Teacher Education Program (TEP) Handbook


Education Studies Program

Berea College

Berea, KY 40404



This Teacher Education Programs Handbook contains information about the policies, procedures, requirements associated with preparing students for certification to teach. The purpose of this handbook is to serve as a guide for students interested in teaching. Students are responsible for reading the entire handbook. The information enclosed is accurate at the time of printing. However, polices are subject to change based on state guidelines.

Questions or comments concerning in this handbook should be directed to Lisa Rosenbarker


August 2017




Dr. Yoli Carter, Robert Billings Chair

extension 3177, room 103A

Dr. Maggie Robillard, Assistant Professor

extension 3623, room 104E

Dr. Jon Saderholm, Associate Professor

extension 3101, room 103B

Dr. Althea Webb, Associate Professor

extension 3111, room 103C

Dr. Penelope Wong, Associate Professor

extension 3107, room 104D


Lisa Rosenbarker, EDS Coordinator of Student and Faculty Services

extension 3072, room 104B

Jacob Stoebel, Assessment and Technology Systems Specialist

extension 3388, room 104C





Required Submission Pieces 6

Additional Requirements for Admission into the Teacher Education Program 7

Application Review Process 7

TEP Policy for late submissions 21

Appeal Process 22

Core Academic Skills for Educators Exam Policy 22

Retention in the Teacher Education Program 24

Additional Resources 24


Professional Growth Plan 22


KFETS Policy 23

Travel Reimbursement 24


Overview of required application to student teaching portfolio written components 25

Additional Requirements for Admission to the Student Teaching Term. 25



Education Studies Learning Goals and Outcomes 29


If you want to gain certification to teach, then you can choose from many certification areas at Berea. Each certification program typically takes nine semesters to complete, ending in a term of student teaching. Each available certification area is listed below.

Elementary education for grades P-5

Middle grades mathematics for grades 5-9

Middle grades science for grades 5-9

For the following certification areas, you must double major in the content area and in Teaching and Curriculum with Certification.

Biology for grades 8-12

Chemistry for grades 8-12

Engineering and Technology for grades 5-12 (you must major in Technology and Applied Design: Engineering and Technology Education concentration)

English for grades 8-12 (you must major in English with a concentration in literature)

Mathematics for grades 8-12

Music for grades P-12

Instrumental (you must major in Music Education Instrumental Emphasis with P-12 Teaching Certification)

Vocal (you must major in Music Education Vocal Emphasis with P-12 Teaching Certification)

Physical education for grades P-12(you must major in Health and Human Performance Education with P-12 Certification)

Physical education for grades P-12 and Health (you must major in Health and Human Performance Education with P-12 Certification and minor in Health Teaching)

Physics for grades 8-12

Social Studies for grades 8-12 (you must major in History)


All students pursuing an initial teaching certificate must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. This application process can begin as early as the 3rd term, but must be accomplished by the end of the 5th term. Prior to submission, students will be expected to meet with their advisor in order to review the application to TEP process and to sign their curriculum contract in which includes agreement to uphold the EPSB Code of Ethics. Certification Area curriculum contracts can be found at the following links:

5-9 Mathematics

5-9 Science



Elementary, P-5

Engineering and Technology




Music, Instrumental

Music, Vocal

Physical Education


Social Studies

Required Submission Pieces

1.  Why I Want To Teach Essay

2.  Resume

A Moodle site is created each term for the purpose of essay and resume submissions. The due dates for these pieces are September 1st, 2017 or the Monday that follows if the 1st falls on a weekend, for the fall semester and February 1st, 2018 or the Monday that follows if the 1st fall on a weekend, for the spring semester. Each rubric section of the essay must receive at least a score of 2 and each bold element of the resume must be present in order to be successful. A student can’t be admitted to the Teacher Education Program otherwise.

The directions and scoring rubric can be found at the following link TEP Application Directions and Rubric

Additional Requirements for Admission into the Teacher Education Program

1.  Possess a cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.75 or 3.00 in the past 30 credit hours (equals approximately seven and a half full credit classes from Berea College) and earn at least a “C” inEDS 150and B- or higher in one other course within your field of study (preferablyEDS 227,EDS 228,MUS 118BorHHP 125).

2.  Successfully complete all sections of the Core Academic Skills for Educators delivered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in the areas of mathematics, reading, and writing.

3.  Submit a Character and Fitness Form.

4.  Submit a signed Student Curriculum Contract.

5.  Submit a Signed Kentucky Code of Ethics Commitment Form and demonstrate no evidence of willful failure to maintain that commitment.

6.  Sign 3 waivers allowing the unit to check academic, labor, and student life for clearance of infractions.

7.  Exhibit proficiency in communication in all areas essential to teaching as displayed in classes, course work, written statements, and interviews. Candidates must also exhibit proficiency in the areas of critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration.

8.  Receive a favorable recommendation from the Education Studies Department which includes a consideration for candidate disposition.

9.  Receive favorable recommendations from two faculty members outside of the Education Studies Department.

10.  Complete a group interview with TEC members in order to assess dispositions. This is to inform the Professional Growth Plan and does not require a minimum score on rubric elements.

You must be admitted to the TEP before you are allowed to take any of the following classes;


EDS 338, EDS 339, EDS 435, EDS 440, EDS 479, EDS 484, MAT 202, MUS 326, MUS 342, MUS 335, MUS 328, MUS 329, MUS 336, MUS 337, HHP 315, HHP 345, HHP 350, HHP 362, & HHP 492

Application Review Process

1.  There are two randomly selected EDS faculty readers that assess the essay and resume. One is considered the first reader and the other reader serves as the second reader. Using the rubric for the TEP essay a resume, both readers will score the candidate on each indicator. Each indicator must receive at least a score of two (2) in order for the essay to be satisfactory and each bold element of the resume must be present.

