College of Education and Applied Human Sciences
Dr. Gill G. Hunter, Interim Dean
Dr. Dana Keller Bush, Associate Dean
EKU: A Legacy of Preparing Educational Professionals Since 1874
College of Education and Applied Human Sciences Strategic Plan 2016-2020
The College of Education and Applied Human Sciences will be a premier college dedicated to innovative student engagement and success, advancing Kentucky, and impacting the world.
As a school of opportunity, the College of Education and Applied Human Sciences prepares and empowers learners to become dynamic partners in diverse communities.
The College of Education and Applied Human Sciences’ values permeate the mission and allow the college to achieve its vision:
- ethical decision-making, which is characterized by integrity, intentional stewardship of resources, and social responsibility;
- intellectual vitality, which is characterized by quality instruction & research, critical and innovative thinking, and on-going assessment;
- equity, which is characterized by sensitivity, respect, fairness, accommodation, and impartiality for all;
- collaboration, which is characterized by respectful, reciprocal accountability and service to local & global communities; and
- reflective practice, which is characterized by goal setting, self-evaluation, and a deep understanding of critical concepts and principles within one’s discipline.
The College of Education and Applied Human Sciences is well known for preparing effective professionals for the disciplines within our college. At Eastern Kentucky University we strive to continuously learn and develop the most effective ways to prepare teachers, leaders, and other professionals for the variety of school and professional settings that exist today.
In order to achieve our Vision for 2016-2020, the College of Education and Applied Human Sciences will focus on four Strategic Goals.
- Academic Excellence - We will achieve academic excellence through investing in students, staff, and faculty to support their professional growth.
- Cultural Competency - We will demonstrate our commitment to cultural competency through recruiting diverse candidates, faculty, and staff and providing structured opportunities for education and interaction with people from diverse backgrounds.
- Stewardship of Place - We will demonstrate our commitment to the development of stewardship of place through collaboration within the College, University, and community through advocacy, civic engagement, and stewardship.
- Experiential Education - We will achieve experiential education through infusing clinical experiences throughout our programs.
Strategic Initiatives and Strategies define the primary goals, outline our work for the next five years, and ensure we achieve our primary goals.
Ongoing Commitment is to prepare every candidate to be successful in all aspects of his/her professional career.
- Our curriculum is designed by faculty to meet educational goals of all candidates and is focused on candidate outcomes integrated in a clinical model.
- Our programs are focused on embracing individual differences in every aspect of the educational process.
Education as the New “Clinical” Profession
“Teaching as a clinical profession means that education candidates are expected to become knowledgeable and, to the fullest extent possible, experts in the school learning sciences. Similarly, teacher education candidates are expected to become competent and also, to the fullest extent possible, excellent diagnosticians in the academic development of their school age students. Drawing from a scholarly knowledge base, more than adequate in scope and depth, teacher education candidates study with seasoned expert faculty in the College of Education and Applied Human Sciences to refine diagnostic skills and learn to prescribe instructional strategies that will improve school age student performance in Kentucky and beyond.” Dr. James Bliss
Since its founding in 1906, Eastern Kentucky University has maintained a strong interest in and commitment to the preparation of teachers.
The Professional Education Programs at Eastern Kentucky University are dedicated to preparing the highest quality educators and related professionals for Kentucky and beyond. Our graduates integrate content, effective pedagogical skills, and dispositions that foster life-long growth and learning. Being true to our heritage as a school of opportunity, Eastern Kentucky University provides a climate that supports, challenges, and enriches students aspiring to careers in a diverse society.
Professional Education at Eastern Kentucky University is a university-wide function. The programs of elementary education (P-5), middle grades education (5-9), special education, interpreter training, deaf and hard of hearing, and communication disorders are located in the College of Education and Applied Human Sciences. The college also has graduate degree and licensure programs in most of these areas, as well as in Counseling and Educational Leadership. Candidates in these programs are advised in the College of Education and Applied Human Sciences. Secondary 8-12, Grades 5-12, Birth – Primary (interdisciplinary early childhood education), and P-12 teaching programs are located in their respective colleges with candidates receiving academic advisement from the college of their major as well as a supplemental advisor from the College of Education and Applied Human Sciences.
