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Gate 1

Gate 1: Prior to Registering for Sophomore Block

  • Complete the SNC Teacher Certification Intent Form (Cohort Form)
  • Earn a minimum 2.75 overall GPA
  • Successful completion of Foundations of Education (EDUC 125) and Educational Psychology (EDUC 130)
  • Provide evidence of basic skills competency (knowledge and skills needed to be successful in a teacher preparation program). Competence can be demonstrated by providing evidence from one of the three options below. Exceptions will not be granted if evidence does not meet any of the options' criteria.
    • Option 1: Qualifying ACT (or SAT) score minimums: 23 composite, 20 English, 20 math and 20 reading (scores must be from a single test administration)
    • Option 2: Verification of course based competency - earning a B1 or better in each of the following courses:
      • Theological Foundations (THRS 117)
      • Philosophical Foundations in the Study of Human Nature (PHIL 120)
      • Numbers and Operations (MATH 120) – Elementary Education majors only or Quantitative Reasoning course
      • Introduction to Literary Studies (ENGL 150) or Expression and Interpretation
      • If ENGL 150 is not taken and none of the above courses are writing intensive, then the course that satisfies the college's writing intensive requirement must also be a grade of B or better.
    • Option 3: Pass the Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests:
      • Math (150)
      • Reading (156)
      • Writing (162)
  • Evidence of St. Norbert College teacher dispositions
  • Successful completion of a criminal background check
  • Successful completion of embedded signature assessments (specified assignments from particular courses that are used for evidence of competence in the standards)

1Advanced Placement course credit fulfills course based requirements and will be weighted as follows

  • Score of a 3 = 3.0 (B)
  • Score of a 4 = 3.5 (AB)
  • Score of a 5 = 4 (A)

Gate 2

Gate 2: By the Completion of Sophomore Block

  • Earn a minimum 2.75 overall GPA
  • Earn a minimum 3.00 GPA in professional education courses
  • Satisfactory completion of all Sophomore Block courses
  • Satisfactory cooperating teacher and supervisor evaluations from Pre-Student Teaching placement
  • Evidence of St. Norbert College teacher dispositions
  • Human-relations hours completed (8 hours each, Part A and Part B)
  • Successful completion of a criminal background check
  • Successful completion of embedded signature assessments (specified assignments from particular courses that are used for evidence of competence in the standards)

Gate 3

Gate 3: Prior to Applying to Student-Teach (Dec. 1 of the year prior to student teaching)

  • Earn a minimum 2.75 overall GPA.
  • Earn a minimum 3.0 GPA in professional education courses.
  • Provide evidence of content competency (knowledge and skills relative to the content the candidate will be certified to teach). Content competence varies depending on the certification. In each certification area, content competence can be demonstrated in one of two ways.1,2
    • Elementary Education content competency for major (Early Childhood/Middle Childhood and Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence)
      • Option 1: Earn a 3.25 GPA in the following set of elementary education content courses:
        • Introduction to Literary Studies (ENGL 150) or Expression and Interpretation
        • Numbers and Operations (MATH 120)
        • Children's Literature (EDUC 262)
        • Developmental Reading and the Language Arts (EDUC 350)
        • One course from the following:
          • Western Tradition
          • Beyond Borders
          • Physical and Natural World
          • Principles of Algebra and Data (MATH 212) or Principles of Geometry (MATH 220)
      • Option 2: Earn a Wisconsin passing score on the Praxis® Subject Assessment at the highest developmental level associated with the certification and achieve a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the course content indicated in Option 1 above.
    • Elementary Education content competency for minor(s) including Special Education3
      • Option 1: Earn a 3.0 GPA in the certification/academic minor(s).4
      • Option 2: Those seeking ESL and/or Modern Language minors for certification may alternatively demonstrate content competence by earning a Wisconsin passing score on the Praxis® Subject Assessment or ACTFL OPI/WPT associated with the add on certification minor and earn a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the relevant certification minor.
    • Academic major/minor content competency for Early Adolescence/Adolescence & Early Childhood/Adolescence certification
      • Option 1: Earn a 3.0 GPA in major(s) and/or minor(s) based on at least 5 courses (20 credits) in each major and/or 3 courses (12 credits) in each minor for which the pre-service teacher intends to be certified.
      • Option 2: Earn a Wisconsin passing score on the Praxis® Subject Assessment or ACTFL OPI/WPT associated with each major/minor in which the pre-service teacher intends to be certified and achieve a minimum GPA of 2.75 in each major/minor for which the pre-service teacher intends to be certified.
  • Student-teaching application submitted by Dec. 1 the year prior to student teaching
  • Evidence of St. Norbert College teacher dispositions
  • Human-relations hours completed (18 hours each, Part A and Part B)
  • Successful completion of criminal background check
  • Evidence the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test has been taken or scheduled by providing a score or confirmation of registration (for licensure in Early Childhood/Middle Childhood and Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence) 
  • Successful completion of embedded signature assessments (specified assignments from particular courses that are used for evidence of competence in the standards)

