Degree Program

Students planning to teach must be admitted to the College and the Teacher Education Program (TEP).

Students pursuing programs leading to an initial teaching license at the elementary, middle and secondary, or K-12 levels must complete the appropriate curriculum for teacher education, including the general education requirements, requirements for one of the majors offered by the College, specific teaching endorsement requirements, professional studies requirements, including the teaching internship. Students planning to teach at the PreK-6 level must complete a major in Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Those who possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and wish to become eligible for an initial teaching license must complete all requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program. Individuals possessing a master's degree from an accredited institution may be accepted into the Teacher Education Program after a review of their credentials by the Director of Teacher Education.

Students who do not meet all requirements of the state-approved program at The University of Virginia's College at Wise, including student teaching, will fall under the guidelines of the Virginia Department of Education and additional coursework may be required when seeking licensure.

Admission to The University of Virginia's College at Wise does not guarantee admission to the Teacher Education Program. Students seeking license to teach in the public schools in Virginia must apply for and be granted admission to the TEP by the Teacher Education Admissions Committee.

Application forms may be obtained from the Office of the Director of Teacher Education and should be submitted to that office upon completion.

Students who have completed 30 or more semester hours of course work and students who have already completed a baccalaureate degree and wish to be admitted to the TEP should apply immediately after their admission to UVa-Wise. Those students who have a grade point average of 2.5 (or higher) and a four-year college or university degree and have not been admitted to the TEP may be permitted to take courses requiring TEP admission during their first semester at UVa-Wise. During this first semester, these students must complete all requirements for admission to the TEP by the conclusion of the semester.

After initiating the application process, students should periodically contact the Director of Teacher Education to review the status of their candidacy.

The Teacher Education Admissions Committee will interview those students who have been identified as eligible for admission. To be considered eligible, students must present evidence of the following to the Director of Teacher Education:

1. Admission to The University of Virginia's College at Wise;

2. Completion of at least 30-semester hours of academic credit from an accredited college or university;

3. A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better for all coursework completed at UVa-Wise and an overall cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better from all colleges and universities attended;

4. Written recommendations from:
a. The chair of their major academic department at UVa-Wise and the department which offers an approved program of study appropriate for the teaching licensure being sought. A recommendation from the appropriate department is also required for students seeking licensures in additional teaching areas.
b. Four college instructors (including at least two members of the UVa-Wise faculty) who have observed and assessed the candidate's performance as a student;

5. Completion of EDU 3510, Foundations and Development of American Education, with a recorded grade of "C-" or better; and

6. Meet the PRAXIS I (PPST) requirement (see current catalog for PRAXIS I options).

The purpose of the Teacher Education Admissions Committee is to assure that students who are admitted and remain in the Teacher Education Program possess the personal, social, and intellectual characteristics required to successfully complete their academic and professional studies and to become effective teachers.

The Teacher Education Admissions Committee then recommends, defers, or denies admission to the Teacher Education Program. If the Teacher Education Admissions Committee determines that a candidate exhibits deficiencies with regard to the above criteria, it may prescribe specific conditions that must be met before full admission is granted. Students who have been denied full admission to the TEP cannot enroll in the teaching internship.

After receiving full admission to the Teacher Education Program, each student's academic progress, personal conduct, and professional development will be monitored.