Scoring high on the ACT not only improves your chances of being accepted into the college of your choice, but also raises the likelihood of receiving scholarships to pay for school. As admission requirements escalate, entering freshmen are becoming more competitive to reach the raising bar of college admittance through the improvement of ACT scores. Perform well on standardized testing to gain acceptance into a college or university where you can begin the Ready2Teach program.
Financially prepare yourself for post-secondary education by pursuing as many scholarships as you can. Financial gifts are donated by sponsors wanting to give every student access to funds for completing and succeeding in higher educational pursuits. Resources are available to you by clicking the links below, and applying can be as easy as filling out a simple form and answering a few questions. Complete scholarship applications and begin school with financial stability.
Advisors focus on giving each student under their tutelage individualized attention and guidance about the Ready2Teach program available at their school. An advisor from the College of Education on your campus will be a primary resource for questions and recommendations concerning the program throughout your education. Meet your advisor to begin planning your future with the Ready2Teach program.
Social media has become a resource employers use to determine whether or not a candidate is suited for the position to which they applied. Facebook and other social media sites, when used correctly, can act as a secondary reference of character, after the initial resume submitted to a potential employer. In order to become a desirable candidate, follow the links below to make social media work for your professional benefit.
Introductory teaching classes give you the opportunity to learn about the teaching profession, and are beneficial to incoming freshmen considering the Ready2Teach program. Familiarize yourself with the basic concepts of becoming an educator, learn foundational skills for your future career, and determine whether or not teaching is something you would like to pursue by completing Intro to Teaching courses on your campus.
Composition courses are key in learning to write on both a collegiate and professional level. Knowing how to express your ideas through the appropriate use of the written language will make you a valuable candidate when seeking a job, and taking the time to complete these courses during your freshman year will prepare you for future assignments in your educational pursuit.
Complete the requirements of the Teacher Education Program on your campus to continue your journey to become an educator. Ask your advisor or a professor in the College of Education for more information on what you will need to enter the program, as each set of requirements
will be determined by your chosen path.
Background checks are a necessary for each applicant seeking a teaching licensure, and many schools list it as a requirement in the initial entry to the Teacher Education Program. Each school may have its own background check application, so check the requirements on your campus and schedule your background check as early as possible.
Not everyone is required to take the Praxis Core Exam. For example, a composite ACT score of 22 or a SAT score of 1020 permits students to test out of this first exam in the Praxis series. Visit the links below to learn more about the Praxis series and the requirements by state for both the Praxis Core and Praxis II exams.
Disposition assessment forms for each campus can be obtained through the College of Education on your campus. These assessments are generally completed by your academic advisor and college-level educators on campus. Do not underestimate the importance of leaving a good impression on your professors both inside and out of the education department.
To become enrolled in the Ready2Teach program, you must first be admitted into the the Teacher Education Program on your campus. Admittance can be difficult with a low GPA, as students are constantly competing and seeking admittance into the program. Find the GPA requirements at your school, and continue to work to keep it above the necessary average to complete your education through the Ready2Teach program.
In order to determine your readiness for continuing with the Teacher Education Program, an interview through the College of Education on your campus should be completed. This will give you an opportunity to speak with experienced faculty in the field of education who can evaluate and recommend how to proceed with your future career goals.
Once all requirements are met and you have been accepted into the Teacher Education Program on your campus, you will begin your third year of post-secondary education by gaining content knowledge and teaching skills before the residency experience of the final year. Your Junior year will be crucial in understanding what to expect in the classroom by allowing you to develop content to use during early, structured exposure to schools in the Ready2Teach program.
Field experience during the third year of Ready2Teach will be driven by guided practice, and will demonstrate structured scenarios similar to what you will face during the residency portion of your final year in the program. Early exposure to the classroom coupled with guided instruction and content development on campus will allow for a smooth transition between leaving the campus and entering the education system the following year. Students will enter classrooms to execute lessons created with help from professors on campus, and learn how to adapt and apply what they have learned throughout the Teacher Education Program in this field experience process.
To remain eligible to graduate through the Ready2Teach program, it is necessary to continue to maintain the required GPA for the Teacher Education Program on your campus. Ask your advisor if you are unsure of the requirements for your school.
Measuring knowledge of specific subjects through the Praxis II assessment is required for earning your teaching license. Multiple tests are required for completing the Praxis series, so be sure to check with your advisor to determine the tests you will need to pass for your chosen area of focus within the educational program at your school.
Knowing first aid, CPR, and how to operate an AED can save the life of one of your future students. Most colleges and universities will offer a class to earn your certification, or recommend a local training class if not. Review the course catalogue for your school or ask your advisor where to receive your first aid, CPR, and AED certifications.
In order to be protected in the event of a legal issue arising during your teaching career, it is important to obtain personal liability insurance. One option is to join the National Education Association (NEA), as membership includes access to not only resources and tools for your classroom, but also admittance into the Educators Employment Liability (ELL) insurance program at no added cost.
Before entering the fourth and final year of the Ready2Teach program, it is crucial to attend various seminars on your campus concerning the teaching profession and your future experience in the classroom. Familiarize yourself with the schedule of relevant seminars at your college or university.
Seniors will spend their fourth and final year in the residency portion of the Ready2Teach program. Working in the classroom using methods from pre-residency years spent on campus, and having the opportunity to practice co-teaching alongside the instructor with whom you have been paired, will give you a full year of in-class practice before gaining your own set of students post graduation.
To remain in the Teacher Education Program on your campus, as well as the Ready2Teach program, you must maintain the grade point average required by your college or university throughout the year of residency.
Each campus gives a Senior Exit Exam to measure the critical-thinking skills of the graduating senior class. Register to take your exam, and inform your assigned instructor of the test date well in advance so he or she can plan for your absence from the classroom.
Job fairs are crucial to beginning your teaching career after the Ready2Teach program is complete. Plan to attend all job fairs in your area, and polish your resume to demonstrate your skills as an educator. Seek out Career Services on your campus for additional help with creating your resume and information about the interview process.
Applications for a teacher license must be submitted to your college or university to begin the process of obtaining your Apprentice Teaching License. Your school will then send the application and required coursework to the Tennessee Department of Education for processing. Information about the time required for processing and how to print a copy of your license can be found at the link below.
If intending to extend your education past your bachelor’s degree, begin exploring graduate school programs before the end of your senior school year. Research and apply for early acceptance and immediate entry into the next phase of your educational pursuit.
Portfolio systems for edTPA vary from campus to campus, so research the requirements specific to your institution. After completing the assessments for your field of study, follow procedures for the creation of your portfolio as recommended by the College of Education at your school or university and submit by the date found in the link below.
Congratulations! You have completed Ready2Teach and the Teacher Education Program through your college or university, and it is time to receive your diploma and begin your career as an educator!
Your institution must give a recommendation for your licensure, based on completion of the Teacher Education Program, teaching assessment scores, and your clinical field experience. Meet with your advisor to determine whether or not you have fulfilled the requirements necessary for obtaining your teacher licensure.
Inform your college or university of your post graduation success, whether it be pursuing your career or furthering your education.
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