Dean of Education:   Yoli Carter

Associate Dean Undergraduate Education:  Angela Cox

Administrative Assistant—Undergraduate:  Chris Sharp

 

Teaching Certification Areas

The following teacher preparation programs are offered by Georgetown College and are approved by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board as a basis for the issuance of the corresponding teaching certification:

 

P-5 Major in Elementary School

The B.S. degree in Elementary Education requires forty-four semester hours in education. The education department strongly recommends that elementary education majors complete the Social Sciences Minor for Elementary (P-5) Majors.


5-9 Certification in Middle School
Students must select one major or two teaching areas from:
English and Communications, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies

 

8-12 Certification in Secondary School
Biological Science, English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Social Studies

P-12 Certification for Elementary/Middle/Secondary School
Art, French, German, Music (vocal and instrumental), Spanish

 

Major in Elementary School (P-5)
(B.S. Degree) A total of fifty-eight semester hours required; forty-four semester hours in education: EDU 131, 233, 307, 309, 313, 315, 317, 321, 323, 329, 345, 413, and 462-463. In addition, 12 hours of allied courses are required: MAT 203-404, KHS 230, (two out of the following three courses) ART 313,  THE 407, and MUS 315. P-5 majors must complete all Georgetown College degree requirements and the appropriate PRAXIS Examinations in order to receive the Statement of Eligibility from the Educational Professional Standards Board and to earn a degree from Georgtown College.

 

Recommended Social Science Minor for Elementary Majors (P-5)

The Education Department strongly recommends that elementary education majors complete the Social Sciences Minor for Elementary (P-5) Majors. The social sciences minor (for elementary education students only) requires 21 semester hours with a concentration of nine hours in one of the departments identified below. At least one course must be taken from the departments of History, Political Science, and Economics plus an additional course chosen from either the Sociology or Psychology Departments. No more than one class may be counted both for General Education and for this minor.

History (no prerequisites): 223 Intro to American History 1492-1877;  225 Intro to American History 1877-present; 304 Kentucky History (Required Course); 306 Colonial and Revolutionary America; 308 History of the Early Republic; 426 History of the American Indian

Political Science: (no prerequisites) 100 American Government; 309 State Government; 319 Constitutional Rights; 335 Legislative Process; 409 Kentucky Government

Economics: (no prerequisites)  221 Macroeconomics; 223 Microeconomics; 317 Economic History of the US

Sociology (SOC 111 is a prerequisite; therefore students are advised to take SOC 111 as a GenEd): 215 Juvenile Delinquency; 313 Intergroup Relations; 335 Sociology of Appalachia

Psychology (PSY 111 is a prerequisite; therefore students are advised to take PSY111 as a GenEd): 328 Learning; 340 Child Development; 343 Personality; 419 School Psychology

RECOMMENDED ELEMENTARY (P-5) SEQUENCETRACK I (Spring Student Teaching)
First Year
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
EDU 131*EDU 233
ENG 111ENG 112
Education Advisor Assigned *Students who do not have a minimum ACT Composite Score of ACT (21) should arrange to take and pass the PPST.
Second Year
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
MAT 203MAT 204
EDU 307 or EDU 309EDU 313 (may take fall or spring semester) Must be admitted to the program to enroll
ART 313 or THE 407EDU 307 or EDU 309
KHS 230 (Fall only course)ART 313 or THE 407
 *Apply to the Teacher Education Program.Portfolio and Interview Required.MUS 315 (spring only course)Apply Teacher Education Program Portfolio and Interview Required
Third Year
Fall Semester (take only one or two methods courses)
CompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
EDU 321 or EDU 323EDU 321 or EDU 323
EDU 313 (may take fall or spring semester)EDU 317
EDU 317 (may take 1st or 2nd semester)Apply Student Teaching Program
KHS 230 (if not taken in previous year)
Application for student teaching must be on file in the Education Department before registering for EDU 329 and EDU 315 in the Fall.
Fourth Year
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
EDU 329EDU 462
EDU 315EDU 463
EDU 345(concurrently with a methods course)

**Must apply for student teaching before registering for these classes. Submit Entrance into Student Teaching Portfolio to Teacher Education Committee for approval. Take PRAXIS Content Exam and PLT at the end of Fall semester

EDU 413
Take PRAXIS Content Exam and PLT at the beginning of Spring semester if not taken during Fall semester

