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Cornell offers majors in both Elementary and Secondary Education. Students desiring to be licensed to teach in the public and private K-12 schools should apply before December 1 of their sophomore year to the Education Department for admission to the Teacher Education Program, using the forms available on-line (http://www.cornellcollege.edu/education/admission) and from the Education Office in Room 103 of College Hall. Those seeking admission to the Teacher Education Program after December 1 of their sophomore year must have special permission from the chair of the Education Department to apply.
The following additional conditions must be met before the Education Department will approve the application: the student must (1) have filed a Declaration of Degree Program and Major(s) with the Registrar; (2) have completed two 200-level Education courses; (3) have a Cornell cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher; (4) have submitted one positive letter of recommendation from a faculty member outside the Education Department; (5) be in good standing - not on probation - academically and with the Cornell Division of Student Affairs; and (6) have successfully achieved passing scores on the Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Tests.
Successful completion of the Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Tests is required for all Cornell students seeking admission to the Teacher Education Program. These tests determine college-level competence in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. It is strongly recommended that students register to take the Praxis tests during the fall of their sophomore year. These exams are given by Educational Testing Service (at Iowa City and numerous other nationwide locations) during August, September, November, January, March, April, and June of each year. Registration is due one month in advance and score reports are available 4-6 weeks after the tests are taken. Specific dates for each academic year are posted early and the Registration Bulletin and sample questions are available at the Education Office in Room 103 of College Hall. The registration fee is approximately $150.00 and is the responsibility of the student. Students must receive a score of 175 or above on the reading section, 173 or above on the mathematics section, and 173 or above on the writing section. If students score below the cut-off on one or more tests, they will be required to retake the test on which a low score was awarded. If the student's scores, after taking the test the second time, still fall below the minimum, admission is possible on the following criteria:
All students must meet this requirement and have passing scores on file in the Education Department by February of their sophomore year before they can register for 300-level Education courses.
The final decision on admission rests with the Education Department and will be made after evaluating a completed application and the student's performance and professional teaching demeanor in the Cornell classroom. Before taking her/his first 200-level Education course, each student must access the department information on-line and study it carefully. Students may not undertake 300-level Education courses until they are admitted to the Teacher Education Program.
In order to be admitted to student teaching, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.7 or higher, complete a Student Teacher Application and Preference form by January 15 of the junior year, complete all the required 200-level Education courses with a minimum 2.7 grade point average and all 300-level Education courses with a minimum 2.7 grade point average, be recommended by the chair of the Education Department, pass a criminal background check, and be accepted by a local mentor classroom teacher. Before being admitted to student teaching, a student seeking a license in Secondary Education must have completed six course credits in the teaching subject matter major. Student teaching must be done during three consecutive terms: preferably Terms One, Two, and Three of the senior year or a fifth year, unless unusual circumstances, certified by the student's advisor and the chair of the Education Department, demand otherwise. Students desiring to student teach in Chicago must apply to the Academic Standing Committee by February 1 of their junior year. See Index. Off-Campus Programs. All student teaching assignments are made within thirty miles of Mount Vernon or in Chicago unless exceptional personal circumstances exist. Students should refer to the Education Department's web site for an in-depth review of off-campus student teaching requests.
After a student has successfully completed three consecutive terms of student teaching, the senior seminar, and has received a baccalaureate degree, the Education Department, in consultation with the student's cooperating mentor teacher, will make the final decision on Cornell College's recommendation for state licensure. A criminal background check is required. Completion of student teaching and the Education major does NOT guarantee recommendation for a teaching license.
All students should note that teacher licenses are issued by individual states; therefore, if students believe they may be moving to a location outside of Iowa after being graduated, they should examine the specific requirements for the state(s) in question and plan for meeting these additional requirements. Normally, Iowa license holders meet with little difficulty when applying for out-of-state licenses. Information on all state license requirements can be found in the Education Office in College Hall.
Whether a candidate for the B.A., B.Mus., or B.S.S. degree, every teacher education major must complete the following requirements. B.A. candidates should note that not all the options for satisfying the B.A. requirements will satisfy the State of Iowa's General Education requirements for licensure, which are:
Elementary Education Major: A minimum of 12 course credits in Education, which include EDU 205, 215, 230, 240, 314, 317, 318, 319, 410, 420, 430, and 483; two of the following courses: ART 371 (Art Methods), KIN 324 (Elementary Physical Education Methods), or MUS 301 (Elementary School Music). A second major or the completion of a six-course license area in one of the following teaching subjects: history, science, language arts, or social studies is strongly recommended. Students seeking a B.A. degree in Elementary Education must earn 33 Cornell College credits to be graduated. Students should be careful to check the degree requirements of all states they may be considering for relocation. When recommended by the Education Department, the completion of the Elementary Education major qualifies the student for a K-6 elementary classroom teaching license in the State of Iowa.
Secondary Education Major: A minimum of 10 course credits in Education, which include EDU 205, 215, 230, 240, 328, 410, 420, 430, and 483; a methods course in your content area: ART 371 (Art Methods), EDU 308, 322, 324, KIN 331 (Physical Education Methods for Secondary Schools), LAL 308 (Language Teaching Methodology), or MUS 331 (Music Education Seminar); and an approved teaching major in the area of licensure. A list of approved teaching majors is available from the Education Office. The requirements for these are set forth in the departmental listings under the rubric ``Teaching Major.'' Students seeking teacher preparation in Kinesiology, Music, French, German, Latin, Russian, or Spanish must consult the appropriate department for the special requirements pertaining to courses in methods of instruction. When recommended by the Education Department, the completion of the Secondary Education major and an approved teaching major qualify the student for a 7-12 teaching license in the State of Iowa.
Second Teaching Areas for Secondary Education Majors: Students who have a teaching major in Economics and Business, History, Politics, Psychology, or Sociology, or an individualized major in Anthropology must add one or more of the following areas as a second teaching license area: American Government, Anthropology, Economics, Psychology, Sociology, United States History, or World History. The requirements for these second teaching areas are described under the respective departmental listings and are also available from the Education Office. Students with teaching majors in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, or Physics should consider adding the all-science license area. Details on the requirements for these licenses are found in the Education Office.
Title II Reporting Summary. The annual report required by Title II of the 1998 Higher Education Act is on file in the Education Office. The Cornell College Teacher Education Program is accredited by the Iowa Department of Education and meets all of the requirements of Title II. The Cornell College Teacher Education Program is in good standing with the State of Iowa and the federal government and is NOT listed as a low-performing Teacher Education Program.
Transportation: Students are responsible for their own transportation, at their own expense, when coursework requires their presence in off-campus classrooms and internships.
205. Foundations of Education
215. Educational Psychology
230. Exceptional Learner
240. Human Relations
308. Language Teaching
314. Methods of Elementary Mathematics
317. Methods of Elementary Science and Social
318. Methods of Elementary Language Arts and Reading
319. Children's Literature
322. Secondary Arts, Languages, and Adolescent
324. Secondary Mathematics, Science, and Social
328. Reading in the Content Area
Teaching I, II, & III
440. Student Teaching IV
Student Teaching I, II, III, &
483. Senior Seminar
966. Urban Education
For the following programs, see Index. Urban Education (ACM). Check with the Registrar and the Education Department the year before, during registration, for current application deadlines and procedures. Prerequisite: admission to the Teacher Education Program or permission of the Program Advisor. LUCK
972. Foundations of Bilingual Education (spring)
973. Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL (spring)
974. Assessment: Oral and Literacy Skills Development (spring)