I have questions and/or just want to talk to someone about the application process. Who do I ask?
Your advisor is a good source of information.
The CEHS Office of Student Services is the unit that administers the application process and completes the administrative activity surrounding the application process. You are welcome to ask us questions. Please feel free to stop by 378 Allyn Hall and chat anytime.
Another good way to get in touch with us is by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our College has a policy to only respond to student questions that come via email from WSU accounts, and to only send information to WSU accounts. When you use your WSU email, w know you logged into a secure system and that you are probably who you say you are.
If you need assistance with your WSU account, contact the University’s Help Desk at (937) 775-4827.
I heard that the Praxis I (PPST) score requirements have changed. Will this affect me?
For students applying to the Career Technical Education (Bachelor’s degree) program, the Health, Physical Education and Recreation programs, and the Early Childhood Education program, the Praxis I (PPST) score requirement is a 172 or better on each section (Math, Reading, Writing).
Early Childhood Education candidates can waive the Praxis I requirement by submitting composite scores of 1000 or better on the SAT or by submitting composite scores of 22 or better on the ACT.
I’ve met all the basic criteria. Will I be admitted?
Admission is never guaranteed. You can help yourself by doing what all good teachers to- plan!
- Have you planned your time so that you are making the best grades possible for you?
- Have you taken the initiative to volunteer or work at agencies that will give you experience in teaching?
- Have you practiced being interviewed? Can you effectively answer the interview question, “Why do you want to be a teacher?”
If you can answer yes to these questions, then you have a very good chance of being successful.
My friend told me that they knew someone who was able to have their application reviewed without having met one of the requirements. How did that happen?
Beware of what your friends tell you about a process that is grounded in formal process and procedure. Your best source of advice is your advisor. This person can answer your questions accurately and/or know whom to call for accurate information.
How important are grades?
Having the minimum grade point average of 3.0 to apply doesn’t guarantee that you will be accepted. This is especially true if you want to teach in a “crowded area.” Some areas like Social Studies or Early Childhood are so crowded that you really need to stand out to be competitive. Your grades need to be especially strong in the content area in which you would like to teach.
Your grades show more than just content mastery; they illustrate that you have developed the skills needed to be an effective learner- the same skills you will be teaching to your students!
In your career objective, state why you think you stand out; strong grades, excellent references, willingness to relocate, and/or willingness to teach in urban centers and other areas where teachers are needed.
Who can provide the best references?
You will want to submit two kinds of references: someone who can speak to your ability as a student and someone who has seen you interact with children and/or young adults.
For the first type of reference, it is best to select a faculty person from your university or high school who teaches in the area in which you would like to teach. It is generally better to have a faculty reference from someone at a university than someone at a high school. If you have just transferred or have been out of school for several years, you may want to use a high school teacher, or wait until you get to know another faculty person.
For the second type of reference, try to select someone who can attest to your skills in working with students. A note on the back of your reference form that attests to your abilities in working with children can be the most important part of your application.
References from your parents, friends, and relatives are not viewed as objective. Try to get the most objective reference possible.
How can I do my best when I’m called for an interview?
The admissions committee interviews all teacher education candidates, so don’t feel alone in this process! The interview is the point when an admission decision is made.
The interviews are friendly conversations between you and one or more members of the faculty. They are normally held in a small group format (that means you won’t be alone!). Be prepared to answer questions like “Why do you want to be a teacher?”, “What are the three most important issues facing education today?”, “What grades have you received in your teaching content area(s)?”, and “Are you familiar with the professional organization in your teaching area?”
You should dress like you would for a job interview. You should practice being interviewed and watch it on video-tape if possible. You need to be conscious of our vocal tone, rate of speech, phrases you repeat a lot, and eye contact.
I am a M.Ed. candidate in Reading as well as a Reading Endorsement candidate. Do I need to submit two applications, one for each program?
No, but please note that you want both on the application the program and on the Graduate School application.
I am an Intervention Specialist candidate. Do I need to submit background checks if I am already teaching?
Yes, if you can get copies of your current BCII and FBI checks, we will accept those.