2.  Scores and comments will be made available to the student by way of Moodle.

3.  The EDS program will consider each candidate based on all the criteria and then make a recommendation for admission to the TEP.

4.  All submission materials, along with a summary of requirements will be presented to a Teacher Education Committee (TEC) Review Team for final review and recommendation.

5.  The TEC will meet each semester to consider candidates to the TEP. The Committee notifies candidates by letter regarding its decision.

a.  If the candidate is accepted, s/he is permitted to enroll in education courses to which admission to TEP is prerequisite and to work toward admission to Student Teaching.

b.  If the candidate is not accepted, s/he receives a letter indicating the reasons for the decision and should seek advice from his/her advisor concerning options for continued education.

TEP Policy for late submissions

Part of a successful Application for Admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) is ensuring that you submit all the required work on time. Each applicant is notified well in advance of when the application is due and is expected to contact his/her adviser with any questions concerning completion. The adviser is available to read drafts and check on progress of the TEP in a timely manner. An extension may be granted if there are extenuating circumstances.

As soon as a candidate realizes s/he will not be able to meet the deadline, s/he must immediately notify his/her adviser and chair of the EDS program. The adviser and the candidate will discuss the next steps. If a candidate chooses to formally request an extension, it must be in writing and should explain the following points with sufficient detail. Email is an acceptable form of communication.

·  The reason(s) why an extension is being requested

·  A brief summary that explains 1) when you were notified about the application, 2) how you approached the TEP, 3) when you began it, 4) how often you worked on the draft, 5) and when you realized you wouldn’t be able to complete it.

·  Attach all drafts and completed work to this point

·  Briefly describe any communication with adviser or other EDS staff regarding the TEP

·  Estimate how much time you will need to compete this application to the best of your ability

After reviewing the letter, the chair of the EDS unit will contact the candidate with the decision.

If the candidate is denied admission, s/he may be asked to delay resubmission until the following semester. Please note that only candidates admitted to the TEP may continue to take certification classes.

Appeal Process

Candidates not accepted to the Teacher Education Program may appeal the decision to the Teacher Education Committee (TEC) within five (5) days from the date of notification. The appeal should include pertinent data not available to the Committee at the time of its original action. It should be addressed to the chairperson of the TEC. The candidate is notified of the time and place of the appeal meeting. If the candidate wishes, s/he may appear before the Teacher Education Committee (TEC) in person. Legal or local counsel may not be involved in the appeal hearing but could become involved should additional appeals be sought. The chair of the TEC informs the candidate of the committee’s decision. In the event that the candidate wishes to pursue additional appeals, s/he should consult the Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculty regarding further hearings.

Core Academic Skills for Educators Exam Policy

Students must pass all three sections of the Core Academic Skills for Educators exam (Praxis I) in order to be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. All students may qualify for funding to take their exam by meeting the following requirements.

·  While enrolled in EDS 150: Introduction to Education: Thinking about Learning, Teaching and Schooling (the following must be completed in the same semester as EDS 150).

o  Student completes a fee waiver request form and submits it to the Assessment and Technology Systems Specialist.

o  Student completes a practice exam and sends the results to the Assessment and Technology Systems Specialist. The student’s advisor will be notified of non-passing scores.

o  Student completes preparation in the areas recommended by the Assessment and Technology Systems Specialist (the CTL for reading and writing, the designated math preparation specialist for math).

o  The student schedules her/his exam according to the following deadlines.

If EDS 150 is taken in… / Student takes Praxis exam by…
Fall / End of May (the following calendar year)
Spring / End of August (the same calendar year)

·  If the student completes all of the requirements listed above and does not receive funding from Educational Testing Service (ETS), the Education Studies Program will cover the full test fee.

·  If a student receives a fee waiver from ETS, he or she must use that waiver before its expiration date. Failure to use a fee waiver voucher may result in a student not receiving test funding from Berea College.

·  If a student misses any of the above deadlines, he or she may still qualify for test funding by writing a letter to the Education Studies Programs Chair. In this letter, the student must outline why they missed the deadline and describe in detail how they will be sure to not miss important deadlines in the future. In these cases, decisions on funding will be determined by fund availability and the Chair’s discretion.

·  If, while remediating on the Praxis exam, a student’s tutor feels that he or she is not ready to take the exam, the tutor may recommend to Education Studies that the student wait to take the exam in order to have more time for preparation. In these cases, the student’s deadline to take the exam will be extended. Extensions will be granted by a tutor’s recommendation and considered upon an advisor’s recommendation. Tutors do not typically make these recommendations until they have worked with a student several times to assess readiness.

·  If a student has a compelling reason for not being able to meet the above requirements, she/he may request an extension. To do so, the student would write a brief letter to the Education Studies Programs Chair stating the reasons for needing an extension. Extensions will be granted at the discretion of the Chair.


If a student needs to retest any part of her/his exam, he or she may apply for funding for a retest. To do so, the student must write a letter to the Education Studies Programs Chair and the student’s Education Studies advisor detailing why she/he did not pass and how she/he plans to improve. Successful letters will include a thoughtful, specific study plan to achieve a passing score. All decisions on funding are based on the Chair's discretion and availability of funds.

Transportation Costs

For any test where EDS is paying for the exam or the student has received a fee waiver, EDS will also pay for transportation. Students have the following options for transportation to the testing center.

·  Use a personal vehicle. EDS will reimburse students according to the college rate for mileage. See the EDS Coordinator of Student and Faculty Services for more details on mileage reimbursement.