There are three specific transition points in Lyon’s teacher education program: Transition One: Pre-Admission, Transition Two: Admission to Internship, and Transition Three: Exit from Program.
Students must meet these requirements prior to the fall semester of their junior year as Lyon teacher education candidates enroll for their first practicum class. Upon enrolling in the class, students will have to provide documentation of a 2.75 cumulative GPA from Lyon or a transfer institution. Lyon also recommends that students should formally declare education as a major or added concentration and complete EDU 202 Overview of Teaching (or a comparable transfer course) with a “C” or better grade before enrolling in practicum.
During the spring semester of their junior year, students apply for a formal interview with the Liberal Arts Teacher Education Committee (LATEC) for their senior student teaching internship placement. Candidates must assemble and submit the following materials electronically prior to the interview for admission to internship:
• Student intern information form
• Philosophy of education statement from EDU 202 or, for transfer students, a typed statement explaining why you want to be a teacher
• Electronic copy of the Praxis Core Academic Skills exam scores that meet or exceed the required scores for teacher licensure in Arkansas
• Video sample of student instructing children of an appropriate age and in an appropriate field of study
• Names and email addresses of three references willing to complete candidate recommendation forms
• Two graded observation evaluations from practicum I and II
• Lyon transcript documenting at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA (transcript should also document at least a “C” grade in ENG 101/102, MTH 101 or a higher math course, and EDU 202)
NOTE: GPA calculation for internship admission will not include transferred credits. Students who do not meet the GPA requirement may submit a written request to the director of teacher education for reconsideration of admission to internship upon obtaining the required minimum cumulative Lyon GPA. Students who LATEC approve and who meet the criteria will receive admission to the senior year internship.
Students maintain an electronic portfolio documenting their progress in the program beginning with EDU 202. They submit the completed e-portfolio in the last semester of the senior year for review and final grading. They must submit the e-portfolio electronically and include selected artifacts from their education coursework. Candidates are provided with a checklist and rubric to aid them in preparing their portfolios for submission. Their submissions will include the following items:
• Copy of placement letter
• Signed copy of internship contract
• Student intern schedule
• Intern record of time at school
• Intern weekly report forms
• Lesson plans and observation forms from supervisor’s visits
• Video of teaching including lesson plan and evaluation
• In-depth child study
• Weekly lesson planning forms, dated and in order
• Completed class profile for each class taught
• Selected assessments from required courses
• Evidence of participation in personal/professional growth experience(s) related to the teaching profession (e.g. diverse field trip, attending a professional conference, etc.)
• Technological capstone presentation
• Praxis II scores: pedagogy and content knowledge. (Candidates must present passing scores on content knowledge exam(s) and submit passing scores on the pedagogy exam in order for the Arkansas Department of Education to recommend them for licensure.)
• Samples of student work related to a unit of study or lessons
• Any official documents–awards, certifications, etc.
• Photographs and visual documentation
• Student and parent sentiments (e.g., notes, cards, positive feedback, etc.)
• Inspiration items–poems, sayings, pictures, mottos that have an impact on your teaching
• Plans for the future
Lyon will archive all portfolios in an electronic format. Students can find more information about the portfolio in the Lyon College Teacher Education Handbook and on the Lyon website.
Students who meet these criteria and are in good standing will have completed the Liberal Arts Teacher Education Program, and the Arkansas Department of Education will recommend them for licensure. Candidates should be aware that the Arkansas Department of Education has access to and must consider any background check reflecting a conviction (pleading guilty or no contest or being found guilty by a jury or judge) for any offense listed in AR Code Ann. 6-17-410 as well as any felony involving physical or sexual injury, mistreatment, or abuse against another, including records that have been expunged, sealed, or subject to a pardon. The discovery of a record of conviction for any felony/non felony offense could result in the applicant being ineligible for an Arkansas educator’s license. For any questions about this, please call the ADE legal office at 501.682.4227.
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