College of Education and Professional Development

Admission Requirements

Regular admission to the university constitutes admission to the College of Education and Professional Development for entering freshmen.

Admission to Teacher Education

  1. Enrolled in the College of Education and Professional Development as a Pre-Teacher Education major.
  2. Completed at least 24 credit hours, including EDF 201 Ed Psych Developing Learner/EDF 270 Level I Clinical Exp (12 hours for transfer students).
  3. Maintained Grade Point Average of 2.80 or better for all courses attempted overall.
  4. Maintained Grade Point Average of 2.80 or better for all courses attempted at Marshall University.
  5. ACT composite of 21 (see the Student Center of Professional Education Services, 201 Education Building, for alternative entrance table).
  6. Successfully passed all three parts (reading, writing, mathematics) of the Praxis CORE Academic Skills for Educators Exam, a requirement of the West Virginia Department of Education. This test must be successfully completed within the first 24 hours of coursework in order for the student to make continuous progress in the professional education core.
    Transfer students must complete the Praxis CORE Academic Skills for Educators Exam during their first 12 hours at Marshall University if they plan to begin professional education core classes during their second academic term.
  7. Completion of Self-Assessment in LiveText.
  8. Completion of Writing Sample in LiveText.
  9. Three Recommendations uploaded to LiveText.

Process for Application for Admission to Teacher Education

  1. During enrollment in EDF 201 Ed Psych Developing Learner, each student will be asked to submit an Application for Admission to Teacher Education.
  2. During the semester the application is submitted, personnel in the Student Center of Professional Education Services (SCOPES) (Education Building 201) will evaluate each student’s record to determine eligibility for admission to Teacher Education.
  3. Each transfer student is responsible for initiating the application procedure through the Student Center of Professional Education Services (SCOPES), 201 Education Building.

Students who desire to become teachers in early childhood, pre-kindergarten/kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary schools and who are confident that they can attain the standards of academic and professional competency required, enroll in the College of Education. Students who are enrolled in another college or school of the university may not enroll in the professional education core courses except for EDF 201 Ed Psych Developing Learner and EDF 270 Level I Clinical Exp.

Beginning Spring 2018, any candidate who wishes to student teach must successfully complete the Praxis II Content exam prior to the first day of the clinical placement.

Admission to Student Teaching at Marshall University

Requires the following:

  1. Completion of the professional education core prerequisites.
  2. Core Curriculum Requirements with the grade of C or better in ENG 101 Beginning Composition, ENG 201 Advanced Composition, or ENG 201H English Comp Honors.
  3. A Grade Point Average of 2.80 or better in all courses attempted, all coursework at Marshall University, and all courses in the teaching specializations; and a 3.0 in all courses in professional education.
    Courses in specialization(s) and professional education must be passed with the grade of C or better. Students should review their program sheets to identify professional education courses. It will be the student’s responsibility to insure that the above grade averages have been met prior to entering student teaching. Any student who enters student teaching without the above grade averages will be withdrawn by administrative action.
  4. The completion of 90% of the coursework in the teaching specialization(s). Applicants must complete a minimum of 100 hours prior to the beginning of student teaching. All professional education courses must be taken prior to student teaching.
  5. Application for Student Teaching. Applications must be completed the semester previous to enrolling for this experience.
  6. Successful passage of the Praxis II Content exam.

Note: Students who are members of varsity teams may not participate in the student teaching program during the active season of their particular sport (e.g., football team members may enroll for student teaching only during the spring semester, basketball team members may enroll for student teaching only during the fall semester and so on).

Site Selection

Teacher candidates will be placed in public schools where there is exposure to students who are diverse, at risk, and have special needs. The public school supervisors at the schools have a thorough understanding of the College of Education’s expectations for the candidates during these experiences. While in these schools, the teacher candidates will have an opportunity to integrate content, basic professional knowledge and pedagogical skills in an appropriate educational setting.

Academic Policies

Academic Probation

Any student who has less than a 2.0 average will be placed on academic probation. Students with transfer credit must satisfy the 2.0 overall and institutional requirement.

A student on probation must show the improvement stipulated by the Marshall University Academic Probation and Suspension Policy during each succeeding term in which he or she is enrolled. Students failing to meet this standard will be suspended and declared ineligible to attend the next regular academic semester or may be dismissed from the university.

  1. Students, while on academic probation, must request permission to enroll each term from the director of the Student Center of Professional Education Services (SCOPES) in Education Building 201.
  2. Students desiring to take courses at another institution must complete an official request form seeking approval prior to visiting another institution as a transient student.

Clinical Experiences

Purified Protein Derivative (PPD) Test

Students will not be permitted to work in any public school without a valid negative PPD test. The West Virginia State law concerning PPD examinations for persons entering public schools (HB 709) states that a person working with public school children must have a PPD examination prior to entering public school. This examination is valid for one year with the following exception:

If the PPD results in a positive reaction, the examinee must submit to an x-ray examination each year thereafter. If the x-ray proves negative, the person is then permitted to work in public school.

Students who expect to enter schools for clinical experiences during any semester must arrange for a PPD test prior to entering the school. Remember, there is a three day waiting period for a PPD test. Persons are not permitted to enter a public school until a negative report is obtained. Reports must be carried with the student and presented to the principal or his/her representative upon entering a school.

Check with the instructor of your course or inquire in the Student Center of Professional Education Services (SCOPES) for further details.

Background Check Policy

All students representing Marshall University must be authorized by the director of clinical experiences prior the entering a school.

West Virginia law mandates that all persons entering a school or having contact with students must have completed a background check and have not been found on the sexual offender registry prior to entering a school. Each county and school can also use the results of that background check as a basis for admitting or denying admittance. It is the procedure of the Marshall University College of Education and Professional Development that every student will obtain a background check prior to being placed in a school setting.

Marshall University has chosen Castlebranch.com as an approved provider of background checks for our students. You must obtain a background check at Castlebranch.com or another third party vendor (approved by the Student Center of Professional Education) to be permitted into a school. All results must be received prior to placement for any clinical assignment. Castlebranch charges $46.00 for this service. Renewals are cheaper – check the website. All fees are the responsibility of the student. You should contact the clinical office at 304-696-2861 if you have any questions about your background check.

All students entering a field experience must complete a background check every 12 months.

Student Teaching

An applicant for a professional certificate who is to be recommended to the West Virginia Department of Education for licensure must enroll for student teaching at Marshall University.

Any coursework in addition to the student teaching block must be approved by the director of the Student Center of Professional Education Services (SCOPES) prior to registration. Any additional class scheduled during this period must meet after 4:00 p.m. A student may not take more than sixteen (16) semester hours during the student teaching semester.

Students are assigned to public schools that have an agreement to provide student teaching experiences in cooperation with Marshall University. Since the supply of supervising teachers is limited and the College of Education and Professional Development has a large number of teacher candidates, it is sometimes necessary to assign students to selected schools outside the campus area. It is not possible to place students in schools within walking distance. Students must provide transportation to student teaching site(s). In all cases the responsibility for placements rests with the Director of Clinical Experiences and with the approval of the public school administration of the county and school in which the student is to be placed. Students who are assigned a student teaching position but who do not complete the assignment may not be assured of a future assignment.

Policies for Admission and Retention in the Undergraduate Teacher Education Program

Admission to Teacher Education

Undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate students pursuing initial licensure in Elementary or Secondary Education must be admitted to teacher education before they can take professional education courses or student teach.

Monitoring Acceptance Status

Once applications are processed and entered on the teacher education database, the student will receive an e-mail that indicates whether he/she has been accepted in teacher education or if any deficiencies exist.

Appeals of Acceptance Status

Students who have not been fully accepted in teacher education may appeal to the Teacher Education Standards Committee (TESC). The Teacher Education Standards Committee meets the Friday before each semester begins (fall and spring semesters only). Students make an appointment to see the committee through the Student Center of Professional Education Services (SCOPES), Education Building 201, prior to the beginning of the semester.

Maintaining Admission Status

Students who have been admitted into teacher education programs must continue to meet all criteria that were required for admission throughout their course of study. Failure to maintain those criteria could result in probationary status or dismissal from the program.

It is expected that students in professional education programs exhibit professional behaviors and apply professional knowledge in their coursework and clinical experiences. Students will be expected to:

  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
  • Apply professional knowledge and skills (content and methodology) to meet their ethical and professional responsibilities in order to enhance student learning;
  • During coursework and clinical experiences, demonstrate a respect for individual and family diversity;
  • Demonstrate the application of critical thinking skills;
  • Meet all standards of professional behavior established at each clinical site.

Probationary Status or Unsatisfactory Performance

Initiating the Process

Any member of the professional education community who questions the competency of a candidate related to any of the criteria for admission or other relevant professional performance standard, as described above, should contact the candidate’s program director. The program director will request that the Executive Cabinet for the College of Education and Professional Development review the candidate’s overall performance and make one of three decisions.

  • Student’s performance is satisfactory
  • Student’s performance is unsatisfactory; the student should be put on probation and counseled with an appropriate plan for action. The Teacher Education Standards Committee should be notified.
  • Student Performance is extremely unsatisfactory; the student should be counseled regarding options for a major other than teacher education. If necessary, the case would be referred to the Teacher Education Standards Committee.

The student will be informed of each performance review, have the opportunity to meet with the Executive Cabinet and the Teacher Education Standards Committee, and be informed of the decisions of the committees.

Determining Probation

To place a student on probation, the program director will notify the Executive Cabinet that he/she is recommending probationary status for the student.

  • If the Executive Cabinet agrees with this recommendation, it will oversee development of a plan of action that identifies the areas of concern, an intervention plan, expectations for satisfactory performance, a monitoring process and timeline including what impact the probationary status would have on student teaching, and specified consequences. The student will receive a copy of the recommended plan.
  • The Teacher Education Standards Committee will review the plan and endorse it or ask for more clarification first. The student may request to meet with TESC if he/she objects to any portion of the plan. TESC will then make the decision regarding the plan, and notify all parties. The student will receive a copy of the final plan and will meet with the Associate Dean and the Program Director (or representative) to review the plan.
  • At the end of the time period specified in the action plan, the Executive Cabinet will either recommend removal or extension of the probationary status or dismissal from teacher education.
Determining Extremely Unsatisfactory Performance

To recommend that a student not continue in teacher education, the program director will submit a written recommendation from the Executive Cabinet with supporting documentation to the Teacher Education Standards Committee. The student will also receive the information.

  • Within 21 days, the Teacher Education Standards Committee will meet to review the recommendation. At that time the Program Director (or representative) and the student will be asked to meet with the committee. Each will have the opportunity to present his/her case with supporting evidence.
  • The Teacher Education Standards Committee will then meet in a closed session to make a decision either not to permit the student to continue in teacher education or to place him/her on a continuing probationary status.
  • All parties involved will be advised of the results of the review.
  • If a student is placed on continuing probation, a timeline for improvement will be developed. If the student does not improve, he/she will not be permitted to continue in teacher education.
  • Students who are not successful on continuing probation in the teacher education program will be notified in writing by the chair of the Teacher Education Standards Committee. Reasons for non-continuation in the program will be explained as they relate to standards of professional behavior.
Procedures for Appeal

The decision of the Teacher Education Standards Committee may be appealed to the Dean of the College of Education and Professional Development on the grounds of due process. This is the final decision level in the College of Education and Professional Development.

Degree Requirements

Students who expect to complete degree requirements in the College of Education and Professional Development are required to complete their capstone experience during one semester of the senior year. Students must complete at least 56 hours at Marshall University.

Candidates for a bachelor’s degree who entered Marshall University within ten years prior to their graduation may graduate by meeting the requirements in effect at the time of their entrance into the College of Education and Professional Development.

When the candidate fails to complete the requirements within ten (10) years, he/she must meet the graduation/certification requirements in effect at the time of re-entry to the program. Any questions related to this matter should be referred to the director of the Student Center of Professional Education Services (SCOPES).

Credit for Courses Offered Externally

Credits earned through correspondence, extension, military service, radio, television, and special examinations are accepted up to a maximum of 28 semester hours. Courses are accepted only if such courses are offered by institutions of higher education which are accredited by a regional accreditation association of secondary schools and colleges and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Enrollment for any such credit should be approved through the Student Center of Professional Education Services (SCOPES) prior to enrollment.

Program Requirements

The following information refers to programming required in the College of Education and Professional Development.

Students must complete the curricular requirements as outlined in the undergraduate catalog in effect at the time they enter their degree programs. Students should monitor their programs of study carefully due to ongoing curricular changes.

A minimum of 120 semester hours is required by the university for graduation. The degree program selected by a College of Education and Professional Development major could require additional hours to satisfy graduation. Program curricula, as printed, could have the same course listed in the general studies and the option areas. These need to be identified to determine the specific number of semester hours required for graduation in the selected major(s).

Credits for developmental courses are not included in the minimum 120-hour total.

A minimum of 45 semester hours must be earned in 300-400 level courses. Courses transferred from two-year colleges may not be used as part of the 300-400 level requirements. Courses transferred from four-year accredited colleges retain their original numbers.

Although students are expected to complete the majority of their work at Marshall University, it is possible to complete some coursework at other institutions. Arrangement for such enrollment must be made in advance of enrollment. Students must obtain a permission form in the Student Center of Professional Education Services (SCOPES), Education Building 201.

Graduation Requirements

Graduation requirements in the College of Education and Professional Development differ by program area. General requirements for teacher education programs are listed. Individual program requirements are identified with the specific programs. Students should monitor their programs of study carefully due to ongoing curricular changes in many programs.

Teacher Education Programs

  • Satisfactory completion of the Core Curriculum, and the culminating capstone experience (student teaching). Completion of all required courses in each specialization, and in professional education.
  • Grade Point Averages of:
    1. 2.80 overall and on all courses attempted at Marshall University. Transfer credit may not be used to increase the Marshall University Grade Point Average except in the case of D/F Repeat Policy.
    2. 2.80 in each specialization.
    3. 3.0 in professional education.
  • Completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours, including at least 56 hours at Marshall University.
  • A grade of C or better in all specialization and professional education courses.
  • Successful passage of all parts of the Praxis CORE Academic Skills for Educators Exam.
  • Successful passage of the Praxis II Content Exam.

Certificate Requirements (West Virginia)

In addition to the graduation requirements, the prospective educator must meet the following requirements for West Virginia certification:

  1. Passing score on the applicable Praxis II: Subject Test for each teaching specialization. All students should complete the test(s) during their senior year.
  2. Passing score on the applicable Praxis II: Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) tests.
  3. Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.7 or better for all courses attempted.
  4. Grade Point Average of 2.7 or better in all subject specialization courses, with all courses passed with a C or better.
  5. Grade Point Average of 2.7 or better in all professional education courses, with all courses passed with a C or better.
  6. Grade Point Average of 2.7 or better in all courses attempted at Marshall University. Transfer credit may not be used to increase the Grade Point Average except in the case of D/F Repeat Policy.

Students seeking certification in states other than West Virginia should check with the appropriate state department of education.

Curricular Structure

The Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Education and Professional Development includes the following components:

University-Wide Requirements
Core I Requirements
FYS 100First Yr Sem Critical Thinking3
Select two CT-designated courses6
Core II Requirements
ENG 101 Bison image Beginning Composition3
ENG 201 Bison image Advanced Composition3
CMM 103Fund Speech-Communication3
Fine Arts3
Humanities3
Math3
Physical/Natural Science4
Social Science3
Additional Requirements
Writing Intensive courses6
International or Multicultural courses3
College-Wide Requirements
45 upper-division hours45
Successful passage of all three parts of the Praxis CORE Academic Skills for Educators Exam
Admission to Teacher Education
Total Credit Hours88

Faculty

Program Directors

Early Childhood Education: Dr. Ruthann Arneson (arneson1@marshall.edu)
Curriculum, Instruction and Foundations (Elementary/Secondary/Reading): Dr. Paula Lucas (whitep@marshall.edu)
Special Education: Dr. Debra Lockwood (conner4@marshall.edu)
Instructional Technology and Design: Dr. George Watson (watson@marshall.edu)

Professors
N. Arneson, Backus, Dozier, Isaacs, Klein, Lucas, Reed, Seelinger, Watson

Associate Professors
Allenger, Cartwright, Corrigan

Assistant Professors
R. Arneson, Dunham, Kinghorn, Lockwood, McFarland-Whisman, Melvin, Stringfellow