Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests (CORE):
The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests (CORE) are a set of standardized tests that candidates who do not hold a bachelor’s degree must successfully complete in order to be admitted to the FHSU Teacher Education program. Passing scores for CORE are 156 or higher in Reading, 162 or higher in Writing and 150 or higher in Math. ACT scores of 22 or higher in Math-Total Score, English-Total Score, and Reading-Total Score may be substituted for each corresponding area of the CORE. For purposes of admission to the Teacher Education program, ACT and CORE test scores are valid for up to 6 years from the date the test was taken. Any ACT or CORE test scores more than 6 years old will not be accepted. Register for the tests and find study resources at the Praxis website, or contact The Kelly Center on campus for computer-based testing.
Candidates who have not yet taken the CORE are permitted to take "non-restricted" courses in the Teacher Education program. Academic advisors should be consulted about the appropriate time to take the CORE, but typically the CORE is taken at the end of sophomore year or beginning of junior year. Candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university are not required to take the CORE or ACT in order to be admitted to the program.
Praxis II Tests:
The Praxis II Tests are standardized tests candidates must successfully complete in order to be licensed to teach in the state of Kansas. The Subject Assessments measure general and subject-specific knowledge and teaching skills. The Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) tests measure general pedagogical knowledge at one of four grade level ranges: Early Childhood, K-6, 5-9, and 7-12. Register for the tests and find study resources at the Praxis website, or contact The Kelly Center on campus for computer-based testing.
Other State Test Requirements
For information on teacher licensure in other states, visit the Praxis state licensure requirements webpage.
Education is a field that is always changing and growing, which means you have many career opportunities after college. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of school teachers is expected to grow by 17 percent between 2010 and 2020, creating over 281,500 new teaching positions. The demand has never been greater for teachers, particularly in the areas of mathematics and science, special education, and early childhood education. You may start out in the classroom, but over the course of your career, you may find yourself pursuing a graduate degree in education to become a school counselor, a principal or an education specialist, among others. So what are your opportunities with a Teacher Education degree?...
- Pre-school Teacher
- Elementary Teacher
- Middle School Teacher
- High School Teacher
- Education Consultant
- Physical Education Teacher
- Resource Teacher
- and many more...
Still not sure if teaching is right for you? For more information, visit the Academic Advising and Career Exploration Center or contact our department to speak with a faculty advisor.
Take advantage of the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant. The new TEACH Grant program provides up to $4,000 per year in grants for graduate and undergraduate students who intend to teach full-time in high-need subject areas for at least four years at schools that serve students from low-income families. Visit our Financial Assistance Office website for more information.
Be sure to nurture your life outside the classroom by becoming involved in student organizations that relate to your major. The following opportunities allow you to make connections, develop your leadership and organizational skills, and enrich your college experience academically as well as socially.
Kappa Delta Pi
Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, is dedicated to promoting scholarship and excellence in education. Through this organization, network with your peers while deepening your knowledge of educational issues and ideals, a variety of service learning projects, and educational programs and panels. Contact sponsors Dr. Valerie Zelenka and Ms. Sara Stroup to learn more about Kappa Delta Pi.
If you would like to be involved with your peers and network with educators across the state, the Kansas National Education Association is the organization for you. As a professional association of college students preparing to enter the education field, students within this group grow together as educators as well as friends. Members attend state-wide events and meet with students from other universities to exchange ideas and develop professional standards. To learn more about KNEA-SP, contact sponsor Dr. Sherri Brantley, or visit the FHSU KNEA-SP Facebook page.
NSTA Student Chapter
If you would like to participate in a national student organization right here on campus, consider joining the local student chapter of the National Science Teachers Association. Learn more about how to teach science, attend special programs from NASA or GLOBE, and conference via satellite with preservice teachers from around the world. The organization also provides two performances that link science and reading. Contact sponsor Dr. Paul Adams to learn more about the NSTA student chapter.
Council for Exceptional Children
The Council for Exceptional Children is a well-known international organization for current and future educators interested in advocating for children who are gifted and children who have special needs. CEC's mission is "to improve, through excellence and advocacy, the education and quality of life for children and youth with exceptionalities and to enhance the engagement of their families.” Contact sponsors Dr. Diane Plunkett and/or Dr. Robert B. Scott to learn more about CEC.
Kansas Association of Teachers of Mathematics
The Kansas Association of Teachers of Mathematics is a state organization for math education professionals. KATM informs Kansas math teachers of the newest strategies and developments in education, works to improve math achievement for Kansas students, and advocates for the interests of math education. Contact sponsor Dr. Janet Stramel to learn more about KATM.
Beyond activities found in Rarick Hall, home to the Department of Teacher Education, majors become part of many campus-wide organizations, such as Tigers in Service, intramurals or the Student Government Association. For more information about student organizations at FHSU, check out the Center for Student Involvement.
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