 

RECOMMENDED ELEMENTARY (P-5) SEQUENCETRACK II (Fall Student Teaching)
First Year
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
EDU 131*EDU 233
ENG 111ENG 112
Education Advisor Assigned *Students who do not have a minimum ACT Composite Score of ACT (21) should arrange to take and pass the PPST.
Second Year
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
MAT 203MAT 204
EDU 307 or EDU 309EDU 313 (may also take 1st semester of junior year)
ART 313 or THE 407EDU 307 or EDU 309
KHS 230 (Fall only course)EDU 317 (may also take 1st semester of junior year)
*Apply to the Teacher Education Program. Portfolio and Interview Required.
ART 313 or THE 407
MUS 315 (Spring only course)
Third Year
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
EDU 313EDU 321 or EDU 323
EDU 317EDU 315
EDU 321 or EDU 323
EDU 329
EDU 345
***Must apply for student teaching before registering for these classes Submit Entrance into Student Teaching Portfolio to Teacher Education Committee for approval

Take PRAXIS Content Exam and PLT at the end of semester.

KHS 230 (if not taken in previous year)
Apply Student Teaching Program– Student Teaching Application must be on file before registering for 2nd semester classes (EDU 315 or EDU 329)
Fourth Year
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring Semester
EDU 462Completion of General Education Requirements, Minor, or 15 hours
EDU 463
EDU 413
Take PRAXIS Content Exam and PLT at the beginning of 2nd semester if not taken during previous semester

 


Elementary Education Majors:

  • Initial teacher certification by Kentucky requires laboratory experiences for both biological and physical sciences.
  • KHS 230 is required for majors.
  • MATH 103 and 104 (Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I & II) are General Education requirements for Mathematics.
  • Program admission requires a minimum ACT Composite Score of 21; if not attained, discuss alternative testing requirements with the Associate Dean – Undergraduate Education

Certification in Middle School (5-9)

The Middle Grades Education Program is a certification program. Students must complete a Georgetown College major and specific courses from one major or two areas of emphasis chosen from the following:

  • English/Communications: Take thirty semester hours in English and Communications, Media and Theater including English 211, 213, 302, 316, 318, 320, Communication 200 and 308, Theater 220 and EDU 333.
  • Mathematics: Requires twenty-four hours including Math 203, 204, 125, 225, and 301. The remaining 9 hours must be chosen from courses numbered above 301.
  • Science: Twenty-four semester hours are required, 9 of which must be in biology. In addition, students must take 8-9 additional hours from either chemistry, physics, or earth science. The final 6-8 hours must be taken from the remaining two disciplines. All four areas must include a laboratory experience.
  • Social Studies: Twenty-seven semester hours are required including United States History (6 hours), World Civilization (6 hours), Political Science (3 hours), Economics (3 hours), Sociology (6 hours), Psychology (3 hours).

In addition, students must earn 30 hours of professional education courses: EDU 131, 233, 307, 309, 326, 333 or 339 or 341 or 343, 345, 423, and 471-472.

Students must also complete all Georgetown College degree requirements and pass the appropriate PRAXIS examinations in order to receive the Statement of Eligibility from the Educational Professional Standards Board.

Recommended Middle (5-9) Sequence-Track I (Spring Student Teaching)

First Year
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring Semester Completed
EDU 131EDU 131
ENG 111EDU 233
ENG 112
*Successful completion of ACT (21) and a passing score on PPST.
*Education Advisor Assigned
Second Year  
Fall Semester  Spring Semester
EDU 233EDU 307 or EDU 309
EDU 307 or EDU 309*Apply to Teacher Education Program. Portfolio and Interview Required.
Third Year
Fall Semester Spring Semester
EDU 326 (Fall Course only*Apply to student teaching program. Application must be on file in the Education Department before registering for a methods course in the Fall
Fourth Year  
Fall Semester Spring Semester
EDU 326 (Fall course only)EDU 471 (6 hours)
EDU 339 or EDU 333 or EDU 341 or EDU 343EDU 472 (6 hours)
EDU 345EDU 423 (2 hours)
*Following must be taken with a methods course (EDU 339 or EDU 333 or EDU 341 or EDU 343)*14 total hours
*Submit entrance into Student Teaching Portfolio to Teacher Education Committee for approval. Take PRAXIS Exam at the end of 1st semester.*Clinical semester (take as many methods courses as possible to allow time for field experience).