1Advanced Placement course credit fulfills course based requirements and will be weighted as follows:

  • Score of a 3 = 3.0 (B)
  • Score of a 4 = 3.5 (AB)
  • Score of a 5 = 4 (A)

2There are no exceptions/waivers for GPA.
3GPA for Special Education Collaborative Licensure Program will be calculated using grades received from UW-Oshkosh transcripts.
4If a 3.0 in the EC/MC and/or MC/EA minor (excluding ESL and Modern Languages) is not achieved, the pre-service teacher can request to meet with the Co-Chair(s) to agree upon a portfolio to provide as an alternative source of evidence of content competence in the minor.  The minimum GPA in a certification minor shall not be below 2.75.

Gate 4

Gate 4: By Program Completion 

  • Earn a minimum 2.75 overall GPA.
  • Earn a minimum 3.0 GPA in professional education courses.
  • Provide evidence of content competency (knowledge and skills relative to the content the candidate will be certified to teach). Content competence varies depending on the certification. In each certification area, content competence can be demonstrated in one of two ways.1,2
    • Elementary Education content competency for major (Early Childhood/Middle Childhood and Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence)
      • Option 1: Earn a 3.25 GPA in the following set of elementary education content courses:
        • Introduction to Literary Studies - ENGL 150 or Expression and Interpretation
        • Numbers and Operations - MATH 120
        • Principles of Algebra and Data - MATH 212 or Principles of Geometry - MATH 220
        • Children's Literature - EDUC 262
        • Developmental Reading and the Language Arts - EDUC 350
        • The Writing Process: Socio/Psycholinguistic Elements - EDUC 373
        • Reading Improvement in the Elementary/Middle School - EDUC 386
        • Western Tradition
        • Beyond Borders
        • Physical and Natural World
      • Option 2: Earn a Wisconsin passing score on the Praxis® Subject Assessment at the highest developmental level associated with the certification and  achieve a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the course content indicated in Option 1 above.
    • Elementary Education content competency for minor(s) including Special Education3
      • Option 1: Earn a 3.0 GPA in the certification/academic minor(s).4
      • Option 2: Those seeking ESL and/or Modern Language minors for certification may alternatively demonstrate content competence by earning a Wisconsin passing score on the Praxis® Subject Assessment or ACTFL OPI/WPT associated with the add on certification minor and earn a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the relevant certification minor.
    • Academic major/minor content competency for Early Adolescence/Adolescence & Early Childhood/Adolescence certification
      • Option 1: Earn a 3.0 GPA in major(s) and/or minor(s) for which the pre-service teacher intends to be certified.
      • Option 2: Earn a Wisconsin passing score on the Praxis® Subject Assessment or ACTFL OPI/WPT associated with each major/minor in which the pre-service teacher intends to be certified and achieve a minimum GPA of 2.75 in each major/minor for which the pre-service teacher intends to be certified.
  • Successful completion of student-teaching experiences
  • Satisfactory cooperating teacher and supervisor evaluations for both student teaching placements
  • Evidence of successfully passing edTPA
  • Human-relations hours completed (25 hours each, part A and part B)
  • Evidence of St. Norbert College teacher dispositions
  • Successful completion of degree requirements
  • Evidence of successfully passing the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test (for licensure in Early Childhood/Middle Childhood and Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence)

1Advanced Placement course credit fulfills course based requirements and will be weighted as follows:

  • Score of a 3 = 3.0 (B)
  • Score of a 4 = 3.5 (AB)
  • Score of a 5 = 4 (A)

2There are no exceptions/waivers for GPA.
3GPA for Special Education Collaborative Licensure Program will be calculated using grades received from UW-Oshkosh transcripts.
4If a 3.0 in the EC/MC and/or MC/EA minor (excluding ESL and Modern Languages) is not achieved, the pre-service teacher can request to meet with the Co-Chair(s) to agree upon a portfolio to provide as an alternative source of evidence of content competence in the minor.  The minimum GPA in a certification minor shall not be below 2.75.

Gate 1

Gate 1: Prior to Registering for Sophomore Block

  • Complete the SNC Teacher Certification Intent Form (Cohort Form)
  • Earn a minimum 2.75 overall GPA
  • Successful completion of Foundations of Education (EDUC 125) and Educational Psychology (EDUC 130)
  • Provide evidence of basic skills competency (knowledge and skills needed to be successful in a teacher preparation program). Competence can be demonstrated by providing evidence from one of the three options below. Exceptions will not be granted if evidence does not meet any of the options' criteria.
    • Option 1: Qualifying ACT (or SAT) score minimums: 23 composite, 20 English, 20 math and 20 reading (scores must be from a single test administration)
    • Option 2: Verification of course based competency - earning a B1 or better in each of the following courses:
      • Theological Foundations (THRS 117)
      • Philosophical Foundations in the Study of Human Nature (PHIL 120)
      • Numbers and Operations (MATH 120) – Elementary Education majors only or Quantitative Reasoning course
      • Introduction to Literary Studies (ENGL 150) or Expression and Interpretation
      • If ENGL 150 is not taken and none of the above courses are writing intensive, then the course that satisfies the college's writing intensive requirement must also be a grade of B or better.
    • Option 3: Pass the Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests:
      • Math (150)
      • Reading (156)
      • Writing (162)
  • Evidence of St. Norbert College teacher dispositions
  • Successful completion of a criminal background check
  • Successful completion of embedded signature assessments (specified assignments from particular courses that are used for evidence of competence in the standards)

1Advanced Placement course credit fulfills course based requirements and will be weighted as follows

  • Score of a 3 = 3.0 (B)
  • Score of a 4 = 3.5 (AB)
  • Score of a 5 = 4 (A)

Gate 2

Gate 2: By the Completion of Sophomore Block

  • Earn a minimum 2.75 overall GPA
  • Earn a minimum 3.00 GPA in professional education courses
  • Satisfactory completion of all Sophomore Block courses
  • Satisfactory cooperating teacher and supervisor evaluations from Pre-Student Teaching placement
  • Evidence of St. Norbert College teacher dispositions
  • Human-relations hours completed (8 hours each, Part A and Part B)
  • Successful completion of a criminal background check
  • Successful completion of embedded signature assessments (specified assignments from particular courses that are used for evidence of competence in the standards)

Gate 3

Gate 3: Prior to Applying to Student-Teach (Dec. 1 of the year prior to student teaching)

  • Earn a minimum 2.75 overall GPA.
  • Earn a minimum 3.0 GPA in professional education courses.
  • Provide evidence of content competency (knowledge and skills relative to the content the candidate will be certified to teach). Content competence varies depending on the certification. In each certification area, content competence can be demonstrated in one of two ways.1,2
    • Elementary Education content competency for major (Early Childhood/Middle Childhood and Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence)
      • Option 1: Earn a 3.25 GPA in the following set of elementary education content courses:
        • Introduction to Literary Studies (ENGL 150) or Expression and Interpretation
        • Numbers and Operations (MATH 120)
        • Children's Literature (EDUC 262)
        • Developmental Reading and the Language Arts (EDUC 350)
        • One course from the following:
          • Western Tradition
          • Beyond Borders
          • Physical and Natural World
          • Principles of Algebra and Data (MATH 212) or Principles of Geometry (MATH 220)
      • Option 2: Earn a Wisconsin passing score on the Praxis® Subject Assessment at the highest developmental level associated with the certification and achieve a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the course content indicated in Option 1 above.
    • Elementary Education content competency for minor(s) including Special Education3
      • Option 1: Earn a 3.0 GPA in the certification/academic minor(s).4
      • Option 2: Those seeking ESL and/or Modern Language minors for certification may alternatively demonstrate content competence by earning a Wisconsin passing score on the Praxis® Subject Assessment or ACTFL OPI/WPT associated with the add on certification minor and earn a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the relevant certification minor.
    • Academic major/minor content competency for Early Adolescence/Adolescence & Early Childhood/Adolescence certification
      • Option 1: Earn a 3.0 GPA in major(s) and/or minor(s) based on at least 5 courses (20 credits) in each major and/or 3 courses (12 credits) in each minor for which the pre-service teacher intends to be certified.
      • Option 2: Earn a Wisconsin passing score on the Praxis® Subject Assessment or ACTFL OPI/WPT associated with each major/minor in which the pre-service teacher intends to be certified and achieve a minimum GPA of 2.75 in each major/minor for which the pre-service teacher intends to be certified.
  • Student-teaching application submitted by Dec. 1 the year prior to student teaching
  • Evidence of St. Norbert College teacher dispositions
  • Human-relations hours completed (18 hours each, Part A and Part B)
  • Successful completion of criminal background check
  • Evidence the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test has been taken or scheduled by providing a score or confirmation of registration (for licensure in Early Childhood/Middle Childhood and Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence) 
  • Successful completion of embedded signature assessments (specified assignments from particular courses that are used for evidence of competence in the standards)

