hope everyone is doing well and is well-prepared for exam week. Before your
brain shuts down for summer, here is a checklist of things to consider for the
I/Basic Skills Standardized Test
this policy has recently changed and some of you may have met this requirement
to apply to the Education Program with test scores on ACT, SAT or CGRE.
For more information on these new, very specific rules, see our website.
You recently received an email from John Gaffney with additional details.
materials are listed in the “Resources” section of this newsletter. The
PLATO online training program seems to get the best results on the Praxis I
test, but it does take time to study. The fee is $10 and you need to can
register in our office, 469 CPS, with the $10 fee (check, cash or money
order). You may want to do this before you leave for break.
If you are a
major in early childhood, elementary, physical education or special education,
you are required to pass this interview prior to applying to the program.
If you plan on applying to the Program by the September 22 deadline, we will do
have interview dates set up for June and July. We will offer a limited
number of seats starting the week before school starts in the fall. If
you plan on applying to the Program next February, we recommend taking this interview
between September 23 and November 1, 2014. You can register in our
office, 469 CPS, with the $35 fee (check, cash or money order). For
summer, you can also register by phone if you are no longer in Stevens
Point. The interview can be done in person or by phone.
Many of the
Secondary/K-12 programs have application requirements that ask students to
write essays, create a resume, and/or develop an application portfolio in order
to apply to the Professional Education Program. If your program has any of
these additional requirements, take some time this summer to work on these
tasks. These tasks are more manageable in the Winterim when you do not have to
worry about other course work to complete. For more information on
additional requirements, see our Enrollment Cap section of our website.
II/ACTLF Tests (ACTFL is only required of teaching majors or
minors in French, German or Spanish)
completing the Praxis II by the spring of your junior year, or at least 3
semesters prior to student teaching. We recommend completing the
ACTFL test as soon as you return from studying abroad. Remember, you must
have a passing score on your required test(s) by the beginning of the semester prior
to student teaching – this is when your student teaching applications go out to
the school districts. Remember to have your SOE Undergraduate Handbook open to
the Content Test section and make sure you are registering for the proper test
code. Study materials are listed in the “Resources” section of this
Make sure to work on the Resume required for
student teaching and sign up for one of the mandatory meetings. Summer is
a great time to get this done as you will have a lot more paperwork to take
care of once you attend the meetings. You all received an email from Pat
Marinac with directions.
reminder that you have a mandatory student teaching meeting yet this
week. Pat Marinac has sent you emails with this information and we
discussed dates and times are your student teaching application meetings.
It has been such a joy working with you all
throughout the years. Please make sure to let us know where and when you
get your first teaching job. You can email Pat Marinac, John Gaffney or
Maggie Beeber. Don’t forget we are here if you need us. We will
Take your SOE Advising Guide or Undergraduate
Handbook to the your summer break place and review the information enclosed.
Reviewing your advising guide/handbook is the best way to make sure you are
staying on course with the School of Education requirements.
break-take some time to rest and rejuvenate yourself. If you are heading out of
town for the summer, we will see you next fall. If you are staying in Stevens
Point for the break, stop in and see us if you are on campus. Remember,
advising staff works throughout the summer. If you need any
assistance or if you need to talk something through, just give us a call or
email. If you need help, please contact us.
Have a great
and Maggie Beeber