Acceptance into teacher education
Minot State University teacher education candidates must formally apply and be accepted to their programs of study. Applications for admission are reviewed by MSUís Teacher Education Administrative Council at the end and beginning of each semester and the week prior to semester registration.
After being admitted to teacher education, a candidate may register for restricted education courses provided all other prerequisites are met. If the admitted candidateís GPA falls below 2.5 in any of the mandated areas, the candidate is placed on probation. This probation must be remedied during the following semester or the candidate is automatically dropped from teacher education.
Candidates who have been certified for teaching in another state or province may be admitted to teacher education without completing all application requirements, however, each case must be presented to the Teacher Education Administrative Council by the department chair in the candidate's major area of study.
Candidates applying for post-baccalaureate certification must work with the Teacher Education and Human Performance Department to complete a plan acceptable to the university and the Education Standards and Practices Board of North Dakota.
Application for Admission to Teacher Education must document or contain the following:
- GPA: Successful candidates must show a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5, and achieve a minimum GPA of 2.5 in English 110 and 120, Communications 110, and in all teaching major and teaching minor coursework.
- ED 250: Candidates must have completed or be presently enrolled in ED 250.
- Teacher Education Admissions Seminar: Candidates mush show evidence of attendance at a Teacher Education Admissions Seminar OR equivalent.
- Supervised activity: Candidates must complete 20 clock hours of supervised activities with children or youth documented by the supervisor. Candidate's faculty advisor must certify the appropriateness of the activities.
- References/recommendations: Candidates must provide two official Reference Forms for Admission to Teacher Education from previous teachers/supervisors and a recommendation from their major department. This may include additional departmental requirements.
- Personal statement: Candidates must submit a written copy of their personal philosophy of education.
- PPST scores: Candidates must take the Pre-Professional Skills Test and achieve scores that demonstrate satisfactory basic skills. Minimum PPST scores are: math 170, reading 173, and writing 173. PPST scores have been a condition of licensure in North Dakota since July 1, 2003.
- Self-assessment: Candidates must provide results of Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium self-assessment of standards and professional dispositions.
- Application form: Each candidate must submit all of the required information, listed above, to his or her advisor. The advisor fills out an Application for Admission for Teacher Education and forwards the entire admission packet to the department chair for approval. The chair forwards the application to the Dean of Education and Health Sciences, who reviews and then submits it to the Teacher Education Administrative Council.