All of Tusculum College's teacher licensure programs are enhanced by the focused calendar which facilitates early and frequent placement of education students in practicum experiences in area schools.
The mission of the Education/Interdisciplinary Studies major and professional education programs at Tusculum College is to prepare teachers who are committed to excellence in education and who are confident in their abilities to assume leadership as educators and citizens in the communities where they live and work. The program continues the College’s focus on civic and intellectual development of students, while fostering the skills, knowledge and habits of character vital to those involved in the education of the nation’s next generation of citizens.
Tusculum College offers four categories of teacher licensure programs:
All of Tusculum College’s teacher licensure programs are enhanced by the focused calendar which facilitates early and frequent placement of education students in practicum experiences in area schools. These experiences enrich the knowledge gained in classroom work and more fully prepare students for their student teaching. Many students discover vital new interests in various aspects of education as a result of practicum experiences; sometimes confirming their choice of major, or in other cases, leading the students to select a different major more closely related to their interests.
Admission to Tusculum College does not automatically admit a student to Teacher Education. Information pertaining to admission to the teacher education program follows. While advisors and advisees should work closely to follow the professional course sequence, it is the student’s responsibility to make the necessary applications and to meet requirements and other specified deadlines.
After an applicant has been accepted into teacher education, the candidate’s progress will be reviewed each semester by members of the education faculty. The candidate will continue through the Professional Licensure Sequence as long as he/she continues to make satisfactory progress and meet all requirements set forth by the Education Department. Retention in the teacher education program is contingent on the successful completion of courses and program requirements and maintenance of the academic standard required for initial admission to the program.
Specifically, all students having been admitted to the teacher education program must maintain a grade point average of 2.50. Students whose cumulative G.P.A. falls below 2.50 will be placed on departmental probation for the next three consecutive courses in the sequence. By the end of the probationary period, the candidate must achieve at least a 2.50 cumulative G.P.A. Failure to achieve the required G.P.A. during the probationary semester will result in automatic suspension from the teacher education program. Teacher licensure candidates are reminded that a G.P.A. of 2.75 in the major and in the professional education core is required for admission to Student Teaching. Students are placed on departmental academic probation for the next three consecutive courses in the sequence if they earn one grade below “C-” in any major course. Students will be academically suspended from the department for a period of six months if they earn a second grade below “C-” in the major courses. As the department accepts for graduation no grade below “C-” in the major and all required coursework must be completed prior to the student teaching semester, the student is required to repeat courses that do not meet this standard. Students who fail to maintain consistent pre-professional performance, both academically and as representatives of the College and of Teacher Education Program, are subject to action from the Screening Committee, which may place conditions on the candidate’s continuation in the program or may remove the candidate from the teacher licensure program altogether.
A formal application for initial admission to the teacher education program should be filed as soon as the student has completed EDUC 200: History, Philosophy and Principles of Education. This may occur as early as the second semester of the freshman year and should be no later than the second semester of the sophomore year. Students wishing to transfer from another institution to the Teacher Education Program at Tusculum College should immediately make their intentions known to the Certification Officer. The Certification Officer will suggest the appropriate time to make formal application for admission to Teacher Education. Application forms may be obtained from the education program office in the Charles Oliver Gray Building.
When a student applies to Teacher Education, a file is set up containing information relevant to the student’s candidacy. In order to be fully admitted to the education program, a candidate must:
All students who will be participating in practicum experiences are required to have fingerprint and background checks. Tennessee state law dictates that all persons who have contact with children in grades PreK-12 through the public school system must have an appropriate background check conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. All students must submit this information before they can begin taking courses requiring a practicum (SPED 101, EDUC 200). See the Education Department personnel for information about this process.
If you have questions about the Teacher Education program, please contact either: