APPLYING TO THE TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM
Once the decision to seek a professional career in education has
been made, the student should seek admission to the Teacher Education
Program. This allows the student to continue in the professional
education sequence of coursework while also completing General
Education and major/minor requirements for graduation from the
College. A student who is not admitted to the program will not
be allowed to continue beyond the pre-professional level of courses
in the professional education sequence.
Each student seeking admission to the Teacher Education Program
is required to complete an application. Apply on-line via the Hope
College Education Department website. (Go to “Student Information"
- Then to "APPLY to Teacher Education". Fill in the requested information
and then click the "submit" button at the bottom of the form.
Look at the “Checklist of Additional Requirements.” This
will list the rest of the requirements you will need to fullfill
for your application. The forms you will need are on the “Checklist”.
Just click on the item and it will print the form you will need.
The MTTC Basic Skills Test information/registration is available
Applications for admission to the Teacher Education Program must
be submitted to the Education Department by:
• 1st Friday in October if the student plans to enroll in
Level 2 coursework during the subsequent Spring semester.
1st Friday in March if the student plans to
enroll in Level 2 coursework during the subsequent May Term or
Students who fail to complete the application process in a timely
manner should be prepared to extend the professional education
sequence beyond the normal four-year period generally required
for graduation from the College. Students will not be allowed to
enroll in professional level courses unless they have been approved
into the Teacher Education Program.
Michigan Basic Skills Test
This test assesses an individual's basic skills in reading,
mathematics and writing. Although the State requires a student
to pass these tests prior to certification, the Education Department
at Hope College requires passing as a condition of admittance to
the Teacher Education Program.
Candidates for admission seldom have difficulty with the MTTC
Basic Skills Test. It is essential, however, that students who
do experience difficulty achieving passing scores on these tests
clearly understand that remediation of such issues is their responsibility.
While some assistance is available through the Academic Support
Center to help students refine their writing skills, Hope College
does not offer classes/programs to teach basic skills. Students
needing such work should plan to enroll in appropriate classes
at a community college and/or an area college/university offering
such learning opportunities.
Most students take the Basic Skills Test early in the sophomore
year of study. It is each student’s responsibility to complete
the registration process and take the test. Basic
be distributed in pre-professional courses (ED 220 - Educational
Psychology and ED 225 - Exceptional Child).
Students who apply to the Teacher Education Program while
enrolled in ED 225/226 - Exceptional Child, will need to register
Level 2 courses before they have completed all criteria necessary
for admission. (For most students, this means that the results
of the MTTC - Basic Skills Test have not been received and/or
ED 226 - Exceptional Child - Field Placement has not been completed.
"Pending" Status is only intended for circumstances that are
beyond the control of the student.) As a result, these students
be identified as “Pending Status” for the purposes
of registration. “Pending Status” allows the student
to enroll in Level 2 courses on a contingency basis. It assumes
that the student will meet all criteria for admission to the
Teacher Education Program by the close of the semester. For students
who in fact do meet all criteria, they will subsequently be admitted
to the program and allowed to remain in Level 2 courses. Those
students who fail to meet admission criteria will not be allowed
to continue in the sequence and will be asked to drop Level 2
coursework before the new semester begins.
During the Advising weeks prior to Registration for the coming
semester’s classes, students admitted to the Teacher Education
Program will meet with their advisors to discuss schedules and
to receive their registration “PIN” number. In order
to register for upper level Education coursework, they will need
to be accepted to the teacher education program, or on the “Pending
Students will be notified in writing of the status of their application.
Students who have been denied admittance to the
Teacher Education Program have the right to appeal the decision.
Process is outlined on the website under Policies and Procedures.
GRADE REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL EDUCATION
COURSES AT LEVEL II & III
The Teacher Education Program at Hope College is committed to
the preparation of teacher candidates who successfully meet
Department course objectives and who make continuous progress
toward meeting the Department’s established goals for future
educators, as outlined in the Department’s Six Professional
To achieve these ends, we believe that students must successfully
complete all courses for which they are enrolled through the Education
Department. They must also successfully complete the field placements
that may be attached to these courses. Successful completion will
be demonstrated when students earn a C+ grade or better in each
course and field placement. Students who fail to earn a C+ grade
or better in any Education Department course or field placement
after admission to the Teacher Education Program will not be allowed
to continue in the program until they have successfully completed
the course or field placement.
*Policy adopted January 2001, amended August 19, 2003.
FIELD PLACEMENT RECOMMENDATION POLICY
1. A student receiving a “Recommended” or “Highly
Recommended” rating from the field placement mentor teacher
will continue in the program.
2. A student earning a “Recommended with Reservations” rating
for a field placement:
a. Will be notified in writing that s/he will continue in the next
placement on probationary status.
b. If a student earns a second “Recommended with Reservations” rating
for a field placement s/he will not be allowed to continue in the
3. A student earning a “Not Recommended” rating from
the field placement mentor teacher:
a. Will be notified in writing that s/he will not be allowed to
continue in the education program.
4. A student will retain the right to appeal any
decision made by the Education Department through procedures outlined
under Appeals Process.
Adopted: April 11, 2007
In order to be approved to student teach, students must have a 2.75 or higher
in major, minor, Education, and college GPAs. Approval will be withdrawn if
any of the GPAs fall below a 2.75 before the student teaching experience begins.
*Policy adopted August 19, 2003; revised 2009.
TIME LIMIT FOR ACCEPTANCE OF EDUCATION
The Hope College Education Department will only accept credits for teacher
education courses which are no older than seven years. The department reserves
the right to require applicants to make-up field experiences where these
do not meet current requirements.
*Policy adopted: April 23, 2003