|Becoming a student at Mid-Atlantic Christian University is the beginning of the process for becoming an elementary teacher. The next step is to be accepted into the Teacher Preparation (Teacher Prep) Program.
Formal admission to the Teacher Prep/Licensure program usually occurs by the end of the sophomore year. Students must submit a portfolio to the director of elementary education. When the completed portfolio is submitted, the director will determine if all requirements have been met and then advise the university registrar that the student has met the prerequisites. Students will then be able to register for upper level education courses.
The portfolio must include the following and will only be evaluated when all requirements are included:
- A formal application.
- A copy of the Praxis I series (Pre-Professional Skills Test) with a state minimum score of 522 or minimum scores on the SAT of 1100 or 24 on the ACT. Click here for more detailed information about the Praxis I, SAT, and ACT.
- Transcript of grades showing the successful completion of the following courses: ED 224 Foundations of Education, ED 244 Ed. Psychology, Eng 101 English Composition I, ED 126 Physical Activity & Health, and ED128 Arts in the Classroom. Each course must be passed with a 2.0 or better on a 4.0 point scale. Also a student must have an overall GPA of 2.5.
- Two recommendations from the following are also required: One from the director of the education program and one from a professor in the Biblical Studies dual major. If there is any concern about continuing in the program expressed in these recommendations or by any other faculty member, a committee appointed by the Vice President of Academic Affairs will determine if the student may proceed in the elementary education program.
(Students who already hold a four year degree and are seeking an elementary teaching license are required to complete #2-Praxis I).
Required Praxis I (PPST) scores set by The State Board of Education are:
If individual test scores do not meet each requirement above, a combined score of 522 satisfies the requirement.
Individuals with a total SAT score of 1100 (Verbal and Quantitative only) are exempt from Praxis I testing requirements for teacher education program admission.
Individuals with a composite ACT score of 24 are exempt from Praxis I testing requirements for teacher education program admission.
- Individuals with a total SAT score of less than 1100, but a score of at least 550 on the Verbal test are exempt from Praxis I in Reading and Writing.
- Individuals with a total SAT score of less than 1100, but a score of at least 550 on the Math test are exempt from Praxis I in Mathematics.
The tests are administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and can be completed in a paper-and-pencil format or by computer-based at scheduled times during the year. (To register go tohttp://www.ets.org/praxis.)
- Individuals with a composite ACT score of less than 24, but with a score of at least 24 on the English are exempt from Praxis I in Reading and Writing.
- Individuals with a composite ACT score of less than 24, but a score of at least 24 on the Math test are exempt from Praxis I in Mathematics.
Test preparation materials for Praxis I are available in the library. To ensure that students utilized these materials there will be assignments made in ED 126 and/or ED 222 that are designed to encourage students prepare for the test.