Initial and Advanced
- Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (Birth to Primary)
- Elementary School (Primary - Grade 5) - Preparation includes the academic disciplines taught in the elementary school
- Middle School (Grades 5-9) - two teaching fields selected from English and communications, mathematics, science, or social studies;
- Secondary School (Grades 8-12) – biology, chemistry, English, mathematics, physics, or social studies,
- Middle/Secondary School (Grades 5-12) - agriculture, business and marketing education, industrial education or engineering and technology
- Elementary/Middle/Secondary School (Primary - Grade 12) - art, foreign language (Spanish), or integrated music.
- Exceptional Children (Primary - Grade 12 and for collaborating with teachers to design and deliver programs) - learning and behavior disorders, moderate and severe disabilities (advanced only), hearing impaired, hearing impaired with sign proficiency, or communication disorders
(Must be added to an initial license)
- English as a Second Language (Primary through Grade 12)
- Environmental Education (Primary through Grade 12)
- Gifted Education (Primary through Grade 12)
- Instructional Computer Technology (Primary through Grades 12)
- Literacy Specialist (Primary through Grade 12)
- Mathematics Specialist (Primary through Grade 5)
- Teacher Leader
Other Instructional Services - Advanced
- School Guidance Counselor
- Principal (Primary through Grade 12)
- Supervisor of Instruction (Primary through Grade 12)
- Director of Pupil Personnel
- Director of Special Education
- American Sign Language and English Interpretation
- American Sign Language Studies (Minor)
- Doctor of Education
- Human Services: Student Personnel Services in Higher Education
- Master of Arts in Teaching
- Mental Health Counseling
- Rank I Preparation Programs
- Standard Guidance
- Specialist in Education
Model Laboratory School
Model Laboratory School is one of the few remaining lab schools nationally, and the only one in Kentucky. EKU’s Model offers a full P-12 educational curriculum. Model is one of only a handful of lab schools left that serves a P-12 population. When the current building for Model was completed in the 1960s, it was a state-of-the-art facility allowing for individual and small group observations, demonstration teaching, and student teaching. Today, teacher educators agree not only that clinical teaching experiences are crucial in preparing teachers, but also that they should begin early in preparation programs. High standards in clinical teaching experiences require the kinds of settings only laboratory schools like Model can provide.
Universities are changing preparation programs for all school personnel significantly to include diverse clinical experiences that are developmental in sequence and provide opportunity for shaping the knowledge, skill, and disposition sets of future educational professionals. Kentucky’s Education Professional Standards Board enacted a regulation requiring 200 clinical hours for initial teacher preparation prior to the professional semester or student teaching. In addition, clinical hours have been initiated for graduate or advanced preparation programs. As a result, a lab school, such as EKUs Model, plays a vital role in serving this clinical preparation model for all educators. Additionally, it provides a site for research-based practices to prepare those planning to enter the profession and to retool currently practicing educators to enhance student engagement, learning, and achievement at all P-12 levels.
EKU Kentucky Adult Education
The EKU Kentucky Adult Education program, directed by Aileen Perkins, serves residents of Madison, Clay, and Garrard counties. The EKU Kentucky Adult Education program is housed in the College of Education and Applied Human Sciences and is located in the Vanhoose Building. The mission of the EKU Kentucky Adult Education program is to support adults in returning to school to either
- complete their GED and/or
- prepare to move forward in college.
Our EKU Kentucky Adult Education program serves current EKU students to further develop math, language and writing skills to move beyond development level courses. In addition, students are able to complete their Kentucky Paraeducator Certification through the EKU Kentucky Adult Education program. All classes and support offered through this program are free. Students can call 859-622-8065 to learn more about the Kentucky Adult Education programs in Madison, Garrard and Clay counties. Visit the EKU Kentucky Adult Education program at http://adulteducation.eku.edu/
A. Perkins (Director), M. McClellan (Garrard, Lead Instructor), TBD (Clay, Lead Instructor)
The Kentucky Educational Collaborative for State Agency Children (KECSAC)
Directed by Dr. Ronnie Nolan, is a statewide collaborative that works with state agencies, school districts and local programs to ensure that state agency children receive a quality education comparable to all Kentucky students and is housed in the College of Education and Applied Human Sciences. Visit the KECSAC program at http://www.kecsac.eku.edu/.
