Requirements for Admittance to Teacher Education
By the spring term of the sophomore year, Doane College students formally declare their major. Those students who select elementary education or special education as a major, or who plan to take the professional experience leading to certification in a secondary subject area must make a formal application for candidacy in the Teacher Education Program.
Candidacy is achieved by meeting the following criteria:
- Choosing a major. (See Major/Endorsements)
- Completing a written application form during the spring term of the sophomore year and submitting that form to the Education Office.
- Acceptance by the Teacher Education Committee.
Minimum requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program are:
- Attainment of a cumulative grade point average in all courses of 2.60.
- Attainment of a cumulative grade point average in all education courses of 2.80.
- Attainment of a cumulative grade point average in all courses in major of 2.50.
- Recommendation from the teacher(s) under whom they have completed their teacher assisting for Practicum I.
- Recommendation from the faculty in the student's major.
- Recommendation from the faculty in education.
- Recommendation of the Student Leadership Office for Crete campus students.
- Recommendation of a medical professional.
- Demonstrate basic mathematics skills by achieving an acceptable score on the mathematics portion of the ACT, or SAT test, by passing the Doane College Computational Skills Test, or by completing a designated course in computational skills with a grade of C- or higher.
- As required by the Nebraska State School Board, each student must achieve a passing score on the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST). The following scores have been set by the State as minimum passing scores: PPST - Reading (170); Writing(172); and Math(171). A student must pass the PPST by the end of the first semester junior year. If the student does not pass the PPST, he or she may not enroll in education classes. When the PPST is passed, the student may again reapply for admission to teacher education. Individual cases may be reviewed by the certification officer.
- Students who are denied admission due solely to below-passing scores on the PPST may choose to continue taking education courses through Education 321 and one methods course, but must have passed the PPST and been admitted to the Teacher Education Program prior to continuing in the program beyond that point. In the special case of students from underrepresented groups, if the student has been denied admission to Teacher Education on the basis of PPST scores below the Nebraska minimally acceptable level, the student may continue in education courses beyond the first methods course provided that the student is also enrolled and participating in special courses designed to improve performance on the PPST. Education faculty assist all students to enroll in these special courses.Students denied solely on the basis of PPST scores may retake the test as many times as they wish. After completion of the test with scores above the Nebraska minimum, the student may reapply for admission to the Teacher Education Program.
- The student with any grade in a cognate that is below C- will have that grade reviewed and may be required to repeat the course.
- A student who has negative comments on those recommendations which relate to personality may be required to complete a personality survey. The form of the survey is determined by the Teacher Education Committee in consultation with the Teacher Education faculty.
- As required by the Nebraska State School Board, each student must affirm that he/she has not been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude. The State Board further states that felons may not observe, assist, or take part in any K-12 classroom with such a conviction. If there should be such an instance, the student may appeal to the State Board of Education for review. In compliance with this rule, each student must affirm yearly, prior to student assisting or teaching in any practicum methods class or student teaching experience, the he/she has not been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude. Furthermore, it is the student's responsibility to report any change in his/her status regarding this rule. Students not meeting this standard are not allowed to participate in K-12 activities until they have received permission to proceed by the State Board.
- As required by the Nebraska State School Board, each student must affirm that he/she does not have an order or determination currently in effect by a court or any other governmental body which finds the student to be any of the following:
- A mentally ill and dangerous person
- Mentally incompetent to stand trial
- Acquitted of criminal charges because of insanity
- An incapacitated person in need of a guardian
- Unable to manage his/her property due to mental illness, mental deficiency, chronic use of drugs or chronic intoxication
- Currently an inpatient or resident in a mental health facility due to a determination by a qualified mental health professional
A student can be granted full admission, provisional admission, denial, or admission with concerns to the Teacher Education Program by the Teacher Education Committee. The Committee meets in December and June. The student will be informed by letter within a week of the Committee's decision about the application to the Teacher Education Program.
The student has the right of appeal to any of the decisions and can request a personal hearing before the Committee to seek a change of the decisions. These hearings are scheduled in August, prior to the beginning of the Fall Semester.
The procedure is as follows:
- Personal interview with the Chairman of the Education Division
- Setting a date for the Teacher Education Committee to meet as a whole for reconsideration
Personal appearance before the Committee, with another faculty member as consul if desired, for the purpose of presenting additional data and answering questions prior to Committee vote.