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University Council on Teacher Education

UCTE Policies

Conduct and Professionalism

Field Experiences

  • All candidates are required to complete the fingerprint version of the federal and state background check. This background check is valid for one year. The Office of Clinical Studies (OCS) must have a valid Criminal Background Check (CBC) on file for each candidate who is registered for a course with a field placement by the first day of classes. (It may take up to six weeks for OCS to receive the CBC results.) Failure to have a valid CBC on file in OCS by the first day of classes will mean that such candidates will be required to drop all courses with field placements for that semester. (Effective November 6, 2013)
  • The Teacher Education badge for the field placements consists of a plastic badge holder which contains a printed insert issued by The Office of Clinical Studies (OCS) and the Student ID Card. The printed insert will have the words “Teacher Candidate” at the top, an education-related logo in multiple colors, and an expiration date specific to that particular candidates’s area of study. The insert will be printed on either yellow or light blue paper depending on the year issued. Candidates will be responsible for purchasing the plastic badge holder and lanyard from the bookstore. Either the Associate Director or the Assistant Director of OCS will come to a scheduled class and distribute the inserts. (Effective February 2007)
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Praxis Tests

  • All candidates in a teacher education program must pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests in reading, writing, and mathematics upon completion of 60- credit hours and/or prior to admission to upper-level education courses. (Effective June 1, 2014)
  • Candidates must earn a passing score on the content area test in their discipline required by the State of Delaware to receive the institutional recommendation. (Effective September 2014)

Student Teaching

  • Repeating a Student Teaching Experience
  • Substituting and Employment of Student Teachers
  • Governing a Request to Teach Outside of the University’s Supervision
  • All student teaching supervisors must be certified in the discipline(s) they supervise. (Effective Fall 2014)
  • All program coordinators must provide evidence that any student teaching supervisor whose certificate was issued more than seven yeas ago knows the discipline’s current content and instructional strategies.  Program coordinators must provide a description of what they have done to ensure that each supervisor is knowledgeable of current content and instructional strategies. (Effective Fall 2014)
  • University student teaching supervisors and cooperating teachers will participate in mentor training. (Effective January 1, 2015)

Upper Level Clearance

  • Upon completion of 60 credit hours, a minimum overall GPA and major GPA set by each program’s faculty, and passing scores on the Core Academic Skills for Educators tests, each candidate will be cleared for continued enrollment in upper-level education courses. (Approved April 23, 2014)

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