Initial Certification Program Requirements
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Initial Certification Program Requirements

Overview

The School of Education and Graduate Studies offers a variety of initial certification programs for both undergraduate and graduate students. For undergraduate students, the initial certification process is a challenging, but rewarding course of study that complements the liberal arts curriculum at Converse College. For students who have completed an undergraduate degree in another field of study, the initial certification programs allow those students to complete a master’s degree and all of the requirements to enter public education as a well-qualified professional educator.

Full-time Converse faculty members teach a majority of the education courses in each program. Students interested in teaching as a career may complete one or more of the programs described in this section. Students who fulfill the requirements of one or more of these programs can meet the certification requirements for teachers in South Carolina and in several other states. Those who wish to teach on the secondary level complete a 30-hour minor (32 for science teachers) in secondary education to complement an appropriate liberal arts major.

The PRAXIS

All education majors must take the appropriate Core PRAXIS  (or have qualifying SAT/ACT scores) and PRAXIS II examinations as well as the Principles of Learning and Teaching examination before student teaching.

Music Students

The Petrie School of Music offers the Bachelor of Music degree in music education (choral and instrumental) (PK-12) as well as the Master of Music in Music Education with Initial Certification. These degrees have a specific course of study. Please visit the Petrie School of Music for specific information.

In order to complete any of the initial certification programs at Converse College, candidates must meet four benchmarks in the program. Below is an overview of what is required to meet each of these benchmarks.

In order to move to Benchmark 2, you must complete the following:

  • Complete EDU 360/560, Intro to Education
    If you have any questions about this class, please see your academic adviser or Dr. Meg Lee
  • Read the Teacher Education Handbook
  • Pass the CORE Praxis Test in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics and have your scores sent via ETS to Converse College. Passing scores for the Core Praxis are as follows:
    • Reading: 156
    • Writing before 9-1-16: 162. Writing after 9-1-16: 158
    • Mathematics before 9-1-16: 150 Mathematics after 9-1-16: 142
    • Registration and test dates for the Core Praxis are available through ETS.
  • Graduate students must take the Miller Analogy Test in order to be admitted into the Master of Arts in Teaching at Converse.
  • All students must complete all documentation on the Student Worklist on Livetext during EDU360/560 or BEFORE first major clinical or Clinical I
  • Submit completed Travel Release Form to LiveText Student Worklist.
  • Complete Clinical I
    • Each program designates at specific course of study for Clinical I. See the individual program worksheets below for information the specific clinicals.
    • Visit the Clinical Experience Website.
  • Submit Application to Teacher Education
  • Candidate: Phase II of Application to Teacher Education

In order to move to Benchmark 3, you must complete the following:

  • Complete coursework required for student teaching
    For more information on the availability of courses and those appropriate to your area of specialization, contact your academic adviser.
  • Complete Clinical II
    Each program designates a specific course of study for Clinical II. See the individual program worksheets below for information the specific clinicals.
  • Complete State department application* on the SC Dept of Education website
    • Go to https://ed.sc.gov/educators/certification/cats and create a login/password. Complete the FBI fingerprint packet and submit it to Linda Nicholls by the applicable due dates:
      Student Teaching in the Fall – Application due by February 15.
      Student Teaching in the Spring – Application due by June 15.
      *State Department fees apply
  • Request Student Teaching Placement
    Request for Student Teaching Placement Form

In order to move to Benchmark 4, you must complete the following:

  • Attend student teaching orientation
    Detailed information will be mailed prior to the student teaching term.
  • Complete Student Teaching Full 60 Days
    All necessary information is in the Student Teaching Handbook and will be presented during orientation.
  • Pass the Praxis II Test in your subject area and have your scores sent via ETS to Converse College and the State Department of Education
    Specific test requirements are found on the program worksheets. Registration and test dates for the Praxis II are available through ETS. Beginning 2020, all PRAXIS II tests must be passed prior to student teaching.
  • Take the PLT and have your scores sent via ETS to Converse College and the State Department of Education
    Passing scores can be found on the State Department of Education website. Registration and test dates for the PLT are available through ETS. PLT tests must be passed before graduation.
  • Complete the application for graduation
    Undergraduate students apply for graduation in the Office of the Registrar. Graduate students apply for graduation in the Office of Graduate Studies. Contact the appropriate office for more information on this requirement.

Refer to the program worksheets below for specific requirements. Final certification documents are completed after a candidate has completed all program requirements, including Praxis II and PLT scores, and all graduation requirements.