Undergraduate Teacher Licensure


Undergraduate Teacher Licensure

Begin working toward your professional teacher licensure as a USJ undergraduate.

Undergraduate students who seek teacher licensure follow a clear pathway to admissions and are supported by knowledgeable and committed advisors along the way.

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Major milestones of the undergraduate program include:

Freshman Year:

  • Fall semester – Meet with the School of Education advisor in the Advisement Center to create an overall plan of study, including courses for the specific Teacher Licensure program
  • Spring semester – Meet with the School of Education teacher licensure officer in a required Student Orientation Seminar (SOS)
  • Summer between freshman and sophomore year – Complete the background check required for admission to EDUC 265: Methods of Teaching

Sophomore Year:

  • Fall semester – Finalize your admission into the School of Education by completing all acceptance requirements. Transfer students continue to meet with an advisor in the Advisement Center.
  • Subscribe to the electronic portfolio system, Taskstream
  • Spring semester – Qualified teacher applicants are admitted to the School of Education and are assigned an advisor in the Department of Education

Junior Year:

  • Complete the methods courses for your license program
  • Complete the content courses for the major
  • Meet all requirements to file an application for student teaching, due February 1
  • Pass Praxis II or ACTFL prior to beginning your placement (secondary programs only)
  • Attend student teaching preparation seminars

At this time, diverse candidates can contact the Dean of the School of Education to sign the application for the Minority Teacher Incentive Grant or Weisman Scholarship.

Senior Year:

  • Complete the student teaching clinical experience, usually in the fall semester
  • Pass Praxis II and the Foundations of Reading test (elementary program only)
  • Complete all planned program requirements
  • Submit your teacher licensure application to the Teacher Licensure Office

Note: Prospective teacher candidates take selected pre-professional courses, but may take only three education courses before admission to the Department. The Advisement Office will identify these courses in the planned licensure program of study.