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Teacher Education Program Regulations

Admission to Teacher Education Program (Effective Fall 1997) General Admission Regulations 1. All students seeking admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) must file an application with the Council for Professional Education (C.P.E.). Application forms and other related information are available in the Education Department, located in the Education and Humanities Building. (The Teacher Education applicant must be recommended by a faculty member, academic advisor, and respective departmental chair on the application form.) 2. During the sophomore year, students must file an application by October 1st or March 1st. All applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. 3. Students are expected to take the PRAXIS I by the end of their freshman year and pass the PRAXIS I by the end of their sophomore year. Satisfactory performance on the PRAXIS is a prerequisite for admission to the Teacher Education Program. 4. The chair of the Education Department with a designated committee will review each application for admission and submit a list of students for final approval to the Council for Professional Education. Each applicant will be informed in writing of the action taken by the Council. 5. Students admitted to the Teacher Education Program shall receive an identification card, which must be presented to the instructor for each 300-400 level methods course. 6. All declared education majors will have an assigned advisor in their respective departments. 7. Students who do not meet the admission requirements (1-6) must: a. Meet with his/her advisor to develop a TEP Success Plan. b. Sign a contract that specifies the plan. Both the advisor and department chair must also sign. c. File the Plan with the Education Department. d. Adhere to the requirements as specified in the TEP Success Plan. 8. The Council for Professional Education may withdraw a student from the Teacher Education Program at any time based upon one or more of the following reasons: a. Unsatisfactory academic progress. b. Disciplinary action by the institution against the applicant because of conduct. c. Failure to remove deficiencies or to maintain standards of the Teacher Education Program. 9. Readmission to Teacher Education Program encompasses the following: a. File a formal application for readmission to the program. b. Document successful completion of the TEP success plan. c. Submit a written request as to why he/she should be readmitted. 10. Applicants meeting the Specific Admissions Criteria below will be approved for admission to the Teacher Education Program. Specific Admission Criteria Criteria 1: General Education Prerequisites The applicant must have earned a grade of "C" or better in the following courses: English 101, 102, 200, 201 and 202 or 205 and 206; and Mathematics 105 and 106 or the appropriate mathematics in the content area. The applicant must have completed or be completing 60 semester hours of college credit at the time of application. Criteria 2: PRAXIS Requirement All students (including transfer and certification students) are required to take the PRAXIS I (PPST) Skills Test by the end of the freshman year (30-36 credit hours) and to pass the PRAXIS I by the end of the sophomore year as a prerequisite for admission to the Teacher Education Program. If unsuccessful in taking the PRAXIS I Skills Test, students must meet with their academic advisor to enroll in the TEP Success Plan. Official test scores must be submitted to the Education Department's Director of Student Services and the Office of Testing. Content teacher education majors must submit copy of scores to the respective department chairs. Scores obtained on the PRAXIS I Skills Test shall become a part of the student records and used for data analysis. The PRAXIS I Skills Test is administered at Delaware State University for students several times each year. Criteria 3: GPA Requirements Teacher Education majors are required to maintain a GPA of 2.5 or better in order to be admitted into the Teacher Education Program. The required GPA must be maintained in order to apply for the student teaching capstone. After admission to the Teacher Education Program, students must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher in all method courses in the education department. Students in content areas must maintain a 2.5 GPA in method courses in their respective department. Criteria 4: Transfer Students Transfer students must follow the procedures outlined in here. Transfer students must meet with the appropriate chair and submit an evaluation of transfer credits from the Records Office. The appropriate chair will review acceptable credits for the selected program. Students transferring with sixty or more semester hours from another college must apply for admission to teacher education at the time that they are admitted to the university. Beginning Fall 1997, entering transfer students who meet all course requirements for admission minus the PRAXIS scores may be admitted provisionally to the program for one semester. Passage of the PRAXIS Skills Test must be achieved by the end of the first semester. Criteria 5: "Certificate Only" Students "Certificate Only" students must be admitted formally to Delaware State University. Certification students may be required to complete course work as prescribed by the respective academic department in which they are seeking certification. Certification students will be assigned an advisor by the department in their area of certification. Beginning Fall 1997, certification only students may be provisionally accepted to TEP for one semester in order to take and pass PRAXIS. Certification students are responsible for getting a transcript analysis (course count/evaluation) from the State Department of Education prior to seeking admission to the Teacher Education Program. All "certification only" students must meet with the Delaware State University Education Department chair and submit: A copy of the State Department of Education letter specifying required courses for certification; and A copy of the content area curriculum sheet specifying additional courses from respective area chairs Students must also take 15 credit hours minimum of professional and pedagogical courses in addition to Student Teaching (12-400) as specified by the University's Education Department. Criteria 6: Returning Students Returning students with five or more years of absence must retake method courses. In addition, the returning student's transcript will be evaluated and the student may be required to take or retake additional courses. Criteria 7: Interview Process All students who wish to enter the Teacher Education Program must be interviewed prior to admission by a panel of faculty members from the Professional Education Unit. The panel shall include at least one member from the student's major area of certification. Students may apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program only twice. Students who are denied admission to the Teacher Education Program on the first try, may apply the following semester if all requirements have been met.   Policies and Procedures: Admission to Student Teaching General Admission Criteria 1. Student teaching occurs during the last full semester of enrollment prior to graduation and is considered the culminating experience for students in Teacher Education. Student teaching consists of one semester of an assigned, on-site practice with a minimum of 65 days and 200 clock hours. Students are not permitted to register for additional courses without approval from the Council for Professional Education (CPE).   Completed applications for student teaching must be submitted to the Office of Clinical & Field Experiences prior to March 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester. Application forms for student teaching are available in the Office of the Office of Clinical & Field Experiences in the Education and Humanities Building. Complete admission to the Teacher Education Program is a prerequisite for student teaching.   After review, the Director of Clinical & Field Experiences, upon the approval of the Council for Professional Education, will notify the applicant by letter that the application for admission to student teaching has: a. been approved; or b. been disapproved with a statement of the reason(s) for disapproval.   Applicants who meet the Specific Criteria below will be approved for admission to student teaching. Specific Admission Criteria for Student Teaching Criteria 1 Senior Status — Students who have senior status or above Criteria 2 Grade Point Average Students must have a cumulative minimum grade point average of 2.5 and a "C" or better in the teaching area and in all courses taught by the Education Department. Students must also have a "C" or better in methods courses in the respective content area. Criteria 3 Curriculum Audit Students must submit a senior status curriculum audit to the Records Office. This audit should be conducted and signed by the major advisor and department chair before September 15 (for spring semester) and February 15 (for fall semester). All courses listed on the curriculum sheet must be completed prior to student teaching. Criteria 4 Prerequisites No applicant will be permitted to student teach while on academic probation. All applicants must have completed the following courses with a grade of "C" or better: courses in the academics disciplines, 300 level; psychology courses; and, all courses in the Education Department. Criteria 5 Students who are successfully completing student teaching should apply for an Institutional Recommendation for Certification through the Office of Clinical Experiences. Waiver of Student Teaching A waiver of Student Teaching may be requested by students prior to their senior year if the following requirements are met: The teaching experience should have occurred within the last six (6) years. The teaching experience must have been in a public, approved private, or parochial school. Documentation must be submitted for at least three (3) years of successful teaching experience in the area of specialization in which certification is requested. documentation should be organized and neatly bound. All teaching experience to be considered must be documented by former principals and/or supervisors acquainted