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Teacher Certification Admission Requirements

Major Approval:

  • pass all sections of CBASE exam (undergrads only).
  • blended cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on 4.0 scale); blended GPA of 2.75 in "professional" courses. The department housing the discipline will designate the "professional" courses.
  • successful completion of Introduction to Classroom Teaching (EDU 200/201 or equivalent)

Admission to Teacher Certification Program:

Undergraduate:

  • apply during junior year (third semester at Fontbonne for transfer students)
  • major approval.
  • blended cumulative GPA of 2.5; blended GPA of 2.75 in "professional" courses; minimum 2.5 GPA in relevant content area(s) for middle school/secondary majors.

Graduate:

  • at least one semester prior to student teaching
  • successful completion of EDU 531 The Contemporary Classroom or equivalent
  • blended cumulative GPA of 2.5; blended GPA of 2.75 in "professional courses"; minimum 2.5 GPA in relevant content area(s) for middle school/secondary candidates.

Student Teaching Eligibility:

  • admitted to Teacher Certification Program.
  • senior status.
  • maintained GPA requirements.
  • completed all professional education courses required for certification with a grade of "C-" or better.
  • submit placement request to Director of Student Teaching.
  • receive approval of My Journey to Become a Teacher essay.

Culminating Project:

This is a performance assessment of your ability to design and teach an effective unit of instruction, to assess student performance, and to reflect on the experience. The focus is your unit of instruction during student teaching. The artifacts collected for this project will provide evidence of your competency in the 11 quality indicators of the Missouri Standards for Teacher Education Programs. The culminating project is part of your student teaching grade and must receive approval before your application for certification can be submitted to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Residency Requirement (post-baccalaureate):

The student must complete a minimal residency requirement of 24 credit hours plus the required student teaching or field experience required by the department in which his/her program is held.  Within these minimum credit hours, a candidate must complete at least six hours of discipline-specific coursework (not to include methods courses) appropriate to the area of certification sought.