Associate Professors Murrill, Simmons; Assistant Professors Reynolds, Whitt; Teaching Associates Earp, Gobble
Roanoke College offers teacher licensure programs with endorsements in the following areas:
Course Requirements for Specific Teacher Licensure Programs
EDUCATION-RELATED COURSE REQUIREMENTS ARE:
(Elementary Education) (PK-6)
*Two units at or above the 200 level in one area. (Areas include Art History, Ceramics, Drawing, Graphic Art, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture.) Four units at or above the 300 level, including Art 498 and Art 499. Two additional units at or above the 200 level.
Add-ons to English Major:
FREN 300, 301 or 303
One composition course from the following:
FREN 302 or 304
One civilization and culture course from the following:
FREN 311, 312, 313 or 315
One course from four of any of the five periods of literature listed below:
Majors must take one unit in civilization and culture from:
Health and Human Performance (PK-12)
One, one-unit computer science course
Computer Science (6-12)
One unit from Cell Biology & Microbiology: BIOL 235, 290, 345, 375, 390, 420, 430;
One unit from Integrative Biology: BIOL 235, 240, 265, 270, 275, 345, 365, 375;
One unit from Ecology & Evolution: BIOL 200, 300, 345, 360; two additional units from any of the four core courses.
One other one-unit history course from departmental offerings. A non-western unit is strongly recommended to fulfill the additional course required.
Music Education (Vocal/Choral PK-12)
Second private applied music (4 sem. @1 /4 unit each = 1 unit)
Ensemble (7 sem. @ 1 /4 unit each = 1.75 units)
Theatre Arts (PK-12)
Psychology 215 is required of all students seeking teacher licensure. Students may substitute Psychology 210/211 for Psychology 215 or take Psychology 210/215 or Psychology 211/215. For those students seeking secondary licensure, consultation with education faculty and a major advisor is necessary since requirements for licensure often differ from major requirements. Many secondary subjects require courses other than major courses for teacher licensure.
Guidance in the first year in the selection of both General Education and elective courses is strongly advised. A second advisor from the Education faculty is required for all students seeking teacher licensure.
Education 210 is a prerequisite for all courses in the department. For teacher licensure, Honors courses will count in the same manner for General Education courses or major courses as in the Honors program. For specific information consult with a major advisor.
Minor in Elementary Education PK-6
A minor in elementary education PK-6 requires seven units, including Education 210, 221, 333, 334 335, 336, 338 and 342.
NOTE: Completion of a minor in Elementary Education does not meet all requirements for elementary teacher licensure. A 2.5 GPA and successful Praxis I test scores, as previously outlined, are required for granting the minor.
Minor in Secondary Education
A minor in secondary education requires six units, including Education 210, 221, 324, 338, 341, 342; and Psychology 215. Students may substitute Psychology 210/211 for Psychology 215. NOTE: Completion of a minor in Secondary Education does not meet all requirements for secondary teacher licensure. A 2.5 GPA and successful Praxis I test scores, as previously outlined, are required for granting the minor.
Admission to Teacher Licensure Programs
The College has selective admission policies and practices for the Teacher Education Program, including the minors in education. Admission into the education licensure program is defined as a students initial entry into a field-based course experience (EDUC 338, EDUC 340, EDUC 402/404). Students seeking teacher licensure may take all other education courses but may not complete placement paperwork for any field-based course until Praxis I is successfully achieved, required grade point average(s) achieved, and background screening completed. Prior to formal admission to the program, the student must successfully complete Praxis I of the National Teacher Examination (NTE).The student must meet minimum passing scores on these tests as set by the Virginia Board of Education. Admission to the internship (EDUC 338) and Diagnostic Reading (EDUC 340) requires a 2.5 overall average. Required at the time of application for student teaching is a 2.5 overall grade point average, a 2.5 average in the students major and/or teaching endorsement area, and a 2.5 overall average in education and psychology courses applicable to licensure. GPA requirements of 2.5 for the Education 338 (Field-based Internship), Education 340 (Diagnostic Reading), and Education 402-404 (Student Teaching) refer to the grade point average earned at Roanoke College. ONLY the 2.5 overall minimum GPA earned at Roanoke College will be considered for Education 338 and Education 340. In exceptional circumstances, the minimum 2.5GPA requirement for student teaching (overall, major, and Education /psychology licensure courses) may include consideration of course credit earned at all other colleges/universities if it in no way compromises the intent of the minimum standard. A formal written appeal with justification for the consideration of this possibility must be presented to the chair of the department of Education, Health and Human Performance.
In accordance with state requirements, an applicant must possess the physical and mental health necessary for the tasks to be performed. In addition, the student should demonstrate good moral character. Violation of the Roanoke College academic integrity regulations or of judicial rules and regulations, as well as convictions of any felony or any 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 verifying that this standard has been met. The above described standards for admission to the program must be maintained, or the student may be dropped from the program. Admission to student teaching requires two recommendations from full-time faculty members (one of these must be from the students department) and possession of a grade point average of 2.5 overall as well as in the major and/or teaching endorsement area and in all education and psychology courses applicable to licensure. All non-degree-seeking students must meet the same standards. All non-degree seeking students must have earned a minimum of four units of credit approved by the Education department at Roanoke College prior to placement in student teaching. Standards for admission to the Teacher Education Program must be maintained during the period of student teaching. All tests (Praxis I and Praxis II specialty tests) of the National Teacher Examination required by the Virginia Department of Education for licensure must be successfully completed and scores furnished to the Registrars Office before the College recommendation for licensure can be given.