R. Chapman, L. Cole, C. Held, K. Helton, E. McManus, R. Nolan (Director), M. Parker, K. Smith
The Migrant Education Program
The Migrant Education Program, housed in the College of Education and Applied Human Sciences and directed by Michael Hay, is a supplemental education program that provides support for migrant children and their families. This program works to ensure that the appropriate academic services are offered to help migrant children do well in school and that they receive the needed levels of tutoring and instruction that will promote them to the next grade level. Migrant Education staff works with other school and community agencies to provide social and health needs that families may require. Visit the Migrant Education Program at http://migranted.eku.edu/.
S. Haney, M. Hay (Director), B. Perkins, J. Tate, J. Vincent (Assistant Director)
Policies and Procedures
Professional Education Majors
To be recommended for certification, all candidates must meet the requirements for admission to professional education, complete a College of Education and Applied Human Sciences approved teaching curriculum, and pass the required PRAXIS II tests, PLT exam, or Kentucky test as established by the Education Professional Standards Board.
To be applied to degree programs, credits more than eight years old must be validated by the Dean.
Credit for Transfer Work
Allowance of transfer credit by the University Office of Admissions and/or the Office of Advising & Career Services does not necessarily mean that all such credit will be applied toward admission to professional education or a degree from the College of Education and Applied Human Sciences. Therefore, candidates should read and follow closely the transfer credits/courses section in Section Five of this Catalog.
Credit for Transient Work
Undergraduate students or students (candidates) pursuing initial certification in programs housed in the College of Education and Applied Human Sciences who wish to take course work at another higher education institution must have approval from the Dean of the College if they wish to apply that credit to their degree program. Candidates must be in good academic standing at EKU. Transient forms are initiated with the Tracking Specialist, Office of Professional Education Services.
In the College of Education and Applied Human Sciences, overloads must be approved by the candidate’s department chair. Requests for overloads must contain the student’s overall GPA and the number of hours being attempted, including those to be taken at other higher education institutions.
Planned curricula in the College of Education and Applied Human Sciences are maintained in Degree Works, a comprehensive set of web-based academic advising, degree audit, and transfer articulation tools that help candidates and their advisors negotiate program requirements. Changes in the planned curriculum, initiated on the College Exception form, must include a recommendation for change by the advisor and be approved by the department chair and the Dean of the College. Changes approved verbally by phone or otherwise will not be honored unless the planned curriculum is officially altered to reflect such approval. It is the candidate’s responsibility to register for the proper courses so that all requirements are satisfied at the time of expected graduation. Completion of all course work on the candidate’s planned curriculum is required for graduation.
Progressing in Professional Education
Candidates shall not enroll in any educator preparation program courses restricted to admitted candidates.
Application for Graduation
Candidates must file an application for graduation in accordance with university policy found in the Graduation and Commencement Information section of this catalog. Applications for graduation are available online through EKU Direct.
Students must register for and take the PRAXIS exam which correlates to their degree program, per College of Education and Applied Human Sciences requirements. Refer to Degree Works for exam details. Effective Spring 2018, the PRAXIS content and PLT exams must be taken prior to student teaching.
Since student teaching is especially demanding, candidates are encouraged to avoid taking any other courses during CED 499 Clinical VI: The Professional Semester.
Admission to the College of Education and Applied Human Sciences
Preparing a Community of Exemplary Professionals
- Upon admission to the College of Education and Applied Human Sciences, students are assigned an advisor. Candidates must enroll in Academic Orientation, EDO 100 Student Success Seminar, during the first semester. Candidates are advised to enroll in EDF 203 Educational Foundations, Schooling and Society, during their freshman year. EDF 310 Transition to Education will be required for students who have an equivalent transfer course for EDF 203 Educational Foundations or EDF 219 Human Development and Learning.
- Secondary education majors will follow the prescribed curriculum and requirements of another academic college and the policies for professional education stated elsewhere in this Catalog. The College of Education and Applied Human Sciences cooperates closely with the other colleges in matters pertaining to admission to professional education and clinical education.
Licensure and Certification
K. Dickens & A. Stamper
Located in Bert Combs 423, the Office of Professional Education Services is responsible for the coordination of admission to initial and advanced professional education programs and the review and recommendation for initial and advance licensure.
