The Teacher Certification Program meets National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards of English Teacher Education programs.

education classroomStudents will complete student teaching, coursework and testing requirements for recommendation for certification in South Carolina consistent with the College of Education’s conceptual framework. This framework provides direction for programs, courses, teaching and teacher candidate assessment. The framework is built on the conceptual model of the “Professional Educator” as one who demonstrates these Learner Outcomes: 

The Professional Educator

  1. integrates content knowledge and skills of scholarly inquiry to teach all students;
  2. plans, provides, and assesses learning experiences that are supported by research, knowledge of best practice and professional standards;
  3. communicates and collaborates with diverse populations (students, educators, families and community members) exhibiting professional behaviors and dispositions; and
  4. engages in reflection and professional development to foster student learning and inform instructional decisions.

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Note: The information below provides convenient links to some of the courses required for this degree; however, it should not be used as a course registration guide. Please refer to the official Lander University Academic Catalog for the most accurate and up-to-date program requirements.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS1  CREDIT HOURS
Humanities and Fine Arts

6

Behavioral and Social Perspectives 6
Scientific and Mathematical Reasoning 7
ENGL 101 3
ENGL 102 3
Approved Mathematics 3
Approved Foreign Language 3
LINK 101 1
FALS 101 (15 FALS-approved events) 0
Approved General Education Electives2

10

Total General Education Requirements 42

For approved courses see the General Education section
2 Students are required to take at least one Global Issues and Cultures course prior to graduation

 

MAJOR PROGRAM CORE REQUIREMENTS CREDIT HOURS
ENGL 200 3
ENGL 201 3
ENGL 202 3
ENGL 345 3
ENGL 499 3

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS CREDIT HOURS
102-level Foreign Language 0-3*
200-level Foreign Language 0-3*
ENGL 402 3
ENGL 413 3
ENGL 451 3

*English majors are required to complete foreign language study through the intermediate level (SPAN or FR 203). Students who place into a 101-level foreign language course for general education will also be required to take the 102-level course before proceeding to a 200-level foreign language course. Students who place above the 203 Intermediate level are exempt from the major requirement for foreign language; they will still need to meet the General Education Core Academic Skills foreign language requirement.

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ELECTIVES  CREDIT HOURS
300-level English courses 6
400-level English courses
Include U.S., British, and world literature and works by female writers.
Must be approved by an advisor.
6
Total Major Program Requirements 36-42

 

TEACHER CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS CREDIT HOURS
EDUC 203 0.5
EDUC 204 3
EDUC 223 3
EDUC 240 3
EDUC 320 3
EDUC 321 3
EDUC 329 0.5
EDUC 429 1
EDUC 499 1
EDUC 461 11
SPED 223 3
   
Total Teacher Certification Requirements 32
Additional Electives 4-10
TOTAL FOR BA DEGREE 120

 

  • Freshman Year: State Basic Skills Exam (PRAXIS Core)
  • Sophomore Year: Application for admission to major in Teacher Education; screening interview; cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Junior Year: Application for student teaching; professional education GPA 3.00 or higher; cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Senior Year: Content Area Exams (PRAXIS II) and PLT; professional education GPA of 3.00 or higher; cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher; Graduation Application; FALS
  • Students must earn a “C” or better in 100-level art courses before proceeding to the sophomore studio courses and also maintain at least a 2.3 GPA in art courses in order to graduate with a major in Visual Arts.
  • Students must earn a “C” or better in all program requirement courses.
  • Coursework must include at least 30 hours earned in 300 or above level courses, of which 12 hours must be in the major.
  • See the 4-year major guide for recommended order in which to take courses

 

Student Eligibility

Students enrolled in Secondary or PK-12:

Initial Level (First Year)

  1. Participate in initial Advising and Induction.
  2. Take PRAXIS Core or exempt with 22 ACT or 1100 SAT score.
  3. Maintain a 3.0 GPA in all professional courses; achieve a grade of “B” or higher in each field experience; achieve a grade of “C” or higher in all EDUC, ECED, and SPED courses (see catalog for further details, including each department's GPA requirements within the specific content area).

Provisional Level (Second Year)

  1. Complete Initial Level requirements.
  2. Complete a SLED check.
  3. Display professional dispositions and behavior at target levels.
  4. Obtain a minimum 2.75 GPA on Lander coursework; maintain a 3.0 GPA in all professional courses; achieve a grade of “B” or higher in each field experience; achieve a grade of “C” or higher in all EDUC, ECED, and SPED courses (see catalog for further details, including each department's GPA requirements within the specific content area).
  5. Pass PRAXIS Core or exempt with 22 ACT or 1100 SAT score.
  6. Submit Sophomore Portfolio.
  7. Gather and submit references.
  8. Successfully complete an (April) oral interview with Teacher Education faculty.
  9. Successfully complete other reviews as required by departments in specific content areas.

Formal Level (Third Year)

  1. Complete Provisional Level requirements.
  2. Display professional dispositions and behavior at target levels.
  3. Obtain a minimum 2.75 GPA on Lander coursework; maintain a 3.0 GPA in all professional courses; achieve a grade of “B” or higher in each field experience; achieve a grade of “C” or higher in all EDUC, ECED, and SPED courses (see catalog for further details, including each department's GPA requirements within the specific content area).
  4. Participate in Induction and Pinning Ceremony.
  5. Successfully complete departmental requirements for PRAXIS II.
  6. Successfully complete other departmental requirements, reviews, projects, or milestones.

Candidate Level (Fourth Year)

  1. Complete Formal Level requirements.
  2. Complete FALS requirements before student teaching semester.
  3. Enter candidacy with formal admission to the teacher education program.
  4. Display professional dispositions and behavior at target levels.
  5. Obtain a minimum 2.75 GPA on Lander coursework; maintain a 3.0 GPA in all professional courses; achieve a grade of “B” or higher in each field experience; achieve a grade of “C” or higher in all EDUC, ECED, and SPED courses (see catalog for further details, including each department's GPA requirements within the specific content area).
  6. Successfully complete departmental requirements for PRAXIS II.
  7. Successfully complete departmental requirements for PLT.
  8. Successfully complete other departmental requirements, reviews, projects, or milestones.