The University of Saint Francis teacher licensure program is for students who have a bachelor’s degree in a non-education field, or have a teaching license and want to add additional subjects to their license. We review each student’s transcripts individually to see if previous coursework can be applied to the licensure program. Multiple licensure areas are available:
- Elementary Education
- Health & Physical Education
- Language Arts
- Life Science
- Social Studies
- Special Education (Mild or Intense Intervention)
- Visual Art (P-12)
Transition to Teaching (TtT)
The University of Saint Francis' Department of Education offers a Transition to Teaching Program, Visual Art, Grades 5-12. Eligible TtT students must have a Bachelor's Degree in Art from an accredited institution. The TtT program consists of 18 credit hours.
- EDUC 201 Practicum in Teacher Education
- An on-campus and off-campus experience to familiarize the student with many of the functions of the teacher in various educational settings. All education students will meet on-campus for the purpose of developing an understanding of lesson planning and shared vision of collaboration for successfully taught integrative, multidisciplinary instruction. Off-campus practicum placement will provide students with 50 hours of authentic Pre-School-12 classroom experiences. Classes will be collaboratively taught and students will work in cooperative.
- ART 246 Fundamentals of Art II
- Methods of adapting various media and techniques to art classroom teaching.
- EDUC 301 Advanced Practicum in Teacher Education (TEE3)
- This advanced level practicum is designed for students committed to becoming teaching professionals. The foundational component of this seminar-style course is a 75-hour field placement. In-class sessions focus on dialogue and reflection about field placements. Topics include: classroom organization and student management, techniques for refining lesson plans and lesson delivery, profiling of assigned schools, and researching goals related to professional development. The class provides students with guidance in completing their Developing Portfolios.
- EDUC 389 Special Secondary Methods in Visual Arts
- With the State of Indiana academic standards as its point of reference, this course develops methods of presentation, instructional techniques and assessment tools commonly employed in classrooms serving students in regular, special and gifted education. As well, the course exposes teacher candidates to a variety of specific content instructional materials, and requires candidates to explore extracurricular, and content support activities. Fieldwork may be required.
- SPED 430 Behavior/Classroom Management
- Theories and systems of behavior management; practice in working with groups and individuals. Focus on acquisition and improvement of good interpersonal skills to facilitate cooperation among teachers, parents, professionals, students, and paraprofessionals. Exploring management systems for a successful learning environment through the use of behavior assessment tools and the development of problem solving, reasoning and collaborative learning skills.
- EDUC 486 Student Teaching-Middle/Secondary Visual Arts
- Application of educational principles and methods in the classroom through gradual introduction into the teaching-learning situation. Student teaching is the summative point in the Teacher Education program through which standard-based competencies are demonstrated. Education majors complete 16 weeks for ten credit hours of student teaching. Additional fees assessed.
- Hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States
- The degree's GPA must be at least 2.5 (undergraduate) or 2.8 (graduate) on a 4.0 grade point scale
- If the student's undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, GRE or MAT tests are required
Steps to Apply
- Completed application form (plus $20 fee if submitting the paper application)
- TtT students need to apply using the undegraduate application form
- Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended
- Must be sent directly from Registrar of institution(s) attended
- DD214 form (United States veterans only)
- Submit copies of your teacher license (if applicable)
- Demonstrate Basic Skills through one of the following:
- Pass CORE Academic Skills Assessment (CASA):
- Required CASA scores: Reading=20, Mathematics=19, Writing (MCQ)=20 and Writing (CRI)=5
- Earn an SAT Critical Reading and Math score of 1,100
- Earn an ACT composite score of 24
- Earn a GRE Verbal and Quantitative score of 301 (GRE score prior to 8/1/2011: 1100)
- Earn a prior master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Submit recommendations from two people who are capable of speaking about your academic ability and teaching potential. Must be submitted using our department form.
- Interview (TtT students only)
- Praxis II #0133 (until December 31, 2013); CORE Art Exam after January 1, 2014 (TtT students only)
If you have questions about getting started in our Professional Studies Academy, please contact your graduate counselor.