with the quality of teaching done by the student. Forms will be supplied for this purpose. These forms, along with supporting letters received from the school personnel involved, will become a part of the student's file. All documentation will be evaluated by the respective department, Education Department, and the Council for Professional Education. The documentation must meet the requirements for all student teachers at Delaware State University. Each person requesting a waiver of student teaching must successfully complete six (6) additional semester hours of 300-400 level education courses. These six hours are in addition to regular course requirements. Evidence of passing scores on the PRAXIS I Skills Test must be included in the documentation. Upon recommendation of the Council for Professional Education, an on-site school visit will be made by three members of The Council for Professional Education of Delaware State University to evaluate the student's performance in an actual classroom situation. Other Requirements for Teacher Education Majors Health and Background Checks All students must have a T.B. test before fall of each year of field experience. Documentation should be submitted to the Coordinator of Field Experiences and the Director of Student Teaching respectively. Delaware State law requires that individuals who are to student teach must have a certificate from a physician stating that they are free of any disease that would compromise or jeopardize others. Insurance Students should show evidence of health insurance coverage. Students are responsible for liability insurance. Placement Students' preferences are taken into consideration in making student teaching assignments; however, final determination of placements are at the discretion of the Director of Student Teaching and/or Chair of the Education Department. Students are not to make their own preparations for placement for student teaching or other field experiences. Each academic program will provide supervision for its student teachers. Students seeking certification, not involving a degree, must have approval from the chairperson of the appropriate department and must have an assigned college supervisor for the student teaching experience. Transportation Students may reside on campus or at home during their student teaching period. However, in some instances, it may be necessary for the student to arrange living quarters in the community in which they are assigned to student teach. Students are required to provide their own transportation or to make arrangements for transportation during student teaching and early field experiences. Early Field Experiences (Clinical Experiences) All education majors must participate in field experiences. Field experiences are required for content method classes and courses within the Education Department. Students are expected to be professional: dress appropriately, be on time, maintain appointments, and meet expectations of the course given by the instructor. Students may be withdrawn from placements due to lack of professionalism. Early field experience students must file an application for field experience for courses with the coordinator by September 15 for the fall semester and February 15 for the spring semester. Students must have a T.B. test before the fall of each year that placements will be made. The field experience begins with 12-204, Philosophical Foundations of Education. Placements will not be made without a current T.B. test. Students are expected to obtain between 60-100 clock hours of field experiences depending on the program and academic department. These hours are in addition to student teaching. Students must keep a log of their hours and submit copies to both the Early Field Experience coordinator and to the faculty teaching the EFE course. There are four phases to field experience at Delaware State University: Phase 1 - observation, Phase 2 - observation with minimal participation, Phase 3 - practica, and Phase 4 - student teaching. Students will participate in each phase and have a variety of experiences at different age levels within diverse populations of students. Delaware State Catalog and course syllabi identify the required number of hours for field experiences.   Council for Professional Education (CPE) The Council for Professional Education is an advisory body to all Teacher Education Programs (TEP). The Council is composed of representatives from each department at the University with a teacher education curriculum, the Education Department Chairperson, the Director of Student Teaching, the Coordinator of Field Experiences, Primary Program Coordinator, Early Care and Education Coordinator, Special Education Program Coordinator, Secondary Education Program Coordinator, Content Area Program Coordinator, students and other appointed University representatives. The Education Department is the administrative body for the Professional Education Unit and the Council for Professional Education. Students may appeal any decision made by the Council for Professional Education in the following sequence: Chairperson of the Education Department Council for Professional Education Appeal to appropriate Academic Dean  

