Current Teacher Education Students

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:  Friday, September 21, 2018

Spring:  Friday, February 1, 2019

Clinical Teaching

Fall:  

Clinical Teacher Training:  Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Clinical Teaching Starts:  Monday, August 27, 2018

Clinical Teaching Ends:  Friday, December 14, 2018

Spring:

Clinical Teacher Training:  Friday, January 4, 2019, Time TBA

Clinical Teaching Starts:  Monday, January 7, 2019

Clinical Teaching Ends:  Friday, April 26, 2019

Graduation

Fall:

Fall Graduation registration deadline:  Friday, August 31, 2018

Fall Commencement:  Saturday, December 1, 2018

Official Graduation date/Last day of Fall Semester:  Sunday, December 16, 2018

Spring:

Spring Graduation registration deadline:  Friday, January 11, 2019

Spring Commencement:  Saturday, April 27, 2019

Official Graduation Date/Last Day of Spring Semester:  Sunday, April 28, 2019

Summer: 

Summer Graduation registration deadline:  Friday, May 10, 2019

Official Graduation date/Last day of Fall Semester:  Sunday, August 25, 2019

Registration

Spring registration opens:  Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Summer registration opens:  Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Fall registration opens:  Tuesday, March 19, 2019

 

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.

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

 

Benchmark Process (PDF)

 

Admission into the College of Education (Benchmark 1)

WHEN SHOULD I APPLY?        

Teacher candidates will apply the semester after Introduction to Education.  (This will be Spring semester for most traditional first year teacher candidates.)  Transfer teacher candidates will apply their first semester at Concordia University Texas, if they are transferring credits for Introduction to Education.  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 Blackboard Learn and enroll in your correct certification group through the Join Your Program link.  All information and documents for Benchmark 1 will be under the Benchmark 1 link.
  2. Complete Admission to the College of Education application.
  3. Submit the signed handbook/code of ethics page. (PDF)
  4. Submit the signed Background Check form.
  5. Submit the signed FERPA Consent to Release form.
  6. Write a 500 word essay (PDF) to the following writing prompt: Why do you want to be a teacher?  
  7. 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 with an attached letter informing them of their acceptance or denial for that benchmark.  Teacher candidates will read, sign and upload their letters according to the specified directions.  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.

 

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 criterial listed below, usually during their second year.  Transfer students may apply during their first semester at Concordia University Texas, if they are transferring credits for Introduction to Education.

Criteria

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • 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.

 WHAT SHOULD I DO?

  1. Log into the Certification Preparation course in Blackboard Learn.  All information and documents for Benchmark 2 will be under the Benchmark 2 link.
  2. Complete Admission to the Teacher Education Program application.
  3. Schedule a professional interview with College of Education faculty.  Interview dates and times are posted each semester in the Certification Preparation course in Blackboard Learn.
  4. Submit Fieldwork Time Log and Reflections from Introduction to Education.
  5. Submit Fieldwork Evaluation from Introduction to Education.
  6. Ask a content professor to complete and submit (via email- teacher.education@concordia.edu) the recommendation form (PDF) for Admission to the Teacher Education Program.
  7. Ask a College of Education faculty member to complete and submit (via email-teacher.education@concordia.edu) the recommendation form (PDF) for Admission to the Teacher Education Program.
  8. Submit the Social Security Release form.

 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?  

Students will receive an email with a letter attached informing them of their acceptance or denial for that benchmark.  Students who are accepted, now officially teacher candidates, will read, sign and upload their letters according to the specified directions.  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.

HOW WILL I PREPARE FOR MY CERTIFICATION EXAMS?          

All teacher candidates must pass a content exam and the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) 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 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 Texas Certification page of the CTX College of Education Website.

 

Admission to Practicum Two (Benchmark 3)

WHEN SHOULD I APPLY?

Teacher candidates will begin working on the requirements of benchmark three after being accepted into the Teacher Education program.  Benchmark three is completed during Teacher Ed Seminar (during 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.

WHAT SHOULD I DO?

  1. Complete the Practicum Checkpoint application
  2. Complete the required test preparation during in EDU 4101 as stated in the EDU 4101 syllabus.
  3. Submit the test release form for both the Content and PPR exam to the Certification Preparation course in Blackboard Learn.
  4. Students who are unable to achieve the required scores and/or do not complete the study hours between exams using Certify Teacher will also be required to pass the representative exam at 90% or better
  5. Submit fieldwork lesson observations, cooperating teacher evaluations, fieldwork reflections, and time logs from Practicum I according to directions listed in the Certification Preparation course in Blackboard Learn. All documents must be uploaded in PDF format.

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 with an attached letter informing them of their contingent acceptance or denial for that benchmark.  Teacher candidates who are accepted will read, sign and upload 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 once they have successfully completed Practicum I and the remaining benchmark three requirements.

 

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 must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 to be admitted to the professional semester and have completed or be enrolled in the appropriate methods course for their certification area (EDU 3303 Mathematical Methods-Secondary, EDU 33XX Science Methods-Secondary, EDU 33XX Social Studies-Secondary, RDG 3327 Language and Literacy for Intermediate Grades or KIN 4310 Kinesiology Internship).

WHAT SHOULD I DO?

By the fourth week of the semester:

  1. Complete Admission to Clinical Teaching application
  2. Submit the Consent to Release form
  3. Submit training certificates for the following required trainings: Dyslexia, Suicide Prevention, Mental Health/First Aid, & Ethics

By the end of the semester:

  1. Register for and Pass the TExES PPR and Content Exams and submit the passing scores to BBLearn
  2. Submit paperwork from Practicum II including time logs, reflections, formal observations, and cooperating teacher evaluations.
  3. Successfully complete all other coursework needed for degree completion.

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 with an attached letter informing them of their contingent acceptance or denial for that benchmark.  Teacher candidates who are contingently accepted will read, sign and upload 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 once they have successfully completed Practicum II and the remaining benchmark four requirements.

 

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 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.

If you're having difficulty filling out any of these forms online, we recommend using Google Chrome. All forms also must be completed opened using Adobe.

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.

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