The School of Education is dedicated to the s mission statement which specifically addresses the need for preparing minority students for careers in education and human services.
Baccalaureate programs leading to teacher certification in the fields of Art, Biology, Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE), Elementary Education, English, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education and Health, and Social Studies are offered. Coursework leading to the baccalaureate degree is offered in the field of Child Development and Family Relations, which prepares students to teach in pre-school programs and to work in related agencies. Coursework leading to the Baccalaureate Degree in Physical Education Nonteaching is also offered. Physical Education minors are available for students interested in careers in Recreation, Sports Management, Athletic Training, and Athletic Coaching.
Curriculum guides are designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation. In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones. Milestones may include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA.
Following the sample academic plan and its milestones will help students stay on track to graduate in four years. Students will need to refer to and/or print both the appropriate Liberal Studies Requirements AND the appropriate major sheet in order to view the complete degree program requirements.
- Liberal Studies General Core Requirements
- Liberal Studies Requirements: Whitney Young School Honors Program
- BS – Biology: Biology with Teacher Certification (Grades 8-12)
Admission to Teacher Education
To obtain the baccalaureate degree in any area of education, students must complete all campus-wide Liberal Studies requirements. In addition, teacher candidates must be formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program.
Students desiring teacher certification at any level must apply formally to the Teacher Education Program. The Teacher Education Committee reviews all application materials in the fall and spring semesters. Failure to make timely application to the Teacher Education Program will delay a student’s progress toward graduation, since admission to the undergraduate Teacher Education Program is a prerequisite to all but two Education courses (EDU 202 and EDU 203), and the EDU 309 elective.
NOTE: It should be understood that students are responsible for successfully completing courses that are required at the time they are applying for admission to the Teacher Education Program.
Some curriculum/policy changes required by the EPSB and/or the Teacher Education Committee may not appear in The Bulletin, as they may be approved and/or implemented between editions of The Bulletin. However, by regulations, students are responsible to meet said requirements.
Students must clarify curriculum/policy requirements with their academic advisors. Students are required to meet with their advisors at least two times each semester.
The Bulletin of Record for all teacher education majors is determined by the date of admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP). The Teacher Education handbook is the final authority for all TEP matters.
Each applicant who seeks admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) at Kentucky State University is required to meet the following TEP Criteria:
- Criteria 1. Have obtained a minimum of 45 semester credit hours;
- Criteria 2. File a completed electronic application for admission to the Teacher Education Program on the official form provided on the SOE website. A processed autobiographical essay of no more than two pages which reflects a resourceful person who can demonstrate the 21st Century skills of 1. Critical thinking, 2. Communication, 3. Creativity, and 4. Collaboration.
- Criteria 3. Submit official score report of meeting statewide minimum Praxis I test (math, reading, writing).
- Criteria 4. Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale; or a grade point aver age of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale on the last thirty (30) hours of credit completed at a re- gional accredited institution.
- Criteria 5. Demonstrate competency in written communication through an impromptu written response. The sample will be evaluated for writing skills, content, organization, and style.
- Criteria 6. Demonstrate competency in verbal communication during an individual oral interview.
- Criteria 7. Have obtained a grade of “C” or better in the following courses.
- ENG 101 (English Composition I) and ENG 102 (English Composition II);
- EDU 202 (Foundations of Teaching and Education);
- EDU 203 (Microcomputers and Me dia in the Classroom);
- For IECE majors: CDF 203 (Child Development I) and CDF 204 (Child De- velopment II).
- Criteria 8. Obtain three letters of recommendation:
- One from the major advisor;
- One from a KSU instructor with whom the applicant has completed a course; and
- One from an area public/private school teacher with whom the applicant has had field-based experience.
- Criteria 9. Present a portfolio (generated in the beginning education courses) for admission to the Teacher Education Program (Phase I.)
- Criteria 10: Complete the online etiquette training.
There is no conditional admission to the Teacher Education Program; to be eligible for admission, applicants must meet all requirements at the time of submission. A student must maintain compliance with all criteria for the duration of matriculation. The Teacher Education Committee may withdraw a student from the Teacher Education Program at any time based upon either of the following:
- Unsatisfactory academic progress.
- Disciplinary action by the University against the student because of conduct that would indicate character traits of such a nature as to make that student unfit for the teaching profession.
- Violation of Kentucky Teacher Code of Ethics and Character Fitness.
A student may withdraw officially from the Teacher Education Program with proper written notice to the Chairperson of the Teacher Education Committee. An applicant who has been denied admission to the Teacher Education Program may be permitted to reapply provided that all deficiencies have been removed.
Kentucky State University, operating through the Teacher Education Committee, retains the right to change, modify, or add to the above requirements at any time. The Teacher Education Committee will give students notice of required changes. Students must consult the Chairperson of the Teacher Education Committee for the most recent certification regulations.