Academic Advising FAQ

Outcomes you should expect from your advising appointment 1.   Why do I need academic advising? To help you understand academic requirements including the DSU Plan for General Education and Major requirements. To assist you in developing a successful academic plan. To help you set goals for yourself and identify resources on campus that can help you reach your goals. To establish a professional ally for petitioning, references, and referrals. To assist you in understanding the registration process. 2.   What do Advisors do? Provide academic advising for all students throughout their tenure in college. Serve as a University resource for students. Counsel students on personal, academic, and career concerns. Meet with students experiencing academic difficulties at mid-term and the end of the semester. 3.    What can I expect from my academic advising appointment? A general conversation about how things are going. Discussion of your Degree Audit Report. Review of your DSU general Education Plan and academic department Requirements. Explanation of the 2nd semester registration process. Review of the academic calendar, course schedule book, and the DSU Bulletin. Resource and referral Information. Discussion about your major or the anxieties about being undecided. 4.   What do Hall Managers do? Manage the overall operation of the residence hall. Supervise the Student Staff Members and Graduate Assistants. Meet with every resident individually. Serve as a University resource for students. Counsel students on personal, judicial, academic, and career concerns. Meet with students experiencing academic difficulties at mid-term and the end of the semester 5.   What can I expect from my appointment with my Hall manager? A general conversation about how things are going. Discussion of your experience at DSU including the hall. Review your career plans career goals and how your classes fit into those goals. Explanation of the staff responsibilities, expectations of the community and your role in the community. Review of social activities, your choices, resources and your outlook about making a mark on the DSU and the world. Resource and referral Information. 6.   What don't they do? Tell students what classes to take. Tell students what to major in. Follow-up with students on a daily basis. 7.   Your Adviser or Hall Manager should be the first person you talk to when: You are struggling in one or more of your classes. You are thinking about dropping a class. You want to withdraw from the University. You are confused about your major. You want to make changes to your schedule. You are not sure about a University policy. You are not performing as well academically as you'd like. Your midterm grades are not what you expected. Your first semester grades resulted in you being on academic probation. You need to petition a University regulation. You're not sure where to get help. Extenuating circumstances keep you out of class for more than 3 days in a row. You're not happy at Delaware State University . 8.   Successful registration is dependent upon you, the student: Read all information you receive pertaining to academic advising. Attend departmental info sessions and fairs meeting. Be on time for your appointment. Bring a printed copy of your Degree Audit Report to your appointment. Bring your DSU Bulletin to your appointment. Write down courses you are interested in taking second semester. Bring your departmental major information/materials to your appointment. Write down questions for your Adviser. Be willing to make the process a joint effort between you and your Adviser.  

Drop-In Computer Lab

Jackye Fountain, Computer Specialist In addition to the Tutoring Center, a full service Computer Lab is also available in the same area. The computer lab is located in the William C. Jason Library Rooms 205 and 206. Jackye Fountain, Computer Specialist In addition to the Tutoring Center, a full service Computer Lab is also available in the same area. The computer lab is located in the William C. Jason Library Rooms 205 and 206. This lab provides the latest and most updated computer hardware and software at Delaware State University. It also provides students with dependable and knowledgeable staff ready to help with all computer related questions and problems. The lab provides ample seating for students who need to study as a group or individually. Additional computer related programs and services are provided on an as-needed basis. Computer Lab Hours Monday thru Thursday — 10:00 am – 10:00 pm Friday — 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Saturday CLOSED Sunday — 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program



Delaware State University
Supplemental Instruction
Academic Support Center
William C. Jason Library
Room 213
1200 N. DuPont Highway
Dover DE 19901-2277
Phone: 302-857-6387

Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program offers weekly study sessions to students taking “historically” difficult courses. The Supplemental Instruction (SI) Coordinator is responsible for all SI policies and program management. The SI leaders are Academic Support Center Student Employees who report to the SI Coordinator. The role of the SI Coordinator is that of facilitator, supervisor, instructor, and mentor for the SI Leaders. As such, the Coordinator will be available as the primary contact and resource person for SI Leaders, and is charged with supporting all educational activities associated with the SI program. Study sessions are led by SI Leaders who have excelled in or tested out of the targeted course(s). SI leaders attend SI Courses, lectures, participate in classroom activities, and even take course exams. During the study sessions, they teach learning and study strategies while working with students to interpret what has been read or heard, generate new ideas, and put content-related concepts into perspective. What SI leaders do NOT do is re-lecture or go beyond the content covered in class.    