In addition, applications for licensure for teachers, school personnel (principals, supervisors, superintendents, counselors, pupil personnel directors, business administrators, librarians, and speech pathologists) are also processed by a certification official in the Office of Professional Education Services.
To be recommended for licensure/certification, all candidates seeking initial teacher certification, regardless of the college in which they are enrolled, must meet the requirements for admission to professional education, complete an approved teaching program, and pass the required PRAXIS II tests, PLT exam or Kentucky test as established by the Education Professional Standards Board.
Candidates are advised to enroll in EDF 203 Educational Foundations during their freshmen year.
Bert Combs 423
Admission Requirements and Application Process
Admission to Professional Education
Professional education admission standards represent our goal to recruit candidates who have high academic achievement and ability. We welcome you to the profession.
Admission to the University (academic college) is not synonymous with admission to professional education. Candidates will apply for admission to professional education by completing all materials listed on https:/.tes.eku.edu/admissions and submitting the documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org. Assistance can be provided in the College of Education and Applied Human Sciences’ Office of Professional Education Services (Combs 423). Formal applications will be accepted based upon completion of the following requirements:
Candidates must complete 30 hours of credit (excluding developmental level courses).
B. Admission Test Requirement
Candidates must have a passing score on either the PRAXIS: Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) or ACT. Please contact your education advisor regarding these requirements.
C. GPA and Grade Requirements
- An overall grade point average 2.75 on a 4.0 scale; or a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on the last thirty hours of credit completed.
- A grade of “C” or higher in EDF 203 Educational Foundations (A state criminal history background check approved by the College of Education and Applied Human Sciences must be completed prior to the first day of class).
- “S” grade in EDF 310 Transition to Education and a grade of “B” or higher in CED 150 Clinical Transition: Education Profession is required for all transfer candidates.
Undergraduate degree candidate GPA is based on the hours attempted as shown on the official EKU transcript. Post degree certification candidate GPA is based on all undergraduate course work and on the hours attempted as shown on the official EKU transcript.
D. Demonstrate an Overall Disposition Essential to Being an Effective Teacher
Candidates must demonstrate proficiency in oral and written communication including:
- Critical thinking: A grade of “C” or higher in ENG 102 Research, Writing, and Rhetoric or HON 102 Honors Rhetoric with a grade of “B” or higher in ENG 105 First Year Writing Seminar (those earning a “C” must also take ENG 102 Research, Writing, and Rhetoric).
- Creativity: A grade of “C” or higher in EDF 203 Educational Foundations.
- Collaboration: A grade of “C” or higher in EDF 203 Educational Foundations.
- Communication: A grade of “C” or higher in CMS 100 Introduction to Human Communication or CMS 210 Public Speaking.
E. Professional Code of Ethics, Character Fitness Declaration, and Professional Dispositions
- Candidates must review the Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky School Certified Personnel established in 16 KAR 1:020 and sign a COEAHS Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky Declaration form.
- Candidates must review the character and fitness questionnaire contained in Section III of the TC-1 incorporated by reference in 16 KAR 2:010 and sign a COEAHS Professional Character and Fitness Declaration form. EKU College of Education and Applied Human Sciences requires a state criminal history background check approved1 by the College of Education and Applied Human Sciences as a condition of admission. Under certain circumstances, a national criminal history background check may be required as a condition of admission. Candidates must also complete and submit KY Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) Check.
“Approved” is a formal review process of the professional character and fitness declaration and criminal records report. Professional disposition issues or violations of the professional code of ethics will be referred to the Professional Education Admission Committee. Any misrepresentation of facts, by omission or addition, may result in the denial of admission to teacher education.
- Candidates must submit satisfactory pre-service professional disposition reviews from two EKU faculty members including the EDF 203 Educational Foundations or EDF 310 Transition to Education instructor and the advisor or another EKU faculty member.
- Candidates must complete and sign a Candidate Statement of Commitment Regarding Professional Dispositions form.
G. Student Behavior
- Candidates preparing to work in schools as teachers or other professional school personnel must demonstrate dispositions necessary to help all students learn.
- Candidates must demonstrate acceptable social behavior at the University and in the community-at-large.1 A candidate interview may be required by the Professional Education Admissions Committee.
- Candidate admission status may be reevaluated if the candidate is placed on either academic or social probation or has a record of criminal conviction(s).1 A candidate interview may be required by the Professional Education Admissions Committee.
