

  1. Complete the Admission to Practicum II application using the link found in the Certification Preparation course in BBLearn
  2. Be enrolled in EDU 4101 and Practicum I (Spring Practicum)
  3. Submit Practicum I contract to the Certification Preparation course in BBLearn
  4. Submit a completed Benchmark 3 Contingent Test Preparation Requirement form to BBLearn.  Content exam scores must be at least 80% for a single content, or 80% overall with no single content below 75% for core subjects content exams on an approved exam within the allowed number of attempts.  All qualifying practice exams must be completed in a CTX monitored setting.  Check the Important Dates tab for monitored exam dates or contact your advisor for more information.

By the end of the semester, for full acceptance:

  1. Submit the test release forms for both the Content and PPR exams to the Certification Preparation course in BBLearn.  Your EDU 4101 professor will release you to test once you've met the following requirements:
    • PPR with a 90% or better
    • Content area with a 90% overall with no single subtest lower than 85% by attempt #5
    • All qualifying practice exams must be completed in a CTX monitored setting. 
  2. Successfully complete all Practicum I courses, including fieldwork hours, and EDU 4101
  3. Submit Practicum I fieldwork documentation to the Certification Preparation Course in BBL:
    • Time log (Minimums: 45 hours for 4-8 and Content Curriculum; 60 hours for Core Subjects EC-6)
    • Formal observations (minimum of 1 per Practicum I course)
    • Cooperating teacher evaluation
    • Reflections for Practicum I, including reflection on first 15-day video (All reflections must be in one document and saved as a PDF)

WHO WILL REVIEW MY SUBMISSION/APPLICATION?     

Benchmark applications and required materials are reviewed by the College of Education Teacher Education Faculty.

A list of all benchmark 3 applicants will be sent over to the Dean of Students for review and approval.

HOW WILL I KNOW IF I AM APPROVED TO CONTINUE TOWARD TEACHER CERTIFICATION?  

Teacher candidates will receive an email via DocuSign with a letter informing them of their contingent acceptance or denial for that benchmark.  Teacher candidates who are accepted will read and sign their letters according to the specified directions.  Failure to follow the stated instructions will nullify a letter of acceptance.  Teacher candidates will be fully accepted and receive an updated acceptance letter once they have successfully completed Practicum I and the remaining benchmark three requirements.

WHAT IF I AM NOT ACCEPTED?         

Teacher candidates who are not accepted to Practicum II will be advised to meet with their academic advisor(s) to determine their next steps. 

 

Admission into the Professional Semester (Benchmark 4)

WHEN SHOULD I APPLY?

Benchmark applications are due the fourth week of each fall and spring semester.  Teacher candidates will apply the semester prior to clinical teaching (generally during Practicum II).  

Teacher candidates will initially be accepted contingently.  In order to be fully admitted into benchmark four and be eligible for clinical teaching, teacher candidates must complete the remaining requirements.  Teacher candidates must also have a cumulative and content GPA of 2.75 and be in good standing with the university.

WHAT SHOULD I DO?

By the fourth week of the semester, for contingent acceptance:

  1. Complete Admission to Clinical Teaching application using the link found in the Certification Preparation course in BBLearn
  2. Submit the Practicum II contract to the Certification Preparation course in BBLearn
  3. Submit training certificates for all required trainings (completed during EDU 4101):
    • Dyslexia
    • Educator Ethics
    • Suicide Awareness and Prevention
    • Substance Abuse
    • Mental Health
  4. Submit copy of registration for TExES content exam and PPR exams
  5. Have successfully completed at least 24 credit hours in your content area, with a content area GPA of at least 2.75

By the end of the semester, for full acceptance:

  1. Successfully complete all Practicum II courses, including fieldwork hours
  2. Submit Practicum II fieldwork documentation to the Certification Course in BBLearn:
    • Time log (Minimums: 45 hours for 4-8 and Content Curriculum; 80 hours for Core Subjects EC-6)
    • Formal observations (minimum of 1 per Practicum II course)
    • Cooperating teacher evaluation
    • Reflections for Practicum II (All reflections must be in one document and saved as a PDF)
  3. Successfully complete all coursework required for degree completion other than Clinical Teaching
  4. Pass the TExES exams
    • Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 (PPR) (all certification areas)
    • Content exam (all certification areas)
    • Science of Teaching Reading (EC-6 and 4-8 Core Subjects; ELAR 4-8 and ELAR/SS 4-8)

WHO WILL REVIEW MY SUBMISSION/APPLICATION?     

Benchmark applications and required materials are reviewed by the College of Education Teacher Education Faculty. 

A list of all Clinical Teaching applicants will be sent over to the Dean of Students for review and approval. 

HOW WILL I KNOW IF I AM APPROVED TO CONTINUE TOWARD TEACHER CERTIFICATION?  

Teacher candidates will receive an email via DocuSign with a letter informing them of their contingent acceptance or denial for that benchmark.  Teacher candidates who are contingently accepted will read and sign their letters according to the specified directions.  Failure to follow the instructions will nullify a letter of acceptance.  Teacher candidates will be fully accepted once they have successfully completed Practicum II and the remaining benchmark four requirements.

WHAT IF I AM NOT ACCEPTED?         

Candidates failing to complete any outstanding components and be accepted to benchmark 4 and clinical teaching prior to the deadline to request placements will not be assigned a clinical teaching placement.  Teacher candidates who are not accepted into the Professional Semester will be advised to meet with their academic advisor(s) to determine their next steps. 

Practicum Fieldwork

These forms are for students currently enrolled in the Practicum/Methods courses only.  

Fieldwork Observation form

Verification of Permission to Record

Videotape Consent form

Clinical Teaching

These resources are for students currently enrolled in Clinical Teaching (EDU 41205, EDU 41225, EDU 41273, or SPED 41207) and their University Supervisors and Cooperating Teachers. If you are not currently enrolled in one of these courses and need information about clinical teaching, please contact your advisor.

Students enrolled in a clinical teaching course:

All forms, assignments and resources for students enrolled in Clinical Teaching can be found in the appropriate Blackboard Learn (BBLearn) course.  All forms must be submitted into the BBL course by the dates referenced in the Clinical Teaching Checklist.

University Field Supervisors & Cooperating Teachers:

Please read the Clinical Teaching Handbook and use the forms provided through DocuSign, in the Clinical Teaching course in BBLearn and on this page throughout the Clinical Teaching Experience.  All forms must be completed by the deadlines referenced in the Clinical Teaching Checklist and will be submitted to BBLearn by the student.

The Formal Observation and Placement Summary forms will be emailed to you through DocuSign.

Pi Lambda Theta

Pi Lambda Theta is one of the nations most prestigious education honor societies. If you are a senior or a graduate student, have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above, and are planning to pursue a career in education, you're eligible to join. All you have to do is fill out the short application at pilambda.org/join.