 

Recommended Middle (5-9) Sequence Track II (Fall Student Teaching)

First Year
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
EDU 131EDU 131
ENG 111EDU 233
ENG 112
*Successful completion of ACT (21) and a passing score on PPST.*Education advisor assigned
Second Year
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
EDU 233EDU 307 or 309
EDU 307 or EDU 309*Apply to the Teacher Education Program. Portfolio and Interview Required
*Apply to the Teacher Education Program. Portfolio and Interview Required*Must have completed EDU 233 to apply this semester
Third Year
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
EDU 326EDU 345 *Must be taken with a  methods course
EDU 339 or EDU 333 or EDU 341 or EDU 343
*Clinical semester –take as many methods courses as possible to allow time for field experience.
*Submit Entrance into Student Teaching Portfolio to Teacher Education Committee for approval.
*Take PRAXIS Content Exam at the end of 2nd semester or during student teaching
Fourth Year
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
EDU 471*Completion of General Education Requirements, Minor or 15 hours
EDU 472
EDU 423
*Approval by the Teacher Education Committee is required before you can enroll in Fall Student Teaching.

 

Certification in Secondary School (8-12)

The teacher education program enables a student to obtain a major in an academic area and to complete certification requirements. Since the course work for the teaching major with certification sometimes differs from the graduation major, students should confer with the department chair in the major to verify specific requirements. Students must also complete an academic minor of 15 hours of 300/ 400 level courses outside of major.

In addition to major and minor requirements, students must earn 31 semester hours in education including: EDU 131, 233, 307, 309, 337, 333 or 339 or 341 or 343, 345, 423, and 467-468. Students must also complete all Georgetown College degree requirements and pass the appropriate PRAXIS examinations in order to receive the Statement of Eligibility from the Professional Standards Board.

Recommended Secondary 9-12 Sequence Track I (Spring Student Teaching)

First Year   
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
EDU 131ENG 112
ENG 111EDU 131
*Successful completion of ACT (21) and a passing score of PPST.  *Education Advisor assigned. *Begin portfolio for Admission into Teacher Education Program.
Second Year
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
EDU 307 or EDU 309EDU 307 or EDU 309
EDU 233*Apply to the Teacher Education Program. Portfolio and Interview Required.
Third Year
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
Secondary students extending 8-12 certification major(s) to middle grades 5-9 must take EDU 326*Apply for Student Teaching Program. *Application must be on file in the Education Department before you can register for a methods course in the Fall.
Fourth Year
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
EDU 337EDU 467
EDU 345 (Must be taken with a methods course):EDU 468
EDU 339 or EDU 333 or EDU 341 or EDU 343EDU 423
Must have applied for student teaching before you can register for these classes.
Submit Entrance into Student Teaching Portfolio to Teacher Education Committee for approval.
*Clinical semester (take as many methods courses as possible to allow time for field experience).
Take PRAXIS exams at end of 1st semester.

 

Recommended Secondary (9-12) Sequence Track II (Fall Student Teaching)

First Year
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
ENG 111EDU 131
ENG 112
*Education advisor assigned.*Begin portfolio for Admission into Teacher Education
Second Year
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
EDU 233EDU 307
EDU 309*Apply to the Teacher Education Program. Portfolio and Interview Required.*Must be admitted to teacher education before registering for a methods course in fall
Third Year
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
EDU 337EDU 337
*Take PRAXIS Content Exam at the end of 2nd semester or during student teachingEDU 345 *Must be taken with a  methods course
*Submit Entrance into Student Teaching Portfolio to Teacher Education Committee for approval.EDU 339 or EDU 333 or EDU 341 or EDU 343
*Apply Student Teaching Program
*Must be admitted to teacher education before registering for these classes
Fourth Year
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
EDU 467*Completion of General Education Requirements, Minor or 15 hours
EDU 468*Take PRAXIS PLT at the beginning of 2nd semester
EDU 423

 

Certification for Elementary/ Middle/ Secondary School (P-12)

The P-12 certification program allows a student to obtain a major in an academic area for teaching at all grade levels. Since the course work for the teaching major certification sometimes differs from the graduation major, students should confer with the department chair in the major to verify specific requirements. In addition to major and minor requirements, Art, French, German, and Spanish students must earn 31 semester hours in education including EDU 131, 233, 307, 309, 313, 337, 345, 423, 473-474.  In addition, foreign language majors must complete a “teaching foreign language” methods course (FRE/GER/SPA 402).  Music education students earn 24 semester hours in education including EDU 131, 233, 307, 337, 423, 473-474 and meet the requirements in multicultural education and technology through coursework in the music department. P -12 students must also complete all Georgetown College degree requirements and pass the appropriate PRAXIS Examinations in order to receive the “Statement of Eligibility” from the Educational and Professional Standards Board.

CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION INTO TEACHER EDUCATION

 The following are the criteria for admission into teacher education.  These are also listed on the Application for Admission into Teacher Education:

  1. Each candidate must apply for admission to Teacher Education no earlier than the completion of five hours of Education classes including EDU 131, Current Issues in Education and EDU 233, Student Behavior, Development and Learning.  Candidates may only take EDU 131, 233,307 and 309 before acceptance to the TEP.  October 1 is the deadline for submitting application materials and portfolios for consideration for admission during the fall semester; February 15 is the deadline for second semester.  Post-baccalaureate candidates must adhere to the same schedule as traditional candidates.  In addition, post-baccalaureate candidates must complete the Application for Admission to Student Teaching concurrently.
  2. Each candidate must have a 2.75 cumulative grade point average on a 4.00 scale and have completed all previous education classes with a grade of “C” or above (including allied courses).  A 2.75 grade point average in education classes is also required for entrance into student teaching.
  3. Each candidate must provide three references from faculty/staff who will agree to recommend you for admission into the teacher education program (one must be from a professor in the major).  (*Education Professor   *General Education Professor   *Minor Professor/ or Other)
  4. Each candidate must have a passing score report of the Pre- Professional Skills Test on file in the Education Department.
  5. Each candidate must demonstrate written proficiency as evidenced by earning a “C” or above in English 112 and by accurate and careful completion of appropriate education forms (applications, portfolios).  The application/portfolio must be well-written and error-free in order to be considered approved by the Teacher Education Committee.  Candidates may utilize the services of the College Writing Center.
  6. Each candidate must complete an official curriculum contract with his/her designated education advisor.  Content majors are required to have major departmental chairs’ signatures on curriculum contracts.  This contract must be in the candidate’s file in the education department before application to the program will be considered.
  7. Each candidate must complete a Major/Minor Declaration at the Registrar’s Office and have a copy on file in the Education Department before admission will be considered.
  8. Each candidate must demonstrate satisfactory performance in an interview that includes presentation of the items in the Professional Portfolio.  Other critical factors included in the evaluation of a candidate’s application by the Teacher Education Committee include:
  9. Each candidate must have favorable field placement feedback. All field evaluation forms completed by cooperating teachers will be reviewed and considered by the TEC.  “Do Not Meet Expectations” markings on forms may jeopardize acceptance into the TEP.  The Associate Dean will review forms, meet with students and attach explanations for low ratings.
  10. Each candidate will submit a personal philosophy of education and lesson plan to be scored by the interview team and included in the portfolio for TEC consideration.  Checkpoint one rubrics from the Teacher Education Handbook will be used to score these materials.  Students must receive a “met” rating in each area to be considered for acceptance into the TEP.

Other critical factors included in the evaluation of an individual’s application by the Teacher Education Committee include:

  • Demonstration of professional dispositions in college course work.
  • Satisfactory completion of early field experiences.
  • A signed Code of Ethics that affirms that you are a person of high moral integrity and that shows that you uphold the Kentucky School Personnel Code of Ethics.  A Criminal Records Check is required for student teaching; a student may be denied the student teaching experience based on the findings of the search.
  • Completion of an interview portfolio that includes:
  1. an essay that describes the applicant’s “Philosophy of Education” and how this philosophy relates to the Georgetown College Teacher Education Program Conceptual Framework
  2. a lesson plan that has been developed and meets Kentucky New Teacher Standard 1.

Each applicant for admission into teacher education will be notified in writing of the admission decision by the Chair of the Teacher Education Committee.

NOTE:  The above items reflect minimum standards for consideration by the committee.  Qualifying for consideration by the Teacher Education Committee does not guarantee a candidate admission to the program.


