Admission to Teacher Education

Application Deadlines

Fall Applications Due: November 15th; Spring Applications Due: April 15th (No application review in the summer)

Upon completion of EDUC 250: Introduction to Education, candidates may apply for admission to the Teacher Education program. In cases where a candidate has taken from another institution a course that can be substituted for Introduction to Education, an application for admission may be completed once candidate has completed a minimum of thirty semester hours and has declared a major in education.

Admission Criteria

  • Completion of thirty (30) semester hours;
  • Completion of EDUC 250 (Introduction to Education) with a minimum grade of C;
  • Satisfactory completion of EDUC 298 (Pre-Professional Experience);
  • Completion of EDUC 210 (Educational Technology) with a minimum grade of C;
  • Passing the Core Academic Skills for Educators exam;
  • A minimum grade of C in ENGL 110 and 120 (College Composition I and II);
  • A minimum grade of C in COMM 110 (Fundamental of Public Speaking);
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75;
  • Participation in Interview and Writing sample assessments;
  • Recommendation from adviser and instructors of EDUC 250 and EDUC 298;
  • Approval of the Chair, Department of Teacher Education; and
  • Approval of the Teacher Education Council.

Levels of Action for Admission to Teacher Education

The Chair will notify the candidate in writing of one of the following levels of action for admission to Teacher Education.

  • Full Admission: This will allow the candidate to enroll in professional education courses.
  • Provisional Admission (one semester): In these cases, the candidate may not have met one or more of the requirements for full admission to the program. Candidates granted provisional admission may enroll in professional education courses. However, they only have one semester to meet all conditions for full admission. Failure to meet all admission requirements after the one term provisional acceptance will result in dismissal from the program.
  • Denied Admission: The candidate is not admitted to the teacher education program and may not enroll in professional education courses.
  • Candidates who have twice been denied admission to the DSU Teacher Education program will not be allowed to reapply. Applications are reviewed twice per year—at the end of the fall and spring semesters. Applications are not accepted or reviewed during the summer months.

Retention in Teacher Education

Following admission to Teacher Education, candidates’ good standing will be reviewed each semester by the Teacher Education Council. Candidates may be placed on probation or removed from the program if the candidate:

  • Fails to exhibit professional behavior in all courses, field experiences, and interactions with peers and faculty;
  • Violates the student code of conduct or criminal law;
  • Earns a grade less than “C” in any course of the professional education sequence or major requirements;
  • Allows his/her GPA to fall below 2.75;
  • Displays unsatisfactory knowledge, skills, and dispositions as determined by program faculty

Candidates placed on probation have one semester in which to rectify the condition resulting in probation. If the condition is not removed at the end of the probationary semester, the candidate will be dismissed from the program.

Teacher Education candidates are permitted to retake only one major or professional education course while in the program.

Once admitted into the Teacher Education program, candidates must take at least one major course each fall and spring semester. Candidates who fail to take a major course in more than one fall or spring semester without first notifying the department will be removed from the program and must reapply to be reinstated.
Candidates can apply for readmission only once.

Admission to Pre-Service Teaching

All education candidates must complete a full-time, fourteen-week pre-service teaching experience. Completed applications for pre-service teaching are due at the department office on the following dates:

Spring Pre-Service Teachers:

  • Applications due October 25th (Dickinson campus); October 15th (Bismarck campus)

Fall Pre-Service Teachers:

  • Applications due March 15th (Dickinson campus); March 1st (Bismarck campus)

Admission requirements for Pre-Service Teaching include:

  • 2.75 cumulative GPA;
  • 2.75 GPA in major (for elementary education GPA calculations, the major is defined as all courses listed under the major except BIOL 111/111L);
  • 2.50 GPA in minor (for those with double majors, one may be treated as a minor for GPA purposes); 
  • Completion of all major and professional education courses with a “C” or better (or “S” for “S/U” courses) by end of application term;
  • Recommendation by the chairperson of the candidate’s major;
  • Beginning Fall 2014, pre-service teaching applicants must provide scores for all Praxis exams required for licensure. Beginning Spring 2015, applicants must provide passing scores on all Praxis exams required for licensure;
  • Proof of liability insurance;
  • Fingerprint background check;
  • Successful portfolio defense.

