Department of Teacher Education Banner

How to Reach Us

Department of Teacher Education
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Rarick Hall 244
Phone: 785-628-4204
Contact Us

College of Education on Facebook College of Education on Google + login to Tk20

Accreditation

Teacher Education Student Resources

Admission to Teacher Education
Admission to Student Teaching
Testing Requirements
Department Policies & Procedures
Student & Teacher Organizations


Admission to Teacher Education

A student pursuing a program leading to teaching licensure should seek admission to Teacher Education during the second semester of the sophomore year or the first semester of the junior year (this may vary for transfer students). Admission to Teacher Education is a prerequisite for upper division education, methods, and field experience classes. Until formal admission is achieved, students' major will be listed as Pre-Education.

Once all Teacher Education admission requirements have been met, a student will be admitted to the program. A student will be allowed to pre-enroll in "Restricted" classes if currently enrolled in required courses and all other requirements are met. However, a student can take "Non-Restricted" Teacher Education courses at any time.

 
Priority Deadlines for application submission:

  • February 15th for the following summer and fall semester
  • September 15th for the following spring semester


For questions about the application process, please contact:
Licensure Office
College of Education
600 Park Street Rarick Hall 220
Hays, KS 67601 (785) 628-4148

back to top


Admission to Student Teaching

A student who has been admitted to Teacher Education may apply to enroll in Student Teaching in the fall or spring semester of their senior year. Student Teaching will be completed during a student's final semester. All other degree requirements must be completed prior to Student Teaching. If all requirements are not yet met, but plans are to complete all requirements by the student teaching semester, the application should still be turned in by the deadline.


Deadlines for application submission:

  • February 15th for the following fall semester. Application available from January 1st - February 28th
  • September 15th for the following spring semester. Application available from August 1st - September 30th.


For questions about the application process, please contact:
Licensure Office
College of Education
600 Park Street Rarick Hall 220
Hays, KS 67601 (785) 628-4148

For questions about the student teaching placement process, please contact:
Field Experiences Office
College of Education
600 Park Street Rarick Hall 220
Hays, KS 67601 (785) 628-5828 

 back to top 


Testing Requirements

Entrance Exam for Admission to Teacher Education
Students who do not hold a bachelor's degree must submit passing entrance exam scores as part of their application for admission to Teacher Education. At this time, students have two options: the Core Academic Skills for Education (CORE) or the American College Test (ACT). Candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university are not required to complete the entrance exam.

 

State Licensure Exams
The Praxis II Exams are standardized tests candidates must successfully complete in order to be licensed to teach in the state of Kansas. The Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exams measure general pedagogical knowledge at one of four grade level ranges: Early Childhood, K-6, 5-9, and 7-12. The Subject Assessments measure general and subject-specific knowledge and teaching skills. Students typically complete their licensure exams right before or at the beginning of their student teaching semester. Kansas requires a passing score from one of the four Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) assessments AND the appropriate content assessment(s) for the initial educator license. You should choose the most appropriate PLT test for your level of licensure or level of specialization.

For information on teacher licensure in other states, visit the Praxis state licensure requirements webpage.

back to top


Student and Teacher Organizations

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 Ms. Sarah Broman and Ms. Sara Stroup to learn more about Kappa Delta Pi.

KNEA-SP
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. Chris Jochum, 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 (CEC) 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 sponsor 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.

back to top


 

Print Friendly

Back to top