Complete the Application form-online via Education Support Center (ESC) & meet with Dr. Blatz for initial advising. Begin meeting teacher education acceptance process.
√ Acceptance into teacher education (can be tracked on Teacher Education website),
√ Pass Praxis I or have waiving SAT/ACT score (check score on the Praxis site),
√ C or Better college level, GWRIT 103, GPSY 160,
√ 2 references (teacher, employer, leader of organization-not family/friends),
√ Complete Child Abuse Training-on-line (ESC),
√ Complete Universal Precautions Training -on-line (ESC),
√ Minimum GPA 2.5, and
Familiarize yourself with:
√ Major and pre-professional (minor) education requirements,
√ Study Abroad opportunities (best done by Sophomore year or May/Summer),
√ Computer Labs,
√ The Learning Support Center,
√ The Writing Center,
√ Other Campus Support Services.
Professional Development Activities: Beginning in your Sophomore year you will start participating in the 3 following Professional Development Activities:
√ Mentor-Protégé Project - In this project you are assigned a practicing special education teacher as your mentor. You will meet/speak with this person once per month throughout the school year and you are encouraged to visit/volunteer in their classroom.
√ Student2Student - This program pairs with a K-12 student with a disability throughout the rest of your program. You will meet with this student at least once per month to listen, encourage, and guide the student. You are not a tutor but a mentor/supporter.
√ E-mentoring - You will join the Exceptional Education’s Mentoring Site. Here you will be able to chat with peers, mentors, and professors, participate in blogs, and access resources on key topics and trends in special education. You will continue to have access to this site throughout your professional career.
√ Complete all but 4 classes in major end of Junior Year, if possible,
√ Complete study abroad opportunities (May/Summer),
√ Have awareness of future tests & fees (Graduate school, RVE, VCLA, Praxis II-ELED section, Teacher licensing fees) - See below
√ Complete Graduation Application and turn in to your EFEX Advisor,
√ Check on Graduation Needs (clothes, invitation, arrangements) - JMU Bookstore,
√ Complete Student Teaching Application—check deadlines. (Usually Oct. 31),
√ ATTEND - ST packet review sessions,
√ Complete Application to Graduate School,
• Application form, $55 fee,
* 1 letter of recommendation,
* Official transcript (don’t need to send),
* GPA 2.75
* Writing sample (should be done in EXED 450).
√ Application—Page 1,
√ College Verification—Page 2, Part 1.
√ College Verification, Page 2, Part 2,
√ Requests official transcript,
√ Sends complete application package to state.
* Tests you have to take before applying for licensure:
RVE –Reading for Virginia Educators—passing score 157
(0306 paper-based, 5306 computer-based)
VCLA -Virginia Communication and Language Assessment (writing and reading)
Passing score—235 each; Composite—470
Praxis II—Professional Content Tests
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge—143 passing score
(0014 paper-based, 5014 computer-based)
Any other subject areas you wish to be highly qualified to teach.
Additional Resource: CAREER AND ACADEMIC PLANNING: resume, interviewing and other job resources - http://www.jmu.edu/cap/job_int ern_search/websites.htm
√ Apply for graduate school Graduation—by end of first week of Spring semester,
√ Apply for VA licensure,
√ You send/deliver to ESC:
* Application with your parts completed,
* Nonrefundable application fee—$50,
* Praxis II scores,
* RVE score,
* VCLA score
Dr. Sharon Blatz