The Office of Professional Education Services will contact the Eastern Kentucky University Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities to obtain records of infractions committed by candidates for admission to professional education. The Office of Professional Education Services may also contact the Administrative Office of the Courts to obtain a criminal records check for each candidate for admissions to professional education.
H. Clinical Experiences
- CED 100 Clinical I: Introduction to the Education Profession with a grade of “S”.
Progressing in Professional Education
The Office of Professional Education Services will process the formal “Application for Admission to Professional Education.”
The Professional Education Admissions Committee (PEAC) will review applications, supporting documentation, and other relevant materials brought before the committee and will take appropriate action concerning the student’s admission to the professional education program. The candidate will be notified of the committee’s decision. Candidates shall not enroll in any educator preparation program courses restricted to admitted candidates.
Selectivity during Preparation
Professional education programs have established transition points for program progression and monitors candidates’ advancement from admissions through completion. During these transitions, candidates must show evidence of developing content knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, pedagogical skills, and the integration of technology in each of these domains. [CAEP Standard 3]
Bert Combs 423
Selection at Completion
Prior to recommending any candidate for licensure, candidates must demonstrate an understanding of the expectations of the profession, including codes of ethics, professional standards of practice, and relevant laws and policies. [CAEP Standard 3]
Application for Licensure/Certification
Prior to recommendation for licensure, candidates must complete PRAXIS II Series (Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers) and PLT (Principles of Learning and Teaching) exams.
Note: Kentucky educator licensure/certification requirements are subject to change. Before registering for the test(s), please check the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) website at www.epsb.ky.gov for current test requirements and current cut scores. You may also contact the EPSB Division of Educator Preparation, Assessment, and Internship and Assessment at (502) 564-5789.
Applying for Licensure
Kentucky certification is based upon the completion of an approved teacher preparation program, including student teaching and applicable tests. This process requires a recommendation from a certification official in the Office of Professional Education Services.
Applications may be initiated from the EPSB website at https://kecs.education.ky.gov/Account/Login
Applications should be submitted by the following dates: May graduates by April 1; August graduates by July 1; December graduates by November 1. Applications for certification are not processed until all requirements are met. Applicants must notify the Office of Professional Education Services via email at email@example.com when applications are submitted online through EPSB’s portal.
Candidates must also request and send an official transcript to the EPSB. Be sure that you note “Hold for Degree” if your degree has not been posted at the time you order your transcript. Eastern Kentucky University uses the National Student Clearinghouse to process all transcripts. The recipient of the transcript will be the EPSB. You may be asked to provide their mailing address:
Kentucky Department of Education
Division of Educator
Licensure and Quality
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
S. Korson (Director), A. Stamper, B. Blackburn, K. Dickens
Clinically based professional education programs create varied and extensive opportunities for candidates to connect what they learn while being guided by skilled clinical educators. Performance-based assessments, at key points in the program, are designed to demonstrate candidates’ development of the knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions associated with a positive impact on the learning and development of all P-12 students. [CAEP Standard 2]
The Clinical Model at Eastern Kentucky University is designed to meet the needs of learners in today’s schools and provide teacher candidates with the content, pedagogy, and assessment skills needed to assure they meet the needs of all learners. Eastern Kentucky University’s Professional Education Program provides a framework that supports our candidates’ development of content knowledge, practice, and professional behaviors. This is accomplished through high quality instruction, engaging course-learning tasks, and clinical learning experiences requiring candidates to think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, and act fairly. Our candidates will be prepared to effect change in the culture of learning in their classrooms, in our region, and beyond.
Clinical I: CED 100 Clinical I: Introduction to the Education Profession (CED 150 Clinical Transition: Education Profession is designed for all transfer students) (10 hours in laboratory clinical)
Clinical Experiences begin with the first semester of the program, Introduction to the Education Profession (Clinical 1). This laboratory based clinical includes guided walkthroughs at all levels of P-12 education. Candidates also spend 6 hours in a classroom assisting and helping a teacher. While teacher candidates are introduced to all levels of public school education, they are also introduced to the profession, expectations, and dispositions of professional educators including the ethics of educators. Teacher candidates are guided to consider whether this is the right career choice, and, if it is, what level or specific licensure area interests them.