The Teacher Education Council (TEC) will make final decisions regarding admission to Pre-Service Teaching. In cases where the TEC must refuse admission to candidates, assistance will be given for developing other career plans.

Pre-Service Placement Policy

Pre-service teaching candidates are permitted to request up to three schools/districts in which to complete the pre-service teaching experience; however, they are not guaranteed placement in their preferred sites. Factors included in the placement decision-making process include variation of the candidate’s early field experiences, as well as the needs of the cooperating school/district. Additionally, secondary candidates cannot complete their pre-service teaching experience in the same high school from which they graduated; and no candidate may complete pre-service teaching with a cooperating teacher who was once his/her teacher in a K-12 setting. Under no circumstances should candidates attempt to secure their own placements. All arrangements for pre-service teaching are handled through the Director of Field Experiences.

Candidates will be placed within an 80 mile radius of their base campus. If they wish to complete their pre-service teaching beyond this radius, the following conditions must be met: (1) Candidates must have a 3.0 cumulative and content-specific GPA; (2) Candidates must have the recommendation from both a Teacher Education faculty member and, if secondary, a content area faculty member; and (3) Approval from the Teacher Education Department Chair.

If the aforementioned conditions have been met, the Director of Field Experiences will attempt to secure an out-of-area placement. Such placements incur additional fees for university supervisor travel and/or contract remuneration. Depending on the distance from campus, the chair may assign a DSU faculty member to serve as university supervisor. In those cases, candidates are responsible to paying additional travel expenses beyond the 80 mile radius. In cases where a DSU faculty member cannot serve as university supervisor, a supervisor closer to the placement site will need to be hired. Candidates will be responsible for paying the full supervision fee, which varies regionally within the range of $350 to $3000. Fees associated with out-of-area placements will be added to the candidate’s DSU bill for pre-service teaching term.

Exit from Teacher Education

Candidates who earn an “S” (satisfactory) grade for pre-service teaching and have completed all program requirements may successfully exit the program. Candidates cannot successfully complete pre-service teaching without having completed all required assignments as detailed in the Pre-Service Teaching Handbook. Additionally, the Unit Plan and Impact on Student Learning project must be completed with a score of “proficient” (3) or better on each criterion; otherwise, candidates will need to revise and resubmit. Candidates must score at “emergent” (2) or above (with no more than 3 “emergent” scores) on all criteria in the final evaluation rubric.

DSU candidates who successfully complete all of the requirements of the Teacher Education Program will be recommended to ESPB for initial teacher licensure in the state of North Dakota by the chair of the Department of Education. Those candidates interested in becoming licensed/certified in another state should contact that state’s Department of Education to determine guidelines for reciprocity.

All initial licenses shall be valid for two consecutive years. Teachers may apply for a five-year license after having completed a total of 18 months of successful teaching in North Dakota on a valid North Dakota license.

Appeal Process for Admission, Retention and Exit Decisions

Candidates may appeal decisions made with regard to their admission, retention, or exit of the Teacher Education program. To request an appeal from the Teacher Education Department Chair, the candidate must within ten (10) business days write a letter explaining the desired outcome and providing a solid rationale for a revised decision. The Department Chair will send written notification of the appeal decision to the candidate and the Teacher Education Council. If the candidate is not satisfied with the decision of the chair, s/he may appeal to the Dean of the College of Education, Business, and Applied Sciences (CEBAS). This appeal must be submitted in writing within ten (10) business days of being notified of the departmental appeal decision. The CEBAS Dean will notify the candidate of the decision in writing within ten (10) business days. If unsatisfied with the Dean’s decision, the candidate may appeal to the Provost in writing within ten (10) business days of the Dean’s decision. The Provost will provide a response within ten (10) business days. The Provost is the last level of appeal and this decision is final.