Program Information & Benchmarks

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.

 

Upcoming Dates

August

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

Monday, August 27:  Fall Clinical Teaching begins/First day of Fall Semester

Friday, August 31:  Fall Graduation registration deadline

 

September

Friday, September 21:  All Benchmark requirements due in Blackboard Learn

 

November

Tuesday, November 6:  Spring registration opens

November 19-25:  Thanksgiving Break

December

Saturday, December 1:  Fall Commencement

December 10-14:  Final Exams

Friday, December 14:  Fall Clinical Teaching ends/Last day of Fall Semester

January 2019

Monday, January 7:  Spring Clinical Teaching begins/First day of Spring Semester

Friday, January 11:  Spring Graduation registration deadline

February

Friday, February 1:  All Benchmark requirements due in Blackboard Learn

March

Tuesday, March 12:  Summer registration opens

Tuesday, March 19:  Fall registration opens

March 18-22:  Spring Break

April

Friday, April 26:  Spring Clinical Teaching ends/Last day of Spring semester

Saturday, April 27:  Spring Commencement

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.

Benchmarks are due the fourth week of the fall or spring semester. Benchmark three is due at the conclusion of Practicum I for EC-6 and SPED concentrations.

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.

If you are a traditional student, use the Traditional Students Benchmark Process and additional information. If you are a BAEC student in the ADP program, taking classes in the EVENING ONLY and NOT on the Main Campus, use the BAEC Students Benchmark process and additional information.

Traditional Students

Traditional Student Benchmark Process (PDF)

Admission into the College of Education (Traditional)

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. Complete Admission to the College of Education application. (PDF)
  2. Submit the signed handbook/code of ethics page. (PDF)
  3. Submit the signed Background Check form (PDF)
  4. Write a 500 word essay (PDF) that follows APA guidelines to the following writing prompt: Why do you want to be a teacher?  
  5. Make sure DegreeWorks has your correct major/specialization. If it does not, submit a Program Update 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.  Students may appeal the decision of their benchmark application by completing an undergraduate petition form.

 

Admission into the Teacher Education Program (Traditional)

Teacher candidates will apply during the Fall semester of their second year at Concordia University Texas.  Transfer students may apply during their first semester at Concordia University Texas, if they are transferring credits for Introduction to Education.

Teacher candidates must also have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 and have completed ENG 1317, ENG 1316, MTH 1351 or be exempt from their Basic Skills requirements.  Secondary Education Majors and Education Minors seeking certification need 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.  These requirements are in addition to the requirements below and are required for acceptance into the Teacher Education program.

 WHAT SHOULD I DO?

  1. Complete Admission to the Teacher Education Program application. (PDF)
  2. Schedule a professional interview (PDF) with College of Education faculty.
  3. Submit Fieldwork Time Log and Reflections from Introduction to Education.
  4. Submit Fieldwork Evaluation from Introduction to Education.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

 WHO WILL REVIEW MY SUBMISSION/APPLICATION?     

Benchmark applications and required materials are reviewed by the College of Education Teacher Education Faculty.  Students may appeal the decision of their benchmark application by completing an undergraduate petition form.

Teacher candidates that are accepted into the Teacher Education program will begin preparing for their certification exams through Certify Teacher.  All teacher candidates take a content exam and the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) exam to earn their initial Texas certification. 

Use TORNADOS4728 and your campus email on the Certify Teacher website to receive a discount on the purchase of Certify Teacher online materials.  Select the TExES product and register as a new user using your ctx.edu email address. 

Read through the information (PDF) on how to use Certify Teacher for effective test preparation.

Other test preparation materials can be found on the Test Preparation Materials tab on the Texas Certification page.

Teacher candidates will be released to take their content and PPR certification exam with TExES, after scoring 90% or greater- two times on the Certify Teacher practice exams.  Teacher candidates will upload the Certify Teacher practice exam score reports to the Certification Preparation BBLearn course.  The Certification Preparation BBLearn course will be checked each week for Certify Teacher content score reports.

Teacher candidates are required to have had passed the TExES content exam for Benchmark 3-Practicum Checkpoint.

 

Practicum Checkpoint (Traditional)

WHEN SHOULD I APPLY?