NOTE: SAT score substitutions will be allowed in lieu of Praxis I. A score of 1100 on the SAT, taken after April 1, 1995, with at least a 530 on the verbal and a 530 on the mathematics tests OR a score of 1000 on the SAT, taken prior to April 1, 1995, with at least a 450 on the verbal and a 510 on the mathematics tests may be used as a substitute for Praxis I.
Students seeking added endorsements for teacher licensure will be required to extend their student teaching beyond the regular term. A minimum of 18 weeks of student teaching will be required if additional endorsements are sought. Specific endorsement areas and the required number of weeks of student teaching (noted parenthetically) are listed below:
PK-6 and Secondary subject areas:
PK-6, (Eight), Secondary subject area (Eight)
PK-12 Art, Music or Physical Education and PK-6:
PK-6, (Six), Subject area PK-6 (Six), Subject area 6-12 (Six)
All other endorsement areas can be met through the regular term of student teaching.
Candidates for student teaching are required to make application in writing in the semester preceding the one in which student teaching is to be taken. March 1st and October 1st have been designated as the closing dates for such applications. Application must also be made in writing to enroll in EDUC 338, and EDUC 340. October 15th and March 15th are the closing dates for these applications. Appropriate forms for making application will be supplied upon request in the Education, Health and Human Performance department office. Students wishing to do a field placement (EDUC 338, EDUC 340, or EDUC 402/404) during the Fall semester must have met all GPA and Praxis I requirements by June 1st. Students wishing to do a field placement (EDUC 338, EDUC 340, or EDUC 402/404) during the Spring semester must have met all GPA and Praxis I requirements by December 15th.
International Student Teaching
Through a student teaching agreement with the US Department of Defense Dependent Schools, student-teachers may apply for a placement in an American school situated in US international military facilities. The placement provides the student an opportunity to gain practical classroom experience while living and working abroad.
Completion of the education licensure program is defined as a students passage of the appropriate Praxis II examination, successful completion of student teaching, and fulfillment of all course requirements as outlined on the Teacher Licensure Application form. No college recommendation for teacher licensure will be given until requirements are met. During the term of student teaching, students may enroll in no more than one course in addition to student teaching. Students should take Praxis II in their specialty area the semester prior to student teaching.
Note: Personal transportation must be provided by the student for all field experiences related to class work and student teaching. Placements will be in Roanoke City, Roanoke County, Salem City, and certain nearby Botetourt County and Montgomery County schools. Specific school placements cannot be assured.
Title II ReportingAcademic Year 2003-2004
As required by Sections 207 and 208 of Title II Higher Education Act, all colleges and universities with teacher licensure programs must report the performance of program completers on Praxis tests.
During the 2002-2003 academic year, there were 32 program completers in the teacher preparation program at Roanoke College. All 32 program completers passed Praxis I in reading, writing, and mathematics or met the composite score. Seventeen program completers were required to take the Praxis II specialty area test for their licensure area. All passed Praxis II for a 100% pass rate. During the 2002-2003 academic year, thirty-two (32) students were enrolled in student teaching clinicals. Students were in supervised (4 or 5 student teachers per supervisor) clinical student teaching experiences for 13 weeks averaging 35 hours per week for a minimum 400 required hours. In addition, there were 32 student formally admitted into the teacher preparation program for the academic year 2002-2003.
210 Principles of Education
Historical, philosophical, and social principles of American education.
Curricular patterns and objectives with emphasis on present-day changes
and legal implications for schools and teachers. (1)
211 Childrens and Adolescent Literature
A survey of child and adolescent literature (PK-6) for those who plan
to become pre-school, kindergarten, elementary, or middle school teachers.
221 The Exceptional Student
Study of the development of children with exceptional needs (e.g., gifted,
students with disabilities). (1/2)
260, 261 Selected Topics in Education
A course offered in various formats, designed to give students instruction in topics not regularly offered, with topics selected on the basis of faculty and student interest. (1, 1/2)
324 Secondary Methods (6-12)
Curriculum making and instructional planning, including technology and
organization of the middle and secondary school. Current practices and
trends in teaching at the middle and secondary level. (1)
333 Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School
The focus of this course is upon the goals, content, materials, methods,
and technology of teaching mathematics in grades PK-6. (1)
334 Teaching Science in the Elementary School
The focus of this course is upon goals, content, materials, methods,
and technology of teaching science in grades PK-6. (1)
335 Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School
The focus of this course is on the goals, content, materials, methods,
and technology of teaching social studies in grades PK-6. (1)
336 Teaching of Reading and Language Arts in the Elementary School
This course examines principles and techniques related to the teaching
of reading, writing, spelling and oral communication. The course is required
of students preparing to teach in pre-school through the sixth grade.
338 Field-Based Internship
Practical experience in a public school classroom as a participant observer
under the supervision of classroom teachers and an Education faculty
340 Field Experience in Reading Instruction and Diagnosis
Techniques that can be used by the classroom teacher in evaluating reading
progress and discovering each childs needs, with methods for meeting
these needs through differentiation of instruction and remediation in
the classroom. (1/2)
341 Teaching Reading and Writing in the Content Areas
Teaching elementary and secondary students reading, writing, and study
skills in the subject matter areas. (1)
342 Instructional Technology
Applying productivity tools and electronic technologies for instructional
and professional purposes is an integral part of PK-12 classroom instruction.
Pre-service teachers will explore the use of spreadsheets, databases,
the Internet, presentation software, word processing, education software,
and other application software for instructional purposes. (1/2)
402 Student Teaching-Grades 6-12, Secondary
The student may elect student teaching in a middle or secondary field.
404 Student Teaching-Grades PK-6, Elementary
The student may elect student teaching in grades pre-school through
405, 406, 407 Independent Study and Research
Selected research projects or topics in education carried out under
the supervision of the departmental staff. (1/2, 1, 1/2)