Admission to Student Teaching
All students seeking certification to teach are required to submit an application for Student Teaching. The application for admission to Student Teaching must be made by the posted deadline during the semester immediately prior to the semester during
which the student plans to do student teaching. After processing the student’s application, the Chairperson of the Teacher Education Committee (TEC) will notify the applicant by letter that the application for admission to Student Teaching has been approved or denied. If the application is approved, the approval will be subject to continued compliance with all prerequisites and the student’s attainment and maintenance of the required criteria for admission that are in effect at the time of application and at the time the student is scheduled to enroll in the Student Teaching course. If the application for admission to Student Teaching is denied, the letter of notification will state the reason(s) for denial. An applicant who has been denied admission to student teaching may be permitted to reapply provided that all deficiencies have been removed.
Applicants for admission to Student Teaching must meet the following TEC criteria:
- Criterion 1. Have been admitted to the TEP prior to being approved for Student Teaching and be in good academic standing.
- Criterion 2. point average of 2.75 or above (on a 4.0 scale) at the time of application on coursework completed at a regional accredited institution, or have attained such by the end of the semester immediately prior to the scheduled entrance into Student Teaching.
- Criterion 3. Have completed all coursework within the Generalist Content Concentration or Specialty Area and have a cumulative grade point of 2.75 or above (on a 4.0 scale) in all coursework (with all grades ?C? or above) at the end of the semester prior to the scheduled entrance into Student Teaching.
- Criterion 4. Have completed all required professional Education courses, including the field experience requirements, with a minimum grade- point average of 2.75 (with all grades ?C? or better) or have satisfied this requirement by the end of the semester immediately prior to the scheduled entrance into Student Teaching.
- Criterion 5. Have completed all coursework requirements in any additional certification area with a minimum grade-point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale from an regional accredited institution (with all grades ?C? or above) if Student Teaching is to be completed in that certification area.
- Criterion 6. Have successfully completed (or will have completed) all coursework and all graduation requirements except student teaching. (Transcripts or letters of verification for transfer courses must be submitted prior to student teaching.)
- Criterion 7. KSU students must obtain a passing score on the PRAXIS II Subject Assessment/Specialty Area test(s) and Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) test prior to student teaching. Students who do not meet these requirements will not be permitted to student teach. Complete copies of all PRAXIS II content area tests score reports must be submitted to the Chair of the School of Education (or designee).
- Criterion 8. Submit the culminating e-portfolio for Admission to Student Teaching (Phase II.)
- Criterion 9. Obtain two letters of recommendation for Student Teaching:
- One from a faculty member of the student’s major (certification) area and
- One from a faculty member of the Area of Teacher Education.
- Criterion 10. Submit a report of a physical examination, including a tuberculin test performed within the last six months, prior to beginning student teaching.
- Criterion 11. Have completed a criminal records background check dated no more than one month prior to admission to Student Teaching (KRS 160.380).
- Criterion 12. All students must provide evidence of liability insurance3 by joining the Student National Education Associate (SNA). If you are employed by a school system, you just need to provide evidence of liability insurance.
- Criterion 13. Effective September 1, 2013, the applicant must demonstrate completion of a minimum of 200 qualified contact hours (see Clinical and Field Handbook) of early field experience through designated courses.
Students are fully responsible for arranging all required transportation that results from participation in Student Teaching.
Students are not permitted to take other regular college courses or hold employment during the period of Student Teaching. Appeals from this standard will be considered by the Teacher Education Committee. Students who disregard this requirement shall be subject to suspension from the Student Teaching.
Students seeking teacher certification in most states, including the Commonwealth of Kentucky, must select the age/grade level which they wish to teach. Certification programs available at Kentucky State University meet state requirements for Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (Birth to Primary); Elementary Education (Primary–5th grade); Secondary Education (Grades 8–12 in Biology, English, Mathematics, and Social Studies); and multi- grade programs in Art, Music, and Physical Education (Primary–12th grade).
A minimum of 136 semester credit hours is required for a major in Biology with high school teacher certification. In addition to the University’s Liberal Studies requirements (with BIO 111 and MAT 115 in place of BIO 101 and MAT 111, and CHE 101, instead of other natural science electives); students must complete a Biology core of 25 semester credit hours (BIO 210, 212, 302, 303, 307, 316, 401, and 408); 5–6 semester credit hours of Biology electives selected from BIO 301, 305, 308, 309, 315, 317, 318, or 410; a 4-semester-credit-hour Chemistry
course (CHE 102/120); 33 semester credit hours of Professional Education courses (EDU 202, 203, 302, 303, 304, 310, 413, and 494); a 4-semester-credit-hour Mathematics course (MAT 120); and 8 semester credit hours of support courses in Physical Sciences.