The structure and general operation of the Teacher Education Program are designed to meet the regulations and requirements of the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The operation of the Teacher Education Program is the responsibility of the Department of Teacher Education. The policies, programs, and licensure requirements for P-12, elementary, and secondary education are reviewed by the Teacher Education Committee. The MidAmerica Nazarene University Teacher Education Program meets the requirements for licensure in the state of Kansas. Professional licensure varies from state to state. Therefore, students planning to teach in other states are advised to consult the appropriate State Department of Education to determine requirements for licensure.
Criteria for Admission into the Teacher Education Program:
For students to be recommended for admission to the Teacher Education Program they must have met the following requirements.
- “B-” or better in EDUC 1001 Education Seminar.
- Acceptable, formal application to the Teacher Education Program.
- Two favorable recommendations from faculty members.
- At least 28 semester hours of college work (exclusive of developmental courses).
- A cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 in all program stipulated coursework completed at the time of application.*
- “C” or better in MATH 1223 College Algebra, MATH 2503 Applied Math with Stats or demonstrated competence as judged by the Math area within the Science and Mathematics Department.
- “B-” or better in ENGL 1503 Composition I: Writing and Rhetoric OR ENGL 1703 Composition II: Writing and Research
- “B-” or better in COMM 1303 Public Speaking.
- No pending disciplinary probation.
- No record of being convicted of a felony or crime involving dishonesty, a controlled substance, or a crime against a child.
- Score of 235 or better on the Reading sub-test of the College Base English test.**
- Score of 235 or better on the Writing sub-test of the College Base English test.**
- Score of 235 or better on the Math comprehensive of the College Base Mathematics test.**
- Completion of 20 hours of community service.
- Video presentation regarding the motivation for becoming a teacher that is scored at an 8 or higher
- Approval by the Teacher Education Department and Teacher Education Committee
Major and Professional Education Grade Requirements
A student must meet the following requirements in order to be placed in a student teaching assignment or be recommended for licensure.
Elementary: A minimum grade of “B-” and a GPA of 2.75 is required for all courses in professional education and the elementary content area courses.
Secondary: A minimum grade of “B-” and a GPA of 2.75 is required for all courses in professional education. A minimum grade of “C” and a GPA of 2.75 for all courses in the secondary major is required.
Once admitted to the Teacher Education program, candidates are required to have an iPad Air 3 or higher. Admission into the Teacher Education Program allows a student to register for upper-division coursework in education. Failure to make application or complete admission requirements in a timely manner will result in a delay in the student’s progress.
Admission into the Teacher Education Program does not guarantee the student will be allowed to student teach or be recommended for licensure/endorsement. A student may not be admitted to Teacher Education and Student Teaching during the same semester. Summer school is not considered a semester.
*Program stipulated coursework is defined as all coursework specified to meet a state standard. This includes all courses specified in the program except Discovering the Bible and Christian Beliefs.
**CBASE scores may be substituted by a 24 or higher on the ACT. Licensure only candidates and AS or AA degree holders are exempt from CBASE requirement. If CBASE is not successfully passed, candidates can demonstrate competence by receiving a “B-” or higher in ENGL 1503 and 2003 or a “C” or higher in MATH 1223.