Update - Requirements for Admission to Teacher Education Program
By now, you should have heard from RCOE about the changes made for 2020-2021 only. For those who are ready to apply to the Teacher Education program, which allows you to register for later courses in the Professional Ed Core, the following changes have taken place due to COVID-related shutdowns:
* No PRAXIS 1 required - You are no longer required to take PRAXIS Core if you are going to apply to the Teacher Ed program either Summer 2020 or during the 2020-2021 academic year. Governor Roy Cooper signed into law an adjustment from the NC State Legislature waving PRAXIS Core as a requirement because PRAXIS testing centers are closed right now. [Remember: some of you were already exempt based on your SAT scores.]
** The GPA requirement to apply to the Teacher Ed program has temporarily gone back to 2.5 or higher, not 2.7. However, you will still need a 2.7 GPA or higher to move on to student teaching. The lower GPA is just to apply to the Teacher Ed Program.
You can read all the information about Applying to the Teacher Ed program, and the COVID-related changes, at: https://rcoe.appstate.edu/students/apply-teacher-education
Stephen Young ('18): "Since graduating from Appalachian, I have settled down in Surry County buying a house there and marrying my high school sweetheart, Morgan. In addition to having the most rewarding job in the world at Surry Central, I have taken on furthering my responsibilities by being in charge of the school's social studies honor society, leadership academy, and becoming an assistant coach for the football team. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Appalachian and credit many of the wonderful professors I had there for my success in this profession."
Nina Olivardia ('20): "I will be heading back to Florida in the Fall. They loved my lesson plan, and I used the history department template. They actually told me it was the best lesson plan they have seen in a while. I had to do a guest lesson with students on Zoom. Next year, I will be teaching 7th grade civics in Tallahassee!"
Deziree Baker ('18): "I have been accepted to the Master's degree program in Urban Education at UNC-Charlotte. I believe that I can truly impact students who come from “at risk” backgrounds in multiple ways beyond providing them with history lessons. This degree will help me cater to the diverse needs of these students, as well as truly understand and develop ways to lessen the achievement gap in our classrooms."
Nick Goard ('20): "Just got hired at Asheboro High School! Teaching Social Studies, and I felt like the fit was great, especially for a first job and took it once they offered. You can absolutely expect that I will stay in touch about resources, advice, and questions, so you’re not getting rid of me just yet!"
Hunter Starling ('20): "I got my first job at Avery County High School in Newland, NC and I am so excited to be staying close to Boone to start my teaching career!"
Anna Allman ('18): "I got married last week to Katie Haynes ('19). So you can tell all your incoming freshmen that true love maybe waits for them inside the windowless rooms of Belk Hall!" [Both Anna and Adam Moore ('18) also attended College Board AP training this summer]
Dalton Lewis ('18) won the Ashe County Schools Beginning Teacher of the Year Award, while Dawn Morris Forward (’92) won the Polk County Schools Teacher of the Year Award. Congrats to both!
Joana Varela ('20): "I am overjoyed to share that I will be teaching 11th grade U.S. History at Goose Creek High School, in Goose Creek South Carolina. Figured I'd give living by the beaches of Charleston a try.I would like to share my appreciation and gratitude for those who have guided me throughout the Social Studies program, as well as throughout my student teaching. The experience and skills you have all shared with me are greatly valued."
[Pictured is Christian Gardner ('17), who continues to teach social studies at McDonough HS in Pomfret, MD.]
Apply to Teacher Education
APPLICATION WINDOW IS NOW OPEN! Deadline is Aug 1 for Fall Admission.
Admission into the Teacher Education program is required to take upper-level courses in your Professional Education Requirements section of your degree. The application is accessed through your AppalNet account. You should apply as soon as you are eligible to do so. Once your application is processed you will receive an email from Jenny Morris or History Education to that effect. Upon completion of your application, a new “ATCH” attribute will be added to your DegreeWorks page.
Eligibility is based on the following:
- Passing Praxis CORE test or test exemption (based on SAT scores) - waived for 2020-2021
- Attendance at a First Steps to Teaching Information Session (emailed invitation)
- A current Criminal Background Check
- A minimum 2.7 GPA or higher (changed to 2.5 for 2020-2021 applicants)
- 45 earned semester hours
- A “C” or better in RC 1000, FDN 2400, & CI 2300. No grades of incomplete.
Alumni Spotlight: Dalton Lewis
A native of Ashe County, NC, Dalton Lewis did not venture too far for his university studies. Although he enjoyed helping his father with his stone-masonry business, Dalton always knew his true passion centered on history and teaching.
Dalton completed his student teaching at Alleghany High School and jumped at the opportunity to come back to Ashe County, accepting a position at Ashe County Middle School to teach social studies and ELA (and even some science along the way). He also helps coach the girl's volleyball team.
In 2020, Dalton earned the distinction of being named the Ashe County Beginning Teacher of the Year. This award runs in the family as his wife and fellow Mountaineer, Callie (Art Education at Westwood Elem.), also won the 2020 Ashe County Schools Teacher of the Year Award. Congrats to both!