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FAQs

When should I take the Praxis I test?
First, check your SAT/ACT scores! Take the Praxis I test soon after completing basic college courses in English and Math. The Praxis I is a test of basic skills and should be taken when those concepts are fresh in your mind. Students are not admitted to the Education Department until they have passed Praxis I.

How can I study for the Praxis?
There are a variety of Praxis study books available in our bookstore. They can also be borrowed from the VWC library. Practice tests are available on Blackboard. Tutoring is available through the Learning Resource Center.

When should I take the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)?
Take the VCLA soon after completing basic college courses in English. The VCLA is composed of two sub tests: Reading and Writing. Students must earn a total of at least 470 to pass this test.

When should I take the Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE) test?
The RVE should be taken after students have completed EDUC 320 and EDUC 321. These courses provide the material that students need to know to be successful when taking the RVE.

When should I take the Praxis II?
Take the Praxis II test after you have taken the majority of the courses required for your major. Praxis II MUST be passed before you register for student teaching.

Can I be an education major?
No. In the state of Virginia, one must declare a subject area major. Prospective elementary and special education teachers choose the Comprehensive Liberal Studies – Curricular Emphasis (CLSCE) major which covers the four core areas – English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Prospective secondary teachers choose a subject are such as English, Social Studies, Science, Math, Art, or Foreign Language. The student will complete the requirements for the major and the professional courses required for teacher licensure.

Who will be my advisor?
All students are assigned a freshman seminar advisor. It is very important to change to an advisor n in your major during the first semester. Only those students seeking secondary certification will have two advisors – one from your major and one from the Education Department. Students seeking elementary or special education certification will have a CLSCE advisor. Visit the Teacher Education offices for assistance with making this change.

Will I receive credit for course work taken at other colleges?
Transfer credits are evaluated in the Admissions Office and in the Registrar's Office. The Director of Teacher Education will evaluate those courses that may be transferred in to certification programs and review any previous teaching experience for abbreviated field experiences. Transfer courses will need a grade of "C" or better to be accepted.

How do I plan for practicum classes?
When scheduling courses, the student should leave a block of time open during the day for this experience. Some students find that they have the best experience when they spend a half day or a full day in the classroom. Primary practicum requires 50 hours in either kindergarten or first grade. Upper elementary practicum is 50 hours in a 4th or 5th grade classroom. The secondary practicum is 50 hours in a high school. A practicum is arranged for the student by the Director of Field Experiences.

What can I expect from the student teaching experience?
The student teaching experience lasts for a full semester. During this time the student moves from observer to teacher. At the end of each experience, the Preservice teacher should be in complete charge of the classroom, teaching all lessons and handling all classroom management. The Preservice teacher is required to write lesson plans, grade papers and record grades, complete reports (as required), meet with parents, etc. At the end of the semester, the successful Preservice teacher is ready to manage a classroom of his or her own. Preservice teaching is a full time job. It is recommended that student teachers not hold jobs during this semester. This is a good time to do some networking and to get to know other teachers and administrators. Student Teaching experiences are arranged for the student by the Director of Field Experiences.

How is student teaching graded?
Virginia Wesleyan College requires two placements in the student teaching experience and in each placement the student is given a letter grade. The grade is based on the evaluations from the supervisor, cooperating teacher, the school administrator, and the college seminar instructor.

Do I need a TB test in order to complete field experiences?
The state requires that all classroom observers produce documentation of a negative TB test. The VWC Health Center offers TB tests for $5.00 (cash only, please). TB test must be completed each year.

Can I do field work in my child's school?
Sorry, no. You may not fulfill a field experience requirement in a school your child attended, attends, or will attend.

Is my Virginia Certification good in other states?
Virginia has reciprocity with many states. See chart below.
2010-2015 NASDTEC Interstate Agreement Signees

(As of June 30, 2012)
Alabama

Massachusetts

Alaska

Michigan

Arkansas

Minnesota

British Columbia

Mississippi

California

Missouri

Colorado

Montana

Connecticut

Nevada

Delaware

New Hampshire

District of Columbia

North Dakota

DODEA

Ohio

Florida

Oklahoma

Georgia

Oregon

Guam

Pennsylvania

Hawaii

South Carolina

Idaho

Tennessee

Illinois

Texas

Indiana

Utah

Iowa

Vermont

Kansas

Virginia

Kentucky

Washington

Louisiana

West Virginia

Maine

Wyoming

Maryland

Tips for Success

  • EDUC 320 and EDUC 321 should be taken in succession during back to back semesters. The RVE (Reading for Virginia Educators) test should then be taken following successful completion of both reading courses.
  • Praxis II must be passed prior to registering for Student Teaching.
  • Study guides for all assessments can be borrowed from the VWC library.
  • All course work must be passed prior to Student Teaching.

Suggested Electives
The following psychology courses make great electives if you find you have room in your schedule for an extra course.

  • PSY 245 – Child Psychology
  • PSY 324 – Group Dynamics
  • PSY 341 – Cognitive Development
  • PSY 266 – Healthy Personality
  • PSY 374 – Adolescent Development

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