Programs That Require Admission

Methods Courses

EDUC 311, 320, 330, 345, 350, 351, TESL 330 and 346 require EDUC 210 and 242.

Field Experiences

EDUC 338 and EDUC 370 require:

  • VCLA, Praxis I Math, and an EDUC methods course
  • 2.5 or greater overall GPA
  • Application approved by Education Department

Admission to EDUC 490/491/492:  Student Teaching

  • EDUC 338 (or competency)
  • Praxis II  
  • 2.5 overall, EDUC, and major GPAs
  • Application approved by Education Department

Formal Admission to Teacher Licensure Program

  • Admission to a field experience:  EDUC 338, 370, OR EDUC 490/491/492

Additional Information:

  • Application materials for field experience courses are due:   March 1 (for fall) and October 1 (for spring).
  • As teachers are both ethically and legally responsible for children, it is imperative that pre-service teachers exhibit professional characteristics and dispositions.  Students are required to complete an approved departmental disposition survey and demonstrate the required personal competencies delineated on the survey.  A professional growth plan is available.
  • In September and January, informational meetings are held for each field experience.  During these meetings, applications are supplied, requirements are reviewed and questions are answered.
  • GPA requirements for field experiences refer to the grade point average earned at Roanoke College.
  • In exceptional circumstances, a student may present to the Education advisor a formal written appeal seeking additional time to meet minimum requirements or consideration of coursework taken at other colleges.
  • School divisions require a criminal background check of field-experience students.
  • In accordance with state requirements, an applicant must possess the necessary physical and mental health necessary to teach in a school.  Violation of a Roanoke College academic integrity or student conduct regulation, as well as convictions of any felony or misdemeanor laws involving moral turpitude, may be taken as evidence of lack of fitness for admission or for recommendation for licensure.  Evidence must be available from appropriate College officials and state government/police officials verifying that all required standards have been met.  The above described standards for admission to the program must be maintained, or the student may be dropped from the program.

Student Teaching

Students seeking one endorsement area are required to student teach for a minimum of 13 weeks with a minimum total of 400 hours.  Students seeking additional endorsements will be required to extend their student teaching beyond the regular term.  A minimum of 16-18 weeks of student teaching will be required if additional endorsements are sought.  The courses cannot be taken pass/fail.  Specific endorsement areas and the required number of weeks of student teaching (noted parenthetically) are listed below:

Elementary:  PreK-6 (13 weeks)

Secondary:  Secondary 6-12 (13 weeks)

Foreign Language:  PreK-12 (13 weeks)

PreK-6 and One Secondary Subject Area:  (16 weeks total); PreK-6 (eight weeks), Secondary subject area (eight weeks)

PreK-6 and Foreign Language:  (16 weeks total); PreK-6 (eight weeks), Foreign Language (eight weeks)

Two Secondary Subject Areas:  (16 weeks total); First subject area (eight weeks), Second subject area (eight weeks)

PreK-12 Art, Music, Theatre or Physical Education:  (16 weeks total); PreK-6 (eight weeks), Secondary (eight weeks)

PreK-12 Art, Music, Theatre or Physical Education and PreK-6:  (18 weeks total); PreK-6 (six weeks), Subject area PreK-6 (six weeks), Subject area 6-12 (six weeks)

NOTE:  During the term of EDUC 490/491/492 and EDUC 480/481 students may enroll in no more than one additional unit of credit.



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