The College of Education offers undergraduate programs leading to the initial state teaching certificate/license in
- Elementary education (grades P-5),
- Middle grades education (grades 5-9),
- Secondary education (grades 8-12), and
- Learning and behavior disorders (grades P-12).
The student must be admitted into Spalding University prior to applying for admission into the College of Education. Admission to the College of Education requires:
- Attainment of the specified minimum score on one of the tests of academic proficiency listed below:
- Pre-Professional Skills Test: Mathematics (0730) - 174;
- Pre-Professional Skills Test: Reading (0710) - 176;
- Pre-Professional Skills Test: Writing (0720) - 174;
- Computerized Pre-Professional Skills Test: Mathematics (5730) - 174;
- Computerized Pre-Professional Skills Test: Reading (5710) - 176;
- Computerized Pre-Professional Skills Test: Writing (5720) - 174.
- Written application for admission to the School of Education in the first semester of the sophomore year or after 24 hours (transfer students should schedule an advising session at the earliest possible date to facilitate admission to an education program)
- A minimum grade point average of 2.75 or a grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale on the last thirty (3) hours of credit
- Satisfactory recommendations from five persons, three of whom must be faculty members
- Demonstrates proficiency, through a written assessment, in the following four (4) areas: (i) Critical thinking; (ii) Communication; (iii) Creativity); and (iv) Collaboration
- Personal interview
- Undergraduate transcipt
- Authorization for criminal records check
Admission to student teaching/clinical practice requires:
- Written application for admission filed with the Director of Field Experiences one semester before the student teaching experience
- A minimum grade point average of 2.75 in University Studies courses
- A minimum grade point average of 2.75 in all education courses and a minimum grade of C in all education courses
- Completion of all program courses (including removal of incomplete grades) except EDU 441 and 447 or approval for one course from the College Dean
- Recommendation by the appropriate Education program director or appropriate faculty
- Personal interview with the Director of Field Experiences, including in-basket activity
- Submission of summative ePortfolio
- Proof of having achieved passing scores on all state-required tests for certification/licensure.
Teacher candidates are assessed at various stages of their programs. Major transitions occur at each of the following: (1) admission to the College of Education, (2) admission to student teaching/clinical practice, (3) exit from student teaching/clinical practice, and (4) program completion and recommendation for certification/licensure.
A candidate who completes a program (including professional portfolio) and required tests will be eligible for the initial teaching credential. Students must apply through the College of Education. Test scores and official copies of all college/university transcripts must be included in the application to the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board. Students who desire out-of-state teaching credentials should consult their advisors and/or the Dean of the College of Education.