Clinical II: CED 200 Clinical II: Understanding the Learner (minimum of 20 school based clinical hours)
Clinical II provides laboratory based clinical experiences in the co-requisite course(s). Teacher candidates are placed in a classroom for a minimum of 20 clinical field hours. Candidates assist the teacher, provide individual student help, and tutor students as needed. Teacher candidates are also expected to spend at least 2 of the hours helping with an after-school event (Family Fun Night, Saturday School Festival, theater or dance events, art shows/exhibits, musical events, Odyssey of the Mind events or practice, rehearsals etc).
Clinical III: CED 300 Clinical III: Curriculum and Instructional Design (minimum of 45 school based clinical hours)
Clinical III focuses on curriculum and instructional design in a school based clinical, with a focus on using formative assessment in the classroom. Teacher candidates observe and assist their assigned cooperating clinical teacher while learning the principles of curriculum and instructional design. Teacher candidates plan, teach and reflect on a minimum of 3 formal lessons in their assigned classroom. It is recommended that teacher candidates and cooperating teachers begin this clinical experience using co-teaching strategies and working together. The clinical educator and cooperating clinical teacher provide feedback using a formal observation instrument. Teacher candidates in need of more mentoring are provided additional time and support to improve performance before advancing.
Clinical IV: CED 400 Clinical IV: Diagnosis and Prescription (minimum of 45 school based clinical hours)
In Clinical IV, teacher candidates focus on diagnosis and prescription of student behavior and academic performance in this school based clinical. Teacher candidates develop and implement a student improvement plan for behavior using Applied Behavior Analysis and an academic improvement plan for achievement based on student learning data. In addition, teacher candidates plan, teach and reflect on a minimum of three formal lessons observed by their clinical educator and cooperating clinical teacher.
Clinical V: CED 450 Clinical V: Practicing Teaching (formerly Methods) (minimum of 80 school based clinical hours)
CED 450 Clinical V: Practicing Teaching requires a minimum of 80 school based clinical experiences. Candidates are expected to practice teaching for full days on their clinical schedules. This is the first part of the yearlong clinical or residency. Candidates will demonstrate expertise at planning, teaching, assessing achievement, writing units, developing professional growth plans, reflecting on outcomes, and collaborating with teachers at their assigned clinical placement school. Teacher candidates plan, implement and reflect on a minimum of 3 formal lesson plans during this clinical. All other lessons candidates are assigned to teach include lesson planning and writing. Candidates focus on improving student achievement while considering the student growth goals for their individual classroom. Monitoring and tracking student success with a plan for re-teaching throughout the duration of the year-long residency is required.
Clinical VI: The Professional Semester
The Professional Semester and Clinical Experiences
Bert Combs 425
- The Office of Professional Education Services receives and evaluates all applicants for the professional semester, determines appropriate professional disposition of the applicant, and provides continuous assessment of the applicant’s pre-teaching and teaching experiences during the professional semester.
- Candidates are discouraged from taking any other courses during the professional semester.
Application for The Professional Semester
- Applicants must be admitted to the professional education program prior to the application semester.
- Applicants must file an application during the first four weeks of the semester prior to the term in which professional teaching is desired.
- Applications filed will be evaluated and processed for approval or disapproval.
Evaluation of Application will Include in Part
- The planned curriculum. Each applicant must have an active Degree Works plan which reflects any and all approved changes.
- All prerequisites in professional education and pre-professional teaching semester curricula in the applicant’s area as prescribed by the Catalog, must be completed prior to the professional semester.
- Recommendation made by the applicant’s advisor.
- Candidate must complete a Child Abuse Neglect Check (CAN) which is submitted to the district office of your first choice with proof it was submitted provided to the Office of Professional Education Services.
- Professional Code of Ethics, Character Fitness Declaration, and Professional Dispositions:
- Candidates must review the Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky School Certified Personnel established in 16 KAR 1:020 and sign a new COEAHS Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky Declaration form.
- Candidates must review the character and fitness questionnaire contained in Section III of the CA-1 incorporated by reference in 16 KAR 2:010 and sign a new COE Professional Character and Fitness Declaration form. KRS 161.042 requires a state and national criminal records check as a condition for admission to student teaching. Applicants must process a criminal records check in the district in which student teaching will occur and submit a copy of the report to the Office of Professional Education Services for approval1 by the College of Education and Applied Human Sciences.
