Teacher Preparation Program
The professional preparation program for teaching in private and public schools begins with the Educational Foundations course. This course includes 15 hours of field experience mandated by the Iowa Department of Education and serves as the gateway to the education program. It is a prerequisite for all other education courses. Students who complete the requirements for this course are eligible to apply for admission to the education department.
Acceptance into the Teacher Preparation Program
The formal application for acceptance into the Teacher Preparation Program is screened by the Teacher Education Committee. The screening criteria include:
- A grade of "C" in WRTG 109 or passing the writing competency in the education department;
- A cumulative and major grade point average of 2.5;
- A grade of "C" in accepted speech course or passing the speech competency in the education department;
- A letter of nomination by an employer or a Briar Cliff University faculty member outside the education department;
- Successful completion of the pre-professional skills test (PPST) (reading 170, writing 170, mathematics 170, with a composite score of 517);
- Other appropriate items—e.g., mathematics, reading, speaking, writing, listening assessments and/or a personal interview;
- A demonstration of the personal characteristics necessary to teaching; and
- Teacher Education Advisory Committee recommendation of acceptance.
The student is notified upon acceptance into the program. If a student does not meet the above criteria, the reasons for non-acceptance will be given to the student. Once accepted into the Teacher Preparation Program, students are required to maintain the standards under which they were accepted. Personal qualities required of a teacher are also required of all students in the education department. These qualities include but are not limited to: the ability to complete work on time, punctuality and attendance, the ability to accept guidance in teaching, and the ability to relate to other people.