Teacher candidates will be working on the requirements of benchmark three, after being accepted into the Teacher Education program.  Teacher candidates should complete the requirements by August 1 of their final academic year at Concordia University Texas, in order to be eligible for Practicum II and clinical teaching.  Teacher candidates must also have a cumulative GPA of 2.75.

WHAT SHOULD I DO?

  1. Complete the Practicum Checkpoint application. (PDF)
  2. Pass PPR with Certify Teacher at 90% or greater two times.  (See information above in Admission to the Teacher Education Program for more information about Certify Teacher and the test preparation process.)
  3. Submit Certify Teacher scores to BBLearn- Certification Preparation.
  4. Pass TExES content exam and submit scores to BBLearn.
  5. Submit fieldwork formal observations, cooperating teacher evaluations, fieldwork reflections, and time logs from Practicum I.

WHO WILL REVIEW MY SUBMISSION/APPLICATION?     

Benchmark applications and required materials are reviewed by the College of Education Teacher Education Faculty.  Students may appeal the decision of their benchmark application by completing an undergraduate petition form.

 

Admission into the Professional Semester (Traditional)

WHEN SHOULD I APPLY?

Teacher candidates will apply the semester prior to clinical teaching.  Teacher candidates must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 to be admitted to the professional semester- clinical teaching.

WHAT SHOULD I DO?

  1. Complete Admission to Clinical Teaching application. (PDF)
  2. Pass TExES PPR and submit scores to BBLearn.
  3. Submit training certificates for:  Dyslexia, Suicide Prevention, & Mental Health/First Aid.
  4. Submit fieldwork formal observations, cooperating teacher evaluations, fieldwork reflections, and time logs from Practicum II.

 WHO WILL REVIEW MY SUBMISSION/APPLICATION?     

Benchmark applications and required materials are reviewed by the College of Education Teacher Education Faculty.  Students may appeal the decision of their benchmark application by completing an undergraduate petition form.       

 

BAEC Students

BAEC Benchmark Process PowerPoint (PDF)

Admission to the College of Education (BAEC)

All teacher education students should apply for Admission into the College of Education at the completion of Intro to Ed (EDU 2201). Please see Application for the College of Education for additional admission requirements.

All documentation, unless otherwise noted, should be uploaded directly into the Blackboard Certification Course.

Admission into the Teacher Education Program (BAEC)

All teacher education students should apply for Admission into the Teacher Education Program after completing 12 credit hours of content coursework (or 15 credit hours of content coursework if seeking math or science certification) and being admitted into the College of Education. Students must be admitted into the Teacher Education Program before enrolling in any upper level education courses. Please see Application for Admission to the Teacher Education Program for additional admission requirements.

All documentation, unless otherwise noted, should be uploaded directly into the Blackboard Certification Course.

Admission into the Professional Semester (BAEC)

All College of Education students should apply for Admission into the Professional Semester the semester prior to clinical teaching (EDU 41205), after being admitted into the Teacher Education Program and after completing all remaining coursework. Please see Application for Admission into the Professional Semester for additional admissions requirements.

All documentation, unless otherwise noted, should be uploaded directly into the Blackboard Certification Course.

 Fieldwork

Fieldwork Log (PDF) - For all students in fieldwork courses (Tradiational and BAEC)

Fieldwork Evaluation Rubric (PDF) - For all students in fieldwork courses (Traditional and BAEC)

Lesson Observation Form (PDF)

Observation Look-Fors (PDF)

CTX Lesson Plan (PDF)

BAEC only:

BAEC Fieldwork Contract (PDF)

Handbooks

Teacher Education Handbook (PDF) 

Clinical Teaching Handbook - Spring 2018 (PDF) 

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.

BAEC

The information on this tab is for BAEC students only.  BAEC students are in the ADP program, taking classes in the EVENING ONLY and NOT on the Main Campus.  If you are a traditional student, taking classes on the Main Campus, please refer to the other tabs or contact your advisor.

BAEC Pathways and Registration (PDF)

BAEC Benchmark Information (PDF) -  See the Benchmark tab for more information and forms

Fieldwork Log (PDF)

Lesson Observation form (PDF)

 

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