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Admission Requirements for Teacher Education

In accordance with Kentucky regulations, the Education Department of Thomas More College conducts a thorough program of selection, admission and retention. This process is designed to ensure that those candidates who advance into the teaching profession will have successful and rewarding careers.

In order to be considered for the Teacher Education Program, students must meet the following:

  • Minimum GPA: 2.75
  • Completion of EDU 101/201/202
  • Praxis I/PPST Tests (Candidates must pass all Praxis I/PPST tests to be admitted to the Teacher Education Program.  Minimum scores: Reading-176; Mathematics-174; Writing-174)
  • Speech: A grade of B or better in one of the following: COM 105, 205, 207, 305
  • VIRTUS: candidate must be VIRTUS compliant, i.e., candidate must have signed the acceptance letter; passed the background check; completed VIRTUS training; and remain up to date with VIRTUS e-mail bulletins
  • TMC Background Check

In order to apply for admission to the TEP, candidates must submit to the Education Department by March 1:

  • Application Form for Admission to the Teacher Education Program
  • Signed Professional Code of Ethics Form
  • Signed Character & Fitness Form
  • Recommendation Forms (3) - from individuals who can identify your character and suitability for the teaching profession (family members not accepted)
  • Essay

Forms are available in the Education Office or on the Education Department Information Site.

Interview Process
Applications are reviewed by members of the Teacher Education Committee, which consists of members of the Education Department, TMC faculty, teachers and administrators from local public and private schools, and a current teacher candidate. The applicant is interviewed by a minimum of two Committee members. Prior to the interview, committee members review the candidate's application materials. Following the interview, the Committee formally confers, and candidates will be notified in writing of their application results. Candidates are encouraged to meet with their Education advisors for feedback regarding their application and interview.

Continuous Evaluation
After admission to the Teacher Education Program and thereby to upper division courses, the candidate continues to receive guidance and support. At the end of each semester, the grade point average is reviewed to ensure continuation in good standing.

Application to Student Teaching
In order to be considered for Student Teaching, students must meet the following:

  • Previous admission to the Teacher Education Program and continuation in good standing
  • Senior Status (minimum of 90 semester hours)
  • Completion of 200 hours of field experience under 16 KAR 5:050 Section 3 prior to beginning student teaching placement.
  • Minimum required GPA: 2.75
  • Praxis II content Tests (Candidates must pass Praxis II contents test(s) to be admitted to student teaching.
  • Completion of three-fourths of required professional education courses, including field work through junior level
  • Degree Audit with Certification Officer/Senior Advisor by March 1
  • Acceptable Dispositions on record prior to student teaching  
  • VIRTUS training and compliancy

In order to apply for admission to Student Teaching, candidates must submit to the Education Department by March 1:

  • Application for Student Teaching Form
  • Signed Professional Code of Ethics Form
  • Signed Character & Fitness Form
  • Satisfactory Portfolio Entries:
      • Self-Analysis (Reflection of Field Experience)
      • Lesson Plan
      • Rationale

Secondary Education Majors:

  • Completion of three-fourths of required course work in teaching major
  • Signature of Chairperson(s) of teaching major on Application Form

Interview Process
Applications are reviewed by members of the Teacher Education Committee, which consists of members of the Education Department, TMC faculty, teachers and administrators from local public and private schools, and a current teacher candidate. The applicant is interviewed by a minimum of two Committee members. Prior to the interview, committee members review the candidate's application materials. Following the interview, the Committee formally confers, and candidates will be notified in writing of their student teaching status. Candidates are encouraged to meet with their Education advisors for feedback regarding their application and interview.

Note: After Admission to Student Teaching, candidates are required to submit to a background check through the Kenton County Board of Education, and to provide documentation of a current medical examination, including testing for TB.  Student teaching cannot begin until the background check, physical exam and TB testing have been completed.