The Secondary Education program at PC is accredited by the SD State Department of Education and the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Accreditation. Accreditation by AACTE (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education)
Teacher candidates will know and demonstrate the content, pedagogical and professional knowledge and skills necessary to help all students learn. Assessments will be given to ensure the candidate meets professional, state, and institutional standards and will understand the influence of diversity on teaching and learning. Students encounter several transition points during their path in the teacher education program. Students must meet minimum criteria as stated below for admittance, progression, and completion in the teacher education program. Data from portfolios, grade point averages, teacher work samples, less plans, student teaching evaluations, Praxis Pre-Professional Skills Test, and Praxis II Content and PLT examination scores will be used to assess competencies in areas related to the 10 INTASC standards.
The following are the requirements for admission, progression, and graduation in the Secondary Education program.
Prerequisites for Admission to the Secondary Education program
- Completion of application process
- Completion of a minimum of 45 semester credit hours
- Successful completion of the Praxis I, Pre-Professional Skills Test (reading 173, writing 172, and mathematics 171)
- Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.60
- Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.70 in major area of study, including education core
- Have a grade of “C” or better in the courses indicated with * (see checklist)
- Satisfactory completion of the Sophomore Teaching Experience found within the course “Foundations of Education I”
- Completion of health forms
- Completion of background testing
Progression Requirements in the Secondary Education program
- Maintain a 2.6 cumulative grade point average overall
- Maintain a 2.7 cumulative grade point average within education and major coursework
- Meet all program requirements and any pre-requisite requirements that may be stated in the College Catalog and/or the education program
- Documented progress on teaching portfolio
Graduation Requirements for Presentation College*
- Completion of application process
- Satisfy all financial obligations with the College
- Successfully complete a minimum of 120 hours for a Bachelor’s degree or credits as required for a major with an overall minimum cumulative GPA of 2.6 and a minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA in education and major courses as required by the education program.
- Complete a minimum of 30% of the degree in upper division courses for a Bachelor’s degree.
- Meet Presentation College residency requirements of 33 credits for a Bachelor’s degree
- Complete all work and residency requirements pertaining to the major field
- Complete general education requirements
- Complete assessment requirements for the College and education program, including all Praxis exams
- Complete 6 credits of Cultural Diversity courses
- Complete Technology Competency – either through test scores or successful completion of appropriate coursework with competency in Word Processing, Internet, Windows, and PowerPoint
- Complete E-Portfolio per the requirements of the College and the education program
- Complete required hours of volunteer service
*Information found on page 49-50 of the 2013-2014 College Catalog
Framework & Goals
The education program’s conceptual framework: “Preparing Caring, Reflective Teachers for a Changing World” establishes the foundation that ensures the coherence of curriculum, instruction, field experiences and assessments across the teacher education preparation program. The graphic above provides a visual representation of the conceptual framework for the secondary education program at Presentation College. It provides a productive catalyst for discussions that affect the core values of Presentation College’s education program and through continued conversations, will be an evolving concept.
Presentation College’s conceptual framework can be organized into three domains:
- Academic Excellence. In pedagogical and content knowledge through scholarly inquiry and guided practice. The teacher candidate will develop mastery of content knowledge and an understanding of the learning process. In addition, they will understand how students learn and develop, cognitively, physically, and affectively and how students differ in their approaches to learning.
- Reflective Analysis. Presentation College views reflection as a key component of the teacher-candidates’ growth process whereby they can review their experiences and transfer their learning to new situations.
- Christian Values/Service. Presentation College fosters gospel values as behavioral principles. Catholic ethical principles respecting life at all stages are fostered in instructional and student life situations throughout all Presentation College campuses. In response to the call for responsiveness to God and Community, 20 hours of volunteer service per year is part of the Presentation College learning experience.
Presentation College Education Goals
- The teacher-candidate will communicate effectively in verbal, nonverbal, and written forms, and use appropriate interpersonal skills in communicating with students, family members, school personnel, and the community.
- The teacher-candidate will learn the importance of becoming engaged citizens and to model characteristics of leadership and service that respect the diverse needs of others.
- The teacher-candidate will hold a strong foundation in general education, content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge, and demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning.
- The teacher-candidate will develop curriculum, use a variety of instructional techniques and use effective assessment evaluation strategies.
- The teacher-candidate will understand how students learn and develop, understand how students differ in their approach to learning, and provide learning opportunities that support the intellectual, social, and personal development of all students.
Licensure Pass Rates
- There are three different licensure tests secondary education students must pass to become a SD certified teacher. The first (PPST-pre-professional skills test) is taken during their sophomore year and includes basic reading, writing, and math. The second exam (Praxis 2) is the content exam for their particular area of study and the third licensure exam is a teaching and learning exam (PLT) taken during their student teaching experience in their final semester.