TEP Information

The Teacher Education Program at Athens State University promotes professional development of students who seek teaching as a career, students who will become Reflective Practitioners. The program is approved by the Alabama State Department of Education and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Students are advised and assisted in each phase of their preparation program. The College of Education offers undergraduate degrees leading to Class B Certification in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Elementary/Collaborative K-6 Education, Physical Education, Special Education K-6, 6-12 (Collaborative Teacher), and Technical Education. The College of Education also offers secondary certification in the following College of Arts and Sciences programs through a minor in Education: Art, Biology, Chemistry, English/Language Arts, History, Mathematics and Social Science.

Admission into the Teacher Education Program (TEP)

Students seeking a degree that leads to certification through a College of Education program, or a College of Arts and Sciences program with a minor in Education, must apply and be accepted into the Teacher Education Program (TEP). Students applying for admission into the TEP Program must meet all the TEP admission requirements. No more than five courses in the Professional Education Requirements of the program of study may be completed before admittance to the TEP Program. Check plan of study for approved courses. Courses that require admission to the TEP Program are not accepted as transfer credit (no exceptions).

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements for admission into the TEP?

Step 1: GPA requirements

  • GPA Requirements for College of Education program majors: Overall GPA 2.75, Professional Studies GPA 2.75, Teaching Field GPA 2.75
  • GPA Requirements for Arts & Science programs with a minor in Education: Overall GPA 2.75, Professional Studies GPA 2.75, Teaching Field GPA 2.75
  • NOTE: This change is an AL State Department requirement and affects all students seeking certification, regardless of the catalog year or Plan of Study.

Step 2: General education courses and pre-professional courses have been completed with a grade of C or higher. (Areas I-V)

  • General Education Courses and Major Prerequisites (Pre-Professional) Courses completed and all transcripts must be on file with the Records Office and must appear on the Athens State transcript in Banner.
  • All general education courses on the plan of study specific to the student’s degree must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher

Step 3: Completion of 2 professional education courses and 2 teaching field courses.

  • Course Requirements: Completion of 2 professional education and 2 teaching field courses.

Step 4: Praxis Core Exam – Completed and passed all three sections.

  • Alabama Educator Certification Testing Program (AECTP) Basic Skills Test: completed and received a passing score all three areas

Step 5: ABI/FBI background clearance

  • ABI/ FBI Background Clearance / Fingerprinting: completed and cleared

Step 6: Negative TB test

  • TB Test: negative TB test results must be on file in the Teacher Education Services Department

Step 7: TEP interview

  • TEP interview: Students must complete an interview scheduled through their advisor

Step 8: LiveText Portfolio

  • LiveText Portfolio Review: Student’s LiveText portfolio will be evaluated by their advisor
    • Field Experience Portfolio Requirements

Step 9: Field Experience

* Field Experience

** Successful completion of ED 302

** Successful completion of the 3 required days of field experience

** In-service Technical Education Instructors – submit verification of employment from LEA

Step 10: Teaching and Learning Conference

** Successful completion of the Teaching & Learning Conference hosted on the Athens State Main Campus

** In-service Technical Education Instructors – submit verification of employment from LEA

FINAL STEP – Faculty vote

  • Receive the approval of the faculty of the College of Education
What is the first step in the process of applying for admission into the TEP?

Step 1: Students must complete the online TEP application. This should be completed within the first 3 weeks of the semester, once a student becomes eligible.

Refer to Question #1 for the requirements for TEP Admission.

How do I submit an online application for admission into the TEP?

Directions to complete online TEP application:

  1. Go to Athens State Online
  2. Enter your user name and password
  3. Go to Student Tab.
  4. Go to TEP Application Link
  5. Select current term.
  6. Complete application and submit.

A confirmation email will be sent to the student upon successful submission of the online TEP application.

What are all the steps in applying for admission into the TEP?

Step 1: Students must complete the online TEP application. This should be completed within the first 3 weeks of the semester, once a student becomes eligible. Refer to Question #1 for the requirements for TEP Admission.Step 2: After successfully submitting the online TEP application, students are to:

  1. Email their COE advisor to schedule an interview
  2. “Share” their LiveText portfolio with their COE advisor

Step 3: When the student has successfully completed the TEP interview and received an acceptable or target evaluation on their LiveText portfolio, then the College of Education faculty will vote on final approval for admission.

Step 4: Students will receive an email regarding their status of admission into the TEP program.

Step 5: Upon approval for admission into the TEP program, students may then register for TEP courses.

When can I begin the steps of applying for admission into the TEP?

The online TEP application is available at any time during the semester. It is recommended that students complete the online application within the first 3 weeks of the semester, once a student is eligible.

What are the interview and portfolio requirements for admission into the TEP?
What is the length of time in which my plan of study is considered to be current?

Students have five years to complete a plan of study based on the date of admission into the University. After five years, the student must be moved to a current plan of study.

What are the procedures if I fail to meet the TEP Program requirements after I have already been admitted into the TEP Program?

A student may be dropped from the Teacher Education Program for failure to maintain the standards of performance required for admission to the program. The student will be supervised and evaluated in an effort to eliminate his or her deficiencies.

Can I transfer courses from another institution that are designated on my plan of study as TEP courses?

No, courses that require admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) are not accepted as transfer credit (no exceptions).

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