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William C. Jason Library
Room 213




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University Testing Services and Programs





Delaware State University  University College Testing Services and Programs If our customers are happy, we are happy. The mission of the Testing Services and Programs Office is to assist DSU students and the surrounding communities in assessing their knowledge, skills, and abilities as relates to higher and continuing education by providing a variety of programming to engage and promote student success and testing credentialing certifications. This is accomplished through the use of written, computer-adapted assessments, workshops, and testing instruments.   Testing Services and Programs is committed to a diverse environment that encourages students and staff to function independently while demonstrating their inter- and intra-dependence as members of the collegiate community.  We set the standard of excellence in the testing center by providing quality services to our DSU community, surrounding communities in Delaware and the Atlantic Region. Delaware State University, University College, Testing Services and Programs subscribes to the NCTA Professional Standards and Guidelines.   Effective October 15, 2015 $15 reschedule fee for all test candidates.   Study Skills Inventory The College Level Study Skills Inventory will assist in providing students immediate feedback on their current approach to college level study skills. There are six critical study skills college students need to consistently be developing: text book reading, note taking, memory, test preparation, concentration, and time management. At the conclusion of the inventory, each of these skills will be assessed based on the manner in which the questions were answered. Please contact Testing Services and Programs for workshop dates or individual sessions. (302) 857-6144    Getting Connected for Student Success University College, Testing Services and Programs is here throughout the semester to provide testing strategies workshops that cover exclusive problem-solving techniques and test-taking tips facilitated by our certified test administrator and testing specialist. The workshops focus on strategies and critical thinking skills needed for the exams. Students will be introduced to a systematic approach to answering application and analysis-level questions. Students will learn how to break each question down and identify common traps. Students will also learn tips to help develop test-taking skills for before the test and during the test, as well as develop endurance techniques to help them finish strong based on resources from Education Testing Service (ETS) and College Board. For more information, please email call (302) 857-6144  To register for Testing, please click HERE. Testing Services Offered This is a limited list of exams.  Please contact us if you do not see an exam listed below. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) - assess your readiness for a CLEP exam Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) New Student(s) & Transfer Placement Testing (Accuplacer) Online Course Evaluation Graduate Admission testing (LSAT, MCAT, GRE, MAT) Teacher Certification Tests (PRAXIS I, PRAXIS II, PPST) National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) CASTLE FAA/FCC GED ACT DANTES (DSST) Microsoft Office Specialist/Applications Certifications Kryterion Certified Professional Secretary/Certified Administrative Professional(CPS/CAP) Certiport Epic ESCO Group Prometric Prov Crane Institute Certification (CIC)  4ROI Comira Pearsonvue PAN MPRE Pharmacy Technician/Real Estate Certification Courtesy Testing for Other Universities Maritime (U.S. Coast Guard) State of Delaware Certification Testing (Laser Grade) Distance Education and Learning Services $35.00 per exam session Accessibility Services available No administrative fee for Delaware Air/Army National Guard and Air Force for CLEP or DANTES (DSST) effective until December 2018. For test candidates: In the event of bad weather or other emergencies, be advised that DSU Testing Services and Programs announces test center closings or delayed openings on radio station 97.7FM and 88.7FM . Please call 302.857.SNOW (7669) or 302.857.6290 (Public Safety) for updates on the status of testing center operations due to weather and emergency closings.  Thank you for utilizing our testing center.  You may email and someone will immediately respond.  Location: Thomasson Building 1200 N. DuPont Hwy Suite 202D Dover, DE 19901 Campus Map: Thomasson Building #20 Google Maps: Thomasson Bldg, Dover, DE 19901 Mapquest: Delaware State University   Director’s Note These are exciting times for University College Testing Services and Programs. Our office is enjoying new levels of respect and distinction in accomplishing our goals. At the core of this newfound enthusiasm are a dedicated staff committed to ensuring that each customer (internal/external) receives unwavering attention, assistance and support. The testing office emphasizes quality in all aspects of its operational processes. University College Testing Services and Programs is committed to strive for excellence. The ultimate goal for the office is to be the very best it can be as premium testing location in the State of Delaware.     Delaware State University’s University College Testing Services and Programs subscribes to the testing guidelines, standards and procedures of the National College Testing Association (NCTA) and a part of the Consortium of College Testing Centers. Our office services as the NCTA Liaison for Delaware.    

Thomasson Building Suite 202

Testing Services and Programs 

Testing Hours:
Monday and Friday: 8am-3:30 pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 8am-7:30 pm
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Saturday: 9am-2:30 pm
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