- Candidates must demonstrate understanding of professional dispositions expected of professional educators. Candidates must review and sign a new COEAHS Professional Dispositions Declaration form.
- Behavior that relates to the moral, ethical, social, and personal standards of professional competency. The applicant’s comportment will be subject to review and appraisal by the department responsible for the professional semester recommendation and the College of Education and Applied Human Sciences.
- Academic Requirements: Undergraduate degree students’ GPAs are based on the hours attempted as shown on the official EKU transcript. Post degree certification students’ GPAs are based on all undergraduate course work and on the hours attempted as shown on the official EKU transcript.
- All programs: An overall grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale; or a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on the last thirty hours of credit completed. Instructional Technology: Candidates must complete EDF 204 Emerging Instructional Technologies with a grade of “C” or higher; candidates enrolled in a P-12 music education program will take MUS 384 Survey of Music Technology with a grade of “C” or higher; Clinical Experiences: CED 100 Clinical I: Introduction to the Education Profession and CED 200 Clinical II: Understanding the Learner must be completed with a S. CED 300 Clinical III: Curriculum and Instructional Design, CED 400 Clinical IV: Diagnosis and Prescription, CED 450 Clinical V: Practicing Teaching must be completed with a grade of “B” or higher in each course.
- Elementary and Middle Grade: Minimum 2.75 GPA with a grade of “C” or higher in courses in the core and supporting course requirements, area(s) of academic emphasis, professional education requirements (see program display for a list of courses), teaching minor(s), and certification endorsement(s).
- Secondary: Minimum 2.75 GPA in teaching major(s), minor(s), area(s) of academic emphasis, and certification endorsement(s). See program area for specific course grade requirements; and a minimum 2.75 GPA with a grade of “C” or higher in courses in “professional education requirements” (see program display for a list of courses). A minimum of seventy-five percent of major and seventy-five percent of supporting course requirements must be completed prior to the professional semester. Individual program areas may require a higher percentage of credit hours completion prior to the professional semester.
- Special Education: Minimum 2.75 GPA with a grade of “C” or higher in courses in the “major, core, and option,” “elementary/middle grade and supporting course requirements,” area of academic emphasis, professional education requirements (see program display for a list of courses), teaching minor(s), and certification endorsement(s).
- Candidates must submit satisfactory pre-service disposition reviews from their advisor and a designated methods instructor as part of the application process.
- Candidates must submit satisfactory pre-service disposition reviews from one cooperating teacher and one Clinical Educator at the end of the professional semester experience.
- Candidates must have taken their PLT and applicable PRAXIS II exam(s) (see https://www.ets.org/praxis/ky) Passing the exams is required for certification, and candidates who do not pass their PLT and subject exams may be required to participate in study workshops during their professional semester.
- Minimum of 200 hours of field experiences in a variety of Primary-12 school settings which allow the candidate to participate in the following:
- Engagement with diverse populations of students which include
- Students from a minimum of two different ethnic or cultural groups of which the candidate would not be considered a member;
- students from different socioeconomic groups;
- English language learners;
- Students with disabilities; and
- Students from across elementary, middle school, and secondary grade levels
- Observation in schools and related agencies, including but not limited to: Family Resource Centers or Youth Service Centers
- Student Tutoring
- Interaction with families of students
- Attendance at school board and school-based council meetings
- Participation in a school-based professional learning community
- Opportunities to assist teachers or other school professionals.
- Engagement with diverse populations of students which include
Clinical experience hours are submitted, and performance evaluated during the term the candidate enrolls in a clinical course. In order to qualify for admission to the professional semester candidates must demonstrate that they have met all clinical performance requirements as evidenced on performance-based assessments to demonstrate candidates’ development of the knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions that are associated with a positive impact on the learning and development of P-12 students and earn a minimum grade of “S” or “B” in each clinical course.
- Other requirements as found in the appropriate department presentation.
"Approval” is a formal review process of the professional character and fitness declaration and criminal records report. Professional disposition issues or violations of the professional code of ethics will be referred to the Professional Education Admission Committee. Any misrepresentation of facts, by omission or addition, may result in the denial of admission to student teaching and revocation of admission to teacher education. Approval is required prior to entry in the professional teaching experience.