 

Admission into Student Teaching

As described earlier, admission into student teaching is a process separate from admission into teacher education.  Admission into teacher education does not guarantee admission into student teaching.

In addition to the Georgetown College program objectives, students who complete a specified certification and degree program must meet the performance standards specified by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board’s New Teacher Standards for Preparation and Certification.  Additional information about student teaching may be found in a current Georgetown College Student Teaching Handbook.

The criteria for admission into student teaching are listed on the back of the Application for Admission into Student Teaching.  Application/portfolio deadline for applying to student teaching is: fall semester- September 15 and spring semester- February 1.  Each student teacher candidate must have the following materials on file in the Education Department before registering for Education 315 and Education 329 (elementary students) or Education 333 or 339 or 341 or 343  (secondary students):

  1. A student teaching application,
  2. Three recommendations,
  3. The information record for supervising teacher, and
  4. A signed Curriculum Contract (in place of Major/Minor Declaration Form)

In addition, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Senior standing is a prerequisite for admission into student teaching.
  2. Admitted to the teacher education program and completion of a signed Curriculum Contract
  3. Full-time student at Georgetown College at least one semester prior to student teaching.
  4. Approved by the Teacher Education Committee. Acceptance into the teacher education program does not mean automatic approval for student teaching.
  5. Copy of a current medical examination submitted within 30 days before the beginning of the semester in which the student plans to do student teaching.
  6. Successful completion of required clinical and field-based experiences prior to student teaching.  Transfer students must provide documentation of field and clinical hours earned at other colleges.
  7. The student teacher candidate shall have achieved the following requirements:
    1. An overall academic standing of at least 2.75
    2. an academic standing of at least 2.75 in the teaching major/specialty area or a 2.5 – 2.74 and a passing score on PRAXIS Specialty Area Test(s),
    3. approval by the major department—including three recommendations by major professors attesting to subject matter competency and possession of the qualities/dispositions desired of successful teachers,
    4. completion of all required prerequisite professional education courses and allied courses with an academic standing of at least 2.75 (elementary majors must have no grade lower than “C” for any education/allied education courses),
    5. Completion of all the coursework for the teaching major (any exceptions must be approved by the Associate Dean–Undergraduate Education)
  8. Student teacher candidates must become student members of the National and Kentucky Education Associations in order to receive liability insurance coverage during the student teaching experience.
  9. Student teacher candidates must complete Form TC-1 at an on-campus workshop before the actual student teaching experience begins.  Student teachers must read and sign the Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky Personnel and agree to abide by its terms during student teaching and during the course of a career in education.
  10. Student teaching candidates are also required to submit a professional portfolio, which includes:

(1)  a lesson plan that you have developed and taught.  The lesson plan should be comprehensive and should include evidence of student learning and a corresponding reflection and analysis.

(2)  a professional growth plan that includes a reflection on your professional skills and dispositions, and goals for professional growth during student teaching.  The professional growth plan should be in the form an essay, and should relate your skills and dispositions to those outlined in the Georgetown College Program Conceptual Framework and to your own personal education philosophy.  Student teachers must also have the results of a Criminal Records Check (State Police and FBI) on file with the school system in which they are doing student teaching.

Other critical factors included in the evaluation of an individual’s application by the Teacher Education Committee include:

  1. the dispositions possessed by each candidate, the values, beliefs, and attitudes toward education, students, and communities that guide professional practice,
  2. the record of teacher assistant experiences/evaluations as recorded by the public school supervisors and education faculty—particularly those done after admission into the department was granted.
  3. the general factors relating to teaching effectiveness including reading proficiency, personality factors, and general aptitude for teaching as evidenced by faculty and staff recommendations and the student’s transcript
  4. a record of moral, social, and ethical behavior commensurate with the acceptable standards in the school community and in the community at large.   (Reminder:  student teachers may be removed from student teaching for offenses that violate Georgetown College and/or school system policy).

Student teachers must pay a fee in addition to the regular tuition costs during the student teaching semester.  The current amount is $360.00.

NOTE: The above items reflect minimum standards for consideration by the Teacher Education Committee.  Qualifying for consideration by the Teacher Education Committee does not guarantee a candidate admission into student teaching.

 

** Please refer to the current curriculum contract for advising Education students:

http://education.georgetowncollege.edu/undergraduate/Programs/forms.htm