Each semester you’ll be assigned to a schedule (cohort) that’s already worked out for you. You’ll have the opportunity to work on individual and group projects across the curriculum and participate in practica with other students in your assigned cohort.
A passing score on the FTCE Subject Area Exam for Elementary K-6 is required before award of the bachelor’s degree. Ideally, you should plan to sit for the test early in Semester 4 of the program (late February for spring graduation; late September for fall graduation).
For admission to the Graduate School to pursue the fifth year master’s degree you’ll sit for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). We recommend preparing for the GRE over the summer between Semester 2 and Semester 3 and sitting for the exam in early August.
Deciding on a fifth-year option: single or dual certification
The junior and senior year curriculum includes special education content so you can be well prepared to meet the needs of all students in your K-6 classroom. By Semester 4, you will have determined for yourself if you want more in-depth K-6 content area knowledge (fifth year= elementary) or intensive studies in exceptional student education (fifth year = special education). Faculty are available to help you with your decision.
Applying for admission to the Graduate School
Whether you’re applying for the master’s program in elementary education for single certification, or in special education for dual certification, you should plan to apply early in Semester 4.