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e-Newsletter, Spring 2012

Administrative Announcement: Change in State Requirements for Admission to Initial Teacher Preparation Programs





TO:                  WKU Faculty and Staff Advisors 

FROM:            Sam Evans, Dean

                        College of Education and Behavioral Sciences 

RE:                  Change in State Requirements for Admission to Initial Teacher Preparation Programs 

DATE:            March 14, 2012 

At the September 2011 meeting of the Education Professional Standards Board, proposed changes in the admission requirements to initial teacher education programs were approved by the Board.  The recommended changes are currently in the regulatory review process and final approval is scheduled for April 6, 2012.  Approval is expected with the changes going into effect September 1, 2012.   

Of the various changes, those that will impact some students include the following: 

1.      Increase in overall GPA admission requirement from a 2.5 to 2.75;

2.      Elimination of the ACT or SAT as a test of general knowledge;

3.      Changes in the qualifying PRAXIS I scores; and

4.      Changes in the qualifying GRE scores. 

In addition to the above, “Undergraduate students shall not enroll in any educator preparation program courses restricted to admitted candidates” (16 KAR 5:020).  Also, all teacher education candidates must document 200 early field hours in P-12 school settings (16KAR 5:040).  This approved change will become effective September 1, 2012. 

Faculty members in the School of Teacher Education have been working on the policies related to admission, etc., and these are in the curriculum review process.  Recommendations from the School of Teacher Education include an overall GPA of 2.75 along with a 2.75 GPA in the certifiable major/minor, and professional education coursework for admission to professional education, permission to student teach, and recommendation for certification.  These recommended requirements are consistent with those being implemented by other institutions in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and also reflect Senate Bill 1 mandates on higher education’s involvement in raising P-12 student achievement, and recommendations in NCATE’s Report of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Clinical Preparation and Partnerships for Improved Student Learning that teacher education become more selective.

As you work with your advisees, please make them aware of the changes and the effective date of September 1, 2012.   Letters will be sent to all students.  The Professional Education Council will be meeting in late August for the sole purpose of admitting students who meet the current GPA requirements of 2.5 and who meet current qualifying scores on the ACT, SAT, PRAXIS I, or GRE.  This will help us accommodate students who may have gone to summer school and need to include those GPA scores, as well as those who have achieved qualifying scores on approved standardized tests.   Bottom Line:  Students who are eligible for admission under the current guidelines may not be eligible under the new GPA and/or qualifying standard test scores.  If so, please encourage them to complete all application materials and submit those materials ASAP.  There will be no exceptions to the September 1, 2012, date, as we have to report dates of admission to the professional education program to EPSB.

The following are parts of 16 KAR 5:020 that are incorporated into our proposed changes in admission requirements. 

16 KAR 5:020

Section 1. Selection and Admission to Educator Preparation Programs. (1) In addition to appropriate National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education standards incorporated by reference in [under] 16 KAR 5:010, each educator preparation institution shall develop minimum standards for admission to its initial certification educator preparation programs, including university-based alternative programs established pursuant to KRS 161.048(7) in accordance with this section. (2) Beginning September 1, 2012, admission to an undergraduate initial certification educator preparation program shall require the following: (a) 1. A cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale; . . .and (b) Successful completion of the following pre-professional skills assessments of basic knowledge administered by the Educational Testing Service with the corresponding minimum score:

1. a.“Pre-Professional Skills Test: Mathematics” (0730) -174; or
b. “Computerized Pre-Professional Skills Test: Mathematics” (5730) - 174;

2. a. “Pre-Professional Skills Test: Reading” (0710) – 176; or
b. “Computerized Pre-Professional Skills Test: Reading” (5710) – 176; and

3. a. “Pre-Professional Skills Test: Writing” (0720) – 174; or
b. “Computerized Pre-Professional Skills Test: Writing” (5720) – 174.

(3) Beginning September 1, 2012, admission to a graduate level initial certification educator preparation program, including an educator preparation program established pursuant to KRS 161.048(7), shall require the following:

(a) 1. A bachelor’s degree or advanced degree awarded by a regionally accredited college or university with a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale; . . .and

(b) 1. Successful completion of the pre-professional skills assessments in subsection (2)(b) of this section; or

2. Successful completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) with the following corresponding scores: (These scores are old GRE scores.)

a. Verbal with a minimum score of 450;
b. Quantitative with a minimum score of 490; and
c. Analytical Writing with minimum score of 4.0.

(4) Beginning September 1, 2012, each accredited educator preparation institution shall have a formal application procedure for admission to an initial teacher preparation program, which shall include the following:

(a) Documentation that the applicant demonstrates the following

1. Critical thinking;
2. Communication;
3. Creativity; and
4. Collaboration;

(b) Evidence that the applicant has reviewed:

1. The Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky School Certified Personnel established in 16 KAR 1:020; and

2. The character and fitness questionnaire contained in Section III of the TC-1 incorporated by reference in 16 KAR 2:010; and

(c) A method to allow the applicant to demonstrate that the applicant understands professional dispositions expected of professional educators.

(5) Undergraduate students shall not enroll in any educator preparation program courses restricted to admitted candidates.

Agenda Book

(6) The educator preparation program shall maintain electronic records that document that all students admitted after September 1, 2012, meet the requirements subsection (2) of this section.

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