Teacher Preparation Program


The professional preparation program for teaching in private and public schools begins with the Educational Foundations course. This course includes 10 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.

Criteria for Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program

A candidate applies to the Teacher Preparation Program in EDUC 100. Acceptance into Briar Cliff University does not guarantee admission to the Teacher Preparation Program.

To enroll in 300- and 400-level courses in the professional core and/or in the elementary content, students must be admitted to the Teacher Preparation Program. This includes EDUC 01IS and EDUC 02IS. (Effective spring 2011, 2007)

Elementary education majors transferring into the BCU Education Department from another institution who are at the junior level as defined by the BCU catalog, will be conditionally admitted to the teacher preparation program for the first semester if he/she has a GPA of 2.5 at the previous institution and has taken the equivalent of EDUC 100 Introduction to Education. The transfer student will be allowed to register for 300 and 400 level courses in the program and participate in the Professional Development School during that first semester. This student must be fully admitted to the program by the end of the first semester in order to be able to continue in the program. (passed by the Faculty Advisory Committee Sept. 19, 2012)

The Briar Cliff Faculty Advisory Committee determines the admission and retention standards for candidates entering the Teacher Preparation Program. The Faculty Advisory Committee has implemented the following standards for admission to the Program:

  1. A grade of “C” or better in CORE 131 Writing in the Digital Age
  2. A letter of nomination by an employer or a Briar Cliff University faculty member other than Education faculty.
  3. Completion of at least a 10-hour field experience
  4. **Demonstration of the dispositions and ethical conduct necessary for teaching (see below)
  5. A cumulative grade point average (G.P.A.) of 2.5
  6. Achieving a composite score on Praxis Core of at least 440, with individual test scores of 145 or greater in reading, writing, and math. Practice materials for these tests can be found here.
    • For transfer students who have already taken either the C-BASE or the CAAP standardized test, the test results will be accepted for admittance into the BCU Teacher Preparation Program providing they meet the following criteria: C-BASE: Reading ≥ 235, Writing ≥ 235, Math ≥ 235 CAAP: Reading ≥ 60, Writing ≥ 62, Math ≥ 56
    • If one of the transfer student's scores on the C-BASE or the CAAP does not meet the required BCU cutoff scores, he/she may retake the test (C-BASE or CAAP). If none or one of the transfer student's scores on the C-BASE or the CAAP meet the BCU cutoff scores, he/she will be required to take the PPST.
  7. Other appropriate assessments - i.e. math (standardized), reading (standardized), speaking, writing (standardized), listening assessment (observation), and personal interview.
  8. Teacher Education Advisory Committee recommendation of acceptance.

**The Iowa Board of Educational Examiners’ (BoEE) Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics in 282-25.1(272) Chapter 25 and 282-26.1(272) Chapter 26 delineates the ethics requirements for teacher licensure.  Any candidate in the program with a criminal conviction or violations such as alcohol or drug abuse or falsification of information, as described in the BoEE’s code will be removed from the Teacher Preparation Program and encouraged to seek another degree. Chapter 103 Corporal Punishment Ban; Restraint; Physical Confinement and Detention in 281-103/1(256B, 280) delineate the ban on unreasonable force, confinement, detention, and/or physical restraint of a student. See also Appendix K regarding BOEE denial of initial license applications.

In addition to the above, transfer students will need:

  1. Registrar's evaluation of transcript and acceptance by the university.
  2. Declaration of major(s)
  3. Application to department
  4. Review of handbook with signed receipt
  5. Completion of at least a 10-hour field experience, if transferring field experience hours

Teacher Education Advisory Committee Recommendations

The candidate will be given a formal written notice of the committee's actions before the end of the term following the application. The committee actions will result in one of the following:

  1. Acceptance - This is based on the candidate's meeting all the criteria for admission to the program. The candidate is required to maintain the established standards throughout the program.
  2. Rejection - Failure on the candidate's part to remove a deficiency within the allotted time results in the candidate's automatic termination of the student in the Teacher Preparation Program. If at a later date the candidate meets minimal criteria for admission to the program, she/he may make reapplication for admission. Candidates rejected for acceptance into the Teacher Preparation Program will receive written notification. An appeals procedure is explained in the Briar Cliff University Catalog.
    • Candidates who have been accepted into the program but fail to maintain the acceptance standards, such as a 2.5 grade point average, will be rejected from the program until the deficiency has been remedied.

Readmission of Candidates on Probation in the Teacher Preparation Program

To be readmitted to the program, the candidate must remove the deficiency that caused the rejection from the program. When necessary, the candidate will meet with his/her advisor to create a plan for the remediation of the deficiency. The teacher candidate will submit a letter asking to be readmitted to the program and have a formal interview with the Education Department Chair. When the deficiency has been corrected and the Chairperson of the department has given approval, the Chairperson will present a request to the advisory committee for readmission to the program. (passed by the Faculty Advisory Committee Sept. 29, 2015)

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