1Advanced Placement course credit fulfills course based requirements and will be weighted as follows:

  • Score of a 3 = 3.0 (B)
  • Score of a 4 = 3.5 (AB)
  • Score of a 5 = 4 (A)

2There are no exceptions/waivers for GPA.
3GPA for Special Education Collaborative Licensure Program will be calculated using grades received from UW-Oshkosh transcripts.
4If a 3.0 in the EC/MC and/or MC/EA minor (excluding ESL and Modern Languages) is not achieved, the pre-service teacher can request to meet with the Co-Chair(s) to agree upon a portfolio to provide as an alternative source of evidence of content competence in the minor.  The minimum GPA in a certification minor shall not be below 2.75.

Gate 4

Gate 4: By Program Completion 

  • Earn a minimum 2.75 overall GPA.
  • Earn a minimum 3.0 GPA in professional education courses.
  • Provide evidence of content competency (knowledge and skills relative to the content the candidate will be certified to teach). Content competence varies depending on the certification. In each certification area, content competence can be demonstrated in one of two ways.1,2
    • Elementary Education content competency for major (Early Childhood/Middle Childhood and Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence)
      • Option 1: Earn a 3.25 GPA in the following set of elementary education content courses:
        • Introduction to Literary Studies - ENGL 150 or Expression and Interpretation
        • Numbers and Operations - MATH 120
        • Principles of Algebra and Data - MATH 212 or Principles of Geometry - MATH 220
        • Children's Literature - EDUC 262
        • Developmental Reading and the Language Arts - EDUC 350
        • The Writing Process: Socio/Psycholinguistic Elements - EDUC 373
        • Reading Improvement in the Elementary/Middle School - EDUC 386
        • Western Tradition
        • Beyond Borders
        • Physical and Natural World
      • Option 2: Earn a Wisconsin passing score on the Praxis® Subject Assessment at the highest developmental level associated with the certification and  achieve a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the course content indicated in Option 1 above.
    • Elementary Education content competency for minor(s) including Special Education3
      • Option 1: Earn a 3.0 GPA in the certification/academic minor(s).4
      • Option 2: Those seeking ESL and/or Modern Language minors for certification may alternatively demonstrate content competence by earning a Wisconsin passing score on the Praxis® Subject Assessment or ACTFL OPI/WPT associated with the add on certification minor and earn a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the relevant certification minor.
    • Academic major/minor content competency for Early Adolescence/Adolescence & Early Childhood/Adolescence certification
      • Option 1: Earn a 3.0 GPA in major(s) and/or minor(s) for which the pre-service teacher intends to be certified.
      • Option 2: Earn a Wisconsin passing score on the Praxis® Subject Assessment or ACTFL OPI/WPT associated with each major/minor in which the pre-service teacher intends to be certified and achieve a minimum GPA of 2.75 in each major/minor for which the pre-service teacher intends to be certified.
  • Successful completion of student-teaching experiences
  • Satisfactory cooperating teacher and supervisor evaluations for both student teaching placements
  • Evidence of successfully passing edTPA
  • Human-relations hours completed (25 hours each, part A and part B)
  • Evidence of St. Norbert College teacher dispositions
  • Successful completion of degree requirements
  • Evidence of successfully passing the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test (for licensure in Early Childhood/Middle Childhood and Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence)

1Advanced Placement course credit fulfills course based requirements and will be weighted as follows:

  • Score of a 3 = 3.0 (B)
  • Score of a 4 = 3.5 (AB)
  • Score of a 5 = 4 (A)

2There are no exceptions/waivers for GPA.
3GPA for Special Education Collaborative Licensure Program will be calculated using grades received from UW-Oshkosh transcripts.
4If a 3.0 in the EC/MC and/or MC/EA minor (excluding ESL and Modern Languages) is not achieved, the pre-service teacher can request to meet with the Co-Chair(s) to agree upon a portfolio to provide as an alternative source of evidence of content competence in the minor.  The minimum GPA in a certification minor shall not be below 2.75.

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