Application to the Rhodes College Teacher Licensure Program requires a minimum 3.0 GPA. The deadlines for application to the program are one week after pre-registration for the fall semester and one week after pre-registration for the spring semester. Students will be notified of their admission status within two weeks of the application deadline. Students are required to have completed the three PRAXIS I Core Academic Skills for Educators tests and scored at least 156 on Reading, 162 on Writing, and 150 on Mathematics. Tennessee will continue to accept passing scores on the Core Academic Skills for Educators tests, Reading (5712), Writing (5722) and Mathematics (5732), for program admission through August 31, 2020. Beginning September 1, 2020, students will register for Reading (5713), Writing (5723), and Math (5733). Students who wish to take all three computer-delivered Core Academic Skills for Educators exams (5713, 5723, 5733) at the same time will select Core Academic Skills for Educators Combined Test (5752) when registering. Scores will be reported by individual test (5713, 5723, 5733).
Additionally, students are required to create a 500 – 700 word essay in response to the prompt on the Educational Studies Teaching and Learning Licensure Track Application. Create the essay as a word document.
Praxis tests for Elementary Licensure and Secondary Licensure
Students seeking licensure are required to take a series of Praxis tests. Rhodes College is a designated score recipient for Praxis test scores. The recipient code is 1730-Rhodes College. Students must use this code when registering for the Praxis assessments in order for Rhodes to receive the score reports. All students are required to take the PRAXIS I Core Academic Skills for Educators tests. If an assessment is taken in Tennessee, score reports are sent automatically to the Tennessee Department of Education. If assessments are taken outside of Tennessee, designate the Tennessee Department of Education (state code 8190) as a score recipient when registering or when requesting an additional score report. Additionally, there are specific tests required for elementary (K - 5) licensure and secondary (6 – 12) licensure.
All licensure students will take the edTPA, “a performance-based, subject-specific assessment and support system used by teacher preparation programs throughout the United States to emphasize, measure and support the skills and knowledge that all teachers need from Day 1 in the classroom. For each handbook field, the placement is a Pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade classroom. edTPA is a subject-specific assessment that includes versions for 27 teaching fields. The assessment features a common architecture focused on three tasks: Planning, Instruction, and Assessment.”