All candidates seeking teacher certification must formally apply and be accepted into the LCSC Teacher Education Program in order to take the teacher preparation courses, participate in the clinical experiences, and be eligible for state certification.
The application process includes a check of the following requirements and are necessary to ensure that each candidate is qualified to enter the program:
3.0 in content area
|ACT/SAT scores*||Final GPA of
Must have completed
|Must have completed
all core, the majority
of the content major
courses, and the
Phase I -
| Must have completed
and the Phase I -
|Transcripts||Need official transcripts from all institutions attended other than LCSC|
|Oral Interview||Numerical weights will be given by the panel of professionals who interview and evaluate the writing samples|
|Short Essay||Numerical weight will be given by Elementary or Secondary program teams|
|Background Check||Must clear initial background check (name & SSN) through State Police agencies|
LCSC adheres to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) standards, and, as such, must meet the following requirement for demonstrated academic achievement:
“The CAEP minimum criteria are a grade point average of 3.0 and a group average performance on nationally normed assessments or substantially equivalent state-normed assessments of mathematical, reading, and writing achievement in the top 50 percent of those assessed.” 1
See the Division program assistant for specific assessment score information.
*Score requirements for ACT or SAT are as follows:
*Passing scores for the four subject areas of the Praxis II #5001 series exams can be found here:
There are some detractors that could affect admission into the teacher education program. Those detractors are:
The Division of Teacher Education office staff will check for a completed application and verify the data in the application. Applicants will then be contacted to schedule an interview. The interview panel of professionals will give numerical weights for the composition essay and the oral interview, and then make a recommendation for admission. The Elementary or Secondary Committee, comprised of current faculty, will review the interview information, along with review of professional experience, incompletes, withdrawals, paracompetencies, or moral turpitude. Final admission decisions will be based on this review. Applicants will be notified of results in writing.
Students will be required to provide their own technology equipment, as specified on the Technology Requirements web page.
1 Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, Washington, DC. Standards, Standard 3: Candidate Quality, Recruitment, and Selectivity. Retrieved from http://caepnet.org/standards/standard-3