Formal admission to the program occurs when the student is eligible to take TEAC 201 with 30 hours of college credit and a 2.5 G.P.A. At that point students must complete the requirements on the admissions form and participate in the entrance interview.
During the summer students will complete the entrance interview process by submitting three personal/professional references, a handwritten autobiography, and a one-page typed essay entitled, “Why I Want to Become a Teacher.” After those documents have been reviewed, the Principal Advisor for Teacher Education will schedule a group interview of three to four candidates at a time. This three member interview committee will be comprised of the Principal Advisor for Teacher Education, one pedagogical faculty/staff member, and one general education faculty/staff member. This interview process is not designed to limit or deny enrollment but to review candidate disposition as it relates to the teaching profession: a) ability to communicate effectively, b) positive attitude regarding the profession, and c) positive attitude regarding young children and concern for their individual development and learning
Students will be required to undergo a criminal background check and will be offered the opportunity to work on simulated PRAXIS tests, PLATO modules remediation, instruction in the electronic portfolio system (PASS-PORT), and an invitation to join the BRCC Future Educators Club. When they are eligible to take TEAC 203 and approach graduation, they must schedule an exit interview with the designated members of the Teacher Education Council and the receiving institutions in our service area.
Graduation requirements for the program include a minimum 2.5 G.P.A., a grade of “C” or better on all 66 hours of coursework for degree credit, the satisfactory completion of a combination exit/admission interview with BRCC and the receiving institution, a satisfactory collection of artifacts for PASS-PORT (the electronic portfolio), the passing of PRAXIS I, and the passing of PRAXIS II, the elementary content knowledge portion.