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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. Admission to Teacher Education is a prerequisite for upper division education and methods classes. Once all Teacher Education admission requirements have been met, a student will be admitted to the department. 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. Click on the following links to complete the process of admission to Teacher Education:
For questions about the application process, please contact:FHSU Licensure OfficeCollege of Education and Technology600 Park StreetRarick Hall 220Hays, KS 67601(785) 628-5828
The Pre-Professional Skills Tests (Praxis I) and Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests (CORE) are sets of standardized tests that candidates who do not hold a bachelor’s degree must successfully complete (either Praxis I or CORE, not both) in order to be admitted to the FHSU Teacher Education program. Praxis I scores of 172 or higher in Math and Writing and 173 or higher in Reading are required. Passing scores for CORE are "To Be Determined" at this time. 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 Praxis I or CORE. 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 PPST or 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 PPST or CORE, but typically the PPST or 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 PPST, CORE or ACT in order to be admitted to the program.
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.
For information on teacher licensure in other states, visit the Certification Map website.
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?...
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 PiKappa 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.
KNEA-SPIf 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 ChapterIf 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 ChildrenThe